In the final installment of the Shared Space Series on The Alliance Center, Denver Shared Spaces wanted to highlight key features of what green shared spaces look like and how shared spaces often grow and develop with intention and purpose around a few key areas. Like so many shared spaces that represent a value or program area, such as international development or education, The Alliance Center positions itself as a thought leader and shared space leader of sustainability. Each entity that offices within The Alliance Center is dedicated to sustainability and the environment in some way, such as through education programs or social justice activities. The entities do not just live out their respective sustainability missions, but act in a sustainable and energy efficient manner on a daily basis, simply by being in the building.

The Alliance Center has an on-staff property manager whose job it is to monitor and reduce any energy waste and manage waste diversion programs within the shared space. The building itself was designed with green building techniques embedded into it, including large windows facing Wynkoop Street that provide natural light to the building and reduce unnecessary energy consumption. The Alliance Center and its parent organization Alliance for Sustainable Colorado has been recognized by the U.S. Green Building Council and has received national recognition for its sustainability initiatives. Beyond the building and organizational efforts to make Colorado a more sustainable place to live, work and play, The Alliance Center invests in community, bolstering the health and wellness of its own employees and tenants. The Center provides weekly yoga classes, promotes Facebook groups for community benefits such as walking groups, social lunches, coffee clubs and happy hours.

For any prospective tenant who wants to be a part of this exemplary building for shared space and sustainability, here are the three things that The Alliance Center emphasizes:

  • First and foremost, a prospective tenant should also be involved in and driven by a sustainability mission. It is important that another organization embedded into the culture of The Alliance Center not only speaks the language of sustainability but is actually trying to effect positive environmental, social or economic change for a more sustainable world.
  • A prospective tenant organization should also value the spirit of community and understand the tangible and intangible benefits of sharing space such as collaboration, collective impact, cost sharing and energy efficiency.
  • Finally, those who are invited into The Alliance Center are groups that not only value collaboration, but also act upon it and leverage the opportunities with other tenants to make a greater impact.

Congratulations to The Alliance Center on building more than 10 years’ worth of experience and lessons that enrich the shared space community of Denver and beyond. Stay in touch with The Alliance Center and its parent organization Alliance for Sustainable Colorado by checking out its calendar of events or joining its mailing list.

You may also be interested in reading the following posts in the series:

Part 1: Shared Space Series – The Alliance Center and Its Recent 2014 Renovation

Part 2: Shared Space Series—The Alliance Center on Emergency Preparedness