From: Paul Schaefer, ENN
Published September 26, 2007 03:36 PM

Nonprofits Get Big Green Workspace In Manhattan


NEW YORK - Nonprofits have a new green, more sustainable workplace in Manhattan. It's called the Thoreau Center for Sustainability. The center offers shared workspace and a healthy work environment for its nonprofit tenants, as well as social investment opportunities for its funders.

A company called Tides (www.tides.org) today announced the opening of the green nonprofit office center in New York City. Tides provides an array of services that amplifies the efforts of forward-thinking philanthropists, foundations, activists and organizations to make the world a better place.

The new workplace is an environmentally sustainable workspace shared by twelve nonprofit organizations and programs. Located in the old JP Morgan Building, across from the New York Stock Exchange, it is the first shared community and conference space for nonprofits in Lower Manhattan. It is also one of the first office spaces in New York City registered for LEED CI (Commercial Interiors) certification. LEED is the national benchmark for certifying high-performance green interiors which reduce environmental impact, are less costly to operate and provide healthy and productive work spaces.

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"Green nonprofit centers help increase efficiencies in the nonprofit sector and reduce nonprofit organizations' exposure to rental market fluctuations," said Gita Rao, Investment Officer, Calvert Foundation. "We are pleased to be a part of the Thoreau Center real estate project conceived and developed by Tides Shared Spaces. We have been able to rely on their experience and competency to deliver a finished project with both social and environmental benefits."

"Nonprofits have an especially hard time finding affordable office space," said China Brotsky, Vice President at Tides and Managing Director of Tides Shared Spaces. "That's why we both create shared spaces for nonprofits and have a program dedicated to helping others start their own green nonprofit centers. Together, groups can gain real purchasing power to access higher quality workspace, infrastructure and technology; and they also expand their network, gaining access to new ideas, potential partners and opportunities."

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