When Alliance for Sustainable Colorado debuted its newly renovated, LEED-certified digs in July, the 10-year-old nonprofit put more than just the latest in green building features—such as low-flow toilet and water fixtures, cork floors, and low-VOC paints and adhesives—on display. It also showcased a new model for workplace citizenship. All the companies who contract for space inside the 40,000-square-foot LoDo building also agree to a set of “cultural norms” that include using mass transit or bikes when possible to get to work (Alliance Center tenants all receive free eGo CarShare memberships); printing on both sides when appropriate; powering computers down at the end of the day; taking the stairs instead of the elevator; ditching space heaters in most circumstances; and potentially joining Ubuntu, a CSA that serves all tenants of the Alliance Center. Oh yeah, and your morning cup of joe from the Bob Marley coffee cart in the lobby? Locally roasted, of course.

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Modworks is one of the latest incarnations of a co-working space in the Mile High City. This 10,000 square-foot, 13th floor spot on the corner of Broadway and the 16th Street Mall, aims to land the increasingly common concept in new territory. John Borst, co-founder of Modworks, describes the environment as somewhere between “executive suites and hipster co-working warehouses.” The membership-based service starts at $195 and gives customers access to more than just a desk. Modworks users also get access to training rooms and private telephone spaces; printing, energy snacks. There are also pick up and drop off services such dry cleaning, bike repair, and shoe shines, and discounted Car2Go memberships. modworks.com


Members of the nonprofit shared-space Denhac focus on science, technology, and engineering projects from a modest space in the Sante Fe Art District. More of a community space than a co-working environment, Denhac members often gather for classes in areas such as computer programming. And thanks to having won a recent contest run by a Chicago-based company called Inventables, the Denhac space recently got a tech boost: Members of the nonprofit now have access to a rare 3D carving machine, which can create precise parts, objects, or designs from materials such as wood and metal. denhac.org