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The Green Garage is actually three things: a community of people dedicated to Detroit's sustainable future, a business enterprise, and a building located in Midtown Detroit. The building dates back to 1920, when it was a showroom for Model T-based automobiles, and is on the National Registry of Historic Places (see building history). Co-founders Tom and Peggy Brennan purchased it in 2008 and, with a wonderful community of over 200 individuals, completed a green, historic renovation over the next three years. Since opening in 2011, the Green Garage's principal work has been forming a diverse, supportive, and accountable coworking community and helping triple bottom line businesses grow naturally. If you feel inspired by this work and would like to learn more or connect further, please feel free to explore our wiki, contact us, visit us, or find us on facebook or twitter.

calendar - week of august 24

THIS WEEK:

Monday:

Tuesday:

Wednesday: 12:00 Community walk*

Thursday: 12:00 Sustainable small business meeting*

Friday: 12:00 Community lunch (presenter: Jeff Aronoff of business-in-residence Sidewalk Ventures on his approach to community-based investing)*

Meetings marked with an * are open to the public.

Community brown-bag lunch every Friday at noon. Bring a lunch and join us for a review of the week and a tour of our sustainable historic building.


green business incubator

Business design meeting
Business design meeting

Our Green Business Incubator helps triple bottom-line (3D) businesses grow naturally. We believe businesses are living organisms...not machines. We help grow businesses three ways: (1) using a community-based natural design process to help triple bottom-line businesses design their "Seed" (i.e. the core identity of the business from which all growth originates); (2) using a community-based continuous improvement process to improve triple bottom-line outcomes in profitability, waste, energy, water, community wellness, etc; and (3) using 1-to-1 sessions with entrepreneurs to help them evolve their businesses and their relationships.


Sustainable Business Conversations
1-to-1 sessions
  • Karen Batchelor - Story Mountain
  • Audra Carson - De-Tread
  • Phyllis Johnson and family of Genesis Tea

sustainability labs

The Labs group are the Green Garage geeks. They monitor the building's performance and measure various systems within the building, such as water, waste and energy. They meet the first Friday of the month from 2-3:30, and all are welcome to join them. You can view our systems in real time here: Building Control System.

Special Projects: Composting 2.0 - Updating our composting systems at the Green Garage


el moore - sustainable community project

El Moore - 624 W. Alexandrine

The Green Garage is undertaking a project to convert an 1898 apartment building, The El Moore, to a near-zero energy building that will house yearly rental apartments in addition to nightly rental space. It's located at 624 W. Alexandrine, bordering Second Avenue, within 2 blocks of the Green Garage. If you'd like to start a conversation about joining the residential community at the El Moore, see our contact page.

photos - week of august 24


Join us during this week's community lunch to hear from Jeff Aronof about his business Sidewalk Ventures. Jeff's innovative approach to community-based fundraising helps small businesses turn their loyal customers and supporters into investors.
Join us during this week's community lunch to hear from Jeff Aronof about his business Sidewalk Ventures. Jeff's innovative approach to community-based fundraising helps small businesses turn their loyal customers and supporters into investors.

More Photos of the Week

businesses-in-residence

The Green Garage is home to a sustainable coworking community of more than 50 small, growing, and established businesses. See our businesses-in-residence page for a complete list.

The people who call the Green Garage home have chosen to work in a supportive environment in which they can learn and grow as triple bottom line businesses together. By locating here, they become part of an environmentally and socially accountable community whose ongoing efforts to reduce waste, water, and energy at work result in a remarkably more sustainable office environment.

Interested in joining us? We offer several different workspace options, depending on the size and needs of each business, from shared table space to rent-a-desk to customizable office and workshop space. If you'd like to start a conversation about whether or not the Green Garage is right for you and your business, contact us at greengaragedetroit@gmail.com.

urban sustainability library

Helping individuals and businesses who seek more sustainable ways to live and work by connecting them to resources that make it easier for them to take that next step.

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collection

  • Reading Material In-house book collection
  • As Built Describing the various systems of the building, such as the HVAC, lighting or materials reuse.
  • Measurement Pages Updated pages that report our energy usage, water usage and the waste statistics for our building.
Water Usage Statistics
Waste Statistics
Energy - Electrical Usage Statistics

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