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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 july 21

THIS WEEK:

Monday: 10:00 El Moore planning meeting | 12:00 2 degree meeting w/Libby Levy

Tuesday: 12:00 Lunchtime walk | 2:00 Animal Intuition meeting

Wednesday: 12:00 Book conversation (current book: The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg)* | 1:00 El Moore Story meeting

Thursday: 12:00 Sustainable Small Business Lunch*

Friday: 12:00 Community lunch*

Note: * open to 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
SEED sessions
3D Continuous Improvement
1-to-1 sessions

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 every Friday from 2-3:30, and all are welcome to join them.


el moore - sustainable community project

El Moore - 624 W. Alexandrine

The Green Garage is undertaking a project to convert an 1890's 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. The pages below detail some of the work being done.

  • ElMoore.com - Website (under development) dedicated to telling the stories of the El Moore
  • El Moore Greens Design Community - Work that was done in the spring and summer of 2013 on design of the property, including the park space to the east of the building.
  • El Moore Greens Near Zero Energy Design - The work of the group dedicated to the HVAC systems of the building and the energy efficiency components. This group meets every Friday at 3:00.

photos - week of july 21


Business-in-residence Ribbon Farm Hops is a new farm that's growing hops for local brewers with the help of a locally-manufactured trellis system. Here's a shot of their crop from earlier in the week.
Business-in-residence Ribbon Farm Hops is a new farm that's growing hops for local brewers with the help of a locally-manufactured trellis system. Here's a shot of their crop from earlier in the week.

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

In-house book collection
Locally-focused, researched and developed by members of the Green Garage community
Building design pages
Describing the as-built environment of the Green Garage
Updated pages that report our energy usage, water usage and the waste statistics for our building.

work in progress

New website pages currently being developed.

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