Work Greener


We keep hearing about this so-called green economy, but it’s already happening at 33 Flatbush Ave. Rather than rent space to plain old “worker bees,” environmental designer and landlord Al Attara has created a hive of sustainable, collaborative businesses in his seven-story building. Tenants include the co-op of progressive planners and architects he helped establish, Metropolitan Exchange; an organic clothes company; and two workspaces for green entrepreneurs and designers of every ilk.

Treehouse, which opened a few weeks ago, is the newest workspace. Founded by the design and consulting firm EcoSystems on the same floor, it provides everything for the graphic, industrial, product, interior, Web and sustainable designer: desk space, WiFi, conference room, a woodshop, and coming soon, a proto lab complete with 3D Printer. (Membership begins at $250/month.) The eclectic, vintage decor comes courtesy Attara, a veteran comber of streets and dumpsters, even the Museum of Natural History, for cool discards like dinosaur cabinets and Eames-era furniture.

His finds also fill Green Spaces, a shared office for socially conscious and low-impact start-ups. Jennie Nevin, founder of the networking group Green Leaders, opened the space last year. She plans on expanding by partnering with other spaces nationwide; a Manhattan outpost is coming soon.

For a minimum of $225 a month, members become privy to execs on the Green Leaders list and monthly workshops that examine topics like VC funding and (even better) winning their Green Business Competition. On March 16, they host an application workshop for entrants who want to improve their business plan and chance of winning the $24,000 package Green Spaces is giving away (see the site for deets).

Yet another great perk of membership: Interns from Columbia, NYU, and (at the moment) Whole Foods who’ll assist you with your projects. There’s also a conference room, a shower for the bike commuters, and a test kitchen for organic purveyors and bakers like Kumquat Cupcakery, a member.

Both spaces, along with the rest of the building, share the 6,500-square-foot, still-in-the-works rooftop “farm” and green roof, where you can grow veggies or chill at lunch. Want in? Contact Treehouse or Green Spaces. If you’d like a dedicated office, get in touch with Al directly at 718-858-7979 or via email. You could join the likes of Vito Acconci, a potential new tenant.
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Sent by Nicole. Top photo courtesy Treehouse. Bottom two courtesy Green Spaces.

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