A new business has arrived in downtown Vallejo! Located at 425 Virginia Street, Suite B, Green Hive is an office co-sharing space for sustainability-focused businesses, and promotes collaboration among businesses and organizations. Marisela Barbosa, founder and creator of Green Hives, says, “Green Hive connects the ‘solopreneur’ to the vibrant business community resulting in an opportunity to work easier, connect, learn, and grow, while leveraging each other’s ideas and sharing collective activities and services.” Among the many attendees of Green Hive’s grand opening and ribbon cutting on February 10 were Vice Mayor Rozzana Verder-Aliga, Councilmember Pippin Dew-Costa and Senior Community Development Analyst Annette Taylor.
Currently there are five anchor tenants: Monarch Engineers, Sela, Engeniate, Dutra Cerro Graden, and UC Berkeley/Solano County Educational Consortium /Destination College Advising Corps. The tenants are small businesses that either work on a wide variety of sustainability related issues or are in the transformation path to become a sustainability practitioner leader.
To fully incorporate sustainability, Green Hive carried out tenant improvements that resulted in a 5400 kw hr/yr reduction of electric consumption. This equates to 1.28 less metric tons of CO2 produced per year, the equivalent of removing one-fourth of a car off the road per year or enough electricity to power one-half of an average house for one year. In addition, interior design elements include beautiful reclaimed wood from a building in the Port of Oakland, low VOC paints, and other reclaimed products such as doors and windows.
Ms. Barbosa lives in Vallejo with her husband Roberto Cortez and their daughters. She has been a resident for over 30 years and has been active in many organizations during that time. Green Hive is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Find out more about Green Hive on their Facebook page.