Thoreau Centers for Sustainability

Modeling Innovative Practices in Nonprofit Facilities

Thoreau Center Library at Tides

In 1996, the conversion of a military base to the Presidio National Park provided the perfect opportunity for Tides to create not just a new home for itself but also a vibrant space for the sustainability movement. By leading a green renovation of historic Letterman Hospital, Tides opened up 150,000 square feet of quality office space to more than 60 organizations.

This first Thoreau Center for Sustainability has been a model of green building operations and community programming. Over its history, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, San Francisco has saved its tenant organizations over $13 million in rent and provided a stable home in a rapidly fluctuating real estate market.

In October of 2007, Thoreau Center for Sustainability, New York opened its doors. Located in Lower Manhattan directly across the street from the New York Stock Exchange, the LEED-certified building features Class A energy-efficient green design. It is also home to more than ten nonprofit organizations promoting educational access, environmental stewardship, and social justice.

These multi-tenant nonprofit centers on two coasts provide innovative models of sustainable building operation, use art and events to link communities, and offer quality, affordable nonprofit workspace.

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