GoodWork is the anchor tenant and social engine of 1808, a mixed-use building that is on track to become one of the world’s first WELL-certified coworking spaces and one of the first LEED-certified spaces in the U.S. In its first 7 months of business, it has built a solid community of over 140 businesses, with everything from freelancers and social enterprises, to non-profits and foundations.
GoodWork’s workspaces have everything from flexible open work areas, to dedicated spaces from 100 to 2,500 square feet. Amenities include a fitness activity center, open lounge spaces, state-of-the-art meeting rooms, cafe & kitchen, bike share and green spaces. Guests and members can choose their own adventure on any given day based on what they need to get done, from focused or collaborative work, to rest, phone calls, podcasts, webcasts and more. It is a living lab for teaching GoodWork members how it feels to work in a healthy, productive work environment and how they can grow their businesses to be more environmentally and socially conscious.
Amy King, GoodWork’s cofounder and CEO is sustainability leader of extraordinary capability and dedication. She is also a visionary professional. She understands that we no longer exist in an 8-5 culture. We must fit work into our life and life into our work. Furthermore, a healthy and flexible work environment is necessary for sustainable growth. Her organization GoodWork champions the triple bottom line approach to business, with equal emphasis on people, planet, and profit.
Through GoodWork, Amy is cultivating a community that supports sustainable organizations and a culture that values human impact to solve resource scarcity and sustainability challenges. She is very focused on ensuring that people from all backgrounds are exposed to the opportunities that the GoodWork community provides and proudly shares that their current membership is over 30% African American and 15% Hispanic, with at least 50% female representation.
Amy is developing partnerships with national companies to further their sustainability innovation, including Awair, Zero Waste Advocacy, EarthX and Tesla. Her vision for GoodWork is that it will open locations across the US to incubate and accelerate triple bottom line business innovation.
Amy also walks the walk in her personal life by living sustainably in her Energy Star Certified Home (built pre-LEED H), tending to backyard chickens, composting and helping her fiancé Gary Olp with the beehives. You can find her dumpster diving if people forget to recycle at an event, bringing her glass water bottle wherever she goes and insisting on “no straw” for beverages.
• Contribution to the national conversation around advancing greening the built environment, resiliency, and triple bottom line business.
• Started USGBC Leadership Institute for USGBC staff – programmed over 80 leadership development sessions
• Supervised first USGBC national staff person placed in New Orleans, LA post-Katrina to support the Recovery School District in major green schools initiative and community advancement and adoption of sustainability initiatives in the Lower Ninth Ward.
• Oversaw the first USGBC Natural Talent Design Competition that was design-build, cultivated partnership with Salvation Army of Greater New Orleans and the Broadmoor Development Corporation, and a nationally prestigious jury to review and select six projects (3 student, 3 young professional) to be built in the recovering post-Katrina Broadmoor neighborhood. The designs were for LEED Platinum, 800 square feet affordable homes. All homes are now occupied. Collaborated with now Mayor of New Orleans LaToya Cantrell.
• Served on the Historic Green board of directors, a Kansas City and New Orleans-based non-profit committed to rebuilding economically depressed or disaster-affected historic neighborhoods using a blend of green building techniques and historic preservation.
• Served on Advisory Committee for 8 years for the national Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital
GoodWork CEO Amy King’s early exposure to national USGBC and the LEED rating system as a senior staff member has helped her bring her perspective and broader experience to create a cultural shift in the city of Dallas, especially in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. The LEED rating system is a global standard for green buildings that ensures accountability and state-of-the-art sustainability practices in building design and construction, positively impacting the city and global carbon footprint and human health.
Additionally, her commitment to WELL certification takes her business to the next level by putting human health as priority number one and raising the bar by for coworking businesses across the globe.
In a global economy that will be over 50% freelance by 2025, the coworking industry is becoming the primary officing solution for corporations, freelancers and startups, and is influencing the way people work globally. Amy is deeply networked with real estate developers and coworking operators across the globe and is challenging them all to evaluate their social and environmental practices, so her influence via GoodWork will have an impact way beyond the City of Dallas.
Among her accomplishments with LEED, Amy is:
• Obtaining the LEED Green Associate credential.
• Significantly lowering the carbon footprint of GoodWork, a 66k sf building, and positively impacting the human health of its 400+ members, tenants and customers.
• Encouraging bicycle and public transportation usage and energy conservation by building occupants, offering shower facilities at 1808 to encourage bicycling.
• Including features that benefit the environment and positively impact human health, such as: ample daylight and views from workspaces, building reuse in maintaining existing walls, floors and roof and reused salvaged materials; making smart choices for non-toxic building materials and furnishings; executing on green cleaning and pest control plans; using green power; and actively preventing and light pollution.
• Educating building visitors and occupants through digital displays that share solar performance and tell people how to engage in the LEED and WELL features of the space. Amy also plans on purchasing a LEED Dynamic Plaque to show people the daily performance of the building in all the LEED categories -this is now part of the USGBC Ark Skoru program.
• Prior to her work with this project, Amy supported several large green building projects pursuing LEED Certification in first year of residence in Dallas – including Forest Park Medical Center, BBVA Compass Houston and McClennan Community College buildings, and High Pointe Tennis Center at Baylor University.
Community Impact (Nominee demonstrates commitment to DFW green community through involvement with causes, business ventures or organizations)
• GoodWork was launched in the Cedars in January 2018 and is a living lab for state-of-the-art workplace wellness and green building practices. Within the first 7 months of opening, offices are 100% occupied and they have over 140 active coworking members. GoodWork has convened several workshops and talks on practical sustainability and also hosted a talk for USGBC Texas at the space.
• Co-Founder and CEO Amy King's passion and vision for this community is inspiring. She believes that this is a more direct way to influence the startup and broader business community and to not only positively impact their health, but inspire and educate them to build responsible companies. The building, 1808 is pursuing LEED Platinum certification and her business, GoodWork is pursuing the WELL building standard. GoodWork will be one of the first WELL certified coworking spaces in the world.
• Amy secured a grant from Downwinders at Risk’s Sue Pope Fund, partnering with Sunfinity Renewable Energy to install a solar array at 1808 of 454 panels. As of September 2018, the electrical bill for the 66,000 sf building has been reduced by 60% and she is challenging tenants and members to get them to Net Zero by 2020. Sunfinity and GoodWork are launching a solar billboard campaign at 1808 to be revealed in time for the DFW Solar Tour 2018.
• Amy has served as an advisor to GreenSource DFW for the last 5 years and the Advisory Board for EarthXFilm. She was also selected to serve on the feature film jury for EarthXFilm 2018.
• Amy speaks regularly to the entrepreneurial and business communities in DFW and beyond about personal sustainability, the future of work and triple bottom line business. She recently received a standing ovation for her talk at Creative Mornings to a packed audience. Amy is slated to speak at the Global Workspace Association FlexOffice Conference in Austin, Sept 2018 about WELL and the Future of Work.
• She received a scholarship to attend the 2018 Conscious Company Leaders Forum in Scotts Valley, CA, where she networked with corporate leaders and consultants blazing trails for conscious business practices.
• Amy has a strong social media presence celebrating and promoting sustainability, inclusivity, and triple bottom line in DFW and beyond (Twitter @nestedallas; Instagram @TheChiefEternalOptimist with over 1000 followers). Her business, GoodWork has cultivated over 1000 organic followers in less than 8 months!