The sustainability impact of co-living and co-working spaces

Co-living spaces are modern housing solutions that enable residents with similar intentions, interests, and values to share a residential space like a hostel or a dorm. Such co-living spaces can promote a sense of community within the individuals who share the space. Similarly, co-working spaces allow different businesses to work together under one roof and share essential amenities such as cafeteria, internet, gym, and massage centers, to name a few. Such co-living and co-working spaces are generally far less expensive compared to renting or buying a house or a workspace solo. However, lowered expenses are not the only benefit of co-living and co-working spaces. These shared spaces can contribute to a much larger cause too - the sustainability of resources.

Reducing carbon footprint

Consumption of non-renewable energy sources leads to high greenhouse gas emissions, resulting in increased carbon footprint. This phenomenon leads to global warming and climate change, which in turn is responsible, to a large extent, for the extinction of animal species. Hence, we have hold a moral responsibility to reduce the impact of climate change using sustainable solutions.

Generally, co-working and co-living spaces share essential resources such as gas and electricity. By sharing such resources, co-working and co-living spaces reduce the energy consumption for appliances, like thermostats and air conditioners. Individuals occupying the co-working and co-living spaces help implement a sustainable approach for energy consumption to ensure a reduced carbon footprint. Besides, such individuals also help promote shared mobility, where residents can share their personal vehicles when traveling for work or leisure, lowering the emissions from transport. Additionally, residents staying in a co-living space can make use of virtual commute, where they can work from home and share essential amenities such as the internet.

Addressing the increasing need for space

The utilization of land is rising at a substantial rate. This is true for agricultural, housing, and commercial purposes. Such aggressive land utilization is making deforestation a common occurrence. And deforestation, as we all know, amplifies the effects of global warming and climate change.

To address the increasing demand for housing and commercial spaces, residents and employees can use co-working and co-living spaces, leading up to forest conservation.

Leveraging the Internet of Things

Adopting infrastructure, establishing networks, and developing applications for modern technologies like IoT can be expensive for SMBs and people living on rent. However, employees and residents using co-working and co-living spaces can share the expenses involved in IoT deployment and implementation. Accordingly, IoT adoption costs can be significantly reduced.

IoT solutions, such as smart refrigerators, can amongst many other things, help their users track their food intake and make informed decisions when purchasing food to avoid food wastage.

Spreading awareness about sustainability

Co-working and co-living spaces can help in developing communities of motivated individuals who are well informed on sustainability. These communities can further create networks with other individuals who are passionate about ‘green’ initiatives. Together, these individuals can focus on using renewable energy sources and reducing air and water pollution. Such communities of proactive individuals can set an example and educate people from their experience of co-working and co-living.

Environmental awareness events can be set up under solar-powered canopies like HALO Connect that utilize solar energy to charge devices such as laptops and smartphones and offer effective cooling solutions. In this manner, environmentally conscious communities can showcase how modern solutions, such as smart canopies, can be used in outdoor spaces like gardens and commercial parks. Let people learn about sustainable design and development, and their benefits, first hand.

Co-working and co-living spaces run on the principle of collaboration. Such collaboration is a necessity for sustainability as creating a sustainable environment is not just the responsibility of governments or environmental activists. Since each one of us leverages our planet’s resources, working together to create a greener and more sustainable environment becomes everyone’s responsibility too.

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