Support the campaign to renovate this historic Des Moines building in Sherman Hill to convert it into a women's wellness center This historic building will be given new life and purpose.... sustainably. Learn how and why. Want the latest updates on all things Green & Main? Check out our blog postings See architectural renderings for our Pilot Project

The Green & Main initiative creates community revitalization through sustainable renovation.

Green & Main is an initiative focused on the social and environmental transformation of existing buildings and neighborhoods into sustainable communities.

Through its renovation and rehabilitation efforts, Green & Main’s purpose is to give new life and purpose to historic buildings and neighborhoods that may otherwise fall into decay or continue to operate with overly-intensive energy use. Green & Main’s use of environmentally conscious designs, and building methods and materials is making a long-term, positive impact on our communities and our planet. Learn more »

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Latest Updates on Green & Main

June 9, 2016

We’ve Come a Long Way: An Update on Green & Main

We’ve come a long way since our groundbreaking ceremony back in 2009. From a run-down, vacant grocery store, we are now excited to say the project completion is near, with over 80% of the building renovations done!   Once it is complete, the Green & Main mixed-use building will house a women’s wellness center on the […]

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Posted In: Construction Updates
May 5, 2016

“Why THIS building for Healing Passages?”, you ask.

  Because spirit and intention matter.   It matters to Chaden and I. It matters to the Willowsong Midwifery team providing theCare. It matters to the artisans of Silent Rivers. It matters to the community we serve. And this spirit, this intention, has the ability to set the path for a more connected, sustainable, safer future for our planet. Or NOT. […]

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Posted In: Construction Updates, Design + Build, Stormwater Management, Sustainability, Thought Leadership
May 5, 2016

A Marriage of PURPOSE

Cosette Boone is the Founder and Executive Director of Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center, which is the main tenant of the renovated building. “Can you see doing it without him?” This is what Ying, my CPA, asked me from across her desk one day a few years back. Instantly, my gut responded. “No”, I said, after a […]

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Posted In: Thought Leadership
April 4, 2016

theHeart of the Project

Cosette Boone is the Founder and Executive Director of Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center, which is the main tenant of the renovated building. Healing Passages Birth & Wellness Center will soon be located in the amazing sustainable building at 800 19th Street. There has been a whole lot of love and vision going into this birth center… […]

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Posted In: Thought Leadership
February 1, 2012

Thinking Spring 2012 as the Green & Main Landscaping is Installed

If you’ve ever planted a garden, or even one pumpkin seed, you know the excitement of seeing those first sprouts emerge. So imagine thousands of plants and flowers surfacing, expertly orchestrated to grow and bloom spring through fall to bring function and beauty to the Green & Main site. The Green & Main Pilot Project landscaping was installed this past October, so you can count on a burst of fresh greenery and flowers to greet spring.

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Posted In: Construction Updates, E-Newsletter, Stormwater Management, Sustainability
January 20, 2012

Winter at Green & Main

Frost has settled into the soil at the Green & Main pilot project and layered clothing has become the norm on site. Cold weather slows everything when it arrives, even our perceptions of time. Transitioning from fall, our project processes shift and schedules expand as the conventions of construction industry adjust to the freezing temperatures that turn work trucks into rolling coolers.

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Posted In: Construction Updates, E-Newsletter
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