Clubbing the “green” way

1 02 2009

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It is not surprising that supermarkets have recently embraced the green trend, offering green products and reusable shopping bags.

But  nightclubs?

Green  nightclubs have  recently become a part of the nightlife in cities like London, San Francisco and New York City.

GreenHouse, a club that opened in Manhattan in late November, sells organic juices and alcohol, in addition to the traditional drinks, according to the article “Green Nightclub Trend Comes to New York” in the New York Times. The club also has an Light Emitting Diode (LED) lighting system and all of the materials used to furnish the venue are recycled or recyclable. It is also seeking Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to sustainable building design and construction.

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Those behind the Greenhouse renovations wish to alter the people’s negative perception of the nightclub industry.

“We wanted them to see that such an industry can take on a moral initiative like sustainability,” said David Husserl, the president of Natural Progession, the consulting firm that worked with the club’s architects on its sustainable features, in the New York Times story.

I’m not sure how successful the “green” nightclubs will be at changing their image. College-aged individuals, those that frequent these clubs, are unlikely to notice the environmental efforts. Many of these people are self-absorbed and go to clubs for one thing and one thing only: to party.  For the most part, they  are interested in getting drunk, dancing, and picking up guys or girls. Many individuals in this age group are more invested in their  personal interests than in  important national and international issues. Environmental activists, perhaps the only people likely to be aware of and appreciate these green renovations, are not people you’d typically see in the clubs.

The following is a list of   green nightclubs, including two outside the United States:

  1. Temple- San Francisco
  2. Butterfly Social Club- Chicago
  3. Surya- London
  4. Watt-Rotterdam (the Netherlands)
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2 responses

1 02 2009
Bonnie

Way to go Michelle!

2 02 2009
ricksrss

Very interesting topic. think about adding more links. You can never have enough links!

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