A few months back, I wrote an entry on what I believed was the world’s first sustainable dance club launched by the Sustainable Dance Club
company in Amsterdam. Club Watt
, which opened in September 2008, features technology that allows dancers' moves to churned into energy that can feed the club. In addition to this piezo-electric effect," the club boasts specific reduction goals to increase its sustainability:
- 30% reduction of energy consumption
- 50% reduction of water consumption
- 50% reduction of waste produced
Recently, I discovered London's Club Surya
, which also claims to be the world's first sustainable dance club. The club opened a few months before Watt and outlines slightly different sustainability guidelines
. Rather than specifying percentages, the club lists policies such as: allowing customers who travel by foot or bike free admission, using environmentally friendly poly-carbon cups, and donating part of the profits to environmental or animal welfare group.
Both clubs are trying to elicit other venues to conform with their definition of sustainability. I can't decide which set of guidelines is superior, but if the debate sparks more interest in the concept and the birth of new sustainable dance clubs, I will encourage its continuation!
Photo: Club Watt claims to be the world's first sustainable dance club.