Greenhouse Nightclub Opens in NYC...Not the City's First Eco-Saloon, Though

Greenhouse Nightclub NYC photo

Long-awaited in New York City is the "environmentally conscious" Greenhouse Nightclub on Varick Street in New York City's Soho neighborhood, which had a "soft" opening last week. Greenhouse comes right on the heels of GustOrganic, the first "100%" USDA certified organic bar.

Greenhouse isn't trying to be 100 percent organic - it does serve organic Vodka 360, but it is striving to achieve LEED certification, a designation granted by the U.S. Green Building Council for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Greenhouse is touting itself as New York City's first green party spot, but some say that's impossible, naming another club as a hot, environmentally, conscious dance spot long before eco values hit the mainstream. Hit the jump to find out.

Wetlands Eco Saloon photo

Activist nightspot preserved in a Wetlands documentary
Wetlands, which hosted some well-known improvised rock bands including Dave Mathews Band, Pearl Jam, Phish and others, opened way back in 1989 in the Tribeca neighborhood and styled itself as an 'eco-saloon' and 'activist' nightclub. It lasted until 2001. Wetlands had a bit of the hippy about it, tried some eco-innovations like paper straws instead of plastic, and became a place for activists to gather.

"Wetlands was setting aside between 80 and 100,000 dollars a year to fund full-time environmental and social justice organization..." - Wetlands owner Larry Bloch

Greenhouse going for luxury green
Unlike Wetlands, Greenhouse is going for the luxury feel while hoping to earn a few kudos for waste-reducing features like the waterless urinals, which are supposed to reduce water use by 15,000 gallons annually; and by buying 100 percent wind-generated power. Greenhouse is also using LED lighting in order to reduce the electricity usage.

While it hasn't yet been determined which LEED standard - silver, gold, platinum - the interiors of Greenhouse are trying to live up to, the club getting LEED certification in a nightclub would be a first. It also means Greenhouse will have to document its energy and other resource use in its 6,000 square feet of space.

As reported in the New York Post, the walls at Greenhouse are covered either with bamboo paneling or with one of eight different varieties of real leaves, which unfortunately were required to be treated with a flame retardant. Greenhouse reportedly cost 40 percent more to build than a similarly sized 'regular' club.

Read more about "eco" nighclubs:
Kubik Barcelona: DJs & Funky Lights in a Pop-Up Club
Bar Code: Low-Energy Nightclub
Amy Winehouse Could Open Sustainable Dance Club in Rotterdam
Eco-Club Wars: Dancers (Literally) Light Up Rotterdam's WATT, London's Club4Climate

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