Photo via Club Watt.
Nightclubs take an extraordinary amount of energy. So while we're not exactly encouraging you to travel to one of these cities just to party on a piezoelectric dance floor or pee away the organic beers you just quaffed in a special waterless urinal, we must admire these far-seeing club owners for forging a green path in the party scene. They have taken steps to curb their energy usage, bring in or buy renewable electricity, and use dancing energy to power those flashing lights, to name a few sustainable initiatives. Lots of clubs--Bar Code in Vauxhall, for example--are using LEDs. Many, including Beta in Denver recycle, but the green destinations on this list have gone above and beyond the norm. Here are five super green nightclubs to dance the night away.
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1. Club WATT, Rotterdam, NetherlandsRotterdam is quite proud of WATT, which opened in September with Iggy Pop. WATT follows the guidelines of the Sustainable Dance Club (SDC) organization, which is looking to franchise green clubs all over the world. SDC has very specific goals for clubs: reduce energy use by 30 percent (compared to benchmark) and reduce CO2 emissions, water use, and waste by a hefty 50 percent. WATT's signature piezoelectric dance floor reduces energy use by approximately 10 percent (the dancers drive both the floor's LEDs and some area lights). There's also an energy meter to show dancers whether they are bouncing to maximum levels. There are waterless urinals, and in the ladies bathroom, clear toilet tanks show you how much rainwater collected from the roof each flush uses. WATT also has a Zero Waste Bar, a cafe with organic food, and an outdoor green "oasis." Future plans include solar rooftop panels, a wind turbine, and a living green facade.