Partying at Club Green.

Photo by Seth Mazow |

Have you ever wondered, while walking in or out of a club, how much energy is used to run it? Have you ever thought about the plastic cups they serve your third and fifth drinks in, and how much garbage that must make within just one night? A club in the UK, that started in 2008, aims to combat this problem with some neat environmentally friendly initiatives.

The club, called Bar Surya, is owned and operated by billionaire and Climate4Change chairman, Andrew Charalambous, His ideas have allowed for a greater attempt at sustainability and have shown that environmentalism can apply in just about any setting.

A great part about this experience relies on making a difference during every part of your stay at the club. First off, cover is free for those who can prove that they walked, biked, or used public transportation to get to the club. Also, those who want admission are required to sign a petition stating that they will take action to curb climate change and its emissions. Want a drink? The organic spirits provided by the bar are served in polycarbon cups.

Although all of those small changes are great, one cannot overlook the generation of energy required to upkeep a club at night. As such, the dance floor has been engineered to harvest the energy made by bouncing and jumping movements. 60% of the club’s energy is made by dancing!

The ideas that this club generates are innovative, and it sets a new standard that many clubs will likely soon adopt.  In fact, green clubbing has already transferred to New York, where a new club, ‘Greenhouse’, has emerged. Although the club seems to do less work in terms of green interactions with their customers, the club is undoubtedly spectacular in sustainable design. The prestigious LEED certification was given to the club this year for its bars made of recycled glass and its organic crystal décor, which vibrates with the music.

No matter where you are, whether it be New York, the UK, or elsewhere, an environmental conscience is making its way into bars and clubs everywhere. Whether you’re on your first drink or last, green clubbing allows you to make your responsible choices in a sustainable way.