It Isn't Easy Being Green, But These Venues Sure Do Make It Fun!
by Karen Carzo
Tuesday, March 25, 2014

“Going green” doesn’t mean “going bland.”  There are several venues that have embraced environmental responsibility and have taken steps to reduce their carbon footprint without reducing the appeal of their space.  Here are just a few to consider when planning your next event.  Other great locations can be found in the Great Places Directory or in the venues section of GreatPlacesDirectory.com.

When you think of an environmentally-friendly location, a bowling alley is probably not high on the list.  However, Brooklyn Bowl is the first Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (L.E.E.D) certified bowling alley in the world!  L.E.E.D is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.  In addition to redefining the “destination entertainment experience,” by integrating a premier performance venue, delicious food and local craft-brewed beers with 16 lanes of bowling fun, Brooklyn Bowl is also committed to sustainable development.  Their greening efforts include:
•    100% wind-powered electricity
•    Pin-spotters that use 75% less energy than a typical pin-spotter
•    No bottles or cans – all soft drinks and beers are on tap
•    LED stage lights that use 90% less energy than the typical draw
•    100% reclaimed cork floors in the Bowlers Lounge
•    100% recycled truck tires make up the stage floor

For more information on Brooklyn Bowl’s greening efforts, visit http://www.brooklynbowl.com/info/green-commitment/ To book an event, please contact events@brooklynbowl.com, or call 718.963.3369, ext. 22.

Basketball City @ Pier 36 is a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility that features seven air-conditioned basketball courts available for private rentals and social events.  The venue’s 15,000 square foot deck overlooks the East River and offers views of the downtown Manhattan, South Street Seaport, the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, and the Statue of Liberty.  In addition, the building has three high-resolution LED walls (two 9 feet x 16 feet, and one 10 feet by 25 feet) as well as 28 LED monitors (55 inches x 70 inches).  For more information, visit www.basketballcity.com, or contact bruce@basketballcity.com212.233.5050 ext 210 to book an event. 

New York City’s first L.E.E.D. registered nightclub is appropriately named Greenhouse.  With an eye toward eco-sensitive construction and green policies, Greenhouse’s interior is a multi-level luxury space built from recycled or recyclable materials that work creatively to amplify the eco-look of the space.  In addition to the modern LED lighting and recycled glass panorama designs in the bars, is the venue’s transparent ceiling fixture.  Comprised of more than 5,000 individually hung crystals, it is designed to emulate a rolling landscape.  To reinforce its environmental commitment, Greenhouse hosts a monthly event - “Greenhouse Gives Back” – to benefit green charities.  Visit www.greenhouseusa.com, for more information, or contact megan@greenhouseusa.com to book an event. 

At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, located along New York City’s East River in the Wallabout Basin, environmentally-friendly activity abounds!  First take Parker Red, the catering and events division of Brooklyn’s Ted & Honey café.  Parker Red specializes in carefully crafted American-driven farm-to-table cuisine.  Menus change frequently to feature items that are in season as well as locally grown and raised.  Their vendors are fully supported by local farmers and everything is house made from scratch!  Quite often, Parker Red events take place at Brooklyn Grange, a 65,000 square foot rooftop farm on Brooklyn Navy Yard’s Building Number 3.  Brooklyn Grange offers herb-scented breezes and sweeping views of the docks, East River and downtown Manhattan.  Nestled among the sustainable farm crops is a 4,000 square foot paved deck and walkways, all combining to create the perfect secret garden for a variety of occasions.  Contact joanne@parkerred.com to book an event, or visit www.parkerred.com for more information.

Also located in the Brooklyn Navy Yard is Duggal Greenhouse, a state-of-the art venue that offers a riverside terrace with views of Manhattan.  It took $10 million to turn a massive asbestos-laden building into this incredible 100,000 square foot eco-space, complete with energy-saving “Lumi Solair” solar lamp posts and rooftop solar panels.  In addition to hosting incredible events, the L.E.E.D.-certified Duggal Greenhouse serves as the hub of Duggal Energy Solutions, a green corporation dedicated to resolving global electricity, water and agriculture problems.  For more information and to book an event, visit www.duggalgreenhouse.com or contact mary@duggal.com

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