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Published on November 12th, 2009 | by Jeff McIntire-Strasburg

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Brooklyn Bowl: World’s First Green Bowling Alley

brooklyn bowl bowling lanesPicture a bowling alley, and you likely come up with images of tacky shoes, greasy food, and lots and lots of beer bottles. Energy efficiency, reuse and recycling, and local food probably don’t come to mind at all — we’re talking about The Big Lebowski, not Garbage Warrior. Brooklyn Bowl, which opened in July in New York City’s Williamsburg neighborhood, is out to change those associations, though. On Tuesday, the bowling center, music venue, and restaurant got a boost in those efforts from the U.S. Green Building Council, which awarded Brooklyn Bowl LEED certification.

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So, what’s does it take to get a bowling alley certified as a green building?

Bamboo lanes? Organic cotton bowling shirts? Low-VOC antiseptic spray for the rented shoes? Nope… Brooklyn Bowl took practical steps to create a chic entertainment venue with a low impact. Located in an old iron foundry, the business’ owners  not only took the standard steps to “green” the building — minimizing energy and water use, reclaiming and reusing materials, and preserving air quality — but also implemented some technologies relatively unique technologies, including

  • “String” bowling pin machines that use 75% less energy than their traditional counterparts;
  • LED stage lights, which consume 90% less power than more prevalent fixtures;
  • Dividers for the space made from glass panels salvaged from the nearby Brooklyn Navy Yard; and
  • No beer bottles (yep, you read that right)… and the beers on tap are from local breweries.

From the photos available, it looks like they didn’t skimp on design in creating a green environment… and it looks like free bowling and live music are regular early-evening features.

Brooklynites: had a chance to check out Brooklyn Bowl? Let us know what you think…



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Jeff McIntire-Strasburg is the founder and editor of sustainablog. You can keep up with all of his writing at Facebook, and at



4 Responses to Brooklyn Bowl: World’s First Green Bowling Alley

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  3. What great news. Thanks for the information. I always turn to the sports section first. The sports page records people’s accomplishments; the front page has nothing but man’s failures.

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