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The Club of the Future — Self Sustaining
In addition to the feel good or even community responsibility aspects of pursuing green building and operational practices, there are a few very compelling reasons we expect to see private clubs making major strides toward greater sustainability in the coming decade. Namely:
In an effort to define and shape the ideal Club of the Future, Chambers has considered what sustainability will mean to clubs 10 and 20 years from now and its impact on membership and facilities.
Says Hart, “We think private clubs are going to champion the notion of maximizing the use of natural resources.” Right now, he says, “the trend is to make sure you’re retrofitting your space to get the most out of your square footage.” Down the road, he expects clubs will be looking to make sure they’re using every club asset — including its natural resources — to their best fiscal and environmental advantage.
“When members join a club,” says Sampson, “they’re looking for a certain lifestyle.” They want to socialize with like-minded people or may join around a specific commonality or interest, like golf or even religion. As new generations come in, environmental consciousness will be part of that like mind, Sampson says. “Younger people will demand that their clubs be more environmentally responsible and will look at those practices as natural components of a quality life.”