The Independent promotes positive change by proactively reducing our venue’s environmental footprint. By making our internal operations more sustainable, we seek to educate and inspire our employees, patrons and bands to become more environmentally conscious. Our environmental objectives are focused on three key areas: waste diversion, conservation, education and outreach.
Our conservation efforts were recognized by the SF Small Business program with a nomination for best small green business of 2009. In addition, we are on our way to becoming the first green rock venue in the country through certification by the SF Green Business Program.
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The Independent has been recently audited for energy efficiency by SF Clean Energy Watch. We are proceeding with their energy efficiency upgrades including replacing standard lightbulbs with CFLs and changing entire lighting fixtures. The Independent now uses Energy Star rated equipment and energy savings settings. SF Clean Energy Watch estimated that The Independent will reduce their carbon emissions into the atmosphere by 11,770 lbs/year.
The Independent is researching installing solar panels on the roof in conjunction with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and their 1BOG initiative (One Block Off the Grid). Stay tuned for more developments.