The recently opened Green Microgym in Portland, Oregon, is not your typical fitness prison: it’s a gym that’s as dedicated to the health of the environment as it is to that of its members. The gym is powered by a combination of alternative sources, including solar and ‘pedal energy’ generated from the stationary-bicycling of its patrons. While the rooftop solar panels generate nearly 3 kilowatts of electricity, the wind-generating bikes can collectively muster up as much as 750 watts.
The 2,800-sq-ft space includes the standard workout equipment you’ll find in a Crunch or 24 Hour Fitness, but consumes less energy than the typical sports club, employing state-of-the-art treadmills that use 30% less energy, energy-saving ceiling fans, low energy LCD TVs, and compact flourescents. And the eco-consciousness hardly stops there: the gym uses paperless billing, the floors are made from recycled and eco-friendly materials, and most excercise equipment is turned off when not in use, rather than sitting powered-on in idle.