Circular City

Moving from a linear to a circular economy means minimising the waste and pollution by reducing, recycling and reusing. The City of Amsterdam aims to redesign twenty product- or material chains. The implementation of material reuse strategies has the potential to create a value of €85 million per year within the construction sector and €150 million per year with more efficient organic residual streams. Amsterdam set up an innovation program on the circular economy; www.amsterdamsmartcity.com/circularamsterdam. By converting waste into electricity, urban heating and construction materials, the Amsterdam Electricity Company generates 900 kWh per 1000 kg of waste. 75% of the sewage system is separated for waste and rain water and the silt which remains after treating waste water is converted into natural gas. Share your innovative concepts and ideas on circular economy here.

Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

Fashion for Good Masterclass: designing with nature (Hybrid)

Hybrid event: join virtually or in person!

The Creative Directors of BOTTER and Nina Ricci, will take you into a deep dive on the relationship between nature and designing fashion.

Since forever, collections are based on the galaxy, designs based on fungus, floral application or leopard print accessoires - nature is a massive source of inspiration for the fashion industry.

Lisi Herrebrugh and Rushemy Botter take this a level up. Their BOTTER manifesto says:

“(...) We care about fashion, as the golden daughter of all arts. We care about nature, as the golden mother of all arts. Without nature, no arts, nothing. Without the sea, no human, no us. (...)”

The BOTTER Coral Nursery, an organization that actively works on reviving the coral reef, and using innovative materials, such as the ocean waste plastic materials, for their collections is part of their mission to make a change in the industry.

Nature is not only their inspiration to create fashion, but also their drive.

Join the masterclass to learn more about their thought processes for creating fashion for BOTTER and Nina Ricci, struggles they’ve come across and their ultimate dreams.

Some questions that will be answered:

What does a day in the life of Lisi and Rushemy look like?

When and how did nature start influencing their work?

What is their biggest source of inspiration?

Are there assessments to be made between nature and commerciality?

What can you, as a consumer, do to make a positive impact?

If you have any questions for Lisi and Rushemy, please make sure to submit them or ask them during the Q&A!

AGENDA:

16.00: start event & welcome by FFG

16.05: deep dive by Lisi Herrebrugh & Rushemy Botter

16.40: Q&A

17.00: end of event

Masterclass / workshop on Aug 12th
Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

FASHION FOR GOOD MUSEUM LAUNCHES AUDIO TOUR

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From Wednesday July 28th, the Fashion for Good museum features a new audio tour narrated by Dutch rapper Dio. In the tour, visitors can listen to Dio explain the rise of fast fashion, why sustainable fashion is so important for people and planet, and what kinds of natural materials can be used to create the fashion of the future. The tour is in Dutch and is free to all visitors to the sustainable fashion museum on the Rokin in Amsterdam.

The Fashion for Good Museum audio tour is made possible with the support of the Kickstart Cultuurfonds.

#CircularCity
Christiaan Elings, Strategy & Collaboration for Sustainable Transitions at Royal Haskoning, posted

Vacature: Samen impact maken op transities in de leefomgeving

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Als SMC| Strategie en Management Consultants van Royal HaskoningDHV zijn we op zoek naar mensen die 'samen' impact willen maken op de transities in onze leefomgeving. Niet omdat ze weten hoe het moet, maar omdat ze anderen kunnen begeleiden in hoe het kan! 'Gedeeld Eigenaarschap' noemen we dat in onze visie op samen werken aan maatschappelijke veranderopgaven.

Voor de volgende vacatures na de zomervakantie komen we graag nu al met je in contact:

→ Proces- en programmamanager nationale en regionale energiestrategieen en PPS (circa 10 jaar ervaring);
→ Senior-Consultant Bestuur, Programma’s en Organisatie (circa 10 à 15 jaar ervaring)
→ Proces-professionals Klimaat, Energie, Ruimte, Mobiliteit en Landbouw (circa 2 à 7 jaar ervaring).

Voor een eerste 'teen in het water', bel of mail al gerust met pascal.lamberigts@rhdhv.com / 06 – 22 37 86 65. Dan passen we onze vacatures graag aan op jouw kwaliteiten en meerwaarde.

→ Voor een kijkje in de keuken bij ministeries, provincies, gemeenten, waterschappen en - steeds meer - ook bedrijven;
→ Voor strategisch mensenwerk in de voorfase van nieuwe ontwikkelingen, met 6.500 collega's als inhoudelijke sparringpartners in een groot, internationaal bedrijf;
→ Voor samenwerken in een cultuur gebaseerd op de principes van de netwerkorganisatie – veel vrijheid, veel verantwoordelijkheid;
→ Voor een eigen SMC Academy gericht op samen leren en ontwikkelen in proces- en programmamanagement en organisatieontwikkeling;
→ Voor de snelste leercurve in opgavegericht werken voor young professionals als springplank naar een volgende uitdagende baan bij ministeries, provincies en grote gemeenten.

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Jennifer Drouin, Community Manager at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Doughnut community event with kate raworth

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Always wanted to meet Kate Raworth in an intimate setting and exchange stories with other donut fans? Looking for inspiration for a new kickstart of the year? Then this is your chance!

On Thursday, September 30, 15.00 - 17.00, the annual Amsterdam Donut Coalition Community Event will take place during the Amsterdam Donut Days at the new Culture Club! We can't wait to determine the new course together with you and join forces to get Amsterdam into the donut.

Sign up
Enough time to network and share stories with a snack and a drink.Sign up via the link below and find more info on our website: https://bit.ly/3ir0kWJThere is only a limited number of places available.

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Jennifer Drouin, Community Manager at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Open call powers to act workshop with kate raworth

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We need each other to get into the 'doughnut'. Transforming a city only succeeds if all stakeholders have one goal and work together. So: how do we get to a joint agenda and approach?

On September 29th from 09.00 - 18.00 we are organising a Powers to Act Workshop led by none other than Kate Raworth, the creator of Doughnut Economics.

Looking for 30 participants
We are looking for thirty participants; highly motivated, from all stakeholder groups, doers/thinkers, and diverse in all ways. Are you up for helping the city turn into a doughnut city? Then let us know via the form why we should not miss you!

This event is part of the Amsterdam Doughnut Days 28 september - 1 oktober. More info on https://bit.ly/3eBVAwB

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Jet van Eeghen, Online communication advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Vacature Online Contentspecialist

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Eet jij content als ontbijt, lunch en diner? Weet je hoe je het netwerk van de Amsterdam Economic Board kunt aanspreken en activeren? Schrijf je sterke social posts in foutloos Nederlands en beheers je de Engelse taal op een goed niveau? Heeft Google Analytics geen geheimen voor je en maak je graag deel uit van een enthousiast en betrokken communicatieteam?

De Board heeft een vacature voor een krachtige Online Contentspecialist per september voor 32 uur per week. Reageer voor 30 juli en we gaan graag met je in gesprek.

Note van ASC: Wil je net iets meer weten? Laat het Jet weten in de comments.

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Jet van Eeghen, Online communication advisor at Amsterdam Economic Board, posted

Gezocht: Stagiair(e) strategie-team

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Vanaf september 2021 hebben wij een stageplek voor een initiatiefrijke, meewerkende stagiair(e). Heb jij zin in een stage binnen het strategie-team waar je verschillende partijen leert kennen en je onderzoek doet naar innovatie voor een slimme, groene en gezonde toekomst van de Metropool Amsterdam? Dan zoeken we jou!

Het strategie-team van de Amsterdam Economic Board doet onderzoek naar drie maatschappelijke transities in de regio: Energie, Circulair en Digitaal. We werken met toekomstscenario’s en organiseren kennissessies om het gesprek over de toekomst van de economie te voeren met ons netwerk. Daarnaast verbinden we kennisinstellingen, overheden en bedrijven in de regio op strategisch niveau en stimuleren we innovatieve samenwerking tussen hen.

Klinkt dat als een uitdaging die jou goed ligt: Lees dan alles over deze stage-vacature.

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Ready to meet the winners of the No Wast Challenge and their ground-breaking ideas?

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Ready to meet the winners of the WDCD No Waste Challenge? Earlier this evening, a total of 16 ground-breaking ideas were selected for the top prize, representing a wide range of strategies for reducing waste and its impact on the planet. Each winning team will now gain access to €10.000 in funding and an extensive development programme designed to launch their ideas into action.

“The quality and range of entries we’ve seen in this Challenge is remarkable,” comments Richard van der Laken, co-founder and creative director of What Design Can Do. “In a turbulent year, it’s particularly inspiring to see that the creative community is willing and able to break away from decades of linear thinking and bad design. I’m hopeful that others in the industry will follow their lead.”

Revolutionizing the the taking and making
The winners were determined by an international jury who reviewed every project from a list of 85 high-potential nominees.  Among the ideas to take home the top prize are solutions that focus on the production process – aiming to revolutionise the taking and making of all the things we use and eat. Sustrato (Mexico), for example, combines traditional craft, contemporary design and waste from the pineapple industry to develop a range of sustainable bioplastics. Modern Synthesis (UK) makes use of a similar waste stream, this time from apple farms, to feed microbes that grow fully circular fibers for the fashion industry.

Adressing the underlying problem of consumerism
Meanwhile, other winners are unified by their desire to uproot entire value systems. These projects are looking to prevent waste by addressing the underlying problem of consumerism. Reparar.org (Argentina) for example, is a service which connects individuals to local cobblers and repair shops, working to promote a culture of care and the right-to-repair. Similarly, Project R (Japan), is a community centre that empowers citizens to learn about circular techniques and lifestyles. Together, these winners suggest inventive ways for us to reconcile what we want with what the planet needs. In doing so, they also help to redefine design as a tool that can be restorative and regenerative, instead of merely productive or destructive. Congratulations to all!

ABOUT THE NO WASTE CHALLENGE

What Design Can Do and IKEA Foundation launched the No Waste Challenge in January 2021, calling for bold solutions to address the enormous impact of waste on climate change. The competition was open to innovators everywhere, and offered three design briefs tackling different aspects of our take-make-waste economy. In April, the open call ended with an exceptional 1409 submissions from creatives in more than 100 countries. As part of the No Waste Challenge award package, sixteen winners will now enter a development programme co-created by Impact Hub, which will propel their projects through 2022.

Learn more about the No Waste Challenge at: nowaste.whatdesigncando.com

#CircularCity
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Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab in full swing

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During the pandemic, it might have felt as if the world temporarily stood still. However, while most of us worked at home, the Living Lab projects at Marineterrein Amsterdam were still running.

Although dealing with traveling restrictions, social distancing, and the accompanying delays - it was still possible to run the experiments - all within guidelines - and some of the projects developed at a rapid speed. Despite all these restrictions, Marineterrein Amsterdam Living Lab (MALL) was in full swing.

Read on for updates on:

• The autonomous and modular vehicle Roboat
• Roboat meets The garbage module
• Space For Food: from waste water to cultivating purple bacteria
• Respyre lets moss grow on concrete
• The Responsible Sensing Lab
• Side walk robot Husky

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Ananda Binkhorst, projectmedewerker at De Gezonde Stad, posted

Van Afval naar Oogst

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We gooien in Amsterdam nog steeds ons gft-afval bij het huishoudelijke afval. Zonde vinden wij! Van dit gft-afval kan namelijk goede compost gemaakt worden. Daarom zijn we in mei 2020 samen met Stichting Onschatbare Waarde van start gegaan met het project Van Afval naar Oogst.

De centrale locatie van het project is in de buurttuin van I Can Change The World With My Two Hands, een initiatief van Onschatbare Waarde, in Amsterdam West. Onze gezamenlijke ambitie was 100 Amsterdammers te betrekken bij afvalscheiding en hergebruik. Meer dan 100 mensen hebben zich aangemeld en leveren nu wekelijks hun gf-afval in bij de buurttuin waar waardevolle compost van wordt gemaakt.

De Gezonde Stad werkt aan een groene, circulaire en inclusieve stad, niet door er lang over te praten, maar door te doen, samen met een community van bewoners, bedrijven, overheden en andere organisaties. We planten bomen, leggen buurtparken en moestuinen aan, we organiseren events om lokaal voedsel op de kaart te zetten, we zijn trekker van het platform Van Amsterdamse Bodem en we sluiten kringlopen, zodat afval weer tot iets waardevols kan worden omgezet.

Volg ons op social media of check degezondestad.org om op de hoogte te blijven.

#CircularCity
Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Alternatieven voor Single Use Plastic en Plastic Verpakkingen

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Plastic verpakkingen, welke alternatieven en innovatieve oplossingen zijn er?

Om het toepassen van nieuwe innovatieve en duurzame oplossingen te bevorderen koppelen ABN AmroImpact Hub Amsterdam en TNW innovaties aan bedrijven tijdens het Impact Nation programma. Op 26 augustus doen we dit live bij CIRCL met verschillende experts op het gebied van plastic en verpakking. Tijdens het evenement behandelen we drie strategieën om met het plastic probleem om te gaan en bijbehorende innovaties:

1. Minder plastic: zoals ontwerpstrategieën die minder plastic materiaal vereisen
2. Beter plastic: ontworpen voor hergebruik inclusief retourlogistiek
3. Geen plastic: biobased of andere alternatieve materialen, verpakking weglaten.

Programma:
15:00 Welkomstwoord en introductie door Impact Nation
15:05 ABN Sector Banker David Kemps: B2B plastic
15:10 ABN Sector Banker Retail Henk Hofstede: B2C plastic
15:15 Expert presentatie: Minder plastic
15:30 Expert presentatie: Beter plastic.
15:45 Expert presentatie: Geen plastic.
16:00 Einde virtueel event.
16:00 Q&A met sprekers en publiek bij CIRCL.
16:30 borrel bij CIRCL

Sprekers
Minder plastic: Tim Brekers, Vytal
Beter plastic: Liz Madaras, PoliLoop
Geen plastic: Jan Berbee, Grown Bio

Voor wie:

  • MKB
  • Startups
  • Experts uit de plastic industrie.

Waarom meedoen?
Er zijn 8,5 miljard stuks plastics in de wereld, dat is 1000 kilo per inwoner. En er overlijden 1 miljoen mensen per jaar door gevolgen van plastic. Voor de toekomst is het nodig dat we met elkaar blijven werken aan slim ontwerp, hergebruik, retoursystemen en hoogwaardige recycling.

Locatie
Dit evenement vindt zowel online als offline plaats. Wilt u het event virtueel bijwonen? Kies dan voor het ticket Online bijwonen in de check-out. Daarnaast zijn er 50 regular tickets (Live bij CIRCL) beschikbaar om het event bij te wonen op locatie bij CIRCL, in Amsterdam.

Partners:
Dit evenement is een samenwerking tussen Impact Hub en CIRCL.

Note van ASC: Wil je net iets meer weten? Laat het weten in de comments.

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Zola Can, Editorial office & Communication at Openresearch Amsterdam at City of Amsterdam, posted

Openresearch: Make sure your theses gets read

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Are you worried that no one besides your supervisor will ever read your thesis? This year openresearch.amsterdam will publish all theses that are relevant for the greater Amsterdam area.

At openresearch already more than 2500 civil servants, academics and designers find each other’s work. The aim of the platform is to:

• Share knowledge
• Show relations between different kinds of knowledge
• Work together in research projects

A great place for students and starters to work on their own professional network in the city by sharing their work, in line with our motto: Dare to share.

Dare to share
So, is your thesis about the Herengracht in the 17th century, dyslexia in Amsterdam Zuidoost, the Amsterdam energy transition or another topic that relates to the city? Send your thesis to: openresearch@amsterdam.nl

For more information and terms and conditions, click here.

Something to share with your interns
Are you not a student, but do you work with graduating or graduated students in your organisation? Bringing this post to the attention of your colleagues is appreciated.

Note from ASC: Have a tip for Zola? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Jasmyn Mazloum, Communicatie at Gemeente Almere, posted

Almeerse basisschool De Verwondering meest duurzame project van Nederland!

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Ecologische basisschool De Verwondering in Almere Hout heeft de Gouden Kikker gewonnen: de prijs voor het meest duurzame project van Nederland.

De jury van de Duurzaam Bouwen Awards vindt De Verwondering een inspirerend voorbeeld van duurzaam maatschappelijk vastgoed op zeer hoog niveau én in de breedste zin van het woord. Niet alleen door de keuze van natuurlijke materialen, systemen en bouwmethoden, maar ook door de ontwerpfilosofie. Het natuurinclusieve schoolplein is een ecosysteem op zich, met nestgelegenheden voor vogels en insecten, lokale flora en een kleine baai. De leerlingen zien zelf hoe hun school is gebouwd, welke materialen zijn toegepast en hoe het van energie wordt voorzien.

Met dit alles, is het project niet alleen een inspiratie voor de leerlingen én medewerkers van de school, maar ook voor de rest van Nederland!

Esther 't Hoen, jurylid en projectleider circulaire bouweconomie van het ministerie van BZK, mocht de award aan de architect, Daan Bruggink van ORGA architect overhandigen. “De samenwerking tussen de Gemeente Almere en Stichting Prisma Almere, de opdrachtgevers en Paula van Kuijk, de directrice van de school en de installateur, heeft geleid tot dit resultaat.”

We zijn trots op het project en uiteraard op de samenwerking tussen de verschillende partijen wat heeft geleid tot een prachtig resultaat. Mooi dat dit, mede dankzij de Gouden Kikker van de Nederlandse Duurzaam Bouwen Awards, nationaal de aandacht krijgt. De awards worden mede mogelijk gemaakt door abcnova, Stichting W/E adviseurs duurzaam bouwen, FSC Nederland en Duurzaam Gebouwd.

Verder hebben meegewerkt aan De Verwondering: Bladgroen, Van Norel bouwgroep, Lüning Ingenieurs in houtconstructies, Nieman Groep, TDS Engineering, Projectum Inrichten B.V., GoedGeplant en uiteraard iedereen bij De Verwondering!

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Camille Janssen, Sustainability Consultant , posted

Over 24 circular economy challenges of leading companies are looking for your solution.

We have carefully formulated the circular economy challenges of Israel’s leading companies. Now, it is time to work together to come up with solutions to stimulate the transition from a linear to a circular economy, in the first Circular Innovation Competition in Israel.

The competition is open to anyone of any nationality above the age of eighteen - scientists, entrepreneurs, students, intrapreneurs. In short, we invite all types of innovators to submit a solution to the circularity challenges of the participating companies.

Explore all challenges

Ten finalists will be selected by our jury, amongst them the President of Philips Israel and the Managing Director of Closed Loop Partners together with the challenge providers. Three winners will be declared, who will win up to 2500 EUR/10.000 NIS together.

Note from ASC: Have a question? Let’s hear it in the comments.

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Anne-Ro Klevant Groen, Marketing and Communications director at Fashion for Good Experience, posted

Fashion for good - Meet the Innovators: Dyes of the Future

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In this year's first edition of 'Meet the Innovators', we bring together innovative technologies disrupting the traditional dyeing-landscape

About this event

For the ‘Dyes of the Future’ event we welcome three innovators from our current programmes with innovations at the forefront of dyeing solutions, alternative dyes and pigments. We’re excited to kick-off with field expert Adriana Galijasevic to discuss the challenges of the industry and the opportunities for new technologies and collaborations in the sustainable dyeing space. Sign up to find out more and learn how they’re helping to shape a new world for fashion.

Agenda:

15:00-15:05 CEST / 18:30-18:35 IST:

  • Introduction

15:05-15:25 CEST/ 18:35-18:55 IST:

  • Keynote speaker Adriana Galijasevic

15:25-15:40 CEST / 18:55-19:10 IST:

  • Innovator Pitches: Graviky Labs, t-hues, Stony Creek Colors

15:40-16:00 (19:10-19:30 IST):

  • Q&A (open to audience)

Speakers:

Adriana Galijasevic

Adriana Galijasevic is a designer, action researcher, innovator, educator and an advocate for circular economy in fashion-industry based on the Cradle-to-Cradle design principles. Before starting as an independent consultant, she spent a last decade working for G-Star ‘RAW’ as Denim, Sustainability & Circularity Expert.

Graviky Labs (India)

Graviky is a material innovation startup that turns end-of-life carbon emissions into industrial grade materials. Emissions are recycled into products such as screen-print and inkjet inks, dye stuff and transfer inks that could be used in apparel and packaging applications.

t-hues (Sri Lanka)

t-hues began with a collaboration between Dynawash (an industrial apparel dyer) and SLINTEC (a nanotechnology research institute) that saw the creation of a natural dye produced from tea waste from Unilever. t-hues can offer a sustainable dye with a wide range of colours and a reduction in the carbon footprint.

Stony Creek Colors (United States)

Stony Creek Colors creates a plant-based indigo that can replace petrochemical based synthetic indigo dyes. They optimise indigo production in a (non-GMO) closed loop process which has the potential to be carbon negative. In addition, they are working with small-scale farmers and helping them to switch from tobacco to indigo which can provide them with a more stable income stream and keep prime farmland in agricultural production.

About Fashion for Good:

Fashion for Good was founded to address the problems faced in the fashion industry. In order to change things, we need to innovate. But to date, key innovations are not being scaled; we bridge this gap by bringing the most promising innovators together with industry heavyweights to tackle the industry’s most deeply rooted environmental and social challenges.

We are both an innovation platform and a convenor for change - we house the world's first interactive tech museum for sustainable fashion in Amsterdam and run regular events and workshops to help you on your good fashion journey.

Online event on Jul 20th
Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Lunchroom | Food Webinars | #1 Alternative proteins

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Get to know the latest from the alternative proteins industry and learn about acceleration opportunities in just 30 min during lunchtime!

For whom

  • Startups that would like to grow their business
  • Idea owners that would like to turn their idea into business.
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about alternative proteins

Why join

  • The latest development in alternative proteins
  • First hand experience about our accelerator and incubator programs on food
  • Ask all your questions to our alumni and team
  • Expand your network

About Alternative proteins
Alternative protein companies that relate to plantbased protein, cultured meat, and cultured fish are growing strongly. With only about one-tenth the carbon costs of animal-based foods but more “meat-like” product entrants every day, they could transform the food industry completely. While plantbased proteins are derived from pea or wheat ingredients, cultured lab-grown products attempt to make meat from animal cells grown or cultured in a lab, cruelty-free. What are the opportunities in the alternative proteins market in 2021/2022? Join us for a webinar over lunch and get acquainted with the trends and acceleration opportunities.

Program
12:30 intro
12:35 expert talk: 2021 market trends in alternative proteins
12:50 Q&A about our food accelerators

Speakers
FCA alum Brad Vanstone, Willicroft
IRP alum Mark Kulsdom, The Dutch Weedburger

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Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Lunchroom | Food Webinars | #2 Regenerative agriculture & biodiversity

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What are the opportunities for biodiversity in the market this year? Conventional farming is a huge driver of climate change and biodiversity loss. The good news is that regenerative agriculture could be the answer to turning it all around! However, scaling regenerative agriculture should not fall on farmers alone – it should be a joint effort across the supply chain.

Food companies and retailers should reward farmers who embrace these practices as well as governments, and intergovernmental organizations must reshape policies or plans and even incentivise regenerative agriculture. Consumers should be educated about this problem and encouraged to make conscious food choices, which will grow demand for sustainably produced products. Join us for this webinar and get to know more about the possibilities for your food startup to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable food system.

Get to know the latest from the regenerative agriculture & biodiversity industry and learn about our programmes in just 30 min during lunch!

For whom

  • Startups that would like to grow their business
  • Idea owners that would like to turn their idea into business.
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about regenerative agriculture and biodiversity

Why join

  • The latest development in regenerative agriculture and biodiversity
  • First hand experience about our accelerator and incubator programs on food
  • Ask all your questions to our alumni and team
  • Expand your network

Program
12:30 intro
12:35 expert talk: 2021 market trends in regenerative agriculturen& biodiversity
12:50 Q&A about our food accelerators

Speakers
Felipe Villela, reNature
Wij.land

Note from ASC: Would you like to know more? Let Hendrike know in the comments.

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Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Lunchroom | Food Webinars | #3 Short & fair value chains

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Get to know the opportunities for short & value chains in the food sector and learn about acceleration opportunities in just 30 min!

For whom

  • Startups that would like to grow their business
  • Idea owners that would like to turn their idea into business.
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about a short & fair value chain in the food industry

Why join

  • The latest trends in a short & fair value chain
  • First hand experience about our accelerator and incubator programs on food
  • Ask all your questions to our alumni and team
  • Expand your network

Short & fair value chains
The value chain is defined as the set of activities performed to design, produce, market, deliver, and support products. The sustainable food system starts with fair and ethical chains, emphasising quality, safety, diversity, responsibility, and traceability. What are the opportunities for short & fair value chains this year in the market? What do we need to change to be a part of the Sustainable Food Ecosystem? Join us for a discussion over lunch during our webinar and get the answer to these and more chains-related questions. At the end of your lunch break, you will be acquainted with the possibilities for your food startup to accelerate the transition.

Programme
12:30 intro
12:35 expert talk: 2021 market trends in short & fair value chains
12:50 Q&A about our food accelerators

Speakers
Alum Yorick Bruins, co-founder Wakuli
Mentor & sector expert Drees Peter van den Bosch, chairperson Taskforce Korte Keten

Henrike Slob's picture Online event on Aug 27th
Henrike Slob, Marketing Communications Lead at Impact Hub Amsterdam, posted

Lunchroom | Food webinars | #4 Packaging & Circularity

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Learn about the opportunities in the market and our acceleration programs in just 30 min during lunchtime!

For whom

  • Startups that would like to grow their business
  • Idea owners that would like to turn their idea into business.
  • Anyone who would like to learn more about packaging & circularity in food

Why join

  • The latest developments  in packaging & circularity in food
  • First hand experience about our accelerator and incubator programs on food
  • Ask all your questions to our alumni and team
  • Expand your network

Program
12:30 intro
12:35 expert talk: 2021 market trends on packaging & circularity
12:50 Q&A about our food accelerators

Speakers
Pieter Pot

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Herman van den Bosch, professor in management development , posted

Tools for circular construction

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The impact of circular principles on the construction sector will be large and beneficial because buildings are responsible for more than 50% of the total use of materials on earth, including valuable specimen such as steel, copper, aluminium and zinc.

The picture above – the interior of the Circle pavilion of the ABN-AMRO bank in Amsterdam is an example of a new building that uses as many existing components as possible and new components of the building are designed to be reused. Think of:

• 1200 m2 of wooden floors
• Partition walls of a demolished building
• 16.000 garments of employees for isolation purposes

By circular construction we mean designing, building and demolishing a building in such a way that, in addition to the high-quality reuse of materials, justice is done to sustainability ambitions in the field of energy, water, and biodiversity and ecosystems.

New materials are often more expensive than new ones
In case of demolishment, nowadays many components are already reused, but at a very low level, for instance concrete and stones as the foundation of new roads. Apart from the limited necessity to construct many new roads, this type of recycling destroys the intrinsic quality of materials and does not diminish the use of new materials. The biggest problem is that recycled materials are often more expensive than new ones.

Evidently, progress can be made by planning, designing, developing, and building circular buildings. A number of options are mentioned below.

Dedicated urban planning
Challenges for planning are the use of inner-city vacant land and issuing mandatory requirements regarding the construction of new buildings, for instance the use of less cement, glass and steel, the mandatory application of a certain percentage of reused materials, and becoming energy positive or at least energy-neutral. Switching to sustainable timber is an option for 90% of homes and 70% of offices being built.

Mandatory reuse of existing components
Reuse of existing materials means that glass is reused as glass and concrete pillars as pillars. The same applies to doors, frames, carpets, wall-cladding materials and so on. To start with, after demolishment all materials must be selected, cleaned, registered, and stored in new-to-develop warehouses. A materials passport, which contains an overview of all materials and components that are used to construct of a house or building, is a useful tool as well. The obligation to reuse a large percentage of existing components has far-reaching consequences for the design and construction of new houses.

Industrial production and 3D printing
Construction of components in factories, deploying industrial processes, will reduce costs by 30 percent and the delivery time by at least 50 percent. In 2014, the Chinese company WinSun printed and assembled ten houses, each 195 square meters, in 24 hours, for an amount of €5,000 per house[1]. The company used 30 - 60 percent less material than in traditional construction. The “ink” for their 3D printers is a mixture of dry cement and construction waste. WinSun plans to open 100 recycling plants in China to convert waste into cost-efficient ink. This video below demonstrates the printing activities of WinSun

Sharing space
The size of apartments will decrease, partly due to costs, but also because of the presence of shared guest rooms, lounge areas and terraces for working and socializing, spaces for washing and drying laundry. The need for office space will decrease rapidly due to sharing space and working home. Already now, IBM has only one desk available for 12 employees. Given the presence of 300,000 employees, this has led worldwide to savings on real estate of around € 1 billion in the past 10 years.

Modularity and durability
A key barrier for better use of floor space is the lack of flexibility in the design of buildings and room configurations. A modular design, which provides for easy replacement of partitions and placement of complete pre-fab units (kitchens and bathrooms, walls, and roofs as well) facilitates adjustments in case of new construction or as the use of a building changes. DIRTT builds interior components that are modular and standardized and offer maximum interchangeability in both existing and new buildings[2]. This video gives an impression of the production and application of these flexible and inexpensive solutions.

Forget new construction at all
Anyway, a first step is more efficient use of existing buildings and houses.
As families become smaller and offices need less space, existing space becomes underused. Many thousands of one family houses can be transformed in apartments. Well-thought adjustments to the lay-out of existing houses and buildings can improve their efficiency without reducing their functionality and amenity. Look here for inspiring examples.

I will regularly share with you ‘snapshots’ of the challenge to bring social and ecological sustainable cities closer using technology if helpful. These posts represent findings, updates, and supplements of my e-book Humane cities. Always humane. Smart if helpful. The English version of this book can be downloaded for free below.

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