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GreenBuzz Amsterdam is a network for professionals active or interested in sustainability. We are a peer-to-peer network based on word of mouth recommendations. Diverse events and formats are focused on different sustainability topics. GreenBuzz wants to help professionals by giving them the tools, inspiration and network to fulfill their Sustainability goals.

Our target audience is passionate about sustainability. These “Buzzers” are sustainability minded, sensitive and aware of challenges in a business context. They have diverse ages, backgrounds and interests but are in a position to make a change. The want to keep moving sustainability ahead in their organization.

We reach our Buzzers through a number of events open to the public or closed. The types of events varies from intimate evenings with open discussions to brainstorms to dinners. We keep events engaging by focusing on knowledge sharing between attendants instead of a plenary format. The talks are short and concise, the discussions run deep and relations are formed.

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Fenna Plaisier, Founder and President at GreenBuzz Amsterdam, posted

Sustainable investment: from great idea to funded

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How do we move from great idea to great? We got funded!

For our next event, we will be looking at how to secure funding for your sustainabiliy idea, not only for entrepreneurs but also people trying to innovate within a existing business. With the help of socially responsible investment companies of our two guest speakers Maarten de Jong, Co-Founder of Oneplanetcrowd, and Ellen Spithoven, Program manager at PIM (investment readiness program),

Our two speakers will share real-life client cases that prove even the craziest of ideas can get the finance they need to achieve their sustainable goals. We will learn how these two companies both seek out alternative means of funding for businesses through crowdfunding platforms and by partnering with allies to tackle a variety of social issues.

After the two talks, we will have an interactive session to compete for precious funds using crowdfunding techniques. What business idea will capture the hearts (and wallets) of our investors? As always there will be plenty of time to meet like-minded professionals.
See you at GreenBuzz!

Fenna Plaisier's picture Event on Feb 27th
Fenna Plaisier, Founder and President at GreenBuzz Amsterdam, posted

Sustainability Network Event: Campaigning for cleaner transport in Europe

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GreenBuzz regularly organises networking events for professionals that want to make the world more sustainable. Join our next event on November 28 at CIRCL's Rooftop Bar for inspiring stories, drinks and to grow your network of professionals that are committed to make their businesses and organisations more sustainable.

Tickets include a free drink!

Campaigning for cleaner transport in Europe
We are excited to announce Lucy Gilliam as our speaker of this event. With her, we will talk about sustainable mobility in Europe.

Lucy works as an Aviation and Shipping Officer at Transport & Environment (T&E), a Brussel based NGO dedicated to the promotion and campaigning for smarter and cleaner transport in Europe and globally. T&E stands for Europe to be a global leader in reducing the environmental and health impact of transport. Lucy is pushing EU member states and key stakeholders to move towards cleaner and more sustainable transport policies.

What does being successful in this arena mean to her? What are the challenges she is facing in her job? During this talk Lucy will give us a unique insight into the works of an environmental lobbyist and report from the frontline with EU governments on transportation policy. We will learn about past and future projects and hear about Lucy's experience in having a real impact, that is getting the job done.

After the talk, we will have an interactive session where we focus on your own sustainability ambitions in the organisation you work in. What do you need to make an impact and how can you help others doing the same?
About our speaker
Lucy Gilliam
Originally from the United Kingdom, Lucy joined T&E in Brussels, Belgium in September 2017 after several years consulting on environment campaigns and having previously worked as a science adviser in the UK civil service. Lucy holds a BSc in biological science and a PhD in molecular microbiology as well as a diploma in commercial coastal sailing vessels. She speaks English and Flemish and is also learning French and German.

Finally, Lucy is an avid and seasoned sailor and the co-founder of eXXpedition - a series of all women ocean sailing voyages that combine science and adventure so to explore the issues of plastics and chemicals in our oceans and bodies.

SHARE, NETWORK AND CONNECT
What can you expect during this evening? Next to our speaker we will have a couple of short networking rounds, during which you have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded people. No matter whether you want to share experiences on sustainability efforts within your organisation or seek advise on your career in sustainability or a sustainability project - our event will help you find and connect with the right people! Check this video for an impression of our past events.

Fenna Plaisier's picture Event on Nov 28th
Fenna Plaisier, Founder and President at GreenBuzz Amsterdam, posted

Sustainability Network Event: Evidence from the field by Danone

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GreenBuzz regularly organizes networking events for professionals that want to make the world more sustainable. Join our next event on 6 June at CIRCL's Rooftop Bar for inspiring stories, drinks and broadening your network with professionals who are committed to make their businesses more sustainable. Tickets include a free drink!

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Evidence from the field by Danone: creating a circular economy for plastics
These days we hear and read a lot about the so-called circular economy. New companies and organisation pop up almost ever day and also more and more traditional players promise to do things differently. Instead of following a traditional linear model of make, use & dispose, resources, under the new model, are kept in use as long as possible, the maximum value from them is extracted until they are recovered or regenerated at the end of each life cycle.

But how to create c circular economic cycle? And how do you create a circular economy for plastic packaging? It surely seems easier said than done.

On June 6, Feliks and Alexandra, our two speakers, will tell us first hand how they and Danone, a major international foods company, are trying to change their business models towards a circular approach that not only is sustainable economically and environmentally but also takes into account consequences for communities, workers and other potential stakeholders.

While Feliks will give us some insights into Danone's global strategy on plastics and packaging, Alex will illustrate things on the ground by telling us about an exciting innovative project in Indonesia that's about to go live.

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SHARE, NETWORK AND CONNECT

What can you expect during this evening? Next to our speakers we will have a couple of short networking rounds, during which you have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded people. No matter whether you want to share experiences on sustainability efforts within your organisation or seek advise on your career in sustainability or a sustainability project - our event will help you find and connect with the right people! Check this video for an impression of our past events.

Fenna Plaisier's picture Event on Jun 6th
Fenna Plaisier, Founder and President at GreenBuzz Amsterdam, posted

Network event for sustainability professionals

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GreenBuzz regularly organizes networking events for professionals that want to make the world more sustainable. Join our next event on April 4th at CIRCL's Rooftop Bar for inspiring stories, drinks and broadening your sustainability network with people who work in various sectors but are all curious about and committed to make their businesses more sustainable! Tickets include a free drink!

SHARE INFORMATION, NETWORK AND CONNECT

What can you expect during this evening? Next to our speaker we will have a couple of short networking rounds, during which you have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded people. No matter whether you want to share experiences on sustainability efforts within your organisation, seek advise on making a first or next step in your professional career linked to sustainability or whether you look for input and help on how to kickstart your own project at your firm - our event will help you find and connect to the right people! Check this video for an impression of our events. Further information will follow shortly!

Fenna Plaisier's picture Event on Apr 4th
Laurie Kos, posted

From ambition to impact

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GreenBuzz regularly organizes networking events for professionals that want to make the world more sustainable. Join our next event on january 24 at CIRCL's Rooftop Bar for inspiring stories, drinks and broadening your sustainability network with people who work in various sectors but are all curious about and committed to make their businesses more sustainable!

SHARE INFORMATION, NETWORK AND CONNECT
What can you expect during this evening? Next to our two speakers we will have a couple of short networking rounds, during which you have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded people. No matter whether you want to share experiences on sustainability efforts within your organisation, seek advise on making a first or next step in your professional career linked to sustainability or whether you look for input and help on how to kickstart your own project at your firm - our event will help you find and connect to the right people!

On wednesday 24th of january we'll discuss the topic 'From Ambition to Impact'.
In what way can you make sure as an organisation/company that your strategy/execution is becoming more sustainable? Which steps and processes are to be taken and how do you counter problems on the way?

Two speakers will talk about how they went from a sustainable idea to creating lasting (social) impact in theirsectors.

Gwen Cunningham - CIRCLE ECONOMY
Our first speaker is Gwen Cunningham who works at Circle Economy: a social enterprise organised as a cooperative which accelerates the transition to circularity through on the ground, action focused, development of practical and scalable solutions.

Gwen Cunningham works on making the Fashion Industry more sustainable through the Circular Textiles Program at Circle Economy and the Amsterdam Fashion Institute. She's determined to transition the textiles industry from a pollutive, damaging linear model to a vibrant and innovative circular one; through multi-stakeholder pilot projects and education.

Niina Pussinen - ABN AMRO
Our second speaker will be Niina Pussinen who works as a Business Development Manager at the ABN AMRO bank. Niina works on various ways to integrate sustainability into the strategy of the ABN AMRO bank.

Tickets include a free drink.

Event on Jan 24th
Laurie Kos, posted

Waste - How to turn a problem into a sustainable solution?

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WASTE: FROM PROBLEM TO SOLUTION

The problems associated with ever growing amounts of waste are undeniable and an enormous challenge for our environment, economies and societies as a whole. Today, we produce over 2.1 bilion tons of waste a year globally and 99% of all things we buy are generally trashed within 6 months of consumption. The resulting consequences of such behavior are polluted oceans, the overexploitation of our planet's resources and the destruction of our natural heritage, etc. This cannot continue for much longer. But how can we turn things around? How can you as a professional make a difference within your own organisation? Join our event to learn from others!

For this event we organised two speakers who will tell us about how they found ways to reduce and minimise the destructive impact of waste. What have they learned from their journey to turn a big and growing problem into a sustainable solution? Their stories are meant to help guide and inspire you in your own quest to improve sustainabilty at your workplace and at home. Lets help each other becoming sustainability experts!

SHARE INFORMATION, NETWORK AND CONNECT

What can you expect during this evening? Next to our two speakers that will help us dive into the subject of waste, waste management and potential solutions we will have a couple of short networking rounds, during which you have the opportunity to connect with other like-minded people. No matter whether you want to share experiences on sustainability efforts within your organisation, seek advise on making a first or next step in your professional career linked to sustainability or whether you look for input and help on how to kickstart your own project at your firm - our event will help you find and connect to the right people!

THE SPEAKERS

Jan Portheine - Founder and CEO of KarTent

It all started when Jan Portheine came across a photo taken at a camping site of Glastonbury festival, England. Jan was shocked to discover that hundreds if not thousands of tents, together with all other sorts of trash, were just left behind while in aparently good condition. As numbers suggest, 1 out of every 4 festival camper leaves their tent behind what in the Netherlands alone results in 25.000 tents each year! An incredible waste of resources. So together with Wout Kommer, he decided to change this! Both sat down and developed a cardboard tent, specifically designed for campsites at festivals. Today, they ship their tents to about 85 individual events in the Benelux and are active in more than 10 countries throughout Europe with the number of tents well into the thousands.

Marieke van Nood - Strategic Advisor at AEB Amsterdam

Marieke van Nood is a strategic advisor at AEB Amsterdam, the world’s largest Waste-to-Energy company operating at a single geographical location. At present, AEB is converting waste into electricity, district heating and high-quality construction materials but plans are to rapidly expand their recycling and sorting activities to include more and more materials for re-use. To this end, Mareike and her team are in charge of implementing and further developing AEB's strategy to recover raw materials from waste. For instance, currently they are working on the development of a high quality recycling facility that will process diapers from Amsterdam area.

ABOUT GREENBUZZ AMSTERDAM

In 2015, all member countries of U.N. adopted a set of 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all. Private sector involvement is critical if countries are to succeed in reaching these goals. Unfortunately however, so far less than half of global businesses are planning to engage with the U.N's SDG's. We at GreenBuzz believe businesses can and have to move faster, and be more effective in implementing those goals. As such, we view it as critical to help and support professionals within organisations already working on sustainability to get more insights and the right connections to have an even greater impact. That is why we at GreenBuzz have build a community plattform of professionals who can help, motivate and learn from each other to make businesses more sustainable. An idea and project that started in Zurich, GreenBuzz now has active and fast growing communities also in Berlin, Amsterdam, Geneva, Bern and Sofia.

Join us at one of our events or visit our website and Facebook page to learn more about us and our mission and to find more information on our past and future events!
www.greenbuzz.global/amsterdam/

Event on Oct 18th