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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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David Bosch, Communication Consultant at Gemeente Amsterdam, posted

Whitepaper Shared Mobility Employers (Dutch)

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Due to the many working from home, employers are moving away from fixed travel allowances on a large scale and business lease fleets are also shrinking for the first time in years. In order to meet the travel needs of employees in a good way, more employers are switching to shared mobility as a financial solution.

By focusing on shared mobility, you save valuable parking space, offer your employees a flexible mobility solution and possibly save on your CO2 emissions. Research by the Kennisinstituut Mobiliteit (KiM) shows that a car sharer annually emits 175 to 265 kg less CO2 than before he started car sharing. In addition, shared mobility contributes to better accessibility of the region. Shared mobility is therefore booming: in 2020 the number of shared car users rose by no less than 42% to 730,000.

Municipality of Amsterdam is investing heavily in shared mobility
The City of Amsterdam is working hard to make shared mobility a fully-fledged alternative for everyone who wants to move around in the city. Shared mobility is one of the solutions to keep mobility, quality of life, space on the street and accessibility in the city in balance. There are experiments with shared bicycles and scooters on the street and providers of shared cars are encouraged to offer their services in Amsterdam.

Breikers supports employers free of charge in the Amsterdam Metropolitan Area
The mobility needs of every company and every employee are different. That is why Breikers provides free and independent tailor-made advice. Our interactive mobility scan is even free to use for Breikers participants! Do you need help developing your plans for the realization? In many cases you can re-enable Breikers to come up with the right solution.

To help you on your way, a white paper (in Dutch) has been prepared with the most up-to-date ins-and-outs in the field of Shared Mobility.

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David Bosch, Communication Consultant at Gemeente Amsterdam, posted

16% car owners considering replacing car with shared transport

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Amsterdammers are a lot more positive about shared transport than day trippers and commuters, and cost savings are seen as the biggest advantage. It also appears that many Amsterdammers have old assumptions with regard to availability and costs. The municipality of Amsterdam has therefore launched a campaign to draw attention to the many advantages of shared transport.

Research
The municipality of Amsterdam has commissioned a survey among Amsterdammers, day trippers and commuters. It is clear that Amsterdammers are much more positive about shared transport (49%), than day trippers (36%) and commuters (32%). No less than 16% are considering replacing their car with shared transport. Cost savings (39%), convenience (25%) and environmental benefits (19%) are the main advantages of shared transport. The arrival of mobility hubs, MaaS (mobility as a service) apps and more insight into current car costs are also reasons to opt for shared transport.

Campaign
The campaign makes it clear to the Amsterdammer that there are many advantages when it comes to shared transport. Do you drive less than 10,000 kilometers per year? Then a shared car is quickly cheaper. And it also results in a lot less hassle. In addition, there is the freedom of choice from a wide range of bicycles, scooters and cars, better accessibility in the city and cleaner air because much of the shared transport is electric. But also more space on the street, because if we share bicycles, scooters and cars with each other, fewer means of transport are needed.

Availability significantly increased
In the past year, the supply of shared transport in the city has increased considerably. The number of shared cars in public space has risen from 1,250 to almost 2000 and it is expected that hundreds more shared cars will be added this year. In addition, you can choose daily from about 750 shared cars of Amsterdammers who share their own car. Since last summer, 700 shared scooters have been driving through the city as an experiment and from 15 June, also as part of an experiment, 1300 shared bicycles and 100 community cargo bikes will be added step by step.

Note from ASC: What are your thoughts on this? Let us know bellow.

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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.

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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 , 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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Roel van der Heijden, Technology, physics and astronomy editor of NEMO Kennislink. at NEMO Kennislink, posted

Vervoer in 2050: zo duurzaam mogelijk

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Gaan we straks met de hyperloop op vakantie, stappen we in een personendrone, of is de (elektrische) fiets hét vervoersmiddel van de toekomst? In vier artikelen zoekt NEMO Kennislink-redacteur Roel van der Heijden op welke transportmanieren we moeten inzetten. Sparen we het milieu of willen we zo snel mogelijk overal ter wereld zijn? Sommige keuzes gaan ten koste van elkaar, maar niet altijd. We definiëren steeds een nieuwe einddoel. Het eerste deel is: hoe maken we vervoer zo duurzaam mogelijk?

De (elektrische) fiets is in dit toekomstscenario doorgebroken als hét vervoersmiddel voor alle afstanden onder de pakweg twintig kilometer. Hij blijkt niet te verslaan als het om duurzaamheid gaat. Ga je iets verder dan pak je de elektrische auto of trein. Voor de echt lange reizen gebruiken mensen het vliegtuig op grotendeels synthetische brandstoffen uit duurzame stroom.

Klinkt dit scenario verrassend ‘gewoon’? De fiets, de auto en het vliegtuig als de vervoersmiddelen van de toekomst? Waar zijn de drones en hyperloops? Uit een rondgang van NEMO Kennislink bij een aantal duurzaamheids- en vervoersonderzoekers blijkt dat we het daar wat betreft duurzaamheid niet van moeten hebben.

Lees het artikel hier. In vervolgdelen nemen we op een vergelijkbare manier de snelheid, betaalbaarheid en het delen van vervoer onder de loep.

(foto Petar Milošević via CC BY-SA 4.0)

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Karin Sijbring, posted

MaaS app Amaze Mobility is live!

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The idea behind MaaS (Mobility as a Service) is to give you an overview of all the public transport and shared mobility options an area has to offer. Instead of owning transport, you're just paying for the use of transport which makes streets less crowded and air cleaner. It wouldn't be 2021 if it didn't come with an easy to use app. But how easy is it really?

You no longer need a OV-Chipkaart. With the Amaze Mobility app you can plan, pay and travel with public transport or shared mobility. You can use different shared mobility with one account, so choose the tram today and a shared bike tomorrow. And since the app makes it easy to manage and share travel expenses, just say goodbye to bulky declarations.

Want to give the Amaze Mobility app a try?
Let’s change the way we travel and improve the liveability in cities as we go. We are still looking for companies that want to partner with us to test and spread the app.

Note from ASC: Like to know more or do you have a tip? Let Karin know in the comments.

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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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Leonardo Passos, social entrepreneur , posted

MOTIVAÇO

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We are recruiting young people for "Motivaço", motivation is a social organization of young people, to think, discuss, plan and execute actions in the areas of health, education, environment, smart business and sustainability.
Visit our page
www.facebook.com/motivaco

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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
Liza Verheijke, Community Manager at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Who should win the Dutch Applied AI Award?

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Last year, during the Month of the AAI in November, the Centre of Expertise Applied Artificial Intelligence (AUAS - Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences) presented the Dutch Applied AI Award for the first time. This year we are back for a second edition. The award is part of the Computable Awards and is for suppliers of AI solutions, start-ups in the AI field and good examples of the implementation of AI.

This award is jointly organized with AUAS, Computable and podcast De Dataloog . You can nominate an individual or organisation, based on a project you think has stood out in the past 12 months. The projects may have been particularly successful, innovative or extensive.

You can nominate until 16 August 2021

The winner will be announced on 2 November 2021 during a spectacular show in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht. Last year, healthcare platform DEARhealth won the Dutch Applied AI award. Who will walk away with the prize this year? 🙌🏻

About the Computable Awards

This will be the 16th year in a row that Computable will present the Computable Awards in November 2021. These prizes are awarded to companies, projects and individuals who, according to Computable readers, have clearly distinguished themselves in the past year.

An independent jury of experts will select five nominees for each award from the nominated parties. The ranking by the jury and the number of votes from Computable readers each determine half of which nominee will receive the award in November. The number of times a party is nominated for a nomination does not play a role, but the quality of the substantiation and information about the project mentioned does.

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Liza Verheijke, Community Manager at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, posted

Comenius Leadership Fellow grant to make AUAS students AI-ready

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The Centre of Expertise Applied AI of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences (AUAS) has been awarded a Comenius Leadership Fellow grant of €500,000 for the AI4Students project. Over the next three years, the project headed by Professor of Responsible AI Nanda Piersma intends to use the Comenius grant to equip AUAS students for a future in which artificial intelligence (AI) will play an increasingly important role.

The assessment committee of the Netherlands Initiative for Education Research (NRO) selected the project from a total of 15 applications and praised AI4Students for its innovative character and the expected benefits for students, lecturers and the professional field. “Because of the social relevance of the topic, the committee is confident that the outcomes will be valuable to students and lecturers as well as the professional field.”

AI-ready upon graduation

AI4Students is a project that should have an impact in all faculties of the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences. “We would like to ensure that all AUAS students are AI-ready by the time they graduate, not just with a general acquaintance with AI, but AI specifically geared to their field of study,” Piersma explains. “So it’s not about them studying with us first to become an accountant or physiotherapist, for example, and then having to take an additional training course as soon as they start their job. Instead, they should already be thinking with us about how AI is going to affect their job.”

The Comenius Leadership Fellow 2021 grant will enable Piersma to start fulfilling that ambition over the next three years. “What we want to do is start performing an AI impact scan for 9 degree programmes,” Piersma explains. “In what way is artificial intelligence going to impact a professional field? How will this affect what professionals need to be able to do, and what does that mean for the degree programme itself?”

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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

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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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