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Interview with We Are Paris

In the lead-up to the UN Climate Conference in Paris, the Vrije Universiteit Brussel launched the We Are Paris platform to engage students, employees, alumni, stakeholders and partners to contribute to the debate about the future of our planet.  The key goals of this initiative are to cultivate sudents into conscious citizens that actively contribute to a more sustainable environment
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Learning from Amsterdam on how to build people and bike-friendly cities

Fast Company recently featured my master’s research on how Amsterdam became a biker’s paradise and why other cities can do the same: These Historical Photos Show How Amsterdam Turned Itself Into A Bike Rider’s Paradise The author found me when my professor Marco te Brommelstroet (aka, @FietsProfessor) tweeted one of my historic-contemporary photo pairs — views of Amsterdam’s Harlemmerdijk — and the tweet
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Amsterdam’s South Axis Green Route

October 9 was the Dutch Sustainability Day, and a perfect occasion to explore sustainability initiatives in Amsterdam’s South Axis – the city’s financial district.   This area is home to economic and educational institutions such as the World Trade Center (WTC) and Amsterdam’s VU University.  Anchored by Amsterdam’s second largest train station, the district is undergoing
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Conscious Hotels

As the number of people traveling continues to grow, so do the impacts from the tourism sector.  In fact, tourism now represents one of fastest growing source of greenhouses emissions worldwide.  Luckily, the number of people who want to make their travels and holidays more sustainable is also increasing. Whether at home or on holidays,
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InStock: Tackling Food Waste

Sustainable development is fundamentally about efficient management of resources.   When it comes to food, the Netherlands wastes about a third of this important resource at different stages of production, processing, retailing and consumption. Among the most important players in tackling food waste are supermarkets and businesses.  A combination of superficial and draconian regulations governing
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Strawberry Earth Fair 2015

The Strawberry Earth Fair is a showcase of sustainable fashion, design, and innovation as well as entertainment and tasty food and drinks. Come to Amsterdam Roest the weekend of October 9-10 to discover an exciting mix of start-ups, designers and brands working to show that sustainable living is not drab and dull but can be on the
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BUGZZ: Eating Insects on Purpose

Have you ever eaten insects on purpose? Bugzz is working to bring insect cuisine into the mainstream. You’ll see them at festivals and events around the Netherlands with snacks and meals that might repel at first glance. But give it a try! You’ll be pleasantly surprised. Bugzz friendly founders Patrick and Anne-Marie are adventurous cooks and eaters.
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De Ceuvel: Closed-Loop Community

De Ceuvel is a living laboratory where old houseboats are transformed into sustainable workspaces on contaminated land previously used for shipbuilding. The land is a brownfield that was abandoned and left fallow. The city held a competition to develop the property and the team behind De Ceuvel won and has been working on restoring it to
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Escape the Office: Kantoor Karavaan

Some of us escape to nature to unwind when we’re overwhelmed by work responsibilities. But why not take your work to nature and be surrounded by trees and fields while still being efficient? Kantoor Karavaan is a unique and creative mobile office space that is nestled into relaxing natural surroundings offering you a place to
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Transformations to Sustainability on the Waterfront

Not too long ago, waterfronts were the thriving industrial hubs and ports on the backs of which cities developed and communities thrived.   Industrial decline transformed these areas into polluted and unsafe sites that are often avoided or ignored.   Now many cities are rediscovering their waterfronts as ideal locations for post-industrial urban living, but
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