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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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Notes from a Sustainability Study Abroad Program

Sustainable Amsterdam recently hosted a group from the University of Alabama at Birmingham for a  study abroad program. This multidisciplinary group of  students with backgrounds varying from engineering to public health and sociology wanted to explore historical and current approaches for sustainability in the Netherlands. We worked with the group’s professors to develop a program
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IJ-hallen flea-market

Consumption is the archenemy of sustainability which is why we all need to rethink the things we buy and throw away.  But those of us not ready to give up consumption all together,  can consume more sustainability by reusing and recycling goods.  This is why we like flea markets.  In particular we like the IJ-hallen, Europe’s
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How Amsterdam Became Bike Friendly (Again)

Much has been written about Amsterdam as the “cycling capital of the world”.  So what can other cities learn from Amsterdam on how to become more bike-friendly?  During a short gig as a bike advocate in Vancouver, colleagues often told me it would be impossible for car-centric Canadian and American cities to emulate Amsterdam –
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EcoMama – Comfortable & Conscious Accommodations

Study groups often ask us to recommend accommodations that are in line with the theme of sustainability. One of our favorite spots, especially for younger travellers, is EcoMama, where you will be treated to green, quirky, cozy, conscious sleeping (that’s their slogan and we like it!). EcoMama is about sustainability made easy – not because
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Cityplot Urban Educational Garden

A few years ago Cityplot opened their Educational Garden in the Volkstuinpark Sloterdijkermeer between Westerpark and the Amsterdam Sloterdijk train station. Cityplot worked with many other groups and experts to build special areas into the garden. Among the experts are: I can change the world with my two hands – local urban farm Edwin Flores
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