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Amsterdam’s Houseboats

Houseboats add another dimension to Amsterdam’s beautiful canals. Living on water became popular after the Second World War, when the city suffered from a housing shortage. Amsterdammers saw an opportunity in retrofitting a surplus of old cargo ships into affordable living spaces, avoiding rent and taxes. So houseboats are in fact an innovative recycling solution to
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Sustainable Chocolate: Chocolatemakers Amsterdam

CHOCOLATE MAKERS AMSTERDAM Typically chocolate is not thought of as a local and sustainable product, especially in Europe. After all, cocoa beans do not grow here. But Rodney and Enver, the Chocolate Makers, are creating delicious chocolate as locally and sustainably as possible. The two gentlemen buy organic cocoa beans directly from farmers in the
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Recovering Bikes from Amsterdam’s Canals

Amsterdam is infamous for its bikes and canals, but in an unexpected combination, the city recovers as many as 20,000 bikes (and lots of other junk) from its waterways every year. If you happen to come upon such a dredging operation, you will be reminded to always lock your bike to something stationary whenever parking
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Amsterdamse Waterleidingduinen (AWD)

Located just to the west of Amsterdam, the Waterleidingduinen is a beautiful area where you can enjoy nature and see where your drinking water originates. This area along the coast is used by Waternet to filter tap water before it makes its way to Amsterdam residences and businesses. It is also home to a wide
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Amsterdam Drinking Water

Do you know where your drinking water comes from? If you pay bills or own a boat in Amsterdam you are familiar with Waternet. This company is responsible for the water in Amsterdam and surrounding areas. They supply the city’s inhabitants with tap water, process wastewater and maintain the water levels. Waternet strives to be
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Green Roofs in Amsterdam

If you’ve ever had a chance to peek into the stately canal houses in Amsterdam you’ve seen the lovely gardens hidden behind the façades. These green spaces are not only quiet and beautiful escapes from the hustle and bustle, but also clean the city air, absorb the copious rain water and provide habitat for birds
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I Can Change the World with My Two Hands

I can change the world with my two hands is a community garden project in Amsterdam West started by Natascha Hagenbeek, a local artist and trendwatcher. Their current garden project is called Moestuin Landlust, a beautiful community garden surrounded by personal plots of those in the Bos en Lommer neighborhood. Produce from the community garden is
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Amsterdam Afval Energie Bedrijf

Amsterdam Afval Energie Bedrijf There’s a fascinating side of Amsterdam that few people consider and that is its waste. What happens after you toss that bag of trash? Does it go to some landfill in Flevoland or Friesland or maybe just end up in the canal or the IJ? The answer may surprise you. About
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Structural Vision 2040

Due to its physical location, Amsterdam has always had to consider the threat of the sea and plan accordingly. While people usually find that Amsterdam has an “organic” feel, the city is in fact the result of 800 years of carefully thought and planned development. Starting with the construction of a dam on the Amstel
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Buurtboerderij “Ons Genoegen”

Buurtboerderij “Ons Genoegen” (Neighbourhood farm “Our Pleasure”) is one of the last remaining farms within Amsterdam’s ringroad – a traditional Dutch polder landscape just four kilometers from the city’s Central train station. The community uses Buurtboerderij for a range of activities, from low-cost community meals, to yoga and drawing lessons, and live music and theater.
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