In January this year, 23 international, interdisciplinary and very motivated teams started their ‘mission (almost) impossible’: design the ultimate urban greenhouse for the redevelopment of the Amsterdam Bajes Kwartier (former prison Bijlmer Bajes). They are nearing the end of their journey and on 28th August in Wageningen they will pitch their concepts to the jury of the Challenge.
For the book “Urban Greenhouses and the Future of Food”, with impressions of the designs and interviews with experts involved, click here. You can download the PDF below:
For the full programme, please click here.
Deadline for registration: 19 August.
We have asked the teams participating in the Challenge seriously to consider the sustainability of their designs. So we also need to be serious about the sustainability of the Grand Finale! This is what it means to us:
- Zero plastic waste
We do not use any disposables at this event. All food and beverages are served on/ in reusable plates and cups. Also cutlery is reusable.
- Reducing food waste
We do not order food for people who do not come. This is why the Grand Finale is a ticketed event - we want to know exactly how many people to expect. We also offer you a doggy bag - you can enjoy the leftovers on your way home.
- Plants are better for the planet
This is why we do not serve meat or fish at the Grand Finale. Along vegetarian options we offer a number of 100% plant based products. Tell us if you like them!
- Tree hugging
We prefer beautiful forests over piles of paper. Therefore this event is paper-less. Our NetworkApp is your ultimate guide, a place where you can find the programme and bios of the speakers. And if you look around you, the programme is also on the posters and banners.
- Choosing wisely
As far as possible, we let sustainability guide our choices. This is why the T-shirts of our team are made of organic cotton, bouquets come from a nearby organic ‘pluktuin’ (pluck garden) and most of the items used for the decoration will be reused. We are also working with caterer OSP, who has high sustainability standards!
- Flying responsibly
Some of our invaluable speakers live abroad and we had to fly them in. This unfortunately is never sustainable. But we did avoid low-cost airlines, paying fair fee for the flight.
- Special gift
Instead of a goodie bag we have just one, very special gift for you. Our book ‘Urban Greenhouses and the Future of Food’ has been printed on high quality FSC-certified paper and is specially crafted for you by our team and a number of collaborators. It contains interviews with leading experts in the field of urban agriculture as well as an overview of all concepts submitted for the Challenge. We hope that it will not only be food for thought but also a feast for your eyes!
- Sustainable location
Wageningen University is one of the most sustainable universities in the Netherlands. It is 100% energy neutral due to own windmill park, geothermal energy storage system and impressive roof area covered with solar panels. In most of the buildings at the campus waste is meticulously recycled and all new buildings meet high sustainability standards.
- Compensating for the environmental footprint
Organizing an event comes with an environmental cost. We tried to minimalize it but we cannot deny that this event has its environmental footprint. To compensate for it we will donate the profits from the ticket sales to Anne van den Ban Fund that allows promising students from developing countries to follow a MSc education at Wageningen University.
- Your contribution
Help us to make this event sustainable! If possible, choose public transport over your car to come to Wageningen. If you do not need the Finale Book, leave it with us. If you do not feel hungry, leave the food for someone else or take it home in a doggy bag.
If you have ideas on how we could improve on sustainability and reduce our environmental footprint for the next edition of the Challenge, please fill out the evaluation form that you will receive after this event or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read their bios here.
Aart Oxenaar (chair)
Jago van Bergen
Tracy Metz is a journalist, author and presenter. Originally from California, she came to Europe after her studies, where she ended up in journalism in the Netherlands. She is a popular moderator, gives regular lectures at home and abroad, can be heard and seen regularly on radio and TV.
Associate Professor of Health/Food Policy at City University of New York School of Public Health
In January 2015 he joined the faculty of the CUNY School of Public Health as Associate Professor of Health/Food Policy.
Cindy van Rijswick
Senior Industry Analyst Fresh Produce, Rabobank, The Netherlands
Cindy is a senior research analyst within the 80-strong global Rabobank Research Food & Agribusiness team in the Netherlands, where she focuses on the international fresh fruit and vegetable sectors. She has published numerous reports on various topics covering the complete supply chain from grower to consumer.