FIVE SAMRT INI­TIA­TIVES

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TURN­ING RAIN­WA­TER INTO BEER

Hemel­swa­ter is Am­s­ter­dam’s first rain­wa­ter brew­ery, tak­ing ad­van­tage of the city’s high rain­fall by col­lect­ing it with spe­cially in­stalled tanks across the city. The aim is to in­stall 200 units that will catch more than 50,000 gal­lons of wa­ter for use be­fore it reaches the sew­ers.

3D PRINT­ING FOR EV­ERY­ONE

De­scribed as an “in­no­va­tion play­ground”, the 3D Mak­ers Zone (3dmak­er­szone .com) al­lows com­pa­nies and en­trepreneurs to 3D print de­signs with­out hav­ing to in­vest in the hard­ware them­selves. Peo­ple can print pro­to­types, learn how to use the equip­ment, and share ideas with oth­ers to speed up the de­vel­op­ment process.

SO­LAR PAN­ELS ON ROOFS

The So­lar Coali­tion (zon­coal­i­tie.nl) is en­cour­ag­ing the own­ers of build­ings with large ex­panses of rooftop to in­stall so­lar pan­els on them. They can then sell the power or use it them­selves. This spring, Nis­san Mo­tor Parts Cen­tre, for ex­am­ple, com­pleted the largest so­lar roof in the Nether­lands.

PUTTING FOOD WASTE ON THE MENU

InS­tock (ins­tock.nl) has set it­self the task of res­cu­ing per­fectly good food that has been dis­carded from su­per­mar­kets and turn­ing it into tasty dishes in its restau­rants. So far there are three out­lets. The Am­s­ter­dam branch se serves dishes such as chipotle na­chos, fis fish bur­ri­tos made from crooked cuts, an and spicy falafel sal­ads.

PLANT­ING P TOWER BLOCK BAL­CONIES B

Sup­ported by do do­na­tions, Ur­ban Street For­est (u (ur­banstreet­for­est.com) as­sists tower bl block res­i­dents to plant trees on their ba bal­conies. And for ev­ery tree planted in the city, an­other one is planted in th the de­vel­op­ing world to help com­bat de de­ser­ti­fi­ca­tion.

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