FIVE SAMRT INITIATIVES
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.