Green Ribbon Commission European Climate Innovations Study Tour

From June 13 -18 2016, the GRC hosted leaders in policy, academics, philanthropy, and business on a Climate Innovations Study Tour focusing on climate adaptation and mitigation best practices in throughout Northern Europe. For more details visit:

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  2. Sunday, June 12: Amsterdam

  3. Monday, June 13: Amsterdam and Delft

  4. Watergrafsmeer is the lowest-lying residential neighborhood in Amsterdam that has been made climate resilient through several innovative adaptation and urban transition projects combined with a stakeholder engagement strategy. The initiative was planned and implemented through the collaboration between City of Amsterdam, the Regional Public Water Authority of Amstel, Gooi and Vecht, and Waternet. Paulien Hartog provided a guided walking tour that focused on implemented climate adaptation strategies at the neighborhood scale. Some of the green solutions implemented include waterparks, water squares, and playing grounds that have capacity to store excess water during heavy rain. The guided tour was supplemented by a discussion and opportunity for Q&A on the challenges and lessons learned from the various projects.
  5. The Edge
  6. The Edge is considered to be the greenest and smartest building in the world. It serves as Deloitte’s Amsterdam headquarters and has an office space for 2,500 employees. The building is 100 percent energy self-sufficient, which resulted from solar panels on the roof and various smart building energy efficiency measures. Some of the smart features of the building include automatic adjustment of the light and temperature and sensor lights that track heavily used office spaces for targeted cleaning. The building has been awarded a 98.4 percent sustainability score by the British rating agency BREEAM.
  7. Deltares
  8. Deltares is an independent institute for applied research in surface and underground water. Researchers at Deltares work throughout the world, focusing on smart solutions, innovations and applications for deltas, coastal regions and river basins. Deltares provides world-class expertise, test facilities and software that is used around the world. Recent projects in the U.S. include a real-time model of the San Francisco Bay, developed in collaboration with the U.S. Geologic Service, and an Aquifer Thermal Energy Storage initiative, developed in collaboration with the State of Maryland. Deltares employs over 800 people and is based in Delft and Utrecht. It also has offices in many other countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Brazil and United Arab Emirates. Deltares USA, a sister company based in the United States, is located in Bethesda, Maryland.
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