For kids and big kids too! Our Nourished by Nature series will help you turn daily walks into learning adventures. With sensory games, group challenges, tips for interacting with the natural world, and chats with nature experts and innovators, a fun online learning experience awaits!
Nature explorer Dieuwertje Smolenaars will offer insights into what you can observe in the natural world now, and how we can enjoy nature with the curiosity of an explorer. Donations from our Nourished by Nature series go to an animal shelter in Amsterdam, De Toevlucht, so we can support them to help animals in the city. For info about this shelter, please see their website (in Dutch): https://www.toevlucht.nl
If children under 13 years would like to attend, please advise when registering and confirm they will be accompanied by an adult.
Invite your friends to join and book your places here: https://nourishedbynature.eventbrite.nl
We look forward to exploring with you!
Students from all universities and colleges are welcome to join, from any study course. See how you can participate & book your space below.
*Friday 3 May, Tolhuistuin, Amsterdam, 14.00 – 17.30
‘Where Life Begins: Soil & Seeds’, with the Green Living Lab & Commonland
Lecture: Commonland tell us how restorative solutions can reverse the degradation of the land and water systems that are the basis of life on earth, and bring back prosperity to both people and planet.
Green Living Lab Workshops:
Composting – build healthy soil while making profit from waste. We’ll show you how to turn your kitchen waste into rich compost with a worm hotel.
Sowing Seeds – a guide to growing healthy plants at home.
*Friday 10 May, University of Groningen, 14.00 – 17.30
‘Gifts from Nature: Inspiration & Wellbeing’ with Green Office Groningen & Guests
Tour: A meeting with product designer Tjeerd Veenhoven at his studio to hear how he is inspired by the natural world to develop sustainable products including Palmleather, a plant-based replacement for animal leather, plastic and rubber, and AlgaeFabric, a raw textile material made from algae.
Interactive Lecture: “Links between pro-environmental behaviours and wellbeing” by Steph Johnson-Zawadski, Environmental Psychology PhD, University of Groningen.
Green Living Lab Workshop:
Seed Balls – cheering up grey urban environments for people and pollinators with seed balls full of native herbs and flowers.
*20 spaces exclusively available for University of Groningen students for €5,00 per student.*
To register as a University of Groningen student, please contact Green Office Groningen: email@example.com
All other students, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Friday 17 May, Utrecht University, 14.00 – 17.30
‘Interconnectivity in Nature: Forests & Mycelium,’ with Green Office Utrecht & Guests
Workshop: Mycelium & Mushrooms, with Fungi Factory. We’ll hear about the magical world of mycelium, how Fungi Factory’s circular enterprise utilises mycelium to turn waste into profit, and we’ll be challenged to grow oyster mushrooms at home with a Fungi Factory grow-kit.
*20 spaces exclusively available for Utrecht University students for €9,50 per student.*
To register as a Utrecht University student, please contact Green Office Utrecht: email@example.com before Thursday 16 May.
All other students, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Friday 24 May, Amsterdam West, 14.00 – 17.30
Cooking Workshop: Expect to get your hands in the soil and to cook with fresh veggies from the garden.
20 spaces exclusively available for University of Amsterdam students for €15,50 per student.*
To register, please contact: email@example.com before Friday 17 May.
*Friday 31 May, Rotterdam, 14.00 – 17.30
‘Creating Cities for Healthier Futures,’ with Hannah Wright & Jorn Wemmenhove, Humankind
City Tour: Exploring how our urban surroundings influence our well-being, with urban planner Hannah Wright and tactical urbanist Jorn Wemmenhove, Humankind.
Includes a visit to the largest and loveliest productive roof-garden in Europe, De DakAkker.
20 spaces exclusively available for Erasmus University Rotterdam students for €5 per student.*
To register, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org before Monday 27 May.
*Friday 7 June, TU Delft, 14.00 – 17.30
‘Nature-inspired Innovation,’ with Green Office Delft & Guests
Workshop: Biomimicry Nederland invites us to look to nature for sustainable solutions, and tells us how nature’s design genius is inspiring innovation for a healthy world.
Lecture: Dr. Ingrid de Pauw teaches at the faculty of Industrial Design Engineering TU Delft, and will tell us about her research into nature-inspired design, as well as its applications.
Interactive Lecture: Dr. Bertus Beaumont, teaches BioLogic at the Department of Bionanoscience TU Delft, and will tell us about the course’s focus on how biological principles can be applied to achieve green technological solutions.
We will meet BioLogic students, and hear from them about their entry for the Biodesign Challenge, a global challenge for university students to envision future applications of biotechnology.
*20 spaces exclusively available for TU Delft students for €5,00 per student.*
To register as a TU Delft student, please contact Green Office TU Delft: email@example.com before Monday 3 June
All other students, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
*Friday 14 June, Amsterdamse Bos, Amsterdam, 14.00 – 21.00
Trees & Us: Trees & People in a Healthy City.
A tree expert will tell us about the role of trees and urban forests in creating a healthy city. We’ll also go on a bird safari and explore what edible delights the forest has to gift us.
To attend, please contact: email@example.com before Monday 10 June.
Ways to Participate & Costs
All participants required to be students & advance payment required.
1) Full Programme (8 sessions):
€85 per student, including workshop materials. Apply before 29 April: firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Individual Sessions:
€17,50 per session. Please book here: email@example.com
3) University of Groningen, Utrecht University, Erasmus University Rotterdam, TU Delft & University of Amsterdam Students:
We have reserved 20 spaces at a discounted rate for local students at sessions taking place at the University of Groningen, Utrecht University, Rotterdam, TU Delft & in Amsterdam.
Please contact us for information on how to book your space with discount: firstname.lastname@example.org
Netherlands Tour 2019
This year’s Green Student Bootcamp Challenge is going nationwide, as participants set off on an inspirational tour of the Netherlands in May and June.
This is the 4th year of our experiential learning programme for higher education students in the Netherlands. We are both delighted and proud that our graduates from previous years are helping to organise this year’s programme and will lead some of our workshops!
On Friday afternoons, 14.00 – 17.30, in May and June, sessions will take place at diverse locations in the Netherlands in partnership with educational organisations, experts, entrepreneurs and innovators all working to create solutions for a healthier and greener world.
Inspiration from Nature
The Bootcamp Challenge brings students from diverse universities in the Netherlands together for one semester to learn how to make healthy lifestyle choices in balance with the natural world. Our immersive green learning experience takes a holistic approach to student health and wellbeing, as students are encouraged to relax in nature, feel connected to the natural world by acquiring both knowledge and experience, and reignite the joy and wonder of the natural world that we all shared when children.
A Rich Learning Experience
Just as in nature, we see that increased diversity in the group of participants leads to a richer learning experience for the group as a whole. We invite students from all study backgrounds to take part, and no prior knowledge of the course content required. Students learn from experts, entrepreneurs and each other as debate and sharing knowledge and experience is actively encouraged throughout.
We introduce students to diverse themes with a focus on exploring the links between our health and wellbeing, with that of our environment and our world. Students are given weekly challenges to be completed at home or as a group, and based on knowledge from previous sessions. In this way, students are asked to apply knowledge in a practical sense immediately. Students share their learning experiences in an online forum, so they also can learn directly from each other.
This year sessions will take place in Groningen, Delft, Rotterdam, Utrecht, and Amsterdam, where we will welcome new partners and meet some amazing partners from previous programmes. We’ll learn about the interconnectivity in nature from IVN , Tiny Forest and Fungi Factory, hear from De Stadsgroenteboer about the role of CSAs in urban food production and how to cook healthy plant-based meals, learn of innovative solutions inspired by nature from Biomimicry Nederland and TU Delft, about trees and their role in a healthy city from City of Amsterdam ecologists, and visualise the healthy city of the future with tactical urban planning experts Hannah Wright and Humankind. Other partners include Green Office Groningen, Green Office Utrecht, Green Office Delft, De DakAkker, Studio Tjeerd van Veenhoven, Commonland, and Duurzame Student.
Monday 29 April
There are have limited spaces available, and a short application is required. Applications are to be received by Monday 29 April. To request an application, please email us: email@example.com
We heard from John Dennis Liu, Pieter Van Der Gaag, & Rik Armando Ridder from the Ecosystem Restoration Camps team why we need to come together now to use our collective resources & talents to restore degraded ecosystems for the survival of future generations. We know how to restore our world, so let’s do it! There is no more time to waste to ensure our children’s future & the survival of our species. The stakes cannot be any higher. Nature will be OK, however, humans are threatening their own extinction by destroying the only home they have to live in.
Luckily, we have the knowledge & skills to change this for the benefit of future generations, but we have to act now.
If you would like to act to make a greener, healthier & more sustainable world a reality, become a member of Ecosystem Restoration Camps today. Every individual contribution counts.
For information on how to become a member, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org & check out the website here: https://www.ecosystemrestorationcamps.org/
John Liu will return to The Green Living Lab on Wednesday 11 July, from 19.00 – 21.00, to discuss the value of living systems vs non-living systems.
Please see this link for information on John’s work to restore ecosystems worldwide, & the event:
We have just 5 more places available for this event. To book your place, please send your full name by email: email@example.com
We look forward to seeing you there! ?
On Sunday the 3rd of December we’re hosting the third Green Fashion Fair at the Green Living Lab. If you’ve been at the previous ones, you’ll know how fun it is to find that an old sweater from someone’s grandpa is actually a perfect addition to your hipster look, or that someone is happily taking home your bad buys. But the reason we started Clothes Swaps at the Green Living Lab has more to it. Time to share the story of how we got inspired to contribute to the fashion revolution.
Each year in April on social media, thousands of people showed their labels and asked the brands #whomademyclothes. Farmers, producers, and factory workers responded with pictures of their working process, proudly holding the #imadeyourclothes-sign. Each year this Fashion Revolution Week sparks up many conversations about human rights and the environmental aspects of the fashion industry.
This ‘Fashion Revolution‘, as the organisation is called, was born on April 24, 2013. This was the day that the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh collapsed. 1,138 people died and another 2,500 were injured, making it the fourth largest industrial disaster in history. This tragedy was only part of a growing dissatisfaction about the treatment of the people and the planet in all layers of the clothing industry. But the tremendous anger and despair of Rana Plaza set the true revolution on fire and people all over the world joined forces to demand change.
Now, slowly the world is starting to realise that, however complicated the issue is, something’s off with the way we produce, sell, and buy our clothes. Simply put, change is necessary for:
1. The People. Human rights are being abused in the garment industry. Minimum wage is rarely enough to live off. Workers are being mistreated for demanding better conditions. Buildings have often collapsed or caught fire.
2. The Planet. To grow, dye, launder and treat our clothes, we use chemicals that end up polluting rivers. Also, a huge amount of water is used to produce clothing by growing cotton and wet processing, such as dyeing and laundering. Not only the clothes we produce, also the enormous amounts of clothes we throw away pollute the environment. Charities cannot keep up with all the donated clothes and only a small part of it is being resold in developing countries. All the others end up in landfills, releasing toxic chemicals into the air, water, and soil.
3. The Mindset. Fashion used to have four seasons, each bringing in new lines. Now, fashion has 52 seasons, and 150 billion items of clothing are delivered out of factories annually. Fashion is fast, cheap, and we like it. As we buy more and more of them, we lose our love for the quality of clothes and all the people and resources that brought them to us. Appreciation of our clothes is the first step towards a more humane and fair situation.
Without depressing you any further, I’ll refer those interested in the full story to the documentary The True Cost (to be found on Netflix & beyond). Honestly, I watch a lot of documentaries, but this is one of the two that have changed the way I think (the other is Cowspiracy, which made me go vegan in a day).
Now, on to the action! What can we do?
1. Swap! Knock yourself out at the Green Fashion Fair on Sunday or at the ones to come (keep an eye on our Facebook page for the next event). Will all this swapping have any effect? Yes! The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that, in terms of carbon emissions, the amount of textiles recycled each year is equivalent to taking one million cars off the road.
2. Shop – Be a critical consumer. Every time we buy clothes that cost less than we think it should, we are implicitly imposing the cost on someone or something else. Avoid bad buys. Myself, I’m lucky to have very stylish sisters who’ve been my personal shoppers since I can remember. But I’m sure you have some friends to ask for advice as well.
3. Join the Fashion Revolution! See what you can do on the Fashion Revolution website. Ask your brands #whomademyclothes and mingle in the conversation on social media.
Have you ever wondered who made your clothes? Let us know what you think about the issue, and see you at the swap!
We loved hosting Gemeente Velsen’s Urban Development team at the Green Living Lab for a team building day!
Not knowing what to expect on arrival at this little piece of green in the middle of the Zuidas, the team from Velsen soon made themselves at home in the dome, rolled up their sleeves & got started with activities led by the Green Living Lab team.
First, Green Living Lab project manager Aveen Colgan led the group in making colourful pots of zuurkool using produce from the GLL garden. Our co-ordinator Roos van der Deijl then led the group on a tour of the GLL, explaining the story behind our project & the multiple functions of each element of our facilities. Afterwards the group were introduced to their new worm pets by Rowin Snijder from the GLL team, who designs & builds beautiful worm hotels as Le Compostier, which make community composting in the city possible. Rowin explained that vermicomposting with worm hotels provide a solution for turning organic urban waste into valuable compost in a fast, odourless & fun way. The group then made their own worm hotels to bring home & start composting.
The afternoon was brought to a close with drinks & vegetarian snacks in the dome, served by GLL facilities co-ordinator Lea Grosse (who is also a whizz in the kitchen!) It was a joy to see all of the Gemeente Velsen team having fun being creative & working together!
The Green Living Lab offers diverse seasonal workshops that involve working together & are always lots of fun! We also design our team building experiences according to the specific interests of the group.
If you would like to organise a team building day with your colleagues at the Green Living Lab in 2017 we’d love to hear from you here: firstname.lastname@example.org