This week was all about green for me. So is my book Green luck launched and was allowed to do so in various places such as Coffee time tell something about it. During the Dutch Green Building Week, I also participated in the discussion about the Green City and the importance of biodiversity. Together with, among others, Koos Biesmeijer, director of Naturalis, and Bas Rüter, head of sustainability at Rabobank.
Cool to see that sustainability is also receiving more and more attention at banks and other large institutions. This is also necessary, because 80 percent of all butterflies have already disappeared. Now my friend Renée is originally from Leusden where her parents still live. A surprisingly green municipality where it is nice to live.
I find a nice and inspiring example that everyone can bring their green waste to places in the neighborhood, which ensures that you never have the problem of too much waste and gardening is made easier. Leusden is actually a village, but in 1999 they won a prize for the greenest city in the Netherlands.
Yesterday I happened to be able to hand out a certificate to the mayor of the NL Area Label for the design phase of a residential area that builder Heijmans will build and maintain. They aim for the highest possible sustainability, or an A label. Also with a view to the future, this municipality is thinking hard about how it can remain a pleasant, green and sustainable city.
That’s how everything comes together for me this week. I believe such a thing is not a coincidence, but it must be in a crazy way. In nature everything is also connected in the form of ecosystems.
This week again garden questions and reactions. Jac wants to know whether there are plants that can grow on a garage roof, other than the well-known sedum.
Fortunately, there is a lot of choice in the plant world and you can even grow wild flowers on a roof. If the roof is strong enough, even trees. Think of moss, in combination with ferns and some dead tree trunks on it. It also works well in less sunny places. It looks cool and gives a woodsy vibe.
After two hot summers, Arie and Janette decided to disconnect all rainwater drains and collect water. Class, you really do that great!
Such an action quickly saves 40,000 liters per house, which disappears into the soil and not into the sewer. Nice sustainable example!
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