Thursday 18 April to Sunday 21 April 2013 a group of 8 people from the Province of Pesaro and Urbino visited the Netherlands ( Annarita Santilli, Luca Palombi, Giancarlo Parasecoli, Francesca Marrante, Sabattini Stefano, Elmo De Angelis, Cristiana Cavallini, Giulia Ansuini). The visit was part of the Cristal Project (https://cristalgrundtvig.wordpress.com).
On Friday 19th, the group started the visit at the department of Environmental Studies HAS university.
After a short presentation of HAS and the department, the group went on a tour in the Innovation and Research Center of the department. The visitors saw several models regarding the purification of water, cleaning air and sustainable energy. Several students informed them on different projects.
After a break with ‘Bossche Bol’, Marijn van de Ven (4th grade student) presented a project on ‘Energy from Biomass’ . The next step was a walk through the area Paleiskwartier towards the centre of the city ( Den Bosch). Sustainable aspects were shown on the spot.
Lunch was served at the Parade in a restaurant called Silva Ducis. This is one of the restaurants belonging to the project ‘Healthy and Sustainable restaurants and hotels’. A project within the goal of the municipality to be climate-neutral in 2050.
The group had lunch together with José Eerens, advisor on policy of the municipality ( Den Bosch). Information and several ideas were launched.
Most of the visitors used the break to visit the cathedral and to light a candle in honour of the statue of the virgin Maria, see e.g. http://www.bossche-encyclopedie.nl/_index.htm.
The guided tour at the expo http://www.vibaexpo.nl/home about sustainable building was very useful and a lot of information was given.
In the evening food and culture .
Heineken, Bavaria and Gulpener beer gave the opportunity to lots of information and project ideas. There is to much to say about CSR and ISO26000 when you are enjoying a glass of sustainable beer.
During the next two days the group visited Rotterdam and Amsterdam.
Along the road all kind of information and projects came to mind and were pointed out.
the energy park of the municipality of Waalwijk
Desso at Waalwijk
Amercentrale Geertruidenberg and Plukmadese Polder
In Rotterdam the group continued their visit to musea: the Dutch museum for Architecture and the Natuurhistorisch. Time to reflect, see pictures (2).
In the afternoon and the evening there was a guided tour and dinner at a project on agriculture in the city.
Late evening the visit continued to de Kop van Zuid and the kubuswoningen.
I suggested that one of the events the visitors had to look at on Internet was the Passion (in Rotterdam). The last days of Christ in a new concept. Every year another city.
Sunday was the turn of Amsterdam ( see pictures)
As the visitors wrote: we had the opportunities of observing the richness of the country.
Thanks to the Italian and Dutch partner for the never ending journey on sustainable development.
Kees Vromans and Elmo De Angelis