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Sustainability initiatives[edit]

Local sustainability initiatives[edit]

Please see our local or city pages via the Netherlands category, where of course you can share any more information you may have about local sustainability initiatives.

Initiatives by topic[edit]

Community energy[edit]

Hoofdpagina - WindParken, Wiki used in the Netherlands to plan windturbines, to realise a CO2 cut of 20 to 30%. (in Dutch)

Cycling activism[edit]

More video: Cycling for everyone

How the Dutch got their cycle paths on youtube

Dutch Cycling Embassy

Cycling and social inclusion

Food activism[edit]

GROW the City (in Dutch) - Honey Bank project in Holland (in Dutch) - Solar cooking resources in Netherlands

Reduce, reuse, repair and recycle[edit]

Road safety[edit]

Wikipedia: Woonerf (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈʋoːn.ɛrf]), a living street implemented in the Netherlands and in Flanders. Techniques include shared space, traffic calming, and low speed limits. Under Article 44 of the Dutch traffic code, motorised traffic in a woonerf or "recreation area" is restricted to walking pace. The word literally translates as "living yard".


shareNL, Dutch knowledge and network platform for the collaborative economy - De Deelkelder, Utrect

Towards sustainable economies[edit]

In the Netherlands, municipal-level basic income experiments have faced setbacks and changes in the quest to meet compliance with federal law; however, as of October (2017), several cities have now launched experiments with the removal of conditions on social assistance benefits. [1]

News and comment[edit]


A look at Rotterdam’s policy for open land data, Nov 20 [2]

Dutch appeals court upholds landmark climate change ruling, Oct 9 [3]


Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design, May 12 [4]

Netherlands invests €1m in global climate adaptation centre, Feb 8 [5]

Holland says goodbye to oil, Jan 20 [6]

Today all Dutch trains are powered 100% by wind energy, Jan 2 [7]


Dutch cities launch Europe’s largest e-bus fleet, Dec 20 [8]

How Rotterdam became the world leader in sustainable urban design, Dec 5 [9]

Money for Everybody, Nov 30 [10]

The Dutch Are Going Big on Trees, Oct 25 [11]

Dutch parliament votes to close down country's coal industry, Sep 23 [12]

75 years after its destruction, Rotterdam continues to reinvent itself, Aug 24 [13]

This Bike Lane Made From Recycled Wood Chips Is the Most Dutch Thing Ever, January 21 [14]


Dutch city plans to pay citizens a ‘basic income’, and Greens say it could work in the UK, December 26 [15]

Rotterdam's residents crowdfunded its new pedestrian bridge, July 29 [16]

How Groningen invented a cycling template for cities all over the world, July 29 [17]

Dutch city of Utrecht to experiment with a universal, unconditional income, June 26 [18]

Netherlands ordered to cut greenhouse gas emissions, June 24 [19]


How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records, Jul 21 [20]

Netherlands Aiming For 100,000 More Solar Roofs In 1 Year, April 8 [21]

Eindhoven introduces Sustainable Smart Lighting Systems, March 26 [22]

Cycling mother and daughter in a forest.JPG



November 29 Buy Nothing Day (in Dutch)




Local communities in Netherlands[edit]

Interwiki links[edit]

Wikipedia: Netherlands

External links[edit]

  • Hivos international, Dutch organization for development. Hivos provides financial support to organizations in Africa, Latin America and Asia, it provides advocacy and it supports knowledge sharing in particular in the field of social change, digital activism and rural innovations. W


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  1. @BasicincomeOrg
  2. Shareable
  3. The Guardian
  5. Climate Home - climate change news
  12. The Guardian
  15. The Guardian
  16. CityMetric
  17. The Guardian
  18. The Independent
  19. BBC News
  20. Shareable
  22. European Green Capital