What if cities integrate their green belts in urbanized areas? Instead of pushing away the green belts -where food for the city is produced- cities could embrace them. The integration of green belts creates new opportunities on a social, ecological and economic level. It is also the most tangible way to make the first steps towards a circular economy.
My name is Meiny Prins. I’m a schoolteacher, a designer, an entrepreneur. Three selves that made me what I am today: an entrepreneur with a story.
My story? That’s the story of the Netherlands as the greenest city in the world, the Sustainable Urban Delta as a new business model for the Netherlands. My stage? The world!
And I have a personal mission. I sincerely believe that together we can make the world more beautiful. And that I can also make a personal contribution to that. We owe it to our children. And our children’s children. Because as things stand, the situation is not good!
But the realization that things are not going well is not enough in itself. The turning point will come when we realize that doing nothing will ultimately cost more money than investing in a new, sustainable economy. And that tipping point is here now.
On the Sustainable Urban Delta website, I have collected a number of outstanding examples. Companies and projects that showcase all that we can already contribute to making the world’s major metropolises more sustainable. Cities that are all dealing with the same challenges in terms of water, food, energy and mobility. We have the solutions and the knowledge.
The Netherlands as a whole can be seen as a single major reference project for everything we have to offer.
But there is more to share! In addition to all these great reference projects, I also want to share my own experiences. Because I hope that they can inspire you. I hope they will serve as an example for you as a entrepreneur who is just starting out, or as an entrepreneur who wants to be part of the great changes taking place. Or if you want to be that change yourself!
I invite you to read my story. And to share it. Thank you.
In 2014 Meiny Prins launched the Sustainable Urban Delta. She started to collect outstanding examples of the Dutch economy. Meiny Prins is CEO and co-owner of Priva. In this position she was proclaimed Business Woman of the Year 2009 and received the first CleanTech Star of WNF for Priva.
Anne-Marie is an entrepreneur, investor and publicist in the field of sustainability. She is owner and initiator of the independent platform Duurzaamheid.nl and of ‘the 17 goals you share’, an initiative that introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to the people of the Netherlands.
Marc is a globally trusted advisor and leader in all stages of the Joint Venture life cycle, from creation to operational implementation, as well as in re-setting and enhancing underperforming Joint Ventures and partnerships. Currently he leads Lincoln’s global Joint Ventures & Partnering practice.
Cyrill Staeger is Founder and Managing Partner of Trifft Management Consulting GmbH. He is well experienced in the formation and administration of cross-border joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as corporate governance, corporate administration, and executive management.
An entrepreneurial, strategic thinking business operations manager with a consulting spirit and proven track record of leadership experience. Since 2018 Thera is responsible for driving strategic projects in the field of Sustainable Urban Development to advance growth and long-term plans.