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Green City Alkmaar

The Great Sint Laurens Church in Alkmaar was the stage of Green Cities Europe yesterday. In this international program, 13 European countries work together to draw attention to the added value of greenery in the urban environment. One part is the election of the national entry that can compete for the European Green Cities Award. This honor went to Alkmaar last year, which subsequently won the European Award in Paris.

A great event was organized with Helga van Leur, former "weatherlady" of Dutch television, as presenter.

Paul Weidema, project leader of Stadswerk072, gave a presentation about the task that Alkmaar has set itself, how they have developed this plan and what results it has led to so far. He explained how winning the European Green Cities Award leads to international recognition.

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Greening can be done anywhere

All 12 entrants were given the opportunity to present their projects. These ranged from large urban greening projects to small-scale green projects.

The winner was the city of Utrecht, which has undergone a spectacular metamorphosis with the green conversion of a concrete highway straight through the city.

The center of Hengelo finished in second place.

Alkmaar was again on the podium with third place for the greening of the city center of Alkmaar.

An honorable mention was received by the manufacturer Trespa, which is greening the factory site.

Information market

Greenmakers and greenSand

In between, two beautiful walking routes had been set out through the shopping street "De Laat" and the Bolwerk park; both great examples of Alkmaar's green mission.

In addition to the presentations on stage, an information market was set up where suppliers of the presented projects presented their products/services.

greenSand also had a stall at the information market. This was at the invitation of Paul Weidema of Stadswerk072, who has started a pilot with the use of the CO2-capturing rock in a new greening project in Vroonermeer-Noord. greenSand was also mentioned during the presentation of the Dutch Wave project, because at Brainport Human Campus are the paths of olivine-rich stones.


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