Episode Twelve – Sustainability Part 1

On Thursday, April 29th, 2021 Episode Twelve of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Before we getting into the show notes for the episode a few announcements: First we are happy to announce that BILT goes globally virtual from June 22nd until 24th, 2021! The event will be held over multiple days and global time zones. You can find more info about the virtual event and register your interest in participation HERE. We also would like to let you know that the BILT Academy Podcast is going on a summer break for 2 full months in August and September this year. We will take the time to refill our energy levels and to spark some new podcast creativity. 

A quick soundbite of what is ahead in this episode

Our Twelfth episode has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent Julia.  This is the first of a two-part podcast series on sustainability. This month’s part one has Julia interviewing a leader in sustainability and climate adaptation.

Those outside of the EU might not be aware, that the European Green Deal is the ambitious EU climate policy that aims to be the first climate neutral continent by the year 2050! 

This requires a fundamental transformation of our energy system and for the general building industry. For this Episode, I teamed up with Willy Spanjer who will tell us how the Technical University of Delft, in the Netherlands aims to contribute towards these ambitious European goals.

Willy Spanjer is the Project Manager for Sustainable Building & Climate Adaptation at The Green Village. Within these themes, she works with various parties who want to test, validate and demonstrate their innovations in their field lab. By doing so, bottlenecks can be detected and solved, while innovations scale up to practice faster. With a Master’s in Industrial Ecology, Willy has been with The Green Village since the very beginning, seeing successful innovations realized in the outside world. 

Willy Spanjer
  • What is the Green Village exactly? The Green Village is a field lab for sustainable innovation in the urban environment.

A sustainable future requires innovative ideas and new applicable methods and techniques. At The Green Village, knowledge- and educational institutions, entrepreneurs, government bodies and civilians can research, expEriment, validate and demonstrate their sustainable innovations. This field lab at the campus of Delft University of Technology focuses on the urban environment where you can test on neighborhood -, street – and building level. The Green Village is a place where people can live, work and learn, exempt of standard rules and regulations. With access to the “innovation ecosystem” of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands, science is literally around the corner. 
By paying attention to technical, corporate, social and policy-based challenges,
they help innovative parties accelerate from theory to practice. These challenges are divided into three themes: Sustainable building and renovation, Future energy system and Climate adaptive city.

Some Episode Resources:

Contact Willy Spanjer: 

Recent international press releases on the Green Village

The BILT Virtual 2021:

Episode Thirteen – Coming May 27th, 2021

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on May 27th, 2021, part 2 of our sustainability series.

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