Cities & Regions
The city of the future is inclusive and circular.
Cities are one of our most critical intervention points for creating sustainable local economies, reducing impact on natural environments, and increasing the quality of human lives.
Our mission is to help city and regional governments, developers, and other urban professionals build sustainable futures, with a focus on whole systems change. Urban challenges, both social and environmental, are often closely linked and stem from a few key root causes. By tackling these root causes, we can build new systems that give rise to healthier, more resilient cities.
‘Circular Charlotte’ explores how Charlotte can start implementing a strategy to become the first circular city in the United States. We investigate how many valuable resources are currently lost through Charlotte’s waste system, and how these could be diverted into new, high-value uses; present a vision, co-created with city stakeholders, for a how a Circular Charlotte could look and function; and describe a roadmap with five business cases as a starting point for action.
How we work towards circular cities
Our expertise ranges from urban planning and systems science to stakeholder engagement and new venture building. We prioritize long-term partnerships, from vision development all the way through to practical business case implementation.
Chandar van der Zande
Circular Charlotte: Becoming a zero waste and inclusive city
Circular Rotterdam: New jobs in a zero waste economy
Monitoring circularity in the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam
Prospecting the Urban Mines of Amsterdam
De Ceuvel: A cleantech playground
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Specializing in urban and regional metabolism analysis, Gerard and his team develop strategies to transition cities and regions towards more circular and sustainable states.