Rotterdam Sustainable Features Tour For GU in Delft

Group photo after crossing the Erasmusburg Bridge
Students visiting the Floating Office Building.

May 24, 2022
Rory McCarthy
Students at the Blue City.
Rain or shine, we love sustainability! The Zags hopped on a 9 a.m. train to Rotterdam, which is known as one of the world leaders in sustainable city innovations. After renting bikes, they took a wet tour through the city, exploring various sustainable features. Site tours included a floating dairy farm built to test climate-proof agriculture, floating offices and houses, a sponge garden that experiments with how different plants and soils affect rainwater infiltration, rooftop gardens to battle the urban heat island effect, urban parks that can be utilized as stormwater storage, and the Blue City. The Blue City, housed in an unused water park, is a space for sustainable entrepreneurs to research, test, and implement their products using the principles of a circular economy. After the long day of biking and touring, the Zags went to the Rotterdam Central Market to fill their empty stomachs before taking the late afternoon train back to Delft.
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