Cradle to Cradle Congress Venlo


As the first region in the world, Venlo has embraced the principles of Cradle to Cradle. Cradle to Cradle (C2C) is a sustainability concept, based on the re-use of materials. The goal is to make products completely suitable for upcycling and for waste to serve as usable materials.

The most important example (and stimulant) of that is the municipal office of Venlo. The municipality of Venlo decided to build this office in line with C2C starting points. The office combines a comfortable and healthy work environment with sustainable innovations. The C2C ambition translates into the dream to create a building that serves as a bank of materials that generates energy, purifies water and improves air quality. In short: a building that adds value. A tangible example of a sustainable world becoming reality.

The municipality of Venlo organises a Cradle to Cradle year from October 2016 to October 2017. The kick-off for this Cradle to Cradle year took place on 14 October 2016, with the opening of the municipal office of Venlo. During the entire C2C year, various activities and events will be held. The highlight of the year is a conference spanning three days.

21 March 2017 : Network Dinner 
22 March 2017 : In Practice Congress
23 March 2017 : Experience Tour

  See here the recap of the C2C-congress Venlo 2017

Watch here the recap video

Featured programme

To give you a global overview, we present you some highlights from the In Practice programme. You will find more information about the programme here. 

  • TimeTitleSpeaker / PartnerLocation
  • 08:30 - 09:30Reception and registration Lobby 20170322lobby
  • 09:35 - 09:50Welcome by municipality VenloAntoin  ScholtenPlenary room 20170322large-hall

    Municipality of Venlo gives a substantive welcome to the guests.

    Welcome by municipality Venlo door Antoin Scholten

  • 09:50 - 10:30Keynote André KuipersAndré  KuipersPlenary room 20170322large-hall

    As the keynote speaker for the In Practice Congress Kuipers tells a passionate story about his space travel and his new outlook on the future of the Earth. In 2011 he left our planet for 193 days, the longest ever European spaceflight. He returned full of fresh insights about the fragility of our planet. During the In Practice Congress he will inspire participants about the sensitivity of the earth, about the air and light pollution above large cities and more.

    Keynote André Kuipers door André Kuipers

  • 10:30 - 10:50Keynote Michael Braungart: Venlo: C2C Capital of EuropeMichael  BraungartPlenary room 20170322large-hall

    Michael Braungart has been added to the speaker programme of the In Practice Congress on March 22! For decades, he pioneered the Cradle to Cradle design concept. Read his biography here.

    More information about his keynote:

    Venlo: C2C Capital of Europe
    Beyond Sustainability and Circular Economy

    Saving energy, being abstemious, making production processes more efficient and less harmful – these current principles of sustainability do not sound particularly attractive to Prof. Dr. Michael Braungart; they lack real innovation, positivity and effectiveness. Cradle to Cradle is different: products and production processes designed through its principles are healthy and even beneficial to both humans and environment. Just as in nature, products function in material flows so that there are only useful resources, or better: nutrients. Buildings are able to function as healthy material banks: imagine a building like a tree. A building that cleans water and the air, makes oxygen, generates soil and nutrients. Many positive beneficial characteristics of trees can be translated into the design of buildings, increasing the quality of life for humans and our environment.

    Keynote Michael Braungart: Venlo: C2C Capital of Europe door Michael Braungart

  • 13:15 - 14:00Workshop Round 1 Multiple speakersWorkshop spaces, large hall and lobby 20170322workshop-spaces-large-hall-lobby

    How to develop world’s first C2C certifiable interior door?


                                                   Grime Zaal

    Venlo Regionomics


    Koperen Kees Zaal

    How to design a cradle to cradle building


    Frans Boermans Zaal 

    Built Positive  Piet Kingma Zaal
    Cradle to Cradle in the supply chain Ballerina Zaal
    Guided tour of City Hall Venlo

    Important note: Participating in this workshop means that you can not participate in other workshops. The guided tour consist round 1 and 2 of the workshops and you will be back when round 2 ends. You will be on time for the plenairy programme after the workshops. 

            City Hall

    Workshop Round 1

  • 16:45 - 18:00Networking drink Lobby 20170322lobby

Speakers at Cradle to Cradle Congress Venlo

Our speakers will be present during the event and will provide you with great insights during their presentations and workshops.

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