Plug-In-City is one step closer to the ABN AMRO Circular Economy Awards in the category Working Locations. Whereas there were initially still 18 competitors for the title, now there are only two. In addition to the project of Bas Luiting at Strijp-S, Park 20/20 and the Blokhuispoort are also in the final round. Circular Friesland, the municipality of Haarlemmermeer and the municipality of Venlo have a chance of winning the prize for the best circular region. The winner will be announced on 2 November at the BT Event in Lelystad. The winner in each category is determined by a vote. You can vote now and until November 1.

Read more about 040Circular and Plug-In-City here.

“It’s great to see that so many workplaces and regions are already working on the circular economy and explicitly see this as strengthening the business climate”, says jury chairman Cees-Jan Pen, a lecturer at Fontys Universities of Applied Sciences and columnist at E52. We are pleased that the many good initiatives in the country have also led to very good entries, and all nominees can link concrete results to a well thought out policy. If you want to build a strong economy in the long term, we believe that the transition to the circular economy is a must. Economy and sustainability reinforce each other.”

Bas Luiting is working at his Plug-In-City every day during the Dutch Design Week.

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The nominees in the category Best Circular Work Location are diverse in size and approach. The Blokhuishuispoort at the edge of the old centre of Leeuwarden is an example of extending the lifespan of an old prison after years of vacancy, turning it into a creative breeding ground. Park 20/20 in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer is a circular business park that focuses on a sustainable, energy-efficient and pleasant working environment for entrepreneurs and employees. Plug-in-City was chosen by the jury because of the challenging concept in which sea containers are deployed on pieces of undeveloped land in Eindhoven to develop a testing ground in the field of circular economics.

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Bart Brouwers is co-founder and co-owner of Media52 BV, the publisher of innovationorigins.com.