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THE SENSE OF WATER

There's a new water fountain in Zuidas! This latest Join the Pipe fountain, which is sponsored by Amstelpark and Spa Sport Hotel Zuiver, was inaugurated during an open day of the Amstelpark tennis club in March. What makes it sustainable? For starters, compared to tap water, bottled mineral water pumps 300 times more carbon into the atmosphere, as well

as creating a mountain of plastic waste. Join the Pipe also uses the sponsorship proceeds from its water fountains and additional donations to fund clean drinking water projects in developing countries. Many companies in Zuidas have already banned bottled mineral water and made the switch to serving only carafes of tap water. Added bonus? It's much cheaper!

GREEN DEAL ZES

On Wednesday 23 May, GBC Zuidas met for a CEO breakfast at Loyens & Loeff, where some 30 CEOs from companies across Zuidas sat down together to talk about their sustainability ambitions. At this edition they were also invited to sign a declaration of intent for the Green Deal Zero Emission City Logistics - ZES for short. Green deals are a way to create
a commitment to reach the goals of the Paris climate accord. Under the Green Deal ZES, signatories commit to work towards zero emissions delivery and removal of goods, for instance by inventorying all deliveries and then coordinating suppliers, or by making agreements to combine orders. In Zuidas, the Zuidas Amsterdam Development Office, Bysc, GBC Zuidas and the Accessibility Task Force have already joined forces to promote smarter, more sustainable logistics.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF SAVING

Did you know that energy-saving behaviours among staff can cut office energy consumption by as much as 20 per cent? GBC Zuidas has teamed up with VU Amsterdam social psychology student Ivar Maas to set up an energy contest between five local companies, all striving to save as much energy as possible. Maas is researching the influence of competitive interventions on sustainable behaviours for his thesis. The results of this contest will provide us with an insight into the promotion of sustainable behaviours and offers ways to motivate people to be more aware of their energy consumption. Participants are Accenture, Arcadis, CBRE, the Zuidas Amsterdam Development Office and VU Amsterdam. Competition results will be announced on www.gbczuidas.nl.

Maartje Oome is communications advisor for Green Business Club Zuidas, a district organization in which businesses cooperate in launching sustainable initiatives and achieving sustainability goals. She is also the editor-in-chief of the Zuidas Sustainability Report. As the contributing editor of the sustainability page in Hello Zuidas magazine, she reports on interesting new trends on the sustainability front in Zuidas. Got hot news on green developments in Zuidas? Send an email to Maartje@greenbusinessclub.nl.