Project extension

We are proud to mention that the extension of the Cradle to Cradle project has been approved in the beginning of June 2010 by the North Sea secretariat in Viborg.

In short, the Cradle to Cradle extension has 4 components and two new partners outside the North Sea Programme eligible area. The budget for the project is now increased by € 500.000,--, so the total project budget is € 4 million.

The extension components

1. Development of a secondary network of interested parties world wide - Cradle to Cradle Islands Knowledge Exchange Network (KEN) - to spread the philosophy and results of Cradle to Cradle Islands. Different communication tools will be used for this. For example a Virtual Eternal Holiday house to demonstrate the innovations on water, energy and materials.

2. Two new partners outside the eligible area could join the project: Urban Answers - a sustainability city planning company from New York (USA) and the University of Oulu (Finland). The province of Fryslân is responsible for the execution of the activities of both partners.

    Urban Answers: will execute a Citywide Cradle to Cradle Islands feasibility study in New York. This study will canvass the existing sustainable innovation activities taking place in New York City to determine potential partners, identify achievable projects and envision innovative solutions on Roosevelt Island, Governors Island and Jamaica Bay. Other islands are under consideration. The New York team includes the Columbia and the Fordham Universities and the Roosevelt Island Operating Corporation (RIOC), which organisation ‘see the C2CI project as an excellent way to organize their sustainability agenda and simultaneously leverage like minded resources and knowledge beyond their borders'.
    Main points of interest of RIOC are:
    •     possible projects in the field of water, energy (including mobility) and materials;
    •     raise awareness about and profile of Roosevelt Island as a sustainable island;
    •      target international and local funding possibilities for sustainable island projects


    University of Oulu: will cooperate with two municipalities - Hailuoto and Oullunsalo - to develop Varjakka Islands (Oulunsalo) as a sustainable tourism centre and learning environment. They construct historical, natural and seaside attractions, for which they use renewable energy from wood pellets and green energy from windmill parks from the region. Possible technology to be studied and executed:
    •      in energy theme: geothermal energy from the sea sediments;
    •       in water theme: sustainable handling of liquids and dry/compost toilets;
    •       in material theme: use of innovative, defined materials and wood in buildings and sustainable procurement;
    •      overall: creating sustainable and user-oriented environment with participatory and open innovation methods by using Cradle to Cradle Islands knowledge and experience.


3.  Municipality of Tjörn (Sweden), develops new activities on Tjörn Island with a higher budget. The following projects are envisaged:

  • a climate and energy plan for the municipality to be a tool for continuous development in the energy field;
  • future design of the ferry route between the main land and the smaller islands;
  • analyse overall infrastructure on the islands Åstol, Dyrön and Tjörnekalv;
  • a study to increase self-sufficiency in drinking water and then the actual implementation;
  • increase biogas production.


 4. Organisation of a broader final project conference with an exhibition.

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