VanWonen joins forces for the healthiest generations

14 June 2022

News item, Gezondste generaties

Area developer VanWonen confirmed its collaboration with three partners at the Provada real estate trade fair on Tuesday: Dutch Green Building Council, Gezondheidsfondsen voor Rookvrij and the Healthy City lecturer at Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen. Based on the expertise and networks of these partners, VanWonen is strengthening its mission: creating homes and living environments for the healthiest generations.

In the field of sustainable use of materials, VanWonen signed the letter of intent at Provada on reducing material-related emissions, an initiative of the Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC).

Alfred Bolks, VanWonen Managing Director: “We recently became a DGBC partner, because this fits in seamlessly with our sustainability ambitions. One of DGBC’s goals is to realise a CO2-neutral construction column before 2040. We are happy to contribute to this and therefore had no hesitation signing this letter of intent.”

VanWonen also signed the business partner agreement with Gezondheidsfondsen voor Rookvrij at Provada. This makes it the first area developer to join the movement towards a Smoke-Free Generation.

Miranda Venekamp-Brandt, VanWonen Marketing Director, Sales & Rentals explains: “As an area developer, we aim for a dynamic role in realising the healthiest generations. That’s why we also took the initiative for the Healthy City lecturer in 2019. And today, we sign our partnership for the Smoke-Free Generation. With our key role in the physical domain, we can make this happen. We will create smoke-free zones in all our projects and area developments such as play areas, courtyards, roof terraces and also at customer events. We do this together with our partners and in consultation with residents, so all generations can live smoke-free, and children can enjoy an environment that is healthy to play and grow up in.”

The Healthy City lecturer is an initiative of the Municipality of Groningen, the Groningen University Medical Centre (UMCG), Hanze University of Applied Sciences Groningen and VanWonen. Since then, VanWonen and Professor Jeannette Nijkamp have been investigating which social and spatial interventions contribute to healthy living in new neighbourhoods. And what it takes to enable people to make healthy choices. VanWonen applies the acquired knowledge in its area developments.

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