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How an entire neighborhood went green in the Netherlands

2022-09-30T04:18:08.454Z

FIGARO DEMAIN - Energy sobriety, reasoned water management, self-service electric vehicles: the EVA Lanxmeer district has pushed ecological logic as far as possible.



Gerwin Verschuur was one of the first to settle here when the EVA Lanxmeer eco-district was created 25 years ago in the municipality of Culemborg in the Netherlands.

Counting the five "tiny houses" built last winter, more than 330 households live there today and, obviously, like it.

“There is a real social mix.

Among my 17 neighbours, 10 are owners and seven tenants.

Only three have changed since 2004, proof that we feel good there,

underlines Gerwin Verschuur.

Our operation in participatory democracy has created a real cohesion, a kind of miniature society, in which we share the joys and sorrows of life.

But also, more concretely, our resources - whether water, electricity or fruit and vegetables - and their consumption.

The district produces the electricity it consumes.

Eleonore HENRY DE FRAHAN / Argos diffusion / saif images

An ecological urbanism

The district takes its name from the place called Lanxmeer, now covered, and from EVA, an acronym for Ecologisch Centrum voor Educatie, Voorlichting en Advies (ecological center for…

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Source: lefigaro

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