By: Adriaan van der Giessen 12 May, 2019

Greening plays an important role in cities. The growth of cities results in an increase in CO2 emissions and particulate matter. This means that greening in schools in the Rotterdam Region is becoming increasingly popular. Plants not only purify the air, but also reduce stress and improve the pupils’ ability to concentrate. Some plants are a good food source too. Rotterdam Food Cluster initiated the ‘Greening the Schools’ project. Seven schools in the Rotterdam region received a voucher worth €5,000 to green their school.

The results can now be seen. Students at Inholland University of Applied Sciences Delft perform research in a green innovation room, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences provides masterclasses in a room with a green wall and Erasmus Food Lab is growing vegetables in a greenhouse.

Green innovation room at Inholland University of Applied Sciences Delft

“We are a green school, but didn’t really demonstrate it. In the new green innovation room students can perform practical research for the food sector”, explains Robin Snoek, a teacher at Inholland University of Applied Sciences Delft. Student Irania Wefer and her fellow students are studying the positive effects of holding meetings in a green room.

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Entrepreneur garden at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences

Every Thursday afternoon, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences holds a masterclass for Associate Degree Entrepreneurs in the entrepreneur garden. Erica Veen, Course Coordinator at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, came up with the fitting idea to literally transform the entrepreneur garden into a ‘garden’ with a lush green wall.

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Greenhouse at the Erasmus Food Lab

The Erasmus Food Lab at Erasmus University Rotterdam is used to cultivate ideas for a sustainable food culture. Researchers and food professionals can develop and test plant products with the aid of a new greenhouse. “The greenhouse is the beginning of the process to green the entire campus”, explains Pinar Coskun, Project Manager of the Erasmus Food Lab.

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Participating educational institutions

Besides the educational institutions mentioned above, Lentiz Life College and Albeda College have also created a green wall. Both schools grow herbs on it that students following the food study programme can use in food preparation.