Sustainabilty research and international partners

Arizona State University’s GSSC project at the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer is a partnership between the Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives and the Municipality of Haarlemmermeer. It will be the first project by the GSSC in the Netherlands. The aim of the research is to assess the links between employee and firm productivity and the built environment. Park 20|20 is a perfect location since it is the first Dutch cradle-to-cradle working environment, bringing together sustainability and human-centred design approaches, as defined by the German-American architecture duo Michael Braungart and William McDonough.

“The project will provide important information for Park 20|20, as it continually innovates to optimize the working environment for its clients”, said Marta Hulley Friedman, program manager of the GSSC in a press release. She added: “We are very enthusiastic about partnering with Park 20|20 and providing an opportunity for our faculty and students to learn about the concepts behind Park 20|20. This is the first in a number of projects we hope to engage in together.”

Human-centric solutions

The Park 20|20 can he regarded as a trend setting business location – eco-friendly while adding economic value, with high quality IT solutions to reduce the need for travel and saving energy. In addition, the offices here feature state-of-the-art technology that helps keep the energy consumption for heating the building to a minimum.

Within the whole design, human-centered well-being and productivity is crucial. Park 20|20 houses an educational Experience Center where C2C information, know-how and expertise is available. Companies located here include BSH Home Appliances, FOX Vakanties, FIFPro, Parkcafé Groen and shortly Bluewater will be housed there.