WORLD OF WALAS WELCOMES LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL OFFICIALS TO THE GRAND OPENING OF CARBONBLUE in HEERLEN
World of Walas, the multinational sustainable urban development company with offices in Canada, Germany and The Netherlands welcomed the general public, local and international officials at the Grand Opening of CarbonBlue.
“This is a very interesting example of what you can do without having to invest enormous amounts of money”, says Jens Bartholmes, Policy Officer of the European Commission. “World of Walas builds by prioritizing the people who live and work here. And that is very inspiring.” Also taking the stage to voice his support was Peter Head, voted by The Guardian as one of the 50 people most likely to save the planet. “This is a beautiful example of a worldwide change”, he said. “Everybody has to deal with the same problem, but nobody handles it the way Walas does so well. It’s not just about technology; it’s about people, culture, art, design. It’s about the connection with young people, religions, communities, ethics.”
The sun drenched day greeted visitors with music, a market, local vendors, virtual reality, art and electric cars. Guests were also treated to guided tours of the active Carbon6 revitalization project and the UNESCO Heritage Mining Site.
CEO Gerben van Straaten was very pleased with the outcome. “It has been the warmest month on Earth since measurements began. I believe we don’t have a choice but to take a risk. I believe we must change. If you’re in Holland building a dyke in front of only your house it really doesn’t help. We must collaborate or die.”
About World of Walas
World of Walas is a growing portfolio of companies focused on building sustainable communities through innovations, projects and policy development. It was founded by Gerben van Straaten to offer a fundamentally different approach to development. Gerben has over 25 years of experience working with cities, academia, governments and businesses on large complex developments. The business models are environmentally, socially and financially sustainable and have proven their success in communities where no one has succeeded without significant government support. With new ideas for old buildings and sound business practices, World of Walas creates places where people want to live, work, produce and participate. For more on World of Walas visit https://worldofwalas.com/.