The career symposium of 2017-2018 had the theme “Green Growth in Concrete Jungles”. The presentations and workshops were mainly focused on the transition and growth that cities are experiencing right now. The companies present were free to fill in the workshop the way they liked, which resulted in very diverse workshops.
We started out the day with two speakers, that gave a presentation about the link between their companies businesses and the theme of the symposium.
Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) is a company that delivers sustainability reports. In their presentation, they explained how their organisation approaches the evaluation of a policy and the steps they take to come up with a useful sustainability report so that the company that they are consulting can take better decisions in the future.
Cepezed is an architecture company that is focused on sustainable and circular construction. In their presentation, they explained what comes along with designing a new building. An example they gave was the “The Green House”, a completely circular building they designed and built in the train station area of Utrecht.
The following companies named below were attending the symposium. In every piece of text, next to the content of the workshop, the nature of the organisation will be described shortly.
Arcadis gave a workshop with a challenge to think of a sustainable development in the city of Utrecht. We had to think of an idea and then work it out in a plan, which we then presented to the rest of the group. The people from Arcadis gave feedback on each individual presentation and choose one winner. With this workshop, they tried to give us a look in their practices as design and consultancy company.
SIM-CI provides simulations for possible future scenarios. They have a department specially focus on urban planning. With climate change, designing new areas with extra focus on resilience is becoming more and more important. During the workshop, they let the students get in touch with the social side and the technical side of designing the future scenarios.
They gave a talk about their company and what kind of challenges they face on a day to day basis. They also brought examples of what kind of materials they are left with after stripping a car and explained what they normally do with it. They then challenged us to think of a more efficient and productive way to use the waste products, so it would become more valuable again.
Witteveen & Bos
During this workshop, we looked at the built environment and how smart technology could help in climate adaptation and sustainable building options. As an engineering and consultancy firm, Witteveen & Bos work to find solutions for changes in the environment in combination with the growing pressure on cities.
After all these interactive workshops, the students and company representatives had the possibility to talk to each other during the networking drinks the committee provided. It was a very warm day, so the cool beverages were more than welcome.
We ended the day with a raffle, in which the students could win many cool sustainable items, sponsored by local enterprises, that of course all received a shout-out!