Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation

Founded by Meiny Prins based on a vision

"We can create positive impact in the world"

What if cities integrated their green belts, where food for the city is produced, into urbanized areas? This would create new opportunities on a social, ecological and economic level. It is also the most tangible way to take the first steps towards a circular economy. But where do we start? This is not as difficult as some might think. Meiny Prins started the ‘Sustainable Urban Delta’ initiative to show the world that it’s possible, or better yet: that it’s already happening!

The Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation

The Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation was established to help megacities make choices that open the door to healthy and sustainable urban growth. A crucial element of our approach is the local production of healthy, fresh food in green belts, undeveloped or agricultural land surrounding or adjacent to cities.

Cities that incorporate green belts into their urban planning will find that this creates many opportunities. Our Foundation helps advocates of Sustainable Urban Deltas to successfully integrate the solutions cities need. By uniting people who want to share knowledge and exchange ideas, we can enhance skills, build capabilities, create assets, generate jobs, and eventually improve livelihoods.

Our goal is to inspire city governments, urban planners, architects, real estate developers, businesses and entrepreneurial citizens to rethink the way cities are designed and embrace the idea that a major part of their food can be produced locally and sustainably.

We can help find the best conditions and create new concepts for developing an ecosystem for green belts within the city. Our worldwide network means the foundation can bring people and cities together to help realize their ambitions. The Foundation wants to initiate, intermediate, learn together and remain involved until tangible results are achieved.

We aim to be the catalyst and the connector, but more importantly: with the support of others we want to contribute to the creation of a better future.

We Inspire

With our vast amount of knowledge on integrated food production and our extensive network we stand at the basis of your challenge to create Green Belts. Learn more…

We Create

We are passionate! We will use our expertise to spot opportunities in cities to take the first steps. We will come up with smart and actionable concepts that are financially feasible. Learn more…

We Connect

We bring the parties together that are needed to realize Green Belts. We initiate, intermediate and remain involved so that results can be achieved. Learn more…

Meet The Team

Meiny Prins
Founder

Meiny Prins is CEO and co-owner of Priva. She devotes a great part of her life to promoting sustainability, innovation and internationalization. With her clear, inspirational message on sustainability, she bridges the gap between companies, governments and sectors. Meiny Prins is member of the Committee for Entrepreneurship and Finance in The Netherlands.

Annemarie Rakhorst
Board Member

Anne-Marie is an entrepreneur, investor and publicist in the field of sustainability. She is owner and initiator of the independent platform Duurzaamheid.nl and of ‘the 17 goals you share’, an initiative that introduces the Sustainable Development Goals to the people of the Netherlands.

Marc van Grondelle
Board Member

Marc is a globally trusted advisor and leader in all stages of the Joint Venture life cycle, from creation to operational implementation, as well as in re-setting and enhancing underperforming Joint Ventures and partnerships. Currently he leads Lincoln’s global Joint Ventures & Partnering practice.

Cyrill Staeger
Board Member

Cyrill Staeger is Founder and Managing Partner of Trifft Management Consulting GmbH. He is well experienced in the formation and administration of cross-border joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as corporate governance, corporate administration, and executive management.

Thera Rohling
Strategic Business Developer

An entrepreneurial, strategic thinking business operations manager with a consulting spirit and proven track record of leadership experience. Since 2018 Thera is responsible for driving strategic projects in the field of Sustainable Urban Development to advance growth and long-term plans.

This is why we do it

We believe in cities. As the urban population of the world grows, the role of cities in creating a sustainable future for all of us is becoming more and more crucial. The decisions regarding our collective future are increasingly made by cities and will drive the progress of nations. Urban innovation aimed at improving quality of life is already taking place on a large scale in terms of mobility, infrastructure, and housing. The local production of fresh and healthy food is a logical extension of this.

We also believe in entrepreneurship, in recognizing and encouraging smart solutions initiated by businesspeople who are often the motor of change. True sustainable change isn’t just policy, but must also come from involved entrepreneurs who see opportunities.

We believe in involved citizens, as advocates of healthy living environments and inclusiveness. 

And above all we believe in cities where food production is a catalyst for sustainability and circularity.

Our goal is to work with cities, entrepreneurs and involved citizens to create awareness
about the benefits of returning food production to urban areas, as a logical component of a better future. We are convinced that these partnerships will result in solid plans leading to the creation of sustainable urban deltas.

I am Meiny, entrepreneur with a story

I started the Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation as an inspiration for governments, entrepreneurs, city planners and citizens of metropolitan areas. Wouldn’t it be great if we could consolidate the thousands of fragmented initiatives all over the world? By joining forces, we can provide new perspectives for the issues that megacities face.

As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, my small home country of The Netherlands can be seen as an example of a successful megacity. 

With a limited amount of space, The Netherlands succeeds in producing more food than it needs every year. And it has done so by creating social and green living and working environments, characterized by innovative solutions such as smart logistic systems, decentralized energy solutions and the re-use of wastewater.

There are more examples of cities, companies and projects that prove that we can make the world’s major metropolises more sustainable.

Many cities are already dealing with the challenges of water, food, energy and mobility. We have the solutions and the knowledge.

I hope this will inspire and serve as an example for you: whether you’re an entrepreneur who is just starting out or wants to be part of a great change, or a city that is looking for great ideas. I invite you to read my story, and to share it!


Address

Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation

Zugerstrasse 72

6340 Baar, Switzerland

meiny@sustainableurbandelta.org

 


Bank details

Bank: CREDIT SUISSE (Switzerland) Ltd.
Address: PARADEPLATZ 8
City: 8070 ZURICH
IBAN CHF: CH33 0483 5162 4584 0100 0
IBAN EUR: CH96 0483 5162 4584 0200 0
IBAN USD: CH69 0483 5162 4584 0200 1
BIC / SWIFT: CRESCHZZ80A
Clearing Number: 4835

The Sustainable Urban Delta Foundation is formally established in Switzerland and has received confirmation for the exemption from taxes on income and capital on federal, cantonal and municipal level. Based on Art. 56 lit. G DBG (direct federal tax law) and §57 Abs. 1 Bst. g StG (tax law on stamp duties) respectively, legal entities, which pursue public or charitable purposes, may be granted tax exemption on income and capital, which is solely and irrevocably dedicated to such purposes.

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