2014 Greencubes


Ricardo Vossen (Aeronautical Engineering) and Rob Vollaard (Landscape & Environment Management) won the 2014 Wij Inholland Award for their sustainable student project Greencubes. Executive Board member Marcel Nollen presented the awards for the best student project during the official opening ceremony of the academic year at Inholland Delft. With this project, the students focused on sustainable food production. 

‘A fine example of cooperation between agriculture and technology’, said Marcel Nollen of the winning project during the awards ceremony. Out of all of the candidates, Greencubes emerged as the most innovative, multidisciplinary and socially relevant project. ‘There can only be one winner’.

Self-supporting cubes
It started in the summer of 2013 when Ricardo Vossen and Rob Vollaard presented posters illustrating their vision of a green future during an on-campus festival at Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). Ricardo and Rob came up with the idea for a self-supporting closed circuit in a cube for growing entirely energy-neutral food. A kind of contemporary version of Noah’s Ark. An ecologically closed system.

From that point onward, the project leaders have been working with a group of students from various programmes to turn the original concept into something tangible. In the meantime, they have been out presenting their first physical Greencubes, for example during the Zomerfestival in Delft.

Praise for other nominees
The other nominated projects – De Leukste School (The Most Fun School) and Licht en Lucht Vakantiekamp (Light & Air Holiday Camp) – did not win the award, but they earned lots of praise The Most Fun School project showed guts and entrepreneurship. The students came up with a new programme concept and with that, they are of considerable added value for regional station TV West. Their approach, which involves first and second-year students, puts them in a role model position.

The Light & Air Holiday Camp project is characterised by the tremendous enthusiasm and inspired insight on the part of Lisa and Merel, the two student creators. Under their leadership – and with help from dozens of volunteers – the camp became a successful holiday destination.  It gives children from working-class neighbourhoods in Amsterdam a chance to safely discover nature and enjoy a delightfully carefree holiday.