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Sustainability Series: Gerben van Straaten

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City University in Canada

789 West Pender Street

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Vancouver, BC V6C 1H2

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Putting the Heart First

Gerben brings a radically different approach to sustainable urban development, with concepts that let people live and work in the community while it develops around them. He will share how his company utilizes a long-term, concentric and circular view on urban development, building the communities up gradually.

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Founder and CEO Gerben van Straaten has over 25 years of experience in urban development. He founded World of Walas in 2010 to offer a fundamentally different approach to sustainable urban development. Walas has been experiencing significant growth since then, doubling in size at least once per year. Walasis now a collection of over 25 companies with projects operating in the Netherlands, Germany and Canada, and global partnerships focused on bringing real change to the urban development industry.

Gerben is an international speaker and published author on sustainable urban development and new ideas for old buildings. His unique experience bridges between academic best practices and the traditional real estate industry. He works with governments, cities, NGOs and other organizations on policy for urban planning and development to bring about real change. He is a signatory partner for the UN Sustainable Development Goals, and Special Commissioner for Cities for Earth Charter International.

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