Report workshop 8-9 june 2011: Social economical aspects of sustainable city development

August 4th, 2011

A new look at urban city development. We are on the brink of transition, that is in the near future there will be a new approach in the field of soil remediation and urban redevelopment. There will be new rules which lead to more opportunities.

The general conclusion of the two expert meetings was that public and private has to join forces. The time that the authorities are in the lead, but also that tax money is used to pay for urban city redevelopment is over. Specialist with different backgrounds, such as economics, finance, juridical, urban planners, architects et cetera has to work together on a vision. Long term planning is needed to finance durable city.


All presentations can be found attached to the agenda item of this workshop

Successfull workshop On-site research and monitoring for chlorinated solvents in urban areas

March 17th, 2011

The absentees on the CityChlor-workshop on the 10th of March in Utrecht were wrong. To make an area oriented approach in a large area -such as the Utrecht station area the Dutch pilot site for Citychlor - with many known but possibly also unknown pollutions possible, traditional research techniques simply won't work anymore. This was the main message from Leen Ruberecht (MWH).

To investige a large complex area one should work with a conceptual site model (CSM). The CSM is a very dynamic model which goes further than concentrating on the pollution itselfs, think of geo-hydrolic modelling a good concept of the different soil strata a.s.o. Innovative techniques are the tools to answer questions and fine-tune the CSM. In the morning an overview was given of different techniques and specialists from the Netherlands, Belgian, Australian en German presented their innovative techniques what led to some interesting discussions. After a tasty lunch, the whole group went outside for a practical presentation of two of the innovative research techniques. The techniques presented in Utrecht won't only be investigated behind desks, but also put into practice at the different CityChlor pilot sites.

The information generated out of these pilots will contribute to the main goal of the CityChlor-project: to improve the quality and minimise pollution of soil and groundwater by developing an integrated approach to tackle the threats caused by contamination with chlorinated solvents in urban areas.

Even the chairman of the day prof. Huub Rijnaarts -who has over 25 years experience in innovative research and monitoring techniques - was impressed of the quality and diversity of the techniques presented.In short, it will be rewarding for soil remediation experts, policy makers, politicians, and other stakeholders to follow our project!

All presentations can be found attached to the agenda item of this workshop.