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Immerse yourself in our eJourney to visit the memory garden, cuddle the fluffy chickens and rabbits and meet the many volunteers working side by side with the staff and residents of Pennemes' sustainable aged care environment.

  • Location

    Zaandam, Netherlands

  • Type of innovation

    Green innovations

Get on board virtually to Zaandam, in the suburbs of Amsterdam in the Netherlands to explore Pennemes, an aged care organization promoting green innovations that help older adults living healthier and happier.

You will be guided through the key benefits and best practices of adopting nature-based (green) innovations on aged care. Get on board this eJourney with Dr. Rutger De Graaf, the Innovation Advisor of Pennemes and Het Mennistenerf, and other key stakeholders of this model.

Meet your expert guide

Innovation Advisor of Pennemes and Het Mennistenerf

Dr. Rutger De Graaf

Dr. Rutger de Graaf has been a healthcare innovation manager for 20 years. He started his career in the pharmaceutical industry where he specialized on innovation process. He is the Innovation and Communication advisor of Pennemes and Mennistenerf, where he plays a central role promoting nature-assisted innovation.

They will also guide you

Jacob Spaander

Coordinator of the green volunteers

Henk van de Berg

Green volunteer at Pennemes

Jeroen van de Berg

Green volunteer at Pennemes

Nel Koedoder

Client of Pennemes

What you will get on this eJourney

A complete step by step program

  • 1

    Welcome to Pennemes

    • Welcome to Pennemes by Dr. Rutger de Graaf

    • How is it to live at Pennemes?

    • Adopting plants to improve air quality

    • Enabling sunlight in the care environement

    • Adopting animals

    • Implementing playful green activities

    • Welcome by Jacob Spaander, coordinator of green volunteers

    • The rooftop garden

    • Welcome by green volunteers

    • What is the place of green volunteers for the organization?

    • How to retain volunteers?

    • The importance of intergenerational activities

    • The healthcare system calls for green innovation

    • Linking sustainability and health

    • Reducing food waste

    • The benefits of buying locally

    • How to have a good impact on the environment?

    • Recommendations for organizations going green

    • The importance of the bottom-up approach

  • 2

    More about Pennemes & Green Innovation

    • Pennemes key user and staff numbers

    • How many clients and what are their profiles?

    • How can green innovation be financed?

  • 3

    Download the Workbook recaping key takeaways

    • Workbook

  • 4

    Feedback Survey

    • Feedback Survey

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