Incorporating resiliency into design, a cornerstone of Dutch sustainable urban planning, was a recurring theme during the 2018 Global Climate Action Summit in California. Photo: Heidi Alletzhauser 


The United States and the Netherlands have worked together for years on a number of topics regarding business and climate change, especially circular economy.

Through this partnership, the Netherlands works with the United States to find practical solutions to reach the Paris climate goals and have a strong and sustainable economy.

In May 2017, the Climate is Big Business conference focused on how climate action and profitable business can reinforce each other. The Global Climate Action Summit in California in 2018 was an opportunity to connect state and local leaders from the United States and the Netherlands with businesses, investors, scientists, students and nonprofits from around the globe to share the opportunities on climate action.

As one of the most densely populated countries in the world, the Netherlands has come come up with ways to use its resources and space while focusing on being circular. With the use of advanced technology, logistics, transportation and multi-functional design, the Dutch are becoming resilient and work toward being fully circular. Together with the expertise of the United States the collaboration can help shape a better future.

Cities in the United States are partnered with the Netherlands sharing knowledge on accelerating the circular economy, connecting different parties and solving possible barriers. These cities include New York, Seattle, Washington D.C., and San Francisco.