Fiona van ’t Hullenaar wins Green Leader Award
This year, the award for personal leadership and courage in the green construction and real estate sector was won by Fiona van ‘t Hullenaar, Real Estate & Campus Director at Utrecht University. Of the seven nominees, Van ‘t Hullenaar received most votes from the public and jury.
Van ‘t Hullenaar was visibly surprised and moved: ‘I'm so overwhelmed. But most of all I'm very proud of my teams, we do everything together. I'm proud to be their Green Leader. A few examples of excellent results within our university include collaborations with the Department of Biology around innovative bio-inspired building, living labs with PV generation research, circularity and material passports with the Faculty of Geosciences and healthy buildings and vital environments with the rest of the industry. And there are still so many I haven't even mentioned!’
How fantastic, I'm really happy!
Jury chairwoman Anneke de Vries: ‘Green Leaders are subject to high standards. They need to make sustainability tangible and inspire the masses. And on top of that, green leaders must think outside the box and be courageous. Examples of such courage are those who are brave enough to cooperate with their competitors and overthrow traditions. And these are exactly the qualities that the jury recognised in Fiona van ‘t Hullenaar. Fiona ensures accelerated ambition and achievement. She very much deserves to win the Green Leader Award. She shows clear leadership and what she does is extremely tangible and inspiring. With her crystal-clear vision and in-depth expertise, Van ‘t Hullenaar is regarded as a role model for the new generation of builders and developers.’
In addition to Van ‘t Hullenaar, six other sustainable leaders were nominated this year: Clemens Brenninkmeijer, Jos Klanderman, Marieke van Doorninck, Marjan Minnesma, Michel Baars and Paul de Ruiter.
Background of the Green Leader Award
The Dutch Green Building Council (DGBC) organised this fourth edition of the Green Leader Award in collaboration with PropertyNL and PROVADA. The aim of the award is to promote fundamental change in leadership towards a sustainable and circular urban environment.
Read the full jury report here (only available in Dutch).