Scroll through some examples of recent GreenBuzz Zurich events 

Innovation Breakfast: Mobility and Spatial planning

October 2nd, 2019

Mobility and Spatial planning is key to the way in which we will live, travel and work in a sustainable way in the future. We had some excellent inputs from

Linus Grob, strategy planner at SBB, Andrea Del Duce, senior research associate at ZHAW, Claudio Büchel Professor für Verkehrsplanung at HSR Hochschule für Technik Rapperswil, Daniel Sutter, Geschäftsleiter, Partner bei INFRAS and Han Van de Wetering, Owner / Urban engineer at Van de Wetering Atelier für Städtebau

This lead to an engaging discussion about the effects of densification and the importance of mobility hubs. The discussion led to more questions including:

“How do we design the movement of cargo so that towns are desirable to live and work in?”, “How can mobility hubs be created within the already well developed and densely populated areas around stations?”, “How can all stakeholders who own property in less densely populated spaces be convinced to adapt to a sustainable living model?”

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See the presentations here.

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We look forward to more mobility events.

Innovation Breakfast: Sustainability Communication

September 26th, 2019

At this innovation breakfast, we had a powerful line-up of communication experts who shared their insights on how to communicate sustainability to external stakeholders.

Inputs were given by Philipp Bachmann from the University of Zurich, Margreet Groot from Mondelez International, Gabriel Hansmann from Globalance Bank, Andreas Renggli from Polarstern Agentur, Daniel Krieg from KSP Werbeagentur, Manuela Huck-Wettstein from Sustainserv and Robert Dornau from RobecoSAM.

Some of the main take-aways from the innovation breakfast were:

  • Do not use the word “sustainability” when communicating about sustainability to customers;
  • Always find and focus on positive ways of communicating sustainability;
  • Understand the stakeholder your communicating to as aware and knowledgeable.

This innovation breakfast resulted in several follow-up workshops that allow participants to dive deeper into the topic of sustainability communication!

Thank you to all contributors, the host of the event RobecoSAM and the great moderator, Simon Sudbury, for this successful event!

See the full photo album here.

See all the presentations here.

Read more about our speakers here.

Unconference for Sustainability Professionals

September 18th, 2019

At the second GreenBuzz Zurich unconference, 30+ sustainability professionals came together to discuss challenges they’re facing in their profession. The unconference is an open-format ‘conference’, meaning that the topics / challenges, that were discussed in small break-out groups, were chosen by the participants themselves. Some of the very interesting topics that were chosen are: How can we talk about the need for a systems change? Regeneration – is sustainability passé? How can automation support sustainability? Determining & communicating the financial / business value of sustainability efforts. How can sustainability drive innovation? And many more!

Duane Raymond did a wonderful job hosting the unconference, as did Neelke Verhelst from Barry Callebaut as his co-host.

This unconference was so successful and, according to the feedback of the participants, valuable that we decided to organize regular unconferences from now on!

See the pictures here.

See the presentation here.

Read more about our speakers here.

Annual Summer Party 2019

August 22nd, 2019

This year’s GreenBuzz summer party was a great success. For the second year in a row, it was held in a lovely Zurich park by the lake. Around 100 buzzers joined us for an apéro and light evening program. With our ‘experience auction’, where GreenBuzz (team) members donated experiences to be auctioned off, we raised money for the purpose of financing our next intern. Furthermore, we heard five interesting quick pitches from young sustainable organizations and start-ups. Quick pitches were given by: Haelixa, Wayste, Wood and Field, My Blue Planet and Too Good To Go. The food was kindly donated to us by Alnatura.

Photographers Dawna Mueller and Christian Rogantini captured the evening very nicely. See the full photo album here.

Blockchain for Sustainable Supply Chains

June 20th, 2019

Blockchain event

Around 100 buzzers attended this thematic evening on the topic of the blockchain technology and how it can be used for sustainable supply chains. Inspiring inputs were given by Micha Roon, a senior blockchain technology expert and advisor from the Share&Charge Foundation, Philipp Spaeti, CTO of IBM Switzerland, Sabine Loetscher, Senior Manager of Sustainable Markets at WWF Switzerland and Harald Rauter, Senior Innovation Specialist at Climate-KIC. The audience was highly engaged in the topic and participated in motivated discussions and networking at the Apéro following the presentations. Issues and challenges regarding transparency, traceability and trust in connection with blockchain applications were raised. At the same time, the chances and opportunities of the blockchain technology were highlighted.

See full event photo album here.

See presentations here.

Drinks at WWF Switzerland offices

May 14th, 2019

Informal Drinks with GreenBuzz Zurich is always a great opportunity to meet new people and exchange ideas. We like to curate the networking to ensure people meet as many people with shared interests as possible. During this week’s event for example, we had a one-minute rotating introduction session around the ‘globe’ at WWF’s head offices.

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Mobility – Die Zukunft der Städtischen Mobilität

April 4th, 2019

There is a trend to reduce car ownership in Swiss cities, yet an increasing number of people are being transported between urban centers, agglomerations and rural regions. A breakfast hosted by GreenBuzz Zurich and SCCR CREST highlighted the tension between new means of transport (such as shared electric scooters) and public transport. More work needs to be done, but it is part of GreenBuzz’s mission to bring together parties to find solutions. 

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Construction Materials Matter

April 2nd, 2019

We had over 60 people Buzzing about sustainable construction materials. With 40% of CO2 emissions coming from constructing and running buildings, this is a vital discussion that we are continuing to facilitate.

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Climate-Friendly Business Events

February 26th, 2019

On Tuesday, 26th of February we had a very inspiring breakfast about climate-friendly business events at the Kulturpark. We addressed this topic from different perspectives with guest speakers Uta Kroll, Head of the convention bureau of Zürich TourismFrank Marreau, Managing Director of MCI Switzerland. and Anders Tellefsen, Director, Procurement Lead Marketing Meetings Travel EUCAN at Takeda Pharmaceuticals. We learned a lot about the challenges the different stakeholders of the business event industry are facing and had a very interactive discussion about how they could be approached.

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GreenBuzz Informal Drinks

February 7th, 2019

Our growing GreenBuzz community met at Amboss Rampe to network and exchange ideas over a few drinks. We had a short pitch from Yova and it was an opportunity for others to present their ideas and services. The atmosphere was buzzing and the discussions were flowing. Thanks to everyone who came and contributed to our informal event. Look forward to the next one on May 14th.

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GreenBuzz Apéro: Innovation against Food Waste – From Farm to Table

January 31st, 2019

Our Food Waste Apero was inspiring, very informative and as always buzzing. We learned about the challenges around food waste and brought impact to several innovative start up’s in this area. At the Apero, we provided overproduced food from John Baker, Soyana and Zum Guten Heinrich, allowing us to have a direct impact on Food Waste. We would like to thank Thomas Vellacott and Claudio Beretta for highlighting what is currently being done and where the big opportunities lie within fighting this field, as well as Fanny Brun, for her talk around the question “What is behind date labels?”. Additionally, we would like to thank Kitro, Toogoodtogo and Zurichips , three very innovative startups, for sharing how they are tackling food waste.

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Meat the Future: The Path to Sustainable Plates

November 6th, 2018

What place does meat have in a sustainable food system? Can sustainable practices help reduce meat production’s footprint? How can we drive more sustainable consumption patterns? How can innovation and technology help towards a more sustainable protein supply chain? These questions and more were discussed at the event, with inputs from Manuel Klarmann (Eaternity), Thomas Rippel (former economist turned organic farmer), Bühler Group, and Blue Horizon. Food was prepared by celebrity vegan chef Lauren Wildbolz, and snacks and beverages were also offered by HiltlBeyond MeatUMAMINew Roots, ChariTea and Delinat

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Addressing Your Climate Risks and Opportunities

November 7th, 2018

60 professionals met for a half day workshop hosted by South Pole. In response to the Paris Agreement, two initiatives around climate risks and opportunities are gaining traction: The Framework for Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) and Science Based Targets (SBT). Who is pushing for these initiatives? What are the implications for pension funds or corporations? And how do they interrelate? South Pole and GreenBuzz organised an exclusive meeting to discuss these questions and to outline a roadmap for organisations. The event was moderated by Bastien Girod(South Pole), and inputs were offered by Renat Heuberger (CEO, South Pole), Andreas Spiegel, Amandine Favier (Head of Sustainable Finance, WWF Schweiz), Franziska Sinner (Finance expert South Pole), Charlie Henderson (South Pole), Damian Oettli (WWF), and Heinz Hänni, (McDonald’s).

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Impact Investing: Beyond the Hype

October 7th, 2018

60 professionals met over breakfast at RobecoSAM to hear inputs from James Gifford, head of impact investing at UBS and Taeun Kwon, University of Zurich, and Jacob Messina, Head of Sustainability investing research at RobecoSAM . The event was hosted by Falko Paetzold, founder of GreenBuzz and Managing Director of  Center for Sustainable Finance and Private Wealth (CSP) at University of Zurich. Inputs were followed by interactive discussions with the individual speakers.

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Sustainability Measures into Compensation

September 27th, 2018

14 participants met at Bally Callebaut for an evening workshop led by Claudia Wuerstle to discuss incorporating and incentivizing ESG performance through compensation, explore current market practice, and exchange on different ways to reflect ESG criteria in “variable pay”, the portion of employee compensation that is based on performance.

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