Except Integrated Sustainability
Except Integrated sustainability.
Flourish in a changing world.
Multi-disciplinary consulting, innovation and development organization working on advanced sustainability projects around the globe.

Michiel van der Vight

MBA MSc

Senior Associate

Michiel van der Vight
Michiel van der Vight

Areas of expertise:

  • Project & Process management
  • Workshop Facilitation
  • Product chain and industrial sustainability
  • Carbon Footprint & Life Cycle Assessment
  • Energy Conservation, C2C and Sustainable Energy
  • Logical Framework Analyses
  • Roadmaps

Professional Titles & Liaisons:

  • MBA & MSc in Business Administration (Nyenrode, the Netherlands)
  • Bachelors degree in Physics (Eindhoven, the Netherlands)

Location: Utrecht, the Netherlands

Weakness:  Predicting  precipitation

Enjoys: Grooving his Bass-guitar


Contact

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Working on sustainability since 2001, Michiel enjoys connecting people and making challenging ambitions happen.

Complex projects need people with different backgrounds and different areas of expertise to work together. Not only in a team of people, but also in a team of companies (like in production chains) cooperation sometimes needs to be explorative and sometimes result-oriented.

From time to time the team needs to be able to dream, solve analytical problems, be critical, be creative, build on each other’s ideas or just be functional and productive.

As a consultant and process manager Michiel challenges and guides project members and stakeholders to step up the plate and play their part in the project. The powerful combination of physics and business administration prove to be valuable assets in steering and facilitating innovative processes.

With his technical background and analytical mind Michiel is quick to understand complex systems and relations. His business background and entrepreneurial mindset push him to come up with creative yet pragmatic solutions.

Michiel has an MBA, a Master of Science degree in Business Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Physics. He started his career as a researcher in the R&D center of Océ-Technologies and printed the sharpest lines ever seen within Océ's R&D center. He graduated from his MBA / Msc BA in Vermont, USA, writing the business plan for a Zero-waste Eco-industrial Park of the Intervale Foundation.

In the last nine years Michiel worked at the Dutch government and at Ecofys on energy conservation in product chains, energy visions, feasibility studies for renewable energy solutions, sectoral sustainability roadmaps and integral sustainable urban development. His broad background and working experience shaped him into a versatile project manager.

Michiel joined Except in September of 2009 as a senior associate and became a board member in the beginning of 2011.

Projects

Polydome Arkna

Dec 19, 2017, Feasibility Study and Business Plan

District heating vision Tilburg

Feb 28, 2018, Sustainable, fair, and affordable

This project researches a sustainable district heating system in the Dutch city of Tilburg, developed with our consortium partners.

The vision includes both ecological and social sustainability, and functions as the starting point for all parties involved to cooperate toward a sustainable and carbon neutral heat provision.

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Inspiration Book Sustainable Overschie

Mar 01, 2018, Quickscan of potential development options for urban redevelopment

Overschie is a neighborhood in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, with unique properties:

  • surrounded by highways and an airport
  • environmentally compromised
  • Public health challenges
  • a village within the city
  • high social capital

Social housing organization Woonstad and the city council of Overschie want to make this neighborhood more sustainable, but where do they start? To answer this question we did a quickscan of the neighborhood to find its opportunities and made a custom inspiration book filled with possibilities to work towards a sustainable city district. Read below for more info, and of course, download the book!

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Meat Sector Roadmap

Mar 01, 2018, Towards an integrated circular sector

We developed a roadmap of the Dutch meat process sector, production and processing companies and their suppliers, together with DNV. The road map shows opportunities for optimal use of all energy and material flows in the product chain of chicken, pork and beef, and maps their sources. The maps bring insight to all stakeholders involved, and enables decisions on improving entire sections of the production chain at once.

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Carpet sector roadmap

Feb 28, 2018, Mapping the carpet sector towards 2030

Together with MODINT and DNV we mapped the Dutch carpet sector and developed a road map to a circular carpet industry in 2030. We used system mapping and visualization techniques to bring at-a-glance insight to the stakeholder meetings. With this insight we plotted interventions to transition the industry towards a circular and bio-based industry within two decades.

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Van het Zuiverste Water

May 08, 2017, Workshops & Workdocuments

Van het Zuiverste Water (translates in 'From the Purest Water') was a stakeholder trajectory led by Stadsstromen to help the Municipality of Almere futureproof their water management approach. Except was asked to assist during several meetings with expertise in illustration, design and stakeholder engagement.

 

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Sustainable Urban Districts - 2015 Global Review - WWF

Mar 01, 2018, New strategies from 11 exemplary settlements

Vision National Park Oostvaardersplassen

Aug 31, 2016, Framework for Park Management and Nature Conservation

For Staatsbosbeheer  (the Dutch nature management agency), Flevoland Province, and the municipalities of Almere and Lelystad, we developed a vision document for the future development of Oostvaardersplassen National Park in the Netherlands. The document offers a vision, mission, performance goals, and principles for a national park that will be internationally acclaimed by 2030 for its ecological sustainability, societal value, and economic resilience. A accompanying Inspiration Booklet introduces interesting practices from around the world to offer inspiration and specific  ideas for actions to realize the formulated perfromance goals.

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Leaders for Nature: Shared Resources, joint solutions

Aug 10, 2016, From awareness to action with the network of IUCN

On 17th April 2015, IUCN organized the Leaders for Nature forum in Eindhoven. Except supported IUCN in a year long trajectory to prepare and guide the Forum in a new format. This included concept development, stakeholder involvement and preparation of the challenges.

The preparations resulted in 10 challenges brought in by the network of Leaders for Nature. Over 150 participants from business, NGOs and government joined the forum. Guided by Except, teams worked on the most pressing natural capital challenges.

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Sustainable Schiebroek-Zuid

Mar 01, 2018, Redevelopment of post-war social housing

We developed a sustainabile conversion and development plan for the post-war social housing area Schiebroek-Zuid in Rotterdam.  The project provides a flexible and exemplary roadmap for converting the neighborhood into a self-sufficient and sustainable area. It applies innovative energy solutions, urban farming, social and economic programs, secondary currencies, and adaptive redevelopment strategies.

This project was commissioned by housing corporation Vestia and agricultural research network InnovatieNetwerk.

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Schiphol Office Innovation

May 12, 2017, Boosting sustainability and health of Amsterdam Airport CBD

We’re working with Schiphol Real Estate and more than 70 stakeholders and experts on boosting sustainability and performance of the Schiphol Central Business District.

We work on several projects to develop an integrated sustainable and self sufficient area, that is a healthy and inspiring place to work.

 

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Schiphol-Oost Pioneer Park

Aug 14, 2018, Vision and strategy for sustainable transformation of a business park at Schiphol Airport

Amsterdam Schiphol Airport was born at Schiphol-Oost, over 100 years ago. Today it is a business park that could use more atmosphere and vision. With limited identity, it does not distinguish itself from other business parks in the surrounding area. In collaboration with Schiphol Real Estate (SRE), Except developed a vision and strategy for Schiphol-Oost for the coming 5 to 10 years. The vision transforms Schiphol-Oost to an innovation-garden for the entirety of Schiphol, named Pioneer Park.

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Polydome

Jul 20, 2016, High Performance Sustainable Polyculture Agriculture

Polydome is a revolutionary approach to greenhouse agriculture that offers the possibility of commercial scale, net-zero-impact food production. The Polydome system strategically interweaves a wide variety of crops and animals, taking advantage of every inch of the greenhouse while eliminating the need for synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.

With its high yields (60 – 90 kg per square meter), and diverse outputs (over 50 crops, two mushroom varieties, chickens, eggs, fish, and honey), even a small Polydome system can provide a richly varied food supply for a large population.

Download the full Polydome book for free below.

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Utrecht Community (UCo)

Mar 05, 2018, National center for sustainable entrepreneurship

The Utrecht Community (UCo) is a national center for sustainable entrepreneurship in the city of Utrecht. UCo  brings together 150 pioneering sustainable entrepreneurs and SMB's, and facilitates them  in an exemplary sustainable and inspiring builing. UCo is a place to develop, discover, and accelerate together, 5 minutes biking from central station. The building is the first energy neutral, healthy and circular listed monument in the Netherlands. Except developed UCo independently, and opened its doors in 2017. 

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Greenprint Book

Oct 10, 2014, Example book of sustainability in the built environment

Greenprint features over 150 pages of innovations in our homes, cities and daily life. From eco-houses and neighborhoods to streetlamps activated by moonlight, social innovations, urban agriculture and much more. Greenprint shows how sustainability can change your world from the smallest to the biggest scale.

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