Take up the Challenge,
make a difference!

At Wageningen University & Research top scientists and students from all over the world join forces to work on projects that make a difference to the quality of life. The explosion in urban growth and related opportunities as well as challenges to our environment and our food systems are recurring topics of our cutting-edge research. We live and breathe sustainability and therefore realise that we need to utilise the potential of urban farming to create a liveable and healthy environment for urban dwellers. Now we invite you to make change happen with us. Join the Social Impact edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge and make a difference!

The Challenge

In the Social Impact edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge, we challenge you to develop an urban farming site that significantly improves the quality of life of local residents in one of the most diverse lower-income neighbourhoods of Washington D.C.

From November 2021 until June 2022 and with the support of top experts, you will develop an urban farm concept that not only ensures year-round sustainable and affordable food production but also generates incomes for the local residents. This is the toughest edition of the Urban Greenhouse Challenge so far!

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Urban Greenhouse Challenge#2

The second edition resulted in twenty breath-taking designs, three of which made it to the podium. The winners of the Challenge were team Bagua, followed by team KAS (2nd place) and TeAMSpirit (3rd place). Take a look at the UGC#2 magazine to discover all the designs and meet the ten Finalists.

Partners & participants about the Challenge


Check out the latest news about the Urban Greenhouse Challenge#3

Thirty market leaders power the Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3

For the third time market-leading companies and other key-players in urban food production join the Urban Greenhouse Challenge. As Challenge partners they will provide coaching and feedback to the teams, helping them to accelerate and bring their initial idea to th...

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Cauberg Huygen kennispartner voor The Urban Greenhouse Challenge

Op woensdag 3 november vond de Kick-off plaats van de derde editie van The Urban Greenhouse Challenge. Bij dit project van Wageningen University & Research komen studenten uit de hele wereld samen om nieuwe concepten voor Urban Farming te bedenken en te...

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The third Urban Greenhouse Challenge is about creating social change

The Urban Greenhouse Challenge kicked-off on 3 November. This is the third time Wageningen University & Research organizes their international student competition in search of ideas for local, urban food production that can feed cities in a sustainable way. Thi...

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The Urban Greenhouse Challenge is organized by Wageningen University & Research in close collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia and Soapbox, and with support of a broad network of partners.