The New Neighborhood

The Lempert Report
July 26, 2016

Regen Village is set to produce all of it's own food and energy.

ReGen Village, outside of Amsterdam, is designed to be fully self-sufficient, growing its own food, making its own energy, and handling its own waste in a closed loop. 

Your dining room might be next to an indoor vegetable garden. Outside, a seasonal garden. Almost everything they’ll eat is grown in high-tech vertical farms. 

A combination of aeroponics, aquaponics, permaculture, food forests, and high-yield organic farming will grow much more food than a traditional farm, with fewer resources.  

James Ehrlich, is the CEO of ReGen Villages, a California-based developer, will manage the community. He works as an entrepreneur-in-residence at Stanford University and as a senior technologist there, was inspired by a 2013 UN report that argued for the creation of self-sufficient communities. The design was in partnership with Effekt, a Danish architecture firm. He tells Fast Company "We anticipate literally tons of abundant organic food every year—from vegetables, fruit, nuts, legumes, fish, eggs, chicken, small animal dairy and protein”  

ReGen will also produce its own energy, using a mixture of geothermal, solar, solar thermal, wind, and biomass. A biogas plant will turn any non-compostable household waste into power and water. A water storage system will collect rainwater and graywater and redistribute it to seasonal gardens and the aquaponic system. 

Fast Company reports that the first 100-home village is on the outskirts of Almere, a town 20 minutes by train from Amsterdam. ReGen has more projects planned in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Germany, and has plans to expand globally.