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

Finalists of Urban Greenhouse Challenge announced "Taking into account the social impact, really influenced the teams' business plans"

"I can speak for the whole team here when I say it has been an amazing journey so far. Between the previous edition and now, the world has changed profoundly. The designs that teams sent in reflected these changes," said Tiffany Tsui, member of the selection com...

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‘I love to see how young creative minds approach urban farming’

The third Urban Greenhouse Challenge is all about social impact. Aiding the student teams in writing the best proposal for an urban farm that contributes to quality of life are a host of industry experts from the Urban Greenhouse Challenge partner ...

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What is it like to compete as a team in the Urban Greenhouse Challenge?

The student teams participating in the Urban Greenhouse Challenge #3 are taking on a real and complex challenge: devising an urban farm for one of the most diverse lower-income neighbourhoods of Washington D.C., that contributes to improving the quality of life of ...

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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.