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The Eden Project | tech for tomorrow’s planet

This is the Eden Project. An example of architecture with sustainability at the heart of its design and operation.

This botanical garden showcases large greenhouses housing plants from around the globe. Constructed with recycled materials and innovative technologies to reduce environmental impact, it leaves and breathes dedication to a greener planet. The Eden Project also doubles as an educational centre and exhibition space, aiming to teach visitors about the significance of living in harmony with nature.

Behind the project

The Eden Project’s coming into being took a village. It all started with Tim Smit, an archaeologist and entrepreneur who aimed to ignite environmental passion. Renowned architect Nicholas Grimshaw translated Smit’s vision into biodome designs prioritising sustainability and human-nature connection.

Tim Smit: “It’s not just about the plants; it’s about all of us and our planet. We’re connected, and we need to take care of it.”

Beyond Smit and Grimshaw, John Major (former UK Prime Minister) secured initial funding, while the National Lottery and European Regional Development Fund backed the project financially. Behind the scenes, Chair Orna NiChionna and the Eden Project Board of Trustees, including Professors Jonathan Drori and Adam Beaumont, ensure the project’s governance and strategic direction, driving its ongoing success.

Living sustainability

The Eden Project is dedicated to putting sustainability into action. Everything from using recycled materials to collecting rainwater and using clean energy demonstrates their environmental commitment. It’s like a real-life science lab showcasing practical solutions for modern challenges, with even their toilets being eco-friendly.

Learning through experience

These bio domes are more than traditional greenhouses—they’re engaging educational centres. Visitors can explore diverse ecosystems from around the globe through interactive exhibits and activities. It’s a fun and enriching experience where learning to live in harmony with nature is accessible to all ages.

A wider impact

The project’s influence reaches far beyond its bio domes. It has strengthened the local economy and united a passionate community dedicated to environmental conservation. As a green social network, it fosters collaboration between individuals and communities, all working towards a more sustainable future.

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