Warsaw received nearly PLN 10 million in funding for the construction of the Ecological Education Center at the Młociński Forest. The educational offer will be addressed mainly to students, but it will also include family and adult activities. Objective? “Raising the level of environmental awareness,” officials say.
The center will be built at 1/3 Papirusów Street. – It is an extremely important investment for the whole of Warsaw and not only. At a time when climate change is so dynamic, raising the level of environmental awareness in society is of great importance for our daily functioning. The City Forests – Warsaw has been operating in this field for years, and the Ecological Education Center will make our activities even more effective and accessible – says Justyna Glusman, director and coordinator for sustainable development and greenery, quoted in the announcement.
As announced by the town hall, approximately 25,000 people will benefit from the educational offer of the new center each year. It will be targeted mainly at primary and secondary school students. There will also be a wide range of family and adult activities. CEE’s activities will be tailored to the needs of people with disabilities.
Energy-efficient, with a green roof
“The designed building – with an area of almost 1,000 square meters – will include: a conference and workshop room for 85 people and four educational rooms – two for younger children and two for older students. The center will be an energy-saving and ecological facility, made in prefabricated technology. there will be a so-called green roof and it will use renewable energy (heat pumps, photovoltaic panels) “- announces the town hall.
Officials also emphasize that the concept provides for water retention in the form of a rain garden and sealed underground tanks for rainwater used for the green area surrounding the building. The roof will feature plants that are easy to maintain and care for, as well as a gravel cover to ensure rainwater retention.
In the area of the planned investment there is a forester’s lodge included in the municipal register of monuments of Warsaw. The City Hall plans to include an exhibition space there after a thorough renovation.
For over PLN 14 million
The construction of the Ecological Education Center at the Młociński Forest will be co-financed by the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management in the amount of over PLN 9.8 million. According to the city, the total cost of building the new Center and the renovation of the forester’s lodge will be over PLN 14.2 million.
The center is expected to start operating in 2024. It is to serve, among others: raising the level of environmental awareness, promoting the principles of sustainable development, disseminating knowledge in the field of environmental protection, social activation – building a civil society in the field of environmental protection and sustainable development, creating an educational base, expanding the local, regional and national educational base the role and importance of urban forests for the sustainable development of the city.
Main photo source: Warsaw City Hall