On March 7 the Community Environmental Center Eco House, a free and mobile environmental education exhibit, arrived at Dutch Kills Playground in Long Island City, Queens. NYC Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer was joined by President of the Community Environmental Center Richard Cherry, I.S. 204 Principal Yvonne Leimsider, and members of Community Education Council 30 to unveil the project at the park.
Designed and built in 2012 by the Community Environmental Center, the Eco House is literally a house on wheels. Inside it is modeled after the interior of a real home, and shows students ways they can help their homes and apartments to save on money and energy. The Eco House is a special interactive exhibit and classroom that teaches students of all ages about ways to save energy and one's household income, as well as general ways to protect the environment.
Council Member Van Bramer, whose office helped bring this environmental facility to Long Island City, highlighted the importance of the project by stating, "It is incredibly important to instill in our youth an appreciation for how their actions can lead to a more sustainable future for the City and world. The Eco House is a fantastic facility that now will operate as an extension of I.S. 204, which is already providing our youth with a broad understanding on how to live sustainably in our very own neighborhoods.”
The Eco House is free and open to the public Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special school and group tours can be arranged Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
To arrange for a scheduled tour, please visit the Community Environmental Center website.