Environmental Learning Center

The Nancy Malmgren Environmental Learning Center (ELC) was built to provide additional space for environmental education and stewardship activities and to create additional community gathering/meeting space.

This community-driven endeavor was supported by 11 funding sources, including Seattle Departments of Parks & Recreation, Neighborhoods, City Light, Public Utilities as well as King County, local businesses and private foundations.

The combined efforts of community advocates, Parks staff and the project team made the Nancy Malmgren Environmental Learning Center (ELC) a model for resource efficiency and protection of human health and the environment.

Nancy Malmgren Environmental Learning Center Flyer

Sustainable building features include:

  • rooftop rainwater harvest for flushing toilets and managing storm water
  • energy-efficient features – highly-insulated building envelope, intelligent lighting, natural ventilation
  • solar electric (photovoltaic) panels provided by City Light’s Green Power program
  • 80% recycling or salvaging of demolition and construction waste
  • salmon-friendly landscaping – drought tolerant, native species and increased storm water infiltration
  • paints/coatings, adhesives, sealants, wood composites and carpeting which protect indoor air quality
  • recycled content products – concrete, backfill, wood composite casework, insulation, and flooring
  • salvaged materials include peeler logs from a naval building in South Lake Union
  • regional materials which support our regional economy and reduce the energy, waste, and pollution associated with transportation

Nancy Malmgren Environmental Learning Center
950 NW Carkeek Park Rd.
Seattle, WA 98177
Phone (206) 684-0877

Due to cuts to the City of Seattle’s budget, the ELC closed in 2013.