Wood, a resource worth revitalizing
The City of Lausanne owns more than 20 km² of forests. We can use as much as 15,000 m³ of wood each year and still be able to take advantage of around 30,000 m³ within a 50 km radius around Jorat.
It is very important to revitalize this local resource because it can be a source of renewable energy as well as a construction material presenting a favourable ecological balance. Also, wood creates jobs in the primary and secondary sectors. Since 1999, various projects have been carried out in the areas of energy and construction.
Wood and sustainable development
Wood is an important source of renewable energy, particularly from the perspective of the fight against the greenhouse effect. It also presents ecological advantages in the field of construction, where its use has greatly decreased in the past century in Europe, particularly because of competition from other materials: steel, concrete, plastic, etc. The economy of wood means that there is considerable potential for development in Switzerland.
Lausanne is promoting a raw material right on its doorstep: wood
Tour de Sauvabelin (Sauvabelin Tower)
The Sauvabelin Tower was constructed entirely from wood sourced in Lausanne, with help from the expertise of regional businesses.
Access to the tower is free. At the top, the public can discover the surrounding nature as well as an exceptional view of the Léman region.
Refuge des Saugealles (Saugealles woodland shelter)
The Refuge des Saugealles was built as part of the Jorat Peri-urban park, and opened in the summer of 2008. Everything about it keeps sustainable development in the forefront, from the way it was built to the way it is used. Situated on the road that runs between Chalet-à-Gobet and Montheron, it has a capacity of up to 50 people, inside or outside, and can be used for parties, birthdays and any other event you'd like to celebrate in the middle of a natural environment.
Wood-fired heating systems are advantageous for the environment because they use a local source of renewable energy and because the cycle of wood used for heating presents a favourable ecological balance.
The City of Lausanne is committed to promoting this alternative energy through concrete projects.
One Tree, One Child
Ever since 2001, a tree has been planted in the community forest for every child born in Lausanne.
This symbolic project demonstrates the importance of securing the renewal of natural resources and being able to enjoy a protected natural environment, all by promoting the work of foresters. The sponsorship of trees by foreign families also shows their willingness to become rooted in the community.