Inspirational Forum 2022: Experts will advise on expensive energy and heritage management

“This year, 20 speakers from all over the country will share their opinions and perspectives in the field of smart solutions and sustainable development. They will discuss in detail, above all, topics related to water in the village and in the countryside, the management of historical and heritage buildings, as well as how to provide practical assistance to mayors in the performance of their duties, not only in the currently tense energy situation,” adds Radka Vladyková, executive director of SMOČR.

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The information forum will be opened by Dana Drábová, nuclear energy expert and deputy mayor of Pyšely, who will talk about modern technologies that can help reduce our dependence on fossil fuels in both centralized and decentralized (community) energy. The mayor of Těchobuz, Pavel Hájek, will tell us about his relationship with historical monuments and their use for the community in the village. Eva Neudertová, an expert on sustainability, will talk about the role that so-called ‘grey water’ can play in the context of the energy and climate crisis. And psychologist Radkin Honzák and his contribution on the subject of burnout will be followed by the former mayor of Říčan, Vladimíř Kořen, who will talk in more detail about managing stress during his daily work as a mayor.

Program of the Inspirational Forum 2022

When: 1/12/2022, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m

Where: Kino Přítomnost, Siwiecova 1, Prague 3 (reservation required) and at the same time online transmission on the event website and

Reconstructed heritage buildings can be of great benefit to the municipality

The village of Těchobuz is proud of the legacy of Bernard Bolzan, who lived and worked here between 1823 and 1842. The name of this world-famous mathematician, philosopher and clergyman is borne by the gallery in the former castle storage room and the local well, and a commemorative plaque has been installed in the village in his honor.

“Care for immovable monuments is a visible expression of society’s respect for its own past and ancestors. Reconstructed heritage buildings can be of great benefit to the municipality. The attractiveness of the village is important for the development of tourism and is also a possible salvation from the declining demographic curve,” thinks Pavel Hájek, mayor of the small village of Těchobuz in Vysočín.

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His motivation for entering municipal politics was precisely the unmaintained listed buildings in the village. Currently, all 10 monuments are owned by the municipality. Most of them managed to be reconstructed in the past years and find their meaningful and operationally easy use. IN

Těchobuz is also home to the church of St. Mark, the chapel of St. John of Nepomuck or the Těchobuz castle. In the village we can also find a memorial to the fallen or a former school, where the information center currently operates.

The use of gray water in the public sector in the context of the energy and climate crisis

Do you know what gray water is? This is sewage waste water that does not contain faeces and urine, which flows from sinks, bathtubs, showers, sinks, etc. After treatment, gray water can be used as operating water for flushing toilets, urinals and watering gardens. Gray water reuse is one way to reduce drinking water consumption.

The question of how to develop society in a more sustainable way, especially with regard to the economy and the environment, is currently being addressed by the whole of Europe, for example, with the intention of the Green Deal for Europe.

Eva Neudertová, who has been working on the topic of sustainability and water in the urban landscape since during his undergraduate studies in environmental engineering at the FSV of the Czech Technical University. He will inform us about the possibilities and appropriateness of gray water application for various types of municipal property, he will share with us the experience, challenges and benefits of gray water management in the Czech Republic.

The path to own operation of the water management infrastructure

How did they achieve socially acceptable water prices in the city of Zábřeh and ensure that the finances from the administration of water supply and sewerage in the annual volume of approximately 20 million crowns remain in place and can be further invested, for example in a new sludge treatment plant? The mayor of Zábřeh, RNDr. M.Sc. Francis John, Ph.D. The municipalities decided to take this step after receiving a subsidy for the reconstruction and construction of sewers in the amount of approximately 1 billion CZK.

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They had two years to implement the plan. The motivation for the operation of water management infrastructure by cities and municipalities was not only the goal of having everything under control, but also the possibility of preventing the operating company from withdrawing dividends from the system, even abroad. The original state enterprise Vodovody a kanalizace Šumperk was divided into an ownership and an operating part in 1994. While the water supply infrastructure was privatized by the municipalities in the form of a joint-stock company, the operating company belonged to a private and later a foreign owner.

After the first years of operation of the new model, Mayor John, who studied ecology and humanitarian environmentalism, especially praises the economic, environmental and social sustainability.

Reconstruction of Štědrá castle

The Štědrá baroque castle was built in the years 1730-1734 by Ferdinand Jakub Kokořovec from Kokořov in the years 1730-1734 in the western part of the Štědrá village in Karlovy Vary. After a fire in 1744, the castle was restored in the late Baroque style. After 1945, it was used by a state farm, later it housed an agricultural school or ONV.

In the early 90s of the 20th century, the castle paid for chaotic privatization and gradually fell into disrepair. In 2011, it was purchased from a private owner by the municipality of Štědrá itself, which immediately began rescue work. The castle with 40 rooms was in a state of disrepair, its windows were boarded up and the roof was leaking. The municipality established cooperation with the National Institute of Monuments and began preparing repairs, as the central part of the building was in danger of collapsing.

In 2016, the chateau won the Preserved Monument award, which is part of the Karlovy Vary Region Building of the Year competition. The restoration of the castle is still in progress. “Of the castle’s original equipment, only the torso of the map cabinet survived, but thanks to citizens and supporters, we managed to secure several pieces of furniture for the planned exhibitions,” said Mayor František Pánek.

Currently, the castle is home to an exhibition of historical carriages, and a cabinet of curiosities by the regional artist Dalibor Nesnídal is also being prepared.

The death of 34 miners was the biggest motivation for implementing anti-erosion and anti-flood protection in Šardice

Condé Nast Traveler magazine ranked the landscape around Šardice among the 50 most beautiful places on Earth. The first written mention of the village dates back to 1286, its entire history is directly linked to the cultivation of vines, and the current mayor and her husband are passionate winemakers.

Unveiling of the memorial on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of the tragedy at the Dukla mine near Šardice. On June 9, 1970, 34 miners died when floodwaters rushed into the mine.

Disaster in Šardice. The flood and mudslide caused the death of dozens of miners

Šardice is one of the places that have been repeatedly affected by local floods in the past. The largest of them hit the municipality in June 1970, when a windstorm and a storm with an exceptionally strong burst of clouds broke out over the region. A flood wave came from the upper part of Šardický stream, when a huge amount of water rolled towards the village in a stream 100 meters wide. Before it reached the village, it invaded the Dukla mine, where it flooded 32 kilometers of corridors. There was no rescue for the 34 miners in the mine, despite several days of efforts by specialists from several countries.

The former mayor of the village, Miroslav Gregorovič, who worked in the mines and experienced the disaster firsthand, saw the only solution after 1989 in the implementation of complex land improvements. They took place in the years 2000-2007. Thanks to them, in the last 12 years, new landscape elements have been created in the surroundings of Šardice, which divide the huge expanses of fields into smaller ones.

Measures such as ditches, weirs, seepage belts, protective dams and reservoirs, dry polders, field roads, biocenters and biocorridors on an area of ​​more than 1,600 ha were gradually created, which help solve the long-term flood protection of the municipality, moderate the effects of drought and strengthen the species diversity of the area.

The Kindergarten and Elementary School complex serves as a community center

Fifteen years ago, the municipality of Ostopovice decided on an ambitious plan and gradually began the reconstruction of the out-of-service kindergarten and school premises into a modern, architecturally valuable and energy-saving building for the 21st century.

The low-energy building has been in operation since 2011. It is heated by a heat pump with underground wells 100 m deep, which is sufficient with less than 15 percent of the original energy consumption, rainwater is used to flush the toilets and water the garden, and the usable area of ​​the school garden has been expanded by green residence roof. The number of children has practically tripled over the past ten years, and the municipality is therefore currently planning further expansion and completion of the area.

Automatic mills by architect Josef Gočár

The renovation of the Winternitz Automatic Mills will transform the building into a modern center of art and creativity. The East Bohemian Gallery of Pardubice, the City Gallery of Pardubice will move here, and the Central Polytechnic Workshop will be established.

During the evaluation, the judges focused mainly on the architectural and technical solution, the correct selection of vegetation and also on the sustainability of the project

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The city, the region and the private investor, architect Pavel Smetana, decided to revive the important historical monument together within the framework of a common vision.

Already since 2019, the city has been fulfilling its vision, which will bring citizens and visitors to the city the possibility of cultural enjoyment and, at the same time, the creation of an intergenerational meeting place.

Author: Klára Vorlíčková

The article is in Czech

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