Residential Greening at Kendal-Crosslands Communities

The Kennett Square retirement community stays on the cutting edge of green technology with its LEED-certified residences.

Continued from Community Energy.

Proving you’re never too old to learn how to conserve energy, Kendal-Crosslands continuing-care retirement community in Kennett Square held a groundbreaking celebration last year for its new LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design)-certified project. The 38 single-story cottages achieved gold status; 10 others with basements received a silver certification. “Since our founding in 1973, we’ve been defined by our Quaker values,” says Kendal-Crosslands’ marketing director, Michele Berardi. “Today we can further and uniquely tie those values to being sound environmental stewards.”

Green credentials: Residents and staff strive to function as a sustainable community, emphasizing energy conservation, and promoting ecological understanding and environmentally sound practices. Resident committees participate in decisions about campus management and sustainability initiatives.

Green innovation: The LEED cottage expansion serves as a model for other Kendal communities around the United States. Residences are well insulated with geothermal heating and cooling systems, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, and finishes that use recycled materials.

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Bragging rights: “As Kendal celebrates its 40th anniversary, we take stock in all our green initiatives,” Berardi says. “We support environmental stewardship through them.”

Green dream: For all Kendal communities to continue to support sustainability. “We have an obligation to do so,” says Berardi.

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