Radnor Middle School Now LEED-Certified

Watershed Program led school into brave new world of geothermal energy.

Banny Ackerman  (second row, far left)  with a class from  the Watershed Program

Radnor Middle School’s Watershed Program

This integrated learning experience for seventh-graders combines traditional subject matter (social studies, science, language arts) with watershed education and best management practices. Under the leadership of Mark Springer, Ed Silcox, Jon Savitch and Banny Ackerman, the program is now in its 27th year.

green initiatives: Thanks, in part, to the Watershed Program, Radnor Middle School is now LEED-certified, with geothermal energy, green roofs, a rain garden, recycled glass floors, waterless urinals, and more. 

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local bragging rights: The program supports a backyard habitat with native plants and organic vegetables, and growing even takes place in the classroom. This year, students are conducting hydroponic studies with plants in a native brook-trout tank. The program has received a National Energy Education Development grant, and students are receiving the Henry H. Meigs Award from the Schuylkill Center. 

green dream: To empower students to take on challenges and solve problems in a sustainable way through more widespread events like May’s youth summit at Paradise Farm in Downingtown.

contact: www.rtsd.org.

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