HARRISBURG, PA – Reynolds Energy Services, Inc. congratulates client Unionville-Chadds Ford School District, whose Charles Patton Middle School in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, was named a 2015 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon School.
The Green Ribbon award recognizes K-12 public and private elementary, middle, and high schools across the nation that are exemplary in reducing environmental impact, improving the health and wellness of students and staff, and providing effective sustainability education. Patton Middle School is one of only 12 schools to have received the award since the program began in 2012.
The school demonstrates its commitment to sustainability through the use of solar arrays, low-flow toilets and faucets, and a drip line irrigation system. Ninety percent of the school grounds are devoted to vegetable and flower gardens, walking paths, and native plant habitats, encouraging students to enjoy the outdoors. Field trips teach students about water conservation and demonstrate the connections between the physical environment and human activities.
In support of the school’s sustainability goals, Reynolds performed a lighting retrofit project, replacing existing 34 watt T12 lamps with new high-efficiency 28 watt T8 lamps and electronic ballast, saving more than 112,000 kWh. Reynolds also replaced 40,000 square feet of acoustical ceiling tile as part of the project and worked with the manufacturer to recycle all of the old ceiling tile. Currently, Reynolds is working with the district to install a variable refrigerant flow HVAC system that will efficiently heat and cool the school.
To learn more about the Green Ribbon School program, visit the PA Green and Healthy Schools website.