Our Green Schools
Green Ribbon School Award: Radnor Middle School was awarded the U.S. Department of Education’s first-ever Green Ribbon Schools Award in 2012. RMS joins just 78 schools nationwide to receive the honor. Read more
RTSD's Green Path
Radnor Township School District started thinking about green schools in the spring of 1997, when mold issues closed down Radnor Middle School in Wayne. Although that building got a clean bill of health by the next fall, the mold issue sensitized the community to the importance of indoor air quality and the emerging concept of building a sustainable building.
When the district later prepared to build a new elementary school, the community insisted on the healthiest indoor environment possible. This is what started the Radnor Township School District on a path to build what is considered the first green elementary school in Pennsylvania, Radnor Elementary School.
When it came time for the district to build its next project, the new Radnor Middle School, it again pushed the envelope for healthy indoor environments and sustainability. The district worked to create an educational plan as well as a sustainability plan for the project.
The concept: to create a high-performance school - one that is not only energy efficient, but healthy, comfortable and well-lit, while at the same time providing the various amenities necessary for a quality education.
Sustainable features were discussed and evaluated for their payback potential. Each material and product selection was based on what potential effect (positive or negative) it would have on the environment. The 195,000 s.f. middle school was built with materials that blend in well with the Wayne downtown business district as well as the nearby residential neighborhoods.
The new facility uses the latest technologies for lowering energy and operating costs, while improving indoor air quality and creating an optimal learning environment for the districts students.