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RES Celebrates 20th Anniversary as PA's First "Green" School

Green was in the air on June 4 as the Radnor Elementary School community gathered to celebrate the school's 20th anniversary at a ceremony and picnic organized by the RES Parent-Teacher Organization.

Opened in 2001, RES is Pennsylvania's first "green" school, intentionally built utilizing many environmentally friendly features including geothermal heating and cooling; the use of “smart” building materials, including recycled products; variable artificial lighting designed to complement natural lighting; the use of maintenance products considered earth-friendly; and thermally efficient doors and windows.

In the spirit of this green distinction, speakers from the PTO at the June 4 event introduced an effort to create more outdoor learning spaces around campus in collaboration with staff and students. The PTO also honored RES principal Dr. Anthony Stevenson, who is leaving RTSD for another opportunity after this school year, by gifting an outdoor, accessible picnic table to the school.

Leo Bernabei, the district's director of operations when RES was built who was instrumental in implementing the school's green features, was on hand to celebrate the occasion. Student representatives, Superintendent Kenneth Batchelor, and School Board President Amy Goldman also shared remarks.

A Little About RES:

  • Built in 2001 and considered Pennsylvania's first "green" public elementary school
  • Previously received the Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
  • At the time of opening, one of Pennsylvania’s and the nation’s first schools whose electricity is derived from solar photovoltaic panels mounted on its roof
  • RES saves over 40,000 gallons of oil per year
  • In 2005, RES was awarded the “PennFuture’s Green Power: Turn it On Award,” for being one of three “Green Power Educational Institutions of the Year.” The award was sponsored by PennFuture: Citizens for Pennsylvania’s Future.
  • Many of the same "green concepts" introduced at RES served as inspiration for the new RMS built in 2007
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