Holten Richmond is a green school


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The Holten Richmond Middle School in Danvers, Ma was just opened last year as a "green school". The school has many features which make it an environmentally friendly building. To start with our students are in charge of recycling paper in every classroom. Students also are in charge of recycling bottles and cans in the cafeterias.

The actual building was given a green school grant through the state of MA. There are many elements of the design which enabled the school to acquire this grant, included photovoltaic collectors which help to power the school. These panels also serve as sunshades to reduce air conditioning in the warmer months.

In addition the south facing side of the building contains large windows for natural lighting and heating. Classroom lights in fact dim when natural light is available and turn off when the room is not in use.

Natural light is also available through light wells which allow sunlight to travel from the roof to interior classrooms.

A cistern collects rainwater to irrigate exterior plants. Landscapers also chose xeroscape landscaping to lessen environment impact.

Anyone interested in the green school feel free to contact John Hodsdon at johnhodsdon@danvers.org

Holten Richmond Middle School Nov 28, 2006 at 12:07 PM
Danvers, MA U.S.A. johnhodsdon@danvers.org