Stewards of the Environment: The Kendal-Crosslands Energy Committee

Thanks to the Energy Committee, and other green efforts, the Kendal-Crosslands campus can feel confident in knowing that they’re making all the right moves to reduce their carbon footprint.

“What we are really trying to do is create an attitude, and encourage people to become responsible stewards of our environment,” says Dick Kline, the Chair of the Energy Committee at Kendal-Crosslands, and a resident for 7 years.

The Energy Committee

The Energy Committee at Kendal-Crosslands is a group of about 10 residents who devote time and work to reducing the carbon footprint of the entire community, and persuading staff and residents to take the necessary steps to do so.

“We do it in a few different ways,” says Dick. “One way is to encourage the production and installation of energy efficient equipment on campus. The other way is to persuade the residents to think about their energy consumption. Instead of having only 10 members on the Energy Committee, we try to have hundreds of members, and encourage all residents to participate every day.”

With the help of other residents, staff members, the director of maintenance, and others on the Kendal campus, the combined effort is what makes all the difference.

The community recently installed a large TV screen in the lobby to display a dashboard of energy consumption on campus. The idea was adopted from a local high school that Kendal-Crosslands has connections with. The dashboard is a great way for residents to see the results of their overall efforts.

What You Can Do to Help

Some people may wonder, “What can I, as just one person, do to make a difference?” There are many little things a person can do in his or her every day life to reduce their carbon footprint.

“Wear the right clothes for the season; dress warm in the winter and cool in the summer to reduce heating and air use,” says Dick. “Be sure to use your windows when you need to, and fix any drafts in your home.”

Since it’s installation, the dashboard at Kendal-Crosslands has shown continued change in energy consumption. Doing little things like washing clothes in cold water, recycling, tightly closing windows, and putting up sunshades in the summer can make a world of difference.

“They’re not exciting things, but all together, they make a lot of difference. It doesn’t change your quality of life, and it can even be argued that it improves your quality of life,” says Dick.

However, these aren’t the first ‘green’ changes Kendal-Crosslands has made. In the past, they have been awarded a Gold LEED Certification on 48 cottage homes, increasing Chester County’s LEED homes by 500%. The certification means that fewer trees (and no rare species) were used to build the new homes, and that materials were produced close to home, supporting local companies and limited the cost and energy used to transport them.

Looking to the Future

The energy saving efforts don’t stop there. The Energy Committee is constantly looking for new ways to use less energy, and often carries out in-depth research into how to make the most efficient changes.

Dick is hoping that the Kendal campus will be able to move to solar energy in the near future, and completely stop using non-renewable, fossil fuel. The committee is researching the plausibility of heating the pools with solar thermal systems rather than using gas heating.

Dick adds, “It’s a never-ending process, but we try to go through it, and we do go through it.”

For more information on green efforts at Kendal-Crosslands Communities, give us a call today at 610-388-1441, or visit us online to request your free information kit.