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Specialists on Environmentally-Friendly Playground

The new playground at Town Creek Elementary School in Lexington Park, Md. is now PVC free.


Lewisburg, Pa.—In collaboration with Playworld Systems, Inc. and Playground Specialists, Inc., St. Mary’s County Public Schools has installed Playworld Systems’ first PVC free playground at Town Creek Elementary School in Lexington Park, Md. The environmental-friendly playground is part of St. Mary’s County Public Schools’ dedication and initiative to design, build and operate schools conducive to learning and energy efficient.

The school celebrated the playground grand opening Nov. 25, 2008. The green and yellow playground includes slides, bridges, climbers and interactive panels. These play structures are made of thermoset polyethylene (PE), a tough, durable and environmentally friendly PVC alternative.

“It is an exciting project for all of us to get involved in and to give our kids a new place to play, while helping to reduce carbon footprints in this country,” remarked Matt Miller, president of Playworld Systems, Inc.

Other sustainable initiatives for the county’s public schools include the addition of a new LEED building at Evergreen Elementary School. The building has a green vegetated roof, skylights to take advantage of natural lighting, use of high output T5 fluorescent lighting, daylight sensors and geothermal heating.

“This is just one more fine example of the efforts taking place in St. Mary’s County Public Schools to improve the environment,” added Dr. Michael Martirano, superintendent of schools.

The coordination and installment of the new play space was made through Playground Specialists Inc., a full service recreation company based in Emmitsburg, Md., and a Playworld Systems partner.
“This is one of the most exciting projects that we had the opportunity to work on,” said Jeff Barber, president of Playground Specialists.

Mr. Barber and Mike Slifer from Playground Specialists have worked with St. Mary’s County Public Schools on many projects.

The more attention focusing on environmental concerns, Playworld has become a certified ISO 14001 company by demonstrating its commitment to eliminating waste and redefining its operation. In 2007, 90 percent of all waste produced by the company was recycled, including 2.3 million pounds of steel, 500,000 pounds of HDPE plastic, 54,000 pounds of wood and 79,000 pounds of paper. More recently, Playworld abandoned the use of polyvinyl chloride plastic (PVC) in its products and replaced all products with thermoset polyethylene. Playworld employees also get involved by recycling batteries, aluminum cans, office paper, glass/plastic bottles and participate in car pooling. Throughout all corporate facilities, lighting systems have been updated to T-5 florescent lights.

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December 8, 2019, 7:41 am PDT

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