Kennett Square Campus
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, United States
Certified Gold through 2022
Bluebird and Purple Martins
Solitary Bee Hotels
Kennett Square Eco-Fair
Awareness & Community Engagement
Lunch & Learn - Spotted Lanternfly
About the Program
The Exelon Kennett Square Campus program is located in Pennsylvania, approximately 40 miles west of Philadelphia. It is within the Delaware River watershed. There are forested, meadow and wetland areas within the campus site that total approximately 4.5 acres. All projects are planned and implemented by an employee team that forms the Kennett Square Environmental Council. Projects span awareness and training topics, as well as habitat and species conservation. The Kennett Square Campus program offers many opportunities for learning and hands-on involvement in conservation for employees, and provides a site for recreation and wildlife observation via a walking path through the grassland meadows.
Practices and Impacts
- The site features a restored meadow containing native plant species. This habitat helps to support insects, birds, bats and other pollinators, which are the subjects of other projects in the program.
- A solitary bee hotel provides suitable structures for nesting bees, which are important as a pollinator species.
- The brown bat, bluebird and purple martin projects also provide structures for bats and birds, offering nesting and shelter in a location which also meets food and water needs. The birdhouses feature predator guards. All boxes are monitored quarterly.
- The butterfly release project seeks to bring more pollinators to the program site, including monarch butterflies, which can locate milkweed planted in the grassland area.
- To increase local awareness and knowledge of issues impacting the environment, several projects have been developed by the team, primarily for employees and their families. The annual Kennett Square Eco Fair brings vendors and organizations from the local community together, with the aim of educating visitors on their products and work. The Pollinator Week project coincides with national efforts to increase awareness of the importance of pollinators and uses a variety of educational resources and social media to help spread awareness.
- A species which is of concern locally, the spotted lanternfly, is the focus of another training project, a lunch and learn event that educates employees on this detrimental invasive species.
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