Monday, May 4, 2009

Greensburg, KS rises from rubble as 'Green Phoenix'

Recession resistant jobs, right here!
On the second anniversary of its destruction, the Little-Town-That-Could's effort is putting Greensburg, KS back on the map in a very green way. What's more, jobs are being created and savings will mount as the town becomes a model for sustainability.

by Broderick Perkins
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Greensburg, KS rises from the rubble as a 'Green Phoenix'

From the ashes of a May 4, 2007 EF5 tornado that virtually wiped the town off the map, Greensburg, KS is being redeveloped for its namesake -- GREENsburg.

On the second anniversary of the destruction, the Little-Town-That-Could's effort is putting Greensburg back on the map in a very green way. What's more, during a recession, their timing couldn't be better. Jobs are being created and savings will mount as the town becomes a model for sustainability.

From a bootstrap angle as well, President Barack Obama owes them a visit.

Soon after the tornado, the city council passed a resolution stating that all city building would be built to LEED - platinum and other sustainability standards, making it the first city in the nation to do so.

The greening of Greensburg comes with the help of Greensburg GreenTown, a non-profit organization created to partner with residents to teach them about being green and to help them implement green history.

In a year's time, the long-term community redevelopment plan has done more than most towns accomplish in 20 years.

Of course -- for better or for worse -- they did have a virtual blank slate upon which to draw.

In any case, when it comes to green, Greensburg's really got it going on.

More than hot air. A planned Greensburg Wind Farm of 10 turbines will provide enough power for the entire city.

Locavores are lovin' it. Organic and natural foods from a consortium of 100 local farmers and other food producers is available to the town.

LEED homes are moving in. The first (eight) LEED platinum homes in the state of Kansas, among only a handful in the nation..

Recycled building materials are hot. A Silo Eco-home comprised of recycled foundations, basements, driveways, and sidewalks of buildings destroyed in the tornado.

More green buildings are going up. See the "Greensburg Sustainable Building Database."

• The town has celebrity status. The Discovery Channel's Planet Green, Greensburg is documenting the effort, now in season two.

• It's a social networking model. The town's all the rage on both Facebook and in a Flickr photo journal.

The town's got guts. It hasn't been easy. See "Red Tape Precedes Greensburg's 'Green' Rebuilding Plan"

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