Friday, June 6, 2008

Spotlight: Greensburg, Kansas

We note here that many folks involved in GTH 2008 are interested in the story of Greensburg, KS, which is actively on the road to recovery from a 2007 tornado. We highlight some links and cite the program notes from the GTH schedule:

Tuesday, June, 24, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
In May 2007, Greensburg, Kansas was devastated by a powerful EF‑5 tornado. Over 90% of the town’s structures were destroyed. The devastation was so massive with many buildings underinsured or not insured at all; many outside the community questioned whether the community would (or even could) be rebuilt. As it set out to rebuild, a new green vision began to emerge. The success in realizing its’ dream to become ‘the greenest town in America’ has been impressive. Several buildings are being built to LEED standards and the city has adopted a resolution for city buildings to be built to LEED Platinum. The story of the year long recovery in Greensburg will be told from very different view-points: the city administrator, a business owner, the founding Director of Greensburg GreenTown, a community based nonprofit and an educational representative.


Greensburg's official website.
Greensburg on Wikipedia.
Greensburg GreenTown - News and Updates.
Overview of greening projects from BNIM Architects.
Extensive PlanetGreen coverage.

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