May 4, 2007 - An F-5 tornado destroyed much of Greensburg in Kiowa County
Greensburg, Kansas is a city that was virtually decimated by a tornado on May 4th, 2007. 95% of its homes and businesses were destroyed, but instead of giving up and allowing Greensburg to disappear city managers decided to re-create Greensburg as a model “green” community – using environmentally-friendly technology and the highest standards provided by the US Green Building Council.
The Department of Agriculture has provided over $5 million for reconstruction. And many big companies are getting involved, like Dupont and General Motors. For example, Frito-Lay has contributed $1 million to help fund the Sunchips Business Incubator – a solar-powered building that provides a home for local businesses as they get back on their feet.
By mid-June of 2008, over 420 permits for building or repair had been issued with a new focus on earth-friendly construction that provides a model for the rest of the country - as well as ensuring that the “new” eco friendly town of Greensburg will truly live up to it’s name.