Rebuilding A Bit Greener

By: Jill Cordes
By: Jill Cordes

A few months ago we brought you a report on Greensburg Kansas. When this little town was virtually decimated by a brutal tornado in 2007. They decided to rebuild in an eco-friendly way Using environmental standards provided by US Green Building Council. Well heres an update on that little town that is coming back greener than ever.

Last october, they broke ground on three essential buildings. A new school for kindergarden thru twelfth grade, a new hospital and a redesigned city hall that will harness solar power and collect rain water for reuse. the project is is expected to achieve the highest certification for environmental design. Corporations have continued to offer support for the reconstruction.

In september AT&T contributed $50,000 in seed money toward the building of a dozen sustainable homes, And after the local Dillon's Supermarket, Dillons parent company Kroger, joined forces with Frito-Lay by filling their stores nation wide with Cunchip palates. Offering a one dollar contribution to Greens burg for every bag sold.

Almost 500 building or repair permits have been issued since the tornado hit this town of 1500. And the number is growing every week. Greensburg is turning disaster into a shining example of sustainability for the rest of the country.


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