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A New Greensburg, Kansas

Greensburg, Kansas Has Renewed Itself!

Forced Green has been following this city since the horrible tornado that wiped them out. We have seen such progress through out the last 5 years. Not only have they re-built their city green but also Leed Certified on many of their projects. Many of the citizens have rebuilt their homes with as much green technology as they could or afford.

Many people from around the world started making their way to Greensburg, Kansas, fascinated by this small town’s resolve to make its mark.

The good news is that Greensburg’s buildings are performing even better than the average LEED certified projects in the country.

The energy savings calculated from just 13 buildings exceeds $200,000 per year, compared to conventional buildings of the same size and usage.

The video invites you to come and see what they have accomplished and celebrate their success.

Kudos to the Greensburg folks for their renewal of their city as well as their homes. They should be very proud to show off their going green world of their own.

Greensburg …. as the green future unfolds.

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  1. Chloe Says:

    Wow, the 2007 tornado cut their population in half. This is great news, though.

  2. Linda Says:

    Hi Chloe … They have done an outstanding job of rebuilding their city and are attracting a lot of the population back!

  3. lissof_leuf Says:

    The Green rebuilding has not been easy for the community. There were many residents who doubted the “Return On Investment” for the extra expenses of striving for LEED Platinum Certification on public buildings.

    A comprehensive energy strategy for Greensburg requires a two-pronged approach focusing first on energy efficiency to reduce demand as much as possible and then on energy generation.

    Only when the town is operating at optimal efficiency and is being powered by a sustainable energy source will
    Greensburg’s energy future be secure.

    Now, the benefits not only provide financial returns, but also provide a learning/training platform for other communities faced with a similar situation.

    We all benefit.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hi Lissof … We absolutely do benefit from their efforts. A great place to be patterned after.

  5. Theresa Says:

    You have to admire their determination and first and foremost initiative to take on a project(s) of this magnitude – and see it through! What an outstanding example for the entire country. Some day I truly would love to visit Greensburg 🙂

  6. Linda Says:

    Hi Theresa … I would like to visit as well. The only problem I have is the money to get there. But one of these days….. 😀

  7. Hillary Says:

    Wow, that is just amazing. My step dad is a LEED Certified builder and has been working hard with our city to make energy efficient single family homes. It has helped not only the city save money but its residence as well.

  8. Linda Says:

    Hi Hillary … You betcha! I just wish there were more of your dad out there fighting for the same!

  9. blog network Says:

    I have recently started a site, and the info you offer on this site has helped me greatly. Thank you for all of your time & work.

  10. Shelley Says:

    Amazing city and people! I will never forget that day. My lifelong friend, Beverly Volz, was killed and 5 months later her father passed away from injuries.

  11. Linda Says:

    Hi Shelley …. I am sorry for your loss. The city and its people are just awesome in their comeback.

  12. Green Uncle Says:

    Check out and for more information on sustainable disaster recovery. This is the organization that helped make things happen in Greensburg and is now working in Joplin to do more great things!

  13. Linda Says:

    Hi Green Uncle … I am so glad to hear that this group is assisting another city in going green! Thanks for the info! 😀

  14. soap scum Says:

    That particular town may have new standards.But I would suspect that the answer lies in tornado-proofing new buildings, considering the area that it is in.

  15. Linda Says:

    Hi Soap … Yes! Many of the structures can handle most tornados. Not sure if they can handle an F4 or F5. However, they have built for the worst the best they can. 😀

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