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Greensburg GreenTown is a charitable nonprofit organization working in Greensburg, Kansas to rebuild the town following the devastating tornado in May of 2007. The town has made a remarkable comeback, reinventing itself as a model for sustainable building and green living now recognized around the world. GreenTown works to make green building and living easily understood, appealing and accessible to all.

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Wednesday
Oct032012

Deep Thanks for Sarah and Her Quiet Joy

There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy. ~Ralph H. Blum

Last month we bid adieu to Sarah Thyparambil, GreenTown AmeriCorps staff extraordinaire. Fortunately she's still in the neighborhood, having procured a position just a couple of hours from Greensburg at an architectural firm in Wichita.

Sarah's steady, quiet manner coupled with her enormous talent was the perfect addition to our organization - and to the community as a whole. She came to Kansas from Lincoln, Nebraska and spent a year gifting us with her time and dedication through the AmeriCorps State and National Program. She and Barbara Summers, whom we profiled at the end of the summer, began working for GreenTown last summer. Even though they didn't know each other when they started their AmeriCorps terms together, they quickly became a dynamic team and they have left quite a legacy. Sarah and Barbara are responsible for the beautiful, bountiful community garden project planted last April by the Kansas Heartland Girl Scouts at the Silo Eco-Home. They creatively concocted GreenTown's Recycle Christmas last year, and seamlessly worked side-by-side on many events and projects, including those commemorating the fifth anniversary of the tornado in May of this year.

Sarah writes beautifully and is the author of a good number of articles on this website. Plus, she is a wonderfully talented graphic designer and has made us look really good on paper and on our website. A case in point is the third edition of the GreenTown GreenTour Book, which she poured her energy into. She also has an uncanny ability to work gracefully and very skillfully under pressure.

We are grateful to the folks at Health Facilities Group in Wichita, who have recognized Sarah's talents and hired her as an Intern Architect; she started in her new position last week. HFG is the firm that designed the Kiowa County Memorial Hospital in Greensburg, which is the first LEED Platinum project of its kind in the nation. (This was their first LEED Project, and they have gone on to develop many more since then.) It's nice knowing that Sarah is just down the road a piece . . .

We are deeply grateful for Sarah's year of service and presence at GreenTown. Thank you, Sarah!