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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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Tuesday
Sep112012

Greensburg: A New Life Chapter

 

I am now a resident of Greensburg! I began work at Greensburg GreenTown on Monday,
September 3rd. I am very excited to begin working with the community of Greensburg and
sharing my interests in sustainability. I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and studied at the University
of Nebraska at Lincoln. I received my Masters of Architecture last May. I have lived in Nebraska
for most of my life, but I had the opportunity to study abroad in Europe for one semester while
attending UNL. That experience gave me new insights into a variety of cultures and cities. Once I
graduated I began looking for a job that suited my interests. I am thrilled to say that my experience in
Greensburg has begun!                                                                                                                                                                          
The change of pace from a big city to a small town is significant, but there is certainly a presence
about Greensburg that separates it from other towns. The wind turbines and solar panels
throughout the buildings in Greensburg convey a sense of social progress. Biking in town is
another aspect of small town living that I am excited to utilize. In addition, the distance from my
house to the nearest grocery store is less than 10 minutes. Since the town is pratically new, the
aesthetic is very clean and unweathered. Whenever I enter a new building in town I feel as
though I am still in the city.                                                                                                                                                                      
Even before I moved here, I was aware of Greensburg's goal for sustainable rebuilding. I remember
watching the Discovery Channel series about the inital rebuilding of Greensburg back in 2008. I
watched the construction of the 5.4.7 Arts Center by the University of Kansas graduate Design-Build
course. I remember being captivated by this town and I stored the story of Greensburg in
the back of my mind during my study at UNL. I never would have predicted that I would find
myself working in Greensburg after all. While the series gave me perspective on the inital
rebuilding efforts, I was impresssed by the amount of progress and built work when I toured
Greensburg at the beginning of the summer. Five years after the disaster, Greensburg remains
an inspiration to me as a beacon for sustainable growth. Now that I am involved with GreenTown
I want to help promote sustainability in a way that gives inspiration to other towns faced with
similar circumstances.                                                                                                                                                                                                  
There are quirks of Greensburg that I have discovered that make the experience of living here
unique for me. The Greensburg street names are interesting. From east to west the
streets are named after states and presidents. I was happy to see that one of the streets was
named Nebraska when I first moved down. From north to south the streets have names related to
different types of trees. Although, when you ask for directions not many locals remember the
street names, rather they give you directions based on the landmarks in town.                                                                                          
I am blessed to be given an opportunity to be directly involved with GreenTown's projects both
locally and nationally. I am looking forward to many new experiences within the year!

 

Here I am on top of the GreenTown Silo Eco-Home.