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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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Tremco Made it Possible...

Ohio-based Tremco Global Sealants corporation made it possible for GreenTown to have a presence at last week's World of Concrete convention in Las Vegas. They generously paid for Daniel Wallach's travel and expenses, giving us an opportunity to tell Greensburg's story to an international audience of corporations in the building industry. Tremco made space available in their booth daily for Wallach to show a PowerPoint presentation and answer questions about the Green Initiative. He reports that there was a great deal of interest shown, and that many people were familiar with our green rebuilding efforts. Several solid leads were made by Wallach and GreenTown's fundraising associate, Lesa Sanford. Sanford has over 20 years of experience in working such trade shows, and is a natural at making connections with vendors.

The World of Concrete is a huge annual gathering, which this year featured 1,700 vendor booths. Tremco is a worldwide supplier of sealant, weatherproofing, residential waterproofing, and passive fire control solutions for residential and industrial applications. They have been very supportive of GreenTown and Greensburg. Three of their representatives attended December's groundbreaking for our first Eco-Home. You can read more about the company at www.tremcosealants.com.


Greensburg Progress in Pictures

photos by Anita Hohl


On the Auction Block

American Honda Motors has donated a 2007 Honda Civic natural gas vehicle to GreenTown that we will soon be putting up for auction, most likely on e-Bay. (This car is in addition to the vehicle we received from Scholfield Honda of Wichita a year ago.) We will be conducting this on-line auction with the help of Entercom Communications Corporation, the 4th largest broadcasting company in the country, with 104 stations. Two executives from Entercom’s Wichita division were in town last week to meet with us about the auction. General Manager/V.P. Jackie Wise and Business Development Director Jeff Pickering spent the morning touring Greensburg and visiting with staff about the Green Initiative and Greensburg’s rebuilding. They represent 3 stations in Wichita and are eager to help not only with this project through their nationwide network, but also with increasing awareness about our work among their 200,000 listeners. We are deeply grateful to Roger Scholfield for connecting us with Entercom.

Compressed natural gas is an extremely clean-burning fuel. The EPA certified this model of Honda as "the cleanest internal combustion engine in the world". Not only is it clean, it is less expensive to operate than a traditional gasoline engine. Today, natural gas costs about half of the price of gasoline. And, by and large, natural gas is a U.S. product. Kansas actually exports twice as much natural gas as it uses. This car will be a great buy for a lucky bidder, who will simultaneously be supporting the Green Initiative with their purchase. Details about the auction will be forthcoming soon.


Greensburg in the News...

In the past couple of weeks there has been a flurry of media coverage of the community. The Good Housekeeping magazine crew was in town for two days, taking photos and interviewing residents for an in-depth article which will appear in their April edition. Teen Vogue magazine, with a readership of 1.5 million, interviewed three of The Green Club girls for its May issue on Green Teens. The Yahoo! Travel site on the internet featured an article entitled “Must-See Green American Landmarks”. Recommended attractions in San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and New York City were joined by the local 5.4.7 Arts Center, the first LEED Platinum building in the State of Kansas. Speaking of the 5.4.7, we congratulate its Executive Director, Stacy Barnes, for making the cover of The Legend. This quarterly Dodge City-based publication highlights life in Southwest Kansas. The GreenTown office has a stock of these magazines for interested readers.

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MIT Student Pays a Visit

Anna Bromberg, shown with members of the Green Club.

Last week MIT’s Anna Bromberg spent several days in Greensburg, interviewing folks for her Master’s thesis. Anna is a second-year student in the Masters of City Planning department. She was very impressed with the people of Greensburg, and we look forward to sharing her impressions when her thesis becomes available. GreenTown thanks all the people who give so generously of their time to our local guests. It seems that the community consistently leaves visitors with a good impression.

Greensburg an LED Trailblazer

The City of Greensburg recently completed a project whereby all street lights in town - 303 of them - are LED. The project was formally acknowledged with a community ceremony on January 20. According to the company in charge of this project, Greensburg is the first U.S. city to have 100% LED street lighting.

LED stands for Light Emitting Diode. Most people are familiar with LEDs as the red and green lights on the faces of alarm clocks and electronic devices. In recent years, this technology has exploded and its applications have significantly expanded. There are many advantages to using LEDs over more traditional lights.

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Solar House Donated

We are delighted to officially announce the donation by the University of Colorado (CU) of their winning home from the 2005 Solar Decathlon to GreenTown and the community of Greensburg. The Decathlon is a competititon sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy which challenges 20 universities from around the world to build the most state-of-the-art, sustainably designed residence. This year will mark the fourth such competition since the project was launched in 2002.

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Stallard Technologies Makes a Generous Donation

Overland Park, Kansas corporation Stallard Technologies recently gifted GreenTown with ten complete Dell computer systems. Chief Marketing Officer, Phil Poje, had contacted us with in the fall with the good news that they wanted to make a donation. What is especially noteworthy about this gift is that Stallard is truly a green company, as they deal in reclaimed and reconditioned IT products. They purchase equipment from businesses that have outgrown their computers and sell them at reasonable prices on the market. GreenTown staff are already using several of these units in our offices. We'll be distributing the remaining computer systems to other deserving organizations in town. To read more about Stallard and check out their products, visit their website at www.stikc.com


KSU Students Deliver Model Home Designs

KSU Studio 108 architecture student James O'Mara presents his model Four Square home to the community.

At a gathering on December 14, students from Kansas State University's College of Architecture, Planning & Design returned to town with eight hand-built models of affordable, sustainable homes that they designed for people who are seeking to build in a green fashion. An advisory group composed of Kiowa County residents was on hand to receive this most generous gift and to thank the students for the amazing work they did on this project. The plans for these homes are available locally at the GreenTown Visitors Center behind the Kwik Shop. Area residents may either borrow a hard copy of the booklet, Greening Greensburg: Affordable and Sustainable Home Designs, featuring the architectural renderings and plans, or they can take home a free CD that includes the book and additional information about the homes and the concepts behind them.

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Announcing the Eco-Homes Blog

GreenTown is pleased to announce a new blog where readers can get the latest on GreenTown's Chain of Eco-Homes project. The blog will be regularly updated by Project Managers Mason Earles, Emily Schlickman, and John Wickland. Check it out at www.thechainofecohomes.org! The Eco-Homes Project has a full head of steam and will eventually feature as many as a dozen unique green homes that will serve as "living science museums" by day and eco-lodging by night.