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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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Greening Greensburg by Peter Brewitt of Orion Magazine

Over the summer, the Greensburg GreenTown team and folks in the Greensburg community had the pleasure of meeting Peter Brewitt, a writer for Orion magazine. Peter visited to learn the comprehensive story of the town and gather information to write an article for the magazine. Well a few months later, the article has been released, and we think it's great! Peter did a great job of illustrating the revival process and capturing the impressive strides Greensburg has taken. We strongly encourage you to read his article and listen to the audio slideshow he helped put together. Thank you, Peter, for visiting and helping us share Greensburg's bountiful stories of rejuvenation! 


Recent Media Coverage

photo credit: Alec Soth

It continues to amaze and humble us that Greensburg maintains such a high profile, garnering coverage in regional, national, and international publications. The town is featured in the annual Photo Shoot Issue (May 2011) of Dwell, a beautiful magazine that highlights modern architecture. Photographer Alec Soth was hired by the publication to travel to Greensburg for a couple of days this past winter. We invite readers to take a look at his wonderful images of the town and its people, which can be found in the story "We're Not In Kansas Anymore", appearing in both the print edition and on-line. Additionally, Dwell editor Miyoko Ohtake chatted with GreenTown's Daniel Wallach for an on-line interview which highlights the origins of the Green Initiative and brings readers up to date on the building projects.

photo credit: Stefan FalkeThe iconic publication Reader's Digest features Greensburg in a lengthy article entitled "The Greening of Greensburg" in its May 2011 edition. Journalist Brian Mockenhaupt's story, which personalizes the effect of the storm on the town, is accompanied by the photographic styling of Stefan Falke. The article follows the progression of the town from tornado to present day through the eyes of several local people. Stefan Falke is a German photographer based in New York who visited Greensburg last year to shoot images of the town for an article which appeared in a Swiss publication.

It is an honor that reporters and photo journalists of this calibre find interest in the community and present the local story in such imaginative and inspiring ways.



Mid-February Progress

The slideshow below offers a look at several Greensburg projects in progress. Photos were taken February 16, 2010 in the afternoon.

Kiowa County Memorial Hospital is hosting their Grand Opening on March 12. They have built to LEED Platinum standards, with their wind turbine already providing as much as 30% of their electricity needs. It was wonderful to pull into their parking lot and see the special reserved places for energy-efficient cars.

Folks have started moving into the Kiowa County United (KCU) facility on Main Street, which will house 9 businesses, including a furniture showroom, gift shop, florist, hairdresser, massage therapist, and framing store. This building is an example of "affordable green", constructed from ICF block (insulating concrete forms). KCU is a nonprofit concern built with money donated by County residents.

Centera Bank is located in the first block of Main Street, across the street from their original location. Building is nearing completion, and they are aiming for LEED certification.

The Scout building is being constructed from energy efficient ICF blocks, as is the Fleener Funeral Home. The Youth for Christ Teen Center is another example of affordable green.

The school system is undergoing consolidation and the new preschool through 12th campus will be called Kiowa County School. They are on track to open as a LEED Platinum facility next fall.

As these projects are completed, we will feature them on the Sustainable Building Database we maintain on this website in cooperation with the folks from National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL), which is part of the U.S. Department of Energy. Enjoy your mini-tour of Greensburg!



photo credits: Catherine Hart


Read All About It

Readers may recall last month's webinar sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, "Greensburg - America's Model Green Community in Their Own Words". The 90-minutes broadcast featured School Superintendent Darin Headrick, Greensburg Mayor Bob Dixson, BTI-Greensburg (John Deere dealership) President Kelly Estes, BTI Vice President Mike Estes, and GreenTown Executive Director Daniel Wallach. We have recently been alerted that the full text of this session is now available on the DOE's Building Technologies Program website. Readers may now access the webinar transcript, slideshow and audio recording by visiting this page.


December 1 in Greensburg




In Their Own Words


Bob Dixson, Daniel Wallach, Darin Headrick, Kelly Estes, Mike Estes


Over 300 computers were connected on Monday for the Department of Energy's webinar, "Greensburg: America's Model Green Community in Their Own Words". The 90-minute presentation was introduced by Anthoney Perkins, who is with the DOE's EERE program, which stands for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. GreenTown's Executive Director, Daniel Wallach, led the audience through presentation slides which offered visuals of how the town looked before the tornado, its post-tornadic destruction, and the present-day progress. He was first joined by School Superintendent Darin Headrick, who gave a riveting account of the discussions held by city leaders in the days after the storm, ultimately making the decision to build back green. Darin also shared details about the new 125,000 square foot K-12 school, which is being built to LEED Platinum specifications and is on track to open its doors in August 2010. (Readers can follow the school's progress at builder McGown Gordon's live webcam onsite.)

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July Progress



Photos taken around town on July 9, 2009 by Catherine Hart.


Greensburg Progress Slideshow 


Greensburg Rebuilding Progress

Photos by Anita Hohl


Greensburg Progress in Pictures

photos by Anita Hohl