On May 4, 2007, a two-mile wide F5 tornado ripped through the small southern Kansas town of Greensburg. In its wake, 11 were killed, and a stunning 95% of the town's homes and business were destroyed. Rather than despair, the town, an isolated rural farming community - home to roughly 700 families - made a brave decision. It would rebuild.
But Greensburg would not rebuild in any ordinary fashion. Rather, Greensburg would be reborn as an ultra-green community, its buildings conforming to the rigorous LEED Platinum standard, and its electricity supplied by a bank of ten massive wind turbines. Throughout the community is evidence of a friendly, welcoming population that views itself, not as consumers of the Earth's resources, but rather as stewards of its environment.
Photo by Eric Ascalon. Taken December 31, 2009.
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