Gallery: Planet Green’s GREENSBURG docu-series premieres June 15th!

New houses are slowly but surely popping up all over greensburg.

It’s been just over a year since a massive tornado leveled Greensburg, KS and rebuilding efforts have hit full swing since Inhabitat last reported. If you’ve been wondering what all the buzz is about, you’ll soon get an inside look at what’s been going on, thanks to Planet Green. Tune in Sunday, June 15th at 9pm ET/PT for the world premiere of GREENSBURG, an epic 13-part docu-series that chronicles the rebirth of this proud Kansas town (also catch a sneak preview on Friday, June 13th). Executive produced by Leo di Caprio’s Appian Way and Craig Piligian’s Pilgrim Films and Television, the series will showcase the Greensburg experiment as an example for the rest of the world to follow.

Master-planned and designed entirely by leading international firm BNIM, the new and aptly named Greensburg will be firmly built on principles of economic, social, and environmental sustainability. It will be the first city in the country to mandate that all buildings over 4,000 sf be certified LEED Platinum. And, as part of efforts to build a brighter future for Greensburg, the new eco-city will also feature a “business incubator” building that will house affordable office space for start-ups and retail. Frito Lay will donate $1 million to build the business incubator that is expected to open before the end of the year.

While many residents still reside in FEMA trailers, new residential constructions are popping up daily. Beyond the buildings themselves, the City of Greensburg is working closely with an all-star team of advisors and contributors that includes environmental consultant John Picard, USDA’s Rural Development team, Native Energy, The Discovery Channel, UTC Power and a number of other partners to lay the groundwork for a long-term, successful, green transformation.

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  1. pip December 29, 2009 at 4:59 pm

    we are just seeing this program in the UK and the very first thing that strikes me is You have a clean state as it were, your land owners have come together to start afresh in 2008 and go so called green, in this tornado area yes….

    So, weres ALL the basic inter connected community excavations for underground storm cellers, large enough to accommodate people long term next time if need’s be.

    were’s the underground mains power and conduit, and emergency backup , were’s the centrally planed underground community fibre,cable and wireless WAN router communications conduit to feed these new buildings above ground.

    were’s the convection heat powered underground storage tanks and other related low cost virtually D.I.Y community growth plans…

    were were all the reclamation plans and sites for recycling the old brick and other materials into useful barriers to help calm such future hurricane winds, were’s all the tree’s to help keep the ground temperature down and so not feed future tornado….

    these and many are all low cost cheap and basic man power requirements before we even talk about above ground houes and business plans….

    plus many ,many more missing simple, effective and above all cheap every day things you need and can use in both emergency and low income area’s such as this new project as a master plan.

  2. ruku July 24, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I totally have lived in Wichita, KS for the past 19 years, and when i first heard about greensburg being hit i was like sucks to be them. But now its gotta be fawking tight to be them because of this new green economy thing they are building for them, and their city is already so aptly named Greensburg.

  3. bronco438 July 19, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    I have been watching the show, and I do not understand what is green about the town as they are building. All of the houses that they show going up are not any different environmentally or efficiently different than normal houses that aren’t green by any means. I have seen five episodes now and have not seen any green innovations.

  4. Jayhawker born June 16, 2008 at 11:47 am

    Nick, Zero is so right. My grandparents(both parents side) were all from that area. In fact, their house, a couple miles south of Greensburg was hit and destroyed. I have cousins that rebuild there after considering alternatives for a while, and believe Greensburg will flourish if businesses rebuild.I think the town needs employment opportunity to keep the young people there. This \’Green\’ thing is great and has many financial possibilities for the residents. I have many memories there and it would break my heart to see the town dissolve!
    If anyone from Greensburg reads this,I have one suggestion. Build a good restaurant, please!!!!

  5. GoGoGreen June 11, 2008 at 1:53 am

    This show looks awesome…can’t wait!

  6. ZeroFlame007 June 6, 2008 at 11:33 pm

    Nick, Greensburg was slowly getting smaller but a major reason of this is because most of the residents were elderly and the young residents didn’t have anything to really go back to. With the new look towards things they believe that there will be things to move back to Greensburg for. Actually one of the residents suggested that Greensburg go Green.
    (I am a resident of Greensburg to help clarify the accuracy of my information)

  7. ap_audio June 6, 2008 at 3:00 pm

    i’m glad to see that greensburg is getting back on their feet. i started to get a little nervous a few weeks ago when we had our rash of tornadoes in kansas/ oklahoma and there was an extremely large tornado headed straight for greensburg … again! almost a year to the day and they had a tornado heading for them again. luckily enough it veered off shortly before it got there..

  8. nick June 6, 2008 at 9:29 am

    In the past has this city grown or shrunk? If it’s shrinking then is it worth pumping all this money into a dying town. I am from a small town and know what it’s like. The idea is nice and the town name goes great with the idea. I hope it’s not just a publicity stunt for “planet green”.

  9. bpg131313 June 5, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    It’s great to see the town coming together to rebuild and actually make it better than it was before. I do wonder if they are building far more underground so they’ll have something left if another twister comes their way.

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