After the tornado, the community gathered together and drafted a plan to rebuild, which included the commitment to build up to LEED Platinum standards and become a model green town for the future. Maybe it was just fate that the name of the town was Greensburg, and maybe the community felt like they needed to live up to that name, but since 2007, the community has done an amazing job of resurrecting their town into one that is better, stronger and greener. Greensburg GreenTown, a non-profit started by Daniel Wallach and dedicated to helping the town grow green, has been at the center of the transformation – providing resources, technical assistance, educational programs, and help with the master plans for the city.
The town has a long list of accomplishments and a lot of new buildings since 2007 and would make most towns green with envy, including design competitions, green tours to showcase the town, the high school Green Club, a farmer’s market, reclaimed lumber project, a volunteer program and an educational series. The Greensburg Wind Farm of 10 turbines began generating power back in March and supplies enough power for 4,000 households, which is more than enough power for the entire town. The carbon neutral town is also working on the Chain of Eco Homes, which are twelve homes around the town dedicated to showcasing green building technologies and service as living laboratories. Once completed the Chain of Eco Homes will be available both as an informational center and as eco-lodging where people can experience green living first-hand. Otherwise, over 100 homes have been rebuilt with energy ratings performed on them that perform 40% better than code.