On May 4, 2007, one of the most powerful tornados ever witnessed in the United States leveled the town of Greensburg, a small community of 1,000 people. The nearly two-mile wide tornado killed 10 residents and destroyed 95 percent of the town’s buildings. Homes, businesses, schools, and churches were leveled by the fierce intruder. Soon after the tragedy, the town’s citizens rallied behind a new idea: to rebuild the town green, creating the nation’s first model green community. Their vision of the new Greensburg calls for a town powered by abundant renewable energy, such as wind and solar energy. They envision super energy-efficient green-built homes, offices, churches and schools made from healthy, environmentally friendly materials. To help raise funds for support this work, groups are asking individuals to contribute their spare change to help rebuild Greensburg. You contributions can be earmarked for: • The Green Club – a student program to exchange ordinary light bulbs for compact fluorescents; • Greensburg GreenTown, Chiras Team – to support construction of two model homes that will serve as eco-lodging for visitors who come to watch miracles happen and learn about green build; and, • Greensburg GreenTown, General Fund to support work of this nonprofit group that has taken a lead in rebuilding Greensburg. Take your spare change to the bank each month and cash it in. Then, send a check to: Daniel Wallach, Director, Greensburg GreenTown, 900 Kansas Ave, Greensburg, Kansas 67054; (620) 549-3752 or (620) 723-2790; [email protected]
This update in from Chelsea Green author Dan Chiras (The New Ecological Home), and his ongoing efforts to help rebuild the small town of Greensburg, Kansas.