Greensburg, Kansas– Way To Go!!

This aerial photograph shows the devastation that occurred when a large tornado struck Greensburg in May 2007. Jaime Oppenheimer/The Wichita Eagle

(Click photo for an entire slide show of Greensburg photos)  

I love Indianapolis, but right now I’m feeling very inspired by Greensburg, Kansas. Their story brought a tear to my eye, especially since there were tornadoes here in Indy just this past week. A commerical on the Discovery Channel prompted me to do more research on the city. Discovery’s new “Planet Green” network will be airing a series about Greensburg and their reconstruction. The new network will begin airing on Wednesday.

I have to admit, I had never heard of Greensburg until it was destroyed by an F5 tornado in May of 2007. Even though my husband is from Kansas, neither of us had heard of it, and once we realized none of his family was in danger, we eventually let it slip from our minds. Now I know that Greensburg is about 1.5-2 hours west of Wichita, a total of about 4 hours straight west of where my Husband grew up.

Anyway, let me explain my fascination with Greensburg. In May of 2007, this small town was hit by an F5 tornado. The tornado was almost 2 miles wide and completely destroyed 95% of the town, it travelled nearly 22 miles. The county was declared a disater area.

After the tornado, the city council decided that everything built from then on would meet LEED- Platinum standards (more info on LEED standards). Greensburg is the first city in the nation to take on this challenge. I think it is amazing that after such a tragedy, they are instead focusing on the opportunity presented to them to move forward.

Greensburg, GreenTown is an organization that is helping the city reach it’s goals of rebuilding, and they do accept donations, and provide updates on the progress of the city. Check it out!


And guess what else… for every person who goes to, the Discovery Network will donate $1 to the rebuilding of Greensburg!


One thought on “Greensburg, Kansas– Way To Go!!

  1. eva says:

    Wow, what a challenge to take on in recovering from a disaster. I’m impressed by Greensburg and happy to see good government at work. But I wonder if the residents of Greensburg found themselves in a similar situation to the ‘Extreme Makeover’ winners you profile in another post of yours – were they able to afford to rebuild in Greensburg after the new standards were in place?


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