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Monday, May 31, 2010

"Greens"burg, Kansas - Out of Tragedy into a New Green Reality

Heard this wonderful story on NPR tonite about Greensburg, Kansas that was almost completely flattened in a 5 mile-wide tornado in 2007.

The originally very conservative residents adopted a concept to rebuild their town with "Green" elements. They've now totally adopted these green concepts in their homes, businesses and agricultural lifestyle that is the foundation of their economy.

Such an inspiring story of people who came out of a complete disaster and rebuilt their lives together with faith and courage.
photo credit - Greensburg Green Town Blog

Some neighbors left, but many stayed and many came back to recreate their town.  They created a non-profit, not unlike an agricultural co-op to rebuild their downtown. The non-profit is called Greensburg Green Town.

Just think what those of us who've not had our town destroyed by a tornado might be able to do!

Here is a blog post from SOTRU (State Of The Re-Union) about the Kansas town that was reborn after
a terrible storm destroyed everything they had known.

State of the Re:Union (SOTRU) is a radio show distributed by National Public Radio and PRX that explores "how a particular American city or town creates community, the ways people transcend challenging circumstances and the vital cultural narratives that give an area its uniqueness". The concept for this program was created by Al Letson as an entry for a contest designed to identify new talent for Public Radio; Al was one of three finalists. Al and the show's producer, Tina Antolini, accompanied by NPR's Peter Breslow, traveled to Greensburg this winter to interview residents about the rebuilding effort. Their take on the community is captured both on the radio broadcast that aired this month, and through the photos, blog entries, and shorter interviews that are featured on their website. NPR's All Things Considered featured a seven-minute excerpt of the SOTRU piece on May 14.

Photo Credit - Greensburg Green Town Blog
This building is the renovation of a home based on the "silo" that survived the tornado.
Amazing that the tree pictured survived too.

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