Greensburg's green renaissance continues, but population still lags

The town was mostly destroyed by a tornado in 2007

KMBZ News Staff
November 30, 2018 - 7:30 am

City of Greensburg, KS


The EF-5 tornado that destroyed most of Greensburg, Kansas the evening of May 4, 2007 also left the town with an opportunity to start over from scratch.

"The night after the tornado all we had left was each other," said Bob Dixson, mayor of Greensburg, a small town two hours west of Wichita.

Building for the future, town leaders believed, meant 'going green,' using the most environmentally-renewable materials and technology they could find and afford.

"The city council passed a resolution in December, 2007 that we would achieve in municipal buildings the LEED Platinum status, which is the highest-level (of energy efficiency)," Dixson said.

LEED stands for Leadership and Energy in Environmental Design. Greensburg now has the most LEED-certified buildings per capita in the world.

The town's residents have embraced the green angle. Residents use less electricity and water per capita than they used to, said Dixson, who admits he was skeptical of the environmental approach at first.

Nowadays, Greensburg leaders are working on rebuilding the town's population. There are fewer than 1,000 residents there now, still significantly fewer than the night before the tornado.

City of Greensburg, KS

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