“It’s almost ironic that the same element that destroyed a town is being used to rebuild it,” says Betty Nguyen of CNN.
Sunday, May 4th is the one-year anniversary of the tornado that nearly wiped out Greensburg, Kansas. Since then the citizens of that town have been rebuilding their homes and businesses using the most cutting-edge construction techniques to make those buildings as “green” as possible. They’re doing this because they know that they’ll be saving money in the long run. More importantly, as Steve Hewitt, their city adminstrator says, “We’re making hundred-year decisions. We’re building a town for our kids.
Wind mills, solar and thermal power along with increased and more effective insulation are all resources being used. Their emphasis on going green has attracted the Discovery Network which has just aired one special on the town and is planning a 13-part series beginning in June on its’ new channel, Planet Green.
These folks are not the “environmental wackos” that Rush Limbaugh refers to. They’re farmers, teachers, and small business people who want to do the right thing. And in this case, doing the right thing is also good for their pocketbooks.
If you’re considering starting up a new business, renovating your home, or building a new building, make sure you’re up to date on the latest green techniques. If Greensburg, Kansas can do it, so can you.
To view Betty Nguyen’s story about the greening of Greensburg, go to click here and choose the video, Greensburg Goes Green.