On the night of May 4, 2007, an EF-5 tornado, close to 2 miles wide, wiped out 95% of Greensburg, Kansas. 11 of our friends and neighbors were killed.
After the cleanup started, the Greensburg City Council approved a resolution that all city building projects will be built to LEED Platinum level standards. This makes Greensburg, Kansas the first city in the United States to do this. Greensburg is being rebuilt as a Green Town.
Articles: TIME magazine,NPR's All Things Considered
Leonardo DiCaprio produced a television series about our town:
Discovery's Planet Green series, "Greensburg"
I was born and raised here. My children are the 6th generation of my family to live here. My daughter was a 4th generation graduate of Greensburg High School. That doesn't happen much anymore in the United States. This town, in whatever shape it's in, is a part of my family.
I work for a non-profit organization now, Greensburg GreenTown.
PT.1 - PT.2 - PT.3(the rescue of the animals)
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