Hope for a greener America . . . from the extraordinary community that made it a reality.
“There was never a town with a truer name, though it didn’t really discover it till tragedy created an opportunity that residents seized with head and heart!”
— Bill McKibben, author Oil and Honey:The Education of an Unlikely Activist
The important new publication of sustainability in action, Green Town U.S.A., recounts Greensburg, Kansas’ inspiring story of resilience, community, and sustainability which began on the evening of May 4, 2007, when disaster struck the quiet city. A tornado topping all the scales touched down, and in a matter of minutes, Greensburg, which stood for more than 120 years, was destroyed.
Greensburg committed to reconstructing itself from the ground up while embracing green technology and building methods, along with solar and wind energy. The new Greensburg stands testament to the strength and viability of sustainable community redevelopment and energy-efficient living.
Green Town U.S.A. is the story of hope and opportunity—even in the face of obstacles and difficulties—and provides a real-world proving ground for sustainable solutions. Green Town U.S.A. takes readers through the entire reconstruction process, from Long-Term Community Recovery planning for Greensburg, to the latest advancements in green materials and technology, to the leadership and teambuilding necessary to realize an achievement of this magnitude.
Every town can be a “green town.” Any community faced with rebuilding after a natural disaster, planning new municipal buildings or schools, upgrading retail or industrial centers, or building homes can gain valuable insight from the example of Greensburg, Kansas.
Green Town U.S.A. is an invaluable handbook for civic leaders, concerned citizens, business owners, and anyone who is a stakeholder in America’s sustainable future.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Thomas Fox is an attorney and former research editor at Reader’s Digest. Fox is the author of Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living in Your Backyard, in Your Community, and in the World. His work has been published in The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast, and elsewhere. He writes extensively on sustainability.
Daniel Wallach is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of Greensburg GreenTown, a grassroots community-based organization that works side-by-side with city and county officials, business owners, and local residents to incorporate sustainable principles into their rebuilding processes.
Alex Wilson is the Founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont and the nonprofit Resilient Design Institute.
GREEN TOWN U.S.A.
Written by Thomas J. Fox
Introduction by Daniel Wallach
Foreword by Alex Wilson
ISBN: 978-1-57826-312-7, $15.00 paperback
978-1-57826-481-0, $9.99 eBook
New from Hatherleigh Press. Distributed through Random House. Available wherever books are sold. In stores 7/30/2013.