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GreenTour Book

Printed on Recycled Paper

Greensburg GreenTown GreenTour Book

Second Edition May 2011

Text & Design by: Adam J Andrews Joah Bussert Catherine Hart Stephanie Peterson Daniel Wallach Ruth Ann Wedel

Hello and Welcome to the Greensburg GreenTown GreenTour Book. I would like to thank you for your interest in Greensburg, Kansas and for taking the time to look through GreenTown’s written guide to America’s Model Green Community. This tour book is the result of many, many hours of research, planning, and mapping of our town by the dedicated staff members and administration of Greensburg GreenTown. I am very proud of this guide and what it accomplishes – both in introducing visitors to our community and giving a good overview of sustainable building practices. I know that you will find this guide very useful as you discover the “Living Green Museum” that is Greensburg. Sincerely, Wylan Fleener Chairman of the Board Greensburg GreenTown

Table of Contents History of Greensburg Who is GreenTown Renewable Partnership Symbol Key LEED & Other Certification Programs Tour Map Silo Eco-Home Kiowa County Commons Greensburg City Hall Kiowa County Courthouse The Banking Community Main Street - Streetscape S.D. Robinett Building Kiowa County United Retail Center City of Greensburg SunChips® Business Incubator 5.4.7 Arts Center Big Well Museum Kiowa County Schools BTI Greensburg - John Deere Kiowa County Memorial Hospital Kiowa County Recycling Center Greensburg Wind Farm Other Community Buildings

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Youth for Christ Fleener Funeral Home Prairie Pointe Townhomes Kiowa County Sheriff ’s Office Fleener Furniture Warehouse Care-N-Share Dwane Shank Motors City Maintenance Building Best Western Night Watchman Inn Dillons Kwik Shop Scout Cabin Twilight Theatre & Community Auditorium

Greensburg Residences Greensburg Churches & City Streetlights Meadowlark Eco-Home

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History of Greensburg Greensburg, Pre-Tornado Greensburg Kansas was founded in 1886 and named for stage coach driver D.R. “Cannonball” Greensburg, Green. It was a pretty typical farming town up until May 4, 2007 - a community of 1,400 people which relied on farming and the oil & gas industry for its economic base. As is the case with many small rural towns across America, Greensburg had seen a steady decline in population over the past several decades and was struggling to stay afloat. Its claim to fame was The Big Well, advertised as the “World’s Largest Hand-Dug Well”. (See more on the history of the well on the Big Well Museum page.)

The Tornado At 9 50 p.m. on M 2 9:50 May 4th 4th, 2007 an EF5 tornado leveled the town of Greensburg, totally destroying its infrastructure and over 90% of its homes and buildings. While the average tornado is less than 50 yards across, this monster storm produced a twister that was 1.7 miles wide as it barrelled through town with 205 m.p.h. winds. Fortunately, Greensburg’s citizens were given 20 minutes of warning that a big storm was coming, thanks to the National Weather Service team in Dodge City, Kansas, who upgraded the storm from a tornado warning to an “emergency”, emphasizing the magnitude of its power. Eleven people lost their lives from the Greensburg tornado, and they will never be forgotten. It was projected that if the storm had occurred later that night, there could have easily been hundreds of casualties.

The Greening of Greensburg, Post-Tornado: IIn th d i di t l ffollowing ll i th t titi simultaneously i lt l h d th ti tto the days immediately the storm, severall entities had the notion rebuild the community in a sustainable, "green" manner. Local leaders started meeting in a tent set up in a yard. The office of then-Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius extended the "green" idea to this group. Area resident Daniel Wallach independently came up with the idea to rebuild as “America’s model green community” and offered his and his wife Catherine Hart’s services to the community, encouraging them to seize the opportunity to build back in this way. The couple presented a concept paper when they attended the first community meeting, one week after the storm. At this gathering, attended by about 500 displaced residents, then-Mayor Lonnie McCollum announced that the town would be rebuilt “in an environmentally friendly manner”. In the days immediately following, Wallach visited with local leaders and residents, distributing the concept paper, listening to their hopes and dreams, and Greensburg GreenTown was born.



Who is Greensburg GreenTown? GreenTown was established as a non-profit organization to bring in donations to the community and carry out a mission of providing education and support to residents and business owners as they sought to build back sustainably. The town has been reborn as a living laboratory and worldwide attraction as a “town for the future”. It is thanks to many community residents that the organization has been able to flourish. It was especially due to the leadership and support of former Mayors McCollum and John Janssen and City Administrator Steve Hewitt that the Green Initiative and Greensburg GreenTown became a respected entity in the community early on. We have worked side-by-side with City and County officials, local business owners, and residents since May of 2007 to help craft and carry out the vision of Greensburg as a Model Green Community. Our relationship with the City was formalized by City Council in August 2007, giving us authorization to represent them on matters pertaining to the Green Initiative. In the past couple of years the GreenTown board of directors has updated the organization’s mission statement to make “green building and living easily understood, appealing and accessible to all.” To this end GreenTown is looking at helping replicate the organization and its successes in communities around the country. GreenTown serves the community as its Green Visitors Center. We connect local people and visitors to information and resources, provide tours of the green sites in town, give interviews to media outlets from around the world, organize volunteer projects, relay information and history to researchers and students, and host eco-tourists in our bed and breakfast suite. Our website is a wealth of information about the Green Initiative, and we offer a monthly newsletter to keep folks updated on the progress of the rebuilding. We invite visitors to check out Greensburg’s many green projects and are happy to answer questions about any facet of the Green Initiative. Our staff can be contacted at 620-723-2790 or Many thanks for your interest in Greensburg, Kansas!


Renewable Partnership Thanks to the possibilities first imagined by the

U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Steve Chalk, the City of Greensburg was hooked up in the days after the storm with the best minds in the renewable energy business. DOE’s National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) had its advisors on the ground shortly after local people were let back into town post-tornado and got to work helping the community imagine a greener future.

With DOE support, NREL formed a team headed up by Lynn Billman that included staff and subcontractors with expertise in many areas, including building technology, wind energy, solar energy, alternative transportation, and analysis. For three years they provided invaluable guidance to residents and businesses and City and County administrators, both on the ground here in Greensburg, and through their coordination of the recovery effort with other Federal and State agencies from their home base in Golden, Colorado. They have left a lasting mark on the community and their efforts reflect federal government at its best. Their influence can be found in the overall vision for the community, in most of the governmental and commercial buildings you see in town, in many of the private homes, as well as in the Greensburg Wind Farm. NREL has been an invaluable resource to us at Greensburg GreenTown, working closely with our nonprofit organization on all aspects of the local Green Initiative, preparing written materials for the Green Visitors Center, and underwriting some of our costs through a multi-year contract. NREL’s impact cannot be adequately captured in such a small space, but suffice it to say that Greensburg would not be what it is today without this agency’s expertise and far-sighted planning assistance.

Greensburg GreenTown partnered with NREL and BuildingGreen, LLC to develop the Greensburg Sustainable Building Database. The case studies in this database include stories about public and private single-family residential, multi-family residential, and commercial buildings, including many projects in this Green Tour Book. Please visit the website below to explore the evolving database:


Symbol Key The Greensburg GreenTour Book can be used by visitors to learn about the green buildings in town, as well as to get an introduction to concepts related to sustainable building design. Each page offers information about the building and an introduction to two or three green features that are clearly exhibited by that building. These symbols are arranged by color and concept to represent some of the unique aspects of a building’s design, construction, and operation. They explain both passive (natural) and active (technological) techniques for energy, water, and material conservation as well as denoting when a building has received a LEED® designation or participates with other national programs such as ENERGY STAR®.




You can learn more about the LEED building rating system on page 7 of this guide.


Photovoltaic (PV) Panel


Solar Shading

Solar Heat Gain

Rainwater/Grey Water Harvesting

Water Conservation Fixtures

Dual Flush Toilets

Permeable Surface

VOC Wind Power

Natural Ventilation

Indoor Air Quality

No/Low VOCs


Rapidly Renewable Resource

Recycled Materials

Reclaimed Materials

Drip Irrigation

Native Vegetation or Xeriscaping

Green Roof

Bioswale/ Rain Garden

Radiant Floors

Building Monitoring/Control System

Geothermal Heat Pump

Efficient Lighting

ICF SIPs Lighting Controls

High Efficiency Building Envelope



LEED速 Certification

Waste Management Plan

ICF Wall Construction

SIPs Wall Construction

High Efficiency HVAC System

PRECAST CONCRETE Precast Concrete Wall Construction

ENERGY STAR速 Recycling Center

ENERGY STAR速 Equipment


LEED® & Other Building Certification Programs Visitors to Greensburg will hear a lot of talk about LEED, so we thought we’d use this space to explain what this means, and introduce you to other “green” building certification programs as well.

LEED® LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Env Environmental Design. It is an internationally-recognized program that was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council and first used in the marketplace in 2000. There are several reasons why the LEED system was developed and why it has been so important in the past decade. It helps define what a “green” building is by establishing a common standard of measurement. It raises awareness of the benefits of building in an environmentally-friendly way. It has helped stimulate green competition in the designing and building industries, while recognizing leadership in these areas. When an individual or entity sets out to build to LEED standards, they work with someone certified as a LEED professional from the outset. This person works alongside the design team and builders to ensure compliance and provide guidance in adhering to standards. There are nine major areas that LEED addresses:

Materials & Resources

Regional Priority

Location & Planning

Indoor Environmental Quality

Sustainable Sites

Energy & Atmosphere

Innovation & Design Process

Water Efficiency

Awareness & Education

As you can see, it’s not just about the building. LEED also addresses such issues as air quality, alternative transportation (e.g., bike racks), water-wise landscaping, and the distance that building materials have to travel to be used on a job. Points are assigned for each area of compliance. The more points that are achieved, the higher the rating. There are four levels of LEED: Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum. The City of Greensburg passed a resolution in 2007 to build to LEED Platinum standards – the highest level - in all new construction City-owned buildings of 4,000 square feet or larger. We are the first city to make such a commitment. Greensburg has five Platinum projects that have received certification: 5.4.7 Arts Center, Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, SunChips Business Incubator, Prairie Pointe Townhomes and BTI - Greensburg (the local John Deere dealership). The Kiowa County Maintenance Facility has been awarded LEED Silver, and Centera Bank is LEED Certified. As of this writing, the community is waiting to hear on the Kiowa County Courthouse (going for Gold), Greensburg City Hall and Kiowa County Schools (each going for Platinum), and the Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department and the City of Greensburg Public Works facility (each built to Silver standards). Additionally, the Kiowa County Commons and the Big Well Museum are being built to LEED Platinum standards. For more information on LEED, please visit the U.S. Green Building Council website:


Passive House The Passive House standard was developed in Germa Germany in the 1990s (Passiv Haus), and there are over 15,000 structures in Europe that have been built following these rigorous construction requirements. Here in the U.S. we currently have fewer than 2 dozen completed and pre-certified projects, but it is a concept that is catching on. Homeowners can save up to 90% on their heating bills given the airtight design, super efficient windows and solar orientation of the structures. Plus, the ventilation system provides for superior indoor air quality. Greensburg GreenTown is in the process of building a Passive House (Meadowlark House) as part of our Chain of Eco-Homes. For more information on the Passive House concept, you can check out their website:

National Association of Home Builders – National Green Building Program NAHBGreen offers builders, remodelers, developers, and other home building professionals a variety of services to learn, incorporate, and market green building. Specific program components include a National Green Building Standard that builders can follow, a Green Building Certification program, certification of professionals, and approved green product recommendations. Greensburg participates in this program by offering new home builders in the community incentives if they achieve the NAHB Green Building Standards, which can be found on their website:





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Greensburg GreenTown’s Silo Eco-Home Kiowa County Commons Greensburg City Hall Kiowa County Courthouse Cannonball Golf The Banking Community Course Main Street - Streetscape S.D. Robinett Building Kiowa County United (KCU) Retail Center City of Greensburg SunChips® Business Incubator 5.4.7 Arts Center Big Well Museum Kiowa County Schools BTI-Greensburg - John Deere Dealership Kiowa County Memorial Hospital Kiowa County Maintenance Facility Greensburg Wind Farm Youth for Christ Fleener Funeral Home Prairie Pointe Townhomes Kiowa County Sheriff’s Office Fleener Furniture & Flooring Care-N-Share Dwane Shank Motors City Maintenance Building Best Western Night Watchman Inn Dillons Kwik Shop Scout Cabin Twilight Theatre S Poplar pl St

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Business/Non-Profit with Green Features

Rehabilitated Business/Non-Profit


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GreenTown’s Silo Eco-Home & Green Visitors Center VOC


As the first of Greensburg GreenTown’s Chain of Eco-Homes, the Silo Eco-Home showcases unique building techniques, energy efficiency features, and green materials & products. The home functions as a bed & breakfast, GreenTown’s administrative office and Greensburg’s Green Visitors Center.

Eco-tourists can take a GreenTour of Greensburg or rent the guest suite to experience green living first hand. Each of the subsequent Eco-Homes will feature different green building techniques and green living products, creating a “living science museum” of the latest in sustainable residential design. For more information about the Silo Eco-Home, Greensburg GreenTown’s projects, or membership in GreenTown, please visit our web site at:

Permeable Surface


Look for examples of these green features at the above building site. A Permeable Surface is one that allows water to pass through and soak into the earth, thereby increasing infiltration and managing stormwater runoff. The driveway at the Silo Eco-Home is composed of a permeable paving product called PermaPave and has an underlayment of recycled concrete and sand.

Recycling Center


The Silo Eco-Home recycles everything possible, and sets out these items for curbside pick-up monthly. The City of Greensburg has a contract with a private company, Nisly Brothers, for a community-wide, single-stream recycling program. “Single-stream” means that all recyclable goods can be put out in one bin. An inexpensive compost container constructed from used shipping pallets is located in the backyard of the Silo house. Also, residents can drop off their used batteries and electronic devices here for safe disposal at the local recycling center.

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Greensburg is the county seat of Kiowa County, Kansas, so the County lost their major public buildings in the tornado as well. County leadership thought it made sense to build a new replacement facility that would house both the library and the Kiowa County Museum, given their complementary educational goals. And with it being such a tight fit in the old Courthouse (which was remodeled after suffering severe damage in the storm, reopening in July of 2008), it was decided to house the Kansas State University Research and Extension office in this new building as well. The Commons will also house a Media Center, a project which was undertaken by the County to bring a sophisticated, state-of-the-art communications facility to the community. The Center will include a radio and sound studio, a TV studio, and much more. Kansas State University provided consultation on this project. The Kiowa County Commons is being built to attain LEED Platinum certification. This highly efficient 20,000 square foot building will utilize a closed-loop geothermal system and thin-film solar panels for its power. It is scheduled to open to the public in mid-2011.

High Efficiency Building Envelope

Look for examples of these green features at the above building site. The Building Envelope is comprised of the foundation, walls, roof, windows, exterior doors and other components separating the inside from the outside of a building. Green buildings typically have more insulation (or a higher R-value) in the walls and roof as well as higher quality windows and doors that have the ability to prevent air infiltration and heat loss. The more efficient the building envelope, the less energy is needed to maintain the desired indoor air temperature, humidity, and comfort level.

Green Roof


Also known as “living roofs” or “vegetated roofs” Green Roofs serve several purposes for a building, such as absorbing rainwater, providing insulation, creating a habitat for wildlife, helping to lower urban air temperatures, and combating the heat island effect. There are two types of green roofs. Intensive roofs are thicker and can support a wider variety of plants but are heavier and require more maintenance. Extensive roofs are covered in a thin layer of vegetation and weigh less than an intensive green roof.


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ICF Destroyed in the tornado, City Hall has been rebuilt sustainably incorporating solar panels, ground source heat pumps, reclaimed materials, and a vegetated roof. City Hall is constructed from bricks that were reclaimed from the municipal power plant that was destroyed in the tornado. The building serves as a symbol of Greensburg’s vitality and leadership in becoming a sustainable community. The 4,700 square-foot building houses the City’s administrative offices and council chambers, and serves as a gathering place for town meetings and municipal court sessions. The new Greensburg City Hall is projected to achieve more than 38% energy savings compared to a similar building that meets standard code. City Hall was designed to LEED® Platinum standards and will be the first new-construction LEED Platinum city hall in the U.S.

Photovoltaic (PV) Panel

Look for examples of these green features at the above building site. Photovoltaic (PV) Panels are used to generate energy for a building by converting the sun's rays to electricity. There are many types of PV arrays. They can be mounted on poles and rooftops or integrated as part of the building, which is the case at Greensburg City Hall. Their 4.8 kilowatt PV system (on the south-facing rooftop) provides more than 11% of the building’s energy and generates 7,234 kilowatt hours of electricity annually.

Recycled Material


Recycling involves processing used materials into new products to prevent waste. This reclamation reduces the consumption of raw materials and energy as well as reduces air pollution (from incineration) and water pollution (from landfill runoff ). Materials made of recycled content are used throughout this building, including: gypsum wall board and solid surface sills, countertops, and ceramic tiles.


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Built in 1914, the Kiowa County Courthouse was constructed in a mere 9-½ months with a budget of $43,500. It is one of two historic buildings that survived the tornado. However, it did not go unscathed - it was severely damaged by a car that was blown into the roof from the nearby police impound lot. Rain fell for three days afterwards and caused considerable interior damage. WASTE

The building was completely renovated with sustainable and energy-saving technologies, while staying true to its original design. It was reopened for business in July 2009, and features a geothermal heating and cooling system, a 15,000 gallon cistern that stores rainwater for re-use, well-insulated walls, high efficiency windows, and much more. The building’s energy efficiency features are projected to save the County 38% annually on its energy costs. The Courthouse was built to achieve LEED Gold designation and is awaiting certification as of this writing. It will be the first courthouse in Kansas to achieve this rating.


Geothermal Heat Pump

Look for examples of these green features at the above building site. Also known as ground source heat pump, this technology is becoming more popular as energy costs soar. Geothermal takes advantage of the thermal energy that is naturally stored in the earth, to both heat and cool a building. Wells are drilled down to where the earth is a consistent temperature (about 55Ëš F), and liquid is circulated in a closed loop to and from the building, warming or cooling the air as needed. This technology uses 40-70% less energy than conventional systems. Geothermal systems can be found at many of the buildings and several of the residences in town.

Waste Management Plan



A city-wide Waste Management plan was put into place after the tornado to deal with the enormous amount of debris left by the storm. Recyclable items were sorted on site, weighed at the local co-op, and then sent to the recycling area at the south landfill.



The Banking Community Greensburg is home to three banks, all of which rebuilt after the tornado. Not only did each bank go above and beyond in being available to their customers immediately after the storm, but their people were instrumental in providing leadership to the rebirth of the local business community, post-tornado. Each bank has been rebuilt as a model of sustainability. Centera Bank has five locations in southwestern Kansas; their local vice-president advocated for designing to LEED速 standards for their new building which achieved LEED Certification in early 2011. Greensburg State Bank is a locally-owned business that has been in operation since 1924. They rebuilt on their original site around their vault, which remained standing after the tornado. The Peoples Bank has a presence in three southern Kansas counties, and their senior branch bran br a ch m manager in Greensburg played an important role in the greening of their new facility.

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Main St. - Streetscape The first three blocks of South Main Street contain a variety of sustainable features in its streetscape. There is a water catchment system that captures and filters rainwater and stores it underground for re-use in watering the plants and trees. The native plantings you see on Main Street serve many purposes. Not only do they enhance the look of the community for both pedestrians and motorists, but they provide environmental benefits as well. Planting trees in a downtown area can cool the air by as much as 5Ëš-15Ëš F on sidewalks, making the space more comfortable for pedestrians while increasing the life of concrete and asphalt pavement. By filtering the air through their leaves, trees reduce the negative health effects of tail pipe emissions. Streetscape plantings in Greensburg are part of a citywide network of green spaces formed by the parks and other natural areas.

Rainwater/Grey Water Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting is the gathering and storing of rain for re-use. Rain barrels, cisterns, and other storage containers hold the water until it is needed to water gardens and trees. Greywater is simply water that has been used once for washing dishes or clothes, or in the bath or shower. It can be collected and stored for re-use for such purposes as landscape watering or flushing the toilet. Check out the Caroma toilet in GreenTown’s Green Visitors Center to get a clever demonstration of greywater re-use.

Drip Irrigation

Look for examples of these green features at the above building site.

Drip Irrigation is a method which saves water and fertilizer by allowing water to drip slowly to the roots of plants, either onto the soil surface or directly onto the root zone, through a network of valves, pipes, tubing, and emitters.

Bioswale/ Rain Garden


Bioswales and Rain Gardens are specially contoured areas that are designed to receive rainwater runoff from surrounding landscaping or buildings. They use plants and soils to filter and treat the water to reduce pollutants and contaminants, improving water quality. There are good examples of rain gardens at City Hall and the City of Greensburg SunChips Business Incubator on Main Street, as well as at the hospital and school.


S.D. Robinett Building VOC

The S.D. Robinett Building was one of two historic buildings to survive the Greensburg tornado. This downtown building site was the location of the original county courthouse (featuring an opera house on the third floor), which was destroyed by fire early last century, and then moved a block over to its current location in 1914. The "new" building, erected in 1915, was built with the intention of being fireproof, with three-foot thick foundation walls, 13 inches of exterior brick, and concrete and steel reinforced floors and roof. The building has housed many commercial activities over the years and even served as a local bomb shelter during the Cold War years. WASTE

The Robinett was purchased from Centera Bank by Erica and Gary Goodman after the tornado for their antiques business and residence. Not only is the retrofitted building highly energy efficient, it has also been restored by the Goodmans to qualify for a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a stellar example of re-use, a fundamental concept of green design, both inside and out.

Rapidly Renewable Resource

Look for examples of these green features at the above building site.

Rapidly Renewable Resources are any agricultural products, both fiber and animal, that take 10 years or less to grow or raise, and are harvested in an ongoing and sustainable fashion. Examples include bamboo, cork, natural linoleum (fashioned from wood flour & ground up cork), wool, cotton, and wheat board.

Efficient Lighting


Compact Florescent Lights (CFLs) are an alternative to incandescent light bulbs, which lose 90% of their energy to heat. CFLs use 1â „5 to Âź of the energy of traditional bulbs and can last up to ten times longer. Light-Emitting Diodes (LEDs) are another lighting alternative that use approximately half the energy of CFLs and can last up to 25 years. Greensburg is the first city in the U.S. to install all LED street lights (303 on city streets).


Kiowa County United Retail Center ICF In 2009, members of the area’s business community began planning for a shopping center to fill the need for larger retail stores in downtown Greensburg. While the City’s Business Incubator on Main Street offers a great start for several small businesses, there was still a need for affordable spaces for larger operations and for more options to keep local dollars circulating. Kiowa County United (KCU) incorporated as a nonprofit organization; its fundraising efforts brought in nearly a million dollars for this project in just a few short months – from local Kiowa County donors. The retail center is an example of “affordable green” and demonstrates what is possible in the construction of a simple, low-cost building that incorporates many energy-saving technologies. Each business inside this ICF structure features dual-flush toilets and energy efficient lighting.

Solar Shading

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Look for examples of these green features at the above building site.


ICF (Insulating Concrete Forms) are used for a building’s wall system. They are typically made from expanded polystyrene (similar to Styrofoam®). The hollow forms are stacked (like Legos®) and stabilized, reinforced with steel, and filled with concrete. The walls are highly sound-proof, virtually air tight, and have a higher than average R-value which can result in a 30-70% reduction in HVAC operating costs. Many of Greensburg’s new buildings are constructed from ICF, as this system offers significantly better wind resistance than traditional wall systems. Solar Shading is a method for protecting windows from the summer sun's heat while allowing the sun to warm the space in the winter. Sun shades can be either stationary or movable. There are even motorized systems available which operate by sensor or timer that open or close the shades to provide the optimal amount of daylight. BUSINESSES AT THE KCU RETAIL CENTER: from North to South The Green Bean Coffee Company Studio 54 Mackie Shae Boutique Real Deals & The Fabric Shoppe Main Street Flowers & More

Fleener Furniture & Flooring LaTerra Naturals The Last Tangle Hair Salon Starla’s Stitch ‘N Frame as of 05/2011


City of Greensburg SunChips® Business Incubator VOC

A year after the tornado, construction began on the business incubator on the corner of Main Street and Highway 54. The idea behind the project was to provide office and retail space for businesses that had been destroyed in the tornado and for new start-up operations. The concept behind the incubator is to give business owners several years to get back on their feet by offering affordable rent and other support until they are able to move to a more permanent location. The building was funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) – Rural Development, Frito-Lay SunChips brand, and actor Leonardo DiCaprio (who was also the driving force behind the “Greensburg” television series that ran for three seasons on the Discovery Network’s Planet Green channel). The City of Greensburg SunChips Business Incubator was awarded LEED Platinum certification.


Monitoring/ Control System

Low/No VOCs




LLook ook for examples of these green features at the above building site.


VOC stands for “volatile organic compounds”; these are chemicals which are emitted as gasses from various solids and liquids. VOCs are commonly found in paints, pesticides, adhesives, cleaning supplies and in thousands of other products. VOCs can have adverse health effects, so it is important to read product labels. Choose low- or no-VOC products to protect your health and improve indoor air quality.

A Monitoring System consists of sophisticated computer software and hardware that continuously monitors and makes adjustments to a building’s mechanical and electrical systems to optimize performance. The benefits of building management systems include increased efficiency of the operations, cost savings, and increased comfort of the building’s occupants.

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The 5.4.7 Arts Center gets its name from the date of the tornado - May 4, 2007. The idea for the project was born when University of Kansas graduate architecture students came to town shortly after the storm looking to develop a project that would serve the community. They designed and built this structure at their workshop in Lawrence, Kansas, and transported it to Greensburg in seven modules, where it was assembled and opened in time for the first anniversary of the tornado. It is the first LEED Platinum certified project in the State of Kansas, and the first LEED Platinum building to be designed and constructed by students. ENERGY STAR速


5.4.7 is a nonprofit organization which serves the community through classes, exhibits and performances. The center receives its power from solar panels, three small wind turbines, and a geothermal system, and features a whole host of sustainable elements.

Reclaimed Materials ialss

LLook oo for examples of these green features at the above building site. The term Reclaimed Materials refers to materials that have been recovered from a deconstruction or demolition site and are reused in a new way. The exterior wood on the 5.4.7 Arts Center was reclaimed from Sunflower Army Ammunition Plant in De Soto, Kansas. Reclaimed materials greatly reduce the need to manufacture new products, which saves on construction costs and lessens the impact on the environment.

LEED速 Certification


The LEED rating system (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a set of standards for the environmentally sustainable design, construction, and operation of buildings and neighborhoods. Of the four levels of designation (Certified, Silver, Gold, and Platinum), the Platinum certification is the highest. For further information, please check out the page entitled LEED and Other Building Certification Programs in this booklet.



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The City of Greensburg is building a new Big Well Museum, which will not only showcase the well, but will also tell the tornado story and provide information about the local decision to “go green”. Early Greensburg settlers anticipated a need for plentiful fresh water as the town grew. The Big Well was dug by hand over a 10-month period, and completed in May 1888 by workers who made 50 cents a day in wages. The well was dug to 109 feet deep and 32 feet in diameter prior to casing. It was closed from 1900-16, and then re-opened and used as the city’s source of water until 1926, when it became a standby well. In 1939 it was opened to the public by the Chamber of Commerce as a tourist attraction. In the years prior to the tornado, it is estimated that the Big Well was attracting 40,000-plus visitors annually. The Well is near and dear to the hearts of the people of Greensburg. Because of the historical significance of the project, the City has taken its time with the planning and rebuilding phases. The facility will include a gift shop, and the mezzanine will allow for a 360-degree view of the town. Visitors to the new museum will still be able to travel down into the well. The Big Well Museum is being built to LEED Platinum specifications with a projected completion date of May 2012.

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Energy Star, launched in 1992, is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Their mission is to help people save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices. In 2010 alone, Americans saved nearly $18 billion on their utility bills by taking advantage of Energy Star products and services.

Automatic Lighting Controls are computer-controlled sensors that turn lights off and on automatically. They can be activated in a variety of ways: time of day, the light level in a room, motion of building occupants, or sound. How much energy is saved varies widely, depending on how the controls are used; the EPA estimates that savings can go as high as 80%.

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Thanks to the leadership of the school superintendent and board of education, Greensburg’s children were able to return to school in town just three months after the tornado, in 18 modular units located on South Main Street. Even though the city had been almost completely destroyed, 75% of the students and all but one of the teachers returned to campus in August after the tornado.



The school features a plethora of sustainable features, including an on-site wind generator (50 kilowatt), and a ground source heat pump system drawing energy from the earth via 97 wells dug 410 feet deep. The school’s exterior uses reclaimed wood from trees damaged by Hurricane Katrina and relies heavily on natural daylighting in classrooms and throughout the buildings. The 130,000 square foot facility has the capacity to serve 425 students ranging in age from pre-school through high school. It has been built to achieve LEED Platinum designation.

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LLook oo for examples of these green features at the above building site. Natural Ventilation means that air flows into and out of an indoor space by natural means, without the use of a fan or other mechanical system. Thus, a building using natural ventilation not only provides healthy air to breathe, but also saves money. If a building is properly designed, the incorporation of natural ventilation can reduce both the price of construction and the cost of operating the building.



Daylighting is the practice of placing windows or other openings and reflective surfaces so that during the day natural light provides effective internal lighting. Particular attention is given to daylighting while designing a building when the aim is to maximize visual comfort or to reduce energy use. The majority of the school’s windows are oriented toward the south to maximize natural daylighting.


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After having suffered a massive loss of inventory in the tornado (the largest single claim in their insurance company's history), the Estes Family played a critical leadership role in the greening of Greensburg's business community in the aftermath. Early on they made the decision to build their John Deere dealership back as a model of sustainability. Wind turbines partially furnished the power for their rebuilding project, and they were so impressed with the performance that they now sell and service turbines throughout the U.S. and Canada. The metal building achieved LEED® Platinum certification at approximately 50% energy cost savings. The dealership is designed to be fully daylit using 24 skylights and 12 tubular daylighting devices. The roof is rated R-38. Hot water is provided from a waste oil boiler and natural gas boiler. Waste oil from oil changes of farm machinery in the service shop is stored on-site and used to offset natural gas use. Radiant slab heating minimizes heat loss during the frequent bay door open and close cycles. A 50 kW Endurance wind turbine powers 95-100% of the dealership’s needs and a 5 kW turbine provides power to the new BTI Wind building.

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LLook oo for examples of these green features at the above building site. There are two main types of Radiant Flooring. One type uses electricity to heat cables, mats or film embedded in or under the floor. The hydronic systems are more complex, but can either heat or cool a room. They use either water or an anti-freeze and water mixture in a closed loop system that circulates the heated or cooled fluid.

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The word ”xeriscape” comes from the Greek xeros, meaning “dry”. It refers to landscaping and gardening in such a way as to reduce or eliminate the need for irrigation. Native plants and trees whose care requirements are in line with the local climate are selected, and care is taken to avoid losing water to run-off and evaporation.


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The hospital on Highway 54 was originally located in the heart of town. Staff members were well-prepared for the emergency situation of May 4th. On the night of the tornado, staff safely moved all patients to the basement, where they were joined by 50 residents seeking shelter. Despite the devastation of the building, all who rode out the storm there were uninjured. PRECAST CONCRETE

The hospital’s administrator and board had the foresight to build a facility for the future. It was awarded LEED Platinum certification in early 2011, the first critical access hospital in the U.S. to achieve this designation. This is an especially notable achievement given that the hospital was operating out of its temporary quarters in MASH tents and trailers all throughout the planning and building process. Kiowa County Memorial Hospital features an on-site wind turbine, water conservation elements, an energy-efficient heating and cooling system, extensive natural daylighting features and much more. Additionally, the design itself exudes tranquility and healing, indoors and out. They also plan to add a 2nd wind turbine in July 2011.

Wind Power

Look for examples of these green features at the above building site. Wind Power refers to the use of turbines to generate electricity. These rotary devices come in all shapes and sizes and provide clean, renewable energy. Several projects in town employ on-site wind turbines. In addition to the hospital, they can be found at the Best Western Motel, Kiowa County Schools, 5.4.7 Arts Center and BTI Greensburg.

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Indoor Air Quality is a very important consideration for the health and comfort of a building’s occupants. It’s estimated that people on the average spend 90% of their time indoors. The EPA considers indoor air pollution to be one of the top 5 most-serious environmental risks to public health. Indoor air quality can be dramatically improved by proper ventilation and fresh exchange; use of eco-friendly cleaning products; and application of low or no-VOC paints, sealants, and adhesives.


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The Kiowa County Maintenance Facility consists of three buildings: the recycling center, a transportation building which also serves as home to the County’s administrative offices, and a building for chemical and equipment storage. Pre-tornado, Kiowa County had an enviable recycling facility for a population of its size, thanks to the commitment of local and area leadership. Kiowa County Recycling Center, which reopened in September 2009, offers even more services than before. In addition to providing basic recycling services, it is also a depository for household hazardous waste and discarded electronic devices (e-waste). A sustainable new idea that has been implemented is a room in the building where people can either drop off or pick up discarded construction materials. The Maintenance Facility, with its 18 geothermal wells and array of sustainable features, has been awarded LEED Silver certification.

Water Conservation Fixtures

Look for examples of these green features at the above building site. According to the EPA, the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water each day. Water Conservation Fixtures include water-saving showerheads, faucets, toilets, and household appliances. In 2008 the Evolve corporation of Scottsdale, Arizona, donated 260 water-conserving showerheads to the people of Greensburg; each is projected to save a family of three over 7,500 gallons of water per year.

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A Dual-Flush Toilet is a high-efficiency unit that gives users two choices in how much water they use: 1.6 gallons per flush (since 1995, the maximum allowed by U.S. law) or .8 gallons for liquid waste. The North American branch of Caroma, an Australian company, donated 400 dual-flush toilets to Greensburg after the tornado. These fixtures save an estimated 2 million gallons of water annually, over pre-storm usage levels.


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Powering Greensburg with 100% renewable energy, 100% of the time has been a vision since shortly after the tornado. Local people understand the perfection of a scenario in which the same force of nature that brought down the town is now powering its future. With considerable input from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, the City explored its myriad options for a wind farm. Greensburg eventually partnered with John Deere Wind Energy, a private company that built the project with the understanding that the City could purchase all the renewable energy it would use over the next 20 years. The wind farm is now under the ownership of Exelon Power, based in West Des Moines, Iowa (which bought John Deere Renewables); Exelon will maintain the project over its lifetime. Greensburg Wind Farm, LLC is located three miles south of Highway 54 and consists of 10 turbines, each providing 1.25 megawatts of power. Exelon has a contract to sell the generated power to the Kansas Power Pool (KPP), a municipal energy agency of over 40 public power Kansas cities, which is our connection to the electrical grid. The turbines produce enough power to provide 4,000 homes with clean, renewable energy. This is more than Greensburg needs, so the remainder goes onto the grid and is available to other consumers that are part of KPP. NREL conducted a wind study of the area and found that the farm's location offers optimal power capability, hosting an average wind speed of 17 miles per hour. Kansas has been evaluated as having the 2nd highest potential for wind in the country. From visitors, we often get the question, “What will you do for power when the wind isn’t blowing?” Although this situation doesn’t arise often, the Kansas Power Pool will ensure that Greensburg is receiving power from other renewable sources, including hydropower. Another key player is Native Energy, a Vermont-based company that offers carbon offsets and renewable energy credits. Their financing helped make this vision a reality, thanks to the participation of thousands of companies and individuals from around the country who bought the credits and offsets. The Greensburg Wind Farm was named the "Wind Project of the Year" in 2011 by the editors of Renewable Energy World. Greensburg Wind Farm, LLC – It’s certainly a wind-wind situation!



Fleener Funeral Home ICF Fleener Funeral Home was founded in 1907 in Greensburg by William Lewis Fleener. The original business was located in the back of the family’s furniture store. It was common in the old days for those two types of businesses to be under one roof; the same craftsmen who built furniture also made wooden coffins. The business was destroyed by the tornado and owner J. Wynn Fleener made the commitment to build back with an ultra-sustainable building. ENERGY STAR®

The building envelope is of ICF construction and features a Trombe passive solar wall on the south side. The wall is designed to look like a monument. Fleener’s project includes a high efficiency heating and cooling unit, fresh air intakes, Energy Star appliances, and the use of recycled and reclaimed materials. In addition to the sustainable nature of the building, J. Wynn is studying the feasibility of offering “green” funeral options to families.


17 The Th he w week eek b before the tornado, Youth for Christ (YFC) had just put the finishing touches on the building they had h d spent 6 years renovating. It was destroyed in the storm, and ministers Deborah and Tony Factor found themselves back to square one. The new building is a model of sustainability, and has been a labor of love and generosity, involving the contributions of over 1,000 people from both inside and outside the community. YFC has a plethora of notable features. The building itself was recycled; it had been sitting on a church lot in Indiana for 5 years before being brought to life in Greensburg. The south side of the building features 4 Trombe panels, which are estimated to save up to 40% on heating usage. The concrete flooring features a zoned radiant heat system served by two 75-gallon water heaters. There is a high efficiency heating and cooling system for back-up. Blown-in insulation is made from sugar beets. They even reclaimed dirt from where the FEMA shelters had been installed south of town. YFC is a model of ingenuity with their extensive use of reclaimed and recycled materials.


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Prairie Pointe is a LEED Platinum development of rental housing for people in the community who are living on fixed incomes. Plans for this project were instigated by the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation soon after the tornado, who wanted to make sure that residents had an affordable place to call home as quickly as possible. The project was financed in large part by the federal Housing Tax Credit Program. It is the first LEED Platinum new construction affordable housing development in Kansas with this distinction, and the third in the nation. WASTE


The townhomes were built on land that was occupied by the high school prior to the tornado. There are 16 two-bedroom apartments, eight of which underwent the rigors of LEED certification. Residents are saving as much as 40% of their energy costs and are using 20% less water than comparable, traditionally-built onally-built apartments.


20 The Kiowa The Kiowa County Sheriff’s Department is located near the County Courthouse. While the old Courthouse was intact enough to be retrofitted after the tornado, the Sheriff’s building, which houses the jail and administrative offices, had to be rebuilt. It was constructed to LEED® Silver standards and as of this writing is awaiting certification. Utility costs for this building are calculated on the same bill as the Courthouse; these two facilities together are realizing $1,000 per month in energy savings. Special features include a geothermal system (28 wells); water conservation through rainwater harvesting, low-flow showerheads and dual-flush toilets; and native landscaping served by a drip irrigation system.


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The Fleener family opened for business in downtown Greensburg in 1907, and has provided service to residents and strong civic leadership to the community ever since. The store was destroyed in the tornado, and Wylan Fleener quickly rebuilt his energy-efficient furniture warehouse after the storm; this ICF structure was the first commercial building to be rebuilt in town. It incorporates brick reclaimed from the original store and is sited on an existing concrete pad. In addition to rebuilding and running the family furniture and flooring business, Wylan brought his leadership to Greensburg GreenTown as the first board chair, and is currently serving in that capacity.


22 Care Care-N-Share C are-N-Sha N is the local food bank and thrift store owned and operated by the Kiowa County Ministerial Alli Alliance (KC (KCMA) for families in need. Before the tornado, its original building stood at the corner of Main Street and Highway 54 (now the site of the Business Incubator). After the storm the KCMA was contacted by Strickland Construction of Olathe, Kansas about rebuilding through the Side by Side International program, which constructs buildings for poor communities throughout Latin America. They oversaw the project so that local residents could attend to other pressing matters. Thanks to the generosity of many companies and individuals, the Care-N-Share was the first building to be re-opened on Main Street. The metal building is extremely well-insulated in its roof, walls, foundation and cement slab. Pressure-assisted toilets in the restrooms conserve water, and a three horsepower exhaust fan saves on utility bills.





Dwane Shank Motors Ron Shank and his parents, Esther and Dwane, provided essential leadership in Greensburg’s recovery when just a few days after the storm they were back providing cars to residents, most of whom had lost their transportation as a result of the tornado. They provided that leadership again when they hurried to build back their General Motors dealership, with a firm commitment to build it green. This was vital to the Green Initiative because the media representatives who were telling the story that Greensburg was coming back green wanted tangible evidence - and the Shanks provided it. They have given dozens of media interviews and have been very visitor friendly for those coming to town. Today they have a great building that has been an important success for Greensburg. General Motors was an enthusiastic corporate partner, providing support and guidance in the reconstruction of the dealership. GM also unveiled their Chevy Volt electric car for the first time at a dealership during the Shanks’ Grand Opening in November of 2008. 8. WASTE


24 The City’s p public works building was rebuilt on the site of the old power plant after the tornado. This is the facility where City equipment and vehicles are serviced and maintained, and it houses the offices for City workers. It is remarkable for a town to feature a sustainable building of this nature – it was built to LEED Silver standards and is awaiting certification. The building envelope is pre-cast concrete and the lot is vegetated with native buffalo grass. A geothermal system features 24 wells, each 330 feet deep. A 1-½ kilowatt solar film sheet lays into the membrane of the roof. The shop features a radiant floor closed loop heating system. There are sun shades on the wash bay doors. Water from the wash bay is recovered, treated with enzymes, and reused. Sky lights provide natural daylighting in the shop, and light shelves direct light into the office and break room.



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Just prior to the tornado, the Best Western had replaced all the furniture, tubs, showers, drapes, and carpets in the motel, and had repainted every room; they had just finished the clean-up from all that remodeling on the day of the tornado. Faced with rebuilding after the tornado destroyed his property, motel owner Ron Wright decided to go the extra mile in getting on board with the Green Initiative. His new facility is the greenest Best Western in the U.S. and the only “Plus” motel in the state of Kansas. Each of the 42 rooms features its own energy efficient heat pump, a water-saving shower head, and a can for recyclable materials. The motel’s walls, inside and out, are SIPs and have an R-value of 16-18; there is 16” of insulation in the ceiling for a rating of R-32. The building also features double pane windows. Inside the motel it is very peaceful and quiet, even though it sits right on Highway 54.


The property includes a wind turbine which is projected to provide 40-60% of the facility’s power. (It is the only Best Western with this technology.) Both the swimming pool and hot tub were reclaimed from the previous motel - a great example of recycling. The pool utilizes a salt generator instead of chlorine, reducing the chances of skin irritation and other health concerns related to this chemical. All of the motel’s cleaning eaning and laundry supplies are eco-friendly.


26 Dillons Kw Dillons Dill Kwik Shop was constructed as a hybrid convenience & grocery store and completed in February of 2009. The company hopes to learn whether this type of business could serve other rural regions in need of a grocer. The store was built using ICF blocks with a wall R-value of 22. The roof has an R-value of 24 and is highly reflective (to reduce the heat island effect) with 8% of its total area being skylights. Interior light levels are optimized by photosensors that detect the amount of daylight present and adjust the mechanical lighting accordingly. Freezers and dairy doors use LED lighting activated by motion sensors to provide on-demand light for customers. All refrigerators are high-efficiency units that use a master control to monitor energy usage. The store’s hot water comes from a reclamation system which harnesses waste heat from the refrigerator condensers.




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Greensburg’s first Boy Scout troop was organized back in 1924, and the local unit has been chartered continuously for the past 80 years. The original Scout Cabin (used by both Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts) was built in 1935 from rock obtained from the same source as that which lines the Big Well. After the tornado destroyed the cabin, volunteers carefully chipped off the mortar from the individual stones, which have been re-used for the new building’s pillars and indoor fireplace. The Scout Cabin is constructed from Insulating Concrete Forms (ICF) and features many sustainable elements.



Greensburg’s scouting program has been revitalized in recent years, thanks to enthusiastic new leaders. The local group hopes that their beautiful, fully-equipped new building will attract other troops to stop top in ffor or a visit and overnight stay.


28 The Th he Twilight Twiligh Theatre, originally built in 1917, was constructed as an opera house and auditorium with early Tw programming that included silent film showings and live stage performances such as vaudeville or musical acts, plus a variety of community events. Reorganized as a nonprofit in 1989, the Twilight resumed live performances in 2001 in an effort to raise funds for renovation, which was thwarted by the May 4, 2007 tornado event. The Twilight Theatre will soon be reborn as a multi-use community facility employing state-of-the-art digital technology and connectivity. The theatre will not only host movies and live performances, but also provide for a variety of multi-media related needs. The Twilight is in partnership with the local school district to provide auditorium space for student productions and other events. The all new Twilight Theatre & Community Auditorium will make use of modern construction methods and materials that support long-term sustainability, exemplifying standards for energy efficiency and resource conservation. PRECAST CONCRETE

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Greensburg Residences Even though there was no mandate to build green homes or businesses after the tornado, many individuals in town took it upon themselves to learn about and build some extraordinary green places to live and work. Their leadership was essential during the early days of the Green Initiative, providing models for all of Greensburg, and demonstrating commitment to the community’s collection vision. In addition to the sustainable private homes in town, there are several nonprofit and commercial residential projects which deserve mention. A cooperative funding partnership among USDA Rural Development, Kansas Housing Resources Corporation, and United Way of the Plains enabled 23 energy-efficient, single-family homes to be built in Greensburg. The project was overseen by the City, and construction services were provided by Mennonite Housing Rehabilitation Services, who also supervised local residents helping each other get the homes completed as part of the “sweat equity” focus of this project. Commercial Group and builder Orval Howell of Lawrence, KS built sustainable homes for resale, and modular home builder Wardcraft ensured that their models available in Greensburg were optimally energy efficient. Habitat for Humanity and their volunteers also built several efficient homes in town. Visitors are invited to check out GreenTown’s Sustainable Building Database under the “Our Projects” section of our website Greensburg’s most energy-efficient homes are listed there with their sustainable features detailed.


Greensburg Churches There are eight churches inside Greensburg city limits, all of which were faced with rebuilding after the tornado. The local church community is deeply committed to stewardship and sustainability, and each project came back as efficiently as they could afford to do. We especially acknowledge those who went above and beyond and which now serve as models to congregations throughout the country. The First Baptist Church of Greensburg (at the corner of the Highway and Sycamore Street) is a model of energy efficiency and smart design. Utility bills are about half what they were at the previous location, thanks to ICF construction, foam insulation in the ceiling, zoned heating system, and airlock entry door configuration. The First United Methodist Church (on Lincoln Ave.) features ICF walls, blown-in foam insulation in the roof, and zoned heating and cooling. The sanctuary’s roof is constructed from SIPs panels. Taken together, these attributes are real money-savers: the church’s highest monthly gas bill last winter was $400, compared to an average of $2,000-3,000 in the old building, which was similar in square footage.

City of Greensburg - LED Streetlights Greensburg is the first U.S. city to have 100% LED street lighting. The project, completed in early 2009, features 303 Light Emitting Diode fixtures. Most people are familiar with LEDs as seen as the red and green lights on the faces of alarm clocks and electronic devices. In recent years, this technology has exploded and its applications have significantly expanded. There are many advantages to using LEDs over more traditional lights. First is the energy savings. The streetlights selected by the City are 40% more efficient and are more long-lasting than traditional fixtures; LEDs can have a usable life of 80,000 – 100,000 hours. Total monetary savings on energy and maintenance costs are estimated to be more than 70%. Greensburg’s lights are estimated to be reducing the City’s carbon footprint by 40 tons of CO2 (carbon dioxide) annually. Another “green” feature of the LEDs is how they reduce the amount of night-time light pollution. By focusing downward toward the streets and sidewalks, they put the light where it is helpful to humans and keep it out of the night sky. Star gazers will appreciate this feature.


Meadowlark Eco-Home The idea behind GreenTown’s Chain of Eco-Homes is to provide visitors the opportunity to tour a sustainable home, to learn about a wide range of energy efficiency technology and green living products, and to experience spending the night in a one-of-a-kind setting. Many people who come to town as eco-tourists are interested in seeing “green homes�. The Silo Eco-Home is a great first home, where we also have our administrative offices and operate the local green visitors center. We are excited to get underway with the second tourable residence, the Meadowlark House. This home will feature three bedrooms available for overnight stays. The Meadowlark House was the winning entry in an international home design contest GreenTown co-sponsored with in 2009. There were over 150 entries from people in 13 countries. This home was chosen by a panel of judges, including local residents as well as respected architects. There are many sustainable elements to Meadowlark House. First and foremost is the use of the HIB wall system. HIB is a German company that is looking to break into the American building market. Over the last decade they have built over 100 homes in Germany using their innovative wall system, which consists of wooden blocks that fit together like Legos. The blocks are fashioned from sustainable resources, without the use of any chemicals, and they are recyclable at the end of their life. HIB Blocks provide a high level of insulation, reducing energy costs, and they have been tested to withstand very high winds and earthquakes of 8.0 on the Richter scale. Meadowlark will be the first home in America to be built using this cutting-edge German technology.


It will be a modest-sized home of 1,500 square feet. Not only is the building envelope something special, but the overall design of the house promises that it will be ultra energy efficient, as we will build the home to take advantage of the abundant solar energy here in Kansas. Meadowlark’s windows, walls and floors are designed to collect, store and distribute energy from the sun in the winter. In the summer it will deflect the sun’s heat. This is called passive solar technology because it does not involve the use of mechanical or electrical devices to move the heat throughout the house. According the U.S. Department of Energy, the basic difference between a passive house and a conventional house is design, and the key to a successful passive building is taking advantage of local climate. While passive solar as a design concept has been around for many decades, Meadowlark will be built to a more recent construction standard called Passive House, which was developed in Germany in the 1990s (Passiv Haus). There are over 20,000 structures in Europe that have been built following these rigorous construction requirements. Here in the U.S. we currently have fewer than 2 dozen completed and pre-certified projects, but it is a concept that is catching on. We feel confident that having a model in Greensburg will inspire lots of other folks to consider building such a home. Homeowners can save up to 90% on their heating bills given the stringent designing of the structures. Plus, the ventilation system provides for superior indoor air quality. The folks at Passive House Institute US, based in Illinois, donated work to the Greensburg project, ensuring that we will meet the appropriate standards. Meadowlark will also feature a solar-powered car port, which will generate the electricity needed to charge an electric car. We are very excited about the home’s features and its potential to educate our many visitors about what is possible in energy efficiency.




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620-548-2369 PO Box 107 * Mullinville, KS 67109 30 years experience in property management


FOR HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, INC. Individual, Group, Marital, & Family Therapy

Phone: 620-723-2272 Toll-free: 1-888-877-0376 24-hr Crisis: 1-888-877-0375 610 E. Grant Greensburg, KS

Adult & Child Case Management Community Support Services Transitional Living Centers Psychological & Psychiatric Evaluations Medication Management Alcohol / Drug Evaluations (KDOT/SAP) 24-Hour Crisis Line

Committed to providing consumer-driven, affordable, accessible, quality mental health services in a compassionate, professionally competent manner.

A Community Mental Health Center Serving Clark, Comanche, Edwards, & Kiowa Counties Satellite Offices: Ashland, Minneola, Coldwater, Kinsley

“We're hometown people and want to see Greensburg thrive.� Heft & Sons is a supporter of Greensburg GreenTown. Family-owned ready-mix concrete and asphalt company Employs 45 people Recycled 30,000 tons of concrete after the tornado, crushing it for re-use and keeping it out of the landfill Used warm-mix asphalt in their Greensburg street paving project, greatly reducing fuel consumption and emissions They recycle asphalt and continue to explore ways to make their business even more sustainable Their new facility, built after the tornado, incorporates radiant-heat flooring, soy-based insulation, and fly-ash in the parking lot (a byproduct of the coal industry). Heft & Sons actively promotes growth and development in Greensburg, and has been generous in their support of the local community. They know Greensburg is a great place to live and work.

907 E Ohio Ave. Greensburg, KS 620-723-2495

The Kiowa County Chamber of Commerce 101 S Main Street Greensburg, KS 67054 620-723-3188

Kiowa County Economic Development Rural Values with a Global Vision 620-723-3188 101 S Main Street Greensburg, KS 67054

Care - N - Share Monday: 9 - 5 Friday: 9 - 5 Saturday: 8 - 12

205 S. Main St. Greensburg, KS 620-723-3268 Myrs Wyrs

Mon-Fri: 10 - 4 Body Care Products 118 S. Main Mineral Makeup Greensburg, KS Miche Purses 620-672-1892

RANDY KELLY ACCOUNTING Our Business is to Make Your Business Less Taxing Phone: 620-324-5762 Fax: 620-324-5763

1845 X Road Lewis, KS 67552-5238

Electrical Residential and Commercial Plumbing PVC PE Certified

Call Alan for all your Electrical needs!!

505 S Plum Greensburg, KS Home: 620-723-3296 Cell: 620-450-7058

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Putting Convenience Back in Convenience Store

24 Hour Fuel

102 S. Oak Greensburg, KS 67054 620-723-2761

Featuring: Hunt Brothers Pizza Hamburgers & Daily Specials Lottery 406 W. Kansas Greensburg, KS 67054


9:00 - 4:00 Monday - Fri 9:00 - 11:00 Saturday Drive Thru only Proudly serving South Central Kansas for 124 years. Your dollars are at work in your community.

Where’dya Find That... Antiques Specializing in fair chase hunts for deer, pheasant/quail and much more Lodging and kennels included Located 8 miles north of Greensburg Luke Kregar Phone:(620)338-1047

Open Monday thru Saturday



148 S. Main Greensburg, KS 620-723-1112 RICK KRAFT

OWNER CELL: 620-287-2418

OW Howell Construction, Inc. General Contractor 41 Years of Experience P.O. Box 4202 Lawrence, KS 66046

p: 785-840-5963 f: 785-856-4282

Proud Supporter of the Green Initiative Helping Rebuild Greensburg one Project at a Time Meadowlark House


Scout Cabin


ou to the Y k Raymond C. & Anna T. Johnson Foundation h an for your generous support of the Meadowlark Eco-Home Project!

Come, spend the night in a premiere showcase of green living at

Turquoise Ranch Reservations can be made by calling GreenTown’s office at 620-723-2790 or by sending an email to: For more information visit our website at:

101 S Main, Suite 113 Greensburg, KS 67054 620-723-2666

Clothing, Jewelry & More in a Western Decor 10% off with this Tour Book ad Mon-Fri: 10-6pm Sat: 10-4pm




Haviland is located in Kiowa County, 10 miles east of Greensburg. It is home to 584 people and the location of Barclay College.


Pratt is a bustling community of 6,835 located 30 miles to the east of Greensburg.






With two locations to serve your Insurance needs Haviland Jackie Robertson, Agent 620.862.5206 Mullinville Donna McDonald, Agent 620.548.2582

Surrounding Communities 6 Meg tream Downs

Greensburg’s High Speed Wireless Internet A service of Haviland Telephone Company 1-800-339-8052

Kansas Meteorite Museum From US Hwy 54/400, take Avenue 43 or 45 South 2 miles Open Fri-Sun: 1-6 pm or by appointment 620-723-2318

Interested in a tour of Greensburg? Contact GreenTown to arrange your Personalized Tour of the Community! 620.723.2790

Mullinville Haviland

Haviland is located in Kiowa County, Mullinville, also in Kiowa County, lies10 10miles miles easttoofthe Greensburg. It is home to 584 people west, with a population of 255. and the location of Barclay College.

Fromme-Birney Round Barn


The Fromme-Birney Round Barn is one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture because of its rarity, quality and beautifully restored condition.

Pratt is a bustling community of 6,835 located 30 miles to the east of Greensburg.

From U.S. 54 at Mullinville, go 3 1/2 miles south, then 1 3/4 miles west. Open daily. Donations appreciated.

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PrattHistoric is a bustling of 6,835 Dodgecommunity City is 45 miles westlocated of 30 miles to the east of Greensburg. Greensburg with a populatinon of 27,340.

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Natural Foods Kansas items, gifts, speciality & Gluten free foods! 122 South Main St Pratt, KS 67124 620-672-6625


Phone: (620) 672-7535

Come visit our tribute to all veterans and to the heroic history of Pratt Army Airfield. Located at Pratt Industrial Airport 4 miles north of Pratt on US 281 American Legion Highway.

Skaggs Ace Hardware Skaggs Inc.


107 S. Main St. Pratt, KS 67124 Email:

(620) 672-5312 1-800-672-6760 Fax (620) 672-2317

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“2nd Hand Merchandise - 1st Class Quality” 20 Years of Recycling Great Stuff 312 South is Main - SAT: 10-5 Haviland located in KiowaTUES County, 10 miles Pratt, 67124 620-672-7322 eastKS of Greensburg. It is home to 584 people

and the SANDY location DECKER of Barclay College.

Stull Law Office, P.A. ATTORNEY AT LAW


Mullinville, also in Kiowa County, lies 10 miles to the west, with a population of 255.


Gordon B. Stull

Greensburg City Attorney 1320 E. First P.O. Box 345 Pratt is a bustling community of 6,835 located Pratt, Kansas 67124 30(620) miles to the east(620) of Greensburg. 672-9446 Fax: 672-3228 Cell: (620) 770-1351

Dodge City

Historic Dodge City is 45 miles west of Greensburg with a populatinon of 27,340.

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Dodge City

Manufacturer of Portland and Masonry Cements since 1908 449 1200 Street P.O. Box 1000 Humboldt, KS 66748 620-473-2222

Arensman Services Proudly Serving the area for over 20 years

Product & Service Providers

Tree Care & Trimming Stump Removal Recycling of Irrigation Systems & Farm Equipment 502 Marsh Ave Kinsley, KS 620-659-3535

Grows so slowly, it seldom needs cutting! Water much less or never again! Reduces chemicals on lawns, paws and feet!


In the future buildings will sell energy, not buy it.

Are you ready? LOGIX Projects In Greensburg Peace Lutheran Church Kiowa County Commons First United Methodist Church Peoples Bank Kiowa County Main Street Mall Dillons

For information about advertising in next year's GreenTour Book: 620.723.2790

The smarter technology


Community empowers us.

Environmental Leadership

Exelon supports organizations and initiatives that enhance biodiversity and protect and improve the environment. Our efforts focus on promoting environmental education, conservation and preservation, developing cleaner sources of energy, protecting endangered species and beautifying neighborhoods.

Exelon Wind is proud to support Greensburg GreenTown

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tors Provides... a v o n n gy IFree Professional Lighting Analysis r e En Save 50% or more on lighting costs while improving lighting quality Paybacks ranging from under two years to four years

Energy Efficient Upgrade Package Worry free installation Recycling and disposal of old lamps & ballasts Warranty on parts and labor Assistance with Grants, Rebates, and Tax Incentives Great Financing Options No up-front capital required Immediate positive cash flow

Do you want to take advantage of the latest energy saving technologies for your business? Are you too busy to research the multitude of energy saving options available? Energy Innovators provides a state-of-the-art assessment of your lighting and energy needs, with their extensive knowledge of the best technologies on the market. The process starts with a free consultation at your business, analyzing your lighting and power usage in order to give you cost-effective solutions to reduce your energy consumption. What could take you days or weeks to research in an overwhelming sea of data, they make concise and simple. They are not committed to any manufacturer or product line, so there is no conflict of interest in the choices they recommend. You only pay them if you decide to implement their solutions. Greensburg GreenTown endorses Energy Innovators. We know that the best and cleanest source for new energy is through conservation. In the United States alone, we could easily be saving billions of dollars in energy costs each year just by using proven, readily available technologies. Call today and schedule a time for a free lighting analysis and let’s get saving together!

Telephone: 620-340-0331 Website:











Empowering You to Power Your Communities. Vickie Matney

Colin Whitley

office manager

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Larry Holloway

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NISLY BROTHERS, INC. toll free: (866) 662-6561

Call City Hall at 620-723-2751 to participate!





Leading the way

to a greener future

Congratulations to the residents of Greensburg for rebuilding their city as a model green community. You are truly leading the way to a greener future. RPM and its subsidiaries were proud to be involved. We were uniquely positioned to do so through our sustainable building materials and services.

High-Performance Flooring Systems

Insulated Cladding

Our sustainable building solutions will contribute to a 30-50% energy savings and the certification of many of Greensburg’s 30 LEED structures. Some include:

Silo Eco-Homes

Dryvit – Outsulation® Plus System

Kiowa County Courthouse Tremco Sealants – Interior and Exterior Sealants, Under Tile Waterproofing, Firestop Sealants, Window Gaskets

Kiowa County Memorial Hospital (pictured above)

Tremco Roofing – White Reflective Roof Stonhard – Seamless Epoxy Flooring Tremco Sealants – Waterproofing/Drainage, Firestopping, Window Flashing, Interior and Exterior Sealants

RPM International Inc. owns subsidiaries that

are world leaders in specialty coatings and sealants serving both industrial and consumer markets.

Learn more about RPM High Performance Building Solutions at:

Making it Easy to be Green Common sense solutions for sustainable design since 1965 SCIENCE



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Finding new ways of doing things has never been more important. Welcome to the new Greensburg.

With a growing environmental consciousness and the desire to create sustainable communities, people are seeking innovative solutions in today’s construction buildings. Designed to achieve LEED Platinum standards and built with 95% of construction waste diverted, the Kiowa County Schools project was built for future generations – with sustainability at the forefront. McCownGordon is proud to be part of rebuilding Greensburg.

Partnering for Innovation and Excellence. It’s what makes us McCownGordon.

2011 Honda CR-Z starting at:

$19,345 The First 6-speed Production Hybrid! 39 MPG Hwy!

316-688-6400 7017 E. Kellogg

Notes & Contacts

Thank you, Greensburg GreenTown Members!

In memory of our great supporters

If you’re interested in joining, visit our website at:

Kenneth & Phyllis Schmidt

Many thanks to the Greensburg GreenTown nTown Board ard of Directors Direct and nd to o the t Communityy Advisory dvisory Boar Board Board. d. Without you, there would ouldb d be b no G GreenTown. reenTown.

Check out the GreenTown website for much, much more information about the Green Initiative in Greensburg:

REBUILT ON A FOUNDATION OF GENEROSITY If there is one key to the success of the rebirth of Greensburg, it is the generosity of individuals from within and outside of the community. There is no way to adequately thank the huge number of people who have given time and/or money and other kinds of gifts. Thank you for your support, which keeps giving and giving.


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Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of the Xerox Corporation for their assistance in the production of the GreenTour Book and their support of the Green Initiative in Greensburg.

402 South Sycamore Street Greensburg , KS 67054 620-723-2790 email us at:

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GreenTour Book  

Produced by Greensburg GreenTown, this first edition tour book takes you through all the amazing sustainable buildings and projects that hav...