The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) have helped Greensburg, Kansas, rebuild as a model green community.
On May 4, 2007, a tornado destroyed or damaged 95% of the town's homes and businesses. Greensburg turned disaster into opportunity and created a plan to rebuild as a sustainable community with the help of a diverse group of experts, including DOE and NREL.
To help make Greensburg's vision of rebuilding green a reality, DOE and NREL focused on the specific areas listed below. You can also read more in the fact sheet: A Tale of Two Cities: Greensburg Rebuilds as a National Model for Green Communities.
DOE/NREL provided technical assistance to Greensburg, Kansas, for 3 years. This included helping the town develop a master plan for rebuilding green that focused on high-performance buildings, community wind energy, distributed renewable energy, and alternative transportation.
With assistance from DOE/NREL, Greensburg has rebuilt or renovated more than 15 high-performance commercial buildings as well as numerous residential buildings, reaching the highest per-capita concentration of LEED buildings in the United States.
Based on recommendations from DOE/NREL, the 12.5 megawatt Greensburg Wind Farm is helping meet the town's "100% renewable energy, 100% of the time" goal.
DOE/NREL's extensive education and outreach efforts in Greensburg resulted in numerous publications, webinars, and lessons learned.