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Energy Resources for Tornado Season

The aftermath of a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas. | Photo courtesy of Federal Emergency Mgmt. Agency, NREL 16290

The aftermath of a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas. | Photo courtesy of Federal Emergency Mgmt. Agency, NREL 16290

Find helpful resources for incorporating energy into disaster planning, response, and rebuilding.

Sustainable Transportation

Alternative Fueling Station Locator

U.S. Department of Energy
Find alternative fueling stations near an address or ZIP code or along a route in the United States.
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Clean Cities

U.S. Department of Energy
Clean Cities advances the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation. A national network of nearly 100 Clean Cities coalitions brings together stakeholders in the public and private sectors to deploy alternative and renewable fuels, idle-reduction measures, fuel economy improvements, and emerging transportation technologies.
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DOD/NREL Model Integrates Vehicles, Renewables & Microgrid

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Information on a collaboration between the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Defense to design a microgrid for Fort Carson in Colorado.
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Fueleconomy.gov

U.S. Department of Energy
Fueleconomy.gov is the official U.S. government source for fuel economy information for automobiles. Allows for side-by-side comparison of the fuel economy information of any cars widely sold in the United States.
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Role of Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Emergency Preparedness

U.S. Department of Energy
The Role of Alternative Fuel Vehicles in Emergency Preparedness webinar was presented on April 4, 2013, by Linda Bluestein, national Clean Cities co-director; Jeff Pillon, National Association of State Energy Officials; Rita Ebert, Greater Long Island Clean Cities coalition; and Bill Sheaffer, Valley of the Sun Clean Cities.
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Renewable Energy

Rebuilding After Disaster: Going Green from the Ground Up

U.S. Department of Energy
How-to guide describing ways to turn a disaster into an opportunity to rebuild with greener energy technologies. It covers such topics as the importance of energy,options for communities, instructions for developing an energy plan, and other considerations. This guide is intended for the community leaders who have experienced a disaster.
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Rebuilding Green Homes After Disaster

U.S. Department of Energy
Information for homeowners about the benefits of rebuilding green, using the town of Greensburg, Kansas, which rebuilt green after a tornado, as an example.
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Rebuilding It Better: BTI-Greensburg John Deere Dealership

U.S. Department of Energy
Highlights the energy-saving features of the BTI-Greensburg John Deere Dealership rebuilt after a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.
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Rebuilding It Better: City of Greensburg SunChips Business Incubator

U.S. Department of Energy
Details the energy efficient and sustainable aspects of the LEED Platinum-designed SunChips Business Incubator built after a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.
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Rebuilding It Better: Greensburg, Kansas, City Hall

U.S. Department of Energy
Details the energy efficient and sustainable aspects of the LEED Platinum-designated City Hall building rebuilt after a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.
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Rebuilding It Better: Greensburg, Kansas, K-12 School

U.S. Department of Energy
Details the energy efficient and sustainable aspects of the USD 422 K-12 school rebuilt after a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.
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Rebuilding It Better: Greensburg, Kansas, Kiowa County Memorial Hospital

U.S. Department of Energy
Details the sustainable and green aspects of the LEED Platinum-designed Kiowa County Memorial Hospital rebuilt after a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.
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Rebuilding It Better: Greensburg, Kansas; High Performance Buildings Meeting Energy Savings Goals

U.S. Department of Energy
Provides a summary of how efforts in Greensburg, Kansas, to rebuild green are paying off. Thirteen Greensburg buildings are saving a combined total of $200,000 in energy costs per year.
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Rebuilding It Better: Kiowa County Courthouse

U.S. Department of Energy
Showcases how the Kiowa County Courthouse, one of only two buildings left standing after a tornado struck Greensburg, Kansas, was renovated and refurbished to be a LEED Gold building.
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Rebuilding with Renewable Energy after Disaster

U.S. Department of Energy
A resource list for builders and architects offering practical information about rebuilding using wind, geothermal, and biomass. Includes a list of resources. Highlights successful projects in Greensburg, Kansas.
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Wind Destroyed and Now Powers Greensburg, Kansas

Power
Greensburg was destroyed by an EF5 tornado on May 4, 2007. Instead of abandoning the Kansas town, the community quickly embraced the task of rebuilding it from the ground up, maximizing the use of renewable energy sources and energy efficient building techniques. Rebuilding continues, but the future of Greensburg has never been stronger.
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Community Greening: How To Develop A Strategic Energy Plan

U.S. Department of Energy
This guide provides an overview of strategic electricity planning for communities, using a step-by-step approach to develop the plan. This method has a high chance of success, because it is based on stakeholder buy-in and political commitment. Not all communities will need to follow all steps, but the process is designed to incorporate all parties, maximize solution-based thinking, and develop a plan that can be carried out by community leaders.
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Energy Efficiency

A Tale of Two Cities: Greensburg Rebuilds as a National Model for Green Communities

U.S. Department of Energy
Provides a summary of how technical assistance provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Greensburg, Kansas, helped the town rebuild green after recovering from a tornado in May 2007.
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Building America Climate-Specific Guidance

U.S. Department of Energy
Building America's Best Practices guides and case studies demonstrate real-world solutions for improving the energy performance and quality of new and existing homes in five major climate regions. Find examples of proven high-performance home building and remodeling in your area by selecting a climate zone. In addition, you may view technology-specific building solutions that work across all climates.
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Greensburg, Kansas: A Better, Greener Place to Live

U.S. Department of Energy
Designed for Greensburg, Kansas, city leaders to use to attract visitors and businesses to ensure the city's commitment to rebuilding with sustainability after a tornado. The layout is designed to be used as a template for other cities in similar situations.
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Rebuilding Green Buildings After Disaster

U.S. Department of Energy
Fact sheet offering practical information about building energy efficient buildings and using renewable energy. Includes a checklist and resources. Highlights successful projects in Greensburg, Kansas.
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Re-building Greensburg

U.S. Department of Energy
A town that was devastated by a tornado in 2007, yet came back to be one of the nation's most energy-efficient, sustainable communities. Civic leaders and entrepreneurs helped rally residents behind the idea of "greening" Greensburg, inspiring the construction of numerous energy-efficient buildings, some of which generate their own renewable power with solar panels and wind turbines. Many of the town's government buildings use cutting-edge energy-saving technologies, saving the local taxpayers' money. Greensburg has demonstrated to the world that any city can reach its energy efficiency and renewable energy goals today using widely available technologies.
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Rebuilding After Disaster: Going Green from the Ground Up

U.S. Department of Energy
How-to guide describing ways to turn a disaster into an opportunity to rebuild with greener energy technologies. It covers such topics as the importance of energy,options for communities, instructions for developing an energy plan, and other considerations. This guide is intended for the community leaders who have experienced a disaster.
Download guide

Rebuilding Green Homes After Disaster

U.S. Department of Energy
Information for homeowners about the benefits of rebuilding green, using the town of Greensburg, Kansas, which rebuilt green after a tornado, as an example.
Download fact sheet

Rebuilding Greenburg, Kansas, as a Model Green Community: A Case Study

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Describes technical assistance provided by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory to help Greensburg, Kansas, rebuild as a green community after an EF-5 tornado nearly leveled the town in 2007.
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Rebuilding It Better: BTI-Greensburg John Deere Dealership

U.S. Department of Energy
Highlights the energy-saving features of the BTI-Greensburg John Deere Dealership rebuilt after a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.
Download case study

Rebuilding It Better: City of Greensburg SunChips Business Incubator

U.S. Department of Energy
Details the energy efficient and sustainable aspects of the LEED Platinum-designed SunChips Business Incubator built after a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.
Download case study

Rebuilding It Better: Greensburg, Kansas, City Hall

U.S. Department of Energy
Details the energy efficient and sustainable aspects of the LEED Platinum-designated City Hall building rebuilt after a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.
Download case study

Rebuilding It Better: Greensburg, Kansas, K-12 School

U.S. Department of Energy
Details the energy efficient and sustainable aspects of the USD 422 K-12 school rebuilt after a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.
Download case study

Rebuilding It Better: Greensburg, Kansas, Kiowa County Memorial Hospital

U.S. Department of Energy
Details the sustainable and green aspects of the LEED Platinum-designed Kiowa County Memorial Hospital rebuilt after a tornado in Greensburg, Kansas.
Download case study

Rebuilding It Better: Greensburg, Kansas; High Performance Buildings Meeting Energy Savings Goals

U.S. Department of Energy
Provides a summary of how efforts in Greensburg, Kansas, to rebuild green are paying off. Thirteen Greensburg buildings are saving a combined total of $200,000 in energy costs per year.
Download case study

Rebuilding It Better: Kiowa County Courthouse

U.S. Department of Energy
Showcases how the Kiowa County Courthouse, one of only two buildings left standing after a tornado struck Greensburg, Kansas, was renovated and refurbished to be a LEED Gold building.
Download case study

Community Greening: How To Develop A Strategic Energy Plan

U.S. Department of Energy
This guide provides an overview of strategic electricity planning for communities, using a step-by-step approach to develop the plan. This method has a high chance of success, because it is based on stakeholder buy-in and political commitment. Not all communities will need to follow all steps, but the process is designed to incorporate all parties, maximize solution-based thinking, and develop a plan that can be carried out by community leaders.
Download guide

Energy Security: Microgrid Planning and Design

National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Presentation describing the approach of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in the area of microgrid planning and design. Framed as an essential element of energy security.
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