Green Town USA is the authorized account of destruction and rebirth of Greensburg, Kansas as America's first sustainable community. Devastated by an EF-Scale level five tornado--the most destructive kind--in May 2007, Greensburg lost ninety-five percent of its infrastructure. Tragedy did not stop the people of Greensburg, however, and they rebuilt their town to reflect its name: Greensburg became America's first Green Town.
The transformation of Greensburg, Kansas is sustainable in every way, from housing and construction, to community and open spaces, to energy and infrastructure. Greentown provides a road map for the remodeling of America's small towns and communities. Sustainability translates into jobs, savings, earth-awareness, and a better quality of life for residents.
Green Town USA offers insight into:
* Renewable energy for communities
* Green business practices
* The importance of local foods and local commerce
* Ways to improve communication within communities
Greensburg, Kansas is currently featured on the Discovery Network in a thirteen-part series co-produced by actor Leonardo DeCaprio and award-winning producer Craig Piligian. Green Town USA will not only provide further insight into the town's growth and practices since the series has aired, but also guidance and inspiration for those who wish to bring sustainable practices to their own communities.
Daniel Wallach is the director of Greensburg Greentown. Before moving to Kansas, he co-founded the Colorado Association of Nonprofit Organizations, which is now known as the Colorado Nonprofit Association. Daniel developed many innovative programs in the five years he led that organization, in addition to his active role in the development of the national nonprofit associations movement. Daniel has developed several businesses and nonprofit organizations throughout his career. In 2004 he started a natural and local foods co-op in Pratt, Kansas, that served two dozen Pratt and Greensburg families for two years.