How one small town in Kansas is turning disaster into progress
There wasn’t much to be happy about on today’s media spectrum. So I thought I’d share one heartwarming story about one Kansas town’s efforts to pick up the pieces after a devastating tornado:
Townhomes are beginning to rise from the ragged tree trunks, weeds and ruins off Main Street. They mark a radical departure from traditional low-income housing, according to Duncan Trahl, who is from Pennsylvania and on contract with the National Renewable Energy Labs.
The townhomes are "LEED gold certified," Trahl said. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The rating is based on a system which rewards energy savings. Trahl said gold certification means these places will be almost twice as efficient as they used to be.
Building to this standard for working-class families is unusual, Trahl said.
"A lot of what’s happening in Greensburg is some of the first in the country," Trahl said.
Leveraging environmentalism to rebuild a community. It’s an idea that’s helping revive New Orleans and now a small town in the Midwest. To be sure, the disaster that struck Pakistan yesterday morning is one of a very different nature, but I wish them speed and strength in recovery. I also look forward to the day when "stability" in the Middle East is the norm so that things like "sustainability" can be the new goal. At moments like this, that time seems painfully far away.