Quick overview of our project:
Here at Greensburg GreenTown, we are trying to finish an eco-demonstration home called the Meadowlark House. This house will be built to Passive Standards (using 80-90% less energy than a conventional home) with many more sustainable features to boot. The goal of the Meadowlark is to promote sustainable building strategies as well as small green changes to eco-tourists who visit Greensburg. Visitors will get free tours of the home and the option to stay in its Bed & Breakfast to experience green living in depth! The project was started with all the funds secured, but an unforeseen circumstance with our primary funding source left GreenTown needing to secure additional funding to complete the home. We are raising money for siding, exterior doors, windows, and the installation of those items for the home. Thanks for your interest!
Greensburg, KS: Model Green Community
Five years ago, the town of Greensburg, KS was destroyed by a 1.7 mile wide tornado. Eleven people lost their lives and 95% of the town was destroyed, but in the wake of this tragedy, the resilience of community was apparent. They decided to stay in Greensburg and rebuild it as a model sustainable community. While it may seem odd that a green agenda took hold in the traditionally conservative state of Kansas, to the people of Greensburg, sustainable rebuilding just made sense; it conserves resources and saves money. Thus, the nonprofit Greensburg GreenTown was formed. GreenTown’s mission was to help the people of Greensburg realize their sustainable mission by providing resources for environmentally conscious reconstruction. Sustainable building is key to reducing environmental impact and conserving energy because as of 2011, buildings accounted for 47.8% of US energy consumption as opposed to transportation (28.1%) and industry (23.2%)! In 2011, GreenTown was ready to take the lessons they learned in Greensburg’s “living laboratory” of sustainable building to help other communities rebuild after disasters. Since its creation in 2007 GreenTown has seen 10,000 visitors from 48 states and 16 countries!
Chain of Eco Homes:
In the wake of the disaster GreenTown conceptualized the Chain of EcoHomes project. This project allows visitors to see sustainable residential reconstruction first hand, without having to intrude on private homeowners. GreenTown’s first EcoHome, the Silo EcoHome, was completed in 2010. The Silo Home gives visitors an opportunity to see sustainable practices first hand and actually use different technologies. Some of the sustainable features in the Silo Home include: concrete building envelope, round form (for wind resistance), bamboo floors, a green roof (planted with sedum), dual-flush toilets, repurposed furniture, and more. Visitors also have the option of spending the night in our Bed and Breakfast in the Silo Home to get a fuller experience of sustainable living.
Some testimonials from our B&B visitors:
Greensburg and the Silo Home are truly ahead of the curve and I look forward to taking some of the things I learned back to my home and the surrounding areas.
- Tony Germain, Midland, MI
I leave here inspired and replenished...The house is a unique and inspiring home with a truly brilliant vision for the world. And it’s super comfortable!
- Lisa, San Diego, CA
An AWESOME concept and inspiration for making small eco-friendly, sustainable changes to our own homes. Thanks for being the “green” that matters.
- Amity Moore and Ashway Lawver
This house is like a classroom! There’s so much to learn.
- Anna Bagely
My hat is off to you for inspiring us all to do better and to go outside the box in our general thinking. Thank you for inspiring and keep up the good work.
- Leo French, Liberal and Glenn Elder, KS