Greensburg: To the Stars through Difficulties
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Greensburg residents tell the emotional tale of the night the tornado hit and the eerie silence that followed the storm. When the sun came up the next day, they realized their lives had changed forever.
Individual families deliberate on the next chapter of their lives and the fate of the town is determined. We explore how the notion of a “green town” evolved and how it went from idea to action.
We hear a different perspective from people who didn’t jump on the ‘green town’ bandwagon. But for all the residents who left after the tornado, the town has also been gaining some. Then, we learn how the tornado deepened faith for many and gave them an incredible sense of hope as they look to the future.
Articles from other news
outlets, over the years:
A New York Times article from September of 2009 that discusses Greensburg’s decision to rebuild as a green community, highlighting the new BTI building that was the first LEED-platinum structure in Kansas.
Audio podcast of Matt Frei speaking to President Obama’s green jobs adviser, Van Jones with an emphasis on Greensburg, which the president heralded as an “example to the world.”
Scientific American examines the revitalization of Greensburg as a green town, as well as the costs associated with their decision.
CNN’s take on the aftermath of the tornado that destroyed Greensburg and the town’s decision to rebuild as a green town.
Good Housekeeping examines how Greensburg came together as a community to not only rebuild, but to revitalize.
Natural Home on Greensburg’s eco-renewal.
Wall Street Journal video about what went into Greensburg’s decision to rebuild as a Green Town.
ABC News story about President Bush’s return to Greensburg and his praise for the town’s remarkable and novel recovery.
NPR explores the side of the Greensburg tornado that some residents refer to as a gift.
The New York Time’s online Magazine includes the technical aspects in an exploration of what is going into Greensburg’s green revitalization.
Time explores how Greensburg was “Turned Green by a Twister.”
NPR’s All Things Considered put out this audio piece about the important aspects of green rebuilding through the experience of a few of the town’s residents.
ABC News video of the hopeful signs of Greensburg’s rebirth.
NPR’s All Things Considered explores the viability of rebuilding of Greensburg as a green town.
Planet Green’s Reality Series about Greensburg:
GREENSBURG TORNADO CLIPS:
Coverage of the tornado
KSN Greensburg forecast—live through tornado
A number of songs from the string quartet Ethel: “Spiritual,” “Hardwood,” “The Blue Room,” and “The River”
Benny Goodman “Stompin at the Savoy”
Air “Sex Born Poison”
Amon Tobin “Deo
Architecture in Helsinki “Souvenirs”
Erik Friedlander “Dream Song”
Tin Hat Trio “Sweep”
The Album Leaf “Until the Last”
Explosions in the Sky “Remember Me as a Time of Day” and “To West Texas”
Uncle Tupelo “Sandusky”