When you think of where what CBS News calls “Ground Zero for the Green Housing Movement” might be located, you probably aren’t thinking Kansas. Yet, a small southwest Kansas town of 1,500 people, Greensburg, has become somewhat of a green building hotspot after being nearly completely obliterated by a tornado two years ago.

After the devastating disaster, plenty of Greensburg residents decided to move on. But those who didn’t decamp decided to capitalize on the town’s name by joining the green building, in this rebuilding, movement. The town, now dubbed "GreenTown," received government funding — $100 million to be exact — to help rebuild. But as the below video clip relays, the survivors are finding that sustainability isn’t exactly cheap. Now that a rebuilt Greensburg filled with energy-efficient homes and LEED-certified public buildings (check out this post about the arts center) is beginning to emerge from the rubble, will green businesses flock to this tornado-prone town?  

Via [CBS News]

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Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) reports on design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.