Building a green city from the ground up

Greensburg, Kansas, a small plains community of 1,000 people, was leveled by a tornado in 2007.


The town is making the most of the rebuilding opportunity. New structures replacing the tornadic debris are being built in the style of green. “Greensburg GreenTown is a Kansas-based nonprofit organization, providing inspiration and leadership to Kiowa County in order to be a model of sustainable living for the world.”

Greensburg on CNN

I’ve hoped for a similar initiative here in Siloam Springs, although I haven’t yet taken the time to propose it to the city. Still, it wouldn’t be the same kind of opportunity that Greensburg has, building from the ground up. Props to Greensburg for making lemonade of the lemon it was dealt two years ago.

Among the new green buildings is the 5.4.7 Arts Center, which is the 1st LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum building in Kansas according to its website.

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About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

2 Responses to Building a green city from the ground up

  1. Heather says:

    Meaning you’ve hoped for a ground-leveling tornado in Siloam Springs?

    • pcNielsen says:

      Heh-heh-heh! You’d be amazed at how many people I’ve heard say, since moving here six years ago, that Siloam won’t be struck with the fury of an F-anything. Funny, though, how we’ve had twisters on the ground both a few miles north and a few miles south of town in the past two years.

      Wishful thinking by the townsfolk. Arkansas may not be in Tornado Alley proper, but Siloam does sit on the border with Oklahoma.

      Of course, that’s not what I’m wishing for. I don’t think anyway *wink*

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