Il 4 maggio del 2007, Greensburg venne devastata da un tornado di categoria EF5 che si spostava rapidamente nell'area, radendo al suolo circa il 95 percento della città e uccidendo circa 11 persone tra le età di 46 e 84. 
Da allora, seguendo la volontà della maggioranza della popolazione il borgo viene ricostruito seguendo stringenti misure di risparmio energetico e dell'acqua, che dovrebbero permettere a tutti i suoi edifici di raggiungere la difficile categoria LEED platinum. Questo lungo lavoro di ricostruzione e ristrutturazione viene mostrato al pubblico mondiale da "Rebuilding Greensburg" una serie televisiva che appare su SKY.
Greensburg ha come principale attrattiva il maggiore pozzo artesiano scavato a mano in tutto il mondo.
May 2007 tornadoModifica
At 9:45 p.m. CDT on May 4, 2007, Greensburg was hit by an EF5 tornado. The tornado was estimated to be Template:Convert in width — wider than the city itself — and traveled for nearly Template:Convert. Ninety-five percent of the city was confirmed to be destroyed, with the other five percent being severely damaged. The National Weather Service estimated winds of the tornado to reach Template:Convert. This was the first tornado to be rated EF5 since the update of the Fujita scale and the first "5" classification since May 3, 1999, when an F5 tornado ripped through Moore, Oklahoma, as part of the 1999 Oklahoma tornado outbreak.Template:Citation needed Tornado sirens sounded in the city twenty minutes before the tornado struck, and a tornado emergency was issued, which undoubtedly saved many lives. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius and President George W. Bush both declared Kiowa County a disaster area, which opened up the affected areas for national and international aid. While some rebuilding was done, the population by 2010 was about 50% of what it was in 2000 — the 2000 census found 1,574 residents, while only 777 were recorded in the 2010 census.
After the tornado, the city council passed a resolution stating that all city buildings would be built to LEED - platinum standards, making it the first city in the nation to do so. Greensburg is rebuilding as a "green" town, with the help of Greensburg GreenTown, a non-profit organization created to help the residents learn about and implement the green living initiative.
The city's power is supplied by ten 1.25 MW wind-turbines. Carbon offsets generated from the turbines are being managed by NativeEnergy, and have been purchased by charter supporters including Ben & Jerry's, Clif Bar, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, and Stonyfield Farm.
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(37.604316, -99.293488).Template:GR According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of Template:Convert, all land.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Greensburg has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
On October 16, 2006, a related smaller meteorite measuring 154 pounds (70 kilograms) was dug up near Greensburg (Template:Convert) and Haviland (Template:Convert). The only scientific publication discussing time of impact suggests a terrestrial age of 20,000 years. It was once thought that its age was closer to 10,000 years.
Several television networks have drawn an interest in Greensburg as a subject for reality shows as a result of the Greensburg City Council's decision to make the city a 'green' town. A documentary on its reconstruction, called Greensburg, aired on Planet Green, a sister network of Discovery Channel.
Another documentary, Earth 2100, drew attention to Greensburg as "the green town" that was built after the devastating 2007 tornado. The ABC film suggested a fictionalized, future Greensburg as a model showing how American towns can successfully implement green technology, and become a beacon for hope on a planet doomed to destruction from climate change and overpopulation.
- ↑ "US Gazetteer files 2010". United States Census Bureau. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/files/Gaz_places_national.txt. Retrieved 2012-07-06.
- ↑ Climate Summary for Greensburg, Kansas
- ↑ Honda, M.; Caffee, M. W.; Miura, Y. N.; Nagai, H.; Nagao, K.; Nishiizumi, K. Meteoritics & Planetary Science, 37:12, 1711-1728.
- ↑ "Unusual meteorite found in Kansas". Archived from the original on 2006-10-23. http://web.archive.org/web/20061023184828/http://www.cnn.com/2006/TECH/space/10/16/meteorite.kansas.ap/index.html. Retrieved 2006-10-17.
- ↑ Rand McNally. The Road Atlas '08. Chicago: Rand McNally, 2008, p. 40.
- ↑ Template:Gnis
- History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas Publisher; 1883. (Online HTML eBook)
- Kansas : A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc; 3 Volumes; Frank W. Blackmar; Standard Publishing Co; 944 / 955 / 824 pages; 1912. (Volume1 - Download 54MB PDF eBook),(Volume2 - Download 53MB PDF eBook), (Volume3 - Download 33MB PDF eBook)
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- Official sites
- USD 422, local school district
- 2007 Tornado
- Damage: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3
- Recovery: Article 1, Article 2, Article 3, Article 4, Article 5
- Before: Photos before 2007 tornado