Green Buildings in the United States

  1. Greensburg, Kansas - The city that is going Green
  2. Other Examples of Green buildings in the United States
    • EPA Headquarters Facility - Arlington, Virginia
    • New England Regional Laboratory – Chelmsford, Massachusetts
    • Research Triangle Park – Durham Country, North Carolina
      • Main Building
      • First Environments Early Learning Center
  3. References

Greensburg, Kansas: One town, one mission: Go Green!

On May 4, 2007 the town of Greensburg Kansas was struck by an EF5 tornado. The tornado, which was over a mile and a half wide and with estimated winds of 205 miles per hour, destroyed ninety-five percent of the town.

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Greensburg after EF5 tornado

In the aftermath of the tornado, residents were faced with the question – move or rebuild? Many residents collectively chose to rebuild to LEED platinum certification, turning Greensburg into a Green Town.

Through the planning process, the city incorporated goals for energy, emissions, and water use. These goals for energy include building homes and businesses at least forty percent above standing state building codes, using the ample wind supply as another source of energy and implementing the use of high efficiency appliances and light bulbs including the use of LED lit streetlights. The city is also encouraging residents to use electric or hybrid vehicles as well as electric or hybrid vehicles for public transportation to cut back on CO2 emissions. The goals for water use not only include reducing water consumption through methods such as capturing storm water for non potable use, but by also improving water quality through natural filtration of water that goes back to the Ogallala aquifer, which is where the city pulls water from.


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Solar house in Greensburg Kansas

“By building new homes, schools and businesses that consume far fewer resources, increase productivity, and improve human health, it is possible to create a model community; an example of a sustainable rural prosperity.” - http://www.greensburgks.org/


Examples of Green Buildings in the United States:
EPA Headquarters Facility – Arlington, Virginia

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This building is just one of many EPA headquarters. Attributes that make this building green are the LEED-NC 2.1 Gold certification, the LEED-EB 2.0 Gold certification, the use of Green power, and meeting the expectations of Energy Star performance standards.

New England Regional Laboratory – Chelmsford, Massachusetts
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The New England Regional Laboratory is home to the Office of Environmental Measurement and Evaluation, which is responsible for laboratory analysis of environmental samples. Attributes that make this building green are its LEED 1.0 gold certification, its use of Green power, and the buildings use of a water management plan.

Research Triangle Park – Durham Country, North Carolina Main Building:
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The main building at the Research Triangle Park is only one of many buildings in the complex that comprise 157 organizations. Attributes of the main building that qualify it for green standings are the use of Green power, re-commissioned wings, and native landscaping. The building also used green building material and works toward water conservation and capturing runoff for other uses.

First Environments Early Learning Center: (FEELC)
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The child care center opened in November of 2005 and grants employees of Research Triangle Park a place for onsite childcare. Attributes that qualify the FEELC building for green standings include LEED-NC 2.1 silver certification, the use of Green power, and native landscaping.


References:
City of Greensburg, Kansas. The Offical Site of Greensburg, Kansas. http://www.greensburgks.org/
City of Greensburg, Kansas. Vision Plan. http://www.greensburgks.org/recovery-planning/071212-VisionDocument-compressed.pdf

Greensburg Green Town. Welcome to Greensburg Green Town. http://www.greensburggreentown.org/
Kansas.com. Aerials of Greensburg Tornado Damage. http://www.kansas.com/static/slides/050507tornadoaerials/
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Greening EPA. http://www.epa.gov/greeningepa/facilities/rtp.htm

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Greening EPA. http://www.epa.gov/greeningepa/facilities/rtp_childcare.htm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Greening EPA. http://www.epa.gov/greeningepa/facilities/chelmsford.htm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Greening EPA. http://www.epa.gov/greeningepa/facilities/hq_nova.htm