Well, so am I. Jenny Persha was way ahead with her post about the green plans for recovery at Greensburg,Kansas. REALITY SERIES ON GREEN BUILDING. As I commented at Jenny's post, there is now coverage of the project in the Kansas City Business Journal with an article by Rob Roberts.
One of the issues with small communities such as Greensburg is needed changes in town/city building codes to include green practices and materials. Greensburg has addressed some of this with a resolution that city-owned buildings meet the US Green Building Council's highest rating, LEED Platinum. But there are communities where green building is delayed while town/city councils or aldermen boards recognize, consider and adopt green building materials within the building codes or adjust some consideration for green practices. Some subdivision plans are 'violated' by the placement of solar or wind power systems which do not fit the appearance rules in the Homeowners plans. In our area, local power cooperatives are planning incredible rate increases over the next few years which make alternatives more and more appealing. But, communities, including towns, cities,or subdivisions, could help smooth the way for their citizens to make the most of tools that can end up GREENER and if equally expensive, at least under their control.
All of it can be changed, but the changes take time. Bravo for Greensburg and that community's efforts. I hope it doesn't take tornados to wake other small communities up. Real estate professionals and those connected with the real estate business can keep up with Greensburg progress at www.greensburgks.org
Green's been a-draggin', but that is changing for the good. We're a-draggin' Green forward day by day.