Greensburg Kansas Project one of COTE's Top Ten for 2011
The American Institute of Architects Committee on the Environment (AIA-COTE) recently announced its Top Ten Green Projects for 2011. The program, now in its 15th year, celebrates projects that are truly making a positive contribution to their communities and improving life for their occupants and visitors. Profiles of all of the projects can be seen here: www.aiatopten.org.
I was impressed to see so many located in Wisconsin, which is not necessarily a state that I would think of as being progressive in Green Design, but the one that caught my attention was located in a little town called, Greensburg, Kanas. A town that was wiped off the map four years ago by an EF5 tornado.
[caption id="attachment_3078" align="alignnone" width="520"] Greensburg Schools, Greensburg, KS - BNIM Architects – Photo © Francis Assassi[/caption]
Ever since I attended an SMPS Columbus event last year where Steve Hewitt, the City Administrator for Greensburg, Kansas told his compelling story about their town, the fateful night of May 4, 2007, and the renewed spirit of their city I've found their harrowing tale quite intriguing. And as the very destructive storms of this Spring have wrecked havoc on many other towns across the U.S. I'm interested to see how many will rebuild and take advantage of building sustainably. I'm excited to see that Greensburg is continuing to build green and hopefully encourage other towns to do the same by their example. If you're interested in learning more about this innovative town, with a population of less than 800, see their blog, http://www.greensburggreentown.org/.
Congratulations to all of the winners of the AIA-COTE Top Ten!
by Suzanne Cody
Director of Marketing
Before switching to a marketing role, Suzanne worked on projects for M+A and has a Bachelor of Science in Architecture. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her kids, riding in Pelotonia and eating at Cameron Mitchell restaurants.