Yesterday, the United States Forest Service declared the Wallow Fire – which has burned more than 460,000 acres – the largest in Arizona history.
The death toll from the recent Joplin, Missouri tornadoes is now more than 150 – one of the deadliest tornadoes in recent U.S. history.
And these are just two examples of natural disasters wreaking havoc on American communities.
Devastation from fires, storms, earthquakes, hurricanes, and tornadoes is an unfortunate yet inevitable part of life – so what good can come from it?
Thanks to the resilient communities affected by these disasters and the desire to rebuild in a manner that will make their area stronger and better, green construction has come to the forefront of recent storms’ aftermaths.
After the town of Greensburg was devastated by a tornado in 2007, residents rebuilt it to be one of the nation’s most energy-efficient, sustainable communities. Civic leaders and entrepreneurs helped rally the community and promote the idea of “greening” Greensburg. Energy-efficient buildings, some of which generate their own renewable power, were a large part of this effort. Many of the town’s government buildings use energy-saving technologies that ultimately save local taxpayers money.
“We’re going to put the ‘green’ in Greensburg. We’re going to do it right.”
We hope the communities of Joplin, eastern Arizona, and other areas recently devastated by disasters will be inspired to not only rebuild their homes, communities, and lives – but rebuild in a sustainable manner.
- USA Today: “Tornado-ravaged Kansas town rebuilds ‘green’”
- Green-Buildings.com: “Building or Buying Green Homes: What to Consider after a Housing Disaster”