Last July, when we brought news that Leonardo DiCaprio and Discovery were going to help rebuild the tornado-torn city of Greensburg, we didn't know the city was so focused on greening its infrastructure. Now comes news that the small Kansas town will require all city-owned buildings bigger than 4,000 sf to achieve a LEED Platinum rating from the USGBC.
You'll note that Platinum is as high as it gets under the LEED program. Greensburg is the first city anywhere to require such lofty standards in city buildings. Additionally, buildings must reduce energy use 42% over current building code requirements.
With a population of about 1500, there won't be many buildings that hit the mark, but it's a noble step in the right direction.
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