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Greensburg still drawing national attention

The New York Times had a lengthy article last week on the greening of Greensburg. Among the impressive signs of progress reported were the buildings that have earned or likely will receive Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design platinum certification. For example, the town's arts center was designed and built by graduate students of the University of Kansas School of Architecture and is powered by windmills and solar panels and heated and cooled by a geothermal system. It was the first LEED-platinum building in Kansas. The Kiowa County Memorial Hospital, currently under construction, is seeking to become the first LEED platinum critical-access hospital in the country, the article reported. The town also is about to break ground on a wind farm capable of supplying electricity to 4,000 homes. The article noted that such achievements would be impressive anywhere but seem unexpected in Kansas, which "routinely elects to Congress skeptics on matters of energy conservation and environmental regulation."