After the town of Greensburg, Kan., was destroyed by a severe tornado in 2007, officials promised to rebuild in a way that would generate new business and boost the economy. The community decided on a plan emphasizing green construction and sustainable development. An arts center and farm-implement dealership are already LEED certified, and six other buildings are expected to receive certification. Business owners who have added energy-saving features say higher upfront costs are offset by lower operating costs.
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