Photo by Krista Joy Montgomery

Please join CSU, as co-sponsors with Resilient Design Collaborative, as we welcome our guest speaker Matt Christenson, the Mayor of Greensburg, Kansas, along with Steve Sunderman, and Lance Jay Brown, FAIA on Thursday, May 9, 2024 from 3:00PM-4:00PM ET, for a Green Cities EXTRA event.


Hosted by the Resilient Design Collaborative convened and introduced by Steve Sunderman.

Co-sponsored by the Consortium for Sustainable Urbanization with comments by Lance Jay Brown, FAIA.

We are pleased to invite you to a one hour session with Matt Christenson, the Mayor of Greensburg, Kansas to learn about how the citizens of Greensburg decided to go green after an EF5 tornado devastated the city. From Wikipedia: “On the evening of May 4, 2007, Greensburg was devastated by an EF5 tornado that leveled at least 95 percent of the city, killing eleven people between the ages of 46 and 84. The town had a population of 2,000 people in the late 1990s, and 1,400 people before the tornado leveled the town. Some people didn’t want to come back, or rebuild the town, or build green.[5][6][7][8][9] Today, Greensburg stands as a model “green town”, often described as the greenest in America. The hospital, city hall, and school have all been built to the highest certification level issued by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).[10]

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