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Green Town Joplin Reviews Year Of Sustainable Building To Council

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Following a deviating tornado in Greensburg, Kansas in 2007.. "Greensburg Green Town" was established. A little more than 4-years later.. The cause came to Joplin. It's all about helping residents and businesses build sustainable and wind-resistant housing. Tonight, the group had some time in front of Joplin City Council to discuss its service to the community.

Charles Shields and his wife Ramona lost their home in the 2011 tornado, after doing a lot of research Shields says he decided to go green.

"I knew early on of Greensburg, and looked them up on the web and wanted to see what they had done," Shields said.

Greensburg-being a town in Kansas destroyed by a tornado back in 2007. After the devastation had settled, the town decided to build back green and sustainable. And with it's success they hit the road to Joplin just weeks after the 2011 tornado and brought with them a wealth of sustainable knowledge.

"The city as a whole is saving over $200,000 dollars just given that they've built that way, so one of the things Greensburg Green Town is interested in is paying it forward as well," said Catherine Hart of Green Town Joplin.
 
And according to Hart, it's not just Joplin Green Town is working with, she says they've worked with 8 other communities after disasters anywhere from Colorado to Sandy. And Shields says he loves the idea of sharing what he and his wife have learned about sustainable living.
 
"Gratifying by paying it forward," Shields said.

Not only does Shields says he lives on one dollar a day to heat or cool his house, but the wind strength will take up to 130 miles per hour. And he is such a believer that he is building a second home across the street to rent. Also green.
 
"It's a game changer, I see people investing in more ways to make energy, like ground source geo-thermal heating and cooling," Shields said.
 
And Shields is right thinking he isn't the only one in Joplin going green. Hart says Green Town Joplin has helped several dozen residences and businesses build back stronger after the tornado. And with dozens more the books for next year, Joplin's future is looking a lot greener.

According to Hart, the group is working on finishing a sustainable disaster recovery handbook to be given to communities after natural disasters. That handbook should be finished sometime next year.

To visit the City Of Joplin's website, click here. 

To visit Green Town Joplin's website, click here. 

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