Kansas City to Require LEED-Platinum City Buildings

<p>The tornado-ravaged Kansas city of Greensburg has announced plans to become the first city to require that all city-owned buildings achieve the Platinum rating level of the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED building standard.</p>
January 6, 2008, 1pm PST | Nate Berg
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"Greensburg, devastated by a massive tornado on May 4, 2007, has focused its recovery on rebuilding as a model green community. On December 17, 2007, the City Council adopted a resolution that all city buildings greater than 4,000 square feet will be certified LEED Platinum and be required to reduce energy use by 42 percent over current building code requirements."

"'The city of Greensburg has taken the extraordinary step of committing to rebuild their community to a new vision, not settling for simply recreating what had gone before,' said Rick Fedrizzi, President, CEO & Founding Chair, U.S. Green Building Council. 'By committing to a recovery plan based on green building, the community's leadership has set a path that will result in a healthier, more livable city for its citizens, turning a crisis into an opportunity that is an example for us all.'"

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Published on Friday, January 4, 2008 in U.S. Green Building Council
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