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In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, on the seventeenth day of the second month—on that day all the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened.

To paraphrase Genesis a bit more bluntly : It rained like cats and dogs.

I first heard about Greensburg, KS from two friends of mine who are moving there after graduation. With so many fellow students planning on working in Chicago, L.A., [insert big city here], I was wondering what could possibly draw someone to move to such a seemingly random town in Middle America. Little did I know what had happened.

A little over a year ago (4 May 07), an F5 tornado touched down and traveled for nearly 22 miles before vanishing back into the stormy sky. Eleven people died, and 95% of the city was destroyed. Sure, the mile-wide maelstrom wasn’t of the same magnitude as the Genesis flood, but Greensburg was ravaged.

Following the tornado, Greensburg’s city council passed a resolution stating that every new building would be built to LEED-platinum standards. Not only would this be a first for any American town, but as of now only a handful of LEED-platinum buildings exist around the world. Greensburg is a very important project in the world of sustainability.

Judaism holds tzedakah as a religious obligation, so if you are looking for an organization to get involved with (and you like sustainability as much as we do), then help Greensburg out! For more information on what can be done, check out Greensburg GreenTown, a non-profit organization that is providing resources, information, and support to residents of Greensburg following the catastrophic collapse of their town.

If Noah – at the age of 600 – could round up all those animals and survive God’s wrath for forty days and nights, then I have high hopes for Greensburg. My only question : Is tornado-proofing the buildings part of the LEED-platinum requirement? What’s to prevent another twister from wreaking havoc?

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