Green Town U.S.A. (Paperback)

The Handbook for America's Sustainable Future

By Thomas J. Fox, Daniel Wallach (Introduction by)

Hatherleigh Press, 9781578263127, 226pp.

Publication Date: July 30, 2013



Devastated by a level five tornado in 2007, the town of Greensburg lost 95% of its infastructure. But the residents came together in defiance to build a green town. This is an account of the birth of the US's first sustainable community.

About the Author

Thomas Fox is an attorney and former research editor at "Reader's Digest." Fox is the author of "Urban Farming: Sustainable City Living in Your Backyard, in Your Community, and in the World." His work has been published in "The Washington Post, Wine Enthusiast," and elsewhere. He writes extensively on sustainability.

Daniel Wallach is the Executive Director and Founder of Greensburg GreenTown, a grassroots community-based organization that works side-by-side with city and county officials, business owners, and local residents to incorporate sustainable principles into their rebuilding processes.

Alex Wilson is the Founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. in Brattleboro, Vermont and the nonprofit Resilient Design Institute.

Praise For Green Town U.S.A.: The Handbook for America's Sustainable Future

"There was never a town with a truer name, though it didn't really discover it till tragedy created an opportunity that residents seized with head and heart!"
— Bill McKibben, author Oil and Honey:The Education of an Unlikely Activist

"Extreme and catastrophic climate events are the new normal. Fox is prescient in chronicling the challenges and opportunities of rebuilding a post-disaster Greensburg, Kansas. This is a story of what can be learned from both the successes and failures of rebuilding communities in Tornado Alley in the age of climate change." — Jennifer Cockrall-King, Author of Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution

"...a global example of how clean energy can power an entire community, how it can bring jobs and businesses to a place where piles of bricks and rubble once lay." - President Barack Obama

"From the rubble of a tornado, a Kansas town becomes a model for environmentally friendly living" - USA Today

"This town was almost blown off the map—now it’s back, and super green." - Daniel Penner,

“…visionary”. – The New York Times
“…an example for sustainable communities everywhere.” --  National Geographic
“…a living example of what can be achieved when we take that leap into environmental sustainability.”  - The Huffington Post
“…the greenest town in America.” — Los Angeles Times