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From Tragedy to Sustainability

When tragedy strikes a city, it often presents an opportunity to rebuild in a better way. Janno Lieber, president of World Trade Center Properties, discusses New York City's efforts to rebuild the WTC site with sustainability in mind.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012 13:00 EST | 5
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wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
11/14/2012 3:38:57 PM
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Re: Inspiring
I think another good example to follow is that of Greensburgh Kansas folowing the tornado in 2007 that whiped the town off the map. They vowed to rebuild the town to LEED standards. Does anyone have any followup information about how that is playing out?

Nicole Ferraro
Nicole Ferraro  
11/14/2012 1:57:51 PM
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Re: Inspiring
I have to say, when I posed this question to Mr. Lieber, I didn't expect such a great response. It's really inspiring to hear that they really did consider the future and sustainability when rebuilding this site. I hope the same goes for the parts of NYC damaged by the storm.

All of this goes back to Jane Henley's most recent post about "rebooting your city" and the ability to get a do-over.

wbalthrop
wbalthrop  
11/14/2012 11:03:07 AM
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Re: Inspiring
Unfortuately retrofitting old infrstructure is not very efficient. It' often better te tear down and start over. It's too bad the so manyy people have to suffer, but the end result will hopefully help make up for some of their loss.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
11/13/2012 8:31:02 PM
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The Grreen in this effort
This is an inspiring effort, and one that can really make this endeavor a showcase for the world. I think that it resonates with me what can be accomplished through careful planning - and in light of so many many early challenges.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
11/13/2012 5:41:55 PM
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Inspiring
It's inspiring to see this sustainable area emerge from the tragedy of 9/11. The architects appear to have merged a respect for the deep emotion associated with the site with a hopeful plan that improves on the physical infrastructure that was there. And all this while working with a contaminated environment.

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