Time magazine recently reported on Greensburg, Kansas' response to a tornado that destroyed their town.
"Consultants from the Department of Energy and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory are helping residents build new houses that are up to 50% more energy efficient than their old homes."
". . . the city council approved a plan that would
make all public buildings in Greensburg conform to the Platinum rating
of the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Design
(LEED) standards — something no town in the America has ever tried."