April 21st, 2010
08:27 AM ET

Dear President Obama #457: The town that green built...

Reporter's Note: I’m still in Kansas. President Obama is not. So my daily letters to the White House continue.

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Tom Foreman | BIO
AC360° Correspondent

Dear Mr. President,

For a long time as I traveled I sent postcards to my parents down in Alabama, and they dutifully pinned them to a wall in the rec room. Well, I call it a rec room, but it was really a converted garage. They really liked them. It was a simple way to keep track of where I’d been. But eventually I’d visited all the states more than once and the duplicates became monotonous. I mean, no matter how much you like Idaho, how many “Welcome to Boise!” cards can one stomach in a lifetime? So they eventually they took the postcards down, and stacked them in a drawer

So I hope you’ll forgive me if I don’t track down a “Kansas is Kan-tastic!” card and send it your way. Trust me, you’ll thank me in the long run.

That said, I continue to have a good (if somewhat exhausting) time here. Every day starts very early and ends very late. Makes me feel like a farmer. Ha!

I spent most of the day in Greensburg which, as you may recall, was pretty much wiped off the map by a tornado three years ago. They are rebuilding as a “green” city and it is quite impressive. All sorts of ruined buildings are being replaced with shiny new ones that incorporate lots of fancy new green tech; smart appliances that keep power usage down, water saving toilets, counters made of recycled material, on and on. You know the drill.

Many folks who have put a lot of this green tech into their rebuilt homes, seem delighted in their lower power bills, and the notion that they are helping the environment. I was impressed by how many of these green buildings seemed like something a “normal” consumer might like.

Anyway, this town is becoming is a full, life-size, working lab for figuring out the greenest ways for people to live. The people there are hoping as the years go on to become the place that everyone else studies to figure out what can and can’t be used to save energy and water and conserve other resources. So far so good, and on this Earth Week, seems like a reasonable goal too.

Just thought I’d mention it. Like I said, I’m really tired so this is not much of a letter, I know…but I’ll recycle the idea and try to do better tomorrow!



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