I am attempting to put together a presentation to prove to my neighbors that the UN Agenda 21/ICLEI initiatives are being implemented in my community and others that surround Omaha, NE.

First, let's visit Omaha......

Omaha (and Lincoln) are dues-paying members of ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability....International Council on Local Environmental Initiatives.  Listen to Tom DeWeese, president of the American Policy Center, as he delivers a message on Agenda 21 (Omaha and Lincoln are mentioned at the 3:32 mark):

Read more on sustainable development here:  http://americanpolicy.org/category/sustainable-development/

 

Don't believe that Omaha/Lincoln could be involved in such a thing? See the ICLEI members here (check for your city):  http://www.iclei.org/index.php?id=11454

So what has Omaha been up to for the past few years regarding sustainable development?

 

2008
Nebraska Cities Join ICLEI
ICLEI USA Now Has More Than 600 Members in 49 States

ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA has announced the cities of Lincoln and Omaha, Neb., as its newest members.

ICLEI USA is the U.S. affliliate of the international association of local governments addressing climate change and sustainability. The  Nebraska cities helped the organization reach two significant milestones: it's U.S. network now includes more than 600 local governments, and it now has members in 49 states.

Omaha is the largest city in Nebraska with a population of 454,731. It is home to the University of Nebraska and Creighton University. The city is in the process of finalizing an Environmental Element for the its comprehensive plan and developing a strategic comprehensive energy management plan and implementation framework

Lincoln is the capital of Nebraska and the second most populous city in the state with a population of 251,624. It is home to numerous higher education institutions.

http://www.sustainablecitynetwork.com/topic_channels/environmental/...

 

25. Omaha, NE
Encouraging Signs in the Heartland

Omaha—smack dab in the middle of America. Juicy steaks and producer of Oma-Gro compost…..wait…Oma-Gro compost? That’s right!

On the other hand, the city would do well to turn its attention to upping public transit ridership. In our survey, it 48th of 50 in this department. Mayor Mike Fahey is thinking about resuscitating the city’s old streetcar system; he might also consider offering alternative transportation subsidies, as many higher-ranking cities do.

The biggest limitation to making Omaha more sustainable may lie in getting more people to buy into the idea of living green, says the mayor’s deputy assistant, Andrea Fox. To help with outreach, the city is collaborating with the Green Omaha Coalition, a group that aims to promote a healthy, sustainable community through public-private partnerships, educational programs, and proposing policy solutions.

 

  

http://www.sustainlane.com/us-city-rankings/cities/omaha

 

2009
City's First Sustainability Coordinator to Start September 8th

September 3, 2009 - Mayor Jim Suttle today announced the City of Omaha hired Kristi Wamstad-Evans as its first Sustainability Coordinator to administer $4.3 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program funds as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. 
 
Visit the EECBG website from the Department of Energy.

http://www.cityofomaha.org/mayor/news-and-announcements/47-mayor-su...

 

2012
Billion-dollar transformation gets attention of Berkshire crowd

Over the past 12 years, more than a billion dollars has been invested in building and renovation projects in Omaha's north downtown neighborhood and the adjoining riverfront, home to the CenturyLink convention center-arena, the site of Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s annual shareholder meeting. That's according to a running tally kept by the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce.

The work is still in progress; in many ways, it's just beginning. It has not been universally popular in all its aspects, yet there's no denying that a remarkable transformation has taken place. Omaha has turned what was mostly a gritty industrial zone suffering from age and neglect into an urbane business, residential, arts and entertainment district.

How much this baby has grown, and how fast, surprises even some of the people who birthed it.

Some of the big pieces include:

» Hot Shops Art Center, former mattress factory home to studios and galleries, 2001
» The CenturyLink Center (then called the Qwest Center), $291 million, completed in 2003
» Lewis & Clark Landing, a riverfront festival grounds replacing a lead refinery, $20 million, 2003
» Gallup campus, built in 2003, expanded in 2009, $108 million
» Hilton Omaha hotel, 2004, expanded in 2011, $107 million
» National Park Service's Midwest Regional Headquarters, $13 million, 2004
» Saddle Creek Records, including Slowdown music venue, Film Streams' Ruth Sokolof Theater, apartments and retail and restaurant bays, more than $10 million, 2006
» Mastercraft Furniture building, factory renovated into artist studios, offices, et al, $3 million-plus, 2006
» Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge, $22 million, 2008
» Riverfront Place, two riverfront condominium towers, $68 million, 2006 and 2011
» 22 Floors, retail, restaurant and loft apartments, $3.9 million, 2009
» T.D. Ameritrade Park baseball stadium, home of the College World Series and Creighton University baseball, $131 million, 2011

That's all in addition to more than $250 million in Creighton University developments, including student housing, Morrison Stadium soccer park, Ryan Athletic Center and D.J. Sokol Arena and Harper Student Center.

A lot of taxpayer money has gone into the developments, notably the arena-convention center and such infrastructure as streets and sewers. Many of the ideas came from city planners, and HDR Inc. was hired to map out future progress in the 2005 North Downtown Redevelopment Plan.
 
http://www.omaha.com/article/20120506/NEWS01/705069929#billion-doll...

 

If my math is correct, that $83M/year....every year....for 12 years....for mainly arts and entertainment projects.  Mostly paid for by taxpayers.  Even the people who birthed this insane Omaha agenda are surprised by the things they've been able to accomplish while the citizens sleep through their implementation of 'the plan'.

Have I convinced you that Omaha is fully on board the AG21/ICLEI train?

Next argument......proving that the surrounding communities are following Omaha's lead.

 

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Comment by Jim Davis on May 20, 2012 at 12:11pm

OK< so boo to Omaha and Lincoln.  I live in Papillion, right smack in the middle of the conservative Republican County, Sarpy.  I'm sure none of that is going on in my home town.  Right, Jody?

Comment by Jerseygal on May 20, 2012 at 12:37pm

Wow Jodi!  Outstanding compilation of the Agenda 21 implementation!

Comment by Jodi180 on May 20, 2012 at 9:41pm

Thanks JimD, but many here know exactly what's happening in our little conservative, Republican County....right JG?  I've been laying out my case here since I learned of the city's comprehensive plan.  BTW:  Van Jones ain't the only one back...I'm gearing up for round 2.  I'm sure the city will be happy to see me at their party...the 1st Street Plaza open house on Tuesday.

Which is why I'm trying this out on you guys here.  I'm looking to explain AG21 and prove that it's not some wild conspiracy theory to my friends, family and anyone else that will give me an opportunity.  I lose most after a minute or two.  Think I get too ahead of myself.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Comment by Jerseygal on May 21, 2012 at 10:24pm

Looking for suggestions, huh.  Ok, perhaps review what Tom DeWeese says about it.  He had outlined how to approach folks (at least the town or county) with this, and he did caution about exactly what you are saying. People getting wary instantly if they get too much info.  I just looked and I don't think I have his piece saved.  Bummer, because it was a good one, and I think Robin posted it originally.

Comment by Jerseygal on May 21, 2012 at 10:26pm
Comment by Jodi180 on May 22, 2012 at 8:18pm

Hey...just started in on the article.  Too much for the brain tonight, but have forwarded to 'me' for printout tomorrow....from my quick scan, looks like lots of ammunition....I mean, talking points.

Thanks, girly.  All I have to do is ask....you're the bomb!

Comment by DebE on June 22, 2012 at 3:19pm

Wish I'd found this site a long time ago.  Jodi, I didn't know anyone else around here (Omaha) understood what the UN has to do with our Planning Dept.  The Master Plan sounds good until you know what's really going on. Have you read through it?

http://www.cityofomaha.org/planning/urbanplanning/images/stories/Ma...

It's long, I know.  But then check out http://www.mapacog.org/sustainability  I could give you so much to read.  (People would be so totally amazed at how only a few run this city.)  

Omaha by Design http://www.omahabydesign.org/ has really done a lot.  http://www.greenomahacoalition.org/councils/2009/05/05/omaha-named-...  

Comment by Jodi180 on June 22, 2012 at 3:38pm

Deb - I've been all over AG21/ICLEI since I was invited (by my city) to read their comprehensive plan a few months ago.

You think you have papers!!  My file is growing every day.  Just printed off a great article about TIF's that I'll share soon.  The author is from Nebraska no less.

I've read comprehensive plans for LaVista, Bellevue, Gretna and have scanned through Omaha's.  I have sites saved from Omaha By Design.

I just recently signed on to American Policy Center and received updates.

http://www.americanpolicycenter.org

I am sooooo looking forward to our future discussions on this!

 

Comment by DebE on June 22, 2012 at 3:42pm

I'm working on a write-up of my personal experience....started in 2005 but I had no clue what was REALLY going on.

Comment by Jerseygal on September 22, 2012 at 5:48pm

Jodi, this may lift your spirits a bit!  Locally, our own County did not renew its ICLEI membership, under pressure from local Tea Party and 9~12 groups.  I hope they don't renew!

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