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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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.