The EPA Role in Agenda 21

by Diane Benjamin

While the United Nations Flag stands in the Bloomington City Council chambers, the town of Normal is IN BED with the United Nations.

Recent posts have tied the government activities in Normal Il directly to the United Nations through Agenda 21.  The United Nations does not believe in the America as founded-they prefer One World Order, of course with them in charge.  You probably heard last December that Uptown Normal has an award winning roundabout.  The entire EPA memo can be read at the link below, I have copied parts applicable to Normal.

EPA Recognizes Communities for Smart Growth Achievements / Smart growth policies protect health and the environment, strengthen local economies!OpenDocument

Release Date: 12/01/2011

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today recognized five communities with the 2011 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement. Through this award, EPA acknowledges and supports communities that use innovative policies and strategies to strengthen their economies, provide sustainable housing and transportation choices and protect the environment. The award winners show how communities of any size can use smart growth to become dynamic places to live, work, and play.

Smart growth policies include improving transportation choices to include walking, bicycling and public transit, promoting the safe redevelopment of potentially contaminated areas in local neighborhoods and reducing polluted stormwater runoff into area rivers and streams. These practices help protect Americans’ health and the environment while strengthening local economies.

“Smart growth is a crucial strategy for tackling the environmental and economic challenges we face in the 21st century, and the communities we’re recognizing this year are leading the way with their successes,” said EPA Administrator Lisa P. Jackson. “By bringing together traditional ideas, innovative technology and commonsense planning, these communities are giving residents and businesses places that are healthier, safer and more economically and environmentally sustainable.”

Civic Places
Uptown Normal Roundabout, Normal, Ill.
Originally designed to manage traffic, the Uptown Normal Roundabout has evolved into a civic gathering place that increases business for local stores.

This year’s winners were selected from a pool of 68 applicants from 27 states. The winning entries were selected based on their effectiveness in creating sustainable communities; creating a robust public involvement process; generating partnerships among public, private, and nonprofit stakeholders; and serving as national models.

EPA created the National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in 2002 to recognize exceptional approaches to development that protect the environment, foster economic vitality, and enhance quality of life. In the past 10 years, 47 winners from 24 states have shown the variety of approaches that states, regions, cities, suburbs, and small towns can use to create economically vibrant and environmentally responsible development. EPA’s Office of Sustainable Communities (OSC) manages the award program. OSC helps America’s communities turn their visions of the future into reality through research, tools, partnerships, case studies, grants, and technical assistance.

Sustainable development, sustainability, smart growth, environmentally sustainable, commonsense planning – all buzz words to make you believe they are “looking out for us”.  Are they trying to say without them the world is going to end?  Only they can save us from ourselves?  You aren’t smart enough to protect the environment with us directing you?  Worse – how about we re-design Uptown and bury you in debt because it’s for your own good!

Bloomington is now “Visioning” for the future.  They evidently don’t “vision” roads without pot holes and funded pensions.  They also “Visioned” the Coliseum and the BCPA.  How is that hope and change working for you?  The Coliseum has yet to make enough money to pay expenses and interest on the loan.  Payments on the building will start soon.  The BCPA doesn’t break even.  When they are short of money, they raid the public piggy bank.  The Bloomington City Council funnels more money to them.

Normal had their “vision”.  The mayor took a sleepy well managed college town and buried it in debt.  Of course they have a plan that won’t raise taxes.  Sure!  It already has.

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