Skip to comments.EPA Spending $1.6 Million on Hotel for ‘Environmental Justice’ Conference
Posted on 06/28/2014 12:21:48 AM PDT by PoloSec
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will spend more than $1 million on hotel accommodations for an Environmental Justice conference this fall.
The agency posted its intention to contract with the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel for its upcoming public meeting, for which it will need to book 195 rooms for 24 days.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), Office of Enforcement and Compliance, Office of Environmental Justice (OEJ) intends to award a fixed-price Purchase Order to the Renaissance Arlington Local Capital View Hotel, the solicitation said. The purpose of this acquisition is to cover the cost of 195 sleeping room nights from Sept. 9 [to] Oct 2, 2014, at government rate for the 50th public meeting of the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC), a federal advisory committee of the EPA.
Rooms at the Renaissance Arlington run for roughly $349 a night. At 24 nights, the cost of 195 rooms will reach $1,633,320, or $8,376 per room.
The government per diem rate for lodging is $219 for September. If the EPA receives the per diem rate, the cost will come to $1,024,920 for the duration of their stay.
The NEJAC was established in 1993 to obtain independent, consensus advice and recommendations from a broad spectrum of stakeholders involved in environmental justice.
The council meets twice a year, bringing together members from community organizations, businesses, academic institutions, and state and local governments for discussions about integrating environmental justice into EPA priorities and initiatives.
The EPA defines Environmental Justice as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people regardless of race, color, national origin, or income with respect to the development, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies.
The council will give recommendations to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. The groups latest recommendation outlined critical elements for conducting public participation and identified core values and guiding principles for the practice of public participation.
The panel advised the EPA to meet people where they are when engaging in the community, and identified language and cultural differences, lack of cultural competency, and lack of trust among the community as barriers to Environmental Justice.
Past meetings included presentations on blocks to sustainability and environmental justice, health disparities, climate change, and grant writing.
Other presentations were entitled, Effective use of Large Scale use of Large Scale Campus and Community Projects to Engage Environmental Justice while Promoting the Green Economy, and Developing Sustainable Partnerships to Create Sustainable Communities.
The EPA also awards small grants as part of the Environmental Justice program, which included a project surveying old decaying septic systems in Puerto Rico, and taught teens in Brooklyn how to compost last year.
The program has awarded over $23 million in grants since 1994.
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What else is there to say?
They need to invite Hillary Clinton for a speaking engagement.
The purpose of this acquisition is to cover the cost of 195 sleeping room nights from Sept. 9 [to] Oct 2, 2014 Rooms at the Renaissance Arlington run for roughly $349 a night. At 24 nights, the cost of 195 rooms will reach $1,633,320, or $8,376 per room.
The only people involved in Environmental Justice are those interested in making a buck off of legal extortion of business.
As a tax payer I am incensed that the government is paying for socialist activist and people whose only interest in coming to this conference is to make it more difficult for industry to do business.
So not only are my hard earned dollars paying for these saboteurs of capitalism to live for free for nearly a month, I am paying for them to solicit/lobby the EPA to be more invasive and abusive of industry.
If the EPA wants to have a Conference like this why dont they have it in Toledo or Cleveland where they can do it a lot cheaper?
All this “justice” crap needs to go away. Social justice, economic justice, etc.
The first step to environmental justice is the arrest and prosecution of ‘environmentalists’.
Fortunately, it only takes one tree to print all that loot.
Are Altocumulus Castelanus cloud formations going to demand equal time in the skies?
I want some environmental justice too. This country is up to its neck in $hit due to agencies like the EPA, IRS, DHS, HHS, and all the other Obama alphabet gestapo tyrannical government bureaucracies. Time to flush the toilet.
So are they going to get Gaia to sign a complaint?
So the weather treats people differently based on their skin pigmentation, family tree, and bank account.
EPA, Environment Justice $OCIALI$T CON$TUCT$.
BIG GOVERNMENT I$ CRONY $OCIALI$M
Socialism Is Legal Plunder - Bastiat
Socialists spending money faster than a speeding bullet...
and harassing and enslaving us, our children, our grandchildren.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harrass our people, and eat out their substance.
A-Z multitudes here
Make that money
Watch it burn...
before you ever see your hard-earned dollars.
I vote for they all sign up for a free one month trial of some video conferencing software, as to not tear them away from their home turf, and all those unrepresented peasants who are suffering from Environmental Injustice.
Progressive social activism.
And we pay for it in more ways than one.
I sure would like a crack at the EPA budget.
Evironmental Justice = Marxism
List the names of every EPA bow wow that attends.
They won’t be happy until we look like N Korea.
Just another example of public “servants” or government “workers” living it up on your dime. Everyone attending or organizing this Conference of Fools should be fired.
And who approved the budget for 24 day conference in the House?
Never ever heard of a 24 day work conference.
Why can’t they do video conferencing?
Blatant theft of taxpayer funds.
Independence Day, eh?
This is the government. Conference a little, then party until midnight. Doze off through meetings the next day because of your handover. Repeat until checkout time.
I hate it when I do that.