The Governor named Normal Mayor Chris Koos as one of the recipients of the 2009 Environmental Hero Awards. According to the Illinois government website, these awards are "given in recognition of a strong commitment to the health and protection of the environment in Illinois." Also, Normal is listed as an example of "greening" best practices: "The Town of Normal is including cutting-edge environmental standards in the creation of new buildings and other construction uptown. Their approach is to follow the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards for Neighborhood Development."
I'd say that this recognition is another feather in Normal's cap, but that kind of implies that a bird has been harmed. I'll have to think of a more environmentally appropriate way to describe it. In any case, it's a reason for taking pride in our community!