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Carmel Mayor Hosts Federal Environmental Panel

Carmel mayor Jim Brainard hosted a discussion with White House officials about improving air quality.

White House officials visited Indiana Thursday to brainstorm with mayors and university researchers on ways the state can prepare for extreme weather events caused by climate change.

Nancy Sutley is the chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality. She said the panelists discussed a number of ideas and proposals.

“We heard a lot about the resiliency and the vulnerability of energy systems,” Sutley said. “So a lot of good ideas about micro grids and how to make our energy systems more resilient.”

Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard also serves as a member of that task force and hosted Thursday’s roundtable, which is the first in a series of local discussions that will culminate in recommendations to the president by November 2014. Brainard says these efforts are important for Indiana and the entire country.

“I don’t see how anyone could disagree with that,” Brainard said. “If we clean up our air quality, have less lung disease, have fewer cases of asthma, and not use up our limited supply of fossil fuels, we’re stronger as a country.”

Network Indiana contributed to this report.

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