Climate change was the major focus of the United States National Conference of Mayors annual meeting, which wrapped up Monday in Dallas, Texas.
Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard and Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard attended the weekend-long summit, which brought together more than 230 mayors from cities around the country.
At the conference, the mayors hone leadership skills and discuss job-related issues with their peers. According to Marc Lotter, Communications Director for the Indianapolis Office of the Mayor, mayors—and cities—can benefit from talking shop.
“These meetings give you the chance to interact with your fellow mayors from cities of all sizes from all over the country, many of whom may have already dealt with situations that you might be facing in your city,” says Lotter.
Carmel Mayor James Brainard is the co-chair of the conference’s Climate Protection Task Force.
A resolution to support funding for land and water conservation passed unanimously on Monday, along with dozens of other resolutions, including those supporting gun control and the raising of the minimum wage.
While the passing of resolutions doesn’t guarantee policy changes, the resolutions do become officially supported by the nonpartisan U.S. Conference of Mayors, which then encourages local politicians to take action in their own jurisdictions.