Carmel's Environmental Efforts Noted on ABC's "This Week with George Stephanopoulos"

The City of Carmel’s roundabouts were once again front and center over the weekend as Mayor Jim Brainard wrapped up the second regional outreach gathering of the President’s Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resiliency. The meeting was held in Los Angeles. Mayor Brainard is a member of the Task Force and also serves as co-chair of the Energy Independence and Climate Protection Task Force and Advisory Board of Directors for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

Carmel has emerged as a leader among cities for its aggressive installation of more time-saving and gas-saving roundabouts than any city in the United States, one of many environmentally-friendly measures the city has taken. This effort was noted on national television by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti during an interview on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos.” While Garcetti was speaking about handling extreme weather events, he found the Carmel adaptations worthy of mention, as well.

“So, we're Americans, we adapt, we innovate, we're good at doing those sorts of things,” Garcetti said. “But, you know, whether it's Mayor Brainard in Carmel, Indiana changing out stop intersections and making them roundabouts to take global warming CO2 emissions out of the air, or Mayor Becker in Salt Lake City making sure his buildings are built in a green way. Mayors, tribal leaders, governors are really taking action now because we can't afford to deal with the consequences.”

Mayor Brainard is one of only four Republicans on the 26-member Task Force. In December, the city of Carmel hosted the first meeting of the panel outside of Washington, in part due to the city’s reputation nationally as a city that adheres to smart growth principles. He is using his seat on the Task Force to share his ideas on environmental stewardship combined with creating jobs and improving the quality of life. He will also continue to advocate for sensible federal policies and programs that not only combat global warming but also protect cities and the economy from too much government overreach.

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