Rogero tapped for Obama's climate task force

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- What can cities, states, and tribes do to prepare for climate change?

That's the question President Barack Obama is asking Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and 25 other governmental leaders.

On Friday, the mayor's office announced she was picked for the president's task force on climate preparedness and resilience-building efforts.

“It is truly an honor to be selected for the Climate Preparedness and Resilience Task Force,” said Mayor Rogero. “Climate change is a real threat to our future, but working with government leaders across the country on solutions and sharing ideas with the Obama Administration on how to better sustain our communities can help to lessen the threat."

President Obama announced the Climate Action Plan in June. It's designed to come up with ways the federal government can help state, local, and tribal governments remove barriers to resilient investments, modernize grant and loan programs, and develop information and tools to serve their communities.

"The City of Knoxville has long been committed to clean energy and sustainability, and we welcome the opportunity to be a leader on this issue,” continued Rogero.

In a statement, Rogero claimed climate change threatens East Tennessee's natural resources, local infrastructure, and economy.

She said the city has already acted to reduce its effects on the community. She pointed to efforts to improve energy efficiency of municipal facilities and work on the storm water management systems meant to help the city withstand extreme weather events.

The first task force meeting is set for early December.

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