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Knoxville's mayor has been selected to serve on a task force that will advise the President on climate preparedness and resilience-building efforts.

Mayor Madeline Rogero is one of 26 governmental leaders on the State, Local and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience. It was formed to develop key actions the Federal government can take to better support state, local and tribal preparedness and make recommendations on removing barriers to resilient investments, modernizing grant and loan programs, and developing information and tools to better serve communities.

"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. 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."

A release from Rogero's office says the impacts of climate change pose threats to East Tennessee's natural resources, local infrastructure, and economic sectors such as tourism and agriculture.

The City has already taken steps to protect against climate change, including efforts to improve the energy efficiency of municipal facilities to lower the City's greenhouse gas emissions and projects to improve storm water management systems to withstand extreme weather that may result from climate change.

The first meeting of the Task Force will be held at the White House in early December.

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