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FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry says he’s particularly interested in our climate and climate change. He said he arrived to the U.S. Conference of Mayors a day early to attend the Climate Mayors Summit.

“Climate change is real,” said Henry. “A lot of it is a result of man’s inability to be able to grasp the fact that we are responsible for a lot of it.”

He says he’s taking what he’s learned from the conference and summit and bringing it back to Fort Wayne. 

“I have a whole list of areas to talk about with my staff, as far as, possible changes in our operations in order to do our small, but significant, contribution towards our climate challenge.”

Some of his ideas include the utilization of electric vehicles, the conversion to LED lighting and the use of different types of materials in asphalt.

Henry says he believes the people of Fort Wayne will accept these changes. 

“I do believe that more and more citizens are beginning to realize that only we can really have the final say-so in what’s going to happen to our climate ultimately, and what we’re going to pass on to the next generation.”

Fort Wayne is currently ranked 12th out of 150 of the most populated cities for WalletHub’s Best Run Cities in America list. The list compared financial stability, education, health, safety, economy, infrastructure and pollution.

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