President Barack Obama met with Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero and about two dozen other elected leaders for the final time Wednesday to discuss the effects of climate change and public infrastructure, according to the News Sentinel.
In April, Rogero gave David Agnew, director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, and other officials a tour of South Knoxville and its urban forest.
“Many people think about things like permeable pavement or rain gardens when they think of green infrastructure,” Rogero said, “but I think our urban wilderness helped illustrate that green infrastructure also can mean the strategic use and conservation of large tracts of land to protect drinking water and manage runoff.”
Of the task force meetings, Rogero said she was able to attend three — two in Washington, D.C. and one in Los Angeles — because of a City Council meeting. The group also met in Des Moines, Iowa.
Two of the three trips were paid by the White House. The city paid $828 for the first trip in December, records show.
“In total, the task force considered well over 400 recommendations,” Rogero said, “and our next steps