Mayor Jeremy Stutsman will be working with other US mayors and community leaders to provide advice and perspective on environmental issues in local communities to the Environmental Protection Agency.

Mayor Stutsman was one of 11 new members appointed this week to the Small Communities Advisory Subcommittee (SCAS). The Small Community Advisory Subcommittee was established by EPA in 1996 to advise the Administrator on environmental issues of concern to the residents of smaller communities.

“I’m honored to welcome this diverse, highly qualified group of local leaders who will bring valuable insight and experience to the Agency,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan in a statement. “EPA is counting on their input and collaboration to help achieve our mission to protect public health and the environment in every zip code. From tackling climate change to advancing environmental justice, we need local partners at the table to address our most pressing environmental challenges.”

Mayor Stutsman was nominated in April. His was one of 150 nominations the EPA received following a solicitation in March. His nomination included support letters from Accelerate Indiana Municipalities, Earth Charter Indiana, Michiana Area Council of Governments and the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute.

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to work alongside other community leaders in identifying and addressing environmental issues that may be of concern to our constituents and communities,” Mayor Stutsman said. “I look forward to not only sharing but also listening to other communities’ experience in advancing environmental solutions in a thoughtful and budget conscious way to ensure a clean, safe planet to our future generations.”

The SCAS and the Local Government Advisory Committee, which provides independent policy advice to the EPA Administrator on a broad range of issues affecting local governments, plan to hold their first meeting this fall.