Mayor Graham Richard will attend the Richard Lugar-Purdue Summit on Energy Security August 29 at Purdue University. The summit will focus on energy demands and policies, and alternative sources of liquid fuels to name a few.

“We must be committed to reducing energy dependency and improving air quality,” said Mayor Richard. “This summit will give leaders an opportunity to explore new ideas and plan an economic and energy strategy to promote new jobs and businesses.”

Fort Wayne is a leader in energy conservation and air quality. Mayor Richard launched the City'€™s Green City Initiative in 2005 as a way to be more environmentally friendly while improving government services.

In addition, a Green Ribbon Commission, made up of government, business and neighborhood leaders, is creating a comprehensive energy and air quality plan. The Commission'€™s action plan will include goals and performance measures to reduce energy costs and consumption and improve air quality. Their recommendations will be presented to the community this fall.