Jim serves as the Mayor of the City of Carmel, Indiana, and has implemented numerous environmental initiatives for the City of Carmel. He has signed executive orders mandating the use of hybrid or flex-fuel vehicles for city operations when available and recently enacted a “No Idling” policy for city employees. He has also initiated testing the feasibility of utilizing wind energy as a future power source for the plant, and has encouraged the construction of roundabouts in place of traditional signaled intersections in Carmel, which reduces vehicle emissions. In addition, Jim has spearheaded significant beautification and economic development projects, including the creation of a true downtown for the City of Carmel, known as Carmel City Center. At Byron he shares the realization of a long term plan for the City of Carmel and leads a discussion about city planning, public policy and sustainability.