Climate Clips: As EPA’s Region 3 Administrator, Adam Ortiz wants the Mid-Atlantic states to become climate-conscious and resilient

Seventeen years ago, Ortiz became mayor of a small Maryland town just before years of epic flooding. Now, he sees himself as part of a generation of public leaders who’ve survived a climate trial by fire and embrace the need to forge lasting partnerships with communities.

See the full story in Inside Climate News.

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