He has encouraged the construction of roundabouts, which reduced accidents with injury almost 80 percent at intersections when contrasted to signalized intersections. The City now has more than 68 roundabout intersections, more than any other city in the United States.

          Carmel has been honored with many awards for its high quality of life and environmental initiatives. The City was awarded first place in the Climate Protection Awards from the U.S. Conference of Mayors for its roundabout program and as national runner-up of The Home Depot Awards of Excellence in Community Trees. Carmel has also been the recipient of the Sterling Tree City Award, honorable mention for Municipal Excellence from the National League of Cities and been designated a bronze level Bicycle Friendly Community by the League of American Bicyclists.

          Mayor Brainard's academic background includes a Bachelor of Arts in History from Butler University and Doctor of Jurisprudence from Ohio Northern University. He also received a diploma from the Oxford Institute on International and Comparative Law from the University of San Diego.

          Mayor Brainard is serving as co-chair of the Energy Independence and Jobs Task Force and as one of 13 Trustees of the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

          The Mayor has served as President of the Butler University Alumni Association and was included in Butler's "50 Under 50" in 2004. He taught at the University of Indianapolis and was named one of the "Most Powerful Hoosiers in the World" by Indianapolis Monthly. He is a member of St. Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church and the Rotary Club of Carmel. He resides in Carmel with his wife Liz, and their children, Jack, Will, Marie and Martha.


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