Green infrastructure can save cities millions of dollars, provide multiple environmental and social benefits
CHICAGO, March 4, 2014 – “Green is good” is conventional wisdom for sustainability advocates. For municipal stormwater management, convention is typically a different color: gray. But a new report from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could change all that.
The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA offers real world evidence that green infrastructure (such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, and bioinfiltration installations) can be an effective, sustainable and budget-friendly approach to help manage stormwater in American communities.
Thursday, February 6th, 2014 at 1:34 pm
In college, students don’t just come away with a new repertoire of knowledge—they also develop transportation habits that can last long after diplomas are awarded. At least, this is the thinking highlighted in US PIRG’s new report, A New Course: How Innovative University Programs Are Reducing Driving on Campus and Creating New Models for Transportation.
Thursday, January 30th, 2014 at 4:24 pm
Each year, thousands of homes, businesses, churches and schools across Illinois and around the US suffer the misery of repetitive flooding. In 2013, CNT called on Governor Quinn to clarify the role of the Illinois Clean Water Initiative in relation to stormwater infrastructure and flood alleviation.
In his January 29, 2014 State of the State address, the governor outlined plans for an expansion of the Illinois Clean Water Initiative, vastly increasing the amount of low-interest loan money available to communities and formally including stormwater infrastructure.
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014 at 12:32 pm
CNT Energy, our affiliate and sister organization, is evolving. Born from our demand management work in Chicago neighborhoods that gave rise to the Community Energy Cooperative, the organization is now quite a livewire in the energy efficiency marketplace. As they grew, they realized they needed to find a name that better expresses the organization’s mission and values, which boil down to a deceptively simple phrase: Smarter energy use for all.
Their new name, Elevate Energy℠, fits this mission.
To achieve the big changes we collectively seek, we need to elevate energy. We need to elevate energy issues in hearts and minds and get people to take action. We need to elevate the discourse and thinking in the energy industry. We need to elevate our own efforts and show others how to do the same.
Though the Elevate Energy name is new, the relationship to CNT remains unchanged. In fact, we’re currently working to incorporate CNT’s water conservation and flood prevention expertise into Elevate’s building retrofit programs.
But that’s enough from us. Go read more on the brand new Elevate Energy website!