Task Force Report Can Shape the Future of Transit

Statement from Kathryn Tholin, CEO

Today, I joined my fourteen fellow members of the Northeastern Illinois Public Transit Task Force in unanimously approving and delivering to Governor Quinn a series of recommendations to improve our regional transit system.

Our report details a mixed history of advances and missed opportunities, of good intentions and poor executions, of leadership and mismanagement. However, the most important takeaways from the Task Force report are not things that happened in the past, or the current state of the transit system. We must learn from history and understand our present situation, yes, but our focus should be on how we can take what we know and use it to shape the future of transit in our region.

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CNT Launches Bold Vision, Campaign to Fund Transit

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014 at 5:38 pm

Cook County Revenue Stream Could Leverage Billions for Improvement + Expansion

CHICAGO, April 3, 2014 – Two leading, Chicago-based transit advocates announced a plan today to secure Cook County’s largest investment in new public transit infrastructure since 1947. The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the Active Transportation Alliance were joined by Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Former Santa Monica Mayor Denny Zane at the launch of the Transit Future campaign.

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New EPA Report Finds it Pays to Go Green (for Stormwater Management)

Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 at 1:38 pm

Green infrastructure can save cities millions of dollars, provide multiple environmental and social benefits

Lancaster Case Study 3.4.14CHICAGO, 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.

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CNT Energy is now Elevate Energy

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!