CNT Recognized for Its Ideas & Tools in Promoting Urban Sustainability

CNT has been recognized for its innovative work in promoting urban sustainability. The U.S. Green Building Council –Illinois Chapter presented CNT with a Natural Leaders Award at its 6th Annual Emerald Gala on May 21st. CNT’s president Scott Bernstein was recognized recently by Planetizen, one of the most respected websites for the city planning, design and development profession. Planetizen’s co-founder and editor-in-chief, Chris Steins, included Scott in his list of 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology. CNT’s website has also been acknowledged as one of the best resources for urban planning, design, and development. We are grateful for all this recognition.

At the U.S. Green Building Council –Illinois Chapter’s 6th Annual Emerald Gala, CNT received the Environmotion award, which recognizes an “organization that notably advances an idea that improves or restores the environment, discovers and imitates a process inherent in nature, or averts a negative impact on nature.”

We are honored to receive this award that recognizes our achievements in demonstrating to communities large and small that efficient use of the built environment and natural resources is key to economic well-being and environmental sustainability. Whether helping to bring the energy efficiency retrofit market to scale or redefining affordability with our Housing+Transportation (H+T®) Affordability Index, CNT strives to move the needle forward for people and the environment.

In citing Scott Bernstein in his list of 25 leading thinkers, Chris Steins states that “Bernstein’s leads the Center for Neighborhood Technology’s work to understand and better disclose the economic value of resource use in urban communities, and helps craft strategies to capture the value of this efficiency in the local community. Mr. Bernstein masterminded strategies to show the hidden assets underpinning transit and smart growth planning, and he introduced the concept of location-efficient mortgages.” He also recognized Scott as a co-founder of Center for Transit-Oriented Development, which created the nation’s first National TOD Database, covering all 4,000 existing and developing TOD sites in the U.S.

In Planetizen’s list of 2011 top 10 websites for some of the best resources for urban planning, design and development, CNT was listed as an honorable mention for our website. The list is based on nominations by Planetizen readers and staff, and judged against a common set of criteria, including content, design, and usability. We are grateful for this nomination and hope that you find our website informative and useful in your work.