CNT to Assist Communities in Promoting Green Infrastructure

CHICAGO (January 18, 2012)—The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), as a partner in Livability Solutions, has been selected to provide technical assistance to the Lower Eastside Action Plan (LEAP) of Detroit, Michigan, and the Toledo-Lucas County Sustainability Commission of Maumee, Ohio.  CNT will assist both communities in learning how to use CNT-designed tools to quantify and advocate for the benefits of green infrastructure as a means of stormwater management.  CNT’s tools—the Green Infrastructure Valuation Guide and the Green Values® National Stormwater Management Calculatorwere designed to assist communities in promoting sustainability to improve their quality of life and implement local development plans.

“We are pleased to be working with these two community organizations which are committed to improving the quality of life of their residents,” said Scott Bernstein, CNT’s president. “Each of these communities have specific challenges to address—from developing and implementing plans to address vacant land and blighted property to engaging residents in sustainability planning.”

Ten communities were selected to receive free technical assistance this year from among 64 applications. The 10 governments and organizations selected represent a diverse group of communities from across the United States, from large cities to rural counties. All have a strong commitment to sustainability and smart growth and are poised to implement positive change by making use of the assistance offered by Livability Solutions partners.

In addition to LEAP and the Toledo-Lucas Sustainability Commission, the other eight recipients are:

  • Arkansas Coalition for Obesity Prevention, Little Rock, AR
  • Colfax on the Hill, Inc., Denver, CO
  • Charlotte County, FL
  • Gulf Regional Planning Commission, Gulfport, MS
  • City of Blue Springs, MO
  • University City District, Philadelphia, PA
  • Anthithesis Research, Wellpoint, WA
  • West Central Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission, Eau Claire, WI

Each community will receive a one- or two-day training session with an expert from one of the Livability Solutions partners on the issue of their choice. In addition to CNT, the partners who will be delivering technical assistance this year are:

This technical assistance is made possible by a grant to Project for Public Spaces from the United States Environmental Protection Agency Office of Sustainable Communities under the Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program. The Building Blocks program funds quick, targeted assistance to communities that face common development problems. Three other nonprofit organizations—Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy), Global Green USA, and  Smart Growth America—also received competitively awarded grants under this program this year to help communities achieve their sustainable development goals.

Interested communities are encouraged to check the Livability Solutions website periodically for additional opportunities for technical assistance. Interested foundations, organizations, and individuals who want to support assistance to one of the 53 other qualified applications are encouraged to contact Livability Solutions at livabilitysolutions@pps.org. Click here for information on other opportunities to work with Livability Solutions or here for training and technical assistance offered by Project for Public Spaces or our partners.

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Founded in 1978, CNT is a Chicago-based think-and-do tank that works nationally to advance urban sustainability by researching, inventing and testing strategies that use resources more efficiently and equitably. Its programs focus on climate, energy, water, transportation, and community development. Visit www.cnt.org for more information.