CNT Takes On Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program

The City of Chicago has selected CNT to manage the Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program (SusBy) which encourages Chicagoans to create more environmentally-friendly landscapes in their yards, as well as in community and school gardens. The program promotes simple, low-cost measures that residents can use to enhance the environment and reduce neighborhood flooding. It offers Chicago residents educational information and rebates up to 50% back on their purchases of trees, native plants, compost bins and rain barrels. Funding for rebates currently comes from the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Pollution Prevention Program and a USDA Forest Service Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant.

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The "Sustainable Backyards" program encourages Chicagoans to create more environmentally-friendly landscapes in their yards, as well as in community and school gardens.

CNT is excited to work with the City to foster backyards and community spaces that conserve water, manage stormwater, combat climate change and bring nature to Chicago, all while helping residents save money.  Sustainable Backyards is part of CNT’s “Smart Water for Smart Regions” initiative and will    complement our  wet weather retrofitting program, “Wetrofit,” to test and install fixes for flooding, currently being piloted in Chicago’s Albany Park and Rogers Park neighborhoods.

To learn more about the program and how to get rebates, click here www.cityofchicago.org/rainbarrel or contact at susby@cnt.org or 312.743.9283.