MacArthur Award

2009 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions

On April 28, 2009, CNT was recognized as one of only eight organizations from around the world to receive the prestigious John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative and Effective Institutions. CNT has pioneered new approaches to urban problems that use resources more efficiently, reduce costs for households and communities, and improve the environment. The award recognizes organizations that are “highly creative and effective, have made an extraordinary impact in their fields and are helping to address some of the world’s most challenging problems.”

“The MacArthur Foundation has a long history of supporting organizations around the world like these that demonstrate the creativity, drive, and vision to make the world more just and peaceful,” said MacArthur President Jonathan Fanton. “These organizations may be small but their impact is tremendous. From protecting human rights to improving urban neighborhoods to conserving biodiversity, they are blazing new paths and finding fresh solutions to some of our most difficult challenges.”

“The Center for Neighborhood Technology is an innovative and creative organization that has maintained a strong focus on sustainability for over 30 years,” said Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. “The new technologies and ideas CNT has developed have kept Illinois at the forefront of green innovation, and this award is a fitting tribute.”

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What Others are Saying

Pat Quinn, Illinois Governor
“The Center for Neighborhood Technology is an innovative and creative organization that has maintained a strong focus on sustainability for over 30 years. The new technologies and ideas CNT has developed have kept Illinois at the forefront of green innovation, and this award is a fitting tribute.”

Bruce Katz, Vice President and Director of The Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program
“CNT’s role is unique and its impact is pronounced. It has successfully bridged the gap between innovative practice and smart policy on transportation, housing, energy, climate and a host of other domestic policies. This is a well deserved honor for decades of quality, provocative, effective work.”

Adele Simmons, President, Global Philanthropy Partnership
“CNT demonstrates a unique combination of vision, high-quality analysis, and the ability to implement effective programs. Rarely do you find all three in one organization.”

Hank Dittmar, Chief Executive, The Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment
“Having worked with the Center for Neighborhood Technology for about half of its existence, I can attest that it has been one of the most consistently innovative non profits in the country. CNT’s roots in Chicago region have allowed it to beta test new sustainability tools on the ground that have then gone on to have national and international impact. In this urban century, CNT’s insistent focus on a sustainability rooted in community engagement and place is vital.”

Frank M.Clark, ComEd Chairman and CEO
“CNT is quite deserving of this recognition. Their innovations, including their important work on the nation’s first residential real-time pricing program, will certainly be an ongoing contributor to Exelon 2020, our parent company’s aggressive plan to reduce, offset, or displace more than 15 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions per year by 2020.”


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