News for November, 2010
Friday, November 19th, 2010
CNT’s involvement in the USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference this week was a resounding success, capped off by U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan highlighting CNT in his closing plenary remarks. To the crowd of more than 25,000 attendees, Donovan said:
Right here in the Chicago Metro area, a diverse consortium including the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, local business and civil rights leaders, and the Center for Neighborhood Technology, which has done extraordinary work on housing and transportation costs, have proposed a plan to create jobs, more walkable neighborhoods and affordable housing by capitalizing on this region’s rich public transportation system.
Using a $2.3 million grant from HUD, the partnership estimates the transportation savings of 2,500 households living in housing near transit will add over $6.8 million per year to the wealth of the region, with energy-efficiency measures and improved building codes reducing household expenses even further. Read more »
Thursday, November 18th, 2010
CNT and the U.S. Forest Service’s Northern Research Station have recently launched Chicago STEW-MAP (Stewardship Mapping and Assessment Project), an online database that will identify organizations in the Chicago region that conduct stewardship and map the geographic turf of stewardship groups.
CNT and the Forest Service need stewardship groups’ help in making STEW-MAP as comprehensive and useful as possible. Any group that conserves, manages, cares for, monitors, advocates for, and educates the public about local environments (including water, land, air, waste, toxics, and energy issues) can take the STEW-MAP survey at http://stewmap.cnt.org/. Read more »
Monday, November 15th, 2010
Chicago is buzzing a little more this week as Greenbuild prepares to open tomorrow. CNT will be launching a new tool and our research will be included in some of the educational sessions. CNT Energy’s Anne Evens even offered some advice on where to go to while in Chicago, including tips for exploring the Wicker Park Neighborhood where our office is located. Here’s a rundown on where can find us at Greenbuild this week and, even if you’re not attending, how you can learn more about our work! Read more »
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2010
CNT applauds the proposed Transportation Housing Affordability Transparency (THAT) Act, introduced recently into the House of Representatives by Representative Earl Blumenauer of Oregon (HR 5824).
CNT supports the THAT Act unequivocally! We hope HUD will take advantage of several years of CNT research that culminated in the creation of the H+T(R) Affordability Index. CNT’s H+T Index would serve as an excellent base for the index that the legislation calls for, with the added benefit of funding for expansions, refinements, updates, dissemination, and technical assistance for implementation. Read more »