Publications

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An Assessment of Water Loss Among Lake Michigan Permittees in Illinois

October 28, 2014

In 2012, over 22 billion gallons of Lake Michigan water, worth between an estimated $64 million and $147 million, were lost to leaky, aging infrastructure. CNT and CMAP studied the water loss control techniques used by Lake Michigan water suppliers and found that over the last several years, 21% of permittees have been out of [...]


Cargo-Oriented Development: Analysis and Implementation

March 20, 2014

In a growing number of cases around the country, highlighted by the examples in this report, civic and economic development organizations and local governments are collaborating with private freight companies to realize the potential of COD for sustainable development. These collaborations will improve economies and the quality of life in regions and in established communities.


Cargo-Oriented Development: Concept and Opportunity

March 20, 2014

Class I railroads are investing more than $20 billion annually in facilities and equipment. This creates a tremendous opportunity for mutually beneficial partnerships among the rail industry, logistics firms, and state and local governments. The benefits of this investment can be captured in substantially more efficient operations, environmental improvement, and job retention and creation through [...]


The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA

March 4, 2014

The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA offers real world evidence that green infrastructure (such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, and bioinfiltration installations) can be an effective, sustainable and budget-friendly approach to help manage stormwater in American communities. This EPA case study builds on CNT’s groundbreaking guide, The Value of Green Infrastructure, to [...]


Stepping Up Water Loss Control: Lessons from the State of Georgia

February 27, 2014

Like every other state, Georgia’s underground system of pipes is aging. But Georgia has become a leader in the national push for improved water loss control. The success of Georgia’s program provides an effective blueprint for other states and agencies in how to begin providing support to their utilities in moving forward with best practices [...]


Building Capacity: Helping Communities Create Vibrant, Healthy and Economically Prosperous Neighborhoods

December 6, 2013

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s Sustainable Communities Initiative offered support for sustainable development projects in cities and regions across the country. Grantees received access to capacity-building resources, including CNT’s team of technical experts, to help with implementation. Reconnecting America led the implementation efforts and compiled all of the resulting issue briefs [...]


The Case for Fixing the Leaks: Protecting people and saving water while supporting economic growth in the Great Lakes region

November 18, 2013

Every day, nearly six billion gallons of expensive, treated water is simply lost. Why? Crumbling infrastructure. Leaky, aging pipes and outdated systems are wasting an estimated 14 to 18 percent of our nation’s daily water use. At the same time, water utility rates are rising. Through new research, education and awareness, technical assistance, and supportive policies, [...]


People, Places + Progress: Celebrating 35 Years of Community Innovation

October 24, 2013

In honor of our 35th anniversary, CNT staff compiled stories about our 35 most game-changing innovations. People, Places + Progress chronicles CNT’s growth in capacity, reputation, and impact. From the construction of solar greenhouses to grow vegetables in what we now call “food deserts” to the development of revolutionary energy efficiency programs. From the Location Efficient Mortgage® to the Surface Transportation Policy Project. [...]


The Prevalence and Cost of Urban Flooding

May 14, 2013

First-of-its-kind analysis that combines insurance and FEMA claims data, property owner surveys, and GIS mapping of flooding in an urban environment. Part of a first phase of research at CNT on the prevalence and cost of flooding to property owners—such as homes and businesses—in urban and suburban areas. (Updated May 2014)


Transit-Oriented Development in the Chicago Region: Efficient and Resilient Communities for the 21st Century

May 7, 2013

In Transit-Oriented Development in the Chicago Region: Efficient and Resilient Communities for the 21st Century, CNT researchers evaluated the dynamics of the Chicago Region’s 367 fixed Metra and CTA rail stations and station areas between 2000 and 2010. Using the National TOD Database, a first-of-its-kind web tool developed by CNT that provides access to comprehensive information about [...]


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