Green Building Publications

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. [...]


Upgrade Your Infrastructure: A Guide to the Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard And Building Stormwater Retrofits

December 18, 2012

The guide provides a framework for the long term and predictable implementation of green infrastructure. The concepts were developed around actual on-the-ground work done in Grand Rapids, MI and Milwaukee, WI.


Tree Asset Management in Portland, Oregon

June 28, 2011

This study shows that Portland is well-positioned to pilot a tree asset management program that would lay the groundwork for turning its tree canopy into a bondable asset, similar to bridges and roads. The study identified six steps through which Portland and other cities can create a tree asset management program. The study also provides [...]


The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits

January 21, 2011

A broad analysis that is the first to place an economic value on the numerous benefits provided by green infrastructure. Goals: 1- Inform decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits green infrastructure delivers to communities, 2- guide communities in valuing the benefits of potential green infrastructure investments.  


Chicago Southland’s Green TIME Zone

November 18, 2010

The Green Transit, Intermodal, Manufacturing, Environment Zone (Green TIME Zone) is a core element of the Southland Vision 2020 for Sustainable Development.


Integrating Valuation Methods to Recognize Green Infrastructure’s Multiple Benefits

April 1, 2010

Reviews current methods, tools and case studies of valuation of the economic and social benefits produced by green infrastructure practices, particularly as they are applied in urban settings.


Regional Green Building Case Study Project: A post-occupancy study of LEED projects in Illinois

October 26, 2009

The Regional Green Building Case Study Project analyzes the post-occupancy performance and costs and benefits of 25 LEED projects in Illinois related to: measured energy and greenhouse gas emissions, water, commute transportation, construction and operating costs, green premium, health and productivity impacts, and occupant comfort.


Reconnecting Fort Wayne: Green Infrastructure

August 1, 2008

The City of Fort Wayne has chosen to use several simultaneous challenges related to its water resources as an opportunity to explore sustainable solutions. CNT was retained to seek hidden assets in the urban neighborhoods and identify ways in which water resource investments can achieve multiple benefits.


Green Building Manual

May 1, 2005

A practical guide to making your office building more healthy and efficient.