Sustainable Streets in Chicagoland


Post-workshop presentations are now available. Use the links at the right to see speaker presentations, read speaker bios and view workshop photos. A summary report will be available soon.

If you would like to arrange a summary presentation of the workshop, please contact Kathrine Nichols.

On June 17, CNT and CDOT co-hosted the workshop, “Sustainable Streets in Chicagoland: Multi-Modal, Multi-functional (and totally fabulous)”, for practitioners interested in learning how Chicago is designing, constructing and maintaining sustainable transportation infrastructure.

Using the Cermak/Blue Island Sustainable Streetscape as a case study, participants learned how Chicago is working to integrate sustainable design within public infrastructure. Expert practitioners from the City of Chicago and beyond discussed barriers and opportunities for integrated design in the areas of emerging technology, urban-oriented design, and Midwest specific solutions.

Workshop Schedule


Kevin Moody, Federal Highway Administration
Thomas G. Byrne, Commissioner, Chicago Department of Transportation
Sadhu Johnston, Chief Environmental Officer, City of Chicago (presentation)
Jacky Grimshaw, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Vice President for Policy (bio)

INTRODUCTION: Project Goals and Integrated Design in the Cermak/ Blue Island Sustainable Streetscape

Janet Attarian, Project Director, Streetscape and Sustainable Design Program, Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) (bio) (presentation)

AIR: Correlating Transportation, Energy Efficiency, and Urban Heat Island Mitigation

Introduction: David Leopold, CDOT Project Manager (presentation)
Chris Wuellner, Projects Administrator, CDOT (bio) (presentation)
Ron Gelten, Phillips Lighting Company (presentation)

Lunchtime presentation

Tracy Tackett, Low Impact Development Program Manager, Seattle Public Utilities (bio) (presentation)

WATER: Streets as Opportunities for Stormwater Management and Water Efficiency

Introduction: Daniel Kavanaugh, P.E., Vice President for Civil Engineering, Knight E/A, Inc. (bio)
Jay Womack, ASLA, LEED, Director, Sustainable Design, Wight and Co. (bio) (presentation)
Peter Mulvaney, Assistant Commissioner, Chicago Department of Water Management (bio) (presentation)
Joseph Kozak, Research Scientist, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (bio) (presentation)

LAND: Recycling Waste, Recycled Content

Introduction: David Leopold, CDOT Project Manager (presentation)
Cindy Williams, Assistant Project Director, CDOT Quality Assurance (bio) (presentation)
Christopher Arman, Deputy Commissioner, O’ Hare Modernization Program (bio) (presentation)


Panel Conversation on Integrated Design

The workshop was co-hosted by CDOT and CNT, sponsored by Ozinga, with funding from the FHWA’s Eco-logical program.


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