Young Innovators

The CNT Young Innovators are a community of young professionals working to actively engage with new ideas about urban sustainability and resilience.

The CNT Young Innovators board hosts a variety of educational, outdoor, and social activities throughout the year. To stay updated on Young Innovators events, subscribe to their mailing list to the right, and join the Young Innovators group on LinkedIn.


Themes

In 2018, 40 Years of Progress highlighted CNT's many accomplishments throughout its 40-year history and its continued commitment to tackle emerging issues and advance urban sustainability.

In 2017, we explored how technology can be used as a resource to improve urban sustainability in new ways in conjunction with CNT's Urban Sustainability Tech Challenge. Our program asked questions such as: How can the urban shared economy be applied beyond its current models to in-demand resources such as parking spots? ​What affordable technologies can communities and individuals utilize to mitigate flooding risks and severe weather damage? 

In 2016, we examined the Rockefeller Foundation’s City Resilience Framework, and featured topics ranging from the role of the Illinois Medical District in creating and maintaining a resilient Chicago, to closed-loop urban farming at The Plant.

We also have bi-monthly happy hours, our annual summer fundraiser, and holiday mixer.
 


Become a Member!
 

As a member of CNT’s Young Innovators, you’ll receive priority access to limited-attendance YI events, discounted admission to CNT events and talks, and most importantly, a voice within the leading group of emerging sustainability advocates in Chicago. Join us today!
 


Events
 

2019 programming and events are currently in the works. Check back soon!

 


Young Innovators Board
 

CNT is pleased to welcome its 2019 Young Innovators Board!

 

The current board members are:

Celine Cua, Co-Chair
Staff Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants

Jerry Mandujano, Co-Chair
Director of Legislation and Infrastructure, City of Chicago, 1st Ward

Sydney VanKuren, Secretary
Sustainable Urbanism Program Coordinator, Farr Associates

Emilie Baliozian, Treasurer
Sustainability Analyst, Agritecture Consulting

 

Jamei Borges
Civil Engineer I, Primera Engineers

Caitlin Donato
Program Coordinator, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health

Jeffrey Levine
Communications and Branding Specialist, Boeing

Patrick Miner

MScR Researcher, The University of Edinburgh

Brooke Poppe
Project Engineer, Conservation Design Forum

Ranjita Tiwari
Staff Engineer, Geosyntec Consultants

Jesse Vega-Perkins
Environmental Consultant, Ramboll

Vitaliy Vladimirov
Community Designer, MUSE Community + Design

Deniz Whittier
Program Specialist, CLEAResult
 

To learn more about the Young Innovators or inquire about partnerships, please email Kate Borghgraef.

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