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 below and join the Young Innovators group on LinkedIn.


Technology for Social Change

This year, we are exploring how technology can be used as a resource to improve urban sustainability in new ways. Our program covers topics 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 summer BBQ fundraiser, and holiday mixer.

Check back often and subscribe to our email list on this page!


Upcoming Events

Tuesday, December 5th, 5:30-7:30PM
Bi-Monthly Happy Hour at Hopewell Brewing

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!

Young Innovators Board

The CNT Young Innovators are looking for new board members! Applications for 2018 are open now through Sunday, November 12th.
If you’re interested, please complete this application form.

The current board members are:

Kristin O’Brien, Co-Chair
Test Manager, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Bo Peng, Co-Chair
Data Scientist, Datascope Analytics

David Berman
Service Planner, Chicago Transit Authority

Catie Boehmer
Annual Giving Manager, The Field Museum

Kevin Dunphy, AIA, AICP
Architect & Urban Planner, CannonDesign

Cassie Halls
Project Associate, Shared-Use Mobility Center

Andrew Irwin
Experienced Consultant, West Monroe Partners

Michael Kaplan
Associate, Related Midwest

Austin Millet
Project Operations Coordinator, MSDSonline, a VelocityEHS company

Jameson Skaife
Landscape Architect, RATIO

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

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