Since 1978, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has been a leader in promoting urban sustainability—the more effective use of existing resources and community assets to improve the health of natural systems and the wealth of people, today and in the future.
CNT is a creative think-and-do tank that combines rigorous research with effective solutions. CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation and community development, energy, natural resources, and climate change. CNT is the proud recipient of the 2009 MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions.
The H + T® Affordability Index is the source that Abogo uses to find the transportation costs for your neighborhood. Visit the website to learn more about affordability and location efficiency, including information on housing costs.
I-GO is a car sharing program that operates in the Chicago region, providing economical and environmentally sound transportation choices. I-GO aims to reduce car ownership rates, lower family transportation costs, reduce urban congestion and improve air quality.
E-Transopoly® is an online game where you create new transportation infrastructure in your region.
Everyday activities like using a hair dryer, toasting bread, and traveling to work use fossil fuels and create pollution. You can learn just how much air pollution you create with AirHead’s emissions calculator. You also can see how you compare to other people in the U.S. and around the world.
Real-time energy pricing is a new way for you to save money on your home electricity bill, and is especially valuable to people who can be flexible about their electricity use during peak demand hours. For more information, see Power Smart Pricing (for Ameren Illinois Utilities customers) or The Watt Spot (for ComEd customers).
Energy Savers is a one-stop energy efficiency shop for owners of multifamily buildings. It helps building owners invest in energy efficiency, which pays off by reducing energy costs, improving comfort, and maintaining quality building stock.
Natural Connections allows you to create your own green infrastructure maps for areas in Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana. Green infrastructure is the network of natural areas that provides space for wildlife habitat and recreation.
This set of tools helps you learn about what green infrastructure is and how it can save money. It also provides ideas on how you can improve your own area and neighborhood by capturing and managing stormwater.