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Nationwide Search for CNT's Next Chief Executive Officer

From CNT’s Board Chair, Margaret O’Dell:

CNT is excited to announce the opening of our search for our next CEO. We are looking for a new leader who will build on the successes of CNT, especially over the last five years, and move us in new directions. We are seeking an experienced leader and skilled manager to work with our professional and motivated staff and Board.

This is a great opportunity for someone who deeply understands the social, political, and economic root causes of environmental injustice and brings expertise in housing, transportation, community development, or climate policy, along with a commitment to including local voices and embedding racial equity into the work.

For more information, please see the full position guide here.

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CEJST is a simple map, with big implications – and attention to cumulative burdens matters.


The Climate and Economic Justice Screening tool, or CEJST for short, is a simple map, with big implications. CEJST identifies disadvantaged census tracts for prioritizing federal funding and informing Justice40, which aims to send “40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments… [to] disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution. Over the next five years, federal and state agency staff are charged with doling out billions of... Continue reading »


Featured Publication

Water & Health in Little Village

by CNT and LVEJO
May 27, 2022

Updated May, 2022

This study compares health and water-related conditions in Little Village to the Near North Side, and to Chicago city-wide. Chicago neighborhood data is reported by “community area”: 77 areas with defined boundaries that can include one or more neighborhoods. Little Village is within the South Lawndale community area. After reviewing health and water data all 77 community areas, the Near North Side community area was selected for comparison to South Lawndale, to illustrate the stark differences that exist between Chicago’s neighborhoods.

Learn more about the project here.

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White House’s Environmental Justice Tool Still Comes Up Short, Advocates Say

Route Fifty | March 6, 2023

“Race has a huge impact on environmental justice. And there’s just no way to look at environmental justice that pretends that race is not important,” said Bob Dean, the chief strategy and program officer for the Chicago-based nonprofit Center for Neighborhood Technology. Without using race as a factor, the administration needs to find ways that better account for the types of disinvestment and environmental hazards that people of color face, he said.

The current tool does identify many of those neighborhoods, Dean explained, but it does not prioritize them above other areas that qualify.

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