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Recent Work

Chicago Truck Data Portal

CNT and the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization counted trucks and buses throughout Chicagoland. The counts available through this open... more »

Technical Assistance Programs

We and our partners can help government agencies, nonprofits and community groups plan, apply for and implement new public infrastructure... more »

Civic Innovation Hub

The Calumet Region is a region in which infrastructure solutions are planned and built with resident and community leadership. more »

Upcoming Event

CNT presents Visionary Voices with Lindy Wordlaw, AICP, Olga Bautista, and Raquel Garcia-Alvarez
CNT presents Visionary Voices, July 10 from 4 to 6pm at CNT's office 17 N State St. Suite 1400, Chicago, IL 60602

Visionary Voices for sustainable new visions in planning: women to the front

Join us this summer and fall forVisionary Voices – conversations with planners, organizers, and researchers about the built environment. Each event will feature a panel, Q&A, and time to meet and chat over refreshments and a beverage of your choice!

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What did we learn from the results from our H+T User survey?

Continuing our series digging into the H+T Index, today we highlight what we learned about who uses our most popular tool from a recent user survey. We received 117 survey responses. While that represents just a fraction of the H+T Index’s regular monthly user base — the tool is accessed more than 2,000 times per month— responses were informative. Before sharing a quantitative snapshot of what we learned, a few stories based on interviews with four sets of users. Measuring progress &... Continue reading »


Featured Publication

Equity in Practice: Strengthening Transit through Community Partnerships

by TransitCenter and CNT
February 29, 2024

TransitCenter, CNT, and six LA-based community organizations worked with LA Metro to implement part of the agency’s strategy for working with CBOs. In our new report, Equity in Practice: Strengthening Transit through Community Partnerships, we reflect on what other agency practitioners can learn about community partnerships from LA Metro.

CNT and TransitCenter offered our research expertise and team capacity to the Office of Equity and Race, to aid their implementation of the CBO Partnering Strategy. Our cross-organizational team developed two recommendations from the strategy: a database connecting CBO and LA Metro staff to information about each other and partnership opportunities and a charter process to guide LA Metro-CBO partnerships.

This report describes how we developed those two recommendations. In doing so, it demonstrates the process and form that community-driven agency programs can take and illuminates lessons about CBO-agency relationships.

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What’s next for Chicago’s promised environmental hazard response plan?

Austin Weekly News | May 20, 2024

The Environmental Justice Action Plan came out of the 2023 work and is intended to the change the city’s practices and policies to ensure that justice and equity principles are embedded in daily decision-making. 

Among the priorities are a community air monitoring network strategy led by the Department of Health and community partners, including Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Center for Neighborhood Technology and the UIC School of Public Health’s Environmental and Occupational Health Science. It will focus on neighborhoods disproportionately impacted by environmental hazards. 

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