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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 »

‘Visionary Voices’ panelists share how identity helps shape policy

Our 2024 “Visionary Voices” open house events bring people together for conversations focused on the built environment. Here are highlights from the first event, which took place at the Center for Neighborhood Technology office on Wednesday, July 10.   Diverse perspectives are critical in shaping urban environmental decisions – and they’re driving policy change, panelists at our first of three open house events agreed.   At Visionary Voices: Women to the Front,... 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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Public Infrastructure for Effective Climate Mitigation and Adaptation-Proceedings of a Workshop

National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2024. Public Infrastructure for Effective Climate Mitigation and Adaptation: Proceedings of a Workshop—in Brief | July 20, 2024

The Board on Environmental Change and Society of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine appointed a planning committee to hold a hybrid workshop in May 2024, which was devoted to the role of public infrastructure in effective climate mitigation and adaptation. (RainReady Calumet is among programs featured)

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