Great Lakes Regional Pollution Prevention Roundtable
Promoting Pollution Prevention Through Information Exchange
GLRPPR Sector Resource: The Center for Neighborhood Technology and Its Work with the Illinois Smart Grid Initiative
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), based in Chicago, has been a leader in promoting more livable and sustainable urban communities since it was founded in 1978. As a creative think-and-do-tank, they research, invent, and test urban strategies that use resources more efficiently and more equitably. CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation and community development, energy, natural resources, and climate change. Using energy efficiently has been a critical focus of CNT's efforts to improve urban sustainability. In 2000, CNT Energy (formerly known as the Community Energy Cooperative) was created to explore new ways to measure energy usage and to assist individual consumers and concerned communities in achieving sustainable, affordable energy solutions. In 2008, CNT convened the Illinois Smart Grid Initiative, a voluntary group of state and local government, consumer, business, environmental, and utility stakeholders working together to examine how consumers can benefit from comprehensive grid modernization in Illinois. The Initiative is a project of CNT and is funded by the Galvin Project and assisted by the Galvin Electricity Initiative and US Department of Energy. The Initiative recently issued a report that identifies key steps for improving electricity services throughout the State. This initiative emphasizes the need for making electricity grids smarter, more efficient and better for the environment.
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) holds an annual series of seminars, usually one or two per month, presented by researchers, policy makers, and corporate executives on various topics related to Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment. This series is an opportunity to share scientific research with peers in a relaxed, informal environment. Seminars usually last about an hour and questions are welcome. The seminars will be from 12:00 to 1:00 PM CST in the Stephen J. Warner conference room at the ISTC headquarters. A link to a live video feed will be posted on the Sustainability Seminars page of the ISTC web site approximately 15 minutes before the start of each seminar. Windows Media Player 9 (or newer) as well as a broadband internet connection is required to view the feed. Those watching the webcast live will be able to submit questions via e-mail and have them asked at the end of the presentation. Video and slides from previous seminars are archived on the ISTC web site and are available within a few days of the seminar's completion.
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