CNU Monthly Review

November 2011 

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CNU 2011 Year-End Drive

CNU is making it easier to live and work in cities and towns that support your needs, save you money, and allow you to get around on bike and foot. For nearly 20 years, CNU has been pushing for reforms on the local, state, and national level that make compact communities possible. Now is the time to help us build on the past year's accomplishments, overcome our challenges, and secure CNU's future success. Donate $50 and above as part of our 2011 year-end drive and receive a book as a thank you gift. Push forward the movement and give the gift of a CNU membership. Or align your organization as a corporate member. Donate now and help shape communities into dynamic places.


Registration for CNU 20 Opens Thursday, December 1st!   


Registration for CNU 20: The New World opens December 1st! Our 20th annual Congress will be held in West Palm Beach, FL, May 9-12, 2012. Be one of the first 400 registrants before the end of the year and receive guaranteed seating at the last-ever Athena Medals ceremony, honoring the renown team behind New York's Peterson-Littenberg Architecture and Urban Design, Barbara Littenberg and Steven Peterson. Bookmark CNU 20, see the updates on the program, tours, sessions and more, and register tomorrow!


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The Return of CNU's Public Square


In preparation for the launch of CNU 20 registration, we excitedly welcome back the CNU Public Square, an online open forum where ideas come to congregate. For this round of discussion, we are looking for your input on the accomplishments of and challenges facing CNU as we move ahead. In-depth discussions leading up to this year's 202 courses are also available to partake in. Register for CNU 20 and check in at the CNU Public Square tomorrow, December 1st.


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2012 Charter Awards Call for Entries 


The Call for Entries for the 2012 Charter Awards is now open.

Every year, CNU facilitates an awards program to recognize the very best in New Urbanist design. Winning projects are recognized for their excellence in fulfilling and advancing the principles of the Charter of the New Urbanism, which defines the essential qualities of walkable, sustainable places from the scale of the region down to the block and building.



Renewable Natural Resources Foundation Honors LEED-ND


The Renewable Natural Resources Foundation (RNRF) awarded CNU's LEED for Neighborhood Development rating system with its Outstanding Achievement Award for 2011.  Read CNU Board Member Sarah Lewis' account of the awards event here. CNU shares the honor with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), co-creators of the LEED for Neighborhood Development Rating System.




Chicago Housing Authority Looks to LEED-ND 


In the past ten years, the Chicago Housing Authority has renovated or built more than 20,000 housing units, as part of its Plan for Transformation. Most recently, the CHA introduced the community planning process for the Julia C. Lathrop Homes on the city's North Side. The Lathrop Homes represents a turning point for the CHA, as this is the first project that the housing agency and its development partners are considering for LEED-ND certification.




Livability Solutions for More Sustainable Communities


CNU is a proud member of Livability Solutions, a coalition of professionals that works for better livability, sustainability, placemaking, and smart growth.  The Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a member of the Livability Solutions coalition, recently received a Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities Program grant to provide free technical assistance to communities seeking to implement sustainable development and smart growth. Over 60 applications were received and are now under review. CNU will be involved with the trainings once the winners are announced. Stay tuned for more.



Grand Opening of the Not So Big Showhouse  


The Grand Opening for the Not So Big Showhouse was held the week of November 19th and demonstrated Sarah Susanka's design principle to "build better, not bigger."  Susanka's studio undertook SchoolStreet as a neighborhood urban infill project in the vibrant village of Libertyville, Illinois. CNU's Heather Smith pays a visit.






Vibrant Cities and Urban Forests


The Vibrant Cities & Urban Forests Task Force has released its report with recommendations for the advancement of urban forestry and natural resources stewardship.  CNU CEO & President John Norquist served on the advisory committee that brought the report to fruition.  Twenty-five national and local leaders debated the best ways for how federal policy, programs, partnerships, and investment can move urban tree planting and stewardship programs forward.  With the report, the Task Force will help expand consciousness of the importance of incorporating diverse and substantial green spaces into the urban environment. 



Norquist in Novemeber


Speaking of CNU CEO & President John Norquist, this month saw Norquist deliver CNU's message across the country, speaking at myriad events such as the University of MIchigan/Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum, the National League of Cities' Congress of Cities, Vision Long Island's Smart Growth Summit, and the AtlanticLIVE's Green Intelligence Forum, along with CNU Board Member Ellen Dunham-Jones. 


CNU. Everywhere.



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Local Street Networks and the Future of Claiborne Ave

12/06/11 | New Orleans, LA


Graduation Exhibition - University of Miami School of Architecture

12/12/11-12/16/11 | Miam, FL


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