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Scott Bernstein

Center for Neighborhood Technology

This speaker was a visiting speaker who delivered a talk or talks on the date(s) shown at the links below. This speaker is not otherwise associated with Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, unless specifically identified as a Berkeley Lab staff member.


Scott Bernstein is President of the Center for Neighborhood Technology, an urban sustainability innovations group which promotes sustainable communities by helping local leaders understand and use their hidden assets. CNT received a MacArthur Award for Creative & Effective Organizations and a Chicago Innovations Award from the Chicago Sun-Times. He was appointed by President Clinton to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development and by Governor Pat Quinn to the Illinois Economic Recovery Commission and helped launch the Presidential Climate Action Program, which delivered an action plan for incoming President Obama. Scott is known nationally for leadership in measuring and promoting location efficiency and its application to urban economic development, and for energy and climate accounting, in applications ranging from mortgage lending to foreclosure prevention to climate protection. Scott served on Chicago Mayor Richard Daley’s Climate Change Task Force for which CNT prepared a greenhouse gas emissions baseline and mitigation plan. CNT created a new Affordability Index, to help working families understand their direct transportation costs, at http://htaindex.org including maps & data for 337 metropolitan areas; its use has resulted in significant shifts of public investment to mass transportation and new funding mechanisms to finance affordable housing near transit. HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan has committed to redefining affordability officially to include both housing and transportation expenditures, and HUD’s new strategic plan includes commitments to make America’s communities both energy-efficient and location-efficient; users of location efficiency and affordability indexing now include federal, state, regional and local governments. He co-founded STPP which helped shift federal policy toward greater local control and a doubling of activities towards maintenance and enhancement (or “Fix it First”) and the Center for Transit Oriented Development which created the first National TOD Database, http://toddata.cnt.org. In addition to climate and transportation plans around the US and for communities in London for the Princes Foundation for the Built Environment, recent work includes an updated review of for the Transportation Research Board of the National Academy of Sciences (The Route to Carbon and Energy Savings: Transit Efficiency In 2030 And 2050), development of the GHG accounting protocol for the world’s largest cities for the William Clinton Foundation, creation of a new Transportation Energy Efficiency Index and data base for the US Green Building Council, and a variety of web-based accounting and planning tools based on this applied research. A new project, Redefining Economic Progress, helps advance a meaningful strategy for accelerated national infrastructure investment. Scott is a board member of the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, of the Congress for a New Urbanism, and was a founding board member of the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Center. CNT has a staff of 108 located in Chicago with offices in Washington DC and San Francisco. www.cnt.org, scott@cnt.org