Who We Are

RainReady is a program of the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT), an award-winning innovations laboratory for urban sustainability based in Chicago. CNT's climate resilience programming helps people across the country

RainReady is inspired by the individuals and communities we have been working with—many of whom are featured on this site—who have been asking us "what can our community do?" The program has won several awards including:

  • 2017, Friends of the Chicago River, Chicago River Blue Award 
  • 2016, American Society of Civil Engineers, Infrastructure Game Changers designation
  • 2016, Association of State Floodplain Managers, National 2016 James Lee Witt Local Award for Excellence in Floodplain Management
  • 2016, Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management, Public Outreach Award
  • 2016, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, Honoring of CNT/RainReady
  • 2015, US Army Corps of Engineers, Silver Jackets Interagency Nonstructural Flood Risk Management Program Award
  • 2014, Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Management, Public Outreach Award
  • 2014, US Army Corps of Engineers, Silver Jackets Interagency Nonstructural Flood Risk Management Program Award

All of CNT works to ensure the RainReady effort helps communities and homeowners meet the increased challenge of inland flooding.  This includes researchers, planners, community outreach staff, field directors, and more,  Meet the CNT team!