Scott Bernstein is President of CNT, which promotes sustainable communities by helping local leaders to better use their hidden assets. CNT received the MacArthur Foundation Award for Creative & Effective Organizations. President Clinton appointed Scott to the President’s Council for Sustainable Development, where he co-chaired its task forces on Metropolitan Sustainable Communities and Cross-Cutting Climate Change Strategies. Scott helped launch the Presidential Climate Action Program, delivering an action plan to incoming President Obama and offering the challenge to all 2012 presidential candidates.
He studied engineering and political science at Northwestern University, served on the research staff of its Center for Urban Affairs, was a founding board member of the Brookings Institution Center on Metropolitan Policy, and has taught planning at UCLA in the graduate school of policy. Scott is a co-author of The New Transit Town, and of Street Smart: Streets and Cities in the 21st Century, and he serves on the boards of Surface Transportation Policy Partnership, the American Council for an Energy Efficiency Economy, and the Congress for a New Urbanism. Scott is listed in Planetizen’s 100 Top Urban Thinkers and its list of Leading Thinkers in Urban Planning and Technology and has received lifetime achievement awards from the Secretary of the US Dept. of Energy and from the American Society of Landscape Architects.