Cook County Participates in CNT Urban Sustainability Apps Competition

Laura Oakleaf

Cook County Chief Sustainability Officer Deborah Stone with Steven Philpott, Urban Sustainability Apps Competition Program Director.

Team Purshable accepting their prize from CNT's Steven Philpott.

On June 6 The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) hosted its annual urban sustainability apps competition. The Competition’s goal is to foster the development of apps which make neighborhoods smarter, greener and more affordable. At this three-day event eight teams of community activists and app developers work together to build tools that create a more environmentally and economically sustainable Chicago.

Seven judges, including Deborah Stone, Chief Sustainability Officer of Cook County reviewed the submissions and chose a winner and two runners up. This year’s winner, Team Purshable, built an app that builds demand for close-to-expiration food that grocery stores would normally throw away. The app markets the food to low-income and environmentally conscious consumers with the added benefit of providing additional revenue to the grocers.

Learn more about the competition and other winners at