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- Cook County Air Pollution Monitoring – Particulate Matter April 17, 2014Cook County tracks and measures several air pollutants through an air monitoring network situated throughout the County. Particulate Matter (PM) is a pollutant consisting of microscopic particles that can enter the body if inhaled. These fine particles also contribute to haze in many parts of the United States, often in urban areas such as […]Christopher Lipman
- Cook County Air Pollution Monitoring – Ozone April 17, 2014Cook County tracks and measures several air pollutants through an air monitoring network situated throughout the County. One measured pollutant, ozone, can have serious health implications including shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, eye and nose irritation. It can be especially dangerous to the elderly, children, people with chronic respiratory ailme […]Christopher Lipman
- Teaching Young Adults About Careers in the Sciences April 8, 2014Bryant Williams, Manager of Engineering Services for the Cook County Department of Environmental Control, attends community events to help educate high school and college students about the importance of and opportunities for careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math field. Williams directs the Demolition and Asbestos Removal inspection […]Christopher Lipman
- Cook County Annual Parks and Preserves Cleanup Day – April 26th April 2, 2014Join Cook County Forest Preserves and Department of Environmental Control at Whistler Woods on April 26th from 9 am to 2 pm for a morning cleanup followed by a celebration with fun activities including art making, nature hikes, bike repair, and more. Chicago Textile Recycling and Eworks will also be on hand all day to […]laura.oakleaf
- President Preckwinkle Highlights County’s Sustainability Programs, Policies March 28, 2014Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is marking the annual celebration of Earth Hour by highlighting sustainable, energy-efficient projects and initiatives that are high on her administration’s agenda. Chicago’s annual Earth Hour “lights out” ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow evening…more For more information on […]laura.oakleaf
- South Suburban College Earth Awareness Expo Featuring Pharmaceutical Take-Back and Electronics Recycling – April 9th March 25, 2014Join Cook County Department of Environmental Control at South Suburban College’s 4th Annual Earth Awareness Expo on April 9th. Bring your unused pharmaceuticals* and waste electronics to the South Suburban College campus, located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Additionally, the expo will feature presentations on sustain […]laura.oakleaf
- Radon Awareness Month January 28, 2014As part of Radon Action Month in January, the Cook County Department of Environmental Control and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency urge people throughout Cook County to test their homes for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has been found in nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes tested. You can receive more information or […]laura.oakleaf
- President Preckwinkle Receives Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Leadership Award January 17, 2014At their Midwest Energy Solutions Conference held in Chicago on January 15th, the MEEA gave their 2014 Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle. The award highlights President Preckwinkle’s initiatives to establish Cook County as a world-class model of sustainability. (more)laura.oakleaf
- New Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance Gets County Board Approval January 16, 2014President Preckwinkle Applauds Outreach to Various Stakeholders After months of collaboration and input from community and government organizations, the solid waste industry, and environmental advocacy groups, the Cook County Board Wednesday approved a Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance (SWRO) that will give the County significant new tools to protect the e […]laura.oakleaf
- America Recycles Day, November 15th 2013 November 13, 2013This Friday, November 15th is America Recycles Day. Visit the America Recycles Day website to learn more about the benefits of recycling, how you can recycle more, and events taking place in your community. Although you may recycle bottles, cans and paper at home, did you know that there are […]laura.oakleaf
- Cook County Air Pollution Monitoring – Particulate Matter April 17, 2014
A Message from the President
I believe that Cook County should be a world-class model of sustainability. We are working not only to boost sustainability practices throughout County government, but also to join forces with local governments, nonprofits and business, to accomplish more than we could separately in making each of Cook County’s communities sustainable. To further this work, I appointed Deborah Stone as the County’s first Chief Sustainability Officer, and as Director of the Department of Environmental Control. I also recognize that Cook County needs to share ideas and collaborate with a diverse group of community leaders and sustainability experts. In March 2012, I appointed the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council to help lift our vision higher and give us access to best practices. You can meet the Council members and read more about their mission in the “Advisory Council” section of this website. Toni Preckwinkle,Cook County Board President
What is Sustainability?
" Ensuring that there is enough for today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs."Deborah StoneChief Sustainability Officer, Cook County Government
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