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- 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 Co-hosts Workshop on Economic Revitalization through Brownfields November 5, 2013On October 30, Cook County co-hosted an event to share resources, technical assistance and funding opportunities surrounding Brownfields redevelopment. Learn more about the conference at the Department of Economic Development’s site here.laura.oakleaf
- Cook County Breaks New Ground With Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance October 23, 2013In early September the Huffington Post published an article titled Rethink, Recycle, Rebuild: How Deconstructing a Home Makes Environmental and Economic Sense, about the environmental and economic incentives of recycling and salvaging building material. The Post’s article highlights that 75-90 percent of materials in all homes can be reused or recycled and a […]deborah.stone
- Electronics Recycling – its the law! October 23, 2013On January 1, 2012 it became illegal to dispose of electronic products in your regular trash. Fortunately there are several outlets in Cook County to drop off unwanted electronic products. This video provides additional information on Illinois’ electronics landfill ban as well as resources to help you find a location to drop off those old […]laura.oakleaf
- Deborah Stone Discusses Proposed Cook County Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance on the Mike Nowak Show October 8, 2013At the September 1tth Cook County Board meeting President Preckwinkle introduced the Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance. Deborah Stone, Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of the Cook County Department of Environmental Control, explains the proposed ordinance which has the goal of increasing recycling, prosecuting fly-dumping and building more sustai […]laura.oakleaf
- Pharmaceutical Drop-off Now Available at all City of Chicago Police Stations October 3, 2013 laura.oakleaf
- Cook County has been Nominated for the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards September 13, 2013Cook County has been selected as one of the Top 100 nominees for the 2013 Chicago Innovation Awards. This nomination recognizes the County’s innovative steps to reduce energy costs and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The County’s submission focused on the Guaranteed Energy Performance Contracting (GEPC) project. In June 2012, the county’s Office of Capital [.. […]laura.oakleaf
- Radon Awareness Month January 28, 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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