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- Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Approved at Cook County Board Meeting July 24, 2014The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance that will continue the County’s advancement of its Green initiatives. “I believe that Cook County should be a world-class model of sustainability,” stated President Preckwinkle. “The passage and implementation of this ordinance is a major step towards realizing our goal.laura.oakleaf
- Cook County Receives U.S. EPA Brownfields Grant May 29, 2014The Cook County Department of Environmental Control has received a 2014 US Environmental Protection Agency Brownfields Assessment Grant. Cook County, along with seven municipal partners (Bellwood, Forest Park, Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Maywood, Northlake, and Schiller Park) received $600,000 (the maximum award allowed) to assist in the environmental assChristopher Lipman
- 2014 Earth Day Celebration at Deer Grove Forest Preserve in Palatine April 22, 2014Join us Saturday, April 26th from 9:30 to 2:30 for a day of ecological restoration, educational tours, guest speakers, demonstrations, activites, and special guest speaker Deborah Stone, Cook County’s Chief Sustainability Officer. Bring the whole Family! Free lunch at noon for all participants. We are working to bring healthy nature back to the Deer Grove FChristopher Lipman
- 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 ailmeChristopher 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 inspectionChristopher 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 sustainlaura.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
- Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Approved at Cook County Board Meeting July 24, 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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