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Cook County is the new champion of the kilowatt-crushing “Battle of the Bulbs” competition, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today.
The energy reduction challenge pitted the Cook County Building against the City of Chicago City Hall. While the buildings are connected, they have separate addresses, HVAC systems and fire alarm systems. The goal of the competition was to reduce electricity use, thereby conserving the environment and reducing electrical bills—a goal all taxpayers can support. Monitoring took place between October 1, 2011 and February 28, 2012.
The county and the city each implemented energy cost-saving measures to decrease electrical usage. ComEd was the designated “independent judge” of the contest, and provided both Chicago and Cook County with electrical usage figures on a monthly basis. The usage was then compared to the same time period from the previous year. Overall the county came out the winner with $65,118 in savings. The city? $21,940.
“The real winner of the competition was taxpayers and the environment,” President Preckwinkle said. “During Earth Week I’m proud to announce the excellent progress we’ve made cutting our energy costs across the board. We’re grateful that ComEd has helped the county identify energy-saving measures, saving us more than $1 million in electricity costs last year. Environmental sustainability is a daily goal of my administration, and contests like Battle of the Bulbs encourage all of our employees to participate and contribute toward creating a healthier, eco-friendly workplace.”
The final results of the bulb battle showed the county had a higher percentage of energy reduction in October, November, December and January, while the city had a higher percentage of energy reduction in February. But the light’s not out yet – the Battle of the Bulbs rages on.
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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