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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today that Provident Hospital has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification status, an important environmental rating given to eco-friendly buildings that meet rigorous sustainability standards.
Provident Hospital is now a more sustainable facility that will operate with lower energy costs. Construction to the building enabled reduced energy and water usage and implemented stricter recycling procedures and practices. Cook County also installed high efficiency air filters and used significant amounts of recycled materials in construction.
“This is a welcome recognition for an important Cook County institution,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “As Provident becomes more environmentally friendly and sustainable, the financial health of the hospital improves. This is a good thing for the residents who depend on the vital services Provident Hospital provides.”
County officials also utilized white roofing to help lower energy costs and mechanical systems within the hospital are designed to perform more efficiently. Provident Hospital is also now equipped with electronic fueling stations for hybrid vehicles.
In 2002, Cook County became the first governmental agency in Illinois to require all new construction to be LEED-certified. The announcement comes as capital improvement projects are underway throughout Cook County with the goal of achieving LEED certification.
Provident Hospital, located in the City of Chicago’s south side, was one of the first hospitals founded by African-Americans. It was established in 1891 and acquired by Cook County in 1990.
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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