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The Cook County Department of Environmental Control will participate in Northbrook’s Earth/Arbor Day event from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16 at the Northbrook Village Green, 1810 Walters Avenue in Northbrook.
The department will have information resources for residents, such as radon testing. The County will offer information on radon home testing and radon test kits* will be available for immediate sale for the low price of $7.00 each (Please bring a check or money order payable to Cook County Department of Environmental Control).
Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil. It can enter homes and buildings through small cracks in the foundation, sump pumps or soil in crawlspaces. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers and the second leading cause of lung cancer overall in the U.S. The Illinois Emergency Management Agency estimates nearly 1,200 Illinois citizens die from radon-related lung cancer each year and the Surgeon General estimates that radon may cause as many as 21,000 deaths in the U.S. annually. The Cook County Department of Environmental Control and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency urge people throughout Cook County to test their homes for radon. For more information on testing your home for radon please call (708) 865-6177 or visit here
For more Radon information visit IEMA’s radon page . For more information on the event, see the flier or visit Northbrook’s website.
*Please note that these kits are recommended for residential use. For testing schools and commercial spaces, please consult a measurement professional; see the list of available measurement professionals here http://www.illinois.gov/iema/NRS/Radon/Pages/Commercial.aspx
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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