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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke in front of elected officials, environmental leaders and enthusiastic volunteers at Earth Day Rally Chicago 2016. “I believe that Cook County should be a world class model of sustainability,” she declared. “We think big. I set a goal to reduce the County’s harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050. We’ve invested in energy efficiency projects to reduce energy use in three-quarters of the County’s buildings. Our Forest Preserves created the 21st Century Conservation Plan, which commits to restoring 30,000 acres of natural habitat and acquiring another 21,000 acres.”
“We are working with partners to expand opportunities for community solar, so residents can join together to reap the benefits of solar energy systems they might not be able to afford on their own. We’re helping West Suburban communities get contaminated brownfields back on the tax rolls, providing jobs. And we have one of the most progressive ordinances in the U.S. to make sure building materials from demolitions are reused or recycled.
“But we are not done. Our call to action is ongoing. We must do even more.”
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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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