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The Cook County Board earlier this month approved a resolution recognizing Earth Day, calling attention to the significant progress the County has made in decreasing its greenhouse gas emissions and utility costs. The resolution also highlighted the work the Forest Preserves staff and volunteers do every day to protect and preserve the 70,000 acres of protected natural space within the Forest Preserves of Cook County.
- Cook County is celebrating Earth Day, which is April 22nd, throughout the week. Here are some of the events Cook County is participating in: The Department of Environmental Control will provide information in the lobby of 69 W. Washington St. on Thursday, April 20 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and in the lobby of 118 N. Clark St. on Friday, April 21 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Cook County residents and employees can learn how to save energy at work and at home, as well as receive free home radon testing kits and drop off batteries and cell phones for recycling
- The Department of Environmental Control will be providing information about ways to save energy at home, information about radon awareness and free home radon testing kits at two events in suburban Cook County during Earth Week. They are:
- The Forest Preserves will be hosting various Earth Day celebrations on Saturday, April 22. Some events include a preserve clean up at Kickapoo Woods, a family-friendly bird walk at Orland Grasslands, restoration work day at River Trail Nature Center and Earth Day nature play at Crabtree Nature Center. A full list can be found on their website.
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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