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As Illinois unlocks the value of community solar through the newly enacted Future Energy Jobs Act, local governments and site owners must have the tools to ensure that they can capture the full benefits of community solar. Cook County and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council hosted a free webinar on key considerations for site owners, municipalities and other stakeholders. Cook County Chief Sustainability Officer Deborah Stone provided an overview of tools and resources available. Brian Millberg, energy manager for the City of Minneapolis, outlined some key considerations for municipalities to keep in mind as they develop request for proposals (RFPs) for community solar projects. And Samantha Bluemer, energy conservation specialist with Will County, IL, discussed steps taken to prepare her community for solar development, including solar-ready zoning, stakeholder engagement and integrated planning efforts. This webinar was supported by the US Department of Energy. Listen: https://vimeo.com/242794940
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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