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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle gathered with elected officials and leaders from the Shedd Aquarium, the Alliance for the Great Lakes and the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC), to announce a joint resolution to fight in 2018 against plastic pollution in local waterways. The commitment aligns with a new federal law banning the sale and manufacture of personal care products containing plastic microbeads set to be implemented this year.
“There’s still much to be done to protect our waterways from further plastic pollution,” President Preckwinkle said. Joining together, taking action today, we can make a difference and keep Lake Michigan healthy and vibrant and make an overall positive impact on our environment.”
About 22 million pounds of plastic including straws, drink lids and single-use plastic bags flow into the Great Lakes each year, according to the IEC. Plastic accounts for about 80 percent of litter on the Great Lakes’ shorelines. True solutions focus on reducing the sources of plastic pollution. Small actions can turn into big solutions for challenges facing our Great Lakes and oceans.
As these Great Lake Leaders resolve to reduce plastic pollution they are also calling on elected officials, businesses and residents to join them in a New Year’s resolution to pass on plastic whenever possible and help reduce plastic pollution in the Great Lakes.
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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