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Cook County thinks big about sustainability. The Cook County Green Leadership Team, chaired by President Preckwinkle’s Chief of Staff, set a goal to reduce the County’s harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050 as a meaningful way to fight climate change. We have invested in efficiency projects to reduce energy use in three-quarters of the County’s buildings. The Dunne Administration Building at 69 W. Washington received GOLD LEED certification last year, in large part due to more efficient use of energy. From 2010 through 2015, Cook County achieved an actual decrease in GHG emissions from building energy of 25 percent, more than twice our annual target.Our latest news: we are reducing energy use at our suburban courthouses and highway facilities by 50%.
The full report can be found here: Sustainability Report 2017_final
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
Contact UsCook County Chief Sustainability Officer
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Chicago, IL 60602
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