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Now more than ever, local government has a crucial role in sustainability and promoting green practices. The annual sustainability report highlights the County’s sustainability work in both our own operations and in the communities we work with every day.
At Cook County we are working to make sure that:
- Local action is effective. Cook County has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions from our buildings by 32 percent since I took office in 2010. In only a few short years, we are already exceeding our goals.
- Local action is efficient. Our energy reductions over seven years saved Cook County taxpayers more than $6.8 million dollars.
- Local action is equitable. Every resident of Cook County should have the benefits of a clean environment, no matter their income or where they live. That’s why we are taking action to make all of our communities more sustainable, resilient and healthy.
You can find the full report here. Sustainability Report 2018 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
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