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One of the best parts of the holidays are the decorative lights that adorn our homes, but those twinkly lights can come at a price. Holiday lighting in the United States alone uses enough electricity to power 200,000 homes for up to a year. If all the decorative […]Click here for more →
If you add up all the leaks, holes and gaps in your home’s building envelope, it would be the equivalent of having a window open every day of the year. Yikes! Consider weatherizing your home in order to save money and energy and to keep your home toasty. Weatherization focuses on finding the small leaks […]Click here for more →
On November 15, 2018 By laura.oakleaf
Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability is taking the opportunity to remind residents about ‘recycling right’ as part of America Recycles Day.
One in four items placed in recycling carts is not recyclable, according to the recycling industry. This increases contamination which slows down recycling sorting facilities, reduces prices received […]Click here for more →
On November 14, 2018 By laura.oakleaf
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle released her Policy Roadmap on November 15. The Roadmap is a strategic plan that sets the vision of the Offices under the President and outlines direction and key policy priorities for the next five years. It focuses on six broad policy areas (including criminal […]Click here for more →
As you prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday and all of the food preparation and entertaining that comes with it, we have compiled a few tips to help save you money and energy while you prepare your turkey dinner. Approximately 15 percent of energy used in the average American home is used in the kitchen—most of […]Click here for more →
On August 30, 2018 By laura.oakleaf
The Cook County Bureau of Asset Management and Department of Environment and Sustainability invite you to join us at the Cook County Green Fair! The fair is on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the County Courthouse parking lot in Bridgeview (10220 S 76th Ave.). Activities include […]Click here for more →
As we are in the midst of the hot summer season, make sure that you are doing all you can to keep your home comfortable and cool, while also saving yourself money and energy.
Set your thermostat to higher temperature while you are away from your home. Use a programmable thermostat to set back the […]Click here for more →
An update to the Suburban Cook County Solid Waste Management Plan was introduced to the Cook County board on June 6. The Solid Waste Management Plan Update 2018 is available for review and comments may be submitted to email@example.com by July 11 .
The plan will help set priorities to […]Click here for more →
On May 7, 2018 By laura.oakleaf
Smart meters are now installed throughout Cook County, making this a good time to make sure you are taking advantage of ComEd’s Peak Time Savings program.
The program rewards customers who reduce their electricity usage when costs and demand are high, typically when air conditioners are on, businesses are open and factories […]Click here for more →
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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