Posts by: laura.oakleaf

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Cook County and the Forest Preserves of Cook County are stepping up the fight against climate change.

Resolutions (Cook County Board and Forest Preserves of Cook County) introduced this week set the ambitious goal of making all County government buildings and other operations carbon neutral by […]

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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. […]

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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 […]

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Weatherizing Your Home

On November 30, 2018 By

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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Recycling Guidelines

On November 14, 2018 By

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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