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Happy first week of spring! It’s a great time to think about ways you save energy and money in your home as we say goodbye to the cold winter temperatures and transition to warmer weather, welcoming spring with open arms.
· Landscaping can help keep your home cool – Creating shade for […]Click here for more →
On March 12, 2018 By laura.oakleaf
Want to save money on your utility bills? Join Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability, Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Elevate Energy to learn about ways to save money and energy with your smart meter, home weatherization and energy efficiency programs. Experts will discuss rebated and free in-home devices and appliances. […]Click here for more →
On January 24, 2018 By laura.oakleaf
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 […]Click here for more →
On January 8, 2018 By laura.oakleaf
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 […]Click here for more →
On January 2, 2018 By laura.oakleaf
A new year is a great time to think about easy ways you can save energy in your home and save on your utility bills at the same time. Start with considering weatherization for your home to save energy and money and to keep your home toasty during this winter season. Weatherization focuses on finding […]Click here for more →
Want to save money on your utility bills? Throughout the month of January, Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability, Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Elevate Energy will be holding informative presentations about ways to save money and energy with smart meter and energy efficiency programs. Experts will also help you better understand your […]Click here for more →
Holiday decorations make this time of year a treat, but those twinkly lights 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 lights sold in the US this year were ENERGY STAR® certified, the energy cost […]Click here for more →
As Illinois unlocks the value of community solar through the newly enacted Future Energy Jobs Act, local governments and site owners must have the tools to ensure that they can capture the full benefits of community solar. Cook County and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council hosted a free webinar on key considerations for […]Click here for more →
On November 14, 2017 By laura.oakleaf
On November 2nd, Cook County, Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, the US Environmental Protection Agency and Kansas State University/Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) co-hosted the Economic Revitalization through Brownfields: Strategies and Free Resources workshop. Over 40 people attended to learn about the resources available for a successful redevelopment of […]Click here for more →
On October 30, 2017 By laura.oakleaf
Beware of energy vampires lurking in your home this Halloween season (and all year round)! They are the appliances and electronics that are plugged in and suck power from the electrical outlets when you aren’t using them — leaving you to still pay for that electric use. Some of the biggest offenders […]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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