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On October 5, 2012 By laura.oakleaf
Cook County’s Solid Waste Management Plan Update, approved earlier this year, tasks the County with continuing to decrease the amount of waste we are sending to landfills. As a part of this effort, The Cook County Department of Environmental Control has partnered with other counties in the region, […]Click here for more →
On September 4, 2012 By laura.oakleaf
Cook County Residents can help the environment by keeping unused medications out of the waste stream. The EPA has asked people not to flush old medications, as trace elements have been found in groundwater. Each year, close to 5,000 tons of pharmaceutical and personal care products enter the waste stream. Many survive water […]Click here for more →
On August 16, 2012 By laura.oakleaf
Cook County Residents can help the environment by keeping unused medications out of the waste stream. The EPA has asked people not to flush old medications, as trace elements have been found in groundwater. Each year, close to 5,000 tons of pharmaceutical and personal care products enter the waste stream. Many survive water treatment processes […]Click here for more →
Cook County is opening up its data sources and this transparency is resulting in some new and innovative partnerships. As a part of Big Data Week, a group of data scientists competed to build the best local early warning systems to accurately predict dangerous levels of air pollution. Using data provided by Cook County, the participants […]Click here for more →
Earlier this year, the Cook County Board approved an ambitious zero waste goal in the Solid Waste Plan Update. The Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance that was passed July 24th gets us one step closer to attaining that goal.
A key recommendation of the solid waste plan was to address […]Click here for more →
On July 19, 2012 By laura.oakleaf
250 S. Route 59
Bartlett, IL 60103
Saturday August 4, 2012
8AM to 1PM
Who can come to the event? Is there a fee?
Any residents of Illinois can drop off their medications, E-waste, and other recyclables (click on […]Click here for more →
Bald Eagles come to Cook County: The five million residents of Cook County have new, celebrity neighbors – a family of American Bald Eagles nesting in a cottonwood tree on Cook County Forest Preserve District property in southwest suburban Palos Township. Officials from the district and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have […]Click here for more →
The award was presented in May by the National Association of Counties in recognition of Cook County’s successful efforts to significantly reduce energy consumption. The county won in the category of “Environmental Protection and Energy” […]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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