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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 →
As part of the second annual national Energy Efficiency Day on October 5th, we want to share with you easy ways to make your home and office more energy efficient.
Read a more encompassing list from Department of Energy here: https://energy.gov/eere/femp/home-energy-checklist
Read a more encompassing list from Department of […]Click here for more →
Fall means changing leaves, apple and pumpkin picking seasons, shorter daylight hours and lower temperatures. It’s also the perfect time to assess how to make your home more energy efficient before the freezing temperatures arrive. Here are a few recommendations on how to do so:
The heating season is here
Now is the […]Click here for more →
Want to save money on your utility bills? Join Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, Citizens Utility Board (CUB), Elevate Energy and Schaumburg Township for an informative presentation about ways to save money and energy with energy efficiency and smart meter programs. Experts will also discuss rebated and free in-home devices and appliances. Please […]Click here for more →
Want to save money on your utility bills? Join Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, 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 also discuss rebated and free in-home devices and appliances. Please come […]Click here for more →
On April 25, 2017 By laura.oakleaf
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke about the importance of local action on the environment to an enthusiastic crowd on April 21st, at the Rally for the Planet sponsored by the Environmental Law and Policy Center, Sierra Club, and Faith in Place among others. She told the crowd:
Local action is more important now […]Click here for more →
Want to save money on your electric bill? Throughout the month of May, Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, 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 bill to […]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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