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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 →
The Cook County Board earlier this month approved a resolution recognizing Earth Day, calling attention to the significant progress the County has made in decreasing its greenhouse gas emissions and utility costs. The resolution also highlighted the work the Forest Preserves staff and volunteers do every day to protect and preserve the 70,000 acres […]Click here for more →
On April 17, 2017 By laura.oakleaf
Time is running out to take advantage of ComEd’s Peak Time Savings program, a feature of newly installed smart meters.
The deadline to enroll for ComEd’s Peak Time Savings program is April 30th. The program rewards customers who reduce their electricity usage when costs and demand are high, typically when air conditioners are […]Click here for more →
On April 13, 2017 By laura.oakleaf
Did you make energy efficiency improvements to your home in 2016? You may be eligible for a federal tax credit that expired on December 31, 2016. Eligible improvements include building envelope improvements, such as upgraded building insulation; exterior doors; windows or roofs, as well as new high-efficiency heating, cooling and […]Click here for more →
On March 20, 2017 By laura.oakleaf
Happy first week of spring! As we say goodbye to the cold winter temperatures and transition to warmer weather, it’s a great time to think about ways you save energy and money in your home during the spring and summer months.
Landscaping can help keep your home cool – Creating shade for your […]Click here for more →
Cook County will turn off its non-essential lights March 25 to commemorate Earth Hour and call attention to climate change. The Cook County Department of Facilities Management will save energy – and send a message about the role all of us can play in cutting harmful greenhouse gas emissions – by turning […]Click here for more →
January is Radon Awareness Month and the Cook County Department of Environmental Control reminds you to be aware of the health risks of radon. Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas that comes from the radioactive decay of naturally occurring uranium in the soil. It can enter homes and buildings through small […]Click here for more →
On January 6, 2017 By laura.oakleaf
For the third year in a row, Cook County has exceeded its greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) reduction goals, the County’s Annual Sustainability Report shows.
GHGs from County buildings have decreased by 22 percent since they were calculated in 2010, an achievement that surpasses […]Click here for more →
The temperature outside is frosty, but your home shouldn’t be. Consider weatherizing your home in order to save energy and money and to keep your home toasty. Weatherization focuses on finding the small leaks and holes in your home’s building envelope (otherwise known as the separation of the interior from the exterior of your home) […]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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