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Cook County has recycled more than one million pounds of old documents, reports and miscellaneous paperwork in the last year-and-a-half, confronting a decades-old problem of records storage as well as generating savings and revenue for the County.

Over the past 18 months, the Records Management and County Salvage divisions of the County’s Bureau of Administration […]

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Illinois Partners for Clean Air has launched the Shoot for the Skies PSA Video Contest for Chicago area high school students in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. Students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 (public, private or home school) are invited to write, direct and produce […]

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Join Cook County Department of Environmental Control at Hanover Park’s Annual Recycling Event on September 27th from 9 am to 1 pm, rain or shine, at the Hanover Park Metra Station, 1975 W. Lake St..  Cook County will be collecting unused pharmaceuticals and over-the-counter medications as well as inhalers and mercury thermometers.  Hanover Park will […]

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Cook County is moving aggressively to advance President Toni Preckwinkle’s sustainability agenda through new and existing programs that reduce waste, decrease the County’s environmental footprint and make the County’s use of energy and water more efficient.

Preckwinkle’s Sustainability Advisory Council recently accepted a report summarizing progress made during the past year, as well as upcoming […]

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Solar at Home?

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The Cook County Board of Commissioners approved a Building Energy Benchmarking Ordinance that will continue the County’s advancement of its Green initiatives.

“I believe that Cook County should be a world-class model of sustainability,” stated President Preckwinkle. “The passage and implementation of this ordinance is a major step towards realizing our goal.”

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Cook County tracks and measures several air pollutants through an air monitoring network situated throughout the County.  Particulate Matter (PM) is a pollutant consisting of microscopic particles that can enter the body if inhaled.  These fine particles also contribute to haze in many parts of the United States, often in urban areas such as […]

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Cook County tracks and measures several air pollutants through an air monitoring network situated throughout the County.  One measured pollutant, ozone, can have serious health implications including shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, eye and nose irritation. It can be especially dangerous to the elderly, children, people with chronic respiratory ailments (especially asthma), and even […]

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Join Cook County Forest Preserves and Department of Environmental Control at Whistler Woods on April 26th from 9 am to 2 pm for a morning cleanup followed by a celebration with fun activities including art making, nature hikes, bike repair, and more.  Chicago Textile Recycling and Eworks will also be on hand all day to […]

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is marking the annual celebration of Earth Hour by highlighting sustainable, energy-efficient projects and initiatives that are high on her administration’s agenda. 

Chicago’s annual Earth Hour “lights out” ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow evening…more

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