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On June 30th, in the partnership with the United States Environmental Protection Agency Region 5 Municipal and Industrial Materials Section, the Cook County Department of Environmental Control hosted half-day workshop on building material reuse. The purpose of this workshop was to brainstorm barriers to the expansion of the use of salvaged and reclaimed building materials […]Click here for more →
On June 16, 2015 By laura.oakleaf
On June 6 The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) hosted its annual urban sustainability apps competition. The Competition’s goal is to foster the development of apps which make neighborhoods smarter, greener and more affordable.
At this three-day event eight teams of community activists and app developers work together to build […]Click here for more →
Join Cook County Department of Environmental Control at River Grove Lions Club’s Annual Community Shredding Day. Bring your papers to be shredded, unused pharmaceuticals*, used electronics, hearing aids, eye glasses, American flags, and used tires to American Legion Recreation Center, located at 8664 Grand Avenue in River Grove, between 8 a.m. and noon. The River Grove Fire and […]Click here for more →
Please join the USEPA Region V Municipal and Industrial Materials Section and Cook County Department of Environmental Control at this workshop to discuss how salvaged building materials are being used now and to help expand the use of salvaged building materials in construction and redevelopment.
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On April 17, 2015 By laura.oakleaf
The Cook County Department of Environmental Control will participate in Northbrook’s Earth & Arbor Day event on Saturday April 25 at the Northbrook Village Green (1810 Walters Avenue, Northbrook, Illinois 60062), 9:00 a.m. to noon. The department will have information on resources available to residents, including radon awareness and testing. The County will offer […]Click here for more →
Join Cook County Department of Environmental Control at South Suburban College’s Annual Earth Awareness Day on April 28th. Bring your unused pharmaceuticals*, used electronics, cell phones, eye glasses, books, and plastic bags to the South Suburban College campus, located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Sustainability presentations will be given […]Click here for more →
Join Cook County and hundreds of millions of people around the world by turning off your lights to commemorate Earth Hour on March 28th from 8:30 to 9:30. Want to do more to reduce your carbon footprint? Click here for 27 Ways To Celebrate Earth Hour. Visit the Word Wildlife Fund for more […]Click here for more →
Cook County’s Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance has allowed the County to recycle or reuse 90% of building materials from demolitions and renovations, keeping them out of landfills, reclaiming valuable […]Click here for more →
The Cook County Department of Environmental Control will receive a federal cooperative award of $1.2 million to help bring “community shared” solar power in the region.
The “Solar Market Pathways” project was one of 15 awarded nationally as part of the U.S Department of Energy SunShot Initiative. Application for […]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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