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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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Join Cook County Department of Environmental Control at South Suburban College’s 4th Annual Earth Awareness Expo on April 9th. Bring your unused pharmaceuticals* and waste electronics to the South Suburban College campus, located at 15800 S. State Street in South Holland, between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Additionally, the expo will feature presentations on sustainability by […]

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Radon Awareness Month

On January 28, 2014 By

As part of Radon Action Month in January, the Cook County Department of Environmental Control and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency urge people throughout Cook County to test their homes for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has been found in nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes tested.

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At their Midwest Energy Solutions Conference held in Chicago on January 15th, the MEEA gave  their  2014 Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle.  The award highlights President Preckwinkle’s initiatives to establish Cook County as a  world-class model of sustainability. (more)

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This Friday, November 15th is America Recycles Day.  Visit the America Recycles Day website to learn more about the benefits of recycling, how you can recycle more, and events taking place in your community.

Although you may recycle bottles, cans and paper at home, did you know that there are […]

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On October 30, Cook County co-hosted an event to share resources, technical assistance and funding opportunities surrounding Brownfields redevelopment.  Learn more about the conference at the Department of Economic Development’s site here.

 

 

 

 

 

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