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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 […]Click here for more →
On April 2, 2014 By laura.oakleaf
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 […]Click here for more →
On March 28, 2014 By laura.oakleaf
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 […]Click here for more →
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)Click here for more →
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 […]Click here for more →
On November 5, 2013 By laura.oakleaf
On October 23, 2013 By deborah.stone
In early September the Huffington Post published an article titled Rethink, Recycle, Rebuild: How Deconstructing a Home Makes Environmental and Economic Sense, about the environmental and economic incentives of recycling and salvaging building material. The Post’s article highlights that 75-90 percent of materials in all homes can be reused or recycled and also states […]Click here for more →
On January 1, 2012 it became illegal to dispose of electronic products in your regular trash. Fortunately there are several outlets in Cook County to drop off unwanted electronic products. This video provides additional information on Illinois’ electronics landfill ban as well as resources to help you find a location to drop off those old […]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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