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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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At the September 1tth Cook County Board meeting President Preckwinkle introduced the Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance.  Deborah Stone, Chief Sustainability Officer and Director of the Cook County Department of Environmental Control, explains the proposed ordinance which has the goal of increasing recycling, prosecuting fly-dumping and building more sustainable ways to deal with waste in suburban Cook […]

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