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Green Buildings are important to the County’s sustainability efforts.  They improve the county’s operational efficiency.  And they provide real life examples of energy efficiency and new green technologies to other governments and businesses.

In 2002, Cook County became the first government in Illinois to pass a green building ordinance, requiring all new County buildings to […]

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In furtherance of the administration’s sustainability goals, Cook County’s Clean Diesel Program has been awarded $633,135 in grants to install pollution control equipment on some of its heavy-duty diesel vehicles, President Preckwinkle announced today.

The county’s Clean Diesel Program will use the funds to retrofit 43 vehicles with tailpipe technology that will reduce carbon dioxide […]

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today that Provident Hospital has been awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Silver certification status, an important environmental rating given to eco-friendly buildings that meet rigorous sustainability standards.

Provident Hospital is now a more sustainable facility that will operate with lower energy costs. Construction to the […]

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Cook County is the new champion of the kilowatt-crushing “Battle of the Bulbs” competition, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced today.

The energy reduction challenge pitted the Cook County Building against the City of Chicago City Hall. While the buildings are connected, they have separate addresses, HVAC systems and fire alarm systems. The […]

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In furtherance of the administration’s sustainability goals, Cook County’s Clean Diesel Program has been awarded $633,135 in grants to install pollution control equipment on some of its heavy-duty diesel vehicles, President Preckwinkle announced today.

The county’s Clean Diesel Program will use the funds to retrofit 43 vehicles with tailpipe technology that will reduce carbon […]

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With a nod toward Earth Week, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Tuesday that an energy efficiency audit project promoting sustainability will achieve $2 million in energy savings yearly for Cook County businesses, along with a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.

More than 150 companies identified considerable energy saving opportunities within their facilities […]

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It’s spring and it’s Earth Week!   In celebration, Cook County invites you to join us at one or more of these events:

April 16, 8 am-5 pm—South Suburban College Earth Day. (15800 S. State St., South Holland).  The Cook County Department of Environmental Control will host a Prescription Drug Give Back. The very […]

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today marked the completion of the Lynwood Wind Study Project, a unique partnership between the U.S. Department of Energy, Cook County and the Village of Lynwood that led to the construction of two different models of wind turbine and a data center.

The newly completed turbines will provide […]

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Today the Cook County Board approved President Preckwinkle’s Solid Waste Management Plan (SWMP) for suburban Cook County, the first plan generated in 12 years.  The SWMP outlines the county’s current level of waste generation, disposal and recycling, and makes recommendations for improvement.

President Preckwinkle’s 2012 Plan reimagines traditional solid waste planning.  Instead of focusing on […]

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From the March 26th edition of the Chicago Tribune:

Despite this month’s record-setting warm weather, pothole crews in the Chicago area are still mostly limited to using marginally effective cold-patch mixtures to repair roads until the hot-asphalt plants open for the construction season.

But there is one exception. The Cook County Highway Department is […]

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