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Want to save money on your electric bill? Join Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, Niles Township and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to learn how to save money and energy with your smart meter, home weatherization and energy efficiency programs. Experts will also discuss rebated and free in-home devices and appliances.  Please come […]

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Matt Baker of Sustainable Chicago posted this blog (hyperlink  http://www.sustainable-chicago.com/2016/10/05/whats-the-potential-for-solar-power-in-your-backyard/ )in Sustainable Chicago on October 5, 2016.   This article highlights the work of Cook County and its partners in making the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy available to all County residents.

In 2015, Illinois added 11 MW of solar energy production, […]

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Residents across northern Illinois are eligible for significant rebates on smart thermostats that can cut in half the cost of the device. Smart thermostats are devices that connect to Wi-Fi and allow remote control of heating and air conditioning settings in homes through smart phones, tablets and computers.  They can help increase comfort, convenience and […]

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The building industry in the United States is responsible for an estimated 350 million tons of construction debris flowing into landfills per year. Beyond the environmental implications of this waste stream, the lost economic benefit is staggering.

Archeworks (a design school, research lab and think-tank based in Chicago) is leading a multi-year initiative to expand […]

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Public Meeting: West Suburban Cook County Brownfield Project
Maywood Council Chambers (125 S. 5th Ave., Maywood, IL)
Monday, August 22, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.

You are invited to attend a community meeting, co-hosted by the Cook County Department of Environmental Control and the Maywood Beautification Commission, on Monday, August 22nd, 2016 at 6:30 […]

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Cook County welcomes 2016 Environmental Defense Fund Fellow Kate M. Buczek. Environmental Defense Fund is a non-profit organization that works on finding cost effective solutions to environmental challenges. The EDF Climate Corps fellowship program matches organizations with highly trained graduate students from the nation’s leading universities to advance corporate energy initiatives. Since 2008, fellows have […]

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Hello, Community Leaders, Planners and Residents!

You are invited to attend a free brownfields workshop on September 15th that is being co-hosted by the Cook County Department of Environmental Control and the Technical Assistance to Brownfields (TAB) Program at Kansas State University. This workshop is designed to help communities gain a better understanding of […]

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The Cook County Department of Environmental Control is raising awareness about radon at these upcoming health fairs this summer:

July 15, 9am-11:30am
Village of Schaumburg Health and Safety Day
190 S. Roselle Road, Schaumburg

August 3, 9am-2pm
Berwyn Township Health and Fitness Fair
6600 W. 26th Street, Berwyn

Ozone at ground level is a harmful air pollutant because of its effects on people and the environment, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. It is the main ingredient in “smog.” Ground level or “bad” ozone is created by chemical reactions between oxides of nitrogen (NOx) and volatile organic compounds (VOC) in the presence […]

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Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle spoke in front of elected officials, environmental leaders and enthusiastic volunteers at Earth Day Rally Chicago 2016. “I believe that Cook County should be a world class model of sustainability,” she declared. “We think big. I set a goal to reduce the County’s harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 80 […]

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