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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 […]Click here for more →
On July 14, 2016 By laura.oakleaf
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 […]Click here for more →
On July 7, 2016 By laura.oakleaf
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 […]Click here for more →
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 […]Click here for more →
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 […]Click here for more →
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 […]Click here for more →
Cook County was the first governmental agency in Illinois to pass an energy initiative, with an ordinance requiring all new construction to be LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) certified by the US Green Building Council. LEED is a point-based rating system developed by the US Green Building Council which allows the owner to select […]Click here for more →
On April 14, 2016 By laura.oakleaf
Cook County has begun a $44.2 million building improvement project through a guaranteed energy savings agreement with NORESCO. The guaranteed energy savings agreement allows Cook County to make large-scale energy efficiency upgrades without having to invest a significant amount of capital. Upgrades are paid for through the savings they generate, and NORESCO guarantees […]Click here for more →
On April 1, 2016 By laura.oakleaf
The Cook County Department of Environmental Control will participate in Northbrook’s Earth/Arbor Day event from 9:00 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 16 at the Northbrook Village Green, 1810 Walters Avenue in Northbrook.
The department will have information resources for residents, such as radon testing. The County will offer information on radon home testing and radon […]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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