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On June 17, 2020 By Sarah Edwards
After exceeding last year’s goals with more than 120 properties committed to installing solar, the Solarize Chicagoland program kicks off this week for residents in Cook County.
For the second year in a row, Cook County is co-sponsoring Solarize Chicagoland, a program aimed at making solar more affordable and easier to attain for […]Click here for more →
CCDES is a member of the Illinois Recycling Contamination Task Force, a group that addresses pressing recycling issues throughout the state. To answer specific recycling questions, the task force has launched the Dirty Dozen Campaign. Each month, a different recycling issue will be addressed. This month, we are exploring biohazardous materials.
There is a lot of […]Click here for more →
America Recycles Day, an initiative from Keep America Beautiful, offers a great moment for reflection and change regarding our recycling habits. Here in Cook County, the typical household recycles 1.9 lbs per day with 8.2 lbs of trash going to the landfill. Over a year, that amounts to the weight of a giraffe […]Click here for more →
On January 22, 2019 By laura.oakleaf
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Cook County and the Forest Preserves of Cook County are stepping up the fight against climate change.Click here for more →
On January 22, 2019 By laura.oakleaf
Now more than ever, local government has a crucial role in sustainability and promoting green practices. The annual sustainability report highlights the County’s sustainability work in both our own operations and in the communities we work with every day.
At Cook County we are working to make sure that:
Local action is effective. […]Click here for more →
As you prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday and all of the food preparation and entertaining that comes with it, we have compiled a few tips to help save you money and energy while you prepare your turkey dinner. Approximately 15 percent of energy used in the average American home is used in the kitchen—most of […]Click here for more →
On August 30, 2018 By laura.oakleaf
The Cook County Bureau of Asset Management and Department of Environment and Sustainability invite you to join us at the Cook County Green Fair! The fair is on Saturday, September 22, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the County Courthouse parking lot in Bridgeview (10220 S 76th Ave.). Activities include […]Click here for more →
As we are in the midst of the hot summer season, make sure that you are doing all you can to keep your home comfortable and cool, while also saving yourself money and energy.
Set your thermostat to higher temperature while you are away from your home. Use a programmable thermostat to set back the […]Click here for more →
An update to the Suburban Cook County Solid Waste Management Plan was introduced to the Cook County board on June 6. The Solid Waste Management Plan Update 2018 is available for review and comments may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by July 11 .
The plan will help set priorities to […]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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