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Cook County is a leader in building material reuse. Its landmark Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance mandated recycling and reuse of demolition debris to reduce landfilled material, promote safety and environmental quality and build the nascent building material reuse economy. Cook County asked the Delta Institute to do a market analysis of opportunities to further these […]Click here for more →
On October 27, 2016 By laura.oakleaf
It’s National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week and this year’s theme focuses on the ways parents can reduce exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects on children.
To find out how you can protect your family, visit EPA’s lead website or Cook County Public Health’s lead prevention programs website.Click here for more →
Want to save money on your electric bill? Join Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, Riverside Township, Citizens Utility Board (CUB) and Elevate Energy to learn about ways 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 […]Click here for more →
On October 24, 2016 By laura.oakleaf
Want to save money on your electric bill? Join Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, Park Forest Public Library and Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to learn about ways 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. […]Click here for more →
Want to save money on your electric bill? Join Cook County’s Department of Environmental Control, Schaumburg Township and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) to learn about ways 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 […]Click here for more →
On October 5, 2016 By laura.oakleaf
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, […]Click here for more →
On August 26, 2016 By laura.oakleaf
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 […]Click here for more →
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 →
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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