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One of the best parts of the holidays are the decorative lights that adorn our homes, but those twinkly lights can come at a price. Holiday lighting in the United States alone uses enough electricity to power 200,000 homes for up to a year. If all the decorative […]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 →
The Cook County Department of Environmental Control will present a free Lunch & Learn Series.
Bring your electric bill, enjoy light refreshments and learn about:
New programs to save money and energy with your Smart Meter Home weatherization and energy efficiency programs Rebates and freebies on in-home devices and appliances How to spot issues or mischarges […]Click here for more →
Cook County is doing its part to help stem climate change.
The county is exceeding its target for reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions from its buildings, the County’s 2015 Sustainability Report shows.
The County’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions have decreased by 11 percent since they were measured in 2010, an achievement that surpasses its target of […]Click here for more →
Cook County’s award-winning Demolition Debris Diversion Ordinance was discussed by a group of architects, interior designers and reuse specialists on November 11. Hosted by DIRTT Environmental Solutions, the panel featured Cook County’s Sustainability Officer Deborah Stone; DIRTT’s Calgary-based sustainability leader Andrée Iffrig; Andrew Balster, an architect and executive director of nonprofit ARCHEWORKS, a Chicago-based, multidisciplinary, […]Click here for more →
On October 19, 2015 By laura.oakleaf
Cook County is participating in a pilot program to test and develop new ways to save energy.
The pilot project, called Combined Capacity Asset Performance Project, is a collaboration of Environmental Defense Fund , The Accelerate Group, Citizens Utility Board and PJM Interconnection. It will show how strategically combining resources can […]Click here for more →
Join Cook County and hundreds of millions of people around the world by turning off your lights to commemorate Earth Hour on March 28th from 8:30 to 9:30. Want to do more to reduce your carbon footprint? Click here for 27 Ways To Celebrate Earth Hour. Visit the Word Wildlife Fund for more […]Click here for more →
The award was presented in May by the National Association of Counties in recognition of Cook County’s successful efforts to significantly reduce energy consumption. The county won in the category of “Environmental Protection and Energy” […]Click here for more →
On April 19, 2012 By admin
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 […]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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