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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 […]

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The U.S. Department of Energy, through its Solar Market Pathways initiative, has awarded Cook County a grant to analyze the potential of community solar. A key goal is to develop five to seven demonstration sites for community solar.

Cook County is seeking rooftop and vacant land properties to potentially serve as host sites […]

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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 […]

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 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 […]

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Illinois Partners for Clean Air has launched the Shoot for the Skies PSA Video Contest for Chicago area high school students in the Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Grundy, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry and Will. Students currently enrolled in grades 9-12 (public, private or home school) are invited to write, direct and produce […]

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Cook County tracks and measures several air pollutants through an air monitoring network situated throughout the County.  Particulate Matter (PM) is a pollutant consisting of microscopic particles that can enter the body if inhaled.  These fine particles also contribute to haze in many parts of the United States, often in urban areas such as […]

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Cook County tracks and measures several air pollutants through an air monitoring network situated throughout the County.  One measured pollutant, ozone, can have serious health implications including shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing, eye and nose irritation. It can be especially dangerous to the elderly, children, people with chronic respiratory ailments (especially asthma), and even […]

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Radon Awareness Month

On January 28, 2014 By

As part of Radon Action Month in January, the Cook County Department of Environmental Control and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency urge people throughout Cook County to test their homes for radon, a cancer-causing radioactive gas that has been found in nearly 40 percent of Illinois homes tested.

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At their Midwest Energy Solutions Conference held in Chicago on January 15th, the MEEA gave  their  2014 Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award to Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle.  The award highlights President Preckwinkle’s initiatives to establish Cook County as a  world-class model of sustainability. (more)

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Cook County is opening up its data sources and this  transparency is resulting in some new and innovative partnerships. As a part of Big Data Week, a group of data scientists competed to build the best local early warning systems to accurately predict dangerous levels of air pollution.  Using data  provided by Cook County, the participants […]

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