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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 November 6, 2015 By Christopher Lipman
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 […]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 →
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 […]Click here for more →
On March 28, 2014 By laura.oakleaf
Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle is marking the annual celebration of Earth Hour by highlighting sustainable, energy-efficient projects and initiatives that are high on her administration’s agenda.
Chicago’s annual Earth Hour “lights out” ceremony is scheduled for tomorrow evening…more
For more information on […]Click here for more →
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)Click here for more →
On November 5, 2013 By laura.oakleaf
Green Buildings are important to the County’s sustainability efforts. They improve the county’s operational efficiency. And they provide real life examples of energy efficiency and new green technologies to other governments and businesses.
In 2002, Cook County became the first government in Illinois to pass a green building ordinance, requiring all new County buildings 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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