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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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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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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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President Preckwinkle Applauds Outreach to Various Stakeholders

After months of collaboration and input from community and government organizations, the solid waste industry, and environmental advocacy groups, the Cook County Board Wednesday approved a Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance (SWRO) that will give the County significant new tools to protect the environment.

The SWRO […]

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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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