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President Preckwinkle Receives Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Leadership Award

By at January 17, 2014 | 11:14 am | 0 Comment

President Preckwinkle Receives Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) Leadership Award

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. Her administration has worked to boost energy efficiency more...

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New Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance Gets County Board Approval

By at January 15, 2014 | 4:33 pm | 1 Comments

New Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance Gets County Board Approval

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 will grant Cook County the ability to increase more...

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Proposed Changes to Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance Would Give County New Tools to Protect the Environment

By at September 12, 2013 | 9:32 am | 0 Comment

Proposed Changes to Solid Waste and Recycling Ordinance Would Give County New Tools to Protect the Environment

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today introduced an ordinance that would give Cook County significant new tools and information to increase recycling, prosecute fly-dumping and reduce thefts of metal and other valuable materials from public and private property. Overall, the proposed ordinance contains provisions designed to protect public health and more...

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Air Pollution Action Day Alert Issued for Tuesday, August 20th

By at August 20, 2013 | 9:18 am | 0 Comment

Air Pollution Action Day Alert Issued for Tuesday, August 20th

The Illinois Partners for Clean Air and Illinois Environmental Protection Agency have issued an Air Pollution Action Day Alert to individuals and businesses in the Chicago Metropolitan area.  Air pollution levels are expected to reach the “Orange” or “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” category on the national Air Quality Index on Tuesday, August 20th.  This will more...

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Field Museum CEO Updates President Preckwinkle On How a County Energy Savings Grant Will Help Them Save Up to $400k

By at August 5, 2013 | 2:41 pm | 0 Comment

Field Museum CEO Updates President Preckwinkle On How a County Energy Savings Grant Will Help Them Save Up to $400k

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle recently got a first-hand look at how a $25,000 energy savings grant from Cook County has helped benefit The Field Museum. Using Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds from the U.S. Department of Energy, the County’s Department of Environmental Control engaged the Delta Institute this past April to perform more...

Economic Development , Environmental , Featured News , President's Office

Energy Efficiency Upgrades in 33 Cook County-Owned Buildings Have Saved Taxpayers $3 Million

By at June 25, 2013 | 1:50 pm | 1 Comments

Energy Efficiency Upgrades in 33 Cook County-Owned Buildings Have Saved Taxpayers $3 Million

An energy use analysis of 33 Cook County municipal buildings shows that low- and no-cost energy efficiency upgrades have  reduced overall energy use by 11 percent in these buildings since 2010, saving taxpayers an estimated $3 million over the past three years. CNT Energy completed the energy use “benchmarking” effort for the County and analyzed more than 4.5 more...

Environmental , President's Office

The Greening of Cook County

By at June 20, 2013 | 9:53 am | 1 Comments

The Greening of Cook County

An excerpt from an op-ed by Christopher G. Kennedy, Co-Chair of the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Committee.  As appeared in the June 20, 2013 edition of ChicagoTribune.com Counties and cities are constantly searching for ways to attract and retain businesses. Local government should be in the practice of doing what it can to help ignite the regional more...

Environmental , President's Office

Turn-in Unused or Expired Meds at Daley Plaza June 20, 2013

By at June 17, 2013 | 8:34 am | 0 Comment

Turn-in Unused or Expired Meds at Daley Plaza June 20, 2013

When: Thursday, June 20th from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Where: Daley Plaza Farmer’s Market (Washington and Dearborn) Sponsored by: Cook County Department of Environmental Control In partnership with: City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events City of Chicago Department of Public Health Illinois Environmental Protection Agency Acceptable more...

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Sustainability Advisory Council Recommends Bold Energy Reduction Goals

By at June 5, 2013 | 12:17 pm | 1 Comments

Sustainability Advisory Council Recommends Bold Energy Reduction Goals

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced that she is committing her administration to the ambitious sustainability goal of reducing the County’s Greenhouse Gas emissions by 80 percent over the next several decades. This commitment comes as a result of a just-released report by the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council, co-chaired by more...

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Cook County Receives Award for Progressive Demolition Debris Recycling Policy

By at May 28, 2013 | 11:14 am | 0 Comment

Cook County Receives Award for Progressive Demolition Debris Recycling Policy

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle today announced the County has received national recognition for its progressive recycling policy which has kept tons of demolition debris out of landfills and created jobs through the reuse and resale of building material. The County was presented with the Walnut Gavel award for its leading-edge Demolition Debris Diversion more...

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