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Thank You to Earth Day Volunteers!

By at April 26, 2013 | 8:49 am | 0 Comment

Thank You to Earth Day Volunteers!

Originally published on the Cook County Sustainability blog April 23rd, 2013 Thank you to all of the volunteers and staff who partnered with the Department of Environmental Control to make the 2013 Earth Day clean-up events a success:   Friends of the Park Forest Preserve District of Cook County Blue Island Bike Club National Park Service Major Taylor Bike more...

Agencies , Environmental

Demolition Debris and Diversion Training Sessions

By at March 13, 2013 | 5:25 pm | 0 Comment

Demolition Debris and Diversion Training Sessions

The Cook County Department of Environmental Control and The Rebuilding Exchange will host six free public workshops during March to educate contractors, municipal workers and the general public about the County’s Demolition, Debris and Diversion Ordinance, which came into effect last November. At each of the three-hour workshops, attendees will learn about: How more...

Environmental

Chicago Region is Named A Leader In Sustainable Transportation

By at December 7, 2012 | 12:13 pm | 1 Comments

Chicago Region is Named A Leader In Sustainable Transportation

Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced today that the Chicago region has been named a 2012 Metro-Scale Sustainable Community Leader by the Institute for Sustainable Communities. The award recognizes Chicagoland’s ongoing leadership in sustainable transportation. Cook County and Chicago share the honor with Will County, the more...

Economic Development , Environmental , Features , Highways , President's Office

Waste Not: Advancing Commercial Food Scrap Collection in the Chicago Area

By at October 9, 2012 | 9:55 am | 0 Comment

Waste Not: Advancing Commercial Food Scrap Collection in the Chicago Area

From the Friday, October 5 edition of Cook County Sustainability: Cook County’s Solid Waste Management Plan Update, approved earlier this year, tasks the County with continuing to decrease the amount of waste we are sending to landfills.  As a part of this effort, The Cook County Department of Environmental Control has partnered with other counties in the more...

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County’s latest green ordinance requires recycling and reuse of demolition debris

By at July 31, 2012 | 12:37 pm | 4 Comments

County’s latest green ordinance requires recycling and reuse of demolition debris

A groundbreaking ordinance approved July 24 by the Cook County Board of Commissioners will require the bulk of the region’s demolition debris to be recycled and reused instead of clogging up the county’s remaining landfill, President Preckwinkle announced today. The Demolition Debris Diversion ordinance requires demolition contractors working in suburban and more...

Agencies , Environmental

Update: An Air Pollution Action Day has been declared for Chicago, IL, on Friday, August 24

By at June 27, 2012 | 4:18 pm | 5 Comments

Update: An Air Pollution Action Day has been declared for Chicago, IL, on Friday, August 24

The Illinois Partners for Clean Air and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency have extended the previously issued Air Pollution Action Day Alerts to Friday, August 24th.  The continued high temperatures and low wind speeds are expected to lead to elevated ground-level ozone in the Chicago Metropolitan area.  Regional air quality is expected to reach the more...

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County’s Energy Reduction Initiative earns national achievement award

By at June 3, 2012 | 5:34 pm | 3 Comments

County’s Energy Reduction Initiative earns national achievement award

Cook County earned a national achievement award for saving a whopping $2.5 million dollars in energy costs. 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” for its innovative more...

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Prescription Drug Take-back and Electronics Recycling Comes to Triton College Tomorrow

By at May 4, 2012 | 9:04 am | 1 Comments

Prescription Drug Take-back and Electronics Recycling Comes to Triton College Tomorrow

On Saturday, May 5th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm the Cook County Department of Environmental Control and Triton College is sponsoring a free Prescription Drug Take-back program.  Citizens will also be able to recycle old electronics as well. This event is a low-cost, high-value opportunity to tackle a critical environmental issue.  The EPA has asked people not to flush more...

Agencies , Environmental , Features

Grant Helps Cook County Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

By at April 20, 2012 | 1:58 pm | 2 Comments

Grant Helps Cook County Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

In furtherance of the administration’s sustainability goals, Cook County’s Clean Diesel Program has been awarded $633,135 in grants to install pollution control equipment on some of its heavy-duty diesel vehicles, President Preckwinkle announced today. The county’s Clean Diesel Program will use the funds to retrofit 43 vehicles with tailpipe technology that more...

Agencies , Environmental , President's Office , Technology

County-sponsored Energy Audits will Save Businesses $2 Million

By at April 17, 2012 | 4:28 pm | 6 Comments

County-sponsored Energy Audits will Save Businesses $2 Million

With a nod toward Earth Week, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle announced Tuesday that an energy efficiency audit project promoting sustainability will achieve $2 million in energy savings yearly for Cook County businesses, along with a substantial reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. More than 150 companies identified considerable energy saving more...

Environmental , President's Office

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