U.S. Energy Department Award will help Cook County, Partners to see opportunities for improving solar power. The Cook County Board President, Toni Preckwinkle, believes that the Cook County working together with our local government, business and nonprofit partners will make a world-class model of sustainability. Their aim is to not only boost sustainability practices throughout County government, but also to join forces with local governments, nonprofits and business, to accomplish more than they could separately in making each of Cook County’s communities sustainable. Preckwinkle, also saw that there is the need for Cook County to exchange ideas and work 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 By so doing, Deborah Stone, who is the sustainability Officer, Cook County Government defined sustainability as ” Ensuring that there is enough for today without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Cook County encounters a lot of sustainability challenges such as houses, businesses, vehicles, and other emissions generators in Cook County are, altogether, the largest source of Greenhouse Gases in the metro region.There were four days in 2011 when air quality in the county was bad enough to be harmful to children, the elderly, and people with sensitive health conditions.Residents and businesses in County generate over 8 pounds of garbage per person per day.There is only one remaining open landfill in Cook County, and it has only about seven years of capacity left.
In conclusion, Cook County Department of Environmental Control have done many great jobs that were all successful, among some of them was one done by its Chief Sustainability Officer and Director Deborah Stone in participating in the largest Guaranteed Energy Savings Projects by a U.S County and also help Cook county residents from environmental degradation such as air pollution and solid waste.