32% Decrease in Greenhouse Gas Emissions from County buildings from 2010

Now more than ever, local government has a crucial role in sustainability and promoting green practices.  The annual sustainability report highlights the County's sustainability work in both our own operations and in the communities we work with every day. At Cook County we are working to make sure that:

  • Local action is effective. Cook County has significantly reduced greenhouse gas emissions from our buildings by 32 percent since I took office in 2010. In only a few short years, we are already exceeding our goals.
  • Local action is efficient. Our energy reductions over seven years saved Cook County taxpayers more than $6.8 million dollars.
  • Local action is equitable. Every resident of Cook County should have the benefits of a clean environment, no matter their income or where they live. That’s why we are taking action to make all of our communities more sustainable, resilient and healthy.

You can find the full report here. Sustainability Report 2018 FINAL