Environmental Justice

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Cook County’s Department of Environment and Sustainability (DES) is establishing an environmental justice policy, which can help inform and guide programming and policy decision-making across the Offices Under the President. Environmental justice is a key component of DES’ mission as well as one of the objectives of the Cook County Policy Roadmap and its Sustainable Communities pillar, which focuses on advancing environmental justice by means such as investing equitably across the County to address historic disinvestment and inequitable pollution overburden. 

Those who live or work in Cook County are invited to fill out the following environmental justice survey by midnight on Wednesday, July 17, 2024. Responses to the survey will help us learn more about the environmental injustices you are currently experiencing or are concerned about. The results from this survey will inform the development of the County’s environmental justice policy.  

Cook County Environmental Justice Survey 

Encuesta de justicia ambiental del condado de Cook 

Ankieta dotycząca sprawiedliwości środowiskowej w okręgu Cook 

Cook 縣環境正義調查問卷  

Cook 县环境正义调查问卷 

Survey ng Katarungan sa Kapaligiran ng Cook County 

ستبيان عن العدالة البيئية في مقاطعة كوك  

Responding to the compounding effects of environmental inequities and preparation for additional challenges resulting from climate change are crucial aspects of the County’s strategic plan. Cook County is working internally to build interdepartmental coordination regarding environmental concerns in overburdened communities.  

In the development of this policy, the County is committed to seeking the input and knowledge of communities that have been historically overburdened by pollution and have experienced historic disinvestment. 

Survey results will be collated and reviewed as a whole.  

Any questions? Please email environment@cookcountyil.gov