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Sustainability in Cook County

Have you seen Cook County’s new sustainability website?   http://blog.cookcountyil.gov/sustainability/

At Cook County we want to lead by example. At the site you’ll find information about County projects to lower our environmental footprint and our costs.


We also want to share the innovative work that communities in Cook County are doing to create an environmentally, economically and socially sustainable County. This website will let us share  success stories so communities and partners can learn from each other.  



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Solid Waste Management Plan - click to downloadCook County Solid Waste Plan Update

On April 3, 2012 the Cook County Board of Commissioners approved the Solid Waste Plan Update.  The Plan has now been sent to the Illinois EPA for final approval.

IMAGE: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act LogoEnergy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant

In 2010 the Cook County Department of Environmental Control was tasked with distributing and managing over $12.6 million dollars in federal stimulus funds for energy efficiency projects within Cook County.


One year and over sixty projects later, communities across Cook County are creating jobs while reducing their energy costs.  Learn more about EECBG projects here.

About the Department

The Cook County Department of Environmental Control strives to improve the quality of the environment and protect the public health of the residents of Cook County.

Mandates and Key Activities

 Inspection and permitting of business fuel burning equipment, building demolition, asbestos removal, open burning, gas station vapor 
  recovery, dry cleaners and other activities
 Monitor air quality across the County
• Solid waste planning and coordination in Suburban Cook
• Enhance sustainability of County operations and suburban Cook communities   



Complaints about environmental matters in suburban Cook County can be filed with the Department of Environmental Control,  24 hours a day at:

(312) 603-8200

Cook County Environmental Control Ordinance

Chapter 30-Environment


Related Links

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Illinois Environmental Protection Agency


Agency Contact Information Portlet  
Contact Information
Contact Information

Bureau Name:

Administration, Bureau of

Main Office:

69 W. Washington Room 1900
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Telephone: (312) 603-8200
Fax: (312) 603-9828

Deborah Stone, Director and Chief Sustainability Officer

M-F: 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
closed weekends