Sustainable Communities

Environmental Sustainability


Support healthy, resilient communities that thrive economically, socially and environmentally.

Generating Savings and Sustainability with the Green Buildings Program

The Green Buildings Program, overseen by the Bureau of Asset Management, continues to improve energy, water, waste and technology use in all Cook County facilities. This initiative not only minimizes environmental impacts, but also saves taxpayer dollars. In 2019, the Green Buildings Program established a sustainability index for all County facilities, established recycling standards for the new Workplace Strategy and Design Guidelines, and began implementing building automation systems to generate additional energy savings.
(Left) President Preckwinkle tours Cook County's sustainability demonstrations with Jamie Meyers, Energy Manager for the Bureau of Asset Management, in  the lobby of the County Building during Earth Week in April 2019.

Redeveloping Brownfields in Suburban Cook County

The Department of Environment and Sustainability has launched a Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund of over $750,000 to redevelop and reuse sites in Bellwood, Maywood, Schiller Park, Franklin Park and other south suburban communities. Assessing and redeveloping brownfields promotes sustainability and economic development by cleaning up hazardous materials and bringing the sites back to usefulness so that they can be developed.

The Policy Roadmap: Five-Year Strategic Plan for Offices Under the President lays the foundation for the next five years of work by the Offices Under the President (OUP) of Cook County. Created under the leadership of the President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners, Toni Preckwinkle, the Policy Roadmap incorporates key policy priorities and strategic objectives and reflects the administration’s core values of equity, engagement and excellence, and a vision for fostering safe, thriving and healthy communities.