CHICAGO | Cook County has set a goal to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050.
In a statement Wednesday, County Board President Toni Preckwinkle said making county facilities more sustainable will make communities healthier. She said it also will create jobs and save money for taxpayers and businesses.
The announcement follows a report issued by the Cook County Sustainability Advisory Council.
The report outlined ways to save energy. It also identified 11 buildings that account for 90 percent of the county's energy use. Topping the list were Cook County's Stroger Hospital and Cook County Jail.
Preckwinkle said energy-saving improvements already have begun at those facilities.