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File #: 19-1080    Version: 1 Name: TO REDUCE COUNTY FACILITY GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS
Type: Resolution Status: Approved
File created: 1/7/2019 In control: Board of Commissioners
On agenda: 1/24/2019 Final action: 1/24/2019
Title: PROPOSED RESOLUTION TO REDUCE COUNTY FACILITY GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS WHEREAS, Cook County Government and the Forest Preserves of Cook County strive to be leaders in addressing climate change, and WHEREAS, both entities are working to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050, a goal that is consistent with attempting to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 2?C (3.6?F) over preindustrial temperatures, per the 2012 Doha Amendment to the United Nations Kyoto Protocol, and WHEREAS, Cook County Government is ahead of its target for reducing building energy emissions as a result of its Green Buildings Program that implemented successful energy efficiency, renewable energy, space reduction and other initiatives that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions from its building energy use by 32 percent since 2010, and WHEREAS, with nearly 70,000 acres of land, Forest Preserves of Cook County ecosystems play an essential climate change mitigation rol...
Sponsors: TONI PRECKWINKLE (President), DENNIS DEER, BRIDGET DEGNEN, KEVIN B. MORRISON, LARRY SUFFREDIN, BRANDON JOHNSON, JOHN P. DALEY, PETER N. SILVESTRI, JEFFREY R. TOBOLSKI, STANLEY MOORE, DEBORAH SIMS, BILL LOWRY, LUIS ARROYO JR, BRIDGET GAINER, SCOTT R. BRITTON, ALMA E. ANAYA, DONNA MILLER
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PROPOSED RESOLUTION

TO REDUCE COUNTY FACILITY GREENHOUSE GAS EMISSIONS

WHEREAS, Cook County Government and the Forest Preserves of Cook County strive to be leaders in addressing climate change, and

WHEREAS, both entities are working to reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by the year 2050, a goal that is consistent with attempting to keep global temperatures from increasing more than 2?C (3.6?F) over preindustrial temperatures, per the 2012 Doha Amendment to the United Nations Kyoto Protocol, and

WHEREAS, Cook County Government is ahead of its target for reducing building energy emissions as a result of its Green Buildings Program that implemented successful energy efficiency, renewable energy, space reduction and other initiatives that have reduced greenhouse gas emissions from its building energy use by 32 percent since 2010, and

WHEREAS, with nearly 70,000 acres of land, Forest Preserves of Cook County ecosystems play an essential climate change mitigation role by absorbing over 1,544,000 tons of CO2 annually, and further restoration projects will help sequester even more CO2; and

WHEREAS, in October 2018, the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released a new study of the impacts of global warming, and

WHEREAS, the report's findings predict ocean rise of an additional 10 cm with 2?C warming compared to 1.5?C, an arctic free of sea ice in Summer once per decade compared to once per century, complete eradication of coral reefs compared to a 90 percent decline, and the loss of many more ecosystems, and

WHEREAS, in November 2018, the U.S. Global Change Research Program released the U.S. National Climate Assessment, which predicted that climate change could reduce the size of the U. S. economy by 10 percent by the end of the century, and

WHEREAS, an estimated minimum 200 million people around the globe would be subject to inundation from rising seas, and several hundred million more to climate related risks and poverty, a...

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