Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
March 2023
ABC's of Smart Recycling
O is for Odds & Ends
Smart recycling is all about the habit of thinking before you toss. There are many odds & ends that, with a little effort, can find another useful life. Let's look beyond the bin!

Find out more about special collections in our area in this month's blog post.

Volunteers Needed for DuPage Monarch Mapping Project
The DuPage Monarch Project is looking for volunteers to help map monarch habitat and food sources in local forest preserves. During the month of April, teams will walk through the forest preserve and record which monarch friendly plants are blooming.

Interested in helping? Contact Lonnie Morris at dupagemonarchs@gmail.com
Earthquake Relief
Did you know that materials donated to SCARCE can travel all over the world? In February, a truckload of materials including blankets and backpacks were delivered to an organization sending help to earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria. We are all part of one ecosystem!

Bev (left) and Kay (center) with SCARCE volunteer Mary Ellen (right)
SCARCE receives Above and Beyond Award
In February, SCARCE Executive Director Kay McKeen and Chief Operating Officer Bev Jaszczurowski accepted an award from the Illinois Association for Education & Rehabilitation of the Blind & Visually Impaired. SCARCE provided donations and grant writing assistance to support a new program that helps families with young children who are visually impaired.

Thank you to SCARCE volunteer, Mary Ellen Drobnik, for nominating us for this award! Read more about it here.
New Repair & Restore Events
Created with a Grant from DuPage Foundation
Being green is a learning process! Before you rush out to buy something new, consider repairing or restoring what you already have.

DuPage Foundation awarded SCARCE a grant to create a series of events to help residents extend the life of their household items. The first event will show you how to care for those pricey kitchen knives. Join us on Saturday, March 11 at 9:30am to kick off this new series.

Celebrate UN World Water Day - March 22
World Water Day was created by the United Nations to raise awareness of the need for water conservation, sanitation and proper management. The water cycle affects everyone!

Celebrate the day by reading more about the world's water or stop by SCARCE to pick up a rain gauge or leak detection tablets to check your home.
Registration Ends April 3rd!
Want to help make the world a better place through design? Enter the Sustainable Design Challenge!

All High School age students who attend DuPage County schools are invited to join. But act quick! Registration closes April 3. Read all about it here.
Reuse & Recycling Events
Sunday, March 12
Saturday, April 1
Girl Scout Program at SCARCE for Developmental Disability Awareness Day
Wednesday, March 22 5-7pm
Learn how people with visual impairments adapt to their environment. Try reading something in Braille. Help with our Super Crayon Project.

SCARCE educators are partnering with professionals who specialize in working with children with visual, orientation and mobility impairments to lead this hands-on learning event.

Environmental Events at SCARCE - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE-LY USED Books & Records @ SCARCE Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Thank You to Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated supplies to our Rescue Projects last month!

  • Ryan Shreve, Revo Wired Webservices
  • Whole Cubes (Addison and LaGrange)
  • Whole Foods (Wheaton)
  • Wyndemere Senior Living (Wheaton)
Volunteer Opportunity!

Looking to help with some environmental projects this spring?

SCARCE needs individuals 14 and older to gather items at community recycling events on Saturday mornings.

Contact Rose at rose@scarce.org or complete our short online volunteer application to get involved!
Helpful Links
Green Bulletin | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | info@scarce.org | www.scarce.org
This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by
the DuPage County Board, Deborah Conroy, Chair,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair,
ο»Ώand the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Rachel Carlson, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy,
Jean Kent, Emily King, Rose Naseef, Caroline Prichard, Carina Ruscitti, Julie Wachowski
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
(School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education)
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 190000000000000
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program.