Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
April 2021
Saturday, May 1st 9am-1pm
Our annual eco-friendly garden market is back to help you get the supplies and know-how to grow green! With safe market guidelines in place, you can shop for organic seedlings, compost, and rain barrels and learn about eco-friendly gardening practices in our mini-workshops. Pre-orders are available and encouraged for best selection.
Available for pre-order:
The 2020 winning design, Helios Concert Hall, submitted by York High School students.
Design the future of the built world! High school students work in teams to design a sustainable building in competition for cash prizes. Students collaborate remotely to research, design, and make a video presentation of their model for review by a panel of professionals from design fields such as architecture and engineering. Register your team

A program of SCARCE and DuPage County Stormwater Management.
Earth Month Virtual Workshop Series
Kicks-off April 9th!
In celebration of Earth Month we are offering virtual workshops so you can sharpen the tools in your sustainability toolbox. From recycling, to gardening and caring for our trees, there's something for everyone! Join us for one, several, or all of the programs. Registration required.
Check out this month's local eco-extraordinaires!
The City of Wood Dale was awarded an Earth Flag.
Warrenville added a curbside food scrap compost option for residents.
Dan Hebreard did a birthday fundraiser in honor of SCARCE.
You can help protect clean water in your community through SCARCE's Storm Drain Medallion initiative! Through this hands-on project, DuPage County residents are invited to apply markers to storm drains to warn community members about the harmful impacts of dumping waste in storm drains. Learn more and apply here.
April is Citizen Science Month!
Citizen science makes it possible for people of all ages to contribute to scientific research in meaningful ways. Whether you're just curious or concerned you can make a difference! Check out several citizen science opportunities below. Find even more opportunities at scistarter.org.

  • Citizen Science Kids Day April 3rd: Kids and families are invited to tune in to a free virtual program from SciStarteer on Saturday, April 3rd from 9-10:30am. Through fun activities, learn ways that regular people all over the world are helping scientists answer questions they can't answer alone. Register here.

  • Volunteer with FrogWatch USA: Individuals and families are invited to become a FrogWatch USA volunteer to learn about wetlands in their communities and conserve amphibians by reporting the calls of local frogs and toads. Attend a training April 23rd from 6-8pm through Cosley Zoo, our local FrogWatch USA chapter. Register here.

Compost Bin & Rain Barrel Sale
Looking to reduce food waste? Consider a compost bin! DuPage County has partnered with The Conservation Foundation and Forest Preserve District of DuPage County to provide a Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale. Bins and barrels will be available for pre-order until May 8th. Curbside pick-up of ordered items will be on Saturday, May 15th at Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 West 31st Street, Oak Brook. To order and view items visit: https://tcf-dupagecompostrainbarrel.company.site/. To learn more about composting join The Conversation Foundation on April 14th for their free Compositing 101 webinar or attend one of the mini-workshops at SCARCE’s Growin’ Green Garden Market 2021, on May 1st.
Think Global, Plant Local: It's Native Plant sale season!
Native plants bring low-maintenance beauty to your yard while providing habitat for wildlife - including our pollinators! While native plants are becoming more common at garden centers, for the best selection, check out these annual native plant sales: DuPage County Forest Preserve (pre-order only), Wheaton Native Plant Sale (day-of sales only), West Cook Wild Ones (pre-order only). The Wild Ones of Greater DuPage also have an extensive list of sales in the area. A limited supply of native plants will also be available at our Growin' Green Garden Market on May 1st.
Did you know SCARCE accepts metal keys and jewelry?
Recycling metal has HUGE environmental benefits: it saves tons of energy and reduces carbon emissions versus making metal from virgin materials. Besides cans, jar lids, and aluminum pie tins, other metal items cannot be recycled in your curbside recycling bin however, they can be recycled at a scrap metal recycling facility. Save your keys and metal jewelry for recycling at SCARCE. Other items can be taken directly to a scrap metal recycler near you. Some recycling events also collect scrap metal. View a list of events here.
DuPage County Stormwater Management and the Conservation Foundation are offering a free webinar to connect like-minded organizations and individuals in protecting local streams and rivers. During this webinar, Eliana Brown, Water Quality Specialist with the Illinois Indiana Sea Grant, will discuss the Red Oak Rain Garden at the University of Illinois, including the experience of designing and building it and lessons that can be applied to any project. One (1) PDH will be offered.
Now offering in-person programs at SCARCE
Small group programs are now offered in our spacious education center. Our programs can accommodate elementary students through adults and cover environmental topics including recycling, composting, clean water, energy conservation, zero waste and more! Virtual programs are also available.
Contact us at 630-545-9710 or info@scarce.org to learn more.
Our spacious learning center.
With the new administration's commitment to climate action the EPA has relaunched it's climate change website to provide a trustworthy and accurate public resource on climate change issues and solutions. You'll find a range of information, including greenhouse gas emissions data, climate change impacts, scientific reports, and existing climate programs within EPA and across the federal government.
Did you know that reducing food waste is one of the best things we can do to fight climate change? A lot of resources go into growing, processing and transporting food - don't let them go to waste! Get plenty of tasty ideas to use up those kitchen scraps in Ikea's free Scraps Book made in collaboration with chefs from across North America.
Check out this beautiful interactive illustration from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. With a simple click on each bird you can hear their accompanying song. Many of the bird species are also found in Illinois. Learning about birds is another avenue to connect with the natural world and inspire action to care for our shared planet.
Recycling Events
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.
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 this month!
  • Affordable Kitchens - Wheaton
  • ChemQuest International / Village of Addison
  • DJK Custom Homes - Naperville
  • DuPage Credit Union - Naperville
  • HealthCare Associates Credit Union - Naperville
  • Ombudsman Educational Services - Downers Grove
  • Ivy Restaurant - Wheaton
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
  • Wyndemere - Wheaton
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities - Our volunteer program is currently on hold.
Our Reuse Center couldn't function without these amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing your donations!

If you see them when you visit, give them a round of applause!
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, Daniel Cronin, Chairman, the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Jan Breyne, Heather Goudreau, Carrie Horak, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, Grecia Landin, Rose Naseef & Olivia Ryan
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.