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G reen Bulletin
July 2018

The annual SCARCE Green Fair is free and provides fun  and learning for all ages! Discover sustainable retailers, learn how to enhance your green lifestyle in a mini-workshop, get crafty with re-purposed materials and more!

Prevent water pollution in your community with this simple service project. Free tools  and materials are provided by SCARCE. 

Perfect for any group high school age and up.
Apply to lead a Storm Drain Medallion Project in your community today!

Thank you to the DuPage Foundation for supporting this project!

In June the Itasca Library was awarded a Water Quality Flag, two groups of teachers took a dive into sustainability, and the Glen Ellyn Library kicked off their water-themed summer reading program.

This past month, student teams from York High School and Glenbard East were recognized for the exceptional projects they showcased at the 12th annual Sustainable Design Challenge.

Help children in DuPage County be prepared to go back to school! Ea ch year, SCARCE provides thousands of books to our county's underprivileged youth. Be a part of the team that helps kids select books to take home. Sign up to volunteer today!

Declare independence from waste at your next summer cook-out with these 10 tips. Take on one or all ten for a more sustainable celebration.

Is your town working on sustainability goals? Get tips on how to foster backyard composting among your residents to reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions in your community.
July 25 @  7pm

Join us at SCARCE for a talk from a solar ambassador on the smart grid, solar energy, and how you can take advantage of new legislation to go green and save green with solar power.

SCARCE has teamed up with the Glen Ellyn Public Library to provide water-themed eco-education displays and programs all summer long. Thank you to our local partners that joined us: DuPage County Stormwater Management, the DuPage Water Commission, the Glenbard Wastewater Authority, and the Glen Ellyn Public Works.

You can view displays around the library or join us for a program:

Thank You to June Donors

Our resource center wouldn't exist without monetary donations from visitors and supporters like these organizations.   A big thank you to the  Woodridge Rotary Club and The Rotary Club of Naperville After Dark for their monetary donations to support SCARCE! Feeling inspired to do your part? Donate today!
Inspire Your Group with a SCARCE Education Program

Did you know that SCARCE offers engaging environmental education programs for all ages? We work with scout groups, civic organizations, church groups, garden clubs, and more on a wide variety of topics from recycling to water pollution. Call us today to discuss a fall program for your group! 

July 28

Are you passionate about a particular environmental topic? Present your perspective on an environmental issue facing urban areas such as Chicagoland at the poster session during The Plant's annual Closed Loop Forum & Fest on July 28th. Open to students middle school age-college.
Help Save the Monarch with License Plate Decal
Hurry registration closes September 1st!

Habitat loss is one of the biggest factors in declining pollinator population. For only $10 you can fund roadside monarch habitat in Illinois and show your pride with a monarch decal. Help get this program up and running by registering today!

Latex Paint & Foam Block Recycling

DuPage County is hosting a latex paint and block foam recycling program this summer! The programs is held at the Woodridge Greene Valley Wastewater Treatment Facility off of Rt 53 from June 25th- August 4th. Recycled paint will be available starting June 30th. Hours are Monday-Saturday 8am-2pm. For more details visit 
Sept 21-23

Each year, we waste 133 billion pounds of food in the US. Meanwhile, 1 in 6 Americans are food insecure. Join the movement to fight hunger and climate change by dedicating this weekend's services to a message against food waste. 
Recycling Events

Jul 7  Bensenville Paper Shredding
Aug 18  Wayne Township Recycling Extravaganza
Sept 8  Roselle Recycles Recycling Extravaganza
Sept 15  Green Fair Recycling Extravaganza
Sept 22
Sept 29  Winfield Township Recycling Extravaganza
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.
Jul 1  Plastic-Free July challenge starts
Jul 7  Bensenville Public Works Open House
Jul 8
Jul 12  Lake Erie Algal Bloom: Update, Firsthand Accounts, Q&A
Jul 12
 Argonne OutLoud: Navigating Changing Risk from Extreme Events
Jul 13
Jul 14  Storm Drain Medallions: Teen Environmental Project
Jul 19  Webinar: Exploring Best Practices in University Composting Programs
Jul 19  SCARCE at Bloomingdale Farmer's Market
Jul 25  Bringing Clean Energy to DuPage
Jul 28  Closed Loop Forum & Fest
Jul 28-29  GreenBuilt Home Tour
Aug 1  Earth Overshoot Day
Aug 1  Back to School Fair - Volunteers needed!
Aug 2  Recycled Papermaking at GEPL: Grades 3-5 & Grades 6-8
Aug 11  Downers Grove Farmers Market
Aug 14  Composting with SCARCE at GEPL
Aug 24-25   SCARCE Garage Sale - open to the public!
Sept 15  SCARCE Green Fair


SCARCE Used Book & Record Sale every Tues & Fri 9am-12pm and select Saturdays
Thank You Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated supplies to our Rescue Projects this month!
  • DM Financial - Lombard
  • Domtar - Addison
  • Hendrickson - Woodridge
  • Kramer Tree Service - West Chicago
  • Repeat Boutique - Carol Stream
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our June Volunteers

Citi Group
Dover Eyota High School Marching Band -  Eyota, MN
First Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School -  Wheaton
Giant Steps
Islamic Foundation School
MyDay Program - PremierCare Consulting
School of Expressive Arts and Learning
UCP Seguin
University of Chicago

Citi Group made a huge dent in our binder recycling back-log.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. We need volunteers that can lift!
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Saturdays 9am-12pm - Jul 14, Aug 11th & 25th
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling: Saturdays (Age 14+)
  • Back-to-School Fair - Aug 1st
Helpful Links

Support SCARCE with your online purchases 
Join efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling Guide, Trails Systems, and more!
Report stormwater issues online.
Be a part of this initiative!


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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board,
Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Amy Grant
and DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.

Kay McKeen, Founder & Director
Heather Goudreau,  Carrie Horak,  Kaitlyn Hornik, 
Bev Jaszczurowski,  Erin Kennedy, 
Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef 

Environmental Education Programs are operated by SCARCE
School & 
Assistance for 
Recycling and  
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 100363
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program