Stay in the know with local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.

May 2018

9am-1pm  @ SCARCE
799 Roosevelt Rd, Glen Ellyn

Pick-up local, sustainably grown veggie seedlings, native plants, and food-scrap amended compost. 

Shop our market for eco-friendly garden goods and learn how to green-up your green thumb from vendors and free mini-workshops on permaculture, beekeeping and more.

Check out these high achievers making a statement about going green: Avery Coonley School, Domtar Corporation, Naperville Park District, and CoreCentric Solutions.

There are so many organizations to highlight this month! Villa Park expands safe medication disposal, Downers Grove Sanitary achieves net-zero, and Winfield Middle School and Waubonsie Valley High go green with local energy projects.

DuPage County Earns Arboretum Designation

Congratulations to DuPage County on achieving an Accredited Arboretum Designation for the County campus in Wheaton, IL. DuPage is the first county in the U.S. to be honored with this designation! Over the summer, included tree species will be identified with signage to encourage use of the new path connecting the Winfield train station to the County campus. Check out the full release through DuPage County Press Release.

Browse over 90 submissions of art, in various mediums, inspired by pollinators at this free exhibit at the Mayslake Peabody Estate in Oak Brook.   

SCARCE gets far more binders than we can give away. Learn our DIY method for recycling unusable binders and other outlets for donating and recyling binders.
May 11th - 2:00-3:30pm

Connect with others concerned with protecting rivers and streams in your watershed. Learn about green infrastructure and grant opportunities. Registration required by May, 8th.

Join a sweep spot near you or start your own team! Help by picking up debris in and along local waterways or restoring nearby land back to it's natural state.
Donate Material Samples during ZeroLandfill Chicago Drop-off Days

Do you have material samples of carpet, flooring, or fabric? Take them to Envision Unlimited in Chicago on  May 7th & 9th and materials are available to educators, students, and artists for free on May 12th.
Skip the Straw for World Turtle Day May 23rd

Want to know how you can celebrate World Turtle Day? 

Simply say no to disposable plastic straws! Disposable plastic items - including the 500 million straws used each day in the U.S. - litter our waterways and oceans harming wildlife,  including turtles. 

Got some usable latex paint to donate? Drop it off at the Woodridge Wastewater facility starting June 25th. Hurry -in the program ends August 4th.
Recycling Events

May 5
May 5
May 12
May 12
  Addison Park Pride Recycling Extravaganza  *updated shredding hours
Aug 18  Wayne Township Recycling Extravaganza
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.
May 5  Growin' Green Garden Market
May 5  Volunteer Butterfly Monitoring Workshop
May 6  Cantigny Greenhouse Open House
May 7  Future Leaders in Planning Applications Due
May 8
May 11  Salt Creek Watershed Workshop
May 11-12 
May 12  Schaumburg Environmental Fair
May 12  Green Garden Fair
May 16  Lunch 'n Learn: Bioretention Design Modifications
May 17  Green Drives
May 18  National Bike to Work Day
May 19  DuPage River Sweep
May 19  Blooming Fest
May 29  DuPage Clean Energy Coalition Meeting
June 2  Garden Pot Recycling at Arboretum
June 5  World Environment Day


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!
  • Blazek Home Improvement -  Downers Grove
  • Domtar Corporation - Addison
  • Jel Sert - West Chicago
  • Keson Industries - Naperville
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our April Volunteers
SAP Fieldglass making Super Crayons.

Benedictine University
College of DuPage
Elmhurst Learning and Success Academy
Glen Oaks
Hawthorn Garden Club
Islamic Foundation School
Lisle High School Eco Club
North Central College
SAP Fieldglass (Naperville)
St. Francis High School
St. James the Apostle
SEAL South
Wheaton North High School
Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. We need volunteers that can lift!
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling: Saturdays (Age 14+)
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