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Green Bulletin
October 2018
Free Tour & Workshop for Community Leaders
Thursday, Oct 11th 9am-12pm
Join us for this FREE workshop to learn how to implement a successful food scrap composting program in your town. We will go on a tour of a local compost facility so you can see in person how food scrap composting works and understand the benefits and challenges. Already have a composting program? Get the info you need to answer residents questions.

Complete the circle and learn how and why to use finished food-scrap amended compost in landscaping projects.

This program is open to DuPage County community leaders including municipal staff, elected leaders and environmental committee members.

Light morning refreshments will be provided.
Limited to 30 participants. Registration is required.

Compost your pumpkins after Halloween at the annual Pumpkin Smash! Composting is nature's way of recycling - it saves resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. So don't trash it, smash it!

Dozens of locations to drop-off your pumpkin, find one near you!

Help us keep it clean: remove all non-biodegradable materials from your pumpkin before dropping off, including candles, plastic or metal of any kind.
Fun, Learning, and Beautiful Weather for Green Fair on Sept 15th
What a beautiful day we had for the annual SCARCE Green Fair on September 15th! Thank you to those of you that came out to spend your afternoon with us! Pencil in another day of eco-friendly fun and learning for September 2019! More details to come.
All ages enjoyed the beautiful sunshine at the open air market.
Attendees learn how to prevent water pollution with a hands-on watershed activity from SCARCE.
Ralph of Ralph's World debuted his Pick Up 5 song, written about SCARCE's litter clean-up initiative.
Free Fall Community Watershed Workshops
Join DuPage County Stormwater Management to learn how to preserve your local waterways at a free workshop in your watershed! Connect with like-minded individuals and organizations and learn about local projects.

Join us for a free workshop on water pollution and how to prevent it in your community. You will be trained to run a storm drain medallion project to protect waterways in your community.

What has your roof done for you lately? Businesses or others associated with commercial properties are encouraged to join DuPage County, Choose DuPage, and host PowerForward DuPage to attend this free informal event to learn about potential savings and incentives for installing roof top solar. A light breakfast will be available for attendees. Click here to register.
Did you know it take about 4 gallons of oil to fry a turkey? Help save your city's sewers from a FOG clog by hosting a pop-up cooking oil collection site for your residents the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Contact us for more info.
Snow Removal and Deicing Workshops
Join DuPage County and the DuPage River Salt Creek Watershed to learn techniques for effective snow and ice removal that also help reduce chloride in waterways.

Are you raking right? Be sure to properly dispose of your leaves this fall
DuPage County Stormwater Management would like to provide a friendly reminder not to rake leaves into the street. Excess leaves can harm waterways and clog storm drains, leading to flooding.
Winter is on its way and many homes in DuPage County are not as energy efficient as they could be. For eligible households, the DuPage County Community Services Department assists with a comprehensive energy efficiency audit and then works to implement key findings to make your home more effieicent, saving you money in the long run. To find out more or see if you qualify contact DuPage county Community Services at 630-407-6500 or 1-800-942-9412 or email
SCARCE Books Reached over 4,000 Kids at Back to School Fair
Each August, SCARCE provides books and supplies to underprivileged children at the annual Catholic Charities Back to School Fair. Thanks to donations from schools, businesses, and individuals throughout the year 3,393 school-aged children and their pre-school siblings were able to choose several books of their very own to start the school year on a positive note.

A big thank you to our donors and volunteers that helped work the SCARCE book tables. This wouldn't be possible without you!
Recycling Events
Environmental Events -  Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.

SCARCE  Used Book & Record Sale  every Tues & Fri 9am-12pm and select Saturdays
Thank You to Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated supplies to our  Rescue Projects  this month!

  • Chase Bank - Downers Grove
  • Display Supply & Lighting - Itasca
  • Domtar - Addison
  • Elkay Manufacturing - Oak Brook
  • Franklin Framework & Art
  • Nigro Westfall & Gryska, P.C. - Glendale Heights
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Chase Bank of Downers Grove delivering the donations from their school supply drive.
Special THANK YOU to our September Volunteers

----- Benet Academy
----- College of DuPage
----- College of DuPage Cares
----- College of DuPage Environmental Club
----- Downers Grove North High School APES
----- Glenbard West High School
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
----- Hadiya for DuPage
----- Hinsdale South Eco Club
----- Lisle High School Ecology Club
----- Maercker School staff
----- Thomson Reuters Corporation
----- Vaxcel Lighting
----- Wheaton Environmental Improvement Commission
Thomson Reuters volunteered for the Super Crayon Project in September.
For most projects and events, volunteers must be at least 14 years of age to participate.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

On-going Volunteer Opportunities

  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. 
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling: Saturdays
Helpful Links
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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, Chair,
and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
( S chool & C ommunity A ssistance for R ecycling and C omposting E ducation)
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.