Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
September 2021
The average American throws away 70 pounds of textiles each year. Apart from buying second hand and reducing how much we purchase in general, what can be done to mitigate our massive problem of trashed textiles?

Join SCARCE on October 2nd for our Textile Transformation workshop. Learn how to make a memory quilt from old t-shirts, get ideas to transform old or shrunken sweaters, hear about prom dress swapping, and more! Register here.

The Pumpkin Smash 2021 is Saturday, November 6th. If you're interested in hosting a site, you still have time! Check out last month's blog for details on hosting. Act soon - you need at least 30 days to plan.

If you're not looking to host but would like to participate, you can check our site map to find the nearest one for you to bring your pumpkins. New locations are being added daily. Another important way to participate is to tell everyone you know!!! Our main pumpkin webpage, linked at the site map above, has lots of downloadables that you can customize. If you know the location nearest you, you could fill in the information on trick-or-treat cards and fliers and hand them out to trick-or-treaters or post them around your community. This way, more people will be involved. You could also save neighbors the gas emissions and pick up pumpkins from your neighbors to drop off in bulk at a site.

We look forward to seeing you all there. Stay tuned for more updates!
Registration is open now through Oct. 1st for the EPA’s Campus RainWorks Challenge. This is a green infrastructure design challenge for American colleges and universities with 3 main goals: Engage with the next generation of environmental professionals, explore innovative stormwater management techniques, and showcase the extensive benefits of green infrastructure implementation. Submissions are due Dec. 10, 2021. Register here.

First place in each category holds a $7,000 student prize. Visit this page for the brief and details.
Beginning September 12, Target is offering customers the opportunity to recycle an old, expired or damaged car seat and redeem a coupon on their Target app or Target.com/circle for 20% off one car seat, stroller or select baby gear. Materials from the old car seats will be recycled. This collection will end September 25th. If you wish to participate, please visit your local store.
Plan ahead for Wednesday, September 22 - it's World Car Free Day! Think of how you can avoid your car all day - it may be more difficult than you'd think. If you can't get to work on foot, perhaps biking, a Pace bus, or the train are options? Are you able to make it to the grocery store with a cart on foot, or perhaps a bike with a basket?

Avoiding cars to reduce emissions on World Car Free Day is important, but use the experience to think of how you can lessen the use of your personal vehicle year-round. Small actions by lots of people will make a big difference in our global emissions.
Recycling Events
Pumpkin Smash
Storm Drain Medallions are small markers that are adhered to storm drains to let people know not to dump anything down them. Many individuals do not realize that the water from the storm drains goes directly into our local waterways without being filtered or treated first. It is imperative that we educate the public of this to protect our water.

If you're interested in starting a project, now is the time! Get these installed in your area ASAP before people dump their yard waste from fall cleanups down the storm drains and before the snow covers them. If you've done storm drain medallions before, check up on them. Sometimes snowplows or roadwork can remove them. Anyone - individuals, scout groups, schools, churches, clubs, etc. - can start a storm drain medallion project. It's one of the quickest and easiest projects you can do to engage your community in environmental education. Storm Drain Medallions can be installed anywhere in DuPage County. Check out our blog post for full details of how to complete a project.
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!
August Volunteers & Collections Highlight
  • Thank you to Northwest Special Recreation Association (NWSRA) in Hanover Park for their bread tag collection!
  • Thank you to the General Federation of Women's Clubs with members from Medinah, Bloomingdale, and Roselle, for coming to volunteer with us this month!
Our Reuse Center couldn't function without the 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, Rachel Carlson, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, Rose Naseef, Carina Ruscitti, & 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.