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Green Bulletin
April 2019
Happy Earth Month!
April 28th, 1-4pm
Celebrate Earth Day outside with SCARCE and the Glen Ellyn Park District at this free, family-friendly event. Go on a guided hike, partake in an eco-workshop, paddle Lake Ellyn, relax to live music, shop the earth-friendly market and more!
Join us at beautiful Lake Ellyn!
This even is made possible with support from
Tuesday, April 16th
Presented by SCARCE and DuPage County Stormwater Management
Learn about innovative sustainable building models made by local high school students for this annual design competition. Open to the public from 9am-11am.

Is your high schooler interested in participating? Register through April 3rd.

Are you in an environmental field? Volunteer as a judge! Contact [email protected] to get involved.

Thank you to our business sponsors
New state incentives passed with the Future Energy Jobs Act have just started kicking in. Combined with federal tax credits - that are set to decrease - now's a great time to go solar in Illinois!
This month, Invesco of Downers Grove was awarded an Earth Flag, local Naperville North students ran a book collection to improve literacy, and a Wheaton college student forged long-term partnerships for a zero waste program at school. Click through to learn more about their efforts.
Invesco accepts their Earth Flag.
Naperville North students drop off 159 books they collected for SCARCE.
The Terracycle bin in 'the Dugout' student cafeteria at Illinois Wesleyan.
Artificial turf used on athletic fields and a variety of materials used on playground surfaces contain chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. Check out these resources to ensure a healthy playspace for our youth and the environment.
Monday, April 15th, 6pm-8:30pm
York High School in Elmhurst has partnered with SCARCE to run a used book sale which will be open to the public. All proceeds from the book sale will support SCARCE's resource center for teachers and non-profits.
Saturday, May 11th - Pre-order your seedlings, compost, and rain barrels!
9am-1pm @ SCARCE
Green up your green thumb at SCARCE's annual kick-off to the growing season! Purchase local, organically grown seedlings for your veggie patch, learn about permaculture or beekeeping in a free mini-workshop and more! Pre-orders are encouraged for the best selection.

Available for pre-order:
SCARCE is now collecting x-ray and lithographic film for recycling. Please remove any paper sleeves or medical information and bring films to SCARCE during our regular donation hours Tue-Fri 9am-4pm.
Bring your damaged or expired car seats, car seat bases, harness or booster car seats to Target for recycling. Get a 20% off coupon for each seat you bring in.
Donate Your Clean Shoe Boxes with Lids to Willowbrook Wildlife Center
Clean and empty shoe boxes with lids are needed at the Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn for the spring baby season. Learn more about what can be donated or contact for more info .
Saturdays throughout April & May
SCARCE needs your help collecting items for recycling and reuse throughout our communities. Volunteers are needed to assist SCARCE staff at events around DuPage County. Earn service hours for school, college, confirmation etc. while helping the earth and your fellow community members!
Since 2006 the GreenFaith Fellowship Program has trained over 200 leaders from across the world to answer the call to action to protect our shared home. Clergy, religious leaders, and active members of faith communities are invited to apply.
Recycling Events
Spring Shoe Collections at Morton Arboretum and West Chicago Church
Do you have wearable shoes at home that you are looking to donate? Check out the two shoe drives below!

First United Methodist Church of West Chicago (643 E. Washington Street) collects re-wearable shoes for the ShoeCrew Water Projects. Bins are located outside of the church on an on-going basis. They've sent over 28,000 pairs of shoes to the ShoeCrew - which provides small businesses with shoes for resale and funds well construction in Africa with the proceeds.

The Morton Arboretum in Lisle is collecting re-wearable athletic shoes as part of their Champion of Trees 10K run on April 14th. Arrive before 9am to get free entry and to donate your shoes. They will accept shoes now until the day of the run though the admission fee will not be waived.
Do you know someone living with asthma? May is asthma awareness month - check out this free 40 min training program from the Minnesota Dept. of Health. Learn how to identify and reduce indoor triggers for a healthier home for all.
Late spring through early fall is SCARCE's busy season. Please Take a moment to review donation practices:
  • Donations must be boxed. Boxes not weigh more than 30 lbs. Items must be packed such that the lid or flaps close flat and boxes can be stacked.
  • For donations of 5+ boxes, call to schedule your drop-off 630-545-9710.
  • Review our list of accepted items here.

Thank you for helping us take care of your items!
Each year,100 million plastic water filters are thrown out. The new V2 reusable and refillable water filter allows you to eliminate the waste from plastic water filter cartridges. Check it out on Kickstarter and if you love it - get in on it as a supporter.
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!

  • Clarke Aquatic & Mosquito Control Services - Roselle
  • Clearing Chaos - Downers Grove
  • Domtar - Addison
  • IMV Medical Information - Des Plaines
  • Inland Services - Oak Brook
  • Invesco - Downers Grove
  • Keson - Aurora
  • Morton Arboretum - Lisle
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our March Volunteers

----- Benedictine University - Lisle
----- Boy Scout Troop #75 - Naperville
----- Cantigny Park - Wheaton
----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- Elmhurst College
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glendale Heights
----- Glenbard East High School - Lombard
----- Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn
----- Hinsdale Central National Honors Society
----- Midwest HR
----- Neuqua Valley NVEco Club - Aurora
----- North Central College - Naperville
----- St. Matthew Church - Glendale Heights
Cantigny Park employees spent a full day making super crayons in March.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

On-going Volunteer Opportunities

  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. 
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling: Saturdays (Age 14+)
Our book rescue couldn't function without these amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing your donations!
John G.
John P.
Mary Lynn
We can't thank them enough! If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Helpful Links
Green Bulletin | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | [email protected] |
This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board,
Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Liz Chaplin, 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.