Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
August 2021
SCARCE will be closed September 4th, 5th, and 6th for Labor Day!
Thinking of hosting a Pumpkin Smash this year? Now is the time to get planning! Since 2014, the Pumpkin Smash has been held annually the Saturday after Halloween. The 2021 Pumpkin Smash will be Nov. 6.

Halloween is creeping up on us! Keep in mind that over a month is necessary to plan an event, as city approvals must be submitted to your county recycling coordinator at least 30 days in advance of the event. We already have two new towns joining our list of locations for 2021! In Lombard, the Junior Women's Club & Park District are partnering to host, as well as the City of Itasca. Chicago is looking to add more locations as well! Check out our website for more information, and please refer to our "How to Host a Pumpkin Collection" Guide. Email erin@scarce.org or give us a call at 630-545-9710 with any further questions. We look forward to adding your Pumpkin Smash to our map of locations and giving people even more opportunities to divert pumpkins from the landfill!
Calling all Eco Club Sponsors, Environmental Educators, and Teachers! Join us for SCARCE's Program Preview

Just in time for back to school! We are offering 2 "Program Previews" on August 11-- one at 10am and one at 2pm. These will last approximately 1.5 hours apiece, including a short tour of our facility at the end for anyone new to SCARCE.

This is a great way to learn about all of the educational resources and assistance SCARCE can offer you this upcoming school year. All of our programs are NGSS aligned. This event will give glimpses into our environmental projects, community connections, teacher training workshop opportunities, field trips/classroom NGSS aligned programs, Earth/Water Quality/Ecology Flag information, water conservation, and more!

Hold your spot for just $5-- register soon as each session is limited to 15 participants. Click here for our morning registration and click here for our afternoon registration. We can't wait to see you!
Plant Milkweed in Honor of National Honey Bee Day!
August 15th is National Honey Bee Day, and what better way to honor our pollinators than planting milkweed? Common milkweed is a favorite for bees, and is not an actual weed like its name implies. Plan ahead-- the best time to plant is the fall, as the seeds require a freezing and thawing process in order to grow in the spring.
Green infrastructure consists of strategies designed to solve urban and climate issues by implementing nature into infrastructure planning. DuPage County's Stormwater Management Department has a great brochure highlighting different green infrastructure options that capture and hold stormwater. This brochure, titled "Greening Urban Areas," visually illustrates the benefits of each strategy. Green infrastructure options, such as green roofs or permeable pavement, capture and store stormwater so that it doesn't run off and cause flooding. With stormwater management investments topping $70 million nationally, the implementation of green infrastructure could save millions of dollars while also benefitting the environment.
One of the most important innovations for humankind has been the harnessing of light. However, artificial light can cause a lot of harm, especially in the natural world at night. Common victims of light are birds, particularly during migration seasons. The stars are important to a bird's navigation system, so brightly lit skyscrapers can draw them off course and cause them to crash into buildings and perish. A study in Chicago found that cutting the number of lit windows in a building at night reduced bird deaths by 11x during spring migration. Besides saving money on electricity, creating more initiatives to lessen light pollution would result in benefits for countless animal populations.
"The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration is a global rallying cry to heal our planet." 2021 is the beginning of a 10-year campaign to restore the diverse ecosystems of our earth. Ecosystems are complex biological communities that support all life on earth. Bolstering their health will bolster the health of our planet. With global warming rapidly speeding up, now is the time to put all of our efforts towards climate change mitigation and reversal. Learn more about how you can help restore the ecosystems around you and follow the UN's movement here.
Recycling Events
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!
THANK YOU to our Special Collections Groups!
The following schools collected bread tags for us last month:
Cub Scout Pack 86 collected crayons and school supplies for SCARCE at Lester Elementary in Downers Grove
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Calling anyone with experience repairing or making things to participate in SCARCE's RePurpose, ReUse, and RePair Fair. This event will take place on October 2nd between the hours of 9am and 1pm. Plans are still in the works, but we are seeking volunteers who can make small repairs to general household items (ie: mending clothing, sharpening knives, small appliance repairs, etc.) or has a creative way to reuse or repurpose things that they would be willing to demonstrate to fair-goers. We will be inviting the public in to assess their items in need of repair and are hoping for as many different booths as possible. Please email erin@scarce.org if you are interested in sharing your skills. We hope to see you there!

On-going Volunteer Opportunities
We now have opportunities for individuals that wish to volunteer with SCARCE. Volunteers must be 18 or older. We are also accepting high school students willing to commit at least 10 hours for the summer. To learn more, contact Rose, our Volunteer Coordinator, at rose@scarce.org.
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, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, Grecia Landin, Rose Naseef, & 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.