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Green Bulletin
February 2019
Thursday, Feb 21st @ 7pm
Due to popular demand, we've scheduled a second intro to Zero Waste program. Learn how to cut the amount of waste you create with simple tips and tricks. No matter where you are in the journey to reduce your environmental impact, you're certain to get a few new ideas with this program.

Registration is required. Space is limited - sign up today!
If you have used medical equipment or extra medical supplies sitting around, check out these local organizations that can reuse your items to help others. We also list options for recycling or safe disposal of non-reusable goods.

Please note: SCARCE does NOT accept medical equipment or supplies.
This month we are excited to recognize the DuPage Water Commission in Elmhurst for their environmental efforts and to highlight a few volunteers that went above-and-beyond to rescue a stash of old vinyl records in the name of the environment and music preservation.
The DuPage Water Commission was awarded for their environmental efforts.
SCARCE volunteers rock! Preserving 78rpm records for The Great 78 Project.
In January, SCARCE was contacted by Power Equipment Company to help Taylorville, Illinois area families that suffered after an outbreak of tornadoes on December 1st. Together, we were able to provide a van-full of children's reading and activity books to families in need. Help us continue to help communities in-need by donating your gently-used children's reading books.
Attend a Free Breakfast Workshop in Your Watershed
Join DuPage County Stormwater Management and The Conservation Foundation for a FREE workshop in your watershed. Learn about efforts to protect water quality where you live and connect with like-minded individuals. Registration is required. Breakfast is provided. Earn 1.5 PDHs.

In honor of World Wetlands Day on February 2nd - make sure you're doing your part to protect water quality this winter!
Set the Mood on Valentine's Day with a Vintage Record
Celebrate Valentine's Day with one of the many love-themed LP records in stock at SCARCE's Used Book and Record Sale! No matter your taste, we've surely got the unique album that will put a smile on your Valentine's face.

Stop by from 9am-12pm every Tuesday and Friday and the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.
If you enjoy being able to see stars in the night sky, check out this program. Learn about responsible community lighting that saves energy, protects our night sky views and reduces the impact of artificial light on plant and animal communities.

Did you know? At the Central Idaho Dark Sky Reserve the skies are so clear you can see interstellar dust in the Milky Way.
March 1st-10th
Take in one or more of over 20 different films as part of this annual environmental film event. T he Festival invites you, your family and friends to go 'All In' for the planet. See the full line-up of powerful, solution-oriented films. Discover community action partners who can help you plug into projects, large and small.

Most showings are free of charge.
Downsize & Declutter without the Dumpster
March 5th & 6th
Are you trying to downsize and declutter your home or that of a family or friend? Join SCARCE to learn how to minimize your impact on the planet while minimizing your possessions. Two sessions offered:

Registration required.
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is seeking exhibit proposals from local artists for their upcoming Reclaimed Beauty outdoor exhibit at Mayslake Peabody Estate. The exhibit will feature artwork made of repurposed or recycled materials.
Annual Sustainable Design Challenge
Paper Shredding Events Offered By County and Local Municipalities
It might be below 0 outside recently but DuPage County is already looking forward to Spring. In partnership with several municipalities and townships across DuPage, the County is providing co-sponsorship funds for several document shredding events this year. These events are open to all DuPage County residents regardless of host entity. The earliest events will be the City of Wheaton on April 6th and Elmhurst College on April 13th. Several more will be held at other times throughout the summer and fall. Check our events page  for participating communities and their details.
Holiday Light Recycling Offered Year-Round at SCARCE
In case you missed your local drop-off, this is a friendly reminder that at SCARCE it's always holiday light recycling season. If you have string lights, extension cords or cables to recycle outside of the holiday season you can bring them to SCARCE year-round. View a list of what we accept.
Recycling can be very confusing. Help your patrons learn the do's and don'ts with our interactive exhibit that demystifies how to recycle or safely dispose of items around the home.

The "Where is Away?" exhibit is currently available for loan to libraries that serve DuPage County residents.  Learn more.

Coming to the Elmhurst Public Library for the month of March!
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!

  • Green Dubin & Co - Niles
  • Reduce, Reuse, Reteach - Huntley
  • The Sullivan Group - Oak Brook
  • West Suburban Speech Clinic - Oak Brook
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our January Volunteers

----- Benedictine University - Lisle
----- Benet Academy - Lisle
----- Boy Scout Troop 52 - Hinsdale
----- Boy Scout Troop 202 - Lombard
----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- Downers Grove North High School APES class
----- Glen Crest Middle School - Glen Ellyn
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glendale Heights
----- Hinsdale Central High School - Hinsdale
----- North Central College - Naperville
----- Prospect High School - Mt Prospect
----- St. Mark's Catholic Church - Wheaton
----- Wheaton Warrenville South High School - Wheaton
Boy Scout Troop 52 helped with our Rescue Projects in January.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Presidents Day Monday, February 18th @ SCARCE
  • Saturday, March 9th @ SCARCE
  • Community Recycling Events coming up: March 23rd in Lisle

On-going Volunteer Opportunities

  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm. 
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling: Saturdays (Age 14+)
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, 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.