Summer heat can have us all cranking the AC to stay cool but whoa! What an energy suck that AC can be. Save energy and stay cool this summer with these simple tips. The planet - and your wallet - will thank you.
Looking for a simple way that you can serve your community? Lead a storm drain medallion project! This project is a simple way to educate your community and protect clean water.
Learn how to get started.
Did you know that we have a used book and record shop that is open to the public? SCARCE-LY USED was started by volunteers and supports our reuse center. Most items are $5 or less. Open at our new location Monday-Friday 9am-4:30pm.
Get a peek here
The Solarize Chicagoland program is underway and has already met the 1st benchmark with 113.18 kW of solar already set for installation. Solar Power Hours are scheduled in July and August with 2 sessionsEn Español. Join us for one of the many Power Hours to learn more about how this is the optimal time to install solar to receive maximum rebates and incentives.
The newly opened Hope's Garden at the DuPage County Jail offers inmates an opportunity to connect with nature and learn new skills. The garden was a collaboration of SCARCE, the DuPage County Sheriff, DuPage County Environmental Committee Chair Liz Chaplin and JUST of DuPage.
Can you believe SCARCE has been educating and saving resources in the service of people and our planet for 30 years now? Time flies when you're following your passion! We're planning a celebration - stay tuned for details!
Right now we are moving forward with the annual Pumpkin Smash. Hosts will be asked to follow proper safety precautions including wearing facial coverings and social distancing.
Host site registration opens in August.
Christmas in July: Holiday Light Recycling Update
36,765 pounds of holiday lights were recycled in DuPage County during the 2019/2020 season. Since 2009, the program has spread across Illinois and recycled almost a half million pounds of lights.
Got lights? SCARCE collects holiday lights for recycling year-round!
Thank you to program partner Elgin Recycling.
New Collection: Bikes, Bike parts & Accessories
SCARCE is now a drop-off site for
Working Bikes. SCARCE will accept donations of repairable adult bikes, gently-used kids' bikes, bike parts and bike accessories. Donation hours are Tu-Fri 9am-2pm.
Our book rescue couldn't function without these 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 high-five!
Al - Andrea - Bonnie - Cindy - Davina - Diane - Denny - Gary - Gayle - Glenn - Greg - Gregg - Jane - Janice - Jen - Jill - Jim - John P. - John G. - Joyce - Karen - Kath - Kathy - Linda - Marcy - Marilyn - Mary Lynn - Maureen - Nancy - Penny - Sharon - Susan - Tip
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
Jan Breyne, Laura Fanning, Heather Goudreau, Carrie Horak,
Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
(School & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education)