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June 2019
June 5th - World Environment Day
Celebrate World Environment Day with a meal out at Arrowhead Restaurant. Dine-in for lunch or dinner and 20% of your bill will support SCARCE! Simply show the flier on your phone to make your meal count.

Eco-tip: Bring your own container from home to pack up leftovers for later. Reduce food waste, conserve resources and support your favorite non-profit all at once!
Explore the Where is Away? Exhibit at the Glen Ellyn Public Library
During the month of June you can check out SCARCE's Where is Away? exhibit at the Glen Ellyn Public Library. It's an interactive display that will answer your burning questions on what to recycle, compost, and more. Starts Monday, June 3rd.

Holy moly there are a lot of groups to applaud this month! Illinois municipalities including many in DuPage and the county itself work to remove barriers to solar power, Lisle Park District pilots pesticide-free parks, and students, teachers and schools all over DuPage are recognized for helping our Earth.
College of DuPage Interim President Dr. Brian Caputo presents the award to SCARCE director Kay McKeen at the COD Community Leadership Breakfast.
Volunteer for Binder Bonanza
Are you looking for a simple way to help the planet? Schedule a binder demolition session at SCARCE. We get thousands of binders that cannot be reused and without your help they would have to be thrown away!

Be a part of the volunteer team to de-construct binders for recycling. You can help build a brighter future for people and the planet one binder at a time. Call 630-545-9710 or email rose@scarce.org to schedule.
858 pounds
Amount of CDs and DVDs we collected for recycling from September-April
This year's Sustainable Design Challenge featured fantastic projects from students from eight different high schools around DuPage County. Learn about our top three, honorable mentions and more.
Team Benara from Glenbard East High School in Lombard earned the Overall LEED Design prize.
Team Survive & Thrive from Addison Trail High School was awarded Best Stormwater Design.
Team Power from York Community High School in Elmhurst was awarded the Best Energy Efficiency Design.
DuPage County Highlights Solar Power - See if solar fits you
Did you know, DuPage County was recently designated a SolSmart Community ? We are also promoting a group purchasing program for residential solar. Offered by the  Citizens Utility Board  and the  Midwest Renewable Energy Association , home and business owners throughout Cook, Will, DuPage and Kane counties may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable. Spread the word or  learn more  at one of the many  Solar Power Hours  throughout the Chicagoland region! Upcoming local power hours are:

Join us for a summer class - Register Today!
Earn 3 graduate hours or 40-PDs
Are you an educator working in DuPage County? Join us for an experiential learning course this summer! Our summer courses are NGSS and STEM aligned. Our experiences and activities will help your students develop their science and engineering practices.
 Investigate the life-cycle of the stuff we make, use, buy and toss out each day. We'll visit a landfill, recycling center, wastewater facility and more to discover the answer to "where is away?".
Tour the high-tech Groot materials recovery facility.
Here's your chance to dive into water!   Led by experts in the field, you'll get a behind-the-scenes picture of the water infrastructure and   ecosystem services  we benefit from every day.
Get a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes at the Urban Stream Research Center.
Respect the flag and the environment. Learn how to retire your flag in a respectful and eco-friendly way.

Eco-tip: Replace your retired flag with one made of cotton - a natural fiber that won't pollute our waterways and is safe to burn in a retirement ceremony.
You can make a big difference in the lives of under-privileged students living in DuPage County by volunteering with us at the annual Back-to-School Fair. Help with set-up, book distribution during the event, or tear-down.
Each year, SCARCE brings school supplies and thousands of like-new books for students to choose for their very own. SCARCE needs your help to make it happen! Contact rose@scarce.org or call 630-545-9710 to sign up. You can also make a monetary donation to support this effort.
Are you:
  • a college or high school student in need of service hours?
  • a retiree looking for a meaningful project?
  • a teacher with free time this summer?

Volunteer at SCARCE's book rescue! When you volunteer with us, you reduce waste going to landfills, help teachers and students in need, and learn more about sustainability.
Recycling Events
Summer is our peak season for item donations - each day we hustle to get through hundreds of boxes we receive. Help us by following the  donation guidelines below:

  • Call before dropping off any donation 630-545-9710. Donations of 5+ boxes require an appointment.
  • Donations must be boxed - weigh no more than 30lbs and packed flat so the flaps close for stacking.
  • Review our list of accepted items before donating. We're happy to direct you where to take items that we do not accept.

If you appreciate having somewhere to donate or recycle your items, make a  monetary donation  to support our work! SCARCE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and we do not charge for the items teachers and non-profits receive. We can't pay our rent with books and school supplies so please consider  donating online or in-person when you visit!
Our warehouse overflows with donations each summer leaving us with little space to sort.
We work outside to sort donations each day - nice but also hot!
Rainy days are the hardest, severely limiting the space we have to process donations.
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!

  • ACE Hardware - Carol Stream
  • Chase Bank - Downers Grove
  • Citi Retail Services - Elk Grove Village
  • Readerlink - Oak Brook
  • Windsor Park - Carol Stream
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our May Volunteers

----- Arizona State University
----- Benedictine University - Lisle
----- Benet Academy - Lisle
----- Citi Retail Services - Elk Grove Village
----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- Glen Oaks Transition Program - Glen Ellyn
----- Hinsdale South High School APES - Darien
----- North Central College - Naperville
----- St. Michael's Parish School - Wheaton
----- Ulta Beauty Corporate - Bolingbrook
----- Waubonsie Valley High School - Aurora
----- Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Hinsdale South AP Environmental Science students helped us with all sorts of recycling projects including separating CDs from cases for recycling.

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!

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 | 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, 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.