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Green Bulletin
November 2017

Just as it is important to make sure you "recycle right" it is equally imperative that your yard waste is "clean". Read on for a Yard Waste 101.

Support SCARCE with your Amazon purchases by selecting us as your Amazon Smile charity.

Then give for good by making a contribution to SCARCE on Giving Tuesday, on November 28th. 

Your on-going financial support helps us continue our mission to inspire action for the environment through education and divert tons of educational resources from the landfill through our Book Rescue. Together, we are creating a brighter future for people and the planet.
Sat Nov 4th, 30+ locations

Drop off your pumpkin for composting at one of over 30 sites across Illinois. Composting is nature's form of recycling - so don't trash your pumpkin after Halloween, smash it!

This month we highlight a volunteer that helped transport much needed band uniforms and medical supplies, Clarendon Hills students dedicate their creativity to the Pumpkin Smash, and Wheaton promotes green transit.
Open through Nov 6th

Residents are encouraged to submit comments to DuPage County Stromwater Management on the draft plan to improve water quality in southeast DuPage County.

Sonic Sea was created by the NRDC to call attention to a little known plight of our aquatic life. Watch for free on Vimeo with code SONICSEE.

When catastrophe strikes, SCARCE finds ways to contribute to relief efforts. Learn more about how we worked with local groups to get items from SCARCE to Houston and Puerto Rico.
Mayor Brummel, SCARCE founder Kay McKeen, and the Warrenville Police Chief and Deputy police chief celebrate the start of their RX program.

Residents can now responsibly dispose of medicines at the Warrenville Police Department. SCARCE provided the collection bin thanks to a DuPage Foundation grant that supports expanding the RX program.
Nov 13th - registration required

Attention public works, turf managers and lawn maintenance professionals - you don't want to miss this workshop! Learn how you can manage grass to minimize environmental and health risk without blowing your budget.
Check with local food pantries to donate items for reuse such as reusable or paper shopping bags.
Nov 16th, 8am-9:30am - Earn PDs, Free Breakfast

Connect with others concerned about protecting local waterways. Plus, learn about streambank stabilization projects and how to fund them. Registration required.
Sat, Nov 25th

Do you deep fry your Thanksgiving turkey? Protect your pipes and recycle your used cooking oil at this annual event.

How is eating seafood and doing your laundry connected? Results of a new study confirm the presence of plastic microfibers from our clothing in shellfish. Learn what you can do.

Seeing is believing when it comes to SCARCE! If you've never visited our facility, drop by between 3-7pm. There will be tours, opportunities to learn about our education programs, community initiatives and more!

Remote towns in Alaska have become models for communities looking to adapt their power grids to be more resilient in the face of increasingly powerful storms.
Due Jan 12, 2018

Individuals and organizations are encouraged to apply for funds for projects that help improve regional water quality. Past funded projects include green roofs, permeable pavers, and streambank stabilization.
SCARCE Book Rescue Holiday Hours

Holidays are coming up! We've got some special hours and closures:
  • OPEN for Veterans Day: Fri, Nov 10th 9am-4:30pm, Sat, Nov 11 9am-12pm
  • CLOSED for Thanksgiving holiday: Wed, Nov 22-Sat, Nov 25
As always, you can view our calendar or our contact page to stay up-to-date.
Recycling Events
Fall recycling events are wrapping up! Stay tuned for the Spring 2018 season.
  View a list of on-going electronics recycling opportunities.

Nov 4  Carol Stream Electronics Recycling & Pumpkin Smash
Nov 4  Lewis Univ. Document Shred & Pumpkin Pitch
Nov 11  Jonlyn & Associates Shred Event
Dec 2  Woodridge Electronics Recycling & Coat Drive
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE is participating in or hosting events in green.
Nov 3  Illinois Soil, Food, Water and Composting Summit
Nov 4
Nov 6  Shifting Climates, Shifting Mindsets Climate Action Workshop
Nov 6  Glenbard Wastewater Authority Energy Projects Tour
Nov 8  Cindy Crosby Speaks on Tallgrass Prairie
Nov 10  Merchants of Doubt Free Film Screening
Nov 11  Native Plant Seed Exhange
Nov 13  Midwest Grows Green Lawn & Land Forum
Nov 15  America Recycles Day
Nov 15  Free Film: Growing Cities
Nov 16  The Economic Costs of Climate Change
Nov 25  Annual Thanksgiving Cooking Oil Collection
Nov 28  Giving Tuesday
Dec 5  United Nations World Soil Day
Dec 7  Webinar: Ecological Restoration 101: Native Landscaping for  HOAs & Property managers
Dec 7  SCARCE Open House


SCARCE Used Book & Record Sale every Tues & Fri 9am-12pm and select Saturdays
Thank You Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated supplies to our Rescue Projects this month!
  • American Academy of Pediatrics
  • Clarke
  • Contractors Inc
  • Crate & Barrel - Naperville
  • Dashiell
  • Domtar
  • Glorianna Enterprises Inc
  • Keson Industries
  • SAP Downers Grove
  • Select Staffing
  • The Westin Lombard
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our October Volunteers
Ladies from the Elmhurst Junior Women's Club help organize donations.

All Saints Academy
Benedictine University
Chamberlain College of Nursing
College of DuPage
Crone Middle School
Downers Grove North High School
Elmhurst Junior Women's Club
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
Giant Steps
Glenbard West High School
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Naperville Central High School
SEAL South
Wheaton Community Relations Commission
Wheaton North High School
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Willowbrook High School
York High School
Yorkville High School

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Wed-Fri 9am-4:30pm. We need volunteers that can lift! 
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Age 14+)
Helpful Links

Support SCARCE with your online purchases 
Join efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Recycling Guide, Trails Systems, and more!
Report stormwater issues online.
Be a part of this initiative!


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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, Amy Grant
and DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.

Kay McKeen, Founder & Director
Vicki Baldino, Jeff Gahris, Heather Goudreau, 
Carrie Horak, Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski, 
Erin Kennedy,  Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef 

Environmental Education Programs are operated by SCARCE
School & 
Assistance for 
Recycling and  
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 100363
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program