Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
September 2020
What do night skies, wildlife and climate change have in common? Light pollution! Not only does light pollution reduce how many stars we see at night, it's also a huge waste of energy and is harming the natural rhythms of wildlife, plants and even humans!

Fortunately, solving light pollution is simple. Learn how you can help protect our night skies - and so much more.
No bodysuit necessary but pumpkins and face coverings are required.
The annual Pumpkin Smash is coming up on November 7th! Are you interested in helping your community go green?

Consider organizing a Pumpkin Smash to collect pumpkins for composting! Composting is nature's way of recycling - it saves resources and reduces greenhouse gas emissions. So don't trash it, smash it!

Eco-Benefits of the Pumpkin Smash:
  • Reduces waste
  • Reduces greenhouse gas emissions
  • Creates a nutrient-dense soil enhancer
  • Protects water quality by reducing leachate in landfills

Download the free guide and flyers from scarce.org.

Want to learn more? Join us for a free webinar on Sept 10th. Reserve your spot.

Already hosting? Register your site!
Workshop: Compost Easy as 1-2-3
Sept 15th-16th @ SCARCE
Did you know that composting your food scraps is one of the top things you can do to fight climate change? Get a crash course in composting in all it's many forms to find a method that works for you.
*In-person at SCARCE, multiple times offered, each limited to 10 participants. Open to ages 10+ with an adult.
SCARCE's engaging environmental programs are now available for groups of all ages live via Zoom. Choose from a wide variety of topics including clean water, zero waste, sustainable gardening, recycling, energy and more.
Contact us to discuss what we can do for your group.
With COVID keeping fans from attending sports events, teams are getting creative.To add some atmosphere to empty stadiums, recyclable cardboard 'fans' are filling seats instead!
Cardboard Sox fans fill seats at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Are you looking to update a room in your home? Try eco-friendly latex paint from Earth Paints, a local non-profit that recycles latex paint while providing jobs to people with special needs. Paint is available in a variety of neutral colors at their store and ReStores throughout the Chicago area. Custom colors can be made at the Earth Paint store. Mention this newsletter at Earth Paint in Wood Dale for a discount.
These free webinars will give you tips to protect local waterways and ecosystems. The webinars will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 1-2pm beginning September 16th, . Provided in partnership with The Conservation Foundation. Advanced registration required.
Reuse Center Spotlight: Providing Cheer During a Challenging Time
September is Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month, as such, we thought we'd highlight our partnership with the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. POTCF provides gifts for children undergoing cancer treatment to give them much needed comfort and distraction from their procedures.

SCARCE and POTCF connected in Spring 2019. Since then, we have made regular donations of coloring books, books, and crayons to help brighten the faces of the young cancer patients they serve. This summer alone we've provided over 3,000 books for their cause.

It's a wonderful effort and we're glad to be a part of it! Make a donation to support partnerships like this one.
Did you know that the average home leaks 10,000 gallons of water per year? That's over 142 bathtubs worth of water! Often leaks can go unnoticed. Find and fix leaks fast with the EPA's 10-minute WaterSense Challenge.
Stop by the week after Labor Day for up to 50% our already-low prices on books! The sale runs Tues-Fri Sept 8th-11th 9am-4:30pm and Saturday, Sept 12th, 9am-12pm. Get your gifts for birthdays and Christmas for a steal of a deal!
Sharing Connections Resumes Furniture Pick-Up & Baby Clothing Collections
Are you cleaning out at home or downsizing? Sharing Connections recently resumed their furniture pick-up service and collecting baby clothing. Review their list of accepted items and contact them to schedule a pick-up. All donations help local families in need.
We opened in June at our new home in Addison and we are excited to welcome folks back! For safety, masks are required and there are capacity limits in place. Learn more about our operating hours and safety precautions.
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 & select Saturdays 9am-12pm
Thank You to Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated supplies to our Rescue Projects this month!
  • Keson LLC - Aurora
  • UPS Global Business Services - Addison
  • Whole Foods - Wheaton
Special THANK YOU to our Volunteers!
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

On-going Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Reuse Center 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!

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
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
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)
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.