Local environmental news and happenings for DuPage County.
May 2022
Help Our Local Birds!
North American birds are in trouble. According to a 2019 study run by Cornell University's Lab of Ornithology, we've lost nearly one in four birds since 1970.

Close to home, the Cook County Forest Preserve discovered over 200 water fowl died in an avian flu outbreak at Baker's Lake in Barrington last month. (Baker's Lake is home to one of the largest heron rookeries in the Midwest.)

Our birds need help! The Illinois Dept. of Natural Resources has asked local residents not to put out bird feeders or baths to help limit the spread of the flu. Read more here. Also, because birds are migrating now it's important to dim your outdoor lights. Read about it at International Dark Skies.

There are other simple things we can all do to help local birds recover and thrive. Read 10 Ways to Help Birds by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.
Did you know the coffee you drink can help
or hurt North American birds?
This article from National Public Radio has ideas about how you can help local birds.
Photo by Riccardo Annandale on Unsplash
E is for Energy
ABC's of Smart Recycling
Recycling does more than reclaim materials. It saves energy.

Whether it's an aluminum can, a cardboard box, or the steel in your new bike, creating something from recycled materials takes a lot less energy than making something from raw materials--which means burning fewer fossil fuels.

Learn more about the connection between your blue recycling bin and energy on this month's ABC's of Smart Recycling blogpost.
Arbor Day Tree-mendous
A big THANK YOU to everyone who planted trees this year in honor of Arbor Day.
"The ultimate test of a man's conscience may be his willingness
to sacrifice something today for future generations
whose words of thanks will not be heard." - Gaylord Nelson
National Compost Week: May 1-7
Composting is beginning to catch-on locally. And that's good news for everyone!

Whether it's city-wide, a small business, or in local schools, composting can help reduce waste, improve the environment, and save money.

Here are a few groups who recently joined the composting pile:

  • The City of Darien added a curbside composting program for all residents;
  • Antunes in Carol Stream is implementing a food scrap composting program in the office;
  • Edison School, Wheaton, has begun a vermicomposting project for the lunchroom.

Want to learn more about how to get started composting? Visit our website.
Sustainable Design Challenge Winners Honored
DuPage County announced the winning models from the 16th annual Sustainable Design Challenge this month. This year's models really impressed the judges and made the choice of top prizes more difficult than ever!

  • Best Overall LEED Design ($500 prize) Team #21, Green Glory; Glenbard East High School. Kaylee Choi, John Polyak, Calvin Putterlik & Steve Flanagan 
  • Best Stormwater Design ($250 prize) Team #3, The Pinecones; York Community High School. Tessa Brown, Gracie Stumpf, Katie Stumpf, & Maya Valdez 
  • Best Energy Design ($250 prize) Team #22, Cherry House; Glenbard East High School. Kristina Tomanov

Local Eco Events
Residents of Wheaton dropped off 1045.1 pounds of batteries at last month's Recycling Extravaganza. SCARCE worked with HazChem, Addison, in the pilot program to recycle the batteries which keeps harmful battery acid out of landfill and local groundwater.
DuPage County Board Member & Chair of the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Shelia Rutledge, is pictured helping with a special Milton Township collection of medical equipment at the Wheaton Recycling Extravaganza.
Wheaton Lions Club collected 9 cell phones, 34 hearing aids and 425 pairs of glasses as part of the April Recycling Extravaganza.
Eco-learning at any age! Residents of The Oakes in Bartlett toured SCARCE to learn more about recycling and conservation projects.
Eco-Extraordinaires: Local Solar Stars!
Congratulations to three local towns for receiving special designations for encouraging the use of solar panels in their area. The awards are sponsored by SolSmart, a national program led by the International City/County Management Association and the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC), along with a team of partners with expertise in solar energy and local governments.

The award was announced at Argonne National Laboratory this past March, and was attended by U.S. Secretary of Energy, Jennifer Granholm, who offered her congratulations. Local cities being recognized included:

  • Bronze Award - Westmont
  • Silver Award - Bensenville
  • Gold Award - Carol Stream

Local governments have tremendous influence over the prospects for solar energy growth. ... And since the solar industry is a leading source of American job creation, attracting solar investment in your community is a great way to promote economic development and new jobs.”

from the Solsmart website
Recycling Events
MAY 28
Woodridge Christ the Servant Church 8:30am-11:30am
Environmental Events - Mark Your Calendar!
SCARCE-LY USED Books & Records @ SCARCE Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Thank You to Businesses
A special thank you to businesses who donated services and/or supplies!

  • Whole Foods, Wheaton
  • Concord Marketing Solutions, Glendale Heights
  • HazChem, Addison
  • Compost Supply, Sheridan (IL)
  • Domtar, Addison
  • Ryan Shreve, Revo Wired Webservices

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for individuals 14 and older to help gather items at local community recycling events. It's a great way to serve your community and help the planet!

Contact Rose at rose@scarce.org for details.
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, Sheila Rutledge, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
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