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Eco-Extraordinaires February 2017

Jan 31 2017

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Fellowes Brands Works to Keep Unused Furniture from Going to Waste

Itasca-based Fellowes contacted SCARCE after Thanksgiving with a large amount of furniture they had available and wished to keep out of the landfill. SCARCE helped by sharing info about the available items to schools and organizations through our Facebook page and Book Rescue E-Blast. Fellowes then coordinated with all interested organizations to get items to their new homes. In a world where landfilling can be the quick and easy option, we are thankful to Fellowes for working with us and other non-profits to keep valuable and needed resources from going to waste! Way to go!

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Nancy Young Students and Teachers Create Educational Video for Peers on New Composting Program

Nancy Young Elementary School in Aurora was the first school in IPSD204 to collect lunchroom food scraps for composting back in October as part of a plan to bring it to all schools in the district. To help make the program successful, students and teachers went above and beyond to create an educational video for their peers about how to sort lunchroom waste. Awesome job!

Two DuPage County Schools Selected as Illinois’ U.S. Green Ribbon School Nominees

Maercker Elementary School (Westmont) and Western Trails Elementary School (Carol Stream) were selected as Illinois’ nominees for the U.S. Deptartment of Education Green Ribbon Schools award. The award recognizes schools that reduce their environmental impact, improve health and wellness, and provide multi-disciplinary environmental education. SCARCE is proud to have worked with both schools as they’ve sought to be more environmentally sustianable. Each has earned SCARCE and DuPage County’s Earth Flag. Western Trail has also earned the Ecology Flag and Maercker was the first school to earn the Water Quality Flag. Award recipients are expected to be named later this year.

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Do you know a DuPage County organization or person that deserves some green kudos? Email [email protected] to explain who you think should be one of our next Eco-Extraordinaires.

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