Eco-Extraordinaires September 2017

Sep 01 2017

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Domtar Hosts Litter Cleanup, Donates Supplies as Part of Sustainability Efforts
Domtar Paper Company in Addison held their first litter clean up as part of the DuPage County Adopt A Trail program. Their company has adopted 2 miles of the Great Western Trail as part of their environmental stewardship goals and Earth Flag certification. The team of 8 employees collected two bags of litter and a bike from their stretch of trail from Swift Rd in Lombard to Bloomingdale Rd in Glendale Heights.  A number of trail users thanked them as they worked. Domtar will coordinate four clean-up days each year as part of the trail adoption program. They’ve also been donating butt rolls of paper to SCARCE for teachers to use in their classrooms. Way to give back to your community and environment!


Forest Preserve District of DuPage County Works to Restore Threatened Native Species to Local Rivers

Research lab coordinator Jessi DiMartini of the Forest Preserve’s Urban Stream Research Center works to restore endangered native mussels to our local waterways. This fall, her team is working to place 15,000 young mussels they’ve reared into the west branch of the Dupage River. The mussels provide important ecosystem services: they clean waterways by filtering pollution out as they eat.  Each year, SCARCE brings teachers to the Urban Stream Research Center as part of our summer class Living Water. Recently, SCARCE staff joined Martini at the lab to learn more about local mussels and help tag them so they could be placed in waterways. Check out this video from WGN to learn more about this awesome restoration project.

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