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Earth Flag for Businesses and Organizations Print E-mail

Earth Flag

Is your business or organization taking big steps to GO GREEN?  Do you need help getting started with green initiatives?  The award-winning Earth Flag Certification Program was developed by the SCARCE Team to help your business or organization be more environmentally responsible.  We are here to help you implement practical, eco-friendly initiatives and be recognized for your efforts as a friend of the environment.

Certification Requirements

Green Audit

Schedule a time for SCARCE to come and perform a green audit with your company's Green Team.  This is a process in which the SCARCE consultant and green team members tour your office or facility to observe how you manage the building site, energy, water, materials, cleaning products and other potential indoor air hazards.  Then, the Green Team receives a written report with a summary of successfully implemented green initiatives, along with recommendations for important "next steps" to consider.  After the Green Audit, a meeting with the Green Team is recommended.  If your company does not have a Green Team established, we can help!  The meeting involves reviewing the Green Audit, appauding what's working well and discussing which green initiatives to tackle next.


Staff Training Presentation

In this step of the certification process, 75% of the staff should be present for the best results.  SCARCE comes to your office and educates the staff on the Earth Flag Certification program, recycling, energy & water conservation, etc.  Training is very important to the Earth Flag program, because employees have to understand the What, Why, and How of what they're being asked to do.  They also have to see that their managers are behind this!


Ongoing recycing program 

Your organizaion must have a working recycling program in place to qualify for the Earth Flag.  If you do not, SCARCE can help you get one going!


Sponsor a waste or energy reduction activity

There are a number of ways in which your organization can fulfill this step, such as hosting a community recycling extravaganza or collecting cell phones.  SCARCE can help with ideas and organizing.


Volunteer at a community event that benefits the environment

There are a number of community events and opportunities year-round in which your organization can participate.  For more information or assistance with this requirement, please contact SCARCE.


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Congratulations to the Following Earth Flag Recipients

The following businesses, community groups and faith-based organizations have earned their Earth Flag.

  • ABC Action Bag CompanyWoodridge 3
  • Bells & Whistles Snackery
  • Cantigny Park
  • Carol Stream Public Library
  • Carol Stream Park District
  • Conservation Foundation
  • Downers Grove Park District
  • DuPage Center For Spiritual Living
  • First Presbyterian Church of Glen Ellyn
  • First United Methodist Church, West Chicago
  • Good Samaritan Hospital
  • Hendrickson
  • HSBC Bank, Elmhurst
  • Huskie Tools, Inc.
  • It's Our Earth, Inc.
  • Lisle Convention Bureau
  • McDonald's U.S. Corporate Office
  • Molex, Inc.Good Sam 2
  • Morton Arboretum
  • North Central College
  • Naperville Park District
  • NOW Foods
  • PerkinElmer
  • RC2 Corporation
  • Room & Board
  • Roselle Public Library
  • Schaumburg Township District Library
  • Sims Recycling Solutions
  • St. Joan of Arc, Lisle
  • St. Timothy Lutheran, Naperville
  • Start Sampling, Inc.
  • Subaru Great Lakes Region
  • Villa Park Public Library
  • Village Of Carol Stream
  • Village of Glendale Heights
  • Western DuPage Special Recreation Association
  • Wheaton Yamaha Music School
  • Whole Foods Market - Naperville
  • Whole Foods Market - Wheaton
  • Whole Foods Market - Willowbrook
  • Windsor Park - Carol Stream
  • Woodridge Library
  • Wyndemere Retirement Home

Your Business Can Be Next!

Email SCARCE at or call 630-545-9710 and we'll help you get started.




Earning Earth Flag Improved Our Bottom Line

"NOW Foods has been partnering with SCARCE for a number of years. This partnership led us to undertake efforts which resulted in SCARCE recognizing NOW Foods as the first for-profit company to earn the Earth Flag for Business. The experience has been extremely positive for our company as a whole and for individual employees. For NOW, the Earth Flag is a symbol of what we can achieve when we work together to promote environmental sustainability. It’s a symbol of what we’ve accomplished, and a symbol of what we continually strive to be. Since being awarded the Earth Flag, NOW has been recognized by the Illinois Recycling Association with the 2007 Outstanding Business Recycling Program award. Our recycling program diverted almost 50% of our refuse from the landfill and provides NOW with a financial benefit of $40,000 a year. Our Board of Directors recently chartered an Environmental Sustainability Committee which endeavors to implement measures which conserve energy and resources. SCARCE has been, and continues to be, integral to NOW’s environmental efforts. We consider SCARCE a partner and an invaluable resource."
- Dan Scoles, Safety Manager, at NOW Foods