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Inspiring People to Care for the Earth

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Ecology FlagIf you already have your Earth Flag check out the Ecology Flag. Thus far 11 DuPage County schools have earned their Ecology Flag.

Ecology Flag Requirements

  • School must have (or be working toward) its Earth Flag

Click on Earth Flag-Schools to view requirements

  • Staff in-service

SCARCE comes to your location and educates the staff on the Ecology Flag, recycling, energy & water conservation, green initiatives, and community involvement.

  • Student Education

This requirement is generally the second step of the certification process. SCARCE staff go to the school and present to the students in an assembly-type setting. Please contact SCARCE for a list, description, and cost of all assemblies and educational programs available for this step.

  • Energy, Water, & Waste Audits

SCARCE will come and perform audits that help you and your school understand its energy, water, and natural resource consumption and will provide solutions to help reduce your impact on the Earth.

  • Pollution Reduction Activity

There are a number of activities your school can participate in as a pollution reduction activity. For example, celebrate bike/walk to school week, or enforce anti-idling with busses and parents. Contact SCARCE for more ideas and information.

  • Grade-level Appropriate Environmental Service Projects in DuPage Communities

Some examples are; prairie path/trail cleanup, design & exhibit environmental-issues posters for your town, recycling extravaganza, adopt-a-street/highway/parkway, creek/waterway cleanup, stream monitoring, create and maintain a natural area such as a prairie or butterfly garden. Contact SCARCE for more information or ideas.






Wyndemere Green Team (above)

The Ecology Flag Program is funded by the DuPage County Environmental Committee.



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