Protect our Earth today for our children's tomorrow.
SCARCE is a non-profit organization that helps DuPage county schools and businesses become more sustainable. SCARCE has awarded their prestigious Earth Flag to Elmhurst Academy. It is given to schools who are dedicated to sustainability and have completed a series of steps, including staff training, student training, waste reduction activities, and a school wide recycling program. Look for the flag in the East Discovery Play Garden.
For more information on SCARCE please visit http://www.scarceecoed.org
Eco-Healthy Child Care
Elmhurst Academy is proud to announce that we have successfully completed the checklist for Eco-Healthy Child Care. “Eco-Healthy Child Care® (EHCC) supports child care providers in creating child care settings that are as environmentally healthy as possible. The program allows parents to choose child care facilities that are committed to creating a safer, healthier environment for children to learn and grow”.
For more information on EHCC please visit: http://www.cehn.org/ehcc.
Elmhurst Academy seeks to reduce waste and increase environmental care wherever we can! Our composting program works to keep excess food waste out of landfills, which causes methane gas to be released, and creates healthy soil for our gardens! Each classroom is visited by our school’s vermicomposting (a.k.a. worm) bin, too!
To learn more about composting, visit:
The Three R's: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Students and staff at Elmhurst Academy work hard to “reduce, reuse and recycle.” We have an extensive recycling program at the school and reuse paper for coloring sheets and art projects. Most importantly, we work to save resources, like electricity and water, by turning off lights and faucets when finished, using our school’s rain barrels to water our gardens, and sending information electronically.
Did you know: Recycling 1 ton of paper saves around 682.5 gallons of oil, 26,500 liters of water and 17 trees! Read more about paper waste facts by visiting TheWorldCounts.com.
Elmhurst Academy, as part of our sustainability program participates in crayon recycling. Each classroom will have a recycling bin designated for recycled crayons. Please bring in your broken crayons so that we can donate them to SCARCE, a non-profit organization. SCARCE uses pieces of broken crayons, to make "Super Crayons", large, multi-shaped crayons which can be used by children with special needs. This is a great way to keep crayons out of landfills and save a non-renewable resource, petroleum!
Elmhurst Academy is now a Crayola ColorCycle school. Through this initiative, old, dried up markers are now being collected and re-purposed. For more information visit: www.crayola.com.
2019 "Trash to Treasure" Totem Pole Art Piece Winners:
Thank you to all of the Elmhurst Academy families who participated in the contest at the annual Earth Fest.
Encourage sustainable practices in your community through your local Elmhurst Sustainable Action Organization. Visit
www.elmhurstcoolcities.org for more information.
Elmhurst Academy parking lots are now "NO IDLE ZONES".
Rain Water Conservation
Elmhurst Academy has incorporated several great ways to conserve rain water on our school’s campus. Our school utilizes native plants, which long roots help control soil erosion, retain and filter rain water, and are important for local fauna. We also have a designated “Rain Garden.” A rain garden helps to slow water runoff, filters pollutants before they enter larger waterways, and creates natural habitat for wildlife. In addition, we use two rain barrels on our campus that students use to water our school gardens.
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