This past Saturday, the library received its honorary Earth Flag from SCARCE (School and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education) Director, Kay McKeen. Fulfilling criteria set by SCARCE, the library improved its eco-friendliness by:
- Establishing a recycling system, which includes difficult to recycle materials such as batteries, caps & lids, dvd & cd cases.
- Replacing its use of styrofoam cups with biodegradable paper cups.
- Introducing green cleaning supplies.
- Using energy-efficient light bulbs to reduce energy use and increase cost savings.
- Placing “smart plants,” such as Pothos and Chinese Evergreen, throughout the library — these plants improve air quality.
These are a few examples of how the library has taken on the challenge of being a greener institution. And the greening of Itasca doesn’t end with us! The Village of Itasca has also taken on green initiatives and will soon receive their Earth Flag. Join them at the Village Hall for a public ceremony on Tuesday, April 19th at 5:30 p.m. as they receive their honor.