What’s New at Greenbuild 2018

Complimentary Expo Pass Available for IFSC Community

Registration is available for Greenbuild – the in-person experience for sustainability in the built environment. The event is this November in Chicago.

In 2018, Greenbuild is enhancing the attendee experience and bringing you new ways to engage and learn.


  • The mindful MATERIALS Pavilion. It’s a new area in the expo hall. We're shining a light on materials transparency and product certification in an all-new pavilion in the expo hall. See the pavilion.
  • The latest education and a new track. Discover three days of sessions - strategically planned to educate, motivate, and inspire you. This year, we’ve added “The People’s Voice” – a new education track voted into Greenbuild by the public. Additional tracks include Approaching Zero, Zeroing In, and Built to Perform.
  • Journey Maps. See this new way to explore the event. These attendee experiences will guide your three-day journey through Greenbuild on topics that are of specific interest to you. Journey Maps include education sessions, distinctive products, solutions and technology, and experiential learning opportunities. See the journey maps.

Ready to register? Learn more about why you should attend, and then register for a four-day or three-day conference pass. Or, explore the floor, courtesy of IFSC! Use code REGIONALGB18P2 at registration to claim your complimentary expo hall pass.

Schools & Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education (SCARCE) –  An Illinois Food Scrap Coalition Sustaining Partner


SCARCE Logo, image of green globe with blue text and a blue butterfly flying in front of it with a body shaped like a light bulbSchools and Community Assistance for Recycling and Composting Education also known as SCARCE is an award-winning environmental education non-profit agency dedicated to creating sustainable communities. They accomplish this through innovative and hands-on education programs for schools and organizations.  For over 25 years SCARCE has been implementing change to foster a more sustainable future. SCARCE does this by collecting hard to recycle items and promoting composting. 


The composting program started with the Pumpkin Recycling collection. After hosting successful pumpkin collection events, SCARCE created the pumpkin recycling toolkit, which is available at http://illinoiscomposts.org/11-resources/77-pumpkin-collection-guide. This toolkit allows other communities throughout the state to introduce composting in an easy and fun way.                       


SCARCE is under the leadership of its founder and Executive Director Kay McKeen. In addition to leading SCARCE, McKeeen is highly involved with the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition. She is a founding member and on the Board of Directors. She serves on the End Markets subcommittee, which is committed to developing markets to increase the demand for compost throughout the state. 

Kay's dedication to improve the sustainability of our communities has earned her numerous awards over the years, including the 2016 Illinois Recycler of the Year and one of Suburban Life Magazine's 2015 Women of Distinction.


SCARCE has been instrumental in pushing composting throughout the State of Illinois through its participation with IFSC and by hosting education seminars about composting for municipalities and residents. SCARCE staff has hosted forums in DuPage County to help spread the word, providing education and compost motivational speeches. SCARCE has been recognized for the effectiveness of the programs they’ve developed and their impact on legislation to foster sustainability state-wide.


SCARCE is a gold level Sustaining Partner for Illinois Food Scrap Coalition, providing significant financial support toward expanding food scrap collection and composting throughout the state of Illinois. Because of their efforts, the cities of Glyn Ellyn, Naperville and Wheaton have begun curbside food scrap collection programs. SCARCE is truly a pioneer, leading the way for others in the state to implement food scrap collection programs. Their efforts have been instrumental in increasing the amount of compost available in Illinois. SCARCE, keep up the great work!

For more information, contact SCARCE at 630-545-9710, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. You can also visit SCARCE at 799 Roosevelt Road Building 2 Suite 108, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137, or visit their website scarce.org.  



IFSC is grateful to Midwest Organics Recycling (MOR) for being a Gold level Sustaining Partner. Contributions from Sustaining Partners help further the impact of IFSC's efforts to support and grow composting infrastructure in Illinois. Take a moment to learn more about MOR.Midwest Organics Recycling logo

Midwest Organics Recycling (MOR) is a composting operation located 40 miles north of Chicago in Wauconda Township in Lake County, IL. MOR was established to explore the environmental benefits associated with manure composting while attempting to sustain the viability of one of the last dairy operations in a quickly urbanizing county. Their efforts showed composting to be a viable, more environmentally friendly solution to dairy manure management, and resulted in the development of Organimix brand compost.

Organimix is made from landscape waste such as leaves, grass, and brush, cow manure, and food scraps. It can be used as a soil amendment, lawn dressing, potting soil component or mulch. This value-added compost is certified by the U.S. Compost Council’s Seal Testing of Assurance Program, and is listed by the Organic Material Review Institute (OMRI) for use in organic production. MOR sells Organimix at its facility as well as at select garden centers, nurseries, and some Midwest Whole Foods locations. MOR provides composting services for landscape waste and food scraps, counting municipalities, grocery stores, schools, colleges and universities among its clientele.

Organimix logo, calling the product "King of Compost" and featuring the head of a black and white cow wearing a yellow crown against a green background

By collecting and processing food scraps into a valuable compost product, MOR exemplifies the type of services IFSC hopes to see proliferate throughout the state of Illinois. In addition to being IFSC members and Sustaining Partners, Andy Klink, MOR Site Manager, serves on IFSC’s Market Development Committee

"There are many resources that go into growing food, and not only is important that these resources are not wasted, but also repurposed for a higher use.  We pride ourselves on being the only permitted site in Lake County to accept food scraps. It has allowed Lake County’s efforts in food scrap composting to get some traction. We look forward to being a catalyst for food scrap composting and finished compost use in IL along with the IFSC." --Andy Klink, MOR Site Manager

To learn more about Midwest Organics Recycling, visit their web site at http://www.compostmatters.com/. Their composting facility is located between Bonner and Case at 29353 N Darrell Road in Wauconda Township, IL. Questions can be addressed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.