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April 2018
 Volume: 28  Issue: 9

Get ready for Earth Day with Climate Education Week April 16-22. An opportunity for special emphasis at all levels on what climate change is, and how we can take action to reduce our impact. 
Summer Graduate Courses
-- Earn 3 graduate hours or 40 PDs/CEUs --
Join us for an eye-opening, week-long experiential graduate course.  These courses are designed to align with NGSS.

Living Waters 2017

Here's your chance to dive into water!  Led by experts in the field, we'll get a unique behind-the-scenes picture of the infrastructure and ecosystem services we benefit from every day. Get ready to make a splash in your classroom come fall!

Featured Stop:  Jardine Water Purification Plant 
Get a rare glimpse of the world's largest drinking water plant that filters up to one billion gallons of water a day.
Where is away 2017

Investigate the life-cycle of the stuff we make, use, buy, and throw away each day.   Learn from experts about the human impact on the environment - for better or worse - and ways to make a difference.

Featured Stop: Groot Materials Recovery Plant  See how recyclables are sorted by a combination of high-tech and human hands at this multi-million dollar facility.

Congratulations and well-done to Monroe Elementary School in Hinsdale whose eco-efforts have landed them on the short-list of schools nominated for a U.S. Green Ribbon Award.

Do you have artists among your eco-enthusiastic students? Get involved in this effort to build awareness and inspire urgency for climate change action through an art installation in our nation's capital.

SCARCE joined a new Terracycle brigade for empty Burt's Bees plastic self-care packaging. Save your containers for SCARCE!
April 17th, 9am-11am
DuPage Administration Building - 421 N. County Farm Rd

Come scope out this fabulous event so you can help your students take advantage of this free opportunity in 2019! A great supplemental STEAM activity for APES, science, architecture/CAD and architecture or eco-clubs.  Students from DuPage high schools will be showing off their innovative sustainable building projects from 9-11am. 

Get your classroom involved in the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County's most popular school program! Teachers must attend a training prior to next fall's program. 

Find support and resources for organizing a Bike to School Day at your school. Biking is a simple way to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and get more exercise.

This year the theme for ICAW is "Compost! Building a Better Future". As educators, you are an integral part of shaping future generations. Help your students learn about compost and it's importance for reducing waste and fighting climate change. Check out resources from SCARCE and the Composting Council.

May 1st is World Asthma Day!

Are you doing what you can to make your classroom a healthy learning environment?  Review our tips for creating healthier air for everyone at school. You can get your students involved, too, like CCSD 93 did below. 

CCSD93 Asks You to #TurnItOff
CCSD93 Asks You to #TurnItOff

Get your students organized to help clean up our rivers! Individuals can join a group or establish a group for your school by becoming a group coordinator.
Pre-registration is required.
Upcoming Eco-Events
April 16  Foresight Prep @Oberlin Applications Due
April 17  Sustainable Design Challenge
April 18  COD Sustainability Film Series: The True Cost
April 22  Happy Earth Day!
April 23-27  6th Annual Every Kid Healthy Week
April 24   Fashion Revolution Day
April 27  Arbor Day & Stop Food Waste Day
April 28  Annual All-Volunteer Trail Clean-up Day
April 30  COD Sustainability Film Series: Bee People
April 30  DuPage Clean Energy Coalition Open Meeting
May 3-4  Green Schools Conference & Expo
May 5  Growin' Green Garden Market
May 9  Bike to School Day
June 11-15  Where is Away? Graduate Course
June 18-22  Living Waters Graduate Course
Thank you to our March Volunteers!
Students from the CPSA National Honor Society spent a Saturday helping out at SCARCE.

Benedictine University
Benet Academy
Cantigny Park
College of DuPage
College Preparatory School of America (CPSA)
Domtar Corporation
Elmhurst College
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Illinois Math and Science Academy
Islamic Foundation School
Lisle Senior High School
Northwestern Illinois Association
Our Lady of Peace Catholic Parish
Schaumburg High School Environmental Club
School of Expressive Arts and Learning
Stevenson High School Girl Scout Troop 41039
St. Francis High School
Wheaton North High School

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Sat Jan 14th
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Age 14+)

Contact SCARCE for more details.
Our main entrance on the south side of the building.
Book Rescue Hours
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates:
     CLOSED.....05/26-05/28 ( Memorial Day)

Bring your teacher or non-profit ID!
*No children under 14 allowed
Helpful Links

#PickUp5 Litter Clean Up
Be a part of this initiative!
Support SCARCE with your purchases 

School garden tips, grants, & more!
Recycling guide, trail systems, and more!
Join efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Report stormwater issues online.

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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board,
Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Amy Grant, Chair
and DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.

Kay McKeen, Founder & Director
Heather Goudreau,  Carrie Horak, 
Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski, 
Erin Kennedy,  Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef 

Environmental Education Programs are operated by SCARCE
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This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 100363
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program