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April 2019 Happy Earth Month!
Volume: 29 Issue: 9
Do you want to reduce the amount of trash generated by locker clean outs at your school? Check out our tips to encourage reuse and donation. Eco-friendly locker clean-outs are a great project for eco-clubs, service organizations or PTA groups.
Join us at the Sustainable Design Challenge !
April 28th, 1-4pm
Celebrate Earth Day outside with SCARCE and the Glen Ellyn Park District at this free, family-friendly event.  Go on a guided hike, partake in an eco-workshop, paddle Lake Ellyn, relax to live music, shop the earth-friendly market and more!

This event is made possible with support from
Graduate Credit Classes
Earn 3 graduate hours or 40 PDs per class.
Our experiences and activities will help your students develop their science and engineering practices like asking questions, developing models, analyzing data and arguing from evidence. They offer many connections to various cross-cutting concepts like patterns , cause and effect , systems and system models , energy and matter, structure and function , and stability and change .

Each course has experiences of broad importance in multiple science and engineering disciplines ( disciplinary core ideas ) with key organizing concepts. They provide key tools for understanding and investigating more complex ideas and problem solving using the cradle to cradle model , relate to interests and life experiences of students of all ages, and is highly teachable and learnable from k-12 grades!
Register today!
Investigate the life-cycle of the stuff we make, use, buy and toss out each day. We'll visit a landfill, recycling center, wastewater facility and more to discover the answer to "where is away?".
Here's your chance to dive into water! Led by experts in the field, you'll get a behind-the-scenes picture of the water infrastructure and  ecosystem services  we benefit from every day.
This month green kudos go out to Naperville North students, Invesco of Downers Grove, and a local Illinois Wesleyan college student.
Naperville North students collected 159 books in book drive to improve childhood literacy.
Invesco was awarded an Earth Flag in March for the eco-efforts.
A Terracycle collection bin at Illinois Wesleyan University - now a permanent campus zero waste project.
Let Us Help You Combat Food Waste at School
The White House just announced the Winning on Reducing Food Waste Initiative and April 24 is Stop Food Waste Day - let SCARCE help your school take steps to reduce food waste by setting up a food sharing program in your lunchroom. Email or give us a call to get started!
Spring Community Clean-Up Events
Spring cleaning is here! Help reduce the amount of plastic polluting our waterways and oceans. Check out these events for an environmental group activity this spring:
Check out this free 40-min online training from the Minnesota Dept of Health so you can identify and reduce asthmas triggers at home and in the classroom.
Biking is a healthy and eco-friendly way to travel. Encourage your student body to bike with a Bike to School Day event. Check out tips planning an event in as little as one week.
Artificial turf used on athletic fields and a variety of materials used on playground surfaces contain chemicals of concern to human health and the environment. Check out these resources to ensure a healthy playspace for our youth and the environment.
Pick up at the Growin' Green Garden Market May 11th
Whether you have a few indoor plants that need TLC or a few raised beds outside food scrap amended compost is the perfect supplement! Pre-order compost for pick uo at SCARCE on May 11th.
Saturdays throughout April & May
Round up your eco-club for a group service project! A great opportunity for students to earn service hours for NHS, etc. Please share with your students looking for hours and ways to give back to their community.
Recycling Events
April 6
April 13
April 20
April 27
April 27
May 4
May 4
May 4
May 11
May 18
May 25
June 8
New legislation has made solar panels more affordable than ever! Find out how SCARCE can help your school take advantage of solar energy as an educational, environmental and money-saving tool.
Upcoming Eco-Events
April 6
April 8
April 10
April 15
April 16
April 22
Happy Earth Day!
April 24
April 26
April 28
April 27
May 5-11
May 7
May 8
May 11
May 18
May 20
Thank you to our March Volunteers!
-----Benedictine University - Lisle
-----Boy Scout Troop #75 - Naperville
-----Cantigny Park - Wheaton
-----College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
-----Elmhurst College
-----Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glendale Heights
-----Glenbard East High School - Lombard
-----Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn
-----Hinsdale Central National Honors Society
-----Midwest HR
-----Neuqua Valley High School NVEco Club - Aurora
-----North Central College - Naperville
-----St. Matthew Church - Glendale Heights
Neuqua Valley NVEco Club students helped make Super Crayons.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

Our book rescue couldn't function without these amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing.
John G.
John P.
Mary Lynn
We can't thank them enough! If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Book Rescue Hours
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......CPS Spring Break Mon-Thurs noon on Good Friday 04/19
Helpful Links
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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, Liz Chaplin, Chair,
and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
( S chool & C ommunity A ssistance for R ecycling and C omposting E ducation)
This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 190000000000000
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program.