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December 2017
 Volume: 28  Issue: 5

"A nation that destroys its soils, destroys itself." 

- Franklin Roosevelt
Dec 7th 3pm-7pm

Seeing is believing when it comes to SCARCE! 

Go on a tour, learn about our education programs, community initiatives and check out our  eco-friendly Holiday Pop-Up Shop. Refreshments provided.
Students and teachers from the Hinsdale South Environmental Concerns Organization.

It was a soggy Saturday but Pumpkin Smash locations across the state stood their ground and diverted 71.7 tons of pumpkins from landfills . Check out some snapshots and see how our efforts added up for a healthier planet.

This month we highlight the efforts of some smashing folks and  a student at York that expands waste reduction opportunities at school.

Celebrating the Holidays with Cool Yule

For the 2nd  year DuPage County's  Cool DuPage program  is engaging students during the holiday season with Cool Yule - a fun opportunity to make recycled or reused ornaments to showcase at the County Complex.  St. John's Lutheran School in Lombard  volunteered to be the 2017 Cool Yule partner and assisted in decorating the DuPage County holiday tree with ornaments.  District 93  ornaments were reused to continue the Cool Yule tradition. A big shout out to both partners, you can check out their creativity by following  Cool DuPage on Facebook  or Twitter, @cooldupage.  
If interested in being a partner next year contact the DuPage County Environmental Division at
April 17th, 2018 - Team registration due in March

Attention High school teachers: get your students involved in this fantastic STEAM opportunity! Students design and construct sustainable building models, then showcase them to professionals in a bid for prizes.

Registration opens in early 2018 - start planning now!
Institute Day Classes
Friday, March 2nd, 2018 ~ Earn 5 CEUs

Submerge yourself in the dynamic world of water! Site visits will feature experts-on-the-job and be followed by training in hands-on educational tools by SCARCE staff. Limited to teachers in DuPage County schools.

Mark your calendar! Registration opens December 11th.

Join us for a look at green buildings and energy conservation. We'll tour local green facilities and demo energy teaching tools. Limited to teachers from DuPage County schools.

Mark you calendar! Registration opens December 11th.

'Tis the season of holiday light recycling programs. As you deck the halls, set aside your broken/unwanted strands for drop-off at a location near you.
Notice: Carol Stream Recycling Drop-off Center Closing Dec 8th

Waste Management is permanently closing the DuPage Recycling Center (550 N. Center Ave). The public drop-off will be closed starting December 8th.

Does your K-12 or college/university have a high quality green cleaning program? Apply for the nation's only award that honors and recognizes your efforts.
Due March 1st

Do you - or someone you know - deserve recognition for their innovative environmental project or teaching methods? Learn more and apply. 

Support SCARCE every time you shop on Amazon by choosing SCARCE as your AmazonSmile charity. You shop, Amazon gives.

SCARCE is looking for a new team member with a strong focus on customer service and the ability to lift 50lbs on a regular basis. Sound like someone you know?
Now-Dec 15th

Now through December 15th bring your empty & clean 12-oz POM bottles to Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn at 525 S. Park Blvd. Donations should only be dropped off during daily hours 9am-5pm.
SCARCE Holiday Hours

Holidays are coming up! We will be open regular hours except for the following dates:
  • We will be CLOSED...
    • Monday Dec 11th
    • Friday, Dec 23rd-Monday Dec 26th
    • Monday, Jan 1st
As always, you can view our calendar or our contact page to stay up-to-date.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Dec 2  Woodridge Electronics Recycling & Coat Drive
Dec 5  UN World Soil Day
Dec 7  SCARCE Open House & Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Dec 8  USDA Farm to School Grant Applications Due
Dec 8-9
Dec 9  ONLY December Saturday Book Rescue Hours 
Jan 12  Water Quality Project Grant Applications Due
Jan 14  One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest Entries Due
Jan 31  Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Applications Due
Mar 2  Institute Day Workshops: 
     Water Dynamics      &      Energy & Green Buildings
April 3  York Used Book Sale Benefiting SCARCE
April 17  Sustainable Design Challenge
Thank you to our November Volunteers!

Benedictine University
Volunteer super crayons st margaret mary
A volunteer from St. Margaret Mary shows off his handiwork.
College of DuPage
Downers Grove North High School
First United Methodist Church of Glen Ellyn
Fox Valley SRA Day Break Program
Giant Steps
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Glenbard South High School Key Club
Islamic Foundation School
Kiwanis Club of Glen Ellyn
Naperville Central High School
Northern Illinois Academy
Our Saviour's United Methodist Church
Saint Margaret Mary Parish
UCP Seguin
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Vanguard School

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

Contact SCARCE for more details.
Book Rescue Hours
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates:
Open..... Sat Dec 9 9am-12pm 
  .....winter break! except dates below

CLOSED..... Mon, Dec 11th
..... Fri Dec 23-Tue Dec 26
..... Mon, Jan 1st

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
Vicki Baldino, 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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Assistance for 
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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