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December 2019
Volume: 30 Issue: 5
Each year, we are privileged to help thousands of teachers get the books and supplies they need for their students to succeed all while diverting tons of materials from going to landfills. We need your support to continue to care for our kids and our planet. Whether it's $5 or $500, your donation makes a difference.

More Ways to Support SCARCE
Green STEM Institute Day Classes
Friday, February 28th, 2020 ~ Earn 6 PDs
Join SCARCE for a  free experiential learning class on DuPage County's Institute Day. Earn PD credits while enhancing your understanding through site visits and hands-on activities. Registration is open!
Submerge yourself in the dynamic world of water! You'll visit the Elmhurst Quarry with DuPage County Stormwater engineers. Then tour the Urban Stream Research Center with research staff. We'll wrap up with training on hands-on teaching tools at SCARCE.

Space is limited. Register today!
Join us to explore buildings on the cutting edge of energy efficient design. Tour Argonne's LEED Gold Energy Sciences Building and learn about energy research taking place. After our second stop (TBA) we'll make energy tangible with SCARCE's energy bike, a hands-on classroom tool.

Space is limited.  Register today!
Tons of thanks go out to all the organizations, including many schools and volunteer students, that made making the Pumpkin Smash a success in their communities! Plus local cooking oil recycling efforts, and food scrap composting expansions.
Unloading at Downers Grove North High School.
Recording data at Elmwood Elementary in Naperville.
Smashed pumpkins at Elmwood Elementary.
SCARCE will be collecting coats for donation to local shelters as well as matching sets of mittens/gloves, and winter hats and ear muffs. Items must be clean and in like-new or gently-used condition. Drop-off during business hours only.
With 47 sites in Illinois, the 2020 Pumpkin Smash composted over 123 tons of pumpkins! Many local schools and students took part in this fun annual eco-event. Check out photos and learn more about how our collective efforts are helping create a brighter future for people and the planet.
Lisle High School Ecology Club students volunteered in Lisle.
Glenbard West students pitched in at St. Mark's Church in Glen Ellyn.
Grayslake Central High students partnered with the Grayslake Library.
The Sustainable Design Challenge is a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity that combines research with a hands-on project, collaboration, career exploration and a healthy bit of competition. Teams of students design and construct a sustainable building model and present their project to judges in a bid for cash prizes - and that's just the morning!
Learn first-hand from students why this is an opportunity not-to-miss:
Whether you are an eco-club sponsor, science teacher or career advisor, you can help your students take part. This program is free and open to any DuPage County high school student.

Registration opens in February 2020. Info packets available online now.

Visit or contact for more info.
Are you looking for an eco-friendly winter craft? Upcycled old CDs into snowmen that can be hung on display. This craft is very simple and very flexible to what you have on hand.
As you pull out the holiday decoration, set aside your broken or unwanted holiday lights for recycling. Many communities offer drop-off locations, including SCARCE.
Holiday & Winter Break Hours
SCARCE is open regular hours over winter break except for the following dates.
SCARCE will be closed....
  • Tue, Dec 24-Thurs, Dec 26
  • Sat, Dec 28
  • Tue, Dec 31-Wed, Jan 1
Upcoming Eco-Events
Dec 16
Jan 10
Jan 14
Downsize & Declutter workshop: Afternoon session or Evening session
Jan 21
Jan 31
Feb 28
Green STEM Institute Day Classes: Green Building & Water Dynamics
April 21
Thank you to our November volunteers!

----- Apple - Oak Brook
----- Benedictine University - Lisle
----- Benet Academy - Lisle
----- Cantigny Park - Wheaton
----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- Elmhurst College
----- Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn
----- Glen Crest Middle School Builders Club - Glen Ellyn
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glen Ellyn
----- HAVI - Downers Grove
----- North Central College - Naperville
----- Roosevelt University - Chicago
----- St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church - Naperville
----- Waubonsie Valley High School - Aurora
----- West Chicago Community High School
----- Wheaton College
----- Wheaton Warrenville South High School - Wheaton
Glen Crest Middle School Builder's Club sorted crayons for reuse and recycling.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Ages 14+)

Our book rescue couldn't function without these amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing.

If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Al - Andrea - Bonnie - Cindy - Diane - Denny - Gregg - Gayle - Greg - Glenn - Joyce - Janice - John P. - Jane - John G. - Jim - Jane - Jen - Jill - Karen - Kathy - Linda - Lynda - Marilyn - Maureen - Mary Lynn - Marcy - Nancy - Penny - Tip - Susan - Sharon
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm
Helpful Links
Ripples | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | |
This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part 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; Jan Breyne, Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef

Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
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.