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February 2021
Volume: 31 Issue: 6
Engage your students in imagining the future of the built world!
Green STEM Institute Day Virtual Class - WAITLIST
Friday, February 26th - Earn 5 PDs
Each year on DuPage County's Institute Day we delve into environmental issues we face in our community and discover the role sustainable solutions play. The virtual version of our annual institute day classes has reached capacity. Keep us in mind for next year!
This month we celebrate Mrs. Bishop's third grade class at St. Matthew Parish School in Glendale Heights. Together, they led a schoolwide collection of bread tags and got over 1,000 despite 2020 being such an unusual year.
Live Virtual Programs with SCARCE
SCARCE is here for you during remote school! Schedule a live virtual program for your students on anything from soil, to water, the 3Rs, energy, natural resources, and more.

Email to discuss options for your students.
Learn about energy efficiency and conservation.
Learn about water quality and pollution prevention.
Does your school collect for Terracycle or another recycling program?
When advertising your efforts to your school community, make sure it's clear that the items are only recyclable through your program and not in bins at home. There's a lot of confusion around recycling these days. We can all help to keep contamination out of recycling bins!
You can protect clean water in your community! We'll cover a variety of ways you can help keep pollution out of local waterways from tips around the home to simple community service projects. Registration required.
Applications due Mar 16th, Info session Feb 11th
Protect your students from carcinogenic diesel exhaust emissions with low-emission buses. The Clean Diesel Grants offer up to $44 million total to fund projects that significantly reduce diesel emissions. Past projects include clean diesel and electric school buses.
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with The Lorax
March 2nd
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday with his environmental classic The Lorax! Have a read-aloud or check out our reading of The Lorax. You can follow up your reading with discussion questions starting with these from Seussville.
Hands-on Project: Storm Drain Medallions
Are you looking for a safe, hands-on service project for students this spring? Your students can be a part of SCARCE's Storm Drain Medallion project - an effort to protect DuPage County's waterways from pollution. Participants identify and label storm drains with educational markers to prevent water contamination. Learn more & apply today!
High school student, Lexi, installed medallions in Bartlett in fall 2020.
Boy Scout Troop 75 installed medallions around Naperville this past year.
What does good nutrition look like? Show what healthy food is to you in this exciting artistic challenge from People's Resource Center and College of DuPage. Entries due by February 26th. Learn more.
If you or someone you know made significant strides in 2020 towards more sustainable schools or communities - submit a nomination! These awards from The Center for Green Schools celebrate leaders (an individual, school, campus, or organization) as well as specific efforts or projects in several categories. Nominations are due March 7th.
Your students could help shape local efforts to protect and improve water quality! DuPage County Stormwater Management is currently studying the East Branch and wants your help. Log your water quality observations of the East Branch on the County's Water Quality Collector app. Observations will be used in the development of the East Branch of the DuPage River Water Quality Watershed Plan.
Wanted: Children's Braille Books
Do you have any children's books in braille? SCARCE has been contacted by a local organization in need of books for children with low-vision and blindness. Bring your braille storybooks to us during our donation hours Tu-Fri 9am-2pm. Have 5 or more boxes? Call 630-545-9710 to schedule your drop-off.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Feb 5
Feb 17
Feb 19
Feb 26
Mar 1
Mar 9
Mar 5-14
One Earth Film Fest - all virtual
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Our volunteer program is currently on hold.
Our Reuse Center 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 round of applause!
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......Presidents Day (02/15) 9am-4:30pm
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, Sheila Rutledge, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director; Jan Breyne, Laura Fanning, 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.