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January 2023
Volume: 33 Issue: 3
2023 Another Year of Smart ABC's
M is for MRF:
Materials Recovery Facility
Ever wonder how the recycling in your blue bin actually gets recycled? Follow us to the 'M' in Materials Recovery Facility and learn how single-stream recycling works!

Exciting Opportunities for DuPage County Educators and Students
"Attainable Sustainables" Teacher Institute Day Class
March 3, 2023
This fast-paced class is packed with resources, hands-on activities, and ideas for the classroom. The class will include:

  • live presentations
  • peer collaboration
  • interactive discussions
  • guided tour at the DuPage County Water Commission

Teachers can earn 5 PD hours!
Help High School Students Imagine the Future!

Challenge your high school students to design a building using the best practices in energy conservation and stormwater management. In addition to presenting their design, students will meet sustainability professionals and tour a building designed to LEED specifications.
This year's SDC is Tuesday, April 18, 2023
Does Your School Deserve a Green Ribbon?
Green Ribbon recognizes schools, districts, and higher education institutions with active programs, actions, and dedication to sustainability. 

New deadline for applications: January 18, 2023

"Renew America's Schools"
US Dept. of Energy Grant Program Now Open
The U.S. Department of Energy announced a new funding opportunity for K-12 public schools for infrastructure improvements, including HVAC measures that earn points in the Healthy Green Schools & Colleges Standard. The Renew America’s Schools grant program will invest up to $80 million in schools that qualify as rural and/or high need. 

Grant applications are now open. The deadline for concept papers is January 26, 2023; full applications are due April 21, 2023.

Is Your School Over-Salting?
The Conservation Foundation wants to get the message out: Salt is a powerful chemical. Using too much salt to de-ice parking areas and sidewalks can damage cars, plants and our watershed. (Did you know when it's colder than 15 degrees Fahrenheit, salt doesn't melt?)

Help your school get the word out by sharing the link to the Salt Smart Collaborative. Learn more at

Or watch this DuPage County Stormwater Management YouTube video for hints.
Reading Corner
Books for Children: Near and Far
This holiday season, SCARCE worked with partners to provide books to children across our county and across our world. Over 2,000 books were distributed to local families through our partnership with The People's Resource Center.

Together with Girls Scouts, SCARCE provided backpacks, coloring books, crayons, and other items for children from Ukraine.

Need a spirit lifter? Watch the YouTube video by Rags of Honor, a Chicago based non-profit with more info.
Wondering How to Catch a Snowman?
Read All About it!
Volunteers delivered books from SCARCE to the kids at the Glen Ellyn Children's Resource Center for a fun afternoon.

The picture book, "How to Catch a Snowman," made a terrific read aloud. Best of all, everyone got to take home their books afterwards!

Upcoming Eco-Events
January 19
February 4
March 3
Includes a guided tour at the DuPage County Water Commission
Super Crayon Superheroes!
Looking for a project for your classroom?

Students can help SCARCE get crayons reused and recycled by participating in our Super Crayon Project. We'll supply the crayons and the bags for sorting them.

Contact to find out how you can pick up crayons and engage your students in this fun environmental project!
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN Jan 16 Martin Luther King, Jr Day
Helpful Links
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part by:
the DuPage County Board, Deborah Conroy, Chair,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair,
and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.

Kay McKeen, founder & director
Rachel Carlson, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent,
Emily King, Rose Naseef, Caroline Prichard, Carina Ruscitti, Divya Saikumar & Julie Wachowski

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.