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January 2017
 Volume: 27  Issue: 5

Join SCARCE for this fun and informative hands-on class. Learn about water concepts and how to utilize this interactive tool in your classroom.

Submerge yourself for a day in the dynamic world of water! Earn PDs during this free class. We'll tour 3 facilities and learn from experts-on-the-job. Limited to teachers from DuPage County schools.

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

Check out some local leaders in green! School District 45 became the second district in DuPage County to offer lunchroom food scrap composting across all schools.
STEAM: Student Teams Wanted for Film Fest - Registration by Jan 28th!

Teachers - get your students involved! We want your students to create foreign language educational videos on the smart grid and energy efficiency. Equipment provided. Films screened in a theater. Cash prizes! 

Is your school working on earning an Earth Flag or Water Quality Flag? Give us a call - we can figure out what steps you need to finish and get it on the schedule!
April 4th, 2017
High school teachers, get your class or eco-club on board for this great STEAM event! Form teams, design and build a sustainable building model,& get evaluated by professionals. Registration opening this month. Watch a video of last year's event.

Are you combatting food waste at your school by setting up a 'sharing table' for uneaten food? Having trouble getting it going? We'd love to help! Check out our resources and contact us.

Soil isn't often the first thing to come to mind when we think of natural resources. Learn why soil is so important and find resources for bringing connection to our soil into the classroom.
Jan 19: DuPage Environmental Summit: Landscaping for a Healthier Life

Speakers will focus on landscaping for mental and physical health, including how landscapes can assist children and adults with ADD or ADHD, as well as landscaping for energy efficiency. Register for free. Sponsored by Cool DuPage and organized by The Conservation Foundation.

We generate a lot of waste in the US. How does it all stack up? Check out some user-friendly charts from Waste360 that show where it all goes. Good news? Recycling is going up!

Who knew? "Weeds", such as milkweed, can help support native pollinators and farmers. A more holistic approach to farming beckons.

Get funding for an outdoor education field trip through the Biodiversity Field Trip Grant. Applications due Jan 31, 2017!
Upcoming Eco-Events
Dec 5 Scout Leader Watershed Workshop
Jan 19
Jan 26
Jan 28
Feb 2
Feb 20
Feb 25
Mar 3
Institute Day Workshops: Water Dynamics & Green Building
April 4
Thank you to our December Volunteers!
vol girl scout troop 477
Girl Scout Troop 477

College of DuPage CCI Students
Giant Steps
Girl Scout Troop #477
Glenbard North HS Men's Service League
Lisle High School Environmental Club
Phi Mu Elmhurst College
Niles North HS
UCP Seguin
Wheaton Warrenville South students

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

Contact SCARCE for more details.
Book Rescue Hours
School-Year Hours
Mon, Wed-Fri: 9:00am-4:30pm
Tues: 9:00am-6:00pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates:
OPEN...MLK Day Jan 16th 9-4:30
OPEN....Presidents Day Feb 20th

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,
and DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.

Kay McKeen, Founder & DIrector
Vicki Baldino, Jeff Gahris, Heather Goudreau, 
Carrie Horak, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy,
Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef 

Environmental Education Programs are operated by SCARCE
School & 
Assistance for 
Recycling and  
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