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January 2018
 Volume: 28  Issue: 6

Does your school have a food sharing program yet? Get the info you need to put one in place so we can feed hungry kids, not landfills.
April 17th, 2018

Attn 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 science-fair-style event.

Contact for more information.

Team registration starts in February.

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.
Jan 30, 5-7pm - Earn 2 CEUs

Do you want to steer your  school towards sustainability? Composting is one of the best ways to reduce our impact on the planet. Learn about the different kinds of food scrap composting and how to get a successful program started in your school.

Is your school energy efficient? Act now to get professional help to find ways your school can improve and save both energy and money.
February 14th, 8:30-11:30am

Calling school buildings & grounds supervisors! Join SCARCE and the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition for a FREE program explaining the benefits of using food scrap amended compost to create a healthy and safe landscape program.
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.

Space is limited - register today!

Join us for a look at green buildings and energy conservation. We'll tour the Argonne Labs Energy Sciences Building and other local green facilities. Then we'll demo hands-on energy teaching tools. Limited to teachers from DuPage County schools.

Space is limited - register today!

The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County offers nature-themed educational boxes to schools and other community organizations for free 2-week loans. Boxes come with everything you need to lead a program for your classroom.
Due Feb 12

Earn recognition for your school's environmental efforts! You may be doing more than you think. In 2017, two DuPage schools were chosen as Illinois' nominees - could that be your school this year?

Enhance your unit on water quality with this game from The University of Minnesota Extension. The game is available as a free download or boxed kit (for a fee).
Due March 1st

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

SCARCE was fortunate enough to receive a few grants to aid our community education and recycling programs. Many thanks to the DuPage Foundation, Eco-Lab Foundation, and Wal-mart.

'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.

Eco-club sponsors: Run your own light collection at school or collect and bring to one of the drop-offs as an eco-service project!
Dr. Sylvia Earle Has Been Diving For Over 60 Years

Hear what she has to say on human impact on the oceans and the pressing need for all of us to change our ways to ensure a healthy future for the planet and humanity.

Upcoming Eco-Events
Jan 12  Water Quality Project Grant Applications Due
Jan 14  One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest Entries Due
Jan 18  Smart Grid for Schools Teacher Training
Jan 29  Future Looks Bright for Solar: FEJA in DuPage County
Jan 30  School Composting Workshop
Jan 31  Biodiversity Field Trip Grant Applications Due
Feb 2  World Wetlands Day
Feb 12  Green Ribbon Schools Applications Due
Feb 27  International Polar Bear Day
Mar 2  Institute Day Workshops:
     Water Dynamics  &  Energy and Green Building

April 3  York Used Book Sale Benefiting SCARCE
April 3  National Healthy Schools Day
April 17  Annual Sustainable Design Challenge
May 3-4
June 11-15
June 25-29  Living Waters Graduate Course
Thank you to our December Volunteers!

Benedictine University students sorted crayons.
Benedictine University
College of DuPage
Naperville Central High School
Northern Illinois Academy
Room & Board Oak Brook
UCP Seguin
Vanguard High School
Wheaton Warrenville South High School

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-Fri: 9:00am-4:30pm

Upcoming Special Dates:
OPEN....MLK Day Mon, Jan 15th

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
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