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March 2021
Volume: 31 Issue: 7
Engage your students in imagining the future of the built world!
We're kicking off our annual Sustainable Design Challenge with a virtual meet-up! Join us for an architect-led tour of a cutting edge, eco-friendly building. Then, learn about careers in sustainable design straight from local professionals in architecture, design, and engineering.

Open to DuPage County high school students, teachers, and staff. Participation in the Sustainable Design Challenge not required but encouraged! Register for the meet-up here.
Wed, March 10th 6:30-7:30pm
Are you ready to ramp up your recycling know-how? Join us to go deeper into the do's and don'ts of recycling. Space is limited - reserve your spot today!
Applications accepted through April 30th
Do you know a teacher or students that deserve recognition for their environmental achievements?
Did you know that they key to combatting climate change may be right under our feet? Learn about the power of soil health to heal our planet in the hopeful award-winning documentary Kiss the Ground. The educators edition features new scenes not in the feature film and offers subtitles in 18 languages. Sign up to get the film here and explore the Soil Story curriculum for middle school students here.
Don't miss this great opportunity to watch impactful films addressing climate, environmental justice, conservation, waste and more. Watch online from the comfort of your own home, and participate in filmmaker and expert Q&As. Be moved. Be amazed. Be ready to create change.
Are your students looking for service opportunities? The Illinois Prairie Path needs your help! As the snow melts, a season's worth of litter rear's it's ugly head along our trails. Early spring is a great time to spot and remove litter - before vegetation hides it. Grab a trash bag and some gloves and clean a section of trail near you. Please practice social distancing. Wear gloves, long pants and sturdy shoes. More info.
Across the country, youth climate activists are mobilizing people to protect the planet. In 2021, Loyola's Virtual Climate Change Conference will focus on how we can amplify the voices of these young activists. Join each evening to participate in a variety of discussions around climate change.
The Freedom Seekers curriculum from Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant offers cross-curricular lessons for middle-high school students. The lessons acknowledge the enslaved Africans who had to rely on environmental science principles in their quest for life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The curriculum is part of a collaborative effort to help educators increase their knowledge of the Great Lakes and environmental issues while incorporating Environmental Justice Education (EJE). The activities are a launching point for students to continue to engage in conversations about the Great Lakes.
Upcycled Glass Jar Crafts
Get inspiration for crafts to do with your students - whether in-person or remote - using old glass jars! Check out this post with 40 ideas for creatively reusing glass jars.
Hands-on learning & stewardship
Water is our most precious resource - empower your students to protect it! The EarthEcho Water Challenge is an international effort that runs March 22 through December that encourages youth to monitor a local waterway and take action to protect it. Action guides and lesson plans are available online. The program kicks off March 22nd with a weeklong virtual student water forum.
Restock your library and supply shelves or gather supplies for students that need assistance to get the materials necessary for learning. Our Reuse Center is open 9am-4:30pm Monday, March 29th - Thursday, April 1st. Masks are required and school or work ID must be provided for entry. More info.
**We will be closed Friday, April 2nd and Saturday April 3rd.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Mar 7
Mar 9
Mar 10
Mar 16
Mar 5-14
One Earth Film Fest - all virtual!
Mar 22-26
Mar 25
Mar 27
April 24
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
Our volunteer program is currently on hold.
Our Reuse Center couldn't function without the 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
  • CLOSED Fri, April 2nd & Sat, April 3rd
Helpful Links
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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.