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May 2020
Volume: 30 Issue: 9
June 15-19th, 2020
Explore the man-made and natural water systems that support modern life in DuPage County. Participants are eligible for PDs or 3 hours of graduate credit.

This class will be done through a combination of live online learning, self-guided site visits, and group visits (where space allows).
Our experiences and activities will help your students develop their science and engineering practices and offer many connections to cross-cutting concepts.

It provides key tools for understanding and investigating more complex ideas and problem solving, relate to interests and life experiences of students of all ages, and are highly teachable and learnable from k-12 grades.
Storytime: Diary of a Worm
Your students can follow along as Jean reads Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin in honor of International Compost Awareness Week (May 3-9).

Worms are vital decomposers and help breakdown organic matter - acting as nature's little recyclers.
The Sustainable Design Challenge went virtual for 2020. Learn more about our winning teams and view all the designs submitted this year.
Overall LEED Design: Helios, York Community High School
Best Energy Efficiency Design: Masreyrod, St. Francis High School
Best Stormwater Design: Mean Green Designing team, York Community High School
Each year we use more from nature than can be replenished - but what date does that tipping point occur in 2020? Using an online lesson guide for 6th -12th grade students, your class can calculate their estimate for Earth Overshoot Day 2020.

Enter your date to the contest by May 22 or follow along on your own. The official 2020 date and contest winners will be announced June 5th.
Student Desks Available in Downers Grove
There are about 200 students desks (mixed colors: red, blue, green) available at Downers Grove North High School.

Contact Michelle if interested 630-795-8406 or

Club Project: Upcycled Guitar Picks for Veterans
Are you looking for a simple, hands-on project for your eco-club or philanthropic club next school year? SCARCE partners with Guitars for Vets, an organization that helps veterans cope with PTSD through music. They are in constant need of guitar picks. Your club can help them and the planet at the same time by making upcycled guitar picks: Simply start a collection for old gift cards then use a pick-puncher to punch out 4 or more picks per card.
Downers Grove South High School's used gift card collection.
The Downers Grove South sophomore class board helped punch out picks.
Does your school have a green building project just waiting on the last piece of the funding puzzle? Now is your opportunity! School districts are eligible to apply for state grants of $250,000 to $5 million for new infrastructure or significant improvement projects as part of the Rebuild Illinois Public Infrastructure programs. Fast Track applications are due June 15th, non-fast track applications are due June 30th.
SCARCE moved to a new, larger location in March. We've done tons of unpacking and organizing and are in need of about 70 heavy-duty industrial shelving units for our book rescue.
Can you help?

Thank you for your support! We look forward to serving you better when we re-open.
Electronics Recycling, Household Hazardous Waste Sites Re-Open
Safety precautions are requested for any residents visiting recycling and disposal drop-off sites.
Some municipal e-waste recycling drop offs have re-opened.  View an updated list of electronics recycling hours . The  Regional Household Hazardous Waste site in Naperville returned to normal hours on Saturday, May 9th. Visitors are asked to remain in their cars while workers unload.
SCARCE will remain closed to the public through June 14th. We hope to re-open June 15th. Staff are available to answer  emails and calls. Please feel free to reach out!
Upcoming Eco-Events
* Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, many events are canceled.   *
We are doing our best to keep our listings up to date. Please double-check before leaving home. If you don't see an event listed, it's likely canceled.  This information may change.
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Our book rescue 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 high-five!
Al - Andrea - Bonnie - Cindy - Davina - Diane - Denny - Gary- Gayle - Glenn - Greg - Gregg - Jane - Janice - Jen - Jill - Jim - John P. - John G. - Joyce - Karen - Kath - Kathy - Linda - Marcy - Marilyn - Mary Lynn - Maureen - Nancy - Penny - Sharon - Susan - Tip
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

P.S. We moved!
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, Liz Chaplin, 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.