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May 2023
Volume: 33 Issue: 7
Sustainable Design Challenge Wins Again for DuPage!
High school students from across DuPage explored sustainability, built models, and exchanged ideas during this year's competition.

At left are Second Place Overall LEED Design winners, Megan Lindberg and Katie Montana, from Wheaton Academy.

Best Overall LEED Design
created by
Claire Petrosius & Grace Koziol
Hinsdale South High School
Best Stormwater Design
created by Owen Atkinson
Hinsdale South High School
Best Energy Design
created by Victor Hanson
Glenbard East High School
ABC's of Smart Recycling
Test your recycling know-how with a fun recycling quiz sponsored by the Washington Post.

Want to review before you take the quiz?
Check out our Quick Tips blog post for the ABC's of Smart Recycling.

We want to hear how you did! Send us an email and tell us about your Quiz results.
Growin' Green Garden Market
May 6th 9am-1pm
Spring means gardening!

Join your friends at SCARCE at this family fun event, featuring workshops, hands-on learning, and eco-friendly items for the garden.
Take home some fresh compost just in time for International Compost Awareness Week! Learn more about the event here.

Want to make sure you get some fresh compost? Preorder here.
Follow the Spring Bird
Migration Using BirdCast
For the next few weeks, millions of birds will migrate across the US, mostly in the dark of night.

BirdCast is a website created and run by researchers from Cornell, Colorado State University, UMass Amherst and with other partners, which explores the wonder of bird migration. Using radar and other high-tech measurements, BirdCast measures waves of migration and the effects of light pollution on birds' routes.
Learn more here:
Edison Middle School in Wheaton Recertified its Earth Flag,
Just in Time for Earth Day. Well done!
The school celebrated with a ceremony, including music! SCARCE Executive Director Kay McKeen and DuPage County Environmental Committee Chair Sheila Rutledge presented the Earth Flag and Proclamation.
Fourth Graders at Western Avenue School in Geneva
Collected 1,482 Bread Tags for Wheelchairs!
Whittier Elementary School in Downers Grove
Awarded for Creative Use of Resources
Illinois Green Alliance was impressed with the school's Lunch Room Waste Audit, particularly the hands-on approach and attention to detail with measuring and collecting data. SCARCE partnered with the school to conduct the audit and is excited for Whittier to receive this recognition. Congratulations!
Volunteers to the Rescue
Ava from Naperville Central High School volunteered at the Lisle Township Recycling Event. Thank you for unloading cars and distributing white oak saplings!
Volunteers with Working Bikes collected bikes for children and adults at the Wheaton Recycling Extravaganza. Thanks, guys!
Upcoming Eco-Events
Saturday, May 6
Growin' Green Garden Market at SCARCE 9am-1pm
Wednesday, May 10
Saturday, May 20
Saturday, May 20
Lamp Repair Workshop at SCARCE 10:00-11:30am
Saturday, June 3
Saturday Recycling Events
May 6
May 6
May 6
May 13
May 13
May 20
May 20
June 3
June 3
Lake Park West High School students visit SCARCE

Students from the the eco club and environmental science class at Lake Park West High School (Roselle) took a tour and helped with some of our environmental projects. They were eager to learn about impactful community projects and how they can get involved.

Thanks for your enthusiasm in helping people and the planet!
Contact to find out how your school can participate in a Learn & Lend a Hand program.
CLOSED for Memorial Day Holiday
Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29

Regular hours:
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Donation hours:
Tue-Sat 9am-2pm (please call ahead if 5+ boxes)
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, Jean Kent,
Emily King, Rose Naseef, Caroline Prichard, Carina Ruscitti, 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.