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November 2021
Volume:32 Issue: 2
See SCARCE Thanksgiving holiday hours here.

Volunteer to compost pumpkins!
Join the fun while keeping valuable nutrients out of the landfill and preventing methane emissions. Gather pumpkins in your neighborhood and transport them to a local collection site or help at one of the events. Contact Erin at to learn more.

Wondering how you can compost leftover food scraps and yard materials at your school, home, or organization? This workshop will provide all of the information you need to get started or to improve your current composting practices. 

Register today to find out how you can reduce pollution, improve soil, and mitigate climate change.
Watch this video from DuPage County Stormwater Management and learn how to manage leaves on your property this fall

Recycle used cooking oil into biodiesel!

Multiple sites will be accepting containers of oil during this annual collection on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Contact Erin at to find out how you or your students can help at this event.
Science in Action!

Did you know you can take your students on a field trip to the Elmhurst quarry?

This video gives a glimpse of the development of the quarry for flood prevention as well as the geology and history of the quarry. Visiting the quarry is great for Environmental Science, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology students!
Congratulations to York Community High School in Elmhurst for recertifying its Earth flag!
SCARCE trained 326 staff on environmental issues, completed two waste audits, and provided education programs to students. The high school even has a solar array that was partially funded by its eco-club.

Contact Kay at to learn how your school can earn an
Hinsdale South AP Environmental Science Classes Visit SCARCE
On October 5th, SCARCE welcomed two classes from Hinsdale South High School for a tour and a sustainability program. The students helped with some recycling projects too!

Contact Kay at if your class or eco-club would like to schedule a field trip to learn about conserving natural resources and building sustainable communities.
Touring the SCARCE facility
SCARCE's Executive Director, Kay McKeen, describes how to make earth-friendly choices. As a bonus, IL Rep Terra Costa Howard addressed the students during her visit to share information about environmental work she has done this past year.
Borrow a watershed model
Complete SCARCE's watershed training program and you can borrow these models to teach your students how to keep our water clean. Alternatively, SCARCE can visit your school to lead this hands-on activity that engages students in identifying water pollution problems and solutions.

If you want to learn more about the watershed model activity, contact Kay at or check out our website for details.
Jean Kent of SCARCE assists Dave Krodel of Glenbard East High School. Dave uses the models to teach his Environmental Science classes.
Local Schools Organize Collections for SCARCE

This month, students from Naperville North High School and Pleasantdale Middle School gathered books, school supplies, and recyclables and delivered them to SCARCE. Naperville North students took a tour of our facility too.

Thanks for making a difference!
Upcoming Eco-Events
Pumpkin Smash - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Compost Workshop 9:30am - 10:30am (at SCARCE)
Cooking Oil Collection - 9:00am - 12:00pm
Thank you October Volunteers

Students from Wheaton North High School, College of DuPage, and Wheaton College helped the Village of Wheaton with its monthly electronics recycling event. Way to go!
Our Reuse Center couldn't function without the amazing individuals who dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing.

If you see them when you visit, give them a round of applause!
SCARCE has gently used books, school supplies, art supplies, musical instruments and many more items for educators. Visit SCARCE's website to learn who is eligible to receive supplies.

Visit us during our regular business hours:

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

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN Thursday, November 11th (Veterans Day)
See Thanksgiving holiday hours and other closures here.
Helpful Links
Ripples | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | |
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, Rachel Carlson, Jasmine Flores, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, Rose Naseef, 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.