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November 2022
Volume: 33 Issue: 1
Get in on the SMASH!
November 5th
Now that Halloween is over, are your pumpkins starting to look REALLY scary? Time to bring those monsters to the SMASH! With over 69 sites across Chicagoland this year, you can easily turn pumpkins into compost and keep valuable biological material out of the landfill.

Check out our locator to find a SMASH near you.
ABC's of Smart Recycling
K is for Keys
Do you have keys lurking in the back of a drawer somewhere? Don't leave them gathering dust. Put them to good use!

Keys are a small but mighty way to start building your recycling habit. Read more about our Keys for Conservation program in this month's blog post -
Family Fun Program: Learn about the
"Deep Roots" of the Illinois Prairie
SCARCE is hosting a special environmental education program perfect for families with children kindergarten through third grade, on Saturday, November 19th at 10am in our Education Center.

This one-hour presentation will include music, dancing and storytelling that helps children learn more about the plants and animals that live right here in our home state.

National STEM/STEAM Day - November 8
November 8 has been named National STEM/STEAM day!

Looking for ideas on ways to celebrate or include in your lesson planning?

Try Create & Learn, through the US Department of Energy, or this list of stats and other info on the US Census website for suggestions!

SCARCE has lots of supplies for educators, so plan a visit during our regular business hours.
Get Ready for the 17th Annual
Engage local high school students in designing and constructing a building model that showcases sustainability. Students focus on reducing the carbon footprint of a building as well as conserving resources, reducing pollution, and managing stormwater on the surrounding property. It is a fun, educational, hands-on experience that integrates many STEAM principles.

Contact to learn how your students can get involved!
November Do's and Don'ts
Rain Barrel Reminder:
Time to Drain and Turn
Do you have a garden rain barrel (or two) like the students at Conrad Fischer School?

Cold weather is coming! Which means it's time to protect your rain barrel from cracking by emptying the last of the water, turning it over, and/or bringing it inside. Remember, freezing water can damage the barrel or spigot!

(No rain barrel at your school? Read below to find out about grants for school gardens!)
Raking Leaves at your school? Don't "Leaf" Them in the Gutter
Fall means raking leaves. But once those leaves are gathered, what should you do with them?

Compost is the best answer! The nutrients in leaf matter are good for trees and plants, so let them stay where they fall or add them to your garden beds. Leaves can also go in your school compost bin.

If you must remove them, don't rake them over drain covers or into gutters where they can block storm drains. Blocked storm drains can cause flooding and water pollution.

Youth Garden Grant
For 40 years, the Youth Garden Grant has supported school and youth educational garden projects. Next year, fifty organizations will be awarded $500 and a collection of gardening supplies for their youth garden program. Local schools have received this grant in past years to improve their gardens.

Application materials and support are available in both English and Spanish through December 2, 2022.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Pumpkin SMASH - multiple locations
Addison Township Electronics & Textile Recycling - Addison Township Residents ONLY 8am-12noon

Used Cooking Oil Collection - multiple locations
Re-cycle - Don't Wish-cycle!
America Recycles Day - Nov 15
Join the people celebrating America Recycles Day and brush up on what is and isn't meant to be in the blue bin!

Check out the video created by DuPage County to learn exactly what our local recycling supports.

Did you know Staples recycles Tech materials, Ink & Toner cartridges and other electronics everyday? To see the list of over 30 accepted items, visit the Staples recycling page. Learn More
Giving Tuesday - November 29
Help Support Our Work!
Giving Tuesday is a global movement that inspires people to support the nonprofit organizations that improve their communities.

To conserve natural resources and get much needed supplies to teachers and students, please consider making a donation to SCARCE for Giving Tuesday this year.

We are thankful for our volunteers!---
Volunteers are essential to the success of our projects. We could not do them without you!

SCARCE welcomes students 14+ years of age to volunteer at our facility when they have days off from school. Our volunteer activities are great for NHS students, scouts, and college students seeking service opportunities,

Contact to find out how students can join the SCARCE team!

1/2 day on Wednesday Nov. 23 from 9am-12noon
Saturday, Nov 26 9am-12noon (Cooking Oil Collection Day)

Thursday and Friday, November 24-25
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
Rachel Carlson, Heather Goudreau, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, Rose Naseef, Carina Ruscitti and 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.