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October 2017
 Volume: 28  Issue: 3
Saturday, Nov 4th

Students of any age can play a role in this awesome community sustainability initiative.  Even if you aren't hosting a site for the annual Pumpkin Smash you can still be involved!  
4:30pm-6:30pm ~ Earn PDs

Join SCARCE to learn all about starting a compost program at school or home. Indoors or out, small or large, classroom or lunchroom, get your questions answered so you can get started!

Registration required.

Info Webinar: Oct 5th
Applications Due: Nov 14th

Old buses burn much dirtier then newer ones - emitting harmful toxins into the air. The EPA offers up to $6,0000 for retrofits and up to $20,000 for replacement vehicles.

In this brief movie, your elementary students will learn with Isaac and James about how they have an impact - and how to make it a positive one. Even in the Midwest, all storm drains lead to a river, and eventually, the ocean.

All the Way to the Ocean
All the Way to the Ocean
Saturday, Oct 7

Check out renewable energy in your community! Learn all about solar energy directly from homeowners and building operators during this free open house, locations across Illinois.
Upcoming SCARCE Teacher Workshops
~ Earn 2 PD credits ~

Teachers - assemble your own hands-on tool to teach your students about our natural resources. 

Best suited for K-5th grade teachers. Registration opens in September.

~ Earn 2 PD credits ~

Learn about the human impact on water quality with this hands-on workshop. You'll get certified to borrow the Enviroscape Watershed Model - an interactive learning tool for your classroom. 

Perfect for 3rd grade-high school. Registration opens in September!

Check out this month's local leaders in green! A Villa Park school district cuts waste by installing new water stations. 

The CDC's "Choose Safe Places for Early Care and Education" initiative aims to prevent childhood exposure to chemicals by ensuring facilities are in the safest locations to start.
Free DuPage River Watershed Workshops
8am-9:30am  -  Earn PDs, Free Breakfast

Connect with others concerned about protecting local waterways. Plus, learn about streambank stabilization projects and how to fund them. Registration required.

The Shedd challenges your class to make a 100% recycled and recyclable wreath as part of "Wreaths to Save the Sea".  They've got NGSS/CCSS aligned lessons to integrate it into your classroom. 
Pick up your wreath frame by October 22nd.

Take a moment to highlight oak trees in your classroom this month. Discuss how to identify an oak tree, find some oak trees on a walk around the school yard, collect leaves to make rubbings or read a book about oak trees

USDA Infographic Shows How Schools Waste Food - and Steps to
 Reduce it
Click image to download.
School Competition: Recycle-Bowl
Registration Ends Oct 13th

Keep America Beautiful challenges schools to recycle their way to America Recycles Day on November 15th. 

The One Earth Young Filmmaker Contest seeks students passionate about filmmaking and the environment to submit short films. Entries are currently being accepted and are due by Jan 14th. Watch the clip below to learn more.

The POPS Summit brings together students taking action to reduce plastic waste in their communities. They learn about current research and collaborate with peers and mentors to get inspired to take their efforts to the next level. 

Teams of 2-4  students ages 11-18 may apply. Summit takes place February 9-11, 2018. More details on applying here.

Get funding to build a schoolyard habitat or for an outdoor education field trip thorugh the Schoolyard Habitat Grant (Due Nov 30, 2017) and the Biodidversity Field Trip Grant (Due Jan 31, 2018)

If crayola's new color has put crayons on your brain - give us a call to schedule your high school group to make Super Crayons at SCARCE.
Let us help with your collection!

Is your school or eco-club running a collection of items for reuse or recycling? We want to help! Contact us at SCARCE and we may be able to help add to your collection efforts.
Temporary Collection: Used Gift Cards

The Eco-Club at York High School in Elmhurst wants your used gift cards. Cards can be donated to SCARCE. They will be upcycled into guitar picks for students at York.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Oct 4  Walk to School Day
Oct 7
Oct 7  Carol Stream Water Reclamation Fall Open House
Oct 7  Downers Grove Sanitary District Open House 
Oct 9  Columbus Day: Book Rescue is Open!
Oct 18  Anniversary of the Clean Water Act
Oct 24-31  Bat Week
Oct 25  Ecosystem Monitoring Programs Webinar
Oct 28  Make a Difference Day
Oct 31  EEAI Mini-Grant Applications Due
Nov 3  Youth Plastic Pollution Summit Applications Due
Nov 4
Nov 15
Dec 7  SCARCE Open House
 Jan 14  One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest Entries Due 
Mar 2  Institute Day Workshops
     Water Dynamics        &   Green Building
April 2018  12th Annual Sustainable Design Challenge
Thank you to our September Volunteers!
Benedictine University
Benet Academy
Geneva Varsity Dance Team members help at the Green Fair.
College of DuPage
Geneva Varsity Dance Team
Giant Steps
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Glenbard West High School
Lisle High School Ecology Club
Naperville Central High School
Room & Board
UCP Seguin

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Wed-Fri 9am-4:30pm
  • Pumpkin Smash, Saturday, Nov 4th 9am-12pm
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Age 14+)

Contact SCARCE for more details.
Book Rescue Hours
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates:
OPEN....Columbus Day (Mon 10/09)

Bring your teacher or non-profit ID!
*No children under 14 allowed
Helpful Links

#PickUp5 Litter Clean Up
Be a part of this initiative!
Support SCARCE with your purchases 

School garden tips, grants, & more!
Recycling guide, trail systems, and more!
Join efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Report stormwater issues online.

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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board,
Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Amy Grant, Chair
and DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.

Kay McKeen, Founder & DIrector
Vicki Baldino, Heather Goudreau,  Carrie Horak, 
Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski, 
Erin Kennedy,  Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef 

Environmental Education Programs are operated by SCARCE
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Assistance for 
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This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 100363
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program