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September 2019
Volume: 30 Issue: 3
Get ready for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day with this workshop chock-full of hands-on eco-activities to celebrate each month leading up to April 22nd, 2020. Lots of resources and guidance to get you off and running!

Activities can be adapted for elementary through high school as well as eco-club, honors societies, and volunteerism clubs. Register here.
Do recent events have you and your students motivated to do your part to fight climate change? The Pumpkin Smash is a great way to get started!

Since 2014, the Pumpkin Smash has helped curb emissions from landfills by offering residents an option to compost their pumpkins to the tune of over 254 tons of pumpkins so far. Help us green Halloween!
Check out all local people and organizations making a difference for people and the planet including those below and more! Continue reading.
Cub Scout Pack 86 of Downers Grove collected school supplies at the end of the year for SCARCE.
Superstar Karate of Carol Stream did a book drive for our resource center.
We're going digital! As of September 1st, SCARCE has adopted a new computer check-in/check-out system. Further, there is a now $5 charge per box of items taken. Please review the full policy here.
Has your school considered taking the plunge to go solar? The declining cost of solar and current incentives make it a great choice for schools. Take Lake Park High School District 108 for example, they recently received ComEd's largest solar rebate to date at over $450,000.

Solar arrays serve as a great educational tool and can set your school apart as a sustainability leader in your community.
Lake Park West High School's solar installation.
School Garden Opportunities: Grants & Contests
There are several opportunities to get support for your school garden - whether it's up and running or just a project-in-waiting. Check out each one below:
Your students can be a part of this project to protect clean water in DuPage County. Sign up to install storm drain medallions in your community before it gets too cold!
The 2020 poster contest is not far off! Review the rules, timeline and review past winners to get inspired. The 2020 theme will be announced soon.
Calling all DuPage County high schools!
The Sustainable Design Challenge offers a hands-on,career-focused STEAM opportunity that can't be reivaled in the classroom. Research-Design-Present-Learn-Win! This program is free to participate in and open to any DuPage County high school student. The 2020 challenge is on Tuesday, April 21st. Contact to get started.
A little friendly competition might be just what your school recycling program needs! Register and track your recycling efforts to win prizes for your school.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Oct 3
Oct 5
Oct 5
Oct 5
Oct 18
Oct 20-26
Oct 24-31
Oct 26
Nov 1
Nov 2
April 21
Thank you to our September Volunteers!

----- Benedictine University - Lisle
----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- Cooper's Hawk - Downers Grove
----- Floyd, Malito, & Company - Roselle
----- Glenbard South High School - Glen Ellyn
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glen Ellyn
----- Lisle High School - Lisle
----- North Central College - Naperville
----- NRDC Action Fund Green Team - Chicago
----- Roosevelt University - Chicago
----- St. Petronille Boys' Volleyball Team - Glen Ellyn
----- Wheaton Warrenville South High School - Wheaton
Cooper's Hawk of Downers Grove made super crayons in September
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Ages 14+)

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 - Diane - Denny - Gregg - Gayle - Greg - Glenn - Joyce - Janice - John P. - Jane - John G. - Jim - Jane - Jen - Jill - Karen - Kathy - Linda - Lynda - Marilyn - Maureen - Mary Lynn - Marcy - Nancy - Penny - Tip - Susan - Sharon
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......Columbus Day 9am-4:30pm Mon 10/14
Helpful Links
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part by the DPC Board, Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DPC Environmental Committee, Liz Chaplin, Chair, and the DPC Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef

Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
( S chool & C ommunity A ssistance for R ecycling and C omposting E ducation)
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.