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December 2022
Volume: 33 Issue: 2
ABC's of Smart Recycling - Letter L for Labels!
Are you confused about recycling labels? What do those numbers in the middle of the triangle mean?

These symbols have a complicated history. Learn more about what the labels really mean and how you can use them to be a more effective recycler.

Activities, Awards & Events
Illinois Green Ribbon School Applications - Due Jan 9 2023
The Green Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools, districts, and higher education institutions with active programs, community actions, and dedication to sustainability. Sponsored by the Illinois Green Alliance together with the ISBE and IBHE.

U.S. EPA Awards for Students and Educators
Do any of your students deserve acknowledgement for outstanding work? The President's Environmental Youth Award recognizes environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth.

The EPA is also offering a Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators. This award recognizes K-12 teachers who have created an exciting environmental education lesson or program.

Please consider nominating students and teachers for these awards, so we can honor, support, and encourage environmental leadership in our community. Application deadline for both awards is January 11, 2023.
High School Sustainable Design Challenge - April 18, 2023
The Sustainable Design Challenge is just around the corner. This annual event provides hands-on, engineering experiences that stick with students.

Start planning now and encourage your students to enter the 2023 sustainable design challenge!

Eco Craft Ideas
Looking for art projects or crafts that students can create using found objects or recycled materials? SCARCE has ideas and supplies to help you make your classroom a rich source for STEAM creativity!

Cheri Johnson, artist and SCARCE volunteer, created these cute little fellows.

Green Good News
Former SCARCE educator and board member Bob Blaus received the 2022 Educator of the Year award from Bluebird Restoration Association of Wisconsin. Nice work, Bob!
Scouts from Conrad Fischer Elementary School in Elmhurst attended an educational program at SCARCE to learn about watersheds, hard working mussels, and local fish.
Pumpkin SMASH a Hit!
Despite some scary weather, this year's Smash continued to grow
with 75 locations and over 200 tons (and counting!) of pumpkins kept out of landfills.
Upcoming Eco-Events
DEC 10
DEC 17
March 3, 2023 is DuPage County Teacher Institute Day

Join Our Workshop!
SCARCE has a jam-packed workshop planned for the March 3 countywide Teacher Institute Day with ideas for every grade level.

SCARCE Shining Stars

Local organizations have been contacting SCARCE this holiday season to request books for the families they serve.

Thank you to all of the SCARCE volunteers, including teachers and high school students, who are helping us fill these orders so we can provide brand new books to children for the holidays.

You brighten the lives for so many in our community!
Monday - Friday 9am - 4:30pm
Saturdays 9am - 12pm
Holiday Hours
Dec 23  9am-noon (closed early)
Dec 24-26 CLOSED
Dec 27-30 9am-4:30pm (normal hours)
Dec 31-Jan 2 CLOSED
Jan 3-6 9am-4:30pm (normal hours)
Helpful Links
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part by:
Deborah A. Conroy, Chair of the DuPage County Board
County Board member Sheila Rutledge, Chair of the Environmental Committee
County Board member James Zay, Chair of the Stormwater Committee

Kay McKeen, founder & executive director
Rachel Carlson, 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.