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February 2018
 Volume: 28  Issue: 7

February 14th, 8:30-11:30am

Calling school buildings & grounds supervisors! 
Join SCARCE and the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition for a program explaining the use of food scrap amended compost to create a healthy and safe landscape program for your students, employees, and environment. 
Continental breakfast provided.
Institute Day Classes
Friday, March 2nd, 2018 ~ Earn 5 CEUs

Submerge yourself in the dynamic world of water! Site visits include the Urban Stream Research Center, rarely open to the public. Visits will be followed by training in hands-on educational tools by SCARCE staff. Limited to teachers in DuPage County schools.

Space is limited - register today!

Join us for a look at green buildings and energy conservation. We'll tour the Argonne Labs Energy Sciences Building and other local green facilities. Then we'll demo hands-on energy teaching tools. Limited to teachers from DuPage County schools.

Space is limited - register today!

This month, The Avery Coonley School in Downers Grove joins the growing list of schools combating food waste. Also, the Division 9 Key Clubs feature a SCARCE rescue project as their service project.

Want to add a greater element of investigation to your school litter clean up? Consider adding in an audit of the litter you find. 
Due Feb 12

Earn recognition for your school's environmental efforts! You may be doing more than you think. In 2017, two DuPage schools were chosen as Illinois' nominees - could that be your school this year?
Hands-on Learning

Attention high school teachers: Get your students involved in this amazing STEAM project! Student teams design and construct a sustainable building, then present to judges in a bid for cash prizes. 

The learning doesn't stop there! Students have the opportunity to tour sustainable infrastructure and explore green careers from professionals in the field. Participation is open to any high school student in DuPage County, with a limit of 10 teams per high school.

Feb 27th

Use this day to explore the challenges polar bears face due to climate change and how humans can help. Check out tips from Polar Bears International and the Save the Polar Bears Game (pictured) from SCARCE volunteer Joyce Hemphill.
July 15-28 - Oberlin College

Foresight Prep is an intensive, pre-college summer institute for high school students passionate about sustainability and social equity. Early Bird and priority application deadlines are approaching. A fantastic opportunity for motivated students seeking to explore a career in sustainability.
March 14th 11am

Explore the world of caves and karsts without leaving your classroom! Your class can tune in to the live webcast and Q&A with cave scientists in Luray Caverns, VA. Check out their resources for teachers to prep for the big day.
Due March 1st

Do you - or someone you know - deserve recognition for their innovative environmental project or teaching methods? Learn more and apply. 
April 23rd-27th

More than 1,500 schools around the country celebrate Every Kid Health Week. Join in for your opportunity to host a lively, health-promoting event. Celebrations range from health and wellness fairs to school gardens. Start planning today!
Upcoming Eco-Events
Feb 12  Green Ribbon Schools Applications Due
Feb 14  Getting to the Heart of Better Soil through Composting
Feb 15  Sustainable Design Challenge Registration Opens
Feb 19  Priority deadline: Foresight Prep @ Oberlin
Feb 20  Beyond Monarchs: Preserving Endangered Butterflies, Bees & Dragonflies
Feb 27  International Polar Bear Day
Mar 2  Institute Day Workshops:
     Water Dynamics  &  Energy and Green Building
Mar 2-11  One Earth Film Fest
Mar 14  Caves Live! A Distance Learning Adventure
Mar 23  Sustainable Design Challenge Registration Closes
April 3  York Used Book Sale Benefiting SCARCE
April 3  National Healthy Schools Day
April 17  Annual Sustainable Design Challenge
May 3-4
June 11-15
June 25-29  Living Waters Graduate Course
Thank you to our January Volunteers!

AFS Intercultural Programs
St. Pets volunteers helping with the Super Crayon Project on MLK Day.
Benedictine University
Benet Academy
College of DuPage
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
Glen Crest Middle School Builders Club
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Islamic Foundation School
Northern Illinois Academy
Lisle High School Ecology Club
St. James the Apostle Catholic Church
St. Petronille Catholic Church
School of Expressive Arts & Learning (SEAL)
Wheaton Warrenville South High School

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Sat Feb 10th
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Age 14+)

Contact SCARCE for more details.
Book Rescue Hours
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:30pm

Upcoming Special Dates:
OPEN....President's Day 02/19
          .....Institute Day 03/02

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