Your resource for environmental education updates, workshop, and more.
February 2019
Volume: 29 Issue: 7
Thurs, Feb 21st @ 7pm ~ Earn 1.5 CEUs
Learn how to cut the amount of waste you create with simple tips and tricks. No matter where you are in the journey to reduce your environmental impact, you're certain to get a few new ideas.
DuPage County Institute Day Classes
Friday, March 1st, 2019 - Earn 5 CEUs
Join us for a free experiential learning course this institute day! Earn CEUs while enhancing your understanding through site visits and hands-on activities.
3 spots left!
Submerge yourself in the dynamic world of water! You'll visit the Elmhurst Quarry guided by DuPage County stormwater engineers. Then tour the rarely-open-to-the-public Urban Stream Research Center. We'll wrap up with training on the watershed model at SCARCE.

Only 3 spots left -  Register today!
Join us to tour buildings on the cutting edge of energy efficient design. Explore Argonne's LEED Gold Energy Sciences Building and learn about energy research taking place. After our second stop (TBA) we'll make energy tangible with SCARCE's energy bike, a hands-on classroom tool.
Webinars Feb 5th/6th, Applications due March 6th
You haven't lost the opportunity to learn about applying for funds through the US EPA Clean Diesel Grant! Due to the government shut down info sessions have been rescheduled. Learn more about how your school can take advantage of this grant to protect clean air and healthy lungs!
Join ComEd for a free online webinar to learn how your school can save money and energy with improvements to your facilities with incentives available for LEDs, heating and cooling, IT systems, and more.
Presented by SCARCE and DuPage County Stormwater Management
If your school is interested in adding solar or wind power generation to your campus to increase sustainability and enhance your STEM curriculum, check out these grants available to k-12 schools.
Does your school have responsible lighting practices?
Little attention is paid to how effective or efficient our outdoor lighting practices are and even less to the impact on our local plants and wildlife and night sky views. Get an introduction to responsible lighting practices and how it can benefit us and the planet.

Classroom Connection: Discuss light pollution, conduct an activity to measure light pollution. Go further and evaluate your school's outdoor lighting for improvement. Learn more about light pollution from the International Dark Sky Association.

Here's a fun seasonal project to do with milk jugs! You can build an 'arctic' igloo from empty milk jugs. Then check out our links above for ideas to celebrate International Polar Bear Day.

This photo from a few years ago shows local environmentalist Carolyn Finzer in the Igloo she helped build at the Naperville Public Library using milk jugs from a local Starbucks.
One Earth Film Fest - most showings free!
March 1st-10th
Take in a film during the Midwest's premier environmental film fest. The festival invites you to go "All In' for the planet. We've compiled a short list of the powerful, solution-oriented films showing in DuPage County. Discover community action partners who can help you plug into projects, large and small.

Teens and young adults are encouraged to attend. A great opportunity for an eco-club field trip or extra credit for science classes!
Celebrate Dr. Seuss' Birthday with 'The Lorax'
March 2nd
Everyone's favorite whimsical rhyming author would have turned 114 years old this year. Celebrate by reading his personal favorite story and environmental fable that 'speaks for the trees' - The Lorax.

Then, D o O ne T hing: Transform concern into action by discussing how each of us can D o O ne T hing to help the planet. What's your D.O.T.?
We Need Your Help! Volunteers Needed to Calibrate Microscopes
SCARCE is looking for teachers that have experience using and calibrating microscopes to help with a project. Please contact us if you are able to help 630-545-9710.
Spend your spring break with Living Lands & Waters, one of SCARCE's favorite environmental action organizations. Be a part of the team that won CNN's 2013 Hero of the Year award for their hard work removing almost 10 million pounds of debris from U.S. waterways.
Save the Date: Summer Graduate Credit Courses Run June 17th-July 1st
SCARCE's one-of-a-kind experiential-learning graduate courses are back this summer: Join us for Where is Away? June 17-21st + July 1st or Living Water June 24-28 + July 1st. Earn 3 hours of graduate credit or 40 PDs. Registration coming soon!
Upcoming Eco-Events
Feb 6
Feb 13
Feb 21
Feb 21
Feb 22
Feb 27
Mar 1
Institute Day: Water Dynamics & Green Building
Mar 6
Mar 6
Mar 10-16
April 8-9
April 16
Thank you to our January Volunteers!
-----Benedictine University - Lisle
-----Benet Academy - Lisle
-----Boy Scout Troop 52 - Hinsdale
-----Boy Scout Troop 202 - Lombard
-----College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
-----Downers Grove North High School APES
-----Glen Crest Middle School - Glen Ellyn
-----Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glendale Heights
-----Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn
-----Hinsdale Central High School - Hinsdale
-----North Central College - Naperville
-----Prospect High School - Mt. Prospect
-----St. Mark's Catholic Church - Wheaton
-----Wheaton Warrenville South High School - Wheaton
A volunteer from the Hinsdale Central National Honors Society helped demanufacture binders in January.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • President's Day Mon, Feb 18th @ SCARCE
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Sat March 9th @ SCARCE
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Ages 14+)
  • Coming Up: Community Recycling Events Saturdays

Our book rescue couldn't function without these amazing individuals that dedicate their time each week to sorting, stocking, and organizing.

Tip, Paul, Marilyn, Marcy, Jim, Susan, Bonnie, Cindy, John P., Greg, Jen, Maureen, Al, Andrea, Joyce, Karen, Gayle, Janice, Sharon, Glenn, Penny, Diane, Gregg, Nancy, and John G.

We can't thank them enough! If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Book Rescue Hours
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......Presidents' Day 02/18, Casimir Pulaski Day 03/04
Helpful Links
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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, Liz Chaplin, Chair,
and the DuPage County 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.