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February 2022
Volume: 32 Issue: 5
We've been lighting homes with bulbs for over a hundred and fifty years. But how bulbs are made has changed considerably in the last 20 years. To dispose of bulbs safely, you need to know what's inside.
Learn more on our blog: B - is for Bulbs
Purdue Scientists Create
A World Record White Paint
Purdue scientists have created a paint so white it reflects 98% of all radiation from the sun. That qualifies it for a new Guinness World record.
The paint uses barium sulfate to create its unique reflective surface and should help buildings stay cooler in summer, reducing the need for air conditioning.
Xiulin Ruan, Mechanical Engineering Professor
at Purdue University, worked with a team of graduate students to create the world's whitest paint using barium sulfate.
SCARCE's 16th Annual
Sustainable Design Challenge!
Registration Opens February 4th
What does the future of environmental & water-friendly building design look like? Ask our high school students!

SCARCE's Sustainable Design Challenge encourages students to learn-by-doing in this cross-discipline educational event. Students attending any school serving DuPage County are invited to participate.

Interested in sponsoring this event?
Available to judge student entries?
email our Eco Educator -
Tracking COVID through Sewage
With more and more people using at-home testing to determine COVID infections, how do epidemiologists effectively track outbreaks? One surprising method uses data from wastewater sewage.

In September of 2020, the CDC announced the National Wastewater Surveillance System to help predict the presence of the Covid virus in local communities.
Friday, March 4th
Come Learn with SCARCE!
This year's fast-paced, STEM class is packed with resources and hands-on activities.
"Attainable Sustainables" Teacher Institute Day is offered as both in-person and a virtual classroom presentation. Come learn with us!

IMPORTANT: SCARCE Re-Use Center, donations, and SCARCE-LY Used Books & Records will be closed on Friday, March 4, 2022 for this event.
Eco-Extraordinaire Congrats!
Wood Dale Junior High's STEM team took first place at the Future City Chicago Regionals--for the second year in a row! This year's theme was "A Waste-Free Future." Students had to design a waste-free city using the principles of a circular economy. The team created a fictional city on the Nile called "Greater Papyrus," which runs on solar power and provides free health care and education to all citizens. Good luck at Nationals!
Save the Date:
Growin' Green Garden Market -
Saturday, April 30
Spring is coming and that means gardening! Get your garden started the green way. Visit SCARCE on April 30th for plants and other green gardening materials.
Upcoming Eco-Events
***Registration for the 2022 Sustainable Design Challenge is Now OPEN***
February 12
February 23

February 24
March 4
Scarce donations, Re-Use Center and Books & Records CLOSED
March 19
Benedictine University, Lisle
For additional recycling events, visit our website.

SCARCE remains OPEN Presidents' Day and during Spring Break.
Stop by and say hello!
Thank you Local Business Supporters!

Ace Hardware, Oak Brook
Domtar, Addison
Kesson, Aurora
Viking Electric, Addison
Westbridge, Wheaton
Whole Foods, Wheaton
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-noon

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN February 21 - Presidents' Day
CLOSED - March 4th - Teacher Institute Day
Helpful Links
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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part by the DuPage County Board, Daniel Cronin, Chairman,the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Sheila Rutledge, Chair, and the DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director
Jan Breyne, Rachel Carlson, Jasmine Flores, 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.