Your resource for environmental education updates, workshop, and more.
January 2019
Volume: 29 Issue: 6
Awards Season is Here!
Nominate Your School for Recognition
Applications due Jan 14th
Your school is probably doing more than you think if you add up actions from teachers, students, parents and staff. Several DuPage County schools have received this award, is it your year?
Get your school on the shortlist for the US Dept of Education Green Ribbon Awards.

Nominations open until Jan 18th
Do you know of a person, school, or district that is making significant strides toward creating sustainable schools? Nominations are open for these awards presented by the Green Schools National Network and the Center for Green Schools.

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.
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.

Space is limited. 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.

Space is limited. Register today!
Wed, Jan 23rd @ 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.
Applications due March 6th
Applications are open for the 2019 Clean Diesel Grants from the US EPA amounting to $40 million dollars in awards. Learn how your school or agency can apply to upgrade your fleet and protect young lungs in an info webinar:
  • Tuesday, Jan 8th 2-4pm
  • Wednesday, Jan 9th, 1-3pm

Are you looking for an alternative fundraiser that doesn't have students selling unhealthy foods or wasteful products? Check out this seed fundraiser option from High Mowing Organic Seeds.
April 16th, 2019
Don't let your students miss out on this fantastic STEAM learning opportunity! Whether you are a teacher, club sponsor, or guidance counselor you can sponsor a student team. Students gain invaluable experience to add to their college resume, make career connections and could win cash prizes of up to $500.

Participation is free and open to any DuPage County high school student.

Team registration opens in February.
Food waste is a huge problem that we can all help combat. The Natural Resources Defense Council has compiled a bulleted list of strategies for success to reduce wasted food at school. Get ideas or check your progress if you've already got an effort in place.
December was a busy month for SCARCE and our resource center. We were able to help schools recovering from hurricanes in the southeast and divert tons of items from the landfill.
Help Us Restock our Children's Book Shelves
After a busy December full of relief projects, our children's reading book supplies are drained! If you are weeding out in your home, classroom or school library, please give us a call to donate your books.

Don't forget to box your donations and  schedule an appointment  for donations of 5+ boxes. Thank you!
Are you a teacher that lives or works in Chicago? Check out the semi-annual CCRx Swap Circle for Teachers for free materials for math, science, arts and crafts and more.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Jan 8
Jan 9
Jan 11
Jan 13
Jan 23
Jan 25-26
Feb 2
Mar 1
Institute Day Classes: Water Dynamics & Green Building
April 16
Thank you to our December Volunteers!
----- Benet Academy
----- Boy Scouts of America Pathway to Adventure Council
----- Cantigny Park
----- College of DuPage
----- Downers Grove North High School
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
----- Glenbard West High School
----- Hinsdale Central High School
----- Islamic Foundation School
----- Lisle High School Ecology Club
----- Ulta Beauty Corporate IT
DGN students helped senior citizens pack up books for reuse and recycling at SCARCE.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • SCARCE Book Rescue Sat January 12th 9am-12pm
  • Martin Luther King Day @ SCARCE Mon, 01/21 9am-4:30pm
  • 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.

Tip, Paul, Marilyn, Marcy, Jim, Susan, Bonnie, Cindy, John P., Greg, Jen, Maureen, Al, Andrea, Joyce, Karen, Gail, 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.......MLK Day Mon 01/21 9am-4:30pm
OPEN.......Presidents' Day Mon 02/18 9am-4:30pm
Helpful Links
Ripples | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | |
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.