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January 2020
Volume: 30 Issue: 6
SCARCE is celebrating 30 years! Since 1990, we've had the privilege to serve millions of people locally and around the world through our mission to care for people and the planet we all share. The future is bright and we’ve got a big vision for 2020.
Stay tuned for exciting news!
Green STEM Institute Day Classes
Friday, February 28th ~ Earn 6 PDs
Join us for a free experiential learning class on DuPage County's Institute Day. Earn PD credits while enhancing your understanding through site visits and hands-on activities. Register today!
Submerge yourself in the dynamic world of water! You'll visit the Elmhurst Quarry with DuPage County Stormwater engineers. Then tour the Urban Stream Research Center with research staff. We'll wrap up with training on hands-on teaching tools at SCARCE.

Space is limited.  Register today!
Join us to explore buildings on the cutting edge of energy efficient design. Tour 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!
Celebrate Your Environmental Achievements - Earn a Flag!
Are you looking to take steps towards greening your school? Get recognized for your efforts! Earn an eco-certification from SCARCE and DuPage County. SCARCE will provide hands-on education for students and training for school staff to further your green mission.

Already certified? Schools are eligible to re-certify every 5 years to re-amplify their sustainability efforts.
Bottle Caps available for Art Projects, Benches
Do you need plastic bottle caps for an art project or a school bench fundraiser? Recently, a donor gave SCARCE plastic bottle caps in the hopes of helping a local school. Email with the subject line "bottle caps" with your info.
The Sustainable Design Challenge is a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity that combines research with a hands-on project, collaboration, career exploration and a healthy bit of competition. Teams of students design and construct a sustainable building model and present their project to judges in a bid for cash prizes - and that's just the morning!
Learn first-hand from students why this is an opportunity not-to-miss:
Whether you are an eco-club sponsor, science teacher or career adviser, you can help your students take part. This program is free and open to any DuPage County high school student.

Registration opens in February 2020.  Info packets available online now.

Visit or contact for more info.
The 50th Anniversary of Earth Day is April 22nd.
Are you planning something special?
What if one of our best solutions to climate change were the simplest? It is! Planting and caring for trees is one of the best things we can do - but everyone needs to be in on it. Join the global movement to re-forest our earth by planting a tree on your school grounds for Earth Day or Arbor Day.
Your students can join the Water's Worth It campaign by submitting a short essay on the importance of clean water. First place is awarded $300 and is published in Central States Water Magazine.
Join the DuPage County NAACP for a program featuring four talks from community experts on climate & social justice along with info booths from local organizations between sessions.
Apply by Feb 14th
Get funding for your youth garden program or green space! Open to new or existing programs looking to expand. Any non-profit or tax-exempt organization - including schools - may apply.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Jan 10
Jan 14
Downsize & Declutter Workshop: Afternoon session or Evening session
Jan 15
Jan 18
Jan 21
Jan 22
Jan 25
Jan 31
Feb 28
Institute Day Classes: Energy and Green Building & Water Dynamics
April 21
April 22
50th Anniversary of Earth Day!
Thank you to our December Volunteers!

----- American Voices Project (Stanford University)
----- Benedictine University - Lisle
----- Benet Academy - Lisle
----- Cantigny - Wheaton
----- Clarke - St. Charles
----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- College Preparatory School of America - Lombard
----- Elmhurst College
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glen Ellyn
----- HAVI - Downers Grove
----- Hinsdale Central High School - Hinsdale
----- Hinsdale South High School - Darien
----- North Central College - Naperville
----- St. Matthew Church - Glendale Heights
----- Wheaton Warrenville South High School - Wheaton
Students from Benet Academy donated their talents to the Super Crayon Project.
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Sat, Jan 11th
  • 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.

If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Al - Amie - Andrea - Ann - Bonnie - Carol - Chris - Cindy - Claudia - Diane - Denny - Gayle - Glenn - Greg - Gregg - Jane - Janice - Jen - Jennifer - Jill - Jim - John - Joyce - Julie - Karen - Kathy - Laura - Linda - Marcy - Marilyn - Margie - Maureen - Nancy - Paul - Penny - Sharon - Susan - Terri - Tip
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......MLK Day Jan 20, 9-4:30
OPEN.......Saturday Jan 11th & 25th 9am-12pm
Helpful Links
Ripples | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | |
This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded in part 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; Jan Breyne, Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef

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.