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June 2022
Volume: 32 Issue: 9
School's out - But SCARCE is just getting started!
It's been another LONG year. To help you recharge this summer, we're offering exciting tours for educators interested in local conservation efforts.
On Monday June 13 from 9am-noon, visit DuPage County Stormwater Management’s Elmhurst Quarry with SCARCE. Learn from stormwater professionals how the quarry tackles flooding issues and improves water quality,

Other tours we are arranging for this summer include:
  • Willow Ranch Large Scale Compost Facility, Romeoville
  • Recycling & Sorting Facility in Elk Grove Village
  • DuPage County Water Commission in Elmhurst

Visit our website or email for registration details.

See how we reuse and recycle so many things -- from books to bread tags, holiday lights to highlighters, crayons to keys, and more. You will also discover resources available for educators and ways to get your students involved in conservation activities.

We are offering three tours this month, including a special session specifically for teachers.

ABC's of Smart Recycling
F for Food
Wasted food is more than just rotten--it's wasted water, energy, and effort. And when it's dumped in the landfill, it can create methane gas which is more potent than carbon dioxide at trapping heat in the atmosphere.

Learn more about what we can do to turn food waste into useful food scrap, right at home and in our schools.
Read the blog post F is Food for Thought.
"The Earth has music for those who listen."
George Santayana
Music teachers - visit this summer and check out our collection of donated instruments, music books and other teaching materials
Congratulations to
Wiesbrook School, Wheaton
Wheaton's Wiesbrook School earned a re-certification of its Earth Flag this year!

DuPage County Board members Greg Schwarze and Shelia Rutledge (Chair of the Environmental Committee) were present at the ceremony, along with SCARCE Executive Director Kay McKeen and school Principal Dr Brian Turyna.
Locker and Classroom Clean-out
Want to donate books, classroom supplies, or other learning materials? SCARCE is here for you!

Email to make a plan.
Thanks, Downers Grove Christian School!
Teacher Jennifer Haywood and her Pre-K class saved bread tags to raise money for kids' wheelchairs. The students recruited family and friends to help with the effort. The bag in the photo weighed 1.78 pounds!

Thank you also to Schafer Elementary School in District 45. Its environmental club collected bread tags, pop can tabs, and other items for SCARCE. Thanks to club sponsor, Ruth Toyama, for organizing the collection.

To get your school involved, learn about our bread tag collection and other conservation projects here.
Environmental Education in Action
Students participate in a watershed model activity at Still Middle School (District 204)
Pleasantdale Middle School (Burr Ridge) students learn about conservation at SCARCE. They brought items for recycling too!
Recycling assembly at York Center Elementary School (Lombard)
Upcoming Eco-Events
Jean from SCARCE will be leading a program at the Morton Arboretum!
The Conservation Foundation Free Webinar: The Versatility of Compost to Capture Clean & Divert Stormwater 12:00-1:00pm
SCARCE's Kay McKeen will give tips on conservation and pollution prevention!
JULY 29-31
Look for SCARCE's STEM-A-PALOOZA environmental activities!
Recycling Events
Visit our website for details

June 4
West Chicago Paper Shred & Medical Disposal
Bensenville Spring Recycling Event

June 11
Wheaton Monthly Recycling Event
Bartlett Document Shredding

June 18
Lisle Quarterly Electronics & Cloth Recycling

June 25
Carol Stream Parkway Bank Shred Event ----

Summer Volunteer Opportunities
for students and teachers

Help us sort, stock, organize and recycle! We have morning (9am-noon) and afternoon (1-4pm) shifts available. Sign up below or contact for details.
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
CLOSED Saturday, July 2 through Monday, July 4
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, 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.