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May 2022
Volume: 32 Issue: 8
Kindergarten students at Highland School in Downers Grove District 58 celebrated Arbor Day with the Village of Downers Grove Forestry staff.
Arbor Day Tree Plantings
Thank you to everyone who planted trees this Arbor Day!

"The ultimate test of a man's conscience may be his willingness
to sacrifice something today
for future generations whose words of thanks will not be heard."
Gaylord Nelson
Celebrating Our Earth in Our Schools
It's been a busy month for learning about our earth in schools across the area.
Students at Conrad Fischer School in Elmhurst created a mural out of plastic bottle caps. Way to recycle with creativity!
After weeks of hands-on projects and learning, the students of Prairie School of DuPage in Wheaton have earned their Earth Flag. Congratulations!
Jay Stream Middle School in Carol Stream borrowed materials for a school exhibit on recycling and re-use.

SCARCE had a special mention with a banner that read "SCARCE is Making Our World More Awesome" including information about our special collections. Thanks for spreading the word!
The Environmental Club at Hinsdale South High School in Darien created a pollinator rain garden on the school grounds.

Parents, students, school administration, and, even the village, all came together with the help of Science teacher, Adam Hallihan, to bring the garden to life.
E is for Energy
ABC's of Smart Recycling
Did you know the value of recycling isn't only in reclaiming materials?

Whether you are making a new aluminum can out of an old one, or playground materials out of old tires, recycling saves energy.

Learn more about recycling and energy on this month's ABC's of Smart Recycling blogpost.
Create A Recycling Station
The Green Committee at St. Luke Lutheran Church in Glen Ellyn created a recycling station using teaching materials they discovered in the SCARCE ReUse Center.

This display informs their community about all kinds of local recycling services and events which encourages reuse as well as proper disposal. The collection boxes are for special collections all around our local area.

What a great way to create an interactive collection center that helps our planet!
Eco-Winner Moments This Month
2021 National Green Ribbon winner
Congratulations to Wheaton Christian Grammar School in Winfield for receiving the 2021 National Green Ribbon School award.

Liz Wimmer, Program Manager for Illinois Green Alliance, and Dr. Erica Thieman, Director of K-12 Standards and Instruction at ISBE, presented a plaque for the special recognition to Jacqueline Lauriat and Susan Macaluso. And someone else you might know--SCARCE founder, Kay McKeen, was there to celebrate the accomplishment.
A Green Win for District 99, Downers Grove!
Community High School District 99 in Downers Grove was recognized as a 2022 District Sustainability Awardee by the U.S. Department of Education. The award honors District 99 for its innovative efforts to reduce environmental impact and utility costs, as well as to improve health and wellness and ensure sustainability education.

Congratulations to Community High School District 99! Learn more about the award here.
Sustainable Design Challenge Winning Models Announced
DuPage County announced the winning models from the 16th annual Sustainable Design Challenge on May 3rd. The quality of this year's models impressed the judges and made the choice of top prizes difficult.

  • Best Overall LEED Design ($500 prize) Team #21, Green Glory; Glenbard East High School. Kaylee Choi, John Polyak, Calvin Putterlik & Steve Flanagan 
  • Best Stormwater Design ($250 prize) Team #3, The Pinecones; York Community High School. Tessa Brown, Gracie Stumpf, Katie Stumpf, & Maya Valdez 
  • Best Energy Design ($250 prize) Team #22, Cherry House; Glenbard East High School. Kristina Tomanov

York High School Wins Trex Plastic Collection Challenge!
The 15th Annual Trex recycling Challenge ended on Earth Day and York High School in Elmhurst was declared a winner. The school collected 4,442 pounds of plastic which put them first in their division and 2nd in the country. The school receives a Trex bench and a check for $2500!

Want your school to win at recycling?
Brita filters and Meijer Stores have partnered with TerraCycle on a contest for schools in several states including Illinois. Save and recycle Brita filters for a chance to win a garden for your school!
COD Field Studies Summer Learning at
White Earth Land Recovery Project
College of DuPage is offering a special field study opportunity this summer at the White Earth Ojibwe Reservation in Minnesota. 

WELRP, founded by activist Winona LaDuke, works for ecological and cultural recovery of land and language. Class will include community-based gardening, food processing, as well as time on a hemp farm. Learn about the past, with an eye towards ecological and cultural recovery.

Class takes place from June 4 to June 13th, 2022.
Contact the professors for more information or to sign up at or
Natural resource globe

Summer Workshops for Educators

Looking for Continuing Education hours this summer? SCARCE can help. We have a variety of engaging workshops to provide you with tools for teaching students about the environment.
Email us at or Stay tuned for class announcements.
Upcoming Eco-Events
Need more details? Visit our website
Woodridge Rotary Recycling Extravaganza 8am-11am

Itasca Green Day Recycling Event 8am-12noon

Elmhurst First Congregational Church UCC Green Garden Fair 9am-1pm

Warrenville Shredding & Electronic Recycling
*RESIDENTS ONLY* 9am-12noon
MAY 14
Wheaton Monthly Recycling Event 9am-12noon

Downers Grove Township Shred Event 9am-11am
MAY 21
Villa Park Spring Sweep 9am-12noon
MAY 28
Woodridge Christ the Servant Church Recycling Event 8:30-11:30am
Volunteer Opportunities

Individuals 14 and older are needed to help gather items at local community recycling events. It's a fun way students can earn service hours while helping the community and conserving natural resources!

Contact Rose at for details.
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
Saturdays 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
CLOSED May 30 Memorial Day
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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.
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The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program.