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March 2022
Volume: 32 Issue: 6
ABC's of Smart Recycling
C - Caring for Chemicals
Disposing of chemicals and other hazardous waste properly is one of the most important choices we can make with our garbage at home.

Knowing how to handle these items is only part of the solution to managing hazardous waste. Choosing safer alternatives is another big part of the solution.

Urban (& Suburban) Tree Magic
Did you know that a tree canopy in cities creates micro-climates that reduce the "heat-island effect" and lower temperatures? Read more about how trees are being used to combat climate changes in US cities.

With Arbor Day around the corner, consider organizing a tree survey for your school or home. Tree surveys can be done with all grade levels and ages. Here are some for young kids, middle grades and older students.
World Water Day
Great Time to Learn About Storm Drain Medallions!
March 22 is UN sponsored World Water Day. Interested in doing a hands-on project to protect our water quality? Consider joining the Storm Drain Medallion Project. SCARCE has all the tools needed for your class to participate. Learn more here.

For more of our water curriculum resources, check out this page.
Celebrate National Crayon Day!
Yes! It's really a thing. There's been a National Crayon Day for over 15 years.

SCARCE recycles old, broken crayons into great big, Super Crayons! Their larger size and shape are easier for younger children and those with dexterity issues to grip and use.

Teachers can visit the SCARCE Reuse Center to get crayons and other creative supplies.
Environmental Education Association of Illinois Annual Conference
SCARCE Founder, Kay McKeen, will be speaking at the conference on April 8, 2022. This year's conference will be held at Hoover Forest Preserve in Yorkville, Illinois.

Join environmental educators from all over IL for two days of incredible learning and networking. 

Movies With A Mission:
'One Earth' Film Festival
One Earth Film Festival is a Chicago area film festival that presents sustainability-themed films along with facilitated discussion. There are films for people of all ages! Winning films from the festival's Young Filmmakers contest will also be featured.

This year's fest runs March 4-13, 2022
A 2021 Team Designed Building
Key Dates: March 16, Virtual Meet-up
April 5, SDC Event
Are your students curious about sustainability? Want to learn more? Consider joining our Virtual Sustainable Design Meet-up! Start by touring two schools to see state-of-the-art sustainability features at work. After the tour, we'll talk with professionals in architecture, design and engineering. It's a great chance to be inspired for the SDC and for internship or career opportunities. The Virtual Meet-up is open to any interested DuPage County student, teacher, and school administrator.

The Sustainable Design Challenge is still accepting registrations for this year's high school student eco-visionaries to create their own sustainable building. Teams can participate in-person or virtually. Learn more,and Register Your Team Today!

National Wildlife Federation
Sponsors Wildlife Photo Contest for
Students ages 13-17
All students between the ages of 13-17 are invited to enter the NWF's photo contest. The contest has been encouraging wildlife photography for over 50 years!

Three 4th Grade classes at Sandburg Elementary in Wheaton learn the 3Rs: Reduce, Reuse & Recycle!

Interested in having an in-person or virtual environmental program for your school? Read More.
Toy Recall - Lead Paint
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall on the "Adam the Apple Children's Stackable Toy." Surface paint on this toy has been found to exceed safe lead levels. Toys can be returned to manufacturer for a refund. Never toss lead contaminated items into the trash! Bring them to a hazardous waste facility. Click for more information.
Upcoming Eco-Events
SCARCE Growin' Green Garden Market - Saturday. April 30th

Order some "garden gold!" Presale for food scrap compost is open!
Upcoming Recycling Events
March 12
  • Clarendon Hills Recycling Extravaganza, 9am-12noon
  • Wheaton Monthly Recycling Event, 9am-12noon
March 19
  • Lisle Sustainable Saturday Recycling Event, 9am-12noon
April 2
  • Addison Recycling Event (Addison residents only), 8am-12noon
  • Bloomingdale Quarterly Electronics Recycling, 8am-12noon
  • Wheaton Recycling Extravaganza, 8:30-11:30am

For details on these events and more, Visit Our Website.
Students from Stagg H.S. International Club. Sponsoring teacher, Anne Reedy
Thanks, Eco-Extraordinaires!
You do great work!

  • Neuqua Valley High School, Naperville
  • International Club at Stagg High School, Palos Hills (pictured)
  • York High School, Elmhurst

These schools collected holiday lights for recycling, keeping valuable raw materials out of the landfill.

Also, York High School, Elmhurst, organized a special collection of guitar picks to accompany our rescued musical instruments. Nicely played!
Fourth grade scouts from Hawthorne Elementary School, Elmhurst,
donated brand new books for a special collection. Thanks, girls!
Volunteer Opportunities for High School Students

We are looking for students (14yo and up) to help at upcoming community recycling events.

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

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN during Spring Break!

Friday, April 2 (closing at noon)
Saturday, April 3
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.