After the 2012 Superstorm Sandy caused flooding, a Manhattan school installed a rain garden, porous turf field, stormwater system and other measures to improve the floodplain located school. The results? Not even a puddle after Hurricane Ida in 2021.
Reducing asphalt around schools can also help reduce heat island effect and absorb groundwater from storms.
Time to register your team for this year's Sustainable Design Challenge. All high school age students who attend DuPage County schools can participate. Give your students a chance to dream, research, build and present a design that tackles a subject students care deeply about: sustainability!
Help Monitor Monarch Eco-systems in Local Forest Preserves This Spring
The DuPage Monarch Project is looking for volunteers to help map the monarch habitat and food sources in local forest preserves during the month of April. Teams of three will walk the forest preserve and record plants that support the Illinois state insect, the Monarch butterfly.
8th Grade students at Still Middle School (Aurora) learned about sources of water pollution and strategies for prevention.
St. Michael Parish School (Wheaton) held a STEM night where students got some hands-on time with spray bottles and our watershed model.
Last month, the SCARCE team also taught a composting program for Glenbard East High School students (Lombard), visited an Eco Club at Edison Middle School (Wheaton), and provided a staff training for the District 45 Early Childhood Center (Villa Park).
Want SCARCE to visit your school? Email Jean at firstname.lastname@example.org