Your resource for environmental education updates, workshops, and more.
May 2019
Volume: 29 Issue: 10
Saturday, May 11th
9am-1pm @ SCARCE
Join us at our kick-off to the growing season!
Get supplies and advice for your school garden!

Pick up local and organically grown seedlings, native plants, and food scrap amended compost (BYO container). Pre-orders available!

Shop our market for eco-friendly garden goods. Learn how to green-up your green thumb from local organizations and free mini-workshops on permaculture, backyard chickens, beekeeping and more!

Summer Educator Courses
NGSS & STEM-aligned
Earn 3 graduate hours or 40 PDs per class.
Our experiences and activities will help your students develop their  science and engineering practices like asking questions, developing models, analyzing data and arguing from evidence. They offer many connections to various  cross-cutting concepts  like  patterns  cause and effect systems and system models energy and matter,  structure and function , and  stability and change  .

Each course has experiences of broad importance in multiple science and engineering disciplines ( disciplinary core ideas ) with key organizing concepts. They provide key tools for understanding and investigating more complex ideas and problem solving using the  cradle to cradle model , relate to interests and life experiences of students of all ages, and is  highly teachable and learnable from k-12 grades!
Register today!
Investigate the life-cycle of the stuff we make, use, buy and toss out each day. We'll visit a landfill, recycling center, wastewater facility and more to discover the answer to "where is away?".
Tour the high-tech Groot materials recovery facility.
Here's your chance to dive into water!  Led by experts in the field, you'll get a behind-the-scenes picture of the water infrastructure and  ecosystem services we benefit from every day.
Get a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes at the Urban Stream Research Center.
So many awesome people and organizations to highlight! In addition to the folks below, we recognize the Wheaton North Girls Track Team, St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Glen Ellyn, and the DuPage County Health Department.
The Wheaton North Environmental Club took action for clean water.
The Wheaton North Girls Track team dedicated their Earth Day workout to litter clean-up.
May 11th & 18th, Blackwell Forest Preserve
The Forest Preserve District of DuPage County is offering free wood chips from 8am-1pm at the Blackwell Nursery. Wood chips add nutrients to the soil, hold in moisture, prevent erosion and inhibit weeds.
Do you know a retiring teacher?
Let them know about SCARCE's book rescue for donating their teaching materials.
13th Annual Sustainable Design Challenge Wow-ed Us!
What a great competition this year! Twenty-five teams from 8 DuPage County high school's competed for over $1,000 in prizes at the 2019 Sustainable Design Challenge. These hard-working students benefited from learning with local professionals about sustainable infrastructure. Stay tuned for look at our 2019 event and winners!

Be a part of this amazing free program in April 2020. Learn more here or contact [email protected].
Students from Glenbard East show off their building model.
DuPage County Board member Jim Zay discusses a project with students.
Several teams designed below-ground structures, including this group from York High School.
Are you looking for a fun, impactful end of year activity for your student club? Sign up for the DuPage River Sweep and be a part of a program that last year alone removed over 9 tons of debris from our waterways. Registration required.
Music Teachers: Recycle Instrument Strings at a Music Store near You!
Did you know that Terracycle offers a recycling program for all types of instrument strings? Become a collection location yourself or find a local music store accepting strings for recycling on
Do you want to reduce food waste at school? Check out this updated roadmap and if you're looking for local support to discuss ideas or an action plan with - contact us!
Download this free guide from the Urban Butterfly Initiative. Use it to identify the species visiting your school butterfly garden or as a jumping-off point to determine how to garden to attract the species you'd like to see.
Grant Money Available for School Solar & Wind Projects
Applications due Aug 27th
In addition to the new state incentives available for solar, you can apply for funds from the Illinois Clean Energy Foundation for a solar project or a wind energy project at school.
Are you looking for something meaningful to do this summer? Do your students need to earn service hours?

Volunteer at SCARCE's book rescue! When you volunteer with us, you reduce waste going to landfills, help teachers and students in need, and learn more about sustainability.
Get your eco-club involved in the annual Pumpkin Smash. Help reduce waste going to landfills and smash pumpkins - not a bad way to spend a Saturday volunteering!
May 16th 8:30am-4pm @ NIU Naperville - Register today!
Transportation accounts for the largest portion of U.S. Greenhouse Gas emissions and is a major contributor to air pollution. Learn about new technologies and how to update your school's fleet to ensure you and your students can breathe easy.
The video was created by members of the Illinois Recycling Task Force to promote statewide recycling guidelines.The task force is a collective of local governments, solid waste agencies, recycling industry representatives, waste haulers and the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency.

Please share on your social media, websites, newsletters, and in news articles!  Don’t forget to tag   @SCARCEecoed   &  @CoolDuPage   and let’s help spread the word that #IllinoisRecycles.
Check out SCARCE's newest endeavor: the Earth Chats podcast! Join us for discussions on how to live your most sustainable life. Subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Summer is Coming - Schedule your Donation!
During the summer we receive  hundreds of boxes of donations daily - some days it's hard to keep up! Help us by following the  donation guidelines below:

  • Call before dropping off any donation 630-545-9710. Donations of 5+ boxes require an appointment.
  • Donations must be boxed - weigh no more than 30lbs and packed flat so the flaps close for stacking.
  • Review our list of accepted items before donating. We're happy to direct you where to take items that we do not accept.

Lastly, if you appreciate having somewhere to donate or recycle your items, make a  monetary donation  to support our work! SCARCE is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and we do not charge for the items teachers and non-profits receive. Our recycling programs do not pay for themselves but they are central to our mission to reduce waste! Consider  donating online or in-person when you drop off your items.
Our warehouse overflows each summer leaving us with little space to sort.
We work outside to sort donations each day - nice but also hot!
Rainy days are the hardest, severely limiting the space we have to process donations.
Upcoming Eco-Events
May 5-11
May 7
May 7
May 8
May 10-11
May 11
Zero Landfill Chicago Material Pick-Up Day free art materials for teachers & students!
May 11
May 13
Recycling & Composting with Kay McKeen @ Frankfort Public Library
May 15
May 18
May 20
May 23
June 5
Thank you to our April Volunteers!
-----Benet Academy - Lisle
-----College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
-----Elmhurst College
-----First Presbyterian Church of Wheaton
-----Glenbard East High School - Lombard
-----Glenbard West High School - Glen Ellyn
----- Hinsdale Neighbors and Newcomers
-----Lyons Township High School - La Grange
-----North Central College - Naperville
-----Waubonsie Valley High School APES - Aurora
-----Wheaton Warrenville South High School - Wheaton
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Super Crayon Project
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm
  • 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.

We can't thank them enough! If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Book Rescue Hours
Summer Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
2nd Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......M-F 9-4:30 during summer break!
CLOSED...Memorial Day Weekend May 25th-27th
Helpful Links
Ripples | SCARCE | 630.545.9710 | [email protected] |
This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded 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
Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau,
Carrie Horak, Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski,
Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef
Environmental education programs are operated by SCARCE
( S chool & C ommunity A ssistance for R ecycling and C omposting E ducation)
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.