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November 2017
 Volume: 28  Issue: 4
Dec 5th

One of our greatest natural resources is right beneath our feet! Get the dirt on soil and find links to activities, recommended reading and more.

Is your school on top of their recycling game? Take a moment to conduct a recycling check-up: Is your program going well? Could it use better signs? More bins? 

If all's well, perhaps it's time to up your recycling game with an Eco-Service Collection Project at your school.
Sat Nov 4th, 30+ locations

Drop off your pumpkin for composting at one of over 30 sites across Illinois. Composting is nature's form of recycling - so don't trash it, smash it!

This month we highlight a volunteer that helped transport much needed band uniforms and medical supplies, Clarendon Hills students dedicate their creativity to the Pumpkin Smash, and Wheaton promotes green transit.

Sonic Sea was created by the NRDC to call attention to a little known plight of our aquatic life. Watch for free on Vimeo with code SONICSEE. Share with students in class, eco-club, or to watch on their own!

Students inspired to make an impact with their own film? They have the opportunity with the One Earth Young Filmmakers Contest.
Applications Due: Nov 14th

Old buses burn much dirtier then newer ones - emitting harmful toxins into the air right where young lungs breathe. The EPA offers up to $6,0000 for retrofits and up to $20,000 for replacement vehicles.
Institute Day Classes
Friday, March 2nd, 2018 ~ Earn 5 PDs

Submerge yourself in the dynamic world of water! Site visits will feature experts-on-the-job and be followed by training in hands-on educational tools by SCARCE staff. Limited to teachers in DuPage County schools.

Mark your calendar! Registration opens in January.

Join us for a look at green buildings and energy conservation. We'll tour local green facilities and demo energy teaching tools. Limited to teachers from DuPage County schools.

Mark you calendar! Registration opens in January.

Check out this free, prinatable game from the EPA for middle and high school students. The game engages students in the complexities of our energy challenges and is a great kick-off for delving deeper into energy issues.

Get funding to build a schoolyard habitat or for an outdoor education field trip thorugh the Schoolyard Habitat Grant (Due Nov 30, 2017) and the Biodidversity Field Trip Grant (Due Jan 31, 2018).

Seeing is believing when it comes to SCARCE! If you've never visited our facility, drop by between 3-7pm. There will be tours, opportunities to learn about our education programs, community initiatives and more!
Due Jan 12, 2018

Do you or your students have a project idea for your school that could help improve water quality in your area? DuPage County Stormwater Management has an annual fund for community projects that provides up to 25% of construction costs. Past funded projects include a green roof at Lace Elementary in Darien, permeable pavers, and streambank stabilization.

Green roof at Lace Elementary in Darien.
April 17th, 2018

Attention High school teachers: get your students involved in this fantastic STEAM opportunity! Students design and construct sustainable building models, then showcase them to professionals in a bid for prizes.

Registration opens in early 2018 - start planning now!

Good indoor air quality helps teachers and students perform better. Gain confidence and skills to start or revitalize your IAQ school program with online learning courses.

Support SCARCE with your Amazon purchases by selecting us as your Amazon Smile charity.

Then give for good by making a contribution to SCARCE on Giving Tuesday, on November 28th. 

Your financial support helps us continue our mission to inspire action for the environment through education and provide educational resources for you through our Book Rescue. Together, we are creating a brighter future for people and the planet.
Happy National Educators Week!
 November 13-17

"If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plants trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children"
- Confucious
Upcoming Eco-Events
Nov 3  Illinois Soil, Food, Water, and Composting Summit
Nov 3  Youth Plastic Pollution Summit Applications Due
Nov 4  Pumpkin Smash
Nov 5-11  Polar Bear Week
Nov 6
Nov 13  Midwest Grows Green Lawn & Land Forum
Nov 15
Nov 25
Nov 28
Dec 5
Dec 7
Dec 8  USDA Farm to School Grant Applications Due
Jan 14
Mar 2 Institute Day Workshops:
       Water Dynamics    &       Energy & Green Buildings
April 17  Annual Sustainable Design Challenge 
Thank you to our October Volunteers!
Yorkville High School Art teachers helped us sort crayons.

All Saints Academy
Benedictine University
Chamberlain College of Nursing
College of DuPage
Crone Middle School
Downers Grove North High School
Elmhurst Junior Women's Club
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
Giant Steps
Glenbard West High School
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
SEAL South
Wheaton Community Relations Commission
Wheaton Warrenville South High School
Willowbrook High School
Yorkville High School

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Mon-Wed-Fri 9am-4:30pm - end-of-the-day help would be great!
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Age 14+)

Contact SCARCE for more details.
Book Rescue Hours
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates:
OPEN....Veterans Day  

OPEN....Saturday, Nov 18th 9am-12pm

Wed-Sat Nov 22-25 for Thanksgiving holiday

Bring your teacher or non-profit ID!
*No children under 14 allowed
Helpful Links

#PickUp5 Litter Clean Up
Be a part of this initiative!
Support SCARCE with your purchases 

School garden tips, grants, & more!
Recycling guide, trail systems, and more!
Join efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Report stormwater issues online.

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This newsletter was created by SCARCE and funded by the DuPage County Board,
Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Amy Grant, Chair
and DuPage County Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.

Kay McKeen, Founder & DIrector
Vicki Baldino, Heather Goudreau,  Carrie Horak, 
Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski, 
Erin Kennedy,  Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef 

Environmental Education Programs are operated by SCARCE
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Assistance for 
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This newsletter is part of the Teacher Training Program funded by DuPage County.
Our Professional Development Provider Number: 100363
The mention of a specific product or company is not an endorsement by DuPage County's Environmental Education Program