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November 2019
Volume: 30 Issue: 4
Grab a friend and walk, bike, or carpool to SCARCE for our annual open house! Learn how we make a meaningful difference for our kids, our environment, and for our future and how you can be a valuable part of the SCARCE community making it all happen. 
America Recycles Day is Nov 15th
In honor of America Recycles Day do a school recycling check-up - SCARCE can help! During a waste audit, students will determine your school's recycling strengths and weaknesses and discuss actions for improvement.
Contact us to schedule 630-545-9710 or
Everyone is hands-on sorting waste and taking notes on interesting findings.
Collecting data: after waste is sorted it is weighed.
A Naperville school's creative idea to improve their recycling - sample recyclables.
Get crafty with your students! Follow these instructions to weave a 14" square from plastic bag "yarn". Finished squares work well as sit upons. Multiple squares can be used to make a bag, pillow, or napping pad.

Pair this craft with the book One Plastic Bag by Miranda Paul.

Go a step further and join the Trex Plastic Film Recycling Challenge, which starts Nov 15th. More info.
The Green School Awards celebrate the hard work being done by schools to push the green movement forward. Nominate yourself or someone you know that is making significant strides toward creating sustainable schools.
Green STEM: Learn with us on Institute Day
Feb 28, 2020
Join us for a free experiential learning class on DuPage County Institute Day. Earn 6 PDs while enhancing your understanding through site visits and hands-on activities. Two programs are offered:

Registration opens in December.
SCARCE is a registered PD provider through the DuPage County Regional Office of Education. 
Visit the Urban Stream Research Center as part of the Water Dynamics class.
April 21, 2020 - Open to all DuPage County high school students
The Sustainable Design Challenge is a one-of-a-kind educational opportunity that combines research with a hands-on project, collaboration, career exploration and a healthy bit of competition. Teams of students design and construct a sustainable building model and present their project to judges in a bid for cash prizes - and that's just the morning!

Learn first-hand from students why this is an opportunity not-to-miss:
Whether you are an eco-club sponsor, science teacher or career advisor, you can help your students take part. This program is free and open to any DuPage County high school student.

Registration opens in February 2020.

Visit or contact for more info
Local Students Helped Green Halloween at Pumpkin Smash
Several local high schools hosted or volunteered for the annual Pumpkin Smash composting event. Get your school involved next year!
York Eco-Club students in Elmhurst.
Downers Grove North APES students.
Wheaton Warrenville South HS students in Wheaton.
Schoolyard Habitat & Field Trip Grants available from IL DNR
Two grants are available for Illinois educators from the IDNR:

Do you have a project in mind for your school that could improve water quality? Apply for projects such as native plant gardens, green roofs, permeable pavers and more. Applications due Jan 10, 2020.
SCARCE Holiday Hours
Veterans Day: Mon, Nov 11: Open 9am-4:30pm
Thanksgiving week:
-------Mon, Nov 25-Tues,Nov 26: Open 9am-4:30pm
-------Wed, Nov 27: Open 9am-12pm
-------  Closed Thursday, Nov 28-Sunday, Dec 1
Upcoming Eco-Events
Nov 9
Nov 14
Nov 15
Nov 20
Nov 30
Dec 5
Dec 5
Feb 28
Green STEM Institute Day Classes: Green Building & Water Dynamics
April 21
Thank you to our October Volunteers!

----- Benedictine University - Lisle
----- College of DuPage - Glen Ellyn
----- Elmhurst College
----- Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School - Glen Ellyn
----- Islamic Foundation School - Villa Park
----- Refinitiv - Oak Brook
----- Roosevelt University - Chicago
----- St. Ignatius College Prep - Chicago
----- Wheaton College - Wheaton
----- Wheaton Warrenville South High School - Wheaton
Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • 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.

If you see them when you visit, give them a high-five!
Al - Andrea - Bonnie - Cindy - Diane - Denny - Gregg - Gayle - Greg - Glenn - Joyce - Janice - John P. - Jane - John G. - Jim - Jane - Jen - Jill - Karen - Kathy - Linda - Lynda - Marilyn - Maureen - Mary Lynn - Marcy - Nancy - Penny - Tip - Susan - Sharon
School-Year Hours
Mon-Fri: 9am-4:30pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays: 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates
OPEN.......Veterans Day (11/11) 9am-4:30pm
Thanksgiving week:
-------Mon, Nov 25-Tues,Nov 26: Open 9am-4:30pm
-------Wed, Nov 27: Open 9am-12pm
------- Closed Thursday, Nov 28-Sunday, Dec 1

Helpful Links
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This newsletter is created by SCARCE and funded in part by the DuPage County Board, Daniel Cronin, Chairman,
the DuPage County Environmental Committee, Liz Chaplin, Chair, and the DPC Stormwater Committee, James Zay, Chair.
Kay McKeen, founder & director; Jan Breyne, Laura Fanning, Lauren Favia, Heather Goudreau, Carrie Horak,
Bev Jaszczurowski, Erin Kennedy, Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef

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.