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Summer 2018
 Volume: 28  Issue: 11

Save-the-Date: SCARCE Green Fair Returns Sept 15th

Join us at the annual SCARCE Green Fair. The fair is free and open to everyone so come out and browse a variety of eco-friendly vendors, learn about new eco-friendly topics at the mini-workshop series, and more. Mark you calendar!
Summer Graduate Courses
-- Earn 3 graduate hours or 40 PDs/CEUs --
Join us for an eye-opening, week-long experiential graduate course.  These courses are STEM-focused and NGSS-aligned.

Investigate the life-cycle of the stuff we make, use, buy, and throw away each day.   Learn from experts about the human impact on the environment - for better or worse - and ways to make a difference.

Featured Stop: Prairie View Landfill
We'll climb the summit of this active landfill in the SCARCE bus to get an up-close view of the final destination for so many of our things. Learn about all the science and engineering required to ensure  modern landfills don't harm the environment beyond their footprint.

Here's your chance to dive into water!  Led by experts in the field, we'll get a unique behind-the-scenes picture of the infrastructure and ecosystem services we benefit from every day. Get ready to make a splash in your classroom come fall!

Featured Stop:  Groundwater Treatment Plant
Learn how one DuPage community has tapped into their own source of drinking water and the large-scale processes they use to purify it.

Wow was this a month for the books! Five schools were awarded environmental flags for their eco-efforts across Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Lisle, Lombard, and Villa Park. And Monroe Elementary is honored as a 2018 U.S. Green Ribbon School.

This year both Earth Day (April 22) and World Environment Day (June 5) are focused on ending plastic pollution. Do your part by making the pledge for a plastic-free July. Gain insights for the student-focused Zero-Waste Challenge October. 

School may be out but SCARCE is open all summer long! 
Truckloads of donations will be arriving each week. Stop by and stock up for next school year and avoid the August crowds. Volunteer and get first dibs on the best stuff!

In addition to our year-round M-F hours, we are open the following Saturdays (9am-12pm): June 9th, July 14th, August 11th & 25th

Students 14+ can also lend a hand at SCARCE to earn service hours all summer long!

Help under-privileged students in DuPage County be prepared to go  back to school. Volunteer with SCARCE to help children select books to take home.  

Looking for a hands-on project to get your students involved in improving their community?  Students high school age and above can take part in protecting local rivers and streams with the Storm Drain Medallion project from SCARCE. Check out the video below to learn how Downers Grove students got involved. Contact us to get started.

SCARCE & Downers Grove Storm Drain Medallion Project
SCARCE & Downers Grove Storm Drain Medallion Project

The Storm Drain Medallion project was funded in part by a grant from the DuPage Foundation.
Looking Ahead: Fall Workshops 

Keep your eyes tuned to our calendar for our fall evening workshops. Earn continuing development credits and gain hands-on experience with environmental activities and projects for your classroom!
Upcoming Eco-Events
June 5  World Environment Day
June 6  Philanthroparty
June 11-15
  Where is Away? Course - Earn Grad Credit or PDs
June 18-22  Living Waters Course - Earn Grad Credit or PDs 
June 25   Seasonal Latex Paint & Foam Recycling Begins
July  Plastic Free July
July/Aug  Earth Overshoot Day - exact date TBA June 5th
Aug 1  DuPage County Back-to-School Fair
Aug 24-25  SCARCE Garage Sale
Aug 28  IL Solar/Wind Schools Applications Due
Sept 15  SCARCE Green Fair
Thank you to our May Volunteers!

College of DuPage
Fox Valley Special Recreation Association
Glen Oaks Therapeutic Day School
Lisle High School
Lyons Township High School
Metea Valley High School
MyDay Adult Program
St James the Apostle
United Methodist Women
Wheaton Warrenville South High School

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities
  • SCARCE Book Rescue Sat June 8th
  • Students (age 14+) can earn service hours by volunteering at SCARCE over the summer, M-F 9am-4:30pm.
  • Lisle & Wheaton Electronics Recycling, Saturdays (Age 14+)

Contact SCARCE for more details.
Book Rescue Hours
Mon-Fri: 9:00am-4:30pm

Saturday Hours
May-July: 2nd Sat only 9am-12pm

Aug-April: 2nd & 4th Sat 9am-12pm

Upcoming Special Dates:
all summer (except holidays)

CLOSED..... Memorial Day 05/26-05/28
......Wednesday, July 4th
......Labor Day 09/01-09/03

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
Heather Goudreau,  Carrie Horak, 
Kaitlyn Hornik, Bev Jaszczurowski, 
Erin Kennedy,  Jean Kent, & Rose Naseef 

Environmental Education Programs are operated by SCARCE
School & 
Assistance for 
Recycling and  
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