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SCARCE Wins Award Print E-mail
SCARCE received the Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Public Education and Outreach award in Partnership with DuPage County's Stormwater Committee for our Watershed Model Education Programs. 
Illinois Association for Floodplain and Stormwater Public Education and Outreach Award Print E-mail

award2015SCARCE received this award in Partnership with DuPage County's Stormwater Committee for the Watershed Model Education Programs.  We developed these programs to teach residents, students and teachers about the Best Management Practices to help reduce flooding, increase native plants, reduce soil erosion,
reduce water pollution, reduce litter, protect aquatic species and lots more!

"In Recognition of your positive contribution to the engineering profession. This project provides an example of excellence in public education and outreach in Illinois"

This is the 2nd time SCARCE has been recognized for our Public Education and Outreach programs for Stormwater Management and Floodplain Protection.

Kay McKeen Named Rotarian of the Year Print E-mail

Kay McKeen - Central DuPage Rotarian of the YearThe Central DuPage Rotarians have named Kay McKeen their Rotarian of the Year! She is pictured here with Rich Nelson! What an Honor!

SCARCE Earth Flag Project Recognized as Best Practice Print E-mail

National Network of Partnership SchoolsSCARCE is proud to learn that the Earth Flag Program is nationally recognized as one best practice projects in Science by the National Network of Partnership Schools, facilitated by Johns Hopkins University


IAFSM Public Education Award Print E-mail

SCARCE was honored to receive the Public Education Award from the Illinois Associaton for Floodplain and Stormwater Management (IAFSM) in March 2009. Mary Lou Kalsted, a member of the IAFSM Awards Committee, wrote us a very kind email, which we have shared below. The SCARCE team is appreciative of every opportunity to educate the public regarding the importance of water conservation and stormwater management. Our many thanks to IAFSM for selecting SCARCE as this year's recipient!

Daily Herald Names Kay McKeen Top 10 Environmentalist Print E-mail

Conservation champion

SCARCE founder’s programs teach kids importance of recycling

By By Hafsa Naz Mahmood - Posted Wednesday, July 18, 2007

When Kay McKeen was growing up, her family frequently spent vacations at campgrounds or beaches. Among the rules they lived by: Never leave without cleaning up on your way out.

“We’d go camping, and by the time we left the campground, it was cleaner than it had been in years,” the 56-year-old Wheaton resident said. “If you’d take a walk on the beach, you had to clean the beach because you enjoyed it.” The lessons were clear and consistent: You don’t throw garbage out car windows. You don’t waste water. You always turn off the lights. “I had parents who cared about the environment long before it was cool,” she said. “It was just respect and responsibility, and it just carried on.”

Those childhood lessons took hold, and for the past three decades McKeen has been at the forefront of environmental efforts in DuPage County and beyond.

Lt. Governor Quinn Environmental Hero Award Print E-mail

Lt. Governor Quinn honors 26 residents with Environmental Hero Awards

Environmental Hero Award Recipient

CHICAGO - December 30, 2008.  Lt. Governor Pat Quinn presented the 2008 Environmental Hero Awards to 26 individuals, schools and groups in recognition of their commitment to environmental health and protection.             

"The citizens here today are truly environmental heroes," Quinn said.  "I am proud to salute them for the hard work they have done to show us that when it comes to making the Land of Lincoln a cleaner, better place - we can all make a difference."

The 2008 Illinois Environmental Hero Award recipients include: