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October, 2011 Ripples Print E-mail

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SCARCE Environmental Education Newsletter

Volume: 23 Issue: 2 October 2011
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Getting Schools Involved - Upcoming Events


The 2011 Energy Awareness Month theme is
"Turn Words into Action;
Turn Action into Results."
The US Dept of Energy has a downloadable poster that can be printed with this year's theme.
Have your students fill out the Home Energy Checklist
Plus, the US EPA & Dept of Energy have put together interactive and printable programs, checklists, quizzes & more on the Energy Star: What You Can Do page.
Plus, they have provided a wealth of information designed for K-12 instruction.
Just click on the links.
October is
Children's Health Month

The EPA is celebrating Children's Health month by promoting healthy school environments. With the amount of time children spend in a school building, it's important to be sure the building is a safe and healthy environment.

A variety of activities are planned throughout the month to promote healthy school activities. Log onto for a list of activities to use at your school.

Fall Webinar Series Focus:
Effective Policies to Eliminate Chemical
Releases and Exposures in Schools

October 13: Mercury exposures and effective policies
November 10: Green cleaning policies to eliminate exposures
December 15: Pesticide exposures and effective policies
January 12: Discussion on white paper development: "Best Practices and Policies for Eliminating Chemical Releases and Exposures in Schools"

The ATSDR National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP) has teamed up with Interstate Chemical Threats Workgroup (ICTW) to offer a fall webinar series. The sessions will explore policies and prevention efforts for eliminating mercury, cleaning products, and pesticides.

Each webinar will begin at 11:30 and last 75 minutes. For more information contact


INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY iwalk 2 school day 2011

OCTOBER 5, 2011

"Hike It, Bike It, I Like It!"


Join other schools and children across the nation and across the world for this international event!


Log onto the website, Walk to School, to register for the event, for lots of community & school activity ideas, and to see what people around the world are doing.


PLUS, this is the first year that there has been a theme. The winner of the theme contest comes right here from Chicagoland - Horace Mann Elementary School in Oak Park submitted the winning entry. Check it out on the front page of the website - Congratulations Horace Mann Elementary School!


Let us know what your school plans & send pictures to us so we can post them so other schools can see the great things you are doing!

Recycle Bowl CompetitionKeep America Beautiful's "Recycle-Bowl" Competition

Here is a great opportunity for your school!

Keep America Beautiful has established this competition for schools K-12 across the nation to see which schools can collect the most recyclables per capita.

Log onto their website,, for registration, rules, posters, prizes, lesson plans, and much more!
Registration ends 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, October 10, 2011.
Competition begins 12:00 a.m. EST on Monday, October 17, 2011 and ends Saturday, November 12, 2011.

Hurry - don't miss the registration deadline!


Make a Difference Day 2011Make a Difference Day!
Saturday, October 22, 2011

Make A Difference Day is the most encompassing national day of helping others. Held annually on the fourth Saturday of October, millions of Americans are rallied into a single day of action to help change the world.


Everyone can participate. Find a need in your community and use the power of Make A Difference Day to mobilize your family, your neighbors, even your entire town into a day of action.


To register your event, to get ideas, or for more information, log onto

Make a Difference Day 2011.


ing for a LOCAL EVENT?!?


SCARCE is hosting



Make a Difference Day!

Saturday, October 22nd

9:00 a.m. to Noon

SCARCE has experienced an increased demand for the "Super Crayons" that we make and provide to disabled children. We need you to make more.

Help make a difference in the lives of these kids.

Volunteers are needed to:

  • Sort & peel Crayons
  • Sharpen Crayons
  • Melt & pour new Super Crayons
  • Prep & shave new Super Crayons

Registration is Required: SCARCE Great Crayon Meltdown

For more information, call or email

630.545.9710 or


America Recycles Day 2011AMERICA RECYCLES DAY
"Since 1997, communities across the country have come together on November 15 to celebrate America Recycles Day.
More than a celebration, America Recycles Day is the only nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the United States.
  • One day to educate and motivate.
  • One day to get our neighbors, friends and community leaders excited about what can be accomplished when we all work together.
  • One day to make recycling bigger and better 365 days a year.

Get involved!" America Recycles

For more information or to find or register an event, log onto America Recycles Day

5th Annual Sustainable Design Challenge
Coming Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The time has come to begin planning for

the Sustainable Design Challenge.

High School Students are asked to

  • research sustainable practices and materials used in construction
  • compile information
  • design a sustainable building or facility
  • build a scale model
  • display their work at the DuPage County Auditorium on April 10th

Have questions? Call or email SCARCE at 630.545.9710 or

Thanks & Kudos
Green Fair at CantignySpecial Thanks to
Wow! The 3rd Annual Cantigny Green Fair sponsored by SCARCE has come and gone.
So much work goes into its preparation, and our volunteers are to making things run smoothly.
Schools who had students that participated as volunteers are:
  • Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
  • Streamwood High School
  • Nequa Valley High School
  • College Prep of America
  • Benet Academy
  • Benedictine University
  • College of DuPage
  • Elmhurst College
  • North Central College
  • Wheaton College

Thank you to all of those students!


Congratulations to the RECYCLED ART CONTEST WINNERS!


Art Category

  • 1st place: Dayton Loveday, Willowbrook HS
  • 2nd place: Toni Ellis, Willowbrook HS
  • 3rd place: Alex Valerio, Willowbrook HS
Education Category
  • 1st place: Juln Ortegy, Willowbrook HS
  • 2nd place: Jackson Hollier, Willowbrook HS
  • 3rd place: Bethany Sassen, Willowbrook HS
Fashion Category
  • Grace Zajdel, Benet Academy
  • Kate Shevidan, Wheaton Warrenville South HS
View more pictures from the Recycled Art Contest and Green Fair!
Congratulations to Kamila G., the Grand Prize Winner! Her poster will be used by the Village of Hanover Park to promote their 2012 Recycling Extravaganza.

First Eagle Bank
Poster Contest Winner

First Eagle Bank, working with the Village of Hanover Park, hosted a "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle" poster contest for students in District 20. Waterbury School and Spring Wood Middle School, each had students participate in the contest. The posters submitted were creative and effective.

A total of 59 posters were submitted from 89 student artists. The posters were previewed at the bank, and then moved to the STAAR (STudent Artists and AuthoRS) Gallery hall in the Village Hall. Prizes were awarded to 3 winners from Waterbury and 3 winners from Spring Wood. The six winners were on display at the Village Hall and the remaining at the Hanover Park Park District.

First Eagle Bank is working toward earning our DuPage County Green Flag. Organizing a green community event helped them with this process!


Alliance for Climate EducationThanks to ACE &
Sophie Ostlund

Another "BIG THANK YOU!" to ACE and Sophie for their help at the Green Fair!

Not only did Sophie present one of the ACE programs, but she was also the emcee at our Fashion EcoNista Show. She did a fabulous job with both things.

Two GREEN Thumbs up to Sophie!


SCARCE - Volunteers "No one is more valued in this world than someone who lightens the burden of another. Thank you."
Author Unknown
What would SCARCE do without its VOLUNTEERS?

Every year, every month, every week, every day...
SCARCE has volunteers who devote time, energy, sweat and, sometimes, even tears to making a difference.

This month, our special thanks go out to
Lisle High School
Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
Glenbard South High School

Grants & Other Opportunities

Lowes-Tool Box for Education Tool Box for Education
from Lowe's
Registration Closes October 14, 2011
Only 1,500 applications accepted

For details or to register, click here Lowe's ToolBox for Education
National Gardening Assoc
Check out
sponsored by the National Gardening Assoc


Several different garden grants for schools are available.
  • 2012 Youth Garden Grants application admission closes November 28
  • Other grants available
Hurry to submit your applications!
For details or to register, click here Kids Gardening Grants for Schools
Help Their Gardens Grow
School Grants
by Whole Kids Foundation & Food Corps
Applications accepted thru Dec 31, 2011
"The Whole Foods Whole Kids Foundation and Food Corps have teamed up to bring you a school garden grant program. "School gardens are a vital educational tool. Every seed planted sprouts a new opportunity for kids to cultivate healthy eating habits. Teaching kids to garden helps them learn about complex topics like sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness."
Whole Kids Foundation
For more details and applications, click Help Their Gardens Grow.
Other Upcoming Community Events

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week

October 23-29, 2011

Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future

Help keep our kids safe and make their parents aware of this very preventable environmental disease. Just click on the picture or the link,National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, for posters, ideas and much more.

Stop by SCARCE for materials to hand out to your families on lead poisoning prevention.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Saturday, October 29

10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Locations: TBD - check website


DEA has scheduled another National Prescription Drug Take Back Day which
will take place on Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.

This is a great opportunity for those who missed the previous events or
who have subsequently accumulated unwanted, unused prescription drugs,
to safely dispose of them.

Watch for more information at

Recycling Events
RecycleRecycling Events


October 1 Recycling Extravaganza - Sims in West Chicago, 9am-2pm
October 1
Downers Grove Sanitary District Open House, 9am-noon
October 15
Document Shredding - Glen Ellyn, Crescent & Glenwood Parking Lot on Glenwood & Crescent
October 22
Electronics Recycling - Naperville Whole Foods, 9am - noon
Electronics Recycling - Willowbrook Whole Foods, 8am - 2pm
October 29
Electronics Recycling - St. Matthews Church & School, Glendale Heights, 9am-Noon
Recycling Extravaganza - Oak Brook Library, 9:30am-12:30pm
Document Shredding - Glen Ellyn, 9am-noon
Final Details
Plug-in Air Fresheners Banned in Schools: Asthma Triggers

Green Cleaning in Schools became law in Illinois in 2007, banning toxic cleaners and their dangerous impact on air quality in schools.

Plug-in air fresheners are particularly dangerous for children and staff with asthma, because they contain chemicals that are known "asthma triggers," meaning exposure to them can cause an asthma attack or symptoms. SCARCE recommends using volcanic rock products ("The Gonzo") to safely absorb odors.


Join the webinar by the USEPA and the ATSDR National Toxic Substance Incidents Program (NTSIP) on mercury exposure in schools on October 13. Another in the series will be on green cleaning policies to eliminate exposures on November 10.



So many exciting things are happening on the environmental front!
More & more people are understanding the value of our natural resources and are making efforts to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost.

SCARCE is hosting a Greening Your Home workshop on Tuesday, October 18. Doors open at 6:30, workshop begins at 7:00pm. Sign up online.

Take a look around your house & school to see where you can save energy since October is Energy Awareness Month. Every little bit makes a difference -
PLUS, October 22 is the official Make a Difference Day! What will you do?
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Thank you for the list of upcoming opportunities SCARCE has gathered to show  possible grants for our school.  It is so helpful to see all of the opportunities in one place and I am hoping our school Green Team can get ourselves organized to apply for them!!

 Thanks again--
 Lauren Maloney