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November, 2011 Ripples Print E-mail

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SCARCE Environmental Education Newsletter

Volume: 23 Issue: 3 November 2011
In This Issue - Click a Link
Green Gift Guide
Article Headline
Grants & Other Opportunities


OPEN Veteran's Day!

Visit us & stock up on Books & Supplies

for your classroom

Open 9am to 4:30pm

(Please note: Tuesday, November 22 - CLOSING EARLY at 4:30 pm)

Getting Schools Involved - Upcoming Events & News

Did You Know that
November is
"Wind Month"?

November is one of the windiest months out of the year. It's a great time to talk about capturing the energy in the wind to generate power.

For middle school and older, check out the book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind written by Bryan Mealer with William Kamkwamba (the main character of the book.) The book tells the true story of a boy who used the scraps from his village to construct a wind turbine to change the lives of the people in his African village.

Food Scrap Composting

Gets Rave Reviews at its

Debut at North Central College

The food scrap composting project headed by Abby Hahne at North Central College has already made a huge impact on students as well as staff. The dining service employees have found that the composting actually makes their jobs easier. Not only does it save time, but the composting also saves money. Students, who were vastly in favor of an environmentally-friendly activity that would save natural resources, scrape their leftover food scraps into a bin before sending their plates back into the kitchen service area. The dishes are washed, and food scraps are hauled away to be composted. It's really pretty simple.
The staff was scraping plates, putting the food scraps into a huge garbage disposal and washing all of those natural resources down the drain. Then, they were rinsing the plates to put them in the dishwasher. It took quite a bit of time and used many natural resources. When North Central crunched the numbers, they ended up saving money on water, electricity to run the disposal and compactor, and waste hauling charges. The BEST part is that they are saving natural resources in the food scraps and conserving water by not having to wash resources down the drain.
North Central College is one of the first schools to pioneer this program in Illinois. To find out more specific details, you may contact Abby Hahne by email at

America Recycles Day 2011

Metea Valley High School Eco Club

Electronics Recycling
November 15 & 16
2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Support our DuPage County High School Students who are
making a difference for
"America Recycles Day"!
Bring your old electronics to be recycled.
Click the link for a list of acceptable items.


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


Willowbrook Wildlife Center
in Glen Ellyn
needs your Whole Pumpkins
If you have whole, uncarved pumpkins left from Halloween, take them to Willowbrook.

They also want your live Christmas Trees less any ornaments or tinsel after the holidays.

Click here for a complete list of needs: Willowbrook Wildlife Wish List
Sustainable Giving for the Holidays

Recycled, Reused, Upcycled,

"GREEN", Sustainable:

Where Do You Begin to Look for Gifts?

Let SCARCE help with a few suggestions of places we like to get you started, click on each link to see their website:

Barefoot Books
Beads of Hope Africa
Gina Marie Handbags
Go Uber Green
Green Envee Organics
Hotel Arista
It's Our Earth
Jewels by Jazzy (pop can jewelry)
Katherine Anne Confections
Mary's Wholesome Living
Morph & Thro

Peaceful Parlour

Re:new Project


Squishy Press

Ten Thousand Villages


Whole Foods Market


SCARCE is not affiiated with any of the above mentioned vendors nor do we benefit from sales - these are just places that we like.

New Year's Resolution Idea for Your School:

Conduct a Lunchroom Waste Audit

  • Save Natural Resources
  • Save $$$
  • Even Make $$$

Who does it?

SCARCE leads the waste audit with a class(es), grade level (4th & up), Eco Club or other student group


In your school: usually in the gym or cafeteria after lunch

What do we get from the waste audit?

By sorting the resources, you will find out what should really go to the landfill and what we can do to save the other natural resources that should not be there. SCARCE can help your school come up with some action points/plans for improving its practices in the lunchroom as well as ways to save natural resources from going to the landfill.

How do we save & make $$$?

SCARCE will present ways for your school to save & even make $$$ based on your waste audit results!


Contact SCARCE to schedule your WASTE AUDIT today!

Call us a 630.545.9710 or email,

Recycle Bowl CompetitionAre you Earning or Re-Ceritifying an Earth Flag or ECO Flag?
Remember to document your accomplishments with


Thanks & Kudos
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
Bartlett High School
Glenbard East High School
Glenbard South High School
Streamwood High School
Willowbrook High School
Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
Elmhurst College

Kudos to
Villa Park School District 45
who bought LEAD-FREE hoses for
their Compost Programs and School Gardens at each of its Schools!

Grants & Other Opportunities

National Gardening Assoc
National Environmental Education Week
Greening STEM: The Environment as Inspiration for 21st Century Learning
April 15-21, 2012


The National Environmental Foundation offers a number of services and materials for teachers. From lesson plans and classroom ideas to grants, this website of full of helpful resources. National Environmental Education Foundation, log on using the link for more information.

A variety of grants and funding opportunities are available through this organization. Click here to find out more, NEE Grants & Funding
NSTA Grants and Awards
Available for Schools
For a list of other environmental and science grants offered by the National ScienceTeachers Association including the DCAT Making a Difference Award. Click the link, Science Education Awards.
Check out these sites for more
Environmental Grants, Awards and Resources

Captain Planet Foundation


Nickelodeon Big Green Help Grants


Sea World/Busch Gardens Environmental Excellence Award

Other Upcoming Community Events
Holiday Lights Recycling Program
(Christmas, Halloween, or any other holiday lights)

As you are getting out Halloween lights, Christmas lights or any other light strands, if you find they don't work this year, hold on to them, a recycling collection is on the way! Several towns throughout DuPage County are gearing up for a light strand recycling collection. Most collections are ongoing and make it easy to participate.

Any holiday lights and extension cords are accepted!

Look for more information in the next Green Bulletin by SCARCE and on our website.
Recycling Events
RecycleRecycling Events


November 5
Electronics Recycling - Christ the Servant Church, Woodridge, 9am-Noon
Final Details
The holidays are quickly approaching, so start thinking about the ways you can conserve energy, water and other natural resources.
Think about the 3 Rs as you entertain and shop and wrap your gifts.
Environmentally yours,
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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