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December 2011, Ripples Print E-mail

Ripples - SCARCE Newsletter
SCARCE Environmental Education Newsletter
Volume: 23 Issue: 4 December 2011
In This Issue - Click a Link
News Alert!
Getiing Schools Involved
Teacher Workshops
Green Gift Guide
Thanks & Kudos
Illinois Electronics BANNED
from Landfills
beginning January 2012

Governor Quinn recently signed legislation which extends the number and kinds of electronics that manufacturers must collect and refurbish or recycle. The goal of the legislation is to keep our electronics which contain valuable natural resources as well as some toxic materials out of the landfills. Here is the extended list:
  • televisions
  • monitors
  • printers
  • computers (including tablet computers)
  • electronic keyboards
  • facsimilie (fax) machines
  • videocassette recorders
  • portable digital music players
  • digital video disc players
  • video game consoles
  • small scale servers
  • scanners
  • electronic mice
  • digital converter boxes
  • cable receivers
  • satellite receivers
  • digital video disc recorders
All of these items should be recycled. For permanent DuPage County ELECTRONIC RECYCLING sites, click on the link:DPC ELECTRONIC RECYCLING
BOOK RESCUE Holiday Hours
SCARCE Logo Ho! Ho! Ho!
Holiday Hours at SCARCE

Christmas Eve & the Day after Christmas
(December 24, 25 and 26)
New Year's Eve & the Day after New Year's Day
(December 31, January 1 & 2)

NO Late Hours on Tuesday, Dec 20 nor Dec 27
Teachers are welcome to come to the Book Rescue to get books for their classrooms for FREE!

Be our Secret Santa:
Help Keep the Door Open by
M, W, Th, F 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. (except 12/20 & 12/27)
2nd Saturday of the Month 9:00 a.m. - Noon
  • Teaching or Non-Profit ID REQUIRED
  • Bring Boxes
Click here to learn more,
Getting Schools Involved - Upcoming Events & News
Did You Know that
December 5th was
"World Soil Day?"

Franklin D. Roosevelt said,
"The nation that destroys its soil
destroys itself."

Fundamental to growing our food and sustaining life is our soil. Many people heard the benefits of conserving energy and keeping our air and water clean, but few people think about our soil.

Help your students understand just how vital our soil is to our existence. Teaching about composting and vermi-composting is one important way to do so. SCARCE can help. Contact us,, or check out our website,
Recycling Events
Holiday Lights Recycling Program
(Christmas, Halloween, or any other holiday lights)

As you check your Christmas lights, if you find they don't work, hold onto them - recycling collections are here!
Participating Towns:
Addison Bartlett Carol Stream
Darien Downers Grove Elmhurst
Glen Ellyn Glendale Heights Hanover Park
Itasca Lisle Lombard Naperville Roselle Warrenville
West Chicago Westmont Wheaton
Any holiday lights and extension cords are accepted!

Get all the details on our website!
Willowbrook Wildlife Center
in Glen Ellyn
needs your Live Christmas Trees

The Wildlife Center wants your live Christmas Trees less any ornaments or tinsel after the holidays.

Click here for a complete list of needs: Willowbrook Wildlife Wish List
Teacher Workshops
Natural Resources Globe Workshop
Tuesday, January 10
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Join SCARCE for one of MOST POPULAR Workshops!

You will Make 'n Take your own complete Natural Resources Globe kit, PLUS learn to play Natural Resource Bingo and experience Resource Readers' Theater!!!
  • Who: 3rd-6th Grade Teachers
  • What: Learn about the Earth's valuable natural resources while making your own Natural Resources Globe to take back to your students.
  • Where: Workshop will take place at SCARCE in Glen Ellyn.
  • Why: Illinois State Learning Standards require students to learn about use, conservationa and preservation of natural resources.
  • Cost: FREE for DuPage County Teachers and you will earn 2.0 CPDU's.

Clich to Sign Up for the Natural Resource Globe Workshop

The Energy Bike Workshop
January 18
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

  • Discover the "Enlightened" way to use the Energy Bike, a powerful, hands-on (and FEET-ON!) learning tool -Bring energy conservation to life for your student
  • Help students of all ages move from the abstract to a concrete understanding of energy use as they "feel" how much energy it takes to light incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs
  • Borrow the bike for your students to see & feel pedaling energy being transformed into light energy
To register, click on the link,
untreated river water
Institute Day- March 2, 2012
Water Conservation:
Water Quantity & Quality Issues

8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

Water, water everywhere, but... What do you actually know about our water? How
SCARCE - Water Workshop 2011
Wastewater Treatment Facility
does it get here from Lake Michigan? How do we clean it? Are we really cleaning it? Why is stormwater management in the news? It's truly eye-opening!

Join us on the journey through DuPage County's "Water Cycle" from beginning to end. Learn to use our watershed and groundwater flow models.

SCARCE - Water Workshop 2011
Clean Tap Water
Our workshops are jam-packed, fast-paced and filled with the resources, activities and ideas you need to make this come alive for your students while staying aligned with the Illinois State Learning Standards.

Log on to register, Water Conservation Workshop
Green Building Workshop
Institute Day - Friday, March 2, 2012
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
5.0 CPDUs
Would you like to learn about
  • green building design
  • energy efficiency
  • renewable energy
  • recycled materials
  • water conservation
  • the latest & greatest in technology?
Join us for an exciting day filled with hands-on, up-close-and-personal experiences with green roofs, solarpanels, geothermal HVAC systems, wind turbines & more! You've heard of LEED certification, but what is it? And, what about all of those GREEN Careers? We'll help you get ready to talk about those as well!
The day begins with registration & continental breakfast at SCARCE's headquarters in Glen Ellyn. Promptly at 8:15 a.m., we will board a bus and travel to several green buildings. Snacks will also be provided on the bus.
Register online - Log on right here - SCARCE Green Building Workshop
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
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,
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
Glenbard East High School
Lisle High School
Wheaton North High School
Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
Grants & Other Opportunities
Check out these sites for more
Environmental Grants, Awards and Resources
Final Details
Can you believe that it is already December?!?
We wish you a wonderful holiday season filled with love, laughter and caring people.
Remember the 3Rs, composting and imploring sustainable practices as we all celebrate the season. It is our way of giving back to the Earth.
With Warmest Holiday Cheer,
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Heather Goudreau - Erin Kennedy - Steve Kenny - Linda Knapp - Kris Salmen
Vicki Baldino - Kelly Burda
- David Knapp - Carol Richart - Sue Tripp - Kathe Luczynski
SCARCE Environmental Educations ~ 799 Roosevelt Road ~ Building 2, Suite 108 ~ Glen Ellyn ~ IL ~ 60137
Phone 630.545.9710 ~ Fax 630.545.9715 ~ ~

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