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SCARCE Environmental Education Newsletter

Volume: 23 Issue: 5 January 2012
In This Issue - Click a Link
What's New?
January Teacher Workshops
Institute Day Workshops
Thanks & Kudos
Grants & Opportunities


WHAT'S NEW in 2012?!?


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.

All of the items shown must be recycled.


For permanent DuPage County ELECTRONIC RECYCLING sites,

click on the link:



If you are coming to SCARCE, bring them along. We can recycle your old electronics. Please call first if you have a large quantity of electronics to recycle, 630.545.9710.

United Nations
2012 International Year of
Sustainable Energy for All


"Participants at a major international event on energy that opened in the Austrian capital (earlier this year) ... called for bold steps and strategic public-private partnerships to guarantee universal energy access by 2030, including by expanding the use of renewable energy sources."


The initiative set forth seeks to involve both national and private sectors in an effort to promote the importance of sustainable energy for everyone no matter where they are in the world and to understand the enabling power that comes from having such energy available.


The goal has a three-fold objective which the UN hopes to meet by 2030:

* Ensuring universal access to modern energy services.
* Doubling the rate of improvement in energy efficiency.
* Doubling the share of renewable energy in the global energy mix


To learn more, follow these links:



Sustainable Energy Award for high schools

sponsored by National Environmental Education Foundation and Samsung.

earth in hands
6th Annual
Sustainable Design Challenge
April 10, 2012
Join us for this annual green event!

See the unique ways our DuPage County high school students incorporate the latest & greatest innovations

in Green Technology !

ALL High Schools

are Invited

to come & Support our Kids at

this Inspirational Event!


Students will

  • 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
Need help or ideas? SCARCE can come to your school
to work with your students.
Participant Schedule:
Student Arrival/Set up 8:00 - 8:30 a.m.
Public Exhibition Viewing: 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Lunch 11:30 - Noon
Professional Speaker/Presentation Noon - 1:00 p.m.
Optional: Green Building Tour



Finish the Steps to

Earning (or Re-certifying) Your School's

Earth Flag!!!

Call SCARCE to find out what you need to do complete the process for earning or
re-certifying your Earth Flag.
EARTH DAY is only 3 months away!
Need to contact us? Email:
or Phone: 630.545.9710
(the movie)


North Performing Arts Center (NPAC)
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
7 - 9 p.m.
Free Admission!

This is a great opportunity for you & your students to learn about our water.
Questions: Contact Mr. Kedziora at
Recycling Events
Holiday Lights Recycling Program
continue into January

Check the SCARCE website for your location
SCARCE is also collecting Holiday Lights through March


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!

Teacher Workshops to Start Your New Year!

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.
  • Sign Up Today: Click to Register for Natural Resouces Globe


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,

SCARCE LogoSo, What's Up with Helium (Tantalum, Lithium, & Neodymium)?

Institute Day - Friday, March 2, 2012


8:00 am - 2:00 pm

5.0 CPDUs

Did you use your cell phone, Apple iPod or Amazon Kindle today?


When you use an electronic device, you are using natural resources (gold, tantalum, tin, tungsten, etc.) that are seemingly irreplacable and scarce.

These rare earth minerals are crucial to the economy and strategic to our nation and world.


Each plays an important role in our day-to-day lives, affecting people, the planet, and the economy. Yet, most people don't even know that they exist, or that we are using them up.


This workshop has broad applications in earth science, environmental science, social science, technology, and economics. Guest speakers are from business, science, and education.

Teachers in grades 3-12 are invited to join us at Argonne Labs at this STEM workshop (Integrating STEP into Middle School) to discover more about these vital, rare earth resources.


Register online at ROE / SCARCE Teacher Workshop at Argonne


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 at SCARCE .




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


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
Benet Academy
Glenbard East High School
Lisle High School
Neuqua Valley High School
Wheaton North High School
Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
Grants & Opportunities for Schools
The Sustainable Energy Award

sponsor_samsungTheNational Environmental Education Foundationand Samsung have partnered to celebrate innovative schools from across the country that have used energy efficiency to enhance education, reduce environmental impacts and generate cost savings. The $10,000 Sustainable Energy Award will be presented to each of three high schools that demonstrate how they have engaged students and teachers in school-wide energy savings through the creative and innovative use of technology. Their achievements will be showcased as models for other schools around the nation.

The Sustainable Energy Award is made possible through the generous support of Samsung Electronics North America.

Apply now! Applications are due February 10, 2012.


SCARCE LogoFor information on the following grants, just click on the name of the grant, and it will take you to the site.


Deadline: January 31, 2012


Deadline: February 20, 2012
Deadline: February 17, 2012
Deadline: May 31, 2012
Final Details
With the NEW YEAR,
we hope that
"Sustainable Energy for All"
is the perfect way to teach about the environment, renewable energy sources and the global resources that bind us all together.
Need ideas? Contact SCARCE
We can HELP!
Happy New Year!
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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