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Ripples - SCARCE Newsletter


SCARCE Environmental Education Newsletter

Volume: 23 Issue: 6 February 2012
In This Issue - Click a Link
Recycling Event at SCARCE
Environmental Happenings
Thanks & Kudos
Environmental Heroes
Grants & Opportunities


Summer & Spring Workshops




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


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

Join SCARCE and Motorola's Mike Loch, who will speak on the program "Solutions for Hope," for an enlightening day.


Learn about the "OTHER" natural resources that go into making your Cell Phones, Apple iPods and laptops.

Find out about the "other" natural resources (gold, tantalum, tin, tungsten, etc.) that are seemingly irreplacable and scarce. Yet, 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 to discover more about these vital natural resources.


Register online at ROE/SCARCE Teacher Workshop @ Argonne 


Other Environmental Workshops

Groundwater Flow Model Workshop
Saturday, March 17
8:30 a.m. - Noon
3.5 CPDUs


Middle & High School Science/Environmental Teachers are invited to attend!


Construct YOUR OWN Groundwater Flow model

to take back to your school FOR FREE! (One Model per School)

  • Actually SEE how groundwater moves
  • Discover how ALL water is affected by the movement of groundwater
  • Learn how environmental issues affect groundwater
  • Use the model to teach about stormwater management
  • See the effects of Point/Non-Point Source Pollution

Click the link to Register, Groundwater Flow Model Workshop.

Sign up soon - space is limited!

Summer Workshops

Living Water - Going with the Flow...
June 25-29 + 1/2 Day TBA
3 Graduate Credits or 45 CPDUsSCARCE Teacher Workshop

When we turn on the faucet and water comes pouring out, what has happened up the pipeline, and what will occur down the drain to keep that water flowing?



Come along for a Rigorous, Fast-Paced workshop as we experience the journey taken by a drop of water as it flows from Lake Michigan to the water treatment & pumping station to our homes then runs down the drain to the wastewater treatment plant and then is discharged back into the environment.


Discover the processes, problems, concerns and exciting new sustainable practices that


affect our water supply while covering vital ISLS teaching requirements.



REGISTRATION will begin soon!

Coming this Summer 2011!


Where is Away?
June 18-22 + 1/2 Day TBA
3 Graduate Credits or 45 CPDUs


Let us immerse you in trash - well, in the problems, concerns and solutions that surround the "stuff" we make and buy and use and throw away, day in and day out!


Join us for a FAST-PACED, RIGOROUS journey through the world of Natural Resources. We'll travel by bus to explore landfills, recycling centers and other sites, to help us understand the many processes that deal with all this garbage. And we'll take time each day to experiment, build, discuss and digest where we have been and why. Lots of fun? lots of learning? lots of resources!


Registration Coming Soon!

Recycling Event at SCARCE

The 1st

SCARCE Recycling Extravaganza

Paper Shredding & Electronics Recycling

Saturday, February 25

8:00am - Noon

Items accepted include:

  • Electronics - Computers, TV's, printers, fax machines, radios, microwaves, vacuum cleaners (please REMOVE dust collection bag), small appliances, (coffee makers, toasters, curling irons, hair dyers), toner cartridges, extension cords Sponsored by Creative Recycling Services
  • Paper Shredding (3 box maximum per car) Sponsored by Community Bank Wheaton/Glen Ellyn
  • Holiday Lights
  • Rechargeable Batteries
  • Keys - household, luggage, car, etc. Recycle
  • Ink & Toner Cartridges
  • Cell Phones
  • Books - any type in any condition
  • School Supplies
  • Office Supplies
  • Eye Glasses
  • American Flags
  • Wine Corks
  • Crayons - new, used, broken
  • Altoid Mint Boxes
  • Yarn
  • Craft/Art Supplies
  • LP Records

Items NOT Accepted:

  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Large Household Goods (refrigerators, Air Conditioners, dehumidifiers)
  • Smoke Detectors



799 Roosevelt Rd., Building 2, Suite 108, Glen Ellyn

(In the Roosevelt Glen Corporate Buildings)

Environmental Happenings

Kids for Our Planet Contest
win a free pre-screening to
The Lorax by Dr. Seuss

sponsored by Whole Foods Markets
for more details, click here The Lorax by Dr. Seuss
Million Trees Project
Living Lands and Waters, who is sponsoring the project, will be giving away 150,000 saplings this spring. Trees are hardwood and may be either bur, white, red, pin, black and swamp chestnut oaks as well as shagbark hickory trees.
Trees must be ordered in advance by February 24, 309.737.5913.
Don't Let the
Get You!!!
Learn about Energy Vampires & much more at
The 6th Annual
Sustainable Design Challenge
April 10, 2012

ALL High School are Invited

to Participate & Support our Kids at

this Inspirational Event!


for more information
Need help or ideas? SCARCE can come to your school
to work with your students.
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
All Saints Academy
Benet Academy
Glenbard South High School
Lisle High School
West Chicago High School
Wheaton-Warrenville South High School
Environmental Heroes

SCARCE - Volunteers

"I believe we can accomplish great and profitable things within a new conceptual framework-one that values our legacy, honors diversity, and feeds ecosystems and societies . . . It is time for designs that are creative, abundant, prosperous, and intelligent from the start."

William McDonough (

People who are making a difference...
William McDonough (born February 21, 1951) continues to have a great impact in the world of environmental architecture and sustainability. He co-authored Cradle-to-Cradle, Remaking the Way We Make Things and his works are the subject of The Next Industrial Revolution. McDonough believes that we can build and live in a way that not only sustains our planet, but also improves the environment. He has won several awards including 3 Presidential awards and was even named Time Magazine's "Hero for the Planet".

William McDonough is a great example of someone who can serve as an environmental role model for our generation. He exemplifies living what he believes and shows how that can be turned into a career and force for good.

To learn more, go to William McDonough.

Grants & Opportunities for Schools

SCARCE - Volunteers

Grants for Gardens
Sponsor: Annie's

Annie's is offering small grants to community gardens, school gardens and other educational programs that connect children directly to real food. These funds can be used to buy gardening tools, seeds or other needed supplies.

Awards of up to $250 are available. Eligible entities include schools and nonprofit organizations that focus on school and community gardens or sustainable agriculture.

Deadline: February 29, 2012

Please contact Annie's for more information and to apply for this funding:

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


Deadline: February 20, 2012
Deadline: February 17, 2012
Deadline: May 31, 2012
Final Details
"Sustainable Energy for All"
means reducing and conserving. It also means finding ways to have the least impact upon the planet while providing for the basic needs of others.
Share your ideas about Sustainable Energy for All with us.
Need ideas? Contact SCARCE
We can HELP!
Environmentally yours,
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