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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Waste, Recycling and Green Initiatives


Green Initiatives - Environmental Education


DuPage County has contracted with SCARCE to provide professional teacher training and community outreach educational services through workshops, activities, newsletters and resources covering a wide variety of environmental topics.

Funding from DuPage County supports 5 areas of environmental education programming: teachers, students, public/community outreach, environmental recognition, and business/governmental energy efficiency and sustainability. These programs include professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers as well as, presentations to community groups including Scout Troops, Kiwanis, etc. and booths at community events. Please visit the Education for a list events, classes and programs, or call (630) 545-9710.

Interested in being recognized for your sustainable or environmental friendly efforts? The Earth Flag Certification Program is for schools, businesses, religious organization, government entities and not-for-profits. To find out more, please visit SCARCE - Earth Flag (schools) or Earth Flag (businesses & organizations). The following is a list of the DuPage County Schools that have earned an Earth Flag. These programs are funded by DuPage County.

Education Curriculum

Environmental education curriculum has been developed by various agencies and organizations to help support teachers and student education. Below are links to several of these resources.

  • U.S. EPA - Free; Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Resources for Students and Teachers 
    Examples include; Life Cycle of a Soccer Ball (530H05001), Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools (530K07002), Pack a Waste-Free Lunch (530H05002), Planet Protectors Club: Follow That Trail activity guide (530K98001), Science Fair Fun: Designing Environmental Science Projects for Students Grades 6-8 (530K10002), Service-Learning: Learning By Doing: Students Take Greening to the Community, Edition 3 (530K11001)
  • Illinois EPA - Free; Environmental Education, Air Quality, and Scholarship Information
    Examples include; Environmental Pathways Curricula - Where Does My Food Go?, Why is the Pond Green?
  • Project Learning Tree - Free & Paid materials available; A non-profit specializing in PreK - 12 environmental education
    Examples include; Energy & Society Kit, GreenSchools Investigations, Biodiversity, Municipal Solid Waste, Forests of the World, Carbon & Climate, Energy in Ecosystems, Treemendous Science!, Green Jobs: Exploring Forest Careers
  • Republic Services - Free; Recycling and waste lessons & actives for classroom and at-home learning with lessons for PreK - 12
    Examples include; Recycling Simplified, Intro into Recycling, Recycling Detectives, Inside look at a Landfill
  • Waste Management - Free; Recycling and Waste Elementary Curriculum
    Examples include; Recycle Right, Impact of Natural Resources, Call to Action, Anatomy of a Landfill

Other Courses and Outreach Organizations

There are many other organizations that provide education on environmental topics. We continue to add those pertinent to DuPage County in this section.

 Forest Preserve District of DuPage County - Offers various programs for schools, resources for teachers, scout programs and many other programs to get people involved with all nature has to offer. Visit for opportunities.

International Dark-Sky Association - Works to protect the night skies for present and future generations. Visit their website for more information.