May 2014

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May

Grades of Green

Grades of Green’s 3R Lessons will be here soon. In the meantime, you can check them out here.

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Youth Corps Program

Grades of Green’s flyers will be here soon! In the meantime, you can find the flyers under their respective Green …

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May

Green Hall of Fame

Grades of Green’s Leadership and Speaking Tips will be here soon! In the meantime, you can check them out here.

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May

Did You Know – Battery Waste

Did you know? We throw away enough batteries each year to build a column from here to the Moon, and …

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Calming Effect of Nature

Grades of Green’s Earth Tips will be here soon! In the meantime, you can check them out here.

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Did You Know – Plastic Bags in San Francisco Bay

Did you know? There are 100 plastic bags in the San Francisco Bay for every one seal, duck, and pelican …

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Did You Know – Trash

Did you know? 99% of everything an American buys will be in the trash within 6 months.

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Did You Know – Winter Holiday Waste

ACCESS-C-A Did you know? The winter holiday season in America generates 25% more waste than any other six-week period. That …

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Did You Know – Compostables in the Landfill

Did you know? Every year Americans throw away 21.5 million tons of otherwise compostable food waste in landfills and incinerators, …

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Did You Know – Hershey Kiss Wrappers

Did you know? Every day, 133 square miles of aluminum foil is used to wrap more than 20 million Hershey …

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Did You Know – Recycling An Aluminum Can

Did you know? The energy saved by recycling one aluminum can can run your television for two hours.

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Did You Know – Paper Production Emissions

Did you know? The American paper industry is the 4th largest greenhouse gas emitter among manufacturers, contributing 9% of the …

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Did You Know – Recycling A Glass Bottle

Did you know? The energy saved by recycling one glass bottle is enough to light a 100-watt light bulb for …

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Did You Know – Landfill Emissions

Did you know? Landfills are the number one human contributor of methane in America. 

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Did You Know – Paper

Did you know? 42% of wood cut down for industrial purposes is used to make paper.

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Did You Know – LA County’s Waste

Did you know? LA County throws away enough trash to fill Dodger stadium every ten days.

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May

Did You Know – Global Waste

Did you know? Americans comprise only 5% of the human population but create 30% of the waste.

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Did You Know – American Meat Consumption

Did you know? Americans consume twice the global averge of meat every day.

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Did You Know – Waste Per Day

Did you know? The average American creates 4.5 pounds of trash per day, that’s over 1,600 pounds of trash each …

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Did You Know – Natural Environments Reduce Stress

Did you know? Exploring natural environments reduces stress in both kids and adults.

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Did You Know – Calming Effect of Nature

Did you know? Watching television has the same minimal calming effect as staring at a blank wall. Going outside or …

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May

Did You Know – Disposable Toothbrushes

Did you know? Each year Americans throw away disposable toothbrushes equal to the weight of over 160,000 dentists’ chairs, that’s …

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Did You Know – Children Spending Less Time Outside

Did you know? Children are spending less time outside than ever before? In the last decade, 9- to 12-year-olds spent …

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Did You Know – Global Footprint

Did you know? If every one lived like the average American, we would need between 4 and 6 planet Earths …

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Did You Know – Tree Planting

Did you know? A student who participated in a tree planting event ended up getting involved with the organization and …

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May

Did You Know – Toxins

Did you know? The average American ingests or absorbs more than 5 pounds of toxic materials through their life.

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May

Did You Know – Excellence is not an act

Did you know? Excellence is not an act, but a habit. “We are what we repeatedly do. Being green, then, …

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May

Did You Know – Environmental Education

Did you know? A recent study found that of schools with hands-on environmental curriculum, 100% had improved behavior, attendence, and …

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May

Muir and SMASH Schools Go Green!

During the 2012-13 school year, Grades of Green introduced a comprehensive enviornmental education program at Muir Elementary School and Santa Monica Alternative Schoolhouse (SMASH) in Santa Monica, California by forming a student Green Team. Grades of Green worked closely with 20 student leaders from both schools to educate them with hands-on activities on the importance of litter reduction, recycling, composting, and green cleaning which led to campus wide waste reduction efforts.

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Electricity Challenge 2013

In March 2013, four Los Angeles schools were invited to participate in an electricity challenge to encourage students to conserve energy in their homes.

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Think Before You Toss 2012-2013

Grades of Green recently launched the “Think Before You Toss” campaign with student leaders at El Segundo High School.

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May

3R Environmental Education 2012-2013

The 3R Environmental Education Grant provided Grades of Green the support needed to create three environmental education lessons that were written and taught to over 700 students.

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Trash Free Lunch Challenge 2012-2013

Grades of Green is proud to team up with the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, LAcarGUY, and the Johnson Ohana Foundation to host the second annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge!

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May

Sustainable School Pilot 2012-2013

The Los Angeles Unified School District has teamed up with Republic Services and Grades of Green for the 2012-2013 school year, to implement four exciting, hands-on, environmentally friendly activities in these schools to reduce waste and pollution while inspiring and empowering students to care for the environment.

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Recognizing Green Schools at Redondo Beach City Council Meeting June 2012

Grades of Green celebrated Redondo Beach Schools for their commitment to the Grades of Green mission of empowering students and the broader school community to care for the environment.

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Compost Cake Preschool Lesson April 2012

Through the support of the Montessori School Parent Teachers Association (PTA) in Manhattan Beach, Grades of Green provided environmental education to our youngest audience yet!

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May

Green Cleaning Supplies 2012

The Beach Cities Health District provided funding to help Hermosa and Redondo Beach Unified School Districts switch to EPA approved Green Seal Certified cleaning products.

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MBMS Goes Green 2012-2013

During the 2012-2013 school year, Waste Management will support Grades of Green in implementing the Trash Free Lunch Activity at Manhattan Beach Middle School (MBMS).

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Trash Free Lunch Challenge 2011-2012

The Trash Free Lunch Challenge encouraged schools to focus on reducing lunchtime trash and educated students about the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot.

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May

Murad Greener World 2012

Grades of Green began implementing the Murad Grant by creating a fun, hands on lesson to educate students about the importance of using non-toxic, environmentally friendly cleaning products.

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May

Greening Underserved Schools 2011-2012

Wells Fargo provided funding to support the implementation of three Grades of Green activities in ten underserved schools throughout the Los Angeles area.

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Think Before You Toss Fall 2011

Through collaboration with employees from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Grades of Green launched the Trash Free Lunch activity at two schools in Redondo Beach Unified School District; Alta Vista Elementary and Madison Elementary.

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May

Wipe Out Waste 2011-2012

Seventeen lucky schools in El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Los Angeles, Whittier and Inglewood implemented three Grades of Green activities thanks to Republic Services.

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May

National Association of Elementary School Principals

The National Association of Elementary School Principals is a professional organization serving elementary and middle school principals and other education leaders throughout the United States, Canada, and overseas.

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Southern California Edison

Thanks to the $5,000 grant from Southern California Edison (SCE), Grades of Green was able to invite four underserved Los Angeles Schools to participate in the SCE Electricity Challenge.

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May

Just Ask Molly

JustAskMolly.com is a free local resource for friends, family, clients and potential clients of The Hobin Company.

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May

Roundhouse Marine Studies Lab and Aquarium

The Roundhouse Aquarium is a non-profit aquarium dedicated to educating people about the oceans, marine life, and human impacts on the environment.

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Kokua Hawaii Foundation

Kokua Hawaii Foundation supports environmental education in the schools and communities of Hawaii.

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May

Wishtoyo Foundation

Brings an understanding about the relationship between nature and humanity, and links the ancient Chumash culture with present day environmental issues.

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May

Environmental Media Association

The Environmental Media Association (EMA) is a nonprofit organizations dedicated to harnessing the power of the entertainment industry and the media to educate the global public on environmental issues and motivate sustainable lifestyles

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VOICE

Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community’s Environment V.O.I.C.E. works cooperatively with individuals and organizations to provide environmental education and awareness. Their goal …

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May

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s mission is to work with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people.

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May

7th Generation Advisors

Advocates environmental and clean energy policies; promotes ways to transition to a sustainable, low carbon economy by educating the public, …

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Practically Green

Practically Green offers simple tips for a greener lifestyle. Their website allows individuals to take a quiz to assess their …

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May

Healthy Child Healthy World

Healthy Child Healthy World ignites the movement that empowers parents to protect children from harmful chemicals. With a growing body of …

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May

KAA Design

KAA Design is an architecture and design firm with expertise in architecture, branding, interiors, landscape and product design. The firm behind Grades …

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Heal the Bay

Heal the Bay’s mission is making Southern California’s coastal waters and watersheds safe, healthy, and clean. We marry our science-based approach …

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Growing Great

GrowingGreat is a nonprofit school garden and nutrition education organization dedicated to inspiring children and adults to adopt healthy eating …

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May

Education and the Environment Initiative (EEI)

This K-12th grade curriculum is comprised of 85 units teaching select Science and History-Social Science academic standards. Each unit teaches these …

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May

Global Green

In the US, Global Green focuses on fighting climate change. Internationally, it works towards eliminating weapons of mass destruction and providing …

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May

City of Manhattan Beach

The City of Manhattan Beach is located southwest of Los Angeles on the southerly end of Santa Monica Bay. It seeks …

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May

EcoMedia

  CBS EcoMedia Inc. offers the EcoAd program, a patent-pending business model that transforms traditional advertising into an agent for social …

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May

Assemblymember Betsy Butler

Assemblymember Betsy Butler represents the 53rd district. Her priorities include protecting education and the environment, and she recently helped pass the …

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May

California State PTA

The California State PTA aims to positively impact the lives of all children and families by representing, empowering and supporting its members. The PTA seeks …

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May

Algalita Marine Research Foundation

Algalita Marine Research Foundation is a nonprofit, independent research foundation that is dedicated to the protection of the marine environment …

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May

Friends of the National Zoo

  The Smithsonian’s National Zoo was established more than 100 years ago and is one of the most beloved cultural …

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May

Plastiki

Plastiki is a boat made from 12,000 plastic bottles, built to show that waste can be transformed into a valuable …

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May

Coalition for Clean Air

The Coalition for Clean Air works to restore California’s air quality through advocacy, education and outreach. From spearheading the original …

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May

Two Grades of Green Youth Corps Members Present at Zero Waste Workshop

Grades of Green Youth Corps members Jane and Riley (both from Mira Costa High School) presented at a zero waste workshop hosted by the South Bay Environmental Services last week.

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May

Participate in Green Apple Day of Service September 28th

The second annual Green Apple Day of Service, which will take place on Saturday, Septermber 28th, gives parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organization the opportunity to transform all schools into healthy, safe, and productive learning environments through local service projects.

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May

Participate in the Green California Schools Summit on November 6-7

The Green California Schools Summit, the largest annual event focused on sustainability programs in California schools, is coming to the Pasadena Convention Center on November 6-7.

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May

Youth Corps Collects 15 Pounds of Trash at Coastal Cleanup Day

Grades of Green Youth Corps students teamed up at the Manhattan Beach Pier for the 29th Annual California Coastal Cleanup Day to pick up trash and litter from the beach.

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May

October 2013

Check out the October 2013 newsletter here.

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May

Check out Mr. Eco’s Recycle Robot Rap Music Video

Environmental rap superhero Mr. Eco's "Recycle Robot" shows students how to recycle in a fun and creative way!

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May

Recycle your Used Markers with Crayola

Ever wonder if there was a better way of disposing old markers than just throwing away to the landfill?

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May

Grades of Green Featured in 1% For The Planet Blog

Grades of Green's Trash Free Lunch Challenge was featured in 1% for the Planet's blog.

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May

Grades of Green Partners with Healthy Child Healthy World in their eBook on Easy Steps to Healthy Schools and Daycares

Grades of Green has collaborated with Healthy Child Healthy World in their new eBook, Easy Steps to Healthy Schools & Daycares.

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May

Grades of Green Students Make a “How to Pack a Trash Free Lunch” Video

Have you ever wondered just how to pack a trash free lunch?

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May

What Can You Do to Help with California’s Drought Emergency?

California Governor Brown recently declared California's drought a state of emergency!

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May

Join Grades of Green at Green Schools National Conference

Grades of Green is honored to be participating in several panels at the Green Schools National Conference on March 27-28 and we would love for your school to join us!

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May

Daves Avenue Going Green-er!

We have featured Daves Avenue Elementary School, in Monte Sereno, California, before, but we thought you would like to hear some of the new ways Daves is going even greener!

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Worried about toxins in your Southern California school? Check out this opportunity to learn and get involved

Federal, state, and local officials will launch a new intergovernmental pilot project that will identify potential environmental health hazards facing students and staff at schools across Southern California.

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May

Youth Corps student, Annemarie, featured in school newspaper for zero waste efforts

Annemarie, an 8th grade student at American Martyrs and second year Youth Corps student, was featured in her school newspaper for the green work she is doing at her school and parish.

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May

L.A. County Seeks Entries for 2014 Green Leadership Awards

The County of Los Angeles is now accepting applications for the 2014 "Green Leadership Awards" program.

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May

January 2014

Check out the January 2014 newsletter here.

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May

GRADES OF GREEN STUDENTS HELP MANHATTAN BEACH PASS STYROFOAM BAN!

Manhattan Beach recently passed what is being hailed as "the strongest Styrofoam ban in the country," thanks to an assist from eight Manhattan Beach Grades of Green students.

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May

Coloring Book Shows Kids How They Can Make a Difference by Doing “One Simple Thing” a Day

One Simple Thing is an environmental service learning project that was created in San Francisco cafes by public school students to show that you can make a positive difference in your community by doing one simple thing.

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May

Nominate a Green Difference Maker Today!

Know a Green Difference Maker who deserves some recognition?

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May

EPA accepting applications for Environmental Educator Award

Do you know a teacher that goes above and beyond in teaching students the importance of environmental issues?

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February 2014

Check out the February 2014 newsletter here.

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May

Youth Corps February 2014 Newsletter

Check out the February 2014 Trash Talk that the Youth Corps Newsletter Committee created, wrote, and designed here.

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May

Washington’s Green Custodian Awarded Classified Employee of the Year

Washington Elementary School in Redondo Beach, California was the first runner up in Grades of Green's 2012-13 Trash Free Lunch Challenge.

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May

Check to see if your school qualifies for Farm to School Grant

USDA’s Farm to School program promotes increasing the number of schools and districts who source their foods more locally and …

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May

Youth Corps Student Speaks at SBCCOG about being Waste Free

Youth Corps student Jane shared her tips on how to live a waste free lifestyle at the January 23rd South Bay Cities Council of Governments Board of Directors meeting with Grades of Green Programs and Outreach Manager, Allie Bussjaeger.

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May

Free Eco-Book Tour Opportunity for Grades of Green Schools

James Mihaley, author of "You Can't Have My Planet But Take My Brother, Please," is offering to host a book reading to any Grades of Green schools that are interested, and all for free!

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August 2013

Check out the August 2013 newsletter here.

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May

TA-DA! Introducing the 2013-2014 Youth Corps!

Grades of Green is proud to introduce the 40 students who make up the 2013-2014 Grades of Green Youth Corps.

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U.S. Department of Education to Visit Grades of Green’s Pilot School, Grand View Elementary

Grades of Green's first school, Grand View Elementary School in Manhattan Beach, California, became so green it won one of the very first Green Ribbon Awards ever given out in 2012.

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May

Grades of Green Presents at Healthy Child Healthy World’s Webinar

Grades of Green Co-Founder and Director of Operations Suzanne Kretschmer gave tips about getting toxins out of schools at Healthy Child Healthy World's most recent webinar, "Easy Steps to Healthier Schools."

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May

Grades of Green to Lead Panel on Green Cleaning in Schools at Green Schools National Conference – Register Now!

Grades of Green has been asked to speak on a panel about Green Cleaning Systems that impact student and staff health, attendance, and outcomes at the 2014 Green Schools National Conference!

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May

Subaru Pacific Partners with Grades of Green to “Share the Love” This Winter

Subaru Pacific has chosen Grades of Green to be their local charity for this year's "Share the Love" event!

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May

Participate in Walk to School Day on October 9th

Partnership for a Walkable America has been organizing the annual Walk to School Day since 1997.

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May

Curiosity Quest Goes Green to Feature Grades of Green’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge!

Curiosity Quest Goes Green will be following the progress of 24 Los Angeles area schools as they compete to win Grades of Green's 2013-2014 Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.

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May

Three Youth Corps Members to Present at the Green California Schools Summit

Three Grades of Green Youth Corps members will be presenting at the Green California Schools Summit on November 6th from 3:00-4:00 p.m.

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May

Want to rid your school of styrofoam trays? Check out Max and Reece’s “Foam Free Fridays” Video

Two Youth Corps students who happen to be a dynamic brother and sister duo, Max and Reece Riley, implemented Foam Free Fridays at their schools this year.

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May

Grades of Green on Do Good LA

Do Good LA featured Grades of Green on their blog recently including a video on Grades of Green.

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May

Monthly Beach Cleanups at Manhattan Beach Pier

Want to help keep our beaches clean? Join Heal the Bay and American Martyrs Church to host monthly beach cleanups at Manhattan Beach Pier from 10-noon for their monthly beach cleanups.

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May

Youth Corps Student, Alex N., featured on Center for New England Investigative Reporting

One of Grades of Green's returning Youth Corps students, Alex N., has written a fantastic article, "Hubway's Green Incentive," which was published on the Center for New England Investigative Reporting website.

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May

Participate in California’s Coastal Cleanup Day September 21st

Saturday, September 21st is California Coastal Cleanup Day, California's largest volunteer event.

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May

Check out Board Member Terry Tamminen’s blog on Nuclear Power

Grades of Green Board Member, Terry Tamminen's most recent blog, "Nuclear Power is So 20th Century" explores the current issues related to nuclear power and his thoughts on the decommissioning of the San Onofre nuclear power plant.

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May

Make National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day Trash Free!

On October 16th, KIWI magazine and the School Nutrition Association have partnered to host a day where parents will visit their children's school and have lunch with them in the cafeteria.

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May

Record Number of Schools Participate in 3rd Annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge

A record 24 L.A.-area schools will compete this year in Grades of Green's third annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.

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May

Free “Bag It” DVD for Grades of Green Schools

Want to educate your students on the environmental impact of single-use plastics, like bags, bottles, and packaging?

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May

Check out these Tips on Leadership and Speaking

Are you a student who could benefit from leadership or speaking training?

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May

U.S. Department of Education Tours Three Grades of Green Green Ribbon Schools

During the week of September 16th, the U.S. Department of Education visited three Grades of Green schools that all won Green Ribbon Awards in 2012 or 2013.

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May

Grades of Green Now Accepting Fall Internship Applications

Grades of Green is now accepting applications for fall 2013 interns!

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May

Grades of Green Joins Healthy Child Healthy World’s #Tips4HealthySchools Twitter Party

Grades of Green participated in their first Twitter Party on September 19th with nonprofit partner Healthy Child Healthy World!

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May

Curiosity Quest Wins Telly Award

Curiosity Quest Goes Green, a Grades of Green program partner headed by Grades of Green Board Member Joel Green, recently won a Telly Award for their video "Kids and Recycling."

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May

Aspen Elementary Wins NWF’s Green Flag Award

Grades of Green school, Aspen Elementary, recently won the National Wildlife Federation's Green Flag Award, only the 17th school in the nation to receive this honor!

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May

Charity Matters Blog Features Grades of Green

Charity Matters started as a place to tell stories of everyday non-profit heroes and to give a voice to those without one.

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May

September 2013

Check out the September 2013 newsletter here.

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Mark Twain Elementary Creates Video on How to Start a Recycling Program at Your School!

On of Grades of Green's schools has created a great video explaining how to start a school-wide recycling program at your school.

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May

Jane Addams Middle School Touts Launch of Trash-Free Lunch Program

Jane Addams Middle School in Lawndale, California launched their Trash-Free Lunch program this past month as part of their participation in this year's Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.

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July 2013

Check out the July 2013 newsletter here.

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Safeguard Your Home and Raise Money for Your Schools!

Earth Friendly Products will be partnering with Grades of Green schools to fundraise money for the school's PTA.

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May

2012-2013 A Successful Year for Youth Corps

The Grades of Green Youth Corps had a very successful school year implementing projects to green their schools and communities.

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May

Jack and Kim Johnson’s Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation Supports Grades of Green’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge for 3rd Year

The Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation, founded by Jack and Kim Johnson to support environmental, art, and music education now and into the future, has stepped up once again to support this year's Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.

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Trash Free Lunch “How To” Video

Curious about exactly how to go about packing a trash free lunch?

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Start a Plantable Planet Fundraiser Selling 100% Recycled Globe Shaped Planters

Throughout the month of January, Plantable Planet is hosting a fundraiser where students can sell 100% recycled paper made earth globe planters and seeds.

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May

Barsha Wines Invites You to Party for a Good Cause!

Thinking of having a holiday party in the South Bay this year? Let us recommend Barsha Wines!

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May

Oak Park School District taking more steps to go green!

The Oak Park School District, already a leading green district having received the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon award, has recently initiated two new programs to reduce their overall waste.

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May 2013

Check out the May 2013 newsletter here.

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LOOKING FOR BACK TO SCHOOL GREEN ACTIVITIES? LOOK NO FURTHER

Looking for green activity ideas for your school as it starts to get back into session?

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May

June 2013

Check out the June 2013 newsletter here.

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May

Opportunity to Reduce Energy Consumption through American’s Home Energy Education Challenge

Are you a student, educator, or principal looking for the opportunity to reduce energy consumption at your home or school?

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May

Attention Grades of Green Schools! Apply for the Green Ribbon School Award

If your school has been making strides towards reducing their environmental impact and educating students and staff about sustainability, you should consider applying for the U.S. Department of Education's Green Ribbon School Award.

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May

Calling all Santa Monica Students to Apply to the Youth Corps!

Grades of Green is currently seeking applicants from the City of Santa Monica for our 2014 Youth Corps program.

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May

Apply Now to be on the 2013-2014 Grades of Green Youth Corps!

Grades of Green is currently accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Youth Corps!

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May

Listen to Grades of Green on the Radio

The radio program 5900 Wilshire is spreading Grades of Green to the broader community!

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May

Litter Monster Tackles Lunchtime Trash

If you were at Manhattan Beach Middle School last week, you might have caught a glimpse of the Litter Monster on the prowl.

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May

New Grades of Green video created by student!

Take a look at this awesome video on Grades of Green, which was created by Brittany Gelbach, a student at USC and former Grades of Green intern.

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May

Trash Free Lunch Challenge 2012-2013 Press Coverage

The second Trash Free Lunch Challenge was a huge success as over 7,700 students were educated; the schools saved over $5,000 by reducing the number of trash bag liners used; and on average 119 bags of trash will be diverted from the landfills each day and over 20,000 bags each year thanks to these schools.

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Youth Board of Advisors December 2012 Newsletter

Grades of Green's Youth Board of Advisors Newsletter Committee created a December 2012 Newsletter, featuring Advisor Riley written by Advisors Max and Reece, Q and A with Advisor Samantha, and pieces about Los Angeles as an urban heat island by Advisor Abby and Terracyle by Advisor Alex.

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May

TOMS Points to Grades of Green for Change

TOMS wants its customers to think about how they can help the environment, and points to Grades of Green as one starting point.

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May

Check Out Grades of Green’s Video Played at VERTE

Grades of Green Youth Corps talk about why it's important to protect the environment and be a part of Grades of Green.

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May

Oak Park Unified School District Nominated for Green Ribbon Schools Program

California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced earlier this month thatOak Park Unified School District, which includes five Grades of Green schools, has been selected as the California District Nominee forGreen Ribbon Schools.

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May

Oak Park Unified School District Wins First Ever Green Ribbon District Award

This past Earth Day, the US Department of Education awarded Oak Park Unified School District its first ever Green Ribbon District Award for California.

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May

Youth Corps’ Second Trash Talk Newsletter Out

Get ready for the most recent issue of Trash Talk, brought to you by the 2012-2013 Grades of Green Youth Corps Newsletter Committee.

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May

Youth Corps Student Abby Landers Wins Award and other Youth Board Advisors Teach “Trash Free Living” at Manhattan Beach Earth Day Festival

Grades of Green was well represented at the Manhattan Beach Earth Day Festival 2013. First, Youth Corps student Abby Landers received a much-deserved award for her environmental stewardship in the community.

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May

Trash Free Lunch Challenge 2012-2013

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, LAcarGUY, Don Knabe's office and the Johnson Ohana Foundation partnered with Grades of Green for our second annual “Trash Free Lunch Challenge” offered to schools within the Sanitation Districts.

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May

Neat-os Gives Kudos Through Their Blog

One of Grades of Green's incredible partners, Neat-os, recently gave kudos to Grades of Green in their blog for working towards making schools waste free.

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May

VERTE 2013 Raises Awareness and Funds for Grades of Green’s Environmental Education Program

Grades of Green’s 2013 VERTE event at the stunning Bel Air Bay Club on April 11 was an overwhelming success, raising awareness and funds to expand the program that inspires and empowers students to care for the environment.

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May

Youth Corps Students “Foam Free Fridays” Garners Press Coverage

Grades of Green Youth Corps students, Max and Reece Riley, are acting as catalysts of environmental change once again by kicking off “Foam Free Fridays” at Hermosa View and Hermosa Valley Schools.

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May

VERTE 2013 Press Coverage

Grades of Green’s 2013 VERTE event at the stunning Bel Air Bay Club on April 11 was an overwhelming success, raising awareness and funds to expand the program that inspires and empowers students to care for the environment.

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May

Check out the 2013-14 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Press

As the 2013-14 Trash Free Lunch Challenge got under way with 24 schools attending Training Day at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County at the beginning of October, it has been all the buzz!

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May

Grades of Green Youth Corps at STAR Eco-Station Earth Day Celebration.

The Grades of Green Youth Corps was on hand to man the Grades of Green booth at the STAR Eco-Station Earth Day Celebration.

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May

Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Receive Award on behalf of Grades of Green at SAGE Expo

The Grades of Green Youth Corps accepted an award for Environmental Stewardship at the SAGE (Sustainable and Green Environment) Expo during Earth Week, 2013.

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May

Grades of Green’ students from John Muir Elementary and SMASH schools speak at Santa Monica City Council meeting

Students from two Grades of Green schools, John Muir Elementary and SMASH, presented at the Santa Monica City Council meeting to talk about the Grades of Green programs they implemented at those schools.

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May

Youth Corps Holds a Holiday Craft-a-Round

Grades of Green Youth Corps students were busy keeping the holidays green as they hosted a table at the Holiday Craft-a-Round in Long Beach in early December.

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May

Youth Corps Student Grace Collects Over 5,600 pounds of E-Waste!

During Earth Month, Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Grace, held her second annual e-waste collection drive at her school.

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May

Native Foods Chooses Grades of Green for December Native Community Days

Native Foods has decided to spotlight Grades of Green for their December Native Community Days!

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May

December 2013

Check out the December 2013 newsletter here.

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May

Check Out Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook to Start a Walk to School Program at your School

Safe Routes to School just came out with a Safe Routes to School Policy Workbook, which is designed to help school board members, administrators, families of students, and community members create and implement policies that support active transportation and Safe Routes to School programs.

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May

Youth Board of Advisors April 2013 Newsletter

Grades of Green’s Youth Board of Advisors Newsletter Committee created a April 2013 Newsletter, featuring Advisor Yea-Eun written by Advisors …

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May

Grades of Green featured in Riptide Reader

Manhattan Beach Middle School's own newspaper, Riptide Reader, featured an article on Grades of Green and the new sorting system implemented at MBMS.

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May

KIWI Magazine Buzzes about Grades of Green

Grades of Green is currently being featured in the December/January 2013 KIWI Magazine, a leader in sustainable and healthy living.

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May

Youth Corps Student, Grace Cortese, stars in Cutting our Carbon Intensity Verizon ad!

Grades of Green has always known second term Youth Corps student, Grace Cortese, was a rising green star.

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May

Grades of Green Featured in South Bay Magazine

The November 2012 issue of South Bay Magazine puts Grades of Green in the spotlight once again, emphasizing the success of its programs in energizing youth to protect our planet and care for the environment.

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May

Grades of Green Youth Fight for Styroban

Last fall, fourth-grader Max Riley spoke out at the Hermosa Beach City Council meeting in support of an ordinance banning polystyrene takeout packaging, explaining that even tiny pieces of Styrofoam pollute the beaches and ocean.

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May

Trash Free Lunch Challenge Kicks Off

Sixteen schools began their efforts to reduce lunchtime waste as Grades of Green kicked off of its second Trash Free Lunch Challenge.

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May

Grades of Green Board Advisor Featured in Green Technology News

Green Technology Magazine interviewed Grades of Green Board of Advisor, Kelly Meyer about her passion for school gardens

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May

Grades of Green Youth Corps Students Kick off “Foam Free Fridays” in their Efforts to Reduce Polystyrene

Grades of Green Youth Corps students, Max and Reece Riley, are acting as catalysts of environmental change once again by kicking off “Foam Free Fridays” at Hermosa View and Hermosa Valley Schools.

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May

Waste Management Hands Out Reusable Lunchboxes to First Graders in Manhattan Beach

For the second year in a row, Waste Management is providing first graders in the Manhattan Beach school district with free reusable lunchboxes.

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May

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student, Maddie Barkate, Featured in San Juan Capistrano Patch

Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Maddie Barkate, has been recognized for her work to green her school by the city of San Juan Capistrano.

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May

Calling all Eco Student Writers: EPA is Inviting Students to Write on its Blog!

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched an ecoStudent Blog and is offering the opportunity for students to be the featured writers of the blog!

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May

Grades of Green and Waste Management Partner to Introduce Zero Waste Lunches at Manhattan Beach Middle School

Manhattan Beach Middle School (MBMS) will be working with Grades of Green and Waste Management to reduce their lunchtime waste this school year.

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May

Register for ClimateChangeLIVE webinar to learn about climate change solutions for your school

Interested in reducing climate change at your school? ClimateChangeLive has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation to host a series of free webinars.

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May

Youth Corps Student Featured at Green Schools Summit

Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Lauren Stargardter, was a featured presenter at the recent Green School Summit. Lauren spoke …

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May

Moms Advocating Sustainability and California Environmental Health Initiative Spearhead Pest Environmental Impact Report (PEIR) Opposition

In March 2011, the State of California began preparation of a statewide Pest Environmental Impact Report (PEIR).

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May

Students Dives into Dumpsters to Audit Their Trash at Manhattan Beach Middle School

Students at the Manhattan Beach Middle School (MBMS) got up close and personal with their lunchtime trash.

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May

Youth Corps Student’s Natural Resources Video

Have you been wanting to learn more about all the natural resources used to make common household items?

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May

Youth Corps student Helps at Budlong Elementary’s Annual Community Recycling Day

Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Kaitlyn Maleman, helped Grades of Green school, Budlong Elementary in Los Angeles, at their first annual Community Recycling Day held by nonprofit Foster and Banks Walk in Faith Foundation.

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May

Grades of Green Receives Outstanding Waste Prevention Award

The California Resource Recovery Association's (CRRA) recently presented its Outstanding Waste Prevention Award to Grades of Green at CRRA's 36th Annual Conference and Trade Show as the organization CRRA believed most successfully implemented a program that prevents the generation of waste.

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May

Calling all Students to Apply Now for the President’s Environmental Youth Awards!

Do you know a student who has developed and implemented a project that demonstrates environmental stewardship?

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May

City of Santa Monica Collaborating with Grades of Green to Bring Grades of Green to Santa Monica Schools

Thanks to a grant from the City of Santa Monica, Grades of Green is about to roll out its program …

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May

Youth Corps Student Making it his Mission to Collect Shoes for Soles4Souls

Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Sam Holtze, is making it his mission to collect shoes from numerous races this school year, all of which will be donated to Soles4Souls.

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May

LAcarGUY Recognizes Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Program in Environmental Leadership Acceptance Speech

LAcarGUY received some much deserved recognition for its environmental leadership at the Global Green USA Millennium Awards.

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May

Grades of Green presenting at 2012 Green California Schools Summit and Exposition

Want to learn about greening your school? Come join Grades of Green at the 2012 Green California Schools Summit and Exposition at the Pasadena Convention Center on September 27 and 28, 2012.

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May

Grades of Green Kicks Off its Second Annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge – Register Now!

Grades of Green is challenging schools to reduce their total lunchtime waste by encouraging students to pack trash free lunches and sort waste into recycle, compost and landfill bins.

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May

Youth Corps Student “Making a Difference” Every Monday at Her School

Grades of Green's youngest Youth Corps student, Rylee Goldfarb, is bringing "Make a Difference Mondays" to her school, Madison Elementary.

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May

Spork Ban at Several Elementary Schools in Redondo Beach

Redondo Beach elementary schools, Jefferson, Madison and Alta Vista, officially banned "sporks" (the plastic utensil that is a cross between forks and spoons) with the help of Grades of Green.

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May

Key to City Bestowed to Grades of Green and its VERTE Honoree

To celebrate 10 years of environmental service in the City of Manhattan Beach, the City awarded Grades of Green with an honorary "Key to the City."

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May

Assemblymember Betsy Butler Recognizes Grades of Green Youth Corps

Grades of Green announced the members of its 2012-2013 Youth Corps this week and California State Assembly member Betsy Butler took notice.

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May

Redondo Beach City Council Recognizes Schools for Environmental Stewardship

Redondo Beach Elementary Schools have made such a difference in the community that Mayor Gin and the City Council took notice! Mayor Gin recognized and thanked Jefferson Elementary, Coast Christian Elementary, Madison Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Alta Vista Elementary publicly at the Redondo Beach City Council Meeting on June 5, 2012.

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May

Grades of Green Youth Corps Students Speak at the Green School Summit and Exposition

Grades of Green Youth Corps students, Lilly Spangler and Sophia Fine Turcot, presented at the Green School Summit and Exposition on October 27, 2012.

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May

Grand View Elementary Receives Green Ribbon Award

Grand View Elementary’s principal, Rhonda Steinberg, and Manhattan Beach Unified School District's Superintendent Dr. Mike Mathews, accepted Grand View's Green Ribbon Award from the Department of Education on June 4, 2012 in Washington D.C.

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May

Hermosa Beach Students Show Residents Why Litter-Free Is The Way To Be

Why is it important to be litter-free? Just ask any of the 350 students who participated in the Grades of Green Hermosa Beach Anti-Litter Art Contest. Grades of Green partnered with Republic Services and the City of Hermosa Beach to spread the idea that a litter-free lifestyle positively impacts our environment.

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