August 2015

26

Aug

PUBLIC SAFETY COMMISSIONER ENCOURAGES LOCAL SCHOOL TO ENTER THE TRASH FREE LUNCH CHALLENGE

As head of security for the Sanitation Districts of LA County (LACSD) in Whittier, Rowland Becerra has become all too familiar with the processing of solid waste and recycling.

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26

Aug

2013’S TFLC WINNER USES THEIR WINNING GREEN ($$) TO CONTINUE GREENING

After competing amongst 17 schools in the 2013 Trash Free Lunch Challenge, Principal Nancy Parsons of Lunada Bay Elementary School in Palos Verdes was pleased to find that her students won a $1,000 education grant.

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26

Aug

MEET THE GRADES OF GREEN FALL INTERNS

Grades of Green is proud (and grateful!) to introduce our five Fall interns that are helping Grades of Green inspire and empower kids to care for the environment, Kaytee, Neelofer and MacKenzie.

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26

Aug

GRADES OF GREEN TEAM COLLECTS 10 POUNDS OF OCEAN-BOUND TRASH AT COASTAL CLEANUP DAY

After a couple of hours of scouring the beaches this past International Coastal Cleanup Day, Grades of Green volunteers and Youth Corps students collected 10 pounds of trash that would have been otherwise ocean-bound.

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26

Aug

SCHOOLS KICK-OFF 4TH ANNUAL TRASH FREE LUNCH CHALLENGE

24 L.A.-area schools are set to compete this year in Grades of Green’s fourth annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge.

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26

Aug

REGISTER NOW FOR THE GREEN CALIFORNIA SCHOOLS SUMMIT

The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center on November 5-6.

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26

Aug

Sustainable Kids Partners with Grades of Green

Sustainable Kids creates progressive apparel for progressive schools.

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26

Aug

2013-14 Grades of Green Infographic

Did you know that Grades of Green helped schools divert 44,000 bags of trash from the landfill?

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26

Aug

JOB OPENING – APPLY NOW!

Grades of Green is on the lookout for a Trash Free Lunch Challenge Program Coordinator (Average of 10 hours/week from August-December).

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26

Aug

KEY TO THE SEA RESOURCE AVAILABLE FOR YOUR LA SCHOOL

Key to the Sea is Heal the Bay’s free marine environmental education program for teachers and elementary school children (K-5) in Los Angeles County.

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26

Aug

VERTE 2014: A ROUSING SUCCESS! Featured in Yahoo News and Others

Grades of Green’s 2014 VERTE event at MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach on June 6th 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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26

Aug

50 WAYS TO GO GREEN AND SUPPORT GRADES OF GREEN

Grades of Green is excited to partner with Deckopedia’s “50 Ways to Go Green,” a simple guide to making and sustaining eco-friendly habits.

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26

Aug

GREENER WAYS TO GRADUATE

Have you ever thought about what happens to all of those one-time use graduation gowns after the 90 minute ceremony?

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26

Aug

SANTA MONICA GRADES OF GREEN SCHOOLS PRESENT RESULTS TO CITY COUNCIL

Three Santa Monica schools who all participated in Grades of Green’s 2013-14 Trash Free Lunch Challenge presented the positive environmental change they made at their schools this year to the Santa Monica City Council.

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26

Aug

MISSION POSSIBLE: YOUTH CORPS STUDENT, AIDAN, REDUCING SINGLE USE PLASTIC BOTTLES

8th grade student, Aidan is passionate about reducing the number of single use plastic water bottles used at his school.

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26

Aug

GRADES OF GREEN TALKS WITH MANNY ON THE STREETS AT KIISFM

Manny on the Streets at KIISFM interviewed Grades of Green Co-Founder, Kim Lewand Martin, for its February Community Council segment.

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26

Aug

ECO-SCAVENGER HUNT SUCCESS AT THE FARMERS MARKET GO GREEN KICK-OFF

Because of the generous donation from The Manhattan Beach Farmers Market and The Downtown Manhattan Beach Business Owners, Grades of Green was able to inspire and empower kids and the local Manhattan Beach community to care for the environment at the Farmers Market on June 3rd.

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26

Aug

GRADES OF GREEN BOARD MEMBER SCORES SUPREME COURT WIN IN URBAN RUNOFF CASE

As covered in the LA Times, “the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday refused to review a long-running Los Angeles County case, handing a victory to environmentalists in a battle over polluted urban runoff that fouls Southern California’s coastal waters.”

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26

Aug

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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26

Aug

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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26

Aug

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 providing complementary educational activities to students that emphasize food, farming, and nutrition.

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26

Aug

GREEN CALIFORNIA SUMMIT APRIL 8-9

Save the dates for the Green California Summit and Exposition that will be taking place on April 8-9th at the Sacramento Convention Center.

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26

Aug

2 YOUTH CORPS STUDENTS COLLECT OVER 1,800 SHOES TO BE DONATED!

Youth Corps students Alex and Sam both took on used shoe collection drives as their green projects this year.

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26

Aug

MARK TWAIN AND LOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS NOMINATED FOR GREEN RIBBON AWARD

This year’s U.S. Department of Education’s Green Ribbon School nominations are in!

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26

Aug

ATTENTION STUDENTS AGES 13-22: APPLY TO BROWER YOUTH AWARD FOR A CHANCE TO WIN $3,000

The New Leaders Initiative at Earth Island Institute is on the look-out for amazing changemakers between the ages of 13-22 with bright ideas about how to care for our Planet and its inhabitants to apply for the Brower Youth Award for Environmental Leadership!

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26

Aug

Jack Johnson Teaming Up With Grades of Green for August 27 Concert at the Greek Theatre

Grades of Green is honored to be teaming up with longtime Grades of Green supporter Jack Johnson on his 2014 From Here to Now to You tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community.

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26

Aug

YOUTH CORPS STUDENT, KIRSTEN C., TEACHES EARTH CLUB HOW TO CLEAN GREEN

Youth Corps student, Kirsten C., taught her entire Earth Club of 25 after school elementary students at Budlong Elementary School in Los Angeles, California a lesson in Green Cleaning in early March.

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26

Aug

Mira Costa Dumpster Dives, Reducing Trash from 283 Pounds to 196 Pounds

Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California conducted a waste audit where students and the Grades of Green team went through one days worth of lunchtime trash and sorted what was actually trash and what could have been recycled.

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26

Aug

ENVIRONMENTAL HERO AWARD BESTOWED ON YOUTH CORPS STUDENT ANNEMARIE

One of our second year Youth Corps students, Annemarie, was recently named an Environmental Hero at the Manhattan Beach Earth Day Celebration by VOICE (Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community’s Environment).

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26

Aug

GO GREEN TO EARN YOUR CARROT COINS AT THE MANHATTAN BEACH FARMERS MARKET

Walk, run, or bike to the Farmers Market on June 3rd! Grades of Green and the Manhattan Beach Downtown Business Association have partnered together to create the Go Green Summer Kick-Off at the Manhattan Beach Farmers Market.

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26

Aug

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: SUMMER BIOSPHERE STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM IN BALI

The Biosphere Foundation invites high school students aged 15-17 to join their Balinese counterparts for an environmental stewardship program set …

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26

Aug

COSTA RECYCLES PROGRAM PRESENTED TO CITY COUNCIL

On Tuesday, April 15th, Grades of Green presented its “Costa Recycles” Program to the Manhattan Beach City Council.

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26

Aug

MANHATTAN BEACH OFFICIALLY ADOPTS NEW ORDINANCES TO A TRASH-FREE MB

The City of Manhattan Beach has unanimously adopted two important ordinances that are major wins for the environment.

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26

Aug

GRADES OF GREEN YOUTH CORPS STUDENT, ALEX, PARTNERS WITH WEAN GREEN TO CREATE LOCALLY SOURCED TRASH-FREE LUNCHES

Youth Corps student member Alex N is passionate about local, sustainable food, as well as waste reduction and environmental stewardship.

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26

Aug

YOUTH CORPS STUDENT SPEAKS ABOUT REDUCING WASTE AT MANHATTAN BEACH COORDINATING COUNCIL

The Manhattan Beach Coordinating Council got a lesson in reducing waste from Youth Corps student Annemarie on March 20.

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26

Aug

YOUTH CORPS STUDENT RACHEL SHARES VIDEO ON HOW TO RECRUIT A STUDENT GREEN TEAM

Youth Corps student Rachel started a Green Team at her elementary school, Castle Heights in Los Angeles, CA, as her Green Project this year.

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26

Aug

GRADES OF GREEN YOUTH CORPS STUDENTS EDUCATE ABOUT TRASH FREE LUNCHES AT LAKEWOOD EARTH WALK EVENT

On March 15th, five Youth Corps students hosted a Grades of Green booth at the City of Lakewood Earth Walk event.

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26

Aug

Silver Spur Earth Day Festival Goes Off Without A Hitch Thanks To 3rd Grader Katherine

Silver Spur 3rd grader and Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Katherine, organized an eco-packed and fun filled lunchtime Earth Day Festival at her school this year.

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26

Aug

RIVIERA ELEMENTARY UNVEILS BOTTLE CAP MURAL

Grades of Green 2012-2013 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Finalist, Riviera Elementary School, has made numerous improvements to their campus wide waste reduction program since competing in the Challenge.

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26

Aug

YOUTH CORPS SHOWCASE THEIR GREEN PROJECTS

It was a green grand finale at the Murad Headquarters on May 18th.

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21

Aug

ARE YOU INTERESTED IN BECOMING A GREEN STUDENT LEADER? THEN APPLY NOW TO BE ON THE 2014-15 GRADES OF GREEN YOUTH CORPS

Grades of Green is currently accepting applications for its prestigious 2014-15 Youth Corps Student Leadership Program.

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21

Aug

ECO-FLASH MOB INSPIRES RECYCLING AT COSTA

Did you know that 63% of the waste generated at Mira Costa High School each day could be recycled?

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21

Aug

16,000 LBS OF EWASTE DIVERTED FROM LANDFILL BY YOUTH CORPS STUDENT, SYDNEY!

This is what 16,000 pounds of e-waste stacked high on fifteen pallets looks like!

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20

Aug

3RD GRADER RYLEE G. HOSTS GREEN FESTIVAL AT HER SCHOOL

Thanks to the leadership of Youth Corps student Rylee G. and her Grades of Green club, Madison Elementary School hosted a wonderful Green Festival for the local community.

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20

Aug

GRADES OF GREEN’S TRASH FREE LUNCH CHALLENGE RESULTS ARE IN!

Grades of Green just wrapped up its 3rd annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge and the results are off the charts: this year’s schools doubled the trash reduction of last year’s schools!

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20

Aug

YOUTH CORPS STUDENTS PRESENT TIPS ON HOW TO GREEN YOUR SCHOOL AT EARTH FAIR

Grades of Green Youth Corps students were busy at the Manhattan Beach Earth Day Celebration this year.

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20

Aug

STUDENTS EDUCATE GUESTS VIA ECO-GAMES AT STAR ECO-STATION EARTH MONTH EVENT

Grades of Green Youth Corps students hosted a booth at STAR Eco-Station’s annual Earth Month and educated guests about environmental protection via fun eco-games they created themselves!

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4

Aug

Grades of Green and YMCA Team Up to Go Green

Grades of Green had tons of fun hosting a 4R workshop for the Westside YMCA! Members were invited to attend an afternoon workshop where they could learn about the importance of taking care of the environment, and how they can use the 4R’s (reduce, reuse, recycle and rot) in their everyday life.

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3

Aug

You Rocked It! Thank You for Making VERTE 2015 Great and Green!

A big thanks to all guests, sponsors, partners and volunteers who made VERTE 2015 a huge success!

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3

Aug

Youth Corps Student Promotes No Idle Zones before the South Coast Air Quality Management District

Youth Corps student, Antonio, continues his campaign to have California adopt “No Idle Zone” legislation for passenger vehicles when they are waiting in the pick up line at schools.

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3

Aug

Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program Recognized with Prestigious Keep America Beautiful Award

Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program has come in second place for the Keep America Beautiful Youth Recognition Award.

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3

Aug

Southern California Edison features our Student Energy Zappers

2013-2014 Grades of Green Youth Corps sponsor, Southern California Edison’s recent blog features four Grades of Green Youth Corps students who conducted energy reduction and awareness projects for their Green Projects.

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3

Aug

Check Out the 2014-15 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Press

As the 2014-15 Trash Free Lunch Challenge got under way with 24 schools attending Training Day at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County in September, it has been all the buzz.

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3

Aug

Santa Monica Patch features Youth Corps

Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Leadership Program was featured in the Santa Monica Patch.

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3

Aug

L.A. Parent features Grades of Green

Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Student Leadership Program was featured in L.A. Parent magazine.

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3

Aug

Back to School Philanthropy 101

Looking for ideas to start off your school year on the right foot? Check out Charity Matters “Back to school: Philanthropy” article here for a few ways to get students thinking about ways to help others this school year.

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3

Aug

VERTE 2014 Press Coverage

Grades of Green’s 2014 VERTE event at MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach on June 6th 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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3

Aug

Organization and Relocation Spreading Green Tips

In Organization and Relocation’s June Newsletter, Grades of Green was featured as the non-profit highlight of the month.

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3

Aug

Grades of Green Talks with Manny on the Streets at KIISFM

Manny on the Streets at KIISFM interviewed Grades of Green Co-Founder, Kim Lewand Martin, for its February Community Council segment.

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3

Aug

Riviera Elementary Unveils Bottle Cap Mural

Grades of Green 2012-2013 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Finalist, Riviera Elementary School, has made numerous improvements to their campus wide waste reduction program since competing in the Challenge.

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3

Aug

Trash Free Lunch Challenge 2013-14 Press Coverage

The third Trash Free Lunch Challenge was a huge success as over 13,000 students were educated; 5,000 students were inspired to pack trash free lunches; and approximately 42,000 bags of trash were diverted from the landfill this school year.

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3

Aug

Eco-Flash Mob Inspires Recycling at Costa

Did you know that 63% of the waste generated at Mira Costa High School each day could be recycled?  With …

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3

Aug

Grades of Green’s Efforts featured in Beach Reporter

Grades of Green was recently featured in the Beach Reporter for their most recent projects and sustainability efforts throughout the 2013-14 school year and specifically for the implementation of a recycling program at Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, CA.

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3

Aug

Environmental Hero Award Bestowed on Youth Corps Student Annemarie

One of our second year Youth Corps students, Annemarie, was recently named an Environmental Hero at the Manhattan Beach Earth Day Celebration by VOICE (Volunteers and Organizations Improving the Community’s Environment).

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3

Aug

3

Aug

Grades of Green featured in Drive the District

Check out Drive the District’s featured story on Grades of Green in March here.

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3

Aug

Washington’s Green Classified Employee of the Year Custodian Featured in LAcarGUY Newsletters

Javier Marquez, custodian at Washington Elementary School in Redondo Beach, California was awarded Classified Employee of the Year.

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3

Aug

Mira Costa Dumpster Dives, Reducing Trash from 283 lbs to 196 lbs

Mira Costa High School in Manhattan Beach, California conducted a waste audit where students and the Grades of Green team went through one days worth of lunchtime trash and sorted what was actually trash and what could have been recycled.

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3

Aug

Inglewood Elementary Schools Receive Recognition at Inglewood City Council and Local Papers

Four Grades of Green elementary schools located in Inglewood, Kelso, Hundall, Worthington, and Payne, embraced Grades of Green’s Recycling Program this school year.

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