September 2015

29

Sep

The 2015-16 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program Kicks Off with a Bang!

Grades of Green got to meet its 60+ students participating in this year's Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program.

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29

Sep

A Telly Award for Grades of Green!

Grades of Green partnered with Curiosity Quest Goes Green during the 2014-15 school year to film and episode showcasing Grades of Green's Trash Free Lunch Challenge and the amazing things participating schools were accomplishing.

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29

Sep

Grades of Green Wins Innovation SEED Award

Grades of Green won the 2015 Innovation SoCal Environmental Excellence Development (SEED) Award from the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition (SBBEC).

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17

Sep

Grades of Green Chair Receives Sustainable Business Award

Chris Gebhardt, Chair of the Board for Grades of Green and EVP at Participant Media, accepted the Sustainable Business Council's Lifetime Business Achievement Award on behalf of Participant Media on Earth Day.

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2

Sep

Join Grades of Green at the Green California Schools and Community College Summit and Exposition

The Green California Schools and Community Colleges Summit and Exposition comes to the Pasadena Convention Center on October 29-30, 2015.

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2

Sep

9/19, Coastal Cleanup Day: Help Long Beach Rise Above Plastics!

Grades of Green is partnering with Surfrider Long Beach this Coastal Cleanup Day!

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2

Sep

Interested in Becoming a Green Leader? Apply For Grades of Green’s 2015-2016 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program

Grades of Green is currently accepting applications for its prestigious 2015-16 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program.

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2

Sep

Fall Internship Opportunities

Grades of Green is on the lookout for Fall 2015 interns!

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2

Sep

Get Started Guide: Go Green As You Go Back To School!

The new school year is approaching and there’s no better time to go green!

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2

Sep

NCL Helps Grades of Green Expand Impact

Grades of Green is excited to announce our partnership with the National Charity League, Inc. Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter, a philanthropy group for 7th to 12th grade girls and their mothers.

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2

Sep

Grades of Green Support That ROCKS!

Support comes in all ways, and sometimes that way ROCKS! Music Lifeboat hosted its first-ever benefit on June 7th, with a portion of funds being donated to Grades of Green.

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2

Sep

Now Hiring: Trash Free Lunch Challenge Program Coordinator

Grades of Green is looking for a Trash Free Lunch Challenge Program Coordinator for the fifth annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge.

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2

Sep

2

Sep

Join the Project Giving Kids Instagram Summer 2015 Service Challenge!

Grades of Green partner Project Giving Kids, a nonprofit that connects kids with volunteer opportunities, is hosting an Instagram contest for kids giving back to their communities their summer.

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2

Sep

Past Trash Free Lunch Challenge Winners Divert Even More Waste 2 Years Later!

Not willing to rest on its laurels, former Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge school, Parras Middle School in Redondo Beach has been diverting even more waste since competing in the Challenge!

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2

Sep

RR Donnelley Staff Brings Grades of Green Activities to Schools

Grades of Green is happy to report that RR Donnelley (RRD) employees have been volunteering in their communities to spread the word about environmental protection through Grades of Green Activities!

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2

Sep

Introducing Our Grades of Green Summer Interns

Grades of Green is thrilled to welcome our two summer interns, Caroline and Jenny!

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2

Sep

4th Grade Student Hosts Her Own Earth Day Festival

4th grade Youth Corps student, ​Kirsten​, hosted her third annual Earth Day Festival on Earth Day.

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2

Sep

Want to Keep America Beautiful? Apply now for Youth Advisory Council

Keep America Beautiful is accepting applications for the National Youth Advisory Council 2015-2016.

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2

Sep

Show Your Love for the Ocean on World Oceans Day!

June 8th is World Oceans Day, a global celebration of the ocean and all we can do to protect it.

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2

Sep

Environmental Heroes? Look No Further Than Our Youth Corps Students

Grades of Green had even more reason to celebrate Earth Month as two Youth Corps students received Environmental Hero Awards at Polliwog Park’s Earth Day event on April 25: Joshua C., a 5th grader at Meadows Elementary in Manhattan Beach, and Sam H., a 10th grader at Notre Dame in Sherman Oaks, CA.

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2

Sep

Do Our Rivers Have a Chance? Grades of Green Board Member Will Weigh In

Grades of Green Board Member and Director of the Water Program at the NRDC, Steve Fleischli, will speak on May 13th at the Hammer Museum at 7:30 on the threats to the world’s rivers and what we can do to protect them.

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2

Sep

Grades of Green Custodian to Receive Environmental Hero Award

Grades of Green’s founding school, Grand View Elementary School, is proud to have their custodian, Victor Simmering, receive the Environmental Hero Award at VOICE’s Earth Day Festival at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach on April 25th.

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2

Sep

UCLA Institute of the Environment and Sustainability Releases First Ever LA County Environmental Report Card with Help from Grades of Green Board Member

Grades of Green Board member and Director of UCLA’s Institute of the Environment, Mark Gold, released the first ever comprehensive Los Angeles County Environmental Report Card.

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2

Sep

Youth Corps Students at Hawthorne City Earth Fair

The Grades of Green team kicked off Earth Month at the Hawthorne Earth Day Fair on Saturday, April 11th.

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2

Sep

TFLC Finalist Schools Announced!

Drumroll please! After months of sorting lunchtime waste, educational assemblies on waste reduction and being quizzed on “trashy” trivia, Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge finalist schools have been selected and the panel of environmental experts have chosen the winners.

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2

Sep

Free Climate Film Screening Opportunity For Schools

Hippo Works is offering free screenings of their film on climate, “Simon Says ‘Save The Climate!’” to schools.

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2

Sep

Grades of Green Partners with R20 on Climate Change

Grades of Green is excited to announce it is partnering with R20, a non-profit organization that aims to help sub-national governments around the world develop low-carbon and climate resilient economic development projects.

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2

Sep

Hughes Middle School Youth Corps Students Green Workday

Five Youth Corps students from Hughes Middle School in Long Beach worked together to organize a green workday.

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2

Sep

ATTENTION HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: APPLY TO 2015 ALCOA SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The Alcoa Foundation has partnered with NatureBridge to send 54 16-18 year olds from Alcoa communities around the globe to experience either Yosemite National Park in California or Olympic National Park in Washington for two weeks this summer.

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2

Sep

Earth Month Line-Up!

Grades of Green Youth Corps students are very busy hosting many green events and they want your help!

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2

Sep

Eco-Readers Check Out Baggy Maggy

Baggy Maggy and Friends Save Stinkville is about hip bag lady (Baggy Maggy) who lives in Baggy Maggyville with her friends Trish the Trashcan, Boinke Bill, Rag-A-Muffin, Christina, and James.

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2

Sep

Attention Teachers: Community Educator Fellowship Opportunity

The Alcoa Foundation is sponsoring educators in Alcoa communities to participate on a hands-on scientific research expedition with Earthwatch TeachEarth in Summer 2015.

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2

Sep

Attention Teachers: Greenify your Classroom with SimCityEDU

SimCityEDU is a digital game where teachers have the tools and content they need to make environmental learning come alive for their students.

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2

Sep

Grades of Green Reaches Africa

Grades of Green is proud to announce we are now in six countries, with Kenya being the newest addition to the Grades of Green family.

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2

Sep

Green Leadership Awards Program

The Board of Supervisors created the Green Leadership Awards Program as a partnership with local residents, community groups, businesses and non-profit agencies to protect the environment and the County’s natural resources.

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2

Sep

Youth Corps student Joshua shares his tips for the drought

Upon hearing about California’s severe drought, Youth Corps 5th grader, Joshua, decided he wanted to take action!

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2

Sep

Daves Elementary Gives Back in a Green Way this Holiday Season

Every year, Daves Elementary 4th graders support a service project during the holiday season.

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2

Sep

Nature’s Voice Student Story Contest

Green Schools Initiative and the Green Schools National Network are launching the 2nd Annual Nature’s Voices Student Story Contest to amplify the stories of young people creating a sustainable future.

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2

Sep

Halftime Report Roundup for the Trash Free Lunch Challenge!

Half way through the Trash Free Lunch Challenge, most of the 24 schools entered in the Challenge have kicked off the lunchtime trash reduction programs and are seeing BIG results!

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2

Sep

New Study Shows 5 Trillion Pieces of Plastic in the Ocean – Yes Trillion . . .

A new study by Five Gyres concludes that because of humans there are now over 5 trillion pieces of plastic, weighing more than 250,000 tons, floating in the ocean around the world - meaning there is more plastic in the North Pacific Ocean than stars in the Milky Way.

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2

Sep

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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2

Sep

ECO-FUNDRAISERS AND GIFTS

The summer season is just beginning and Grades of Green wanted to share some of our favorite eco-fundraisers and eco-products, including some promo codes.

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2

Sep

Grades of Green Makes the Top 10 in Social Innovation Fast Pitch

Grades of Green recently had the opportunity to compete in Los Angeles’s Social Innovation Fast Pitch, a free two-month training and mentoring program on how to succinctly and powerfully tell Grades of Green’s story in the form of a 3-minute pitch.

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2

Sep

Richstone Family Center Goes Green hanks to 2 Youth Corps Students

The Richstone Family Center is an incredible nonprofit dedicated to strengthening families - now they can add going green to the ways in which they operate.

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2

Sep

What you need to know about California’s mandatory commercial recycling law

California adopted AB 341 in 2012 to help California meet its recycling goal of 75% by 2020.

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2

Sep

Green 360 Offers Free Surveys to Help Students Understand Their Environmental Talents and Passions

Interested in learning what types of environmental careers you are best suited for?

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2

Sep

Grades of Green celebrates America Recycles Day at TEDx Manhattan Beach!

Youth Corps students celebrated America Recycles Day by helping make TEDx Manhattan Beach a zero waste event by educating guests how to sort their waste properly.

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2

Sep

Introducing . . . Grades of Green’s 2014-2015 Youth Corps Lineup!!

Grades of Green would like to introduce our new environmental leaders, the 2014-2015 Youth Corps Eco Leadership Team!

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2

Sep

Rockstar Parent Leads the Reeved Up Roadrunners to Continued Green Victories

Since becoming a Trash Free Lunch Challenge (TFLC) finalist in 2013, Riviera Elementary is taking environmental protection to a whole new level.

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2

Sep

MIRA COSTA GIVES “WALKING ASSEMBLIES” TO EDUCATE STUDENTS ABOUT CAMPUS RECYCLING

Over 2,500 students attend Mira Costa High School, and collectively these students create 50,000 pounds of trash each week!

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2

Sep

Pumpkin Races

Yep, you read that right … In celebration of the fall season, Grades of Green was proud to join the Downtown Manhattan Beach Business Association and the Farmer’s Market at the 2014 Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Races and race some green pumpkins.

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2

Sep

Youth Corps Student Speaks at Zero Waste Conference

Grades of Green Youth Corps member, Jane F, and Programs Manager Allie Bussjaeger presented at a zero waste workshop hosted by the South Bay Environmental Services to educate students at the adult school about how to live a waste free lifestyle.

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