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No Idle Zone Webinar Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our No Idle Zone webinar recently! We’ve uploaded and embedded the full webinar video …

Little Voices’ Representative Letter Writing Guide

Our friends at Little Voices Are Loud have created a letter writing toolkit for kids to show their support for …

Join Us At Our Upcoming Events!

Spring 2017 Outreach Events Calendar: SUNDAY, MARCH 5 Taste of Blue Zones @ Manhattan Beach Civic Plaza (Manhattan Beach) SATURDAY, …

Grades of Green students present at Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Board Meeting

Grades of Green team student leaders from Macy Intermediate gave a special presentation at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County …

Spring Opportunities

Students and educators, are you looking for new resources and upcoming opportunities to be environmental champions? Here a few that …

Meet the Los Angeles Grades of Green Spring Interns

Grades of Green is proud to welcome two Spring interns, Anais and Arthella! Check out their stories below to learn about how …

Salvador Madrigal

I am truly proud of our Grades of Green Team.  It has been a great educational experience for our students …

Sam

We should have done this program years ago! I love it! My back doesn’t hurt from throwing out all those …

Dominique Polchow

Dear Grades of Green Team, A BIG thank you to you! We appreciate your help in getting started. The assembly …

Bryant Ranch kicks off Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunches and Composting Activities

Bryant Ranch Elementary School joined Grades of Green in 2016, and is kicking off their program by focusing on waste …

Solar Panel Installation, Campus Composting, and Plastic Bans, Oh My!

The Grades of Green Team at Santa Monica High School is taking on Grades of Green’s Students In Action Activity …

George Washington Academy: The First Ever International School to Earn Green Certification

Grades of Green is  ecstatic to welcome the first international school to become Grades of Green Certified! A huge shout …

No Idle Zone Webinar – Feb. 22nd! via Facebook Live!

Grades of Green is excited to host its first ever webinar on Facebook Live about improving air quality through establishing …

Youth Corps students Umar and Ismail bring No Idle Zones to Woodbury Elementary

Grades of Green Youth Corps students and brother tag-team Ismail B. and Umar B. kicked off No Idle Zones at Woodbury Elementary …

Youth Corps student Sydney introduces composting at her school

Grades of Green Youth Corps student Sydney W. launched campus composting at Lunada Bay Elementary school to help her school …

Youth Corps Students Lead Grades of Green at Franklin Elementary

After a whopping six years of implementing Grades of Green Activities, Franklin Elementary School in Santa Monica is continuing their …

Youth Corps Winter Meet-Up: A Rainy Day Well Spent

The 2016-2017 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program is in full swing and despite a weekend of record rainfall, our awesome student …

Kings Care Foundation with Another Assist!

Grades of Green and the Kings Care Foundation are teaming up this year to help four Los Angeles schools green …

Northpark Elementary creates student made trash free lunches video

The 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge schools are making reducing, reusing and recycling the cool thing to do! These 24 …

Rogers Middle School takes on more Grades of Green Activities

After being awarded as a finalist in the 2015-2016 Trash Free Lunch Challenge, Rogers Middle School in Long Beach, California …

Grades of Green Welcomes Our New Intern, Emily Stewart

Emily is a Grades of Green intern in the New York office. She earned a degree in Environmental Studies and …

Great New Opportunity to Become More of A Green Leader!

Attention all middle and highs school students in the Southern California, Southern Florida, Colorado, Sacramento, and Bay Areas! With partnership …

Trash Free Lunch Challenge Halftime Report

Grades of Green’s 6th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge schools are rockin’ it in the New Year! As of January …

Grades of Green Supports Culver City in their Efforts to Ban Polystyrene

Congratulations Culver City on making the Earth a healthier place! Polystyrene is a plastic that blows around freely and breaks …

Now Accepting Spring Internship Applications

Are looking to make a difference in the world? If so, Grades of Green is the place for you! We’re looking for …

Grades of Green Helps to Restore Native Habitat near LAX!

Have you ever wondered what an area of land would look like if people didn’t develop it? Grades of Green …

Grades of Green Featured on sheBOOM

Grades of Green was featured recently on sheBOOM! Check out the article online here. sheBOOM: “Every Day is Giving Tuesday …

Resources to Green Your School Part Two: Discount School Supply and The Wireless Alliance

Welcome to the second installment of a two part series highlighting environmentally friendly companies that your school can work with. …

Share the Love with Grades of Green

Grades of Green is thrilled to be selected as Subaru Pacific’s local charity receiving support this year. Subaru has pledged …

Follow the Algalita

Oceanic Trash Vortex? You don’t have to imagine it because it already exists: a large area of ocean with bits …

Help Support Grades of Green!

Support Grades of Green on #GivingTuesday and after by clicking here! Support the 350,000 Grades of Green students across 40 states and 9 …

Resources to Green Your School Part One: TreeRing and ForestNation

Welcome to the first of a two part series where we highlight companies who are helping make the world a …

Green Brains: New Research!

Could the brain be the key to humankind avoiding environmental disaster? Ann-Christine Duhaime is a Harvard Medical School professor and …

I’m Distraught (Dis-straw-t) About Single-Use Plastic

You might have heard the benefits about using one less plastic bag, but have you considered One Less Straw? The …

Grades of Green is Fallin’ Into the Holiday Spirit

Grades of Green has been falling into the holiday spirit with some outreach events this season. Grades of Green students and …

Flipping Funeral

Last month we visited El Segundo Middle School and learned that the national craze of bottle flipping, otherwise known as …

Daves Avenue Elementary Goes Even Greener

The Grades of Green Team at Daves Avenue Elementary recently performed a skit in front of the whole school to …

Youth Corps Autumn Meet-Up at Environmental Charter High School

The 2016-2017 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program is well underway, and the 64 student leaders assembled for their first Meet-Up of …

No Idle Zone Communications Toolkit

Grades of Green is excited to share our No Idle Zone Communications Toolkit with you to help spread the word …

Youth Corps Students Teach Leadership Manhattan Beach

On October 10th, two Grades of Green Youth Corps students, Lauren S. and Annemarie D., taught Leadership Manhattan Beach a …

Grades of Green students present about No Idle Zones at the Green California Schools Summit

Grades of Green Youth Corps students are spreading the word about ACR 160, and were able to give a presentation …

Grades of Green Welcomes New Executive Director, Susan Warsaw!

Please help us welcome Susan Warshaw as the new Executive Director of Grades of Green! We are excited and honored …

Special Grades of Green UKonserve Code

Our friends at UKonserve create waste-free and resuable lunch-packaging and food-storage solutions. Interested in checking out UKonserve‘s eco-products? We hope so! As Grades …

Bryant Ranch in Yorba Linda Gets Their Green Thumb On

Bryant Ranch Elementary School in Yorba Linda is getting out of the classroom and back to nature in their campus …

Fighting Hunger with Worms

After meeting in Washington DC for the President’s Environmental Youth Award one of Grades of Green’s newest schools, Accelere led …

Grades of Green’s Winter 2016 Honor Roll!

Drumroll please… We want to congratulate the Grades of Green schools that received their Grades of Green Certification this year, meaning …

Join The National SCrAP Program! New Opportunity to Help Reduce Our Food Waste

If your school is taking on Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunches Activity – this opportunity is for you! The …

Discounted Sustainable Products & Services for Your School

Looking to save money while easily obtaining quality green services or products for your school? The Green Schools Alliance (GSA) …

Tune Into KIIS FM Sunday AM To Hear The Latest Grades of Green Happenings

Tune into KIIS FM (and the affiliated stations below) this Sunday, October 30th to hear the latest Grades of Green happenings! …

Join Us At Our Upcoming Events!

WINTER OUTREACH EVENTS CALENDAR: SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 West Basin Water Harvest @ Waste Basin (El Segundo) SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 MB …

Welcome, 2016-2017 Youth Corps Students!

The Grades of Green team was all smiles this weekend as we welcomed 60 students into the 2016-2017 Youth Corps …

Trash Free Lunch Challenge Schools are All Trained and Ready to Go!

How do schools prepare to compete in Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge? By attending Training Day of course! Student …

Get To Know Our Fall Interns!

The 2016-2017 school year is in full swing and it’s all hands on deck! For the very first time Grades …

Grades of Green and LOVE Team Up! Fundraise For Your School Today!

Grades of Green and LOVE Bags are teaming up in two special ways this year – through LOVE’s Give Back …

Grades of Green Participated in the Green Apple Day of Service with Silver Spur Elementary!

Grades of Green celebrated the Green Apple Day of Service with the goal of transforming all schools into healthy, safe, and productive …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Students Take Part in Coastal Cleanup Day

Youth Corps all-stars Annemarie D. and Lauren S. joined Grades of Green this past Saturday to take part in the …

A Field Research Expedition to Help You “Teach Earth”

Teachers, you could be working alongside scientists on a fully funded field research expedition next summer! The Earthwatch Institute’s Teach …

LA Sophomores & Juniors: Ignite Your Summer 2017!

Calling Los Angeles high school sophomores and juniors: a two-week, all-expenses-paid scientific expedition for next summer has your name written …

Grant Opportunity for Creating Shareable Lessons in Urban Resiliency

Do you love teaching about our forests in urban environments? Do citizen science projects tickle your fancy? If you are …

Grades of Green student presents to LA County Public Works Board of Directors

Grades of Green’s 2015-2016 Trash Free Lunch Challenge winning elementary school is inspiring people all across Los Angeles!  Pitzil Milagro, …

New Resource! Green Team Lanyards

Click here to download our new Green Team lanyards. Print and laminate these cool new tags and wear them around your school so …

2016-17 Trash Free Lunch Challenge begins

The 2016-2017 Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge is officially underway, and our team is thrilled to kick off …

Willard Elementary School Continues its Trash Free Lunch Program for a Second Year

Willard Elementary School in Pasadena started their school year off on a green foot by having Grades of Green visit …

Youth Corps Student Joshua travels to Washington DC to accept the President’s Environmental Youth Award

One of Grades of Green’s rock star Youth Corps students, Joshua, was honored as a recipient of the 2015 President’s …

New Resource! Green Queen and King

Register here and checkout our newly-updated Green King and Queen Challenge to get your teachers ready for a great and green …

New Water Saving Resource for Schools!

Check out this video for some fun tips on how your school can save water by planting a Drought Tolerant Garden! …

Vejar Kicks off the Second Year of their Trash Free Lunch Program

What can schools do after they participate in Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge? Vejar Elementary School decided to set …

Go Green When You Go Back To School!

The new school year is approaching and there’s no better time to go green! Statistics show that going green improves your …

September Opportunity for 4th Grade Classes

Calling all 4th graders! Grades of Green‘s partners at the 5 Gyres Institute are teaming up with President Obama’s Every …

Where In The World Is Grades of Green? View Our Schools Report!

We are thrilled to publish and share the 2015-2016 Schools Report. Our team had the pleasure of working with our Grades …

No Idle Zone Activity Is Now A Statewide Resolution!

ACR 160 is proof that indeed one student CAN make a difference! A huge congratulations to Grades of Green Youth …

New School Resource! Sorting Station Examples for Daily Lunchtime Waste Decrease

Checkout the new Grades of Green resource for schools below!  One of Grades of Green’s signature activities is Trash Free …

Apply to intern with Grades of Green

The Grades of Green team is looking for a few passionate environmentalists to join us as interns in the Fall 2016 …

Youth Corps Students Teach Zero Waste Lesson at South Bay Adult School

Do you want to live your life waste free? On Tuesday, July 12th, Youth Corps students Sarah S. and Annemarie …

Grades of Green at the Manhattan Beach Farmer’s Market

What do you do with the scraps from your favorite Farmer’s Market fruits and veggies? Grades of Green helped the Manhattan …

Grades of Green Supports The Culver City Polystyrene Ban

Grades of Green is happy to support Ballona Creek Renaissance in their efforts to ban polystyrene products in Culver City. …

No Idle Zone Is Passed By State Assembly!

A huge congrats to Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Antonio! After three years of hard work, the No Idle …

Hot off the press – Youth Corps 2015-2016 Final Report

We are thrilled to publish and share the Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program Final Report 2015-2016. Our team had the pleasure …

Winning Trash Free Lunch Challenge School, Collegewood, makes a green mark in Walnut

Collegewood Elementary School, winners in the elementary school category of the 2015-2016 Trash Free Lunch Challenge, has become pioneer environmental …

Richardson Middle School recognized for their Grades of Green program by Torrance City Council

This year, Richardson Middle School in Torrance took part in the 5th annual Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge and …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Grace Gives Lesson on Water Reduction

There is no “drought” that Grades of Green Youth Corps student Grace is making a difference! Grace implemented Grades of …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Annemarie introduces Waste Reduction Strategies to Pancake Breakfasts

Grades of Green Youth Corps student Annemarie D. introduced composting and sorting to Amertican Martyrs Pancake Breakfasts. In 8 Pancake …

The Results Are In!

We are thrilled to publish and share the Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge – Final Report 2015-2016. After months …

Now Streaming: Youth Corp Student Presentations!

Pause your TV and flip the station over to this awe-inspiring stream of Youth Corps student videos below! Our Youth Corps Eco-Leadership …

Assemblymember David Hadley Joins Robinson Elementary School for No Idle Zone Assembly

“Turn it off so we don’t caugh!” chanted kindergarten cheerleaders at Robinson Elementary School in Manhattan Beach during their No Idle Zone …

Summer Student Opportunities

Are you super inspired to become an environmental leader in your community and not sure what to do this summer? …

Youth Corps Applications are now OPEN!

Applications available here! Grades of Green is currently accepting applications for its prestigious Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program. The Grades of …

John Paul DeJoria on Why Green Starts with Kids

John Paul DeJoria, one of Grades of Green’s VERTE 2016 honorees and the founder of Patrón Tequila and Paul Mitchell, inspires …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Presents Ocean Pollution Solution Video

Do you have the solution to ocean pollution? Grades of Green Youth Corps Middle School Student Johanna J. does! This 6th …

Registration now open for the Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge

Grades of Green is recruiting for its 6th Annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge to inspire students and school communities to be trash-free, …

Grades of Green Youth Corps student Xanna gives TED style talk at Verte 2016

At Grades of Green’s annual fundraising event, Verte, 5th grader and Youth Corps student Xanna gave a fabulous presentation to …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Hosts Bee Festival

Got bees? Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Nathan K. put on a bee festival at Richardson Middle School during …

Youth Corps students help Lunada Bay Elementary keep up the green work!

Thanks to Grades of Green Youth Corps students Sydney, Drew, Zoe and Kiley, Lunada Bay Elementary School students have learned …

Announcing the winning schools of the 5th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge!

After months of supporting 22 Los Angeles schools in their quest to reduce their lunchtime waste, Grades of Green is …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Student Plants Pathways for Pollinators

Grades of Green Youth Corps student Samy S. created a pollinator pathway at Hughes Middle School! He led the environmental …

Youth Corps student hosts recycled art contest

Youth Corps student Caoilin celebrated earth month at her school by hosting a recycled art contest, and it was a …

Grades of Green Youth Corps students lead the way in greening Grandview Elementary

Thanks to the leadership of Grades of Green Youth Corps students Penn, Carter, Reese and Will the Grandview Elementary community …

Grades of Green Chosen as May 2016 MARCO Difference Maker!

Grades of Green has been chosen as the May 2016 MARCO Difference Maker for our Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program! MARCO Promotional …

Grades of Green concludes Earth Month with a bang at VOICE Earth Day event

The month of April was jam packed with awesome eco-festivals, workshops and more! The month concluded with Grades of Green …

Grades of Green Receives 2016 Green Leadership Award from L.A. County!

This past Tuesday, April 26th, Grades of Green had the honor of being presented with the 2016 Green Leadership Award …

The Wellness Bank

Thank you The Wellness Bank for partnering with ‪‎Grades of Green‬ this April for ‪Earth Month‬! We are so thankful …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Students Raise Funds for Hydration Station at Mira Costa

Congratulations to Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program’s Lauren Stargardter, Ryan Gustafson, and Macallan Laver for raising money to …

Youth Corps member Joshua receives 2015 President’s Environmental Youth Award

This week the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that Grades of Green’s very own Youth Corps member, Joshua C., was …

Grades of Green Launches into Earth Week with Hawthorne City & STAR Eco-Station’s Earth Day Celebration

The Grades of Green team kicked off Earth Week by hosting a booth at the Hawthorne Earth Day Fair on …

Composting Videos for Kids

Are you trying to get your kids or students interested in composting? We would like to introduce you to “A …

Grades of Green Froggin Around at LACSD’s Earth Day Festival

Grades of Green kicked off Earth Month with our friends at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County at their …

Jack Johnson’s All At Once Documentary

Want to learn about how singer/songwriter Jack Johnson cares for the environment while he’s on tour? Check out his All At …

Youth Corps student Malik’s Butterfly Mural project comes to life

Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program student, Malik, has been dreaming of a butterfly mural for his alma mater, Hughes Middle School, …

Youth Corps Students Create Toxic Turtle Art Project for First Fridays Long Beach County Fair

Grades of Green Youth Corps students Cosmo, Elise, and Carissa, along with other students from their school, found a creative …

Student builds sorting station to decrease lunchtime waste

El Segundo Middle School, finalists in the 2014-2015 Trash Free Lunch Challenge, has upped their sorting station game! As a …

And the 2015-2016 Trash Free Lunch Challenge finalists are…

After careful selection, Grades of Green is proud to announce the top 6 finalist schools who competed in this year’s Trash …

Grades of Green Spring Schedule!

COME JOIN US AT THE FOLLOWING EVENTS TO CELEBRATE EARTH MONTH! SEE YOU THERE!   April 9th- Sanitation Districts of …

St. Patty’s Day Got Even Greener at John Adams Middle School

Grades of Green spent St. Patrick’s Day at John Adams Middle School (JAMS) in Santa Monica supporting their Go Green …

Joshua Featured in The MBMS Weekly Wave

Check out Grades of Green Youth Corps 6th grade student Joshua‘s story on pages 3-4 of the MBMS Weekly Wave …

Hawthorne Earth Day Event

To kick off our spring outreach events, Grades of Green was invited to host a booth at the City of …

Youth Corps Student Rylee hosts 4th annual Go Green Festival

On Saturday, March 19th, Youth Corps Elementary School Student Rylee hosted her 4th annual Grades of Green Festival at Madison …

Doing Some Good with Our Friends at Project Giving Kids and Do Good Bus

The Grades of Green Team spent a lovely Saturday morning with our partners Project Giving Kids on a Do Good Bus outing with Tree …

Why I Care About the Environment, by Grades of Green Student, Joshua

Our Earth is a bright blue jewel in the midst of an endless pool of blackness. It rotates monotonously around …

Win a Green Team Training + Green Starter Pack this St. Patty’s Day!

To celebrate the new Grades of Green site, we have a fun contest to help YOU go green! In honor …

Youth Corps Student Ethan helps his school reduce 12 TONS of waste!

Did you know that 450 students have the power to make only 1 bag of trash during lunchtime? 5th grader …

MBUSD Receives Green Ribbon Schools Award

Grades of Green is proud to have partnered with MBUSD to bring environmental education to its 7,044 students – congrats …

Apply! Green Leadership Awards Program in LA County

The Board of Supervisors created the Green Leadership Awards Program as a partnership with local residents

Grades of Green Helps TEDx Manhattan Beach to Minimize Waste

For the third year in a row, Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Eco-Leadership students made a huge impact by speaking at TEDx Manhattan Beach!

Grades of Green’s Reece Brings Rain Barrels to the South Bay

Grades of Green Youth Corps student, Reece, knows how to think ahead and prepare for a wet Southern California winter!

West Basin Supports Grades of Green Schools in Hermosa Beach

Thanks to a successful rain barrel give away event led by Youth Corps student Reece, West Basin Water District was able to donate $1,000 to support Grades of Green programs in Hermosa Beach!

Student Interns and Volunteers Make Big Difference at Grades of Green

This Fall, Grades of Green is lucky to have a team of student interns and volunteers helping with Grades of Green Programs.

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).

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.

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.

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

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

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.

Fall Internship Opportunities

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

Introducing Our Grades of Green Summer Interns

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.”

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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 …

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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!

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?

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?

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

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

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!