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17,000 Shoes Collected, 8,000 More to Go!

Did you know over 300 million children in the world can’t afford shoes, yet millions of shoes are dumped into …

Air Quality Awareness at San Pedro High School

San Pedro High School celebrated Air Quality Awareness Month in May by taking on our No Idle Zone activity. This …

Fundraising Success at MBMS

Manhattan Beach Middle School shared some great news with us lately! In a recent e-newsletter, MBMS celebrated the installation of …

Donate, Volunteer, and Win Tickets to Jack Johnson’s 7/16 Concert!

We’re teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2017 Summer Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting …

2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Report

The results are in, and Grades of Green is thrilled to share the 6th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge final …

Grades of Green Featured in Green Teacher Magazine

Grades of Green’s No Idle Zone Activity was featured in the summer issue of Green Teacher Magazine, marking our second national …

Elise Y.

Dear Grades of Green, You have taught me so much. I learned about leadership, the earth, and public speaking. You …

Skip the Straw, Make a Difference

Did you know that every day, Americans use over 500 million straws? That’s enough plastic waste to fill a school …

M.E. Drought Tolerant Garden is Officially Revealed

6th graders Maxine and Elise started the 2016-2017 school year with a vision to create a drought tolerant garden at …

Join Gallon Challenge USA

Did you know that the average American uses 80 to 100 gallons of water a day, more than any other …

Santa Monica Students Take the SMMUSD Board Meeting by Storm

Elementary, middle, and high school students from Grades of Green schools in Santa Monica, together with community and environmental activists, …

Register for the 2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge!

Are you an elementary school, middle school, or K-8 school located in the greater Los Angeles area? Are you interested …

Congratulations 2016-2017 Youth Corps Eco-Leaders!

Grades of Green is proud to congratulate the exceptional students who participated in the 2016-2017 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program! Over …

Leftover School Supplies Webinar Recap

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our Leftover School Supplies webinar recently! We’ve uploaded and embedded the full …

Sydney’s Hydration Station dream comes to life

Grades of Green student Sydney H. dreamed of installing water refill stations, also called hydration stations, at Manhattan Beach Middle …

Change Starts With You

Reading the news lately? Environmental protection rollbacks and climate change inaction, especially in the United States, getting you down? All …

Ocean Pollution: Be a Part of the Solution

Plastic in our oceans is threatening the marine ecosystem: marine animals get stuck in the plastic or, even worse, they …

No FOMO at VERTE 2017!

FOMO is the horrible sinking feeling in the pit of your stomach when all your friends are out having fun …

LAcarGUY To Unveil First No Idle Service Centers Across South Bay

What’s greener than no idle zones in schools? No idle zones in car dealerships! In celebration of Earth Month, LAcarGUY …

Youth Corps student Grace talks Carbon Footprints

On April 17th, Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership student Grace C. reduced many footprints- carbon footprints that is! Grace …

Grades of Green Takes on Earth Day 5K

Grades of Green’s New York City office recently participated in an Earth Day 5k Green Tour hosted by Earth Day …

Grades of Green Celebrates Earth Week with “Before The Flood”

Last week, Grades of Green had the opportunity to partner with Dopper to celebrate Earth Week with a screening of “Before …

Children of Our Savior School Celebrates Earth Month and Earth Week

Huge shout out to Children of Our Savior Preschool for its awesome green celebrations during Earth Month! Students in the …

Grades of Green Celebrates Earth Day with Manhattan Beach

Grades of Green celebrated Earth Day by attending the 25th annual Earth Day Celebration at Polliwog Park in Manhattan Beach! …

Center Street Elementary School’s Grades of Green Activities Featured on El Segundo TV

Center Street Elementary School featured their Grades of Green waste reduction activities on El Segundo TV! The segment highlighted the …

Subaru Shares the Love with Grades of Green

Grades of Green is thrilled to receive a generous donation from our friends at LAcarGuy’s Subaru Pacific dealership of $22,951! …

Grades of Green Youth Corps Students Featured on ABC7 News

Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership students Lila M. and Sienna A. were interviewed by food coach and fitness & …

Youth Corps student Penn promotes No Idle Zones

Did you know that idling a car for one minute releases the same amount of toxic chemicals into the atmosphere …

Top 5 Reasons To Attend VERTE 2017

TO HAVE FUN A fun-filled cocktail hour with live music at the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Marina Del Rey, with a …

Youth Corps Student Article Featured on Supervisor Kuehl’s Website and Newsletter

Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership student Johanna J. wrote an article and created a video on ocean pollution that …

Come Play our Natural Resources Matching Game

Do you know what natural resource glass is made from? Did you know that everything we use in our daily …

Grades of Green Kicks Off Earth Month

Grades of Green kicked off earth month by hosting fun and educational booths at multiple outreach events! At the Bixby …

Youth Corps Students Present at the SBESC Moving Toward Zero Waste Workshop

The Grades of Green  Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program is designed to create the environmental leaders of tomorrow while improving the …

Five Tips for Greening Special Events

Re-using and recycling supplies at special events saves your school money and diverts waste from landfills. Greening your events also …

Youth Corps Student Rocio Hosts Recycled Art Contest

7th Grader and Grades of Green Youth Corps student leader, Rocio, implemented Grades of Green’s Recycled Art Activity at Gardena’s …

Grades of Green’s Spring 2017 Honor Roll

We want to congratulate all of the Grades of Green schools that received their Grades of Green Certification this year. …

Best Practices for Green School Assemblies

Green school assemblies offer a fun, and exciting approach to environmental education, and students will love these assemblies! Students will …

TreePeople Blog Recognizes Grades of Green School, ViewPoint

Viewpoint School, a participant in the Grades of Green 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge has been recognized by TreePeople Blog …

Best Practices For Green Field Trips

Check out these tips on fostering a green field trip for your school. First, find a volunteer (either a parent, student …

Best Publicity Practices

There is nothing like some positive publicity to inspire and empower your school to keep up its environmental efforts! You …

Best Fundraising Practices

You may have found that many Grades of Green Activities cost nothing to implement. However, some Grades of Green Activities …

Best Practices For Grants and Awards

If you’ve implemented any Grades of Green Activities or you are planning to implement one, applying for grants and awards …

Congratulations 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Winners

Grades of Green is proud to announce the grand prize winners of the 6th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge! After …

Youth Corps student Joshua talks water conservation

Hi, my name is Joshua, and I am a part of the Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program. I …

Join the People’s Climate Movement!

Join the People’s Climate March on April 29th in Washington DC and across the country to stand up for our …

Five Ways to Celebrate Earth Day

Earth Day (April 22nd)  is just around the corner! Here are five ways to celebrate our planet on Earth Day …

Grades of Green Founder Featured in Sunset Magazine

Shaya Kirkpatrick, one of the four Grades of Green founders, along with her husband Grant were featured in the March …

Youth Corps Student Sam H Shares his Story

My name is Sam, and I have been a part of the Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program since …

Grades of Green Presents to National Charity League

Volunteers are an integral part of Grades of Green. One volunteer group in particular, the Manhattan-Hermosa Chapter of the National …

Grades of Green leads Eco Consult in Costa Rica

Grades of Green was very excited to lead our first eco-consult in Costa Rica with Ninos del Sol, a small …

Youth Corps Students Tackle Trash

American science educator Bill Nye once said in his book Undeniable, “To leave the world better than you found it, …

Lush Cosmetics Partners with Grades of Green

What’s better than fresh, handmade, cosmetics? Fresh, handmade cosmetics that support grassroots causes for people, animals, and the environment! On …

Youth Corps student Aisha leads green cleaning lesson with Earth Friendly Products

Did you know that green cleaning supplies are healthier for humans, animals, and the environment? Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program student, …

6th annual Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge finalists selected!

25 schools have been competing in Grades of Green’s 6th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge, and have implemented awesome waste …

Fun at the 2017 LA Environmental Education Fair

From wetlands and wildlife to waste reduction and food rescue, guests at the 2017 LA Environmental Education Fair (LAEEF) learned …

Macy Intermediate becomes Grades of Green Certified

Congratulations to Macy Intermediate School in Monterey Park, California, who just became Grades of Green Certified! Thanks to the leadership …

Free Online Screening of “Priceless”

Many of you are probably planning for or in the process of putting together your Earth Day festivities. Here’s one …

Green Careers Day with Leuzinger High School

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, high school students often find themselves wondering about their next steps …

Earth Hour By Youth Corps Student, Braeden

Hi, I’m Braeden and I am the co-chair of the middle school Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program. If …

Veggie Stamping at BCHD’s Taste of Blue Zones

Thanks to the help of National Charity League volunteers, Grades of Green was able to attend the Beach Cities Health …

Youth Corps Students Dive into their Spring Meet-Up

The 2016 – 2017 Youth Corps Eco-Leaders had a great time visiting the Aquarium of the Pacific  for their Spring …

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!

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.