School Resources

Join the Green Apple Day of Service Movement

Between August 2017 and May 2018, parents, teachers, students, companies, and local organizations from around the world will unite to …

Water Bottle Filling Station Grants Available to Schools in Los Angeles County, CA

Did you know the production of disposable water bottles uses 17 million barrels of oil a year? Purchasing water bottle …

Franklin Classical Expands Grades of Green Program

Franklin Classical Middle School in Long Beach, California participated in Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge in 2014-2015, and …

Change Starts With You

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

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Spring Opportunities

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

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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) …

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 …

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 …

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! …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Composting Videos for Kids

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

Apply! Green Leadership Awards Program in LA County

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

Donate to Grades of Green by Reducing Your Electricity Bill

Conserving energy while also helping Grades of Green inspire more kids to care for the environment?

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!

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.

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.

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.


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

Sustainable Kids Partners with Grades of Green

Sustainable Kids creates progressive apparel for progressive schools.


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.


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.


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!


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


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

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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 …

Free Eco-Book Tour Opportunity for Grades of Green Schools

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

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

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

Make National Take Your Parents to Lunch Day Trash Free!

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

Check out these Tips on Leadership and Speaking

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

Safeguard Your Home and Raise Money for Your Schools!

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

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

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

TOMS Points to Grades of Green for Change

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Don't miss it! Grades of Green is having its third annual fundraising event, Verte 2013.

Recycle Rex Recycle Contest

In commemoration of America Recycles Day, registration is now open for the 2012 Recycle Rex Recycle Challenge.

Join us in Pacific Palisades for an Eco Salon!

Please join us February 9th from 6:30 - 8:30 to learn more about Grades of Green.

Green Ribbon School Program Available to Help Your School Go Green and Save Green!

We have an exciting opportunity to let you know about. Green Ribbon Schools is an award program that recognizes schools participating in activities that promote and encourage a healthy and environmentally friendly learning environment.

Rummage Sale at Meadows!

Reusing in action! Meadows Elementary School, 1200 N Meadows Ave Manhattan Beach, CA 90266, is having a Rummage Sale on Friday, February 17, 2012.


Grades of Green is excited to be hosting its first Eco Salon, a free event where guests can mingle and learn more about the work Grades of Green is doing to inspire and empower kids and the broader school community to care for the environment

Trash Free, That’s Me!

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County have partnered with Grades of Green to launch a “Trash Free Lunch Challenge” offered to schools within the Sanitation Districts.

Grades of Green Has Identified the 7 Worst Toxins in Schools and Ways to Reduce Them

Grades of Green has composed a list identifying the “Seven Worst” toxins found in schools and how children's exposure can be reduced.

Waste Management Provides Zero Waste Lunches for All Manhattan Beach Incoming First Graders

Waste Management, in partnership with the City of Manhattan Beach and local company Go Green Lunch Box, has provided a reusable lunch box to each incoming first grader in the Manhattan Beach School District.

Start a Go Green Lunchbox Fundraiser at Your School Today!

Looking for an eco-friendly fundraiser at your school?

RSVP to Verte: 2011

Don’t miss out!  RSVP today!

Go Green Lunchbox Offers Free Shipping!

We wanted to give a shout-out to our great sponsor, Go Green Lunchboxes.

Grades of Green Rolls Out It’s First Contest!

Grades of Green is having our first ever contest and we hope you will want to join in the fun!

25th Annual Coastal Clean-Up Day!

Looking for a way to make a difference and have fun at the same time? Come on out to the International Coastal Cleanup!

Time to Register!

Back to School is just around the corner so now is the time to register your school on the Grades of Green website.

The Today Show Goes Green with Go Green Lunchboxes!

Go Green Lunchbox, one of Grades of Green's sponsors, was featured on the Today Show.

School Profile Pages Now Up and Running!

Grades of Green would like to announce the launch of our new feature, the School Profile Page!

Imagine if…

Check out this video presentation.

Grades of Green Board Member CJ Oliveras Receives Dick Baker Memorial Award

Surfing America, the national governing body for the sport of surfing in the USA, announced today it will honor CJ Olivares, General Manager of Fuel TV and revered Board member of Grades of Green, with the second annual "Dick Baker Memorial Award."

Grades of Green Teams up with The Plastiki!

Grades of Green is teaming up with The Plastiki to teach students across the globe about conservation.

Grades of Green Speaks at the Adventures in Sustainability Conference

Suzanne Kretschmer, co-founder of Grades of Green along with some outstanding students from the Manhattan Beach Unified School District were asked to lead a session at the Adventures in Sustainability Conference on how to get students involved in environmental education.

We are Curiosity Quest’s number one selling green show!!! 

Joel Greene, Producer of the show feels that "people want to understand how and what they can do at their school to help the environment and save money and this show does a great job at that!"

Jane Harman Visits Grand View!

Congresswoman Jane Harman visited Grand View Elementary school on March 8th to view the Grades of Green program in action.

Welcome Heal The Bay

Mark Gold, President of Heal the Bay and Board Member of Grades of Green is coming to Grand View Elementary School in Manhattan Beach on March 3rd to view the Grades of Green Program.

3R Educational Program on Watersheds Launches!

Just in time for Spring, Grades of Green launches it new 3R education program on watersheds.