School Stories

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 Featured on Environmentally (Conscious) Magazine

Grades of Green has been featured in the prestigious Conscious Magazine. Each Conscious Magazine Issue showcases the creative and innovative …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Trash Free Lunch Challenge makes headlines in the press

The 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge is well underway, and the 25 competing schools are seeing huge waste reduction results! …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Grades of Green School Diverts The Most Waste Yet!

Here’s one for the record books! Students at Will Rogers Middle School in Long Beach diverted the most waste we’ve …

Grades of Green Schools Across The Globe Connect

Grades of Green Team Leader Omino Alex, from Kandhere Primary School in Kenya, is an inspiring member of the Grades of Green movement!

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.

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.

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!

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!

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.

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.

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!

SCHOOLS KICK-OFF 4TH ANNUAL TRASH FREE LUNCH CHALLENGE

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

2013-14 Grades of Green Infographic

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

MARK TWAIN AND LOWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS NOMINATED FOR GREEN RIBBON AWARD

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

RIVIERA ELEMENTARY UNVEILS BOTTLE CAP MURAL

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

ECO-FLASH MOB INSPIRES RECYCLING AT COSTA

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

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

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

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

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

Riviera Elementary Unveils Bottle Cap Mural

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

Eco-Flash Mob Inspires Recycling at Costa

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

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

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

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.

U.S. Department of Education to Visit Grades of Green’s Pilot School, Grand View Elementary

Grades of Green's first school, Grand View Elementary School in Manhattan Beach, California, became so green it won one of the very first Green Ribbon Awards ever given out in 2012.

Aspen Elementary Wins NWF’s Green Flag Award

Grades of Green school, Aspen Elementary, recently won the National Wildlife Federation's Green Flag Award, only the 17th school in the nation to receive this honor!

Mark Twain Elementary Creates Video on How to Start a Recycling Program at Your School!

On of Grades of Green's schools has created a great video explaining how to start a school-wide recycling program at your school.

Jane Addams Middle School Touts Launch of Trash-Free Lunch Program

Jane Addams Middle School in Lawndale, California launched their Trash-Free Lunch program this past month as part of their participation in this year's Trash-Free Lunch Challenge.

Litter Monster Tackles Lunchtime Trash

If you were at Manhattan Beach Middle School last week, you might have caught a glimpse of the Litter Monster on the prowl.

Trash Free Lunch Challenge 2012-2013 Press Coverage

The second Trash Free Lunch Challenge was a huge success as over 7,700 students were educated; the schools saved over $5,000 by reducing the number of trash bag liners used; and on average 119 bags of trash will be diverted from the landfills each day and over 20,000 bags each year thanks to these schools.

Oak Park Unified School District Nominated for Green Ribbon Schools Program

California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson announced earlier this month thatOak Park Unified School District, which includes five Grades of Green schools, has been selected as the California District Nominee forGreen Ribbon Schools.

Oak Park Unified School District Wins First Ever Green Ribbon District Award

This past Earth Day, the US Department of Education awarded Oak Park Unified School District its first ever Green Ribbon District Award for California.

Check out the 2013-14 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Press

As the 2013-14 Trash Free Lunch Challenge got under way with 24 schools attending Training Day at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County at the beginning of October, it has been all the buzz!

Trash Free Lunch Challenge Kicks Off

Sixteen schools began their efforts to reduce lunchtime waste as Grades of Green kicked off of its second Trash Free Lunch Challenge.

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.

Waste Management Hands Out Reusable Lunchboxes to First Graders in Manhattan Beach

For the second year in a row, Waste Management is providing first graders in the Manhattan Beach school district with free reusable lunchboxes.

Grades of Green and Waste Management Partner to Introduce Zero Waste Lunches at Manhattan Beach Middle School

Manhattan Beach Middle School (MBMS) will be working with Grades of Green and Waste Management to reduce their lunchtime waste this school year.

Students Dives into Dumpsters to Audit Their Trash at Manhattan Beach Middle School

Students at the Manhattan Beach Middle School (MBMS) got up close and personal with their lunchtime trash.

LAcarGUY Recognizes Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Program in Environmental Leadership Acceptance Speech

LAcarGUY received some much deserved recognition for its environmental leadership at the Global Green USA Millennium Awards.

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.

Redondo Beach City Council Recognizes Schools for Environmental Stewardship

Redondo Beach Elementary Schools have made such a difference in the community that Mayor Gin and the City Council took notice! Mayor Gin recognized and thanked Jefferson Elementary, Coast Christian Elementary, Madison Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Alta Vista Elementary publicly at the Redondo Beach City Council Meeting on June 5, 2012.

Grand View Elementary Receives Green Ribbon Award

Grand View Elementary’s principal, Rhonda Steinberg, and Manhattan Beach Unified School District's Superintendent Dr. Mike Mathews, accepted Grand View's Green Ribbon Award from the Department of Education on June 4, 2012 in Washington D.C.

Students Dive into Dumpsters to Audit Their Trash at Manhattan Beach Middle School

Students at the Manhattan Beach Middle School (MBMS) got up close and personal with their lunchtime trash.

St. Matthew’s Parish School Collects 6,903 Pounds of Electronic Waste for Recycling

On April 28th, St. Matthew’s Parish School held an electronic waste recycling event and collected 6,903 pounds of E-waste.

Grades of Green’s Richardsville Elementary School Named National Green Ribbon School

Grades of Green's 50th school from Kentucky was named a National Green Ribbon School. According to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, "Green Ribbon Schools demonstrate compelling examples of the ways schools can expand their coursework while also helping children build real world skill sets, cut school costs and provide healthy learning environments."

Grades of Green’s First Annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge eliminates over 11,000 bags of Trash Annually!

The Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County and the Johnson Ohana Foundation partnered with Grades of Green to launch a “Trash Free Lunch Challenge” (TFLC) offered to schools within the Sanitation Districts.

Jefferson Elementary Wins the Trash Free Lunch Challenge!

Jefferson Elementary School wins a $1,000 grant from Grades of Green for its trash-free lunch program. Coast Christian School in North Redondo is also a finalist.

Trash Free Tuesdays Makes Its Way to Connecticut!

Grades of Green got a shout out in a local Connecticut newspaper, the Darien News, for helping set up the Trash Free Tuesdays initiative at two of the local schools, Hindley Elementary School and Royle Elementary School.

Hindley Elementary School Rolls Out Trash Free Tuesdays!

We want to give a big shout out to Hindley Elementary School for rolling out Trash Free Tuesdays! Check out this article in the Darien News.

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.

Central Kitsap’s Cougar Valley Elementary Thinks Green!

It smelled, but they couldn’t really complain since they were the cause of it.

Oak Park wins Golden Bell Award For Environmental Stewardship

The California School Boards Association has awarded the Oak Park Unified School District the prestigious Golden Bell Award for their programs in Environmental Education, Awareness, and Accountability. Congratulations!!!

A Lasagna Garden?

Rolling Hills Prep has gone green using lasagna!

Cornerstone Rocks Their Greenfest!

Congratulations to Cornerstone School for celebrating their 3rd Annual Greenfest! Cornerstone's philosophy is to celebrate better ways to treat our planet through art, education and action.

Oak Park Unified School District Announced as a Finalist for the Golden Bell Award!

Congratulations to Oak Park Unified School District for being a finalist in the 2010 Golden Bell Awards!

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.

Hermosa Valley Grades of Green gets Native!

Hermosa Valley Elementary School, lead by Grades of Green Chair Elizabeth Riley, planted native plants at the 22nd street planter in Hermosa Beach.

Anza Elementary Rolls Out Trash Free Tuesdays!

Anza Elementary located in the Wiseburn School District is rolling out Trash Free Tuesdays on May 4th!

Everyone is a Winner at Grand View

Grand View elementary held its second annual trash free Tuesday contest and the 2nd graders were the big winners!

Grand View Elementary Sets a Zero Waste Goal by 2013!

Rhonda Steinberg, Principal of Grand View Elementary in Manhattan Beach, believes in going green.

Grand View Goes Green!

Grand View Elementary school is going green.

Jane Harman Visits Grand View School

Congresswoman Jane Harman visited Grand View Elementary to see the Grades of Green program in action!

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.

USC comes to the rescue!

Grades of Green has officially hired 8 interns to facilitate the launch of the program.