Trash Free Lunch Challenge

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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! …

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 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, …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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, …

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 …

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 …

Hawthorne Earth Day Event

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

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 …

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 …

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!

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.

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!

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.

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!

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

A Lasagna Garden?

Rolling Hills Prep has gone green using lasagna!

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.

Anza Elementary Rolls Out Trash Free Tuesdays!

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

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.