Steps To Implement Program

  1. Step 1
    ESTABLISH YOUR SCHOOL’S GRADES OF GREEN TEAM. Ensure your school has established a Grades of Green Team to help implement Grades of Green’s Adopt a Spot Activity and any other Grades of Green Activities your school takes on in the future.
  2. Step 2
    GET YOUR SCHOOL ON BOARD. Set up a meeting with your school’s Grades of Green Team leaders and your principal and campus leaders to discuss implementing Grades of Green’s Adopt a Spot Activity. Let him/her know why you think it's important for your school to spread awareness about litter reduction. Click here for an example email to send to your principal and an example agenda. Encourage your principal and Grades of Green team leaders and members to register on Grades of Green’s website and affiliate themselves with your school’s profile page so these leaders can track your school’s progress. If any questions come up during the meeting, please contact Grades of Green at (310) 607-0175 and we can help answer them. You can also call or email us here in advance with any additional questions, to get additional tips, or to schedule a practice meeting to help prepare.
  3. Step 3
    SET GOALS AND START TRACKING.  What do you want to accomplish by implementing Grades of Green’s Adopt a Spot Activity?  Whether it’s setting a goal of the number of students involved or the amount of litter collected, set a goal and begin tracking your progress so you know when it’s time to CELEBRATE! Record your starting baseline metrics before beginning so you know when you’ve accomplished your goal! 
  4. Step 4
    SHARE WITH YOUR SCHOOL! Make sure your school community knows your school is implementing Grades of Green’s Adopt a Spot Activity, as well as the positive impact that this Activity will have on your school. Share facts over the morning announcements about the importance of taking on this Activity, and add them to bulletin boards around campus, to your school’s newspaper or to take-home packets to inspire parents, students, and teachers at your school to get involved!
  5. Step 5
    ORGANIZE. Look at a map of the school and identify different areas of your campus that are particularly full of litter and can be “up for adoption.” If you do not have access to a map, then observe the layout of your school’s campus. You can either grant adoptable spots to a single classroom, or to an entire grade level. It may be wise to identify enough locations for each classroom or grade to adopt a spot of their own. Remember that you get to choose the size of each spot, and classrooms or grade levels may be more eager to adopt a spot that is closest to their room.
  6. Step 6
     ASSIGN SPOTS. Attend a teacher or staff meeting to inform the educators of the Adopt a Spot Activity, and ask them each to Adopt a Spot with their students either for their classrooms or for the entire grade depending on the format that you choose.
  7. Step 7
    CLAIM AND NAME THE SPOTS. Have each classroom or grade level create a sign that names their designated area as part of the “Adopt A Spot” program at your school. Use your imagination and creativity!
  8. Step 8
    DECIDE WHEN TO PICK UP. Designate a time for each class or grade level to begin to clean the trash and litter that exists in their designated spot. Adopt a Spot can be completed once a month, weekly, or daily on a date and time that your school decides is best.
  9. Step 9
    DISPOSE OF THE TRASH. Encourage students to recycle and compost as much of the litter that is picked up as possible. You can even have each classroom or grade make an educational poster or utilize your school’s blackboard to list all the litter you found to show your school community what was collected. Create an e-newsletter that informs every one of the amount of litter that your school picked up.
  10. Step 10
    MAKE IT A CONTEST (BONUS!) Have the principal or Grades of Green Team check each adopted spot on campus to assess which area is the most litter-free. This can be done weekly, monthly, or randomly to keep students accountable for keeping their adopted areas clean. Winning classrooms or grade levels can be rewarded with extra recess time, a themed dress day, or lunch with the principal for example.
  11. Step 11
    MEASURE THE RESULTS.  Remember that goal you set earlier? How’d it go? How many students did you reach or how much waste did you conserve? Measure the results of taking on Grades of Green’s Adopt a Spot Activity.
  12. Step 12
    PAT YOURSELF ON THE BACK! Reward the Grades of Green Team at your school that helped make this eco-victory possible. Whether it’s through a pat on the back, announcing the Grades of Green Team accomplishments over the loud speaker, throwing a popsicle party, etc., reward the people who volunteered their time to make this possible. Are there standout eco-superstars on your Grades of Green Team? Email your Grades of Green Advisor and we’ll see if we can find some extra ways to acknowledge and reward them on our website and in our e-newsletter and social media! If you’re in Southern California, invite your student eco-superstars to apply for the Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program.
  13. Step 13
    CELEBRATE AND SHARE THE RESULTS! Congratulations! You completed Grades of Green’s Adopt a Spot Activity for your school and we couldn’t be prouder. You helped inspire and empower students to care for the environment, and the earth is just that much better off as a result! Email us the results you achieved, as well as any photos or videos of your completed Grades of Green Activity. Tag @gradesofgreen on social media so we can help share your story! Whether it’s “before/after” photos or videos showing how you took on the Activity, or a shot of your Grades of Green Team in action, email your Grades of Green Advisor and tag us on social media so we can help shout it from the mountains on our website, e-newsletter, and social media. And don’t forget to also let your school community and city government know about your great and green accomplishments.
  14. Step 14
    EARN YOUR BADGE! “Level up” by clicking the green “Taking On This Activity” button on the top-right corner of your screen. You’ll earn your school a badge for this Activity and will level up in Grades of Green Certification as well. Once your school has taken on 5+ Grades of Green Activities, you’ll receive the recognition of being a Grades of Green Certified School!
  15. Step 15
    MAKE IT SUSTAINABLE.  What can you do to make it this Activity sustainable at your school for years to come? Brainstorm with your Grades of Green Team ways to make the Activity sustainable and part of your school’s everyday culture. Perhaps during the first week of school each fall, new classrooms or grade levels are assigned to a new spot to adopt for the year. We suggest making Grades of Green positions permanent, as well as adding tips and suggestions to your PTA or volunteer handbook and adding a date to the calendar now to reeducate students next year as well! 
  16. Step 16
    CHOOSE ANOTHER ACTIVITY.  Now that your school successfully implemented Grades of Green’s Adopt a Spot Activity, take the next step in making your school even greener. Similar activities include Litter Monster, Trash Free Lunches, and Campus Composting. Pick another Grades of Green Activity here! Whether you want to take reducing waste even further or you’d like to try a different area of conservation, we’re here to support you as you implement any of our Grades of Green Activities! Email your Grades of Green Advisor or call Grades of Green at (310) 607-0175 if you’d like recommendations on which Grades of Green Activity may be a fit for your school community.  
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