Grades of Green is excited to share the 2019 Waste Campaign Final Report, which highlights the program’s objectives, outcomes, student stories and media coverage.

Read the full 2019 Waste Campaign Final Report here to learn more!

The inaugural 2019 Waste Campaign was launched in January 2019 and provided environmental leadership tools and mentorship to 879 student leaders across the globe. By participating in the Waste Campaign, students educated over 25,000 community members, peers, and government officials about waste issues specific to their area. Grades of Green empowered 80 Campaign Teams of students and educators from 42 cities and 11 countries to research their local waste issues, develop a solution to an issue, and then share that solution and a call to action with the community to result in real-world change. All Campaign Teams were paired with a Grades of Green Mentor to receive customized support for their Campaign project including virtual meetings, weekly email check-ins, and expert guidance to keep students on track and engaged in the Campaign. Campaign Teams also had the opportunity to partner with another team globally to share ideas and learn from each other.
Through the Waste Campaign, students received comprehensive waste reduction resources, including hands-on activities that complement NGSS and 21st Century Learning Standards, webinars featuring experts to inspire their projects, and a virtual discussion platform to connect with student leaders across the globe. By implementing the Waste Campaign, Campaign Teams collectively diverted more than 114.6 tons of waste from landfills, resulting in 4.6 million KWH of energy, 800,000 gallons of water, and 43,000 gallons of oil conserved, as well as 45,000 tons of CO2 reduced. These numbers will continue to grow as many Campaign Teams are continuing to expand on their waste reduction projects.

None of this would be possible without the generous support from our sponsors:

  • Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
  • Los Angeles County 4th District
  • Kings Care Foundation
  • Southern California Edison
  • Long Beach Community Foundation
  • Los Angeles County 3rd District
  • Carton Council
  • Johnson Ohana Foundation
  • Grades of Green is excited to share the 2018 Water Campaign Final Report, which highlights the objectives, outcomes, student stories and media highlights from the program.

    Read the full 2018 Water Campaign Final Report here.

    The 2018 Water Campaign, which launched in September and
    culminated in December, empowered 530 students to form 51 Water Campaign
    Teams in schools and community groups across the globe to involve their
    communities in water action. Students conserved or protected 9.76 million gallons of
    water by implementing water solutions, and educated 41,958 classmates, parents,
    school administrators, district supervisors, elected officials and community
    members through presentations and informative campaign videos. Thanks to
    generous sponsors, student teams received $1,500 worth of personalized support
    from a Grades of Green Mentor, leadership training from featured environmental
    experts, and access to a dynamic virtual classroom at no cost.

    None of this would be possible without the generous support from our sponsors:

    The Boeing Company

    Sanitation District of Los Angeles County

    Long Beach Water Department

    Northrop Grumman

    LAcarGUY

    LA Kings Foundation

    Subaru Pacific

    County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

    Carton Council

    Downtown Manhattan Beach Business & Professionals Association

    Johnson Ohana Foundation

    West Coast Event Productions

    Grand View PTA

    Optima Energy

    Continental Development

    Klean Kanteen

    There are still spots left to present your green project at the Grades of Green Impact-a-thon on Sunday, June 2nd! The Impact-a-thon is a FREE community event that will be held from 11am – 2pm at the Subaru Pacific Dealership in Hawthorne, CA.

    Register to present your project HERE by May 17th.

    Any Grades of Green student or team of students who worked on a Campaign, Grades of Green Activity or another environmental project this school year is invited to create and present a booth display at the Impact-a-thon. Grades of Green will award prizes for great booth presentations, so we encourage you to make your booth as fun, engaging and informative as possible!
    Check out the Impact-a-thon Booth Guidelines here for more details.

    In addition to giving eco-leaders the opportunity to present their green project, the Impact-a-thon will feature hands-on civic engagement and climate change workshops, free food, limited edition eco-swag, and the chance to learn more about the fall 2019 Grades of Green Water Campaign. The Impact-a-thon is open to the community, so family, friends, Grades of Green partners and anyone interested in learning more about Grades of Green is invited to come. Check out the Facebook Event to add it to your calendar and share with friends!

    Impact-a-thon Agenda:

  • 10:45 – 11:00 Student team arrival and booth set up
  • 11:00 – 11:30 Civic Engagement Workshop, lunch, music
  • 11:30 – 12:15 Group 1 student teams present their projects
  • 12:15 – 12:45 Climate Change Workshop
  • 12:45 – 1:30 Group 2 student teams present their projects
  • 1:15 – 2:00 Awards and Recognition
  • Grades of Green is a 2019 County of Los Angeles Green Leadership Award Winner for our students’ outstanding achievements in the Water Campaign! The Green Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding efforts by individuals and organizations in fulfilling innovative strategies to improve environmental sustainability in Los Angeles.

    The Grades of Green Water Campaign inspired 500+ students across the globe to conserve 9.8 million gallons of water and to launch water protection movements in their communities. A huge thank you to Los Angeles County Supervisors Hilda Solis, Sheila Kuehl, Janice Hahn, Mark Ridley-Thomas and Kathryn Barger for recognizing Grades of Green for this honor. We are committed to continuing to mentor students in Los Angeles and beyond to create environmental solutions and are so proud of our eco-leaders’ achievements.

    None of this would be possible without the generous support from our Water Campaign sponsors:

    The Boeing Company

    Sanitation District of Los Angeles County

    Long Beach Water Department

    Northrop Grumman

    LAcarGUY

    LA Kings Foundation

    Subaru Pacific

    County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

    Carton Council

    Downtown Manhattan Beach Business & Professionals Association

    Johnson Ohana Foundation

    West Coast Event Productions

    Grand View PTA

    Optima Energy

    Continental Development

    Klean Kanteen

    Follow us on social media @gradesofgreen and let us know YOUR favorite way to save water!

    Chicago’s Keller Gifted Center formed the “Waste Management Crew” made up of 18 6th – 8th graders to tackle waste reduction at school as part of Grades of Green’s 2019 Waste Campaign. The crew has created a goal of diverting 1000 lbs of waste from the landfill over the next 3 months. They plan to achieve this impressive project by recruiting 20 student volunteers to collect recyclables from classrooms and at lunchtime at least once a week.

    The Keller Waste Management crew has started by collecting paper recyclables from classrooms, and student leaders are encouraging their peers and teachers to sort their waste into landfill and recyclable items. The Crew is also educating their school community about which items can be recycled, to make sure recyclable waste ends up in the right place.

    The Waste Management Crew is currently working on creating a video of their Campaign to be considered by a panel of environmental expert judges, who will select the Waste Campaign Eco-Grant Winners in April.

    Follow Keller Gifted Center’s progress and learn about other Waste Campaign projects by following @gradesofgreen on Instagram!

    Sometimes it’s hard to feel optimistic about the future of our environment when new threats emerge every day. But whether you’re concerned about polluted water, deforestation, or the negative effects of climate change, it is important to focus on the positive steps that we can take together to create change. Thanks to Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Senator Ed Markey, we may just have found a long-term solution for a greener future.

    The Green New Deal is a congressional resolution that proposes initiatives for a carbon-neutral future. Not only does it aim to slash carbon emissions, but it also sets forth to create new jobs and improve the economy – all while keeping a special eye on underserved populations that may otherwise be negatively affected.

    The specifics for this proposal set out an aggressive approach for fighting climate change. The Green New Deal’s top goals are to:

  • 1. Create a society run on 100% renewable energy
    2. Reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions
    3. Create greener transportation
    4. Provide quality healthcare for everybody all while creating jobs in the process.
  • Though this framework is quite extensive and has been criticized as unfeasible by some, with proper attention and support the Green New Deal’s vision stands a better chance at passing. So it is up to us to bring awareness and spread the word about this proposal to give it the fighting chance it needs.

    At Grades of Green, we know that no one is too young to advocate for change. Learn more about our Waste Campaign here to see what students are doing to fight for a brighter future.

    High school eco-leader Victoria is reducing waste and making the planet greener by upcycling plastic bottles and turning them into a plant nursery. Victoria has already kicked off her bottle nursery project at home and is expanding her solution community-wide as part of her Grades of Green Waste Campaign waste reduction solution. This spring, Victoria and her Waste Campaign team in Venezuela plan to upcycle 2,000 bottles to grow plants, which will be planted in their school garden. Victoria also leads an outdoor composting project at school and is expanding composting to fertilize the garden as well.

    Love Victoria’s idea and want to try it at home? Check out this article about re-using plastic bottles in your garden.

    Is your new year’s 2019 goal to help your school or community go green? Grades of Green is excited to announce that we still have a spots open in our Spring 2019 Waste Campaign – a FREE semester-long program that guides eco leaders across the globe to create solutions to reduce waste in their communities. Click here to register your student team today!

    Excited to learn more? Watch Waste Campaign Manager Emily Stewart answer FAQS about the Waste Campaign on Facebook Live.

    Right now, Campaigns Teams from schools and community groups representing 40+ cities and 10 countries around the globe have joined the Waste Campaign, and are being paired with a Grades of Green Mentor to guide them through each step of the way. There is still time to join our global community of eco-leaders creating waste solutions – registration is open until January 11th.

    Who can join the Waste Campaign?
    Any group of at least 3 students and 1 adult lead can join as a Campaign Team. Campaign Teams can come from schools, community groups, after school clubs and more, and the adult lead can be a teacher, administrator, custodian, or parent volunteer. The Waste Campaign is designed for grades 6-12, but if you’re a passionate elementary age team, then your Mentor can help customize the program for you to participate.

    How much time does it take to complete?
    The Waste Campaign is a 4-month program that starts January 24th and ends in early April during Earth Month, when the winning Campaign Teams will be announced. The program is a minimum 15-hour time commitment over the course of the spring semester. We recommend that Campaign Teams meet at least once per week to work on their Waste Campaign Solution.

    Can I build off of existing green projects at my school?
    Yes! The Waste Campaign is a great way to expand your school or community group’s composting, recycling, or e-waste collection programs. If your school already has a green club, the Waste Campaign is a unique opportunity to join a global community and expand your eco achievements.

    Water Campaign Launches in 35 Cities and 8 Countries!

    The  RISE by Grades of Green 2018 Water Campaign has officially launched in 35 cities in 8 countries across the globe! The Water Campaign is Grades of Green’s largest ever semester-long virtual program that gives students the leadership tools and resources that they need to launch a community wide water solution. Starting in September and ending in December 2018, 250+ students will receive customized mentorship, leadership training, a library of water protection resources, and the opportunity to win $500 Eco Grants and one $1,000 grand prize to fund their water solution. Through their efforts, Water Campaign eco-leaders will involve over 100,000 community members in their water protection Campaigns.

    The Water Campaign has 4 Phases that guide students towards creating and sharing their solution:

    • Phase 1: Research and Discover
      • Research your local water resources, identify key water issues and solutions, and meet your Campaign Partner Team!
    • Phase 2: Water Action
      • Track your personal water use and take action to conserve water or to protect water quality, calculate your gallons of water saved, and use what you learned to select a local water solution to share with your community.
    • Phase 3: Awareness
      • Create a Campaign Video showcasing your local water issue, your solution, and your call to action; then spread awareness by sharing your video with your community.
    • Phase 4: Civic Engagement
      • Launch your community event or presentation to local leadership, compile your Water Campaign results, submit your Final Results Survey to Grades of Green, and celebrate our success!

    This week, Campaign Teams are launching Phase 1: Research and Discover. Our Campaign Teams are researching their local water resources and interviewing experts to identify a water conservation or water quality issue to focus on.

    Here are a few highlights from our Campaign Teams so far:

    1. Grades of Green Youth Environmental Award Winner and Water Campaign alumnus Younes is joining the Water Campaign as the adult lead for the George Washington Academy Green Council in Morocco

    2. PAUD Cemara Kasih, a Campaign Team in Bali, Indonesia, virtually met with their Grades of Green Mentor and brainstormed ways to re-use greywater for their school vegetable garden

    3. The Campaign Team at Thomas Starr King Elementary School in Los Angeles, CA set the goal of increasing drinking water quality at school fountains and decreasing plastic bottle consumption

    Follow @gradesofgreen for more student stories and Campaign updates!

    Grades of Green is thrilled to join the 5 Gyres 2018 Coral Triangle Expedition in Indonesia this summer. Director of Global Programs <a href=" Emily Gee and Program Coordinator Emily Stewart will be representing Grades of Green on the journey of a lifetime on a research schooner that will travel from Indonesia’s Komodo National Park to Bali from July 21st- 29th.

    Grades of Green will be joining the diverse expedition crew to sample microplastics, brainstorm solutions to plastic pollution, and develop hands-on citizen science activities for eco-leaders accross the globe, led by 5 Gyres Co-Founder and Research Director Marcus Eriksen and 5 Gyres Science Programs Director Carolynn Box. Data collected on the Expedition will be incorporated into 5 Gyres’ global dataset of microplastics and used in the update of 5 Gyres’ Global Estimate of Marine Plastic Pollution study.

    Follow @gradesofgreen on Instagram this summer for 5 Gyres Expedition updates, podcasts and more!