This season of giving, help fund our students’ and teachers’ most impactful environmental projects!

Last school year, Grades of Green awarded more than $15,000 in Eco-Grants and stipends to students and teachers around the world! 

Help us DOUBLE the amount we award in 2022 by donating today!

Each dollar you donate goes toward expanding the environmental impacts brought about by these amazing student environmentalists and their dedicated teachers.

Typically, each Eco-Grant ranges in value from our Grand Prize, $1,000 Eco-Grant, to $500 or $250. Teacher stipends also range in size from $500 for new teachers to $250 for those returning to our programs.

See How Our Eco-Grant Expands our Students’ Impact

To give you an idea of the outsized effect that our Eco-Grants and stipends have on students and teachers, we asked last year’s awardees to record a short video to showcase their project and what they plan to do with their new funding.

Please take a moment to watch the videos below and discover how you can positively impact both the environment and our students by helping us double the Eco-Grants that we provide.

Rylee from Redondo Union High School

Most Inspirational Team Award – $500
Redondo Beach, CA

Rylee and her team earned our $500 Eco-Grant to start their own website to educate and inspire the public to reduce their use of single-use plastics. Eco-Leaders like Rylee worked with state and local leaders to discuss problems caused by plastic, and how people can take action to fight the plastic pollution problem. Her team is helping pave the way to a greener plastic-free future!

Sam from Mira Costa High School

Green Influencers Award – $500
Manhattan Beach, CA

Eco-Leader Sam Torres and her team launched their viral campaign, “South Bay Meatless Mondays,” which gained major reach in their community. With their $500 Eco-Grant, the Mira Costa Team is excited to work on their vegetarian cookbook and host monthly beach cleanups. Thanks to Eco-Leaders like Sam and her team, sustainable eating habits are being made easier and more accessible to the public!

Ruthie from Helen Keller Middle School

Community Changemakers Award – $500
Long Beach, CA

Eco-Leader Ruthie and the Helen Keller Middle School team earned our $500 Eco-Grant for advocating to Long Beach Unified School District to commit to transition to 100% renewable energy by 2030. Her team collaborated with local government leaders, LBUSD staff, press outlets, and NGOs to keep up the pressure on the district. Their $500 Eco-Grant will fund eco-resources such as school gardens, bike racks, and recycling programs for underserved schools in Long Beach. Eco-Leaders like Ruthie and her team are one step closer to making their school district more sustainable!

Eunita from Matungu Community Charity Development

Grand Prize Winning Team – $1000
Nairobi, Kenya

Eunita and three other Eco-Leaders from the Matungu Community Charity Development earned our $1,000 Grand Prize Eco-Grant for planting 3,500 trees and more. They’re using their Eco-Grant to inspire local communities to plant more trees to expand their reforestation efforts. They’ve used the grant to purchase seeds, equipment, and establish a community nursery. Through Eunita and the Matungu Community Charity Development’s efforts, the Nairobi community is on its way to vastly reducing their carbon footprint!

Deshna and Devenganna from the Modern High School for Girls

International Changemaker Award – $250
Kolkata, India

The International Changemaker Award recipients, Deshna and Devenganna, and the Modern High School for Girls team are collecting e-waste and inspiring teen leaders to work on waste awareness around the world. With their $250 Eco-Grant, these Eco-Leaders are helping install solar panels in villages of Bihar, India, to make these villages more sustainable and eco-friendly!

Max from Weston High School

Rookie of the Year Award – $500
Weston, Massachusetts

Eco-Leader Max and the Weston High School team received the Rookie of the Year Award for their impressive work in inspiring their community to help them collect over 900 pounds of plastic bags. All those plastic bags are being used to create a public community bench for Weston residents. With their $500 Eco-Grant, Max and his team will be able to fund a plastic bailer at Weston waste transfer station to create a long-term solution to plastic bag recycling in Weston!

Halima from the Kishoka Youth Organization

Most Dynamic Team Award – $250
Mombasa, Kenya

The Most Dynamic Team Awardees, Eco-Leader Halima and the Kishoka Youth Organization, have successfully hosted interactive events to get their community to take on environmental issues. They held bike-riding events and planted mangroves to offset the removal of trees for a nearby highway construction project. With their $250 Eco-Grant, the Kishoka Youth Organization will be planting more mangroves and expanding outreach to more local schools and students. Their work will educate younger students and the greater community on the importance of mangroves and planting trees!

Mary Bragg Elementary

Best Elementary Impact Award – $500
Cerritos, CA

Mary Bragg went above and beyond. The team is enormous (over 50 kids) so they split into 3 groups. Each group voted on a group leader and held a weekly meeting where they set an agenda and met their goals. These 5th and 6th graders picked trees for their topic and decided to have each group focus on a different solution. Group one focused on increasing urban tree cover, group two focused on protecting tropical forests, and group three focused on reducing the heat island effect.

Meghana from Farmington High School

Most Collaborative Teams Award – $500
Farmington, MI

Students from Adams and Farmington Hills High Schools collaborated on a project to get their schools to ban styrofoam lunch trays and replace them with sustainable alternatives. These teams really put in the time and effort to work as a collective unit to try and get styrofoam banned in their cafeterias! You could tell that they were extremely organized and were always available to move their project forward.

Over the past few months, Kathy Kellogg Johnson of Kellogg Garden Products and Organic Control has partnered with Grades of Green to rejuvenate the school garden at Kelso Elementary School! We’ve had a blast spending time with the students of Kelso as they learned about where their food comes from and how quality, organic soil and helpful insects work together to create a wonderful garden of tasty food.

Kathy Supports Grades of Green as its First Mother Earth Award Recipient

This year at our annual gala, Verte, Grades of Green was so honored to present Kathy with the first-ever Mother Earth Award for Global Impact to recognize her incredible environmental impact across the globe as a champion of regenerative agriculture.

Verte is Grades of Green’s #1 source of fundraising throughout the year, and we were so thankful to Kathy, her network and all our supporters for making the event a success! Their support is critical to providing schools just like Kelso with Grades of Green’s award-winning programs. You can learn more about Verte 2021 and see pictures from the event, here.

You Can Help Grades of Green’s Student Eco-Leaders, Too!

Grades of Green can’t empower and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders alone! We need supporters like you to help our team continue to provide students with the guidance and resources they need to change their world for the greener!

Click here to join Kathy and support Grades of Green’s students, today!

We were so excited to partner with Kathy Kellogg Johnson of Kellogg Garden Products to rejuvenate the school garden at Kelso Elementary School in Inglewood, CA. This amazing event was featured by ABC7 and CBS2 – watch each clip below.

It was so much fun to spend the day with the students and staff of Kelso Elementary and to join Kathy, who will be receiving our first-ever Mother Earth Award at VERTE 2021 coming up on October 9th. We’d love you to join us at VERTE as we celebrate Grades of Green’s student Eco-Leaders!

Your support empowers Grades of Green’s students to make long-lasting environmental impacts in their communities and develop the skills they need to be the environmental leaders of the future. To say “thank you,” our students recorded a special message for you!

Further your support of tomorrow’s Eco-Leaders!

We would like to give a warm welcome to the newest members of the Grades of Green team, Katie and Malcolm!

Katie and Malcom join us as 2020 – 2021 Climate Corps Fellows. Grades of Green has been partnering with the award-winning fellowship program to support emerging sustainability leaders as they tackle today’s most pressing environmental issues.

Climate Corps is powered through AmeriCorps, the renowned network of national service programs. The fellows who work with us receive valuable on-the-job training while Grades of Green gets dedicated full-time staff members who support the day to day operations and programming of our organization. Check out more about what they’re working on at Grades of Green below!

Katie, Program Communications Associate

As a Program Communications Associate, Katie helps tell the stories of Grades of Green’s awesome student Eco-leaders. She produces and refines communications, marketing, and program materials like social media posts, blog posts, newsletters, graphics, guidebooks, and other content as needed. Katie is also responsible for implementing elements of Grades of Green’s internal and external communications strategies and tracking performance metrics.

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Malcolm, Program Advisor

As a Program Advisor Associate, Malcolm works both with the Programs team as well as the many motivated Eco-Leaders. He helps guide teams through the Climate Solutions Campaign by providing climate advice, leadership skills, and helpful insight. Malcolm also has a hand in helping with the development of Grades of Green programs by hosting Webinars, Facilitator Trainings, and looking to further practices through data management and mapping.

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We are proud to host Climate Corps fellows and have seen first-hand how they provide valuable insight and passion to help our programs reach their maximum potential!

Grades of Green is so excited to announce the launch of our brand new Climate Solutions Campaign. We’ve taken our students’ feedback and everything we’ve learned over the years to create our best Campaign program yet!

As always, the Climate Solutions Campaign is FREE for all participants.
Students can win Eco-Grants up to $1,000!

Students: Join Us Today!

Find out what you’ll be doing by checking out the Guidebook!

Campaign Highlights

  • What It Is: Students will work closely with our Advisors throughout our award-winning Campaign program to…
    1. Become an expert on an environmental issue tied to the climate crisis
    2. Develop a green solution related to that environmental issue to be implemented in their community
    3. Learn to gain community support for their solution from the public, businesses and government leaders
    4. Create meaningful change in their community by implementing their solution
  • Timeline: You can start RIGHT NOW and the Campaign extends through May of 2021. So sign up today!
  • Pandemic-Ready Projects: Students can complete the Campaign 100% virtually, allowing solo students and teams to take action under stay-at-home orders
Mary Bragg Winners Recognized
So far, the Mary Bragg Green Team has won $1,500 in Eco-Grants! Sign up today, and you could win, too! Photo courtesy of ABCUSD.

Students Get The Opportunity to…

  • Take REAL ACTION to combat the climate crisis
  • Meet school service hours virtually
  • Gain experience that is perfect for college resumes and essays
  • Level up their leadership skills through one-on-one mentorship from our expert advisors

Past Student Teams have…

  • Pushed cities to pass city-wide plastic bag bans
  • Helped lawmakers pass state-wide clean air legislation
  • Planted hundreds of trees in their communities
  • Started school-wide composting programs
  • Held energy reduction competitions

Sound Exciting? Join Us to Help Solve the Climate Crisis!

Thank you for joining us!

Our students are excited to share with you their presentation for the United Nation’s World Oceans Day week of events!

The presentation is titled ” Motivate Your Audience to Take Action: Lessons Learned by Student Advocates from Grades of Green.” During the 25-minute video, you’ll learn all about the 4 key elements of a powerful, convincing advocacy message. These elements were learned by the presenting students as part of the

Join us on Facebook for the live airing of the presentation where we’ll be responding to comments and questions.

Watch the Presentation Now

If you’d rather watch the presentation here, that’s great too! Simply click play on the below video to watch their presentation in full!

Motivate Your Audience to Take Action: Lessons Learned by Student Advocates from Grades of Green

With the support of Sony Pictures’ A Greener World, we challenged students to put together a pitch video to showcase their solution to environmental problems in their communities and beyond. It was incredible to see all the students who managed to work throughout the difficulties presented by stay-at-home orders in response to the coronavirus.

The result? Grades of Green has been overwhelmed by the number of Green Pitch video entries that we received and are even more blown away by all the students who worked so hard! All of the videos showed such great passion and commitment to taking care of our environment. 

It was VERY difficult to narrow it down, but we are pleased to announce the winners!

Winning Teams

The winning student or team will earn an Eco-Grant of $1,000 and two (2) runner-up students or teams will earn $500! All three winners will be able to tour the Sony Pictures Studio Lot and/or watch a live taping of a Sony Pictures production.

Grand Prize Winner: Whitney High School

Whitney High School

Runner Up: Umar from Irvine High School

Irvine High School

Runner Up: Manhattan Beach Middle School

Manhattan Beach Middle School

Finalists Videos

Check out our finalists’ videos below – they were all amazing!

CAMS Hear Club

CAMS Hear Club

Explore Marine Life Team

Explore Marine Life Team

Helen Keller Green Team

Helen Keller Green Team

Irvine SEVA Group

Irvine SEVA Group

Linwood E. Howe Elementary

Linwood E. Howe Elementary

While fashion is a fun way to express yourself, it’s also one of the top contributors to damaging the environment. With many businesses adopting more eco-friendly practices, sustainability is a big and important topic right now.

A student group at California Academy of Math and Sciences (CAMS), in Carson, California, is advocating for sustainable fashion choices as part of their 2020 Waste Campaign project. The students have been focused on reducing the number of clothes headed to the landfill and microfiber pollution and are promoting apps and websites where students can sell their second-hand clothes instead of throwing them away.

The CAMS students saw this as an opportunity after doing a survey at their school which found “less than 10% of our school were either aware or used any of these apps, these second-hand selling apps. So we wanted to increase that percentage …. to help the environment,” said CAMS student, Cathleen U.

They’ve been hard at work promoting this smart way to be more sustainable. Below are a few tips on how you and your loved ones can make more sustainable fashion choices, too.

Support Sustainable Brands

Making eco-friendly fashion choices doesn’t mean that you can’t buy new clothes. It’s about making a conscious decision to support sustainable brands that help our environment. The next time you and your friends are planning a shopping trip, do some research to see which brands are eco-friendly and which are not. You can easily find this information on company websites or their social media channels. Look into ethical brands to see which ones share the same values as you and your friends and family. Doing so will not only help the environment but will also help promote fair and equal working conditions as well!

“A lot of the clothes don’t even end up on display, don’t end up in the hands of anybody. They just go to the landfill. So these apps allow people to give these clothes a chance.”

Oliver K — a CAMS student Eco-Leader

Encourage Proper Clothing Disposal

As much as shopping sustainably is important, so is the proper disposal of our clothing. Every year, trends come and go and we find ourselves reaching for certain pieces in our closets less frequently. Now that spring has finally sprung, encourage your friends and family to do a closet cleanout and properly dispose of their unwanted clothing. Instead of tossing items in the trash where they’ll sit in landfills and emit greenhouse gases, sell your old clothing to a secondhand shop. Not only will this positively impact the environment, but your friends and family also won’t have to worry about doing any of the heavy lifting that is involved with selling their clothes.

The student team at CAMS knows why it’s so important to reconsider how we dispose of our clothing. “A lot of the clothes that people donate actually don’t even end up being sold to these … brick and mortar shops,” said Oliver K. — a CAMS student. “A lot of the clothes don’t even end up on display, don’t end up in the hands of anybody. They just go to the landfill. So these apps allow people to give these clothes a chance.”

Host a Clothing Swap

Another eco-friendly way to get rid of unwanted clothing and even score some new pieces is to host a clothing swap party. Reach out to your friends and family and arrange a time for everyone to bring over any clothing they no longer want. You can then set up tables and arrange the items by style, size, or even season and occasion. You and your loved ones can then go through each item and pick out your desired pieces. Any clothing left over after the swap can be donated to a local shelter or organization.

Upcycle Your Clothes Together

For those pieces that you or your loved ones may have that you’re not quite ready to let go of yet, consider upcycling your clothes. Grab your friends and family, get out your craft supplies, and watch your clothes transform! Have a pair of jeans or pants that are too short? Turn them into cut-off shorts. Have a worn-out t-shirt that you no longer wear? Turn it into a reusable grocery bag! Whether you DIY your clothes so you’re able to re-wear them or turn them into something else entirely, embrace your crafty side to completely transform your wardrobe!

The AMAZING students at Grand View Elementary made it on Spectrum 1 News! The Grand View campaign team was featured as was the school’s incredible trash sorting efforts that were set up a decade ago by Grades of Green students. We’re so proud to show off these Eco-Leaders’ dedication to the environment. Thank you, Spectrum 1!

We’d like to thank Grand View Elementary for letting us film and the Grand View PTA for its continued support of our vision to empower and inspire the next generation of Eco-Leaders. Grades of Green was founded at Grand View more than 10 years and we continue to work closely with their incredible students to keep Manhattan Beach and California at the forefront of environmental action!

Two Grades of Green students featured in Spectrum 1 News’ coverage.