On November 16th, Grades of Green Campaign Teams participated in the Long Beach Unified School District Green Summit. Teachers, parents and staff were invited to attend the summit at Hughes Middle School, and learn about sustainability practices on their school campus. Grades of Green is proud of our Long Beach Campaign Teams for helping to make this possible.

The Grunion highlighted the Green Summit, explaining that Grades of Green Eco-Leaders from Rogers, Hughes, and Keller Middle Schools discovered an environmental legislation violation during the research and discovery phase on the Waste Campaign. “They learned that Long Beach Unified School District (LBUSD) policies were in violation of two state laws: AB 1826 and AB 341. The group made a presentation to the school board on March 27 this year,” reported Amy Orr.

On November 6th, the LBUSD School Board voted to pass a new Green Resolution. Mrs. Danielle Van Divort, adult supervisor of the Hughes Middle School Campaign Team, was quoted saying “It’s because of the kids’ research and hard work that this happened. Our three teams unified and became a super-team with great ideas,” Van Divort said.

The Grunion credits Grades of Green for bringing the three environmental activist teams together! Read more about the Green Summit here.

Halloween has long been known as one of the least environmentally-friendly holidays. Between countless candy wrappers, costumes made of harmful plastics, and decorations which burn a lot of energy; it can be hard to navigate a holiday which means so much to so many. Luckily, here’s Grades of Green’s Guide to an Environmentally-Friendly Hallo-green!

1. CONSCIENTIOUS COSTUMES

Costumes sold at Halloween super-stores are often made of materials like PVC which contain phthalate. These materials may be flame-retardant but they end up in a landfill leaking toxic chemicals into the environment. In fact, extended exposure to these chemicals could have adverse health effects.

Host a costume swap! Just like with candy, everyone likes a little variety in their costumes! But rather than shell out cash for a new costume every year, host a costume swap with your friends and mix it up! If you’re unable to find friends in your size, join Grades of Green’s virtual costume closet!

Design your own costume using supplies you already have at home! Another way to save some green while going green, create your own hallo-green masterpiece from things around the house. Grades of Green’s Litter Monster is not only a great costume, but is a great way to raise awareness for waste reduction efforts.

You can also turn an old bridesmaid’s dress you’ll never wear into an undead party-goer with some homemade fake blood. Take an old yoga mat and turn it into a slice of pizza or a British telephone booth.

2. SPOOKY SUSTAINABLE DECORATIONS

Not only are the costumes and decorations comprised of materials which are non-combustible, the plastic packaging they come in only compounds their harmful impact. Rather than spend money on decorations which will likely be thrown out in November, recycle egg cartons into bats or make skeletons our of recycled milk jugs. Old stockings with tears can be made into spider webs, add a construction paper spider and your hallo-green party will be the talk of the town. The opportunities are endless and it can make for a creative DIY project for the whole family.

3. GREEN YOUR TREATS

While we would love to reduce waste, handing out candy which is not individually wrapped may not go over well with concerned parents. Instead, you can hand out organic goodies with a significantly smaller environmental footprint, like these organic lollipops.

4. POTLUCK PARTY

Host a pot-luck hallo-green party and ask your friends to bring their contributions in re-usable containers. Halloween parties can be a huge perpetrator of environmental efforts due to single-use plastics. Hosting a potluck party using silverware instead of single use cutlery will significantly reduce the holiday’s environmental impact.

5. TRICK-OR-TREAT

Avoid hard plastic jack-o-lanterns that will never breakdown in a landfill. Instead using tote bags, reusable shopping bags, or a pillow case to collect goodies is an easy way to be environmentally-friendly.

Instead of driving to your trick-or-treat destination, walking will help reduce the number of dangerous pollutants we expel into the atmosphere. Not to mention that it will help burn off the countless calories consumed later that night!

6. LED THE WAY!

Use solar panel lights to illuminate the path toward your haunted mansion.

Sweep your sidewalk when clearing a path for trick-or-treaters; you’ll be saving gallons of water by not using a hose.

7. PUMPED FOR PUMPKIN!

Buy organic and shop local! You’ll protect water and reduce carbon emissions by picking up your pumpkin from your local farm. Click Here to locate your local family farm.

Save the seeds and pulp from your pumpkin to make delicious snacks and baked goods. By reusing or composting our unwanted pumpkin parts, we can reduce dangerous greenhouse gases. Check out our favorite recipes for Roasted Pumpkin SeedsPumpkin Pie, and Pumpkin Soup.

Our Water Campaign Student Teams will tell you that eating a meat-less pumpkin based meal would be protecting water. By reusing the pumpkin seeds and pulp we reduce waste. For more fun ways to reuse, recycle and reduce waste, register for our Waste Campaign now!

For more DIY projects, green activities, and other ways to remain environmentally-friendly, visit www.GradesofGreen.org. Send your green solutions or pictures of your Hallo-green Holiday to @gradesofgreen or send us a message on Facebook!

Since 2009, the end of September has become an opportunity for environmentalists all around the world to raise awareness of climate change. The United Nations Climate Change Summit is one of hundreds of annual events that take place during Climate Week, and Grades of Green was honored to host and participate in the following:

MARKETPLACE OF THE FUTURE

September 27, 2019
Future Meets Present hosted the third annual Marketplace of the Future event at the Starrett Lehigh building in Manhattan. This year, Climate Week NYC honored the event by naming it the “Official Closing Event of Climate Week NYC.” Grades of Green was proud to be a nonprofit partner for the event, hosting a table and both during the daytime and evening portions of the day. Marketplace of the Future 2019 featured tables from over 70 organizations, including the New York City Mayor’s Office of Sustainability. Our staff enjoyed meeting sustainability-oriented businesses, while one of our new partners, Bowery Farming, tabled near other vertical farms and natural landscaping organizations.

As the Grades of Green team mingled with activists, educators, and students, they also collected environmental pledges. Staff encouraged each visitor to the booth to make a pledge to commit to one environmentally sustainable practice either each day, week, month or year. At the end of the evening, the wall behind the Grades of Green booth was filled with over a hundred pledges from Climate Week NYC visitors. Our goal was to show that while each pledge is just one small promise, collectively our impact is massive.

Following the Bi-Coastal Cleanup – described below – Bowery Farming further donated produce for our Grades of Green team to make eco-friendly snacks at our Climate Week table. Grades of Green Program Advisor, Jordan Chang, made vegan chili lettuce cups and sweet potato lettuce cups to show that eco-friendly foods can be as fun, delicious, and nutritious as their non-vegetarian counterparts. Check out his two recipes below:

RECIPE: VERACRUZ CHILI LETTUCE CUPS

– 1 Large head of lettuce for cups
– 8 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half with cores removed
– 2 red bell peppers, deseeded
– 2 jalapenos (deseeded for less spiciness)
– 1 large yellow onion
– 8 garlic cloves
– 2 tablespoons of miso paste
– 2 tablespoons olive oil
– Salt to taste

1. Roast the bell peppers, jalapenos, onion, over a stovetop fire until ingredients are charred.
2. Place the charred ingredients along with garlic cloves, tomatoes, olive oil, and salt on a baking tray and bake at 450 F for 20 – 30 minutes.
3. Place ingredients in a blender.
4. Add miso paste to the ingredients and blend in a blender. Salt to taste.
5. Separate lettuce leaves and form into cups. Place a tablespoon or so of Veracruz chili into the lettuce cups.
6. Serve

RECIPE: SWEET POTATO SALAD LETTUCE CUPS

– Salt
– 2 ½ tablespoons maple syrup
– 1 lemon

1. Boil 1 1/2 lbs. of peeled sweet potatoes for 30 minutes or until soft enough to poke a fork through.
2. Remove the sweet potatoes from the boiling water and add honey and maple syrup. Blend together.
3. Add more maple syrup if needed and blend again. Salt to taste.
4. Add a teaspoon of lemon juice to taste.
5. Separate lettuce leaves and form into cups. Place a tablespoon or so of sweet potato salad into the lettuce cups.
6. Serve.

3RD ANNUAL GREEN SCHOOLS CONFERENCE

September 26, 2019
Since 2017, the New Delhi-based nonprofit, Green Mentors, has worked with students in India to incorporate environmental education in their curriculum. Recipients of the Patron of the Planet award in 2017, Grades of Green returned to speak at their third annual Green School Conference. Held at the Center for Social Innovation in New York City, the Grades of Green team address a crowd of over 50 educators, students and nonprofit leaders.

One student group registered for our RISE Campaigns immediately once our team completed the presentation. Professors from New Delhi, India, to Long Island, New York, followed up with our team and asked how they could get involved.

SUSTAINABILITY CONNECTOR

September 25, 2019
Grades of Green was invited to partner with Be Social Change for their Sustainability Connector networking event. With this event, Be Social Change aimed to pair environmental advocates with other sustainable organizations to discuss opportunities and solutions. The event brought in both veterans of the green movement and those new to taking environmental action. At the Sustainability Connector, Grades of Green staff joined representatives from Seastraws, Project Drawdown, Future Meet Present, and many other organizations to talk about their impact in addressing environmental issues from education to single-use plastic reduction.

Attendees of the Sustainability Connector had the opportunity to sign their students up for upcoming Grades of Green campaigns and the opportunity to join the newsletter for future volunteer events.

BI-COASTAL CLEANUP: FROM MANHATTAN BEACH TO MANHATTAN BEACH

September 21, 2019
Weeks of planning and coordination made the first-ever Grades of Green Bi-Coastal Cleanup Day a massive success. Grades of Green worked with nonprofits, local businesses, and community leaders across the country to bring together hundreds of people on both coasts to clean up the shoreline in their community from Manhattan Beach, New York, to Manhattan Beach, California. When the day was finished, more than 1,000 pounds of trash was collected, which is enough to conserve 17 gallons of oil, 101 hours of electricity, and thousands of gallons of water.

In California, Grandes of Green team members partnered with the City of Manhattan BeachHeal the Bay, the Roundhouse Aquarium and South Bay Cares to bring our students and hundreds of volunteers together to not only clean up their beach, but also teach young people about the value of conservation. In New York, our team worked with businesses like Reprise Digital and Bowery Farming to recruit volunteers and in-kind donations. Nonprofit organizations such as the American Littoral SocietyOcean ConservancyiMishpacha, and The Third Rail were critical to the volunteering effort as was the support of local elected officials State Senator Andrew Gounardes and Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz.

Ready to get involved? We thought so. Registration for the 2020 Waste Campaign is now open.

It is undeniable that the climate of the earth is undergoing rapid change. With average temperatures soaring every year and ice caps melting, it has become a matter of grave concern for everyone. With so much effort already being made to reverse the climate change, what can we do to be more environmentally friendly?

Every individual has a part to play now in saving the environment we live in. How we design our homes to be more environment-friendly has a huge impact on the climate too.

From our homes to workspaces, everything needs to be redesigned, keeping in mind the impact we make on the environment. Many commercial places are now taking this as a social responsibility and ensuring to include some methods to make their buildings and open spaces more environment-friendly. Instead of constructing buildings one after another without any scope for vegetation, they are now finding out new ways of planting trees and gardening on high rises.

Modern designs and some conviction on your part can help you make your home much more eco-friendly and reduce its impact on the environment. Here are four ways you can make your home more environmentally friendly.

Install a water tank

As the environment gradually changes, the biggest crisis that most people are going to face is a shortage of consumable water. Every year, several big cities across the world suffer from water crisis during the dry months of the year.

This water crisis needs a solution at the grass-roots level itself. If every household could save some water from being wasted every day, we could reduce the environmental impact. How then do you save water with the help of your home’s design?

Rainwater harvesting integrated into your home’s layout can be a great way of saving some precious water. All you need to do is to collect the rainwater falling on your terrace or roof and channel it to a storage tank on the ground. This water can be used, even without any treatments, for a variety of uses. You can use it for washing, cleaning, or watering your plants. If you want to go one step further, you could also filter and treat this water to make it drinkable.

Make use of solar power

Now that solar power has become an almost mainstream source of electricity generation, it won’t be difficult to integrate it into your home’s design. Many countries nowadays encourage homeowners to opt for solar power rather than depending entirely on the grid’s supply. You can power certain portions of your home using solar panels while other, heavier appliances can run on grid supply.

Solar panels produce zero emissions, and modern solar panels are much more affordable too. This can help you reduce your impact on the climate by a huge amount. Even if you cannot go full solar, there are appliances that individually run on solar power, such as solar cookers, solar water heaters, or solar-powered grills. While you’re at it look for ways to reduce your energy consumption. Replacing old florescent light bulbs with energy efficient LED lighting is a great place to start.

Using some of these at your home will also take you a step closer to your goal.

Reuse as much as you can

We sometimes have a tendency of thoughtlessly bringing home certain articles that we cannot use more than once. These include plastic cutlery, plastic wraps or carry bags, plastic water bottles or straws and many more similar items.

Single-use plastics are one of the most dangerous threats to our environment currently. Articles that we use at home can be reused usually, and there is no need to buy plastic products for home use. Go for reusable products instead, such as metal straws, metal cutlery, water bottles, cloth bags or other such items. There are many new innovative products these days that are both reusable and eco-friendly. Try buying more of such products for your home.

Reduce chemical use in cleaning

Most cleaning products that we use today are nothing but harsh chemicals that are extremely harmful to the environment. These acidic cleaning agents are washed-away and absorbed by the soil or dumped into water bodies, polluting your environment.

Instead of using these chemicals, use natural products like vinegar, citrus fruits or soda for your day to day cleaning. These are almost equally effective and harmless too.

About the Author: This article is written by Luci Aldrin, a part time writer for Conservergy and full-time conservationist. She guest writes for a wide range of publications surrounding environmental sustainability and energy conservation.

Last week, Below the Fold host Kristin Brey invited Grades of Green to speak about student sustainability success stories. Communications Associate Justin Bulova shares about Grades of Green’s history, mission, and campaigns.

Click here to listen to the full interview.

Several eco-leaders were mentioned throughout the interview, such as Deep Creek Middle School, from Chesapeake, VA. Chesapeake Middle School’s Green Team presented to local City Council on the subject of reusables in their school cafeteria. Mott Hall III, in Bronx, NY was recognized for their record-breaking waste audit. Justin spoke about the inspiring collaboration between 4H Aquatics Club, in Omaha & Malezi Community Center in Nairobi, Kenya. We spoke about Penn, from Manhattan Beach, California, and his Karma Keeper. We also discussed the South Bay Team, from Los Angeles, California, Bottega Della Arti Creative in Rome, Italy, and Port Jefferson High School in Long Island, New York.

“Our students have passed 12 city or state-wide resolutions. Our student leaders have conserved 21 million gallons of water and diverted 2,740 tons of waste. Just this last spring semester our students diverted 114 tons of waste from landfills. I am always left in awe by what our student leaders can accomplish. It’s really just so inspiring and goes to show that if we can all practice a little bit of sustainability in our lives, we can get to a more sustainable planet much quicker.” – Justin Bulova, Communications Associate.

Grades of Green also took some time to recognize sponsors such as The Boeing CompanySouthern California EdisonNorthrop Grumman, and Subaru PacificYou can listen to the full interview with Below the Fold here.

Do you know student leaders ready to join our 2019 Water Campaign? Register here NOW!

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole, from Long Beach, California. She is a Senior at California Academy of Mathematics and Science, where the Human, Environmental, and Animal Rights Club participated in our 2019 Waste Campaign.

Welcome Nicole, thank you so much for sharing your Waste Campaign experience with us! To begin, we would love to hear about what inspired or motivated you to join a Grades of Green Campaign?

These days, it’s difficult to come by the news without hearing about an effect of climate change, especially in Southern California. I have always tried to make an effort to help preserve our environment on a daily basis through my own actions, but was always curious about ways I could help on a larger scale. A friend of mine introduced me to Grades of Green through his own experiences with the water campaign. I was interested in the leadership opportunities that Grades of Green gave young individuals like me and signed up for the waste campaign.

What local environmental issues did your sustainability solution address?

My team at the California Academy of Math and Science (CAMS) worked on the issue of textile waste. The textile industry contributes heavily towards waste production. In fact, the EPA states that the total amount of textile waste generated in 2013 was 15.1 million pounds. From this, only 2.3 million pounds of waste were repurposed, and the rest was discarded. Everyone wears clothes and uses towels at home. Yet, very few people actually know how textile waste is present in our lives. We presented 3 times at CAMS to teach students how to upcycle, share textiles, and raise awareness. Additionally, we held 2 clothing drives where people shared their used clothes. Diverting textile waste helped younger generations like the members in the Human Environmental and Animal Rights (HEAR) Club team make a change within our community with something as simple as textiles.

From your experience during the Grades of Green Campaign, what is one thing, an action, or a moment, that you are most proud of?

One moment that I am most proud of was when my team was recognized for our efforts at the Impact-A-Thon. Presenting at this event to other teams was an unforgettable experience because I got to reflect on all of my team’s accomplishments. After a semester of working on the campaign, it felt like we had really made an impact. Seeing teams from around the world with the same goals of making the most out of what is considered “waste” was very empowering.

How will you use your leadership skills and environmental knowledge to further your goals, now that the Campaign is over?

Our team is committed to the goal of diverting textile waste at CAMS through holding more clothing drives. We believe that textile waste is an undermined threat to the well being of our environment and want to continue raising awareness. We will also be participating in the Fall Campaign because of the wonderful experience we had with Grades of Green. Next semester, we will expand our team so that more students at our school can learn about Grades of Green as well.

What’s one piece of advice you would like to share with Eco-Leaders joining the next Grades of Green Campaign?

My advice to other Eco-Leaders is to take advantage of the knowledge that your mentors have to share. Our mentor, Cathy, provided us with many resources we needed to excel in this year’s Waste Campaign such as weekly facts about textile waste. Thanks to her guidance, we were able to finish as finalists in the Waste Campaign. Having someone to rely on when we had questions was essential to our success.

Nicole, thank you so much for sharing your experience with us! Your team did an incredible job and we are so happy to share it with other students and educators. We look forward to working with California Academy of Mathematics and Science, and the HEAR Club, in our 2019 Fall Campaign!

Do you know student leaders ready to take action? Register for our Fall Campaign NOW!

Justin Bulova has been with the Grades of Green team for about one year now, previously having worked with elected officials and aspiring candidates. His passion for community service and civic engagement have been a welcomed addition to our Grades of Green Team.

“Working with student leaders to protect our environment, to make a positive impact on our planet, I couldn’t imagine a better way to do that then in my current role,” said Justin.

Justin was recently approached to do an interview for Voyage LA’s Most Inspiring Stories series, and he immediately thought to include one of our Waste Campaign Teams. The Whitney High School Green Team from Los Cerritos, California are the recipients of the Best Alumni Grades of Green Team award and received a $500 Eco-Grant. The team plans to use the grant to help pay for biodegradable forks and knives for their annual International Day event. In addition, they will also use the funds to purchase a second compost bin. You can watch Whitney High School’s Waste Campaign video here.

Whitney High School was also recognized during the Impact-a-thon for some impressive metrics which they achieved by composting and reducing food waste. They were previously finalists in the 2018 Fall Water Campaign.

You can read more about Justin and the Whitney High School Green Team in the Voyage LA article here.

Grades of Green is on the search for our next rock star team, who will reduce waste, protect water, and educate their community. Do you know student leaders who are up to the task? Create your own Grades of Green Campaign Team with at least three students and an adult lead, and register now at bit.ly/RISECamp19.

On June 2nd, Subaru Pacific in Hawthorne, California opened their doors to recognize student leaders throughout California and around the globe. 12 Campaign Teams attended in person, and another 8 participated virtually from as far as Rome and Indonesia. Over 100 student leaders shared their sustainability solutions with the community, local elected officials, and media.

The Grades of Green Youth Summit: Impact-a-thon was an opportunity to reflect on the success of our Eco-Leaders, sharing their projects and their triumphs. We recognized the collective impact, as well as the individual impact, Campaign Teams have had on their community and the world. The Impact-a-thon also featured workshops on Civic Engagement and Climate Change by Manhattan Beach Mayor Nancy Hersman and Grades of Green Mentor Cathy Procopio.

Hawthorne Community TV interviewed student leaders about their ambitious projects throughout the afternoon.

Manhattan Beach Mayor Hersman’s presentation on Civic Engagement asked students for examples of environmental issues and then asked, now what do you do with them? “Go to your cities, go to the state and then to federal government,” Hersman explained, providing examples of bans on plastic grocery bags and plastic straws in Manhattan Beach. She presented students with a form explaining how to speak in front of the Manhattan Beach City Council, and encouraged students identify similar means wherever they may live.

This messaged was echoed through the Student Activation Stations, which overwhelmingly concluded that writing to local officials is the most important way to take-action. They also identified plastic pollution as the most important issue to tackle going forward, and shared ways to increase awareness in their communities.

Grades of Green Mentor Cathy Procopio’s presentation on climate change focused on the role human beings have played in the development of this issue. Using games such as ‘Two Truths and a Lie’ and ‘Bingo!’ Cathy engaged students and asked them to think critically about how they come in contact with the environment.

Each student leader who participated received Certificates of Recognition from Grades of Green and Assemblymember Muratsuchi’s office. An additional six student groups won awards and eco-grants courtesy of Subaru Pacific. Victor Elementary School VEEECs won Crowd Favorite for their single use water bottles (and other plastic containers) reused into plant transplants. Bryant Ranch Elementary School won Most Creative Display for their seed bombs and upcycled bookmarks from cardboard lunch trays. For the Love of Frogs won Best Community Builder “Turning trash into treasure”, recycling toothbrushes and bottle caps. Our Lady of Guadalupe won Most Innovative award by turning trash at their school into art. Whitney High School was recognized for some impressive metrics which they achieved by composting and reducing food waste. Finally, Will Rogers Elementary won Best Video for their representation of waste reduction through a sorting station.

The Impact-a-thon was made possible thanks to generous sponsorship from LACarGUYSouthern California Edison, and Subaru Pacific.

Now is your chance to join! The waitlist for the Fall Campaign is now open. Click here to register.

On May 14th, winners of the 2018 Water Campaign, Columbus Tustin Middle School held their second annual Climate Solution Summit. Hosted at their middle school campus in Tustin, California, over 200 local students participated in the event – which was attended by the Mayor of Tustin, Charles Puckett, the Mayor Pro Term, and several School Board Members.

During the 2018 Water Campaign, this ambitious, grand-prize-winning team saved water through many practical means on campus. They greatly reduced the amount of water needed to wipe down tables after their science course demonstrations. Their school reduced the number of gallons needed to wash their equipment from 100 gallons of water down to 3 gallons of water. The team impressed teachers and students through their creative solution and willingness to serve their community and environment.

Mrs. Kim O’Mally, Columbus Tustin Middle School’s Green Team Lead, remarked that “the students were fabulous stewards of change.”

“They spent the past four months diving into Climate Change, creating their own driving questions, researching, writing Political Action Letters, developing an educational plan and take-home solutions to share with our community, so we can ALL do our part in combating Climate Change,” O’Mally added.

The Climate Solution Summit held on May 14th was covered by CT Spectrum News 1, click here to see the segment.

Student Leaders from all around the world are making eco-action happen in their communities. Grades of Green is here to bring student sustainability solutions to life. Join our Fall Campaign now, and bring Eco-Action to your community.

The South Bay Team, made up of 7 Student Eco-Leaders from four schools through-out the Southern California South Bay, have become a consistent staple in Grades of Green Campaigns. Having grown along with Grades of Green, student leaders like Sophia and Isaiah began as Youth Corps students and have evolved into Co-leaders of the South Bay Team as Grades of Green launched Campaigns. This past week,the South Bay Team was recognized by the City of Manhattan Beach City Council for their work in the 2018 Water Campaign and 2019 Waste Campaign, along with Grandview Elementary, Meadows Elementary, Pennekamp Elementary and Mira Costa High School student leaders.

Sophia began working with Grades of Green as a fourth grader championing the Trash-Free Lunch program. In 2012, she worked with a classmate to present at the Green California Schools Summit and Exposition. In middle school and high school, she developed lesson plans for an environmental education club and led classroom discussions at her former elementary school. Sophia has been a Grades of Green Eco-Leader for over 7 years.

As a Youth Corps student, Isaiah was profoundly interested in the birds that are indigenous to Western United States and Southern California. His research led him to develop a better understanding of natural landscaping and he proceeded to lead habitat restoration for the Western Bluebird and educated his community on the importance of natural landscaping. Isaiah was recognized by the Los Angeles Lakers for his outstanding environmental work and received the Community Champion of the Month Award. Isaiah aspires to continue elevating his sustainability initiatives, and will be studying Engineering at the University of Pennsylvania starting in the fall.

During the 2018 Water Campaign, The South Bay Team focused on reducing urban water run-off and won an Eco-Grant valued at $500, their sustainability initiative was judged “Best Innovative Idea” by a panel of environmental experts. In the 2019 Waste Campaign, the team concentrated on Food Waste reduction and educated their community on backyard and commercial composting and food waste recycling. You can follow The South Bay Team on Instagram @SouthBay_Team.

Ready to start your own super-star Campaign Team?. Register now for the Fall Campaign at bit.ly/RISECamp19.

Student stories like these are made possibly thanks to generous sponsors like Kings Care Foundation, Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Los Angeles 4th District, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Long Beach Water, LAcarGuy Family Of Dealerships, Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Southern California Edison, Long Beach Community Foundation, Los Angeles County 3rd District, Carton Council, Johnson Ohana Foundation, The Boeing Company, Subaru Pacific, Downtown Manhattan Beach Business & Professionals Association, West Coast Event Productions, Grand View PTA, Optima Energy, Continental Development, and Klean Kanteen.