Are you passionate about working with kids, and caring for the earth? Join the Grades of Green team as a virtual/remote 2019 College Mentor! Your responsibilities will include virtually supporting student Campaign Teams, facilitating virtual check-ins with student leaders, and more. We will be accepting applicants from across the United States. If you are eager to learn about the inner workings of a nonprofit, gain leadership skills, and help Grades of Green inspire and empower kids to care for the environment, check out our College Mentor  job description.

We are accepting applicants across the country. To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to no later than November 16, 2018.

Grades of Green school Maple Village Waldorf School from Long Beach, CA was recently nominated by the CA Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School, an honor which recognizes schools nationwide for environmental and health-friendly practices.

In addition to participating in Grades of Green’s Spring 2018 Water Challenge, Maple Village Waldorf school has expanded their environmental and health-friendly practices to other areas of the environment. By focusing on reusable produces they have diverted 95% of waste and by removing all turf and expanding their play yard to create a dirt and mulch play area as well as collecting rainwater for their raised edible gardens, they reduced their water usage by 50%. They endeavor to have a totally chemical-free environment through the use of Green Cleaning Products. Children take part in preparing and cooking 100% organic food which includes access to the “picking garden”. With the belief that education will support families’ and staff’s overall health and wellness, offered programs and workshops such as conscious parenting, cooking classes, yoga and meditation, and professional development in Environmental Principles and Concepts from their partner, TreePeople, have shown great results in their community.

Click here to read the full press release on Maple Village Waldorf School.

Interested in greening your school or community? Click here to sign up for Grades of Green’s Waste Campaign from January – April, or email for more information.

Grades of Green’s newly announced Co-Executive Directors Allie Bussjaeger  and Emily Gee were recently featured on the Beach Reporter. The Co-Executive Directors both started out as interns at Grades of Green over seven years ago, and have been growing in and supporting the organization ever since.
Click here to read the article!

Grades of Green names new co-executive directors.

Transportation accounts for more than 41% of emissions in California! That’s more than electricity, agriculture, residential, and commercial air pollution combined! Many Californians get from point A to point B using a vehicle without even thinking about it. Take the Clean Air Pledge on October 3 to find new ways you can improve local air quality.

Grades of Green students are also passionate about air quality. Antonio from Long Beach worked with Assemblymember David Hadley to introduce ACR 160, a resolution to encourage schools in California to implement No Idle Zones around campus. No Idle Zones encourage parents to turn off their car engine while waiting in school pick-up lines which helps improve air quality for students. Several other students have helped improved air quality by implementing No Idle Zones in their schools and communities, encouraging “walking school busses”, and spreading the word about other simple ways students can improve air quality.

Join the movement to improve local air quality today by taking the Clean Air Pledge here!

Hello, my name is Gaby and I am a Junior at Marlborough School in Los Angeles. Last year, I joined Grades of Green and this year I am participating in the Water Campaign. This summer, I had the incredible opportunity to attend the Climate Reality Leadership Conference, which is part of Al Gore’s greater movement to combat Climate Change. There were over 2,000 people in attendance, but less than 100 of them were under the ages of 18; I was so excited to be there!

One remarkable thing about the conference was seeing how much solidarity there was in fighting for the environment. It really gave me a lot of hope and inspired me to find more ways in which I can make an impact. My plans beyond the conference are to make presentations and educate on Climate Change, join my local chapter of Climate Reality leaders, participate in the Grades of Green Water Campaign, learn to use my social media to advocate for environmental change, champion electric cars and solar panels in my school and house, and hopefully plan a smaller scale Climate Change summit for high schoolers in my area.

I know that Climate Change is big and scary, but one of the most important things I learned was that we are the generation that needs to make physical changes to heal our planet.

Here are my top tips for how you can combat Climate Change:

  • 1. Get involved with an environmental club or nonprofit like Grades of Green or Climate Reality.

  • 2. Use public transportation. I use app called “Transit” that helps me find the best routes. And if you need a car, buy and electric or hydrogen option! More and more charging stations are popping up every day.
  • 3. If you are a homeowner, consider installing solar panels. Although they are an upfront cost which can kind of be intimidating, they will eventually save you money!

  • 4.Get a smart thermostat for your house if you don’t already have one.

  • 5. Eat less meat and buy food from your local farmers market.
  • 6. Go to marches and call your local representatives!
  • 7. Educate yourself on Climate Change issues. There are millions of resources at the touch of your fingertips with the help of the internet! Once you know more, share your knowledge with others.
  • Lets not have Climate Change be taboo any longer. Talk to your friends, family and neighbors about it and share things about it on social media. You have a voice, use it!

    If you have any questions, ideas or would like to talk to me further on my experiences Email and the Grades of Green team can connect us.

    Looking for the next step up along your journey to solving plastic pollution? Apply for the POPS International Youth Summit to strengthen your personal storytelling, learn leadership skills and build your support network.

    The POPS International Youth Summit is a three-day intensive summit inviting 100 students and teachers around the globe to receive advanced training from experts in leadership, public speaking, story telling and more. Algalita’s POPS International Youth Summit empowers youth leaders from around the world to launch and lead action-oriented solutions to reduce plastic waste.

    You are eligible to apply if you are going to be between the ages of 11-18 in February 2019.  If you’re accepted, you’ll join over 100 students from around the world in Southern California on Feb 22 – 24, 2019 for a weekend you won’t forget! The POPS Summit is FREE, except for travel.

    Learn more and submit your application here before Nov 2, 2018.

    On September 15, 2018, over 35,558 lbs of trash was collected from California beaches in honor of Coastal Cleanup Day – that’s about the weight of three adult killer whales!  The California Coastal Commission hosts a Coastal Cleanup Day event every year to help clean up different beaches across California. This year’s event attracted over 12,560 volunteers. Grades of Green students and supporters joined in on the action at Dockweiler Beach organized by our friends at Heal the Bay.

    Grades of Green volunteers mobilized and spent the morning filling up buckets with trash found at the beach. The usual suspects – cigarette butts, plastic straws, and food wrappers – were all tallied up and collected by volunteers. Similarly, polystyrene pieces, the tiny culprits from foam cups and containers, were found all along the shores of our beautiful beaches. Although it was disheartening to find so much trash in our beaches, we are grateful that so many Grades of Green and other volunteers were inspired to come out and help restore 54 miles of beaches to their natural beauty. Here’s what volunteers at the Dockweiler site location accomplished:

  • 500 volunteers recruited
  • 199 bags of trash collected
  • 530 pounds of trash removed from Dockweiler Beach
  • Grades of Green volunteers were thanked for their hard work with reusable bottles that were donated by Klean Kanteen.

    Are you interested in taking a stand against waste? Email for more information on how you can join our Waste Campaign, a global competition to research local waste issues, develop solutions, and share the solution with your community! The Waste Campaign will kick off January 2019. Email us today to save your spot!

    Grades of Green participated in a blast from the past to support our future! Our team was grateful to be included in West Coast Events Production’s (WCEP) 25th anniversary roaring 20s celebration on Saturday, September 8th, 2018 The event took place at LACarGUY’s Porsche South Bay dealership. The Great Gatsby themed evening was filled with non-stop entertainment, libations and delectable delicacies. Long time Grades of Green supporter and founding sponsor, LACarGuy, introduced WCEP to Grades of Green this past earth month when they catered our  Environmental Expo. WCEP worked closely with us to ensure all aspects of the event were eco-friendly, including a vegetarian menu and plastic bottle free drink options. We were thrilled when they asked Grades of Green to join them at their 25th anniversary celebration, and even more ecstatic when they asked us to speak to their community to gain awareness and funding for Grades of Green. Individual donations to Grades of Green, as well as a donation from WCEP, were made throughout the night to support Grades of Green students in Los Angeles. Congratulations WCEP on 25 years of eco-friendly catering and event planning!


    Grades of Green’s Water Campaign was featured in DC Councilmember Todd‘s newsletter. The Water Campaign guides middle and high school students to research a local water issue, develop a solution, and then share that solution with the community to advocate for environmental policy change. Click here to see the article.

    Both winning teams from last year’s Water Campaign came from California and encouraged their community to switch to reusable instead of single-use plastic bottles by teaching interactive lessons on the negative impacts of plastic and hosting poster contests. These two schools alone conserved and protected a total of nearly 900,000 gallons of water. Where will this year’s winning team come from and what will they accomplish? Check out our website and social media channels @gradesofgreen this December to find out!

    Interested in starting a global movement at your school? Email for more information on our global Waste Campaign starting in January 2019!

    DC Councilmember Todd’s August 2018 Newsletter

    Middle School Grades of Green student leaders Leslie and Mariana from Long Beach, CA wanted to help their school conserve water, so they set out to install a rain barrel on campus to collect rain water! To install a rain barrel, they first had to raise money to purchase the rain barrel. These rockstar students decided to host “Recycling Fridays” to collect bottles and cans to be redeemed for money. Every week, they encouraged their peers and community to bring in their recyclable bottles and cans. After a few months, they eventually raised enough money to purchase their rain barrel and even had extra money to spare, which was used to support the school garden!

    Next, Leslie and Mariana wanted to create a sign to educate their campus on the purpose of their rain barrel. Using a free graphic design website called Canva, they were able to create a professional-looking sign that informed their campus of what a rain barrel is and how they conserve water. Way to go Leslie and Mariana!

    Interested in implementing a water project, like installing a rain barrel, in your community? Check out Grades of Green’s Water Campaign, and click here to register today!