Kimberly Lewand Martin
Co-Founder, Grades of Green
Kim Lewand Martin is one of the founders of Grades of Green, a nonprofit who aims to inspire and empower kids and the broader school community to care for the environment. The vision of Grades of Green is to make environmental protection second nature in young minds. She was inspired to co-found Grades of Green through her work as a volunteer to help green her children’s schools, Grandview Elementary and Trinity Lutheran Preschool, as well as the Manhattan Beach and Hermosa Beach School Districts. In that role, she coordinated with the Manhattan Beach School District to greatly reduce the use of pesticides on school grounds and to convert to almost 100% “Green Seal” certified janitorial cleaning supplies.
Prior to Grades of Green, Kim practiced in the area of environmental law for over 15 years, having received her B.A. from UCLA in 1988 and her J.D. from Pepperdine School of Law in 1992. She taught Environmental Law at Pepperdine Law School and UCLA Extension, and was a partner with Lawyers for Clean Water, a law firm representing public interest environmental organizations. Her legal practice encompassed all areas of environmental law, including land use, water quality, air quality, and the clean up of polluted land. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Coalition for Clean Air, the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section, and the Editorial Boards of the California Water Law Reporter, the California Land Use Law Policy Reporter, the Environmental Liability, Enforcement Penalties Reporter, and the California Environmental Law and Remediation Reporter.