Ready for an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day?

This February, show your love for the Earth by sharing a sustainable Valentine’s Day card to your friends and loved ones. Paper Culture uses recycled, post-consumer materials to create beautiful, sustainabe cards for every occasion.

Paper Culture’s green products are made of 100% recycled paper and wood alternative materials. In addition, they plant trees with every order to offset their carbon emissions and to make the world greener!

Paper Culture’s customizable designs, environmentally conscious practices, and beautiful templates mean that you can feel good about ordering holiday cards to show your gratitude for the people you care about most.

Send one to your loved one this month to show how much you care about your loved ones, and the Earth too!

Join our Grades of Green family on January 21st as we root on one of our local sponsors, the Los Angeles Kings! Enjoy an afternoon hockey game with friends and family, knowing that a portion of your purchase will help fund Grades of Green programs in local schools!

When the LA Kings host the St. Louis Blues on January 21st, Grades of Green will receive a $7-10 donation for each ticket purchased using this link. With several affordable ticket options at all different sections of the stadium, bring out the whole family for an afternoon of excitement.

Plus, with each ticket purchased through the Grades of Green link, fans will get a Behind-the-Scenes tour of the STAPLES CENTER between periods. An LA Kings Foundation Team Member will take supporters through an exclusive operations tour, highlighting the sustainability initiatives in place at one of the world’s most famous stadiums, the STAPLES Center.

Our Grades of Green Staff will be in Section 305, please be sure to stop by and say hello! And if you’d like, please purchase your tickets in this section to sit with our group.

If you are unable to join us for the LA Kings outing, but would still like to make a donation, click here to join our Investor Program or make a one-time donation.

Dozens of schools, from Santa Monica to Long Beach, are currently participating in the Water Campaign; investigating water quality issues in their community, developing sustainability solutions, and collaborating with like-minded students half way around the world. These Environmental Campaigns are made possible by partnerships with community-oriented organizations like the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.

“The goal of Grades of Green’s Water Campaign is not only to teach students about their local water resources but also to teach students how to conserve water, recycle and save energy. Educating students through programs such as these furthers our mission of converting waste into resources in the communities we serve,” said Grace Robinson Hyde, Sanitation Districts’ Chief Engineer and General Manager.

The mission of LA County Sanitation is to protect the environment through innovative waste management. Empowering the youngest generation of activists to protect water and divert waste shows exactly how LA County Sanitation can put innovation into practice.

Stay tuned as Grades of Green Eco-Leaders continue to ‘take out the trash,’ during the spring semester’s Waste Campaign. Do YOU know a rising student leader who is ready to take action? Help them form a team of students and register now!

Boeing has extended their sustainability and innovation efforts by awarding a grant to Grades of Green, an environmental education nonprofit. The Boeing Corporation is helping make Grades of Green’s Water Campaign possible, providing environmental leadership resources for students around the world. Their eco-commitment doesn’t stop there – to reduce Boeing’s environmental footprint, facilities ship reusable plastic containers back to suppliers rather than to a landfill. A Boeing facility in Everett, Washington even uses wetlands to assist with storm water management at facilities and Boeing’s Santa Susana Field Laboratory was nationally recognized for their storm-water treatment systems.

Prioritizing water management aligns with Grades of Green’s Water Campaign. Student changemakers around the world research local environmental issues, innovate sustainable solutions, and educate their community on the importance of conservation. Students have successfully advocated for the ban of single use plastics in their district, secured reliable water sources, and made environmental sustainability second nature within their schools.

The Boeing Company’s commitment to the next generation of innovators is evident through their abundance of educational resources available on their website. Per Boeing’s 2018 Environmental Report, Boeing’s goal is to harness “the natural curiosity of young people through investments, partnerships and volunteerism to show them how science and engineering can help solve real-world problems.”

By sponsoring Grades of Green’s Water Campaign, The Boeing Company is committed to creating the next generation of environmental leaders. Join our next campaign [here] to be part of the movement!

Grades of Green is honored to mentor 20 Los Angeles schools competing in our 7th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge! Each school participates by setting up a Grades of Green Team, and developing a waste reduction program consisting of Trash Free Lunches and Waste Sorting Stations. After conducting an eco-consultation at the beginning of the school year with their Grades of Green Advisor, each school received a customized report with recommendations for rolling out a sustainable, student led program. Each school then received a school-wide assembly to generate excitement around their waste reduction program and educate students on how to utilize their school’s new waste sorting station as well as pack trash free lunches.

All schools averaged a waste reduction rate of 67% on just their first day of kicking off the program! These rock star schools are collectively on track to divert a total of 4,950 pounds of waste from landfills every day. It’s now up to each school to continue educating their students, maintain their waste sorting stations, and improve their waste reduction rate. In March, a panel of environmental experts will decide which middle and elementary school will win the 2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge and take home a $1,000 grant to improve their environmental programs.

Thank you to our sponsors who helped make this year’s program possible: LA County Sanitation District, Lush, Northrop Grumman, LA County 3rd District, LA County 4th District, City of Santa Monica, Carton Council, Johnson Ohana Foundation, LA Kings Care Foundation

Interested in helping your school reduce its waste? Click here to register and check out Grades of Green’s Waste Activities! Want to take one of our Activities and turn it into a student powered movement? Click here to check out our latest Facebook Webinar on how to create a movement!

At the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year, Metropolitan Water District provided a grant to Grades of Green which helped our Youth Corps Eco-Leaders install a native garden on campus to save water! You can read the Manhattan Beach Sun article about their garden by clicking here, or you  can view the PDF version here.

Interested in joining our Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program and taking on an environmental activity of your own? Email us at or call our office at (310) 607-0175 for more information! Applications for the 2017-2018 program are open until September 15, 2017.

Lush highlighted Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge and our mission to inspire and empower kids to care for the environment. Thanks to their sponsorship, Grades of Green was able to help schools across southern California reduce their lunchtime waste by an average of 70%! Read the full story by clicking here, or you can view a PDF version here.

Interested in signing your school up for the Trash Free Lunch Challenge? Email us at or call our office at (310) 607-0175 for more information!

We’re teaming up with Jack Johnson on his 2017 Summer Tour and All At Once, a social action network connecting nonprofits with people who want to become active in their local and world community. Jack Johnson is currently MATCHING volunteer pledges to Grades of Green up to $2,500. And it gets better! Individuals who donate $50 or more and pledge to join us at Coastal Cleanup Day this September will be entered in a raffle to WIN TWO TICKETS to his concert on July 16! All donations will help Grades of Green inspire and empower kids and the broader school community to care for the environment.

Click here to donate and learn more!

What’s greener than no idle zones in schools? No idle zones in car dealerships! In celebration of Earth Month, LAcarGUY is setting a new auto industry standard by introducing the very first No Idle Service Center in all 11 of their South Bay dealerships. As one of Grades of Green’s longtime supporters, LAcarGUY has helped dozens of schools take on the No Idle Zone activity to educate parents and students on why it’s important to reduce carbon emissions and unnecessary idling. As green leaders of the auto industry, LAcarGUY is showing just why they are on the forefront of environmental sustainability. Way to go LAcarGUY! Interested in implementing a no idle zone in your school? Check out Grades of Green’s No Idle Zone Activity for a step-by-step guide on how to roll out a successful program and don’t forget to watch our recent webinar to learn how one small and simple change can make a positive impact on the environment.

Grades of Green is thrilled to receive a generous donation from our friends at LAcarGuy’s Subaru Pacific dealership of $22,951! Subaru Pacific selected Grades of Green as one of the local charities they would support in the 2016 Share The Love campaign. Each time a customer purchased a new Subaru from the dealership, they were given the opportunity to give $250 to one of Subaru’s selected charities. Grades of Green has been honored to be one of two local charities chosen for the past few years. Subaru has been partnering with Grades of Green since 2013. Through the Share the Love campaign, Subaru customers have donated a total of approximately $60,000, which helped inspire and educate over 20,000 to care for the environment. Grades of Green is thrilled to partner with LAcarGuy and Subaru Pacific, and we thank them for their continued support!