George Washington Academy, a Grades of Green School in Casablanca, Morocco, was featured in Les Infos! The school was noted for being a semi-finalist in the Grades of Green Spring 2018 Water Challenge.

The Spring 2018 Water Challenge was a global competition in which 136 student leaders at 40 schools from across the world designed new ways to lead water conservation and water quality efforts in 33 cities and eight countries. Together, the participants saved over 1.2 million gallons of water!

Younes, the co-winner of the 2018 Environmental Leadership Award, founded the Grades of Green Team at George Washington Academy. Through innovation and student engagement- their team led efforts that dramatically reduced waste from single-use plastics over the past two years. As Les Infos put it, George Washington Academy’s Grades of Green team “saves money and saves the world!”

To see George Washington Academy’s 2018 Water Challenge Video, click here!

To check out the article directly, click here!

As the school year comes to an end, Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leaders are starting to get recognized by their schools and communities for all of their Grades of Green eco-activities that they began implementing back in the fall. Grades of Green Eco-Leaders Johanna and Averie from Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica and Noah and Braeden from St. Marks School in Venice were recently recognized for their leadership by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl from the LA County Board of Supervisors 3rd District. Johanna educated her community on ocean pollution solutions, Averie is working to ban plastic water bottles on campus, and Noah and Braeden reduced their school’s waste by 75%!  Check out the article by clicking here (also available here)!


Interested in leading a waste or water campaign in your school or community? Email info@gradesofgreen.org for information on how Grades of Green can support you!

The Niños del Sol School in Playas del Coco, a beach town in the northwestern Costa Rican province of Guanacaste, was featured in The Tico Times! The school was chosen as a semi-finalist in the Grades of Green Spring 2018 Water Challenge.

The Water Challenge is a global competition in which 136 student leaders at 40 schools from across the world design new ways to lead water conservation and water quality efforts in 33 cities and eight countries, Grades of Green told The Tico Times in an email.

The kids at Niños del Sol designed an innovative student-built graywater filtration system that seeks to clean water that drains from sinks, fountains and other sources. The system allows the water to be used safely in the school garden, thereby reducing the school’s water footprint.

In addition, kids at the alternative school are educating their community about the everyday actions that residents can carry out to save water, from taking shorter showers to eating less meat.

To check out the article directly, click here!

20 schools in the greater Los Angeles area competed in Grades of Green’s 7th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge, and we could not be prouder of their results! The Trash Free Lunch Challenge is a competition for elementary and middle schools to see who can reduce their lunchtime waste the most This year, schools have collectively diverted 46,350 pounds of waste (over 460 tons of trash!) from landfills. Check out the press featuring these awesome schools below:




Keller is a Trash Free Lunch Champ – LBUSD News (also available here)




Los Alamitos school finalist in waste reduction competition – Orange County Breeze (also available here)




Saugus schools succeed in Trash Free Lunch Challenge – Santa Clarita Valley Signal (also available here)



Trash Free Lunch at OLG School – Easy Reader News (also available here)




Local elementary kids clear 460 tons of garbage and a 40 under 40 award winner (also available here)

Earth Month Event!

Fjallraven, the backpack making expert of Sweden, is starting off Earth Month by promoting sustainability at their Earth Month Speaker Series! Fjallraven plans to promote their re-kanken backpack, made from recycled plastic water bottles, to commemorate Earth Month.

This event will be hosted on April 5th at 6:00 PM at Fjallraven’s Soho location in New York City. But guess what else will be hosted at the event?
Grades of Green!

As an environmental education non-profit, we’ll be talking to event-goers about the need for environmental action and education. Environmental stewardship can be fun and we will show participants a few easy activities that everyone can do to help out the Earth. We’ll even we’ll even have a fun, interactive activity to show participants that environmental activism can be easy!

If you’re in New York City on April 5th, check out Fjallraven’s Soho location and be on the lookout for us! Also check out Fjallraven’s New York locations on Instagram at @arcticfoxsoho and @arcticfoxnolita!

Did you know shared work spaces can help your organization reduce its carbon footprint while improving networking opportunities? Although Grades of Green’s New York office had already been operating out of a shared work space, our Los Angeles office recently made the switch to BizHaus El Segundo, a shared work space, just last September and we haven’t looked back since. Learn more about Grades of Green and why we made the switch to BizHaus’s share office space by reading the article on BizHaus’s blog here.

BizHaus Member Profile: Grades of Green

Grades of Green has expanded and grown so much since it’s inception in 2009, and Co-Directors of Programs, Emily Gee Berger and Allie Bussjaeger, have been honored to be part of it all since the beginning! Allie and Emily were interviewed and featured in an article in Voyagela.com. Voyage LA focuses on highlighting the various stories in each unique neighborhood in Los Angeles, California. The article talks about Emily and Allie’s history with Grades of Green, and what makes the nonprofit so special. To check out the article, click here.

This year, twenty Los Angeles schools are competing in Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge to see who can be the best at reducing their lunchtime waste the most by inspiring kids to care for the environment. Over the past seven years, the Trash Free Lunch Challenge has supported 117 schools divert 2,300 tons of waste. Schools are making such a big difference that the story was picked up by a local publication! Check out the article featured in Southern California Sustainable Living to read more about the program, and get inspired to go trash free in your home or school!

Saint Anthony school in Long Beach, California kicked off their Grades of Green program with a huge splash thanks to the Kings Care Foundation and Blue Shield of California! The school is competing in the 2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge, and began by inviting Grades of Green to host a kick-off assembly to educate students about the program. Students were taught how to reduce, reuse, recycle, pack trash free lunches, and to use their new lunchtime sorting station. After the assembly, students who sorted their waste correctly earned a t-shirt. After lunch, students participated in a workshop to learn about the Kings Care Foundation G.O.A.L.S. program.  Students were split into four groups, and rotated to four interactive stations. They were able to play hockey with Kings player Kyle Clifford, practice recycling habits with a sorting game, spin the Grades of Green Jeopardy wheel to earn a reusable water bottle, and explore the brand new G.O.A.L.S. website features. Grades of Green is proud to partner with the Kings Care  Foundation on the Green Solutions platform, and was thrilled to bring the program to Saint Anthony!

To check out photos from the event, click here. To check out the press, click here, and click here! To read the Kings story about this awesome day, click here.