Check out Grades of Green Youth Corps 6th grade student Joshua‘s story on pages 3-4 of the MBMS Weekly Wave newsletter here!

Grades of Green is proud to have partnered with MBUSD to bring environmental education to its 7,044 students – congrats on the well deserved award! The Manhattan Beach Unified School District has won the Green Ribbon Schools environmental award on Friday, February 26th! MBUSD was one of just five honorees in the state of California to receive this distinguished award. We are incredibly proud of all of our Grades of Green students attending schools within MBUSD. These schools are making remarkable environmental strides: Green Ribbon schools are recognized for their efforts in the three “pillars” – minimizing environmental impact and costs; improving the overall health and wellness of schools, students, and staff; and providing meaningful environmental education that teaches many disciplines and is especially good at STEM education, civic skills, and green career pathways. Congrats MBUSD! Check out the articles on DigMB and EasyReader News to read more about this wonderful honor.

Loam Magazine featured an interview with Grades of Green in their December 2015 edition! Click here to view the feature.

The holidays are a time for showing appreciation for family and spending time with one another. Unfortunately, they’re also a time for buying more than usual, mailing more packages than any other time, and generating the most waste out of the year. While it’s great to show your appreciation for loved ones, the holidays don’t have to be a time of year that hurts the environment. With just a few simple changes, you can reduce your impact on the environment and make the holidays into a green time that’s actually beneficial to the environment. Here’s a breakdown of green holiday tips offered by members of Grades of Green.

Grades of Green’s Program Manager, Robyn Murphy, recently spoke with on-air personality “Manny on the Streetz” live on KIIS FM! Robyn details Grades of Green’s current programs and highlights the ways in which the organization continues to grow. Thank you KIIS FM and Manny on the Streetz for this exciting opportunity! Listen to the full segment here.

Looking for a place to volunteer? Then look no further – Grades of Green’s new volunteer program might just be the place for you! As a Grades of Green volunteer, you will get to visit Grades of Green schools at lunchtime to help their students learn how to reduce lunchtime waste through Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Activity.  This new Grades of Green volunteer program was even featured on NBC!  Missed the NBC feature on TV? Check us out on their website here. If you are interested in volunteering for Grades of Green, please fill out this form or contact Grades of Green at info@gradesofgreen.org for more information.

Grades of Green’s 2014 VERTE event at MBS Media Campus in Manhattan Beach on June 6th was an overwhelming success, raising awareness and funds to expand the program that inspires and empowers students to care for the environment. VERTE, which means “green” in several languages, was created to recognize some of the environmental champions who have helped Grades of Green reach over 150,000 students.

This year the honorees were Suzy Amis Cameron, Jon Landau, and Earth Friendly Products. Suzy Amis Cameron is the founder of Red Carpet Green Dress, which highlights sustainable fashion, and is also the co-founder of the environmental education school MUSE School CA, whose mission is to inspire and prepare young people to live consciously with themselves, one another, and the planet. Jon Landau, producer of Avatar, is at the forefront of promoting sustainable practices at the studio, while producing the highest grossing films of all time –the environmental blockbusters, Avatar, and Titanic. And our Corporate Honoree, Earth Friendly Products, is a leader in non-toxic cleaning products, and a longtime supporter of Grades of Green kids working to rid their schools of toxins.

The evening was hosted by radio voice of the Lakers, John Ireland, with a guest appearance by Zoe Saldana, star of Avatar, who introduced Jon and Suzy. Verte took took place on the gorgeous New York City streetscape set at MBS Media Campus, which is a cutting edge eco-faciltiy complete with solar panels and waste diversion stations that, in partnership with Waste Management, helped make VERTE 2014 zero-waste! The local restaurant community rallied behind Grades of Green to donate 100% of the evening’s dining experience, including appetizers crafted by MB Post’s David LeFevre and The Ripe Choice, dinner from the Chefs at The Strand House, Zinc at Shade, Palmilla Tequila and Cocina, and Fresh Brothers; and dessert from Bristol Farms (Santa Monica) and Susie Cakes.

VERTE would not have been complete without live music featuring The Fire Department, The Young Musicians Performance Academy, and Youth Corps student Jane Fishman and fellow musician Noah Viklund; unique silent auction items; eco-cocktails from Patron and Lemonade, Frei Brothers Reserve and Lucky Buddha, a photo booth, our selfie/pledging station, and our famous swag bar.

To see the full list of VERTE’s sponsors, go here.

To check out and/or purchase photos from the event taken by Steve Gaffney, go here.

To read more about VERTE see these articles:

 

 

A big thanks to all guests, sponsors, partners and volunteers who made VERTE 2015 a huge success! Your commitment to Grades of Green helped raise much-needed funds to continue inspiring and empowering the 200,000+ Grades of Green students to care for the environment.  Held at the leading green studio, MBS Media Campus, VERTE 2015 was a zero-waste event and hosted a plant-based dinner thanks to ZINC @ Shade Hotel Executive Chef Chris Garasic. Checkout the photo galleries from the night (Photo Gallery) We hope to see you at VERTE 2016!

Grades of Green’s Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program has come in second place for the Keep America Beautiful Youth Recognition Award. Keep America Beautiful is the nation’s leading community improvement organization. Keep America Beautiful recognizes youth and schools who have exhibited an outstanding commitment to improving their community environment. The Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program was the runner up in the Youth Recognition Award category for all youth programs in the nation! The Youth Corps students were awarded this honor because of the positive environmental change they are creating in their school community through the implementation of their Grades of Green Projects. These students have passed city-wide bans on Styrofoam and plastic bags, started earth clubs, installed hydration stations, held e-waste drives, implemented energy conservation projects, collected and donated used shoes, and established a district-wide No Idle Zone, among other accomplishments. Youth Corps students learn the connection between how their actions affect the environment, and discover they have the power to make big change with just a little help and guidance from Grades of Green. You can learn more about the 2014-15 Youth Corps here.

The Youth Corps is featured in the following press: