Shelter Island Home Getaway 

Donated By: Keith Granet and Jon Vaszauskas

This exclusive offer is only available through the generosity of Keith and Jon in support of Grades of Green. All proceeds will go directly to Grades of Green, a nonprofit dedicated to developing the next generation of environmental leaders.  

Enjoy a 3-night, exclusive stay in a beautiful private home on Shelter Island NY, a secluded, 8,000-acre island a five-minute ride from the Hamptons, . This 6-bedroom house is newly built on Shelter Island, right off the coast of the Hamptons on Long Island and is not available for rentals. This is a one-time opportunity to enjoy the vacation of lifetime and support the efforts to create a more sustainable planet for decades to come. 

All a short ferry ride away: 

  • Montauk 
  • East Hampton 
  • Southampton 
  • Sag Harbor 
  • Bridgehampton 

Endless beaches, quaint historic towns and villages, gorgeous wineries, cute farm stands, and high-end art galleries await you! 

“Shelter Island is a special place and this brand new home is the perfect place to enjoy family, friends, or colleagues. Cocktails by the pool, a ferry ride to all the Hampton hot spots, and a short walk to iconic Sunset Beach are just a few of our favorites.” -Shaya & Grant Kirkpatrick

Exclusions and Conditions: Available on the following weekends in 2024: May 3-5, May 10-12, May 17-19, May 24-26, September 13-15, September 20-22, September 27-29.

Jump in before it’s too late- only one stay is available! 

Please email if you would like to talk with a board member and guest to learn more and/or secure this one available opportunity and pay by check.  

You can also reserve and pay for this amazing stay here: Shelter Island Getaway 

During his time at Whitney High School in Cerritos, California, Kyle became involved with Grades of Green through the Ecology and Wildlife Club at his school. In his initial year with Grades of Green, he took part in the RISE Climate Solutions Campaign, collaborating with Tree Plenish to replenish the paper used at the school through a community tree sale. Despite the global pandemic, Kyle and his team successfully sold 120 apple trees in an online sale.

Following the success of the tree sale, Kyle progressed within the club and assumed the role of director during his junior year. As director, he partnered with Grades of Green to tackle plastic waste on campus, specifically focusing on reducing the use of plastic-wrapped utensils. Through his efforts, his project raised funds to introduce compostable utensils in the school cafeteria. Kyle’s initiative extended beyond his school; he took the campaign district-wide, rallying support from both faculty and students through a petition. “Seeing people use compostable utensils at our schools is incredibly fulfilling,” Kyle remarked.

Despite graduating from Whitney High School in 2023, Kyle aimed to ensure his campaign’s legacy. Evelyn, his successor in the Ecology and Wildlife Club, has continued to expand the project, now including replacing plastic-wrapped napkins with napkin dispensers. “Encouraging younger students to take charge of their own initiatives is key,” Kyle emphasizes.

Post-graduation, Kyle plans to attend UCLA to delve into the intersection of environmental science and public health.

What does sustainability mean to you?

Sustainability is a mindset or perspective. It’s a combination of taking action and realizing that everything you do has an effect on the environment and the people around you. Whether it’s dropping a piece of trash on the floor, the food you are eating, the house you are building, everything has an environment. Sustainability is being engaged and taking action to combat that.

What has been your favorite memory of Grades of Green?

Last year, leading the Grades of Green campaign and bringing such an ambitious project to our school is my favorite memory, even though there were so many challenges. With guidance from our advisor, Mrs. Perry, and everyone from Grades of Green, I was able to break out of my shell and develop leadership qualities I never would have imagined developing before. It showed me how resilient and determined I was. It also showed me the power of students to make an impact on our community.

For those who are new to Grades of Green, what would be one piece of advice you would give them?

Take advantage of all the resources Grades of Green has. They have a wealth of resources and experts from all sorts of fields. Whenever I reached out to Grades of Green, they offered guest speakers, volunteering or internship opportunities, and interviews. Don’t be afraid to reach out. Take advantage of everything they have to offer because really, that’s their goal: to inspire action and help students explore the environment.

Grant Manager

Grades of Green educates and empowers students to take action and lead environmental change to ensure a clean and sustainable environment for generations to come. We are looking for an experienced, highly organized, and multi-faceted team member to provide grant-funded project management expertise and development to support Grades of Green’s grant and corporate funded programing and services.

About Grades of Green

Grades of Green’s innovative Pathway of Programs fully supports students of all ages and backgrounds on their journey to become passionate environmental leaders of the future. We mentor young people and provide them with the leadership skills, resources, and connections they need to solve today’s environmental challenges and lead community wide impact. We are mobilizing an entire generation to tackle local challenges that lead to global impact. Grades of Green began in 2009 at one school in Southern California.  Since then, it has grown to inspire and empower more than over 700,000 students across 47 states and 27 counties, to take-action and care for our environment.

Position Summary

The Grants Manager is responsible for grants development, management and reporting of grant projects and corporate funding initiatives in addition to the ongoing evaluation and improvement of a grants database and tech tools. This role will manage all components of grants, including research, application writing and preparation, ensuring regulatory compliance, and conveying essential information to staff and external parties. The Manager will ensure compliant and accurate processing of all grants from approval to disbursement and provide management leadership on grants-related reporting, budget tracking, and overall continuous improvement for grants management function.

Overall Responsibilities

  • Manages grant and corporate funding projects, including government, foundation and corporate grant applications and proposals.
  • Works with the development, program, and administration teams to develop detailed project plans.
  • Creates and drives timelines to keep grants and objectives on schedule. Prepares timelines identifying all significant activities, measurements/outcomes, resources needed and milestones. Produces regular status reports.
  • Supports contract management, including budgets/budget amendments, monthly invoicing, compliance, reporting, contract documents, renewals, and proposals, with specific attention to Grades of Green’s federally funded EPA and other government awarded grants.
  • Ensures grant expenditures are allowable, allocatable, and responsible according to the terms of the grant contract, government regulations, and organizational policies.
  • Ensures that program and financial reports are submitted to the grantor in accordance with the award agreement.
  • Ensures that grant expenditures are properly supported and approved.
  • Ensures proper record retention and management of grant terms and reporting deadlines.
  • Identify, research, and write grants to support Grades of Green operations and programs.
  • Attends and represents Grades of Green at project meetings and works internally within teams to meet all terms set forth in the award agreement.
  • Facilitates highly effective team building and communication. Facilitates meetings and keeps them on track. Provides meeting minutes and drives follow up on Action Items.
  • Work towards funding opportunity renewals and relationship growth, performance will be measured on ability to renew and find new opportunities.
  • Identifies, develops and/or maintains an appropriate electronic platform (SharePoint, Shared Folders, etc.) for reporting/archiving/documentation of relevant program information, records, etc.
  • Prepares information with appropriate input from program team members for internal as well as external partner review.
  • Interfaces externally with collaborators, vendors, contractors, and consultants to ensure communication and deliverables in accordance with planned program objectives.

Required Skills

  • Experience: Two or more years of experience working in grants/contract management. Knowledge of the county, state and federal funding and grant system is required, as is experience in Federal and/or State grant contract management. Experience managing an EPA grant is highly desired.
  • Education: College or professional degree required. Masters degree or further education desired.
  • Communication Skills: Strong interpersonal, written, and verbal communication skills. Superior customer service skills to external and internal constituents. Excellent listening skills, follow-through and problem-solving abilities.
  • Technology Skills: Proficiency in computerized accounting systems and mastery of Google Docs and MS Office applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of grantmaking software preferred. CRM and Sharepoint experience preferred (training can be provided)
  • Project Management Skills: Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to prioritize work effectively and adjust to multiple demands within set deadlines. Ability to design and implement effective grants management processes and procedures.
  • Teamwork & General Skills: Ability to work well independently and as a team member. Ability to take initiative and follow tasks through to completion. Ability to lead a team to goals, leveraging each team member’s skill set.
  • Excellent data collection and analytical skills
  • Highly organized and detail obsessed with the ability to manage deadlines and multiple projects and tasks effectively and efficiently.
  • Proactive mindset with strong formal and informal leadership, facilitation, and teamwork.
  • Background and knowledge in environmental projects, systems, and environmental justice concepts strongly preferred.
  • Commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusionary environment

We Got Your Back

  • Salary:  $68,000-$74,000 (DOE)
  • Health benefits and 401K, with company match
  • Generous number of paid holidays and vacation and sick days
  • 1-2 work from home days optional


  • Please submit a thoughtful cover letter and resume by December 20th to:  We will respond to all resumes with a cover letter.
  • January 2024 start date

Grades of Green is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, religion, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, or any other category protected by local, state, or federal laws. We are committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive staff.

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2022-2023 Climate Solutions Campaign! Learn more about the student teams who won Eco-Grants for their incredible environmental impact and those honored for their amazing efforts. You can also relive the fun by watching a recording of our live virtual announcement event!

LAcarGuy International Changemaker Grand Winner – $1,000

Matungu Community Development Charity
Nairobi, Kenya

Addressing large-scale issues of waste in their community, Team MCDC reduced 5,000 kgs of waste from the environment and educated students in local schools and across social media platforms. This ambitious team established 4 micro-gardens with the ability to feed up to 200 people monthly while planting 3000 trees. Team MCDC also furthered their efforts by processing 5,000 kgs of organic fertilizer, which were used to plant crops and indigenous trees.

Environmental Impact Grand Prize – $1,000

Mary Bragg Green Team
Cerritos, CA

The students at Mary Bragg Elementary School took on the ambitious feat of addressing multiple topics of the Climate Solutions Campaign. They managed sorting stations on their school campus, planted trees, held an E-Waste drive, encouraged alternative forms of transportation, participated in beach clean ups, and raised money for students in Africa. Mary Bragg also worked with a school in Nigeria, JSS Tudunwada, to learn more about their culture while fundraising money to beautify their community. They also were the recipients of the EPA Presidential Environmental Youth Award and the California Green Ribbon School Award.

Green Campus Leaders Award – $500

The Pear Tree Foundation
La Crescenta, CA

This enthusiastic team set up composting stations across 3 elementary schools, in addition to their own campus. They also created an animated video to educate viewers on composting on school campuses.

Habitat Heroes Award – $500

Kishoka Youth Organization
Mombasa, Kenya

The Kishoka Team educated their community on the impacts of climate change. They planted 2,500 mangrove trees and collected waste, which they reused to construct buildings in their community.

Community Rubbish Reducers – $500

Malezi Community Center
Nairobi, Kenya

The Malezi Community Center educated over 1,800 students amongst 4 different schools about the effects of waste. This passionate team collected over 25,000 kgs of waste and planted 120 trees.

Green Thumb Award – $500

Agoura High School
Agoura Hills, CA

The Agoura High School team educated over 3,000 students about regenerative gardening and built an edible garden on their campus. They connected with local farmers to promote organic and regenerative farming methods while raising $100 for the Kiss the Ground organization.

Eco-Influencer Award – $250

Team University of Buea
Buea, Cameroon

Team University of Buea recovered 4.5 kgs of waste and educated their community members on the impacts of waste. Through appearances on national television, this driven team reached audiences of over 30,000 people. 

Hydration Heroes Award – $250

Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School – The Water Team
Bayside, NY

The students at Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School purchased reusable water bottles for over 1,300 students and staff and educated their community on plastic waste. In addition, they raised $300 for students in Africa.

Planet Protector Award – $250

For the Love of Frogs
Carlsbad, CA

Justin S. has worked diligently to save acres of the Ecuadorian rainforest by participating in the Reserva letter campaign. He has collected over 1,500 letters and held a Raffle for the Rainforest that encouraged his classmates to join his mission. 

Rookie of the Year Award – $250

Akili STEMARTS Academy
Kisumu, Kenya

The students at Akili STEMarts Academy learned vertical gardening methods to build gardens at their homes and school. This ambitious team used composting to reduce waste in their community while improving soil quality and crop yields.

Honorary Awards

Student of the Year

Cordelia O’Rourke
Crescenta Valley High School
La Crescenta, CA

Facilitator of the Year

Kerry Flores
Mary Bragg Elementary School
Cerritos, CA

International Student of the Year

Ayuk Esame Marie Noel
Yaounde, Cameroon

International Facilitator of the Year

Dhanam Sivalingam
PSGR Krishnammel Nursery and Primary School
Coimbatore, India

We’re thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021-2022 Climate Solutions Campaign! Learn more about the student teams who won Eco-Grants for their incredible environmental impact and those honored for their amazing efforts. You can also relive the fun by watching a recording of our live virtual announcement event!

LAcarGuy International Changemaker Grand Winner – $1,000

Malezi Community Centre Primary School
Nairobi, Kenya

This team addressed the large-scale issue of waste in their community. The ultimate goal of the Malezi team was to construct a centralized waste holding facility away from the community. The students did door to door campaigns across the community to educate families about the benefits of reducing waste in addition to more information about their cleanup efforts. This ambitious team collected 2 tonnes of trash and are planning to purchase trucks for waste transport that is independent of the government. Simultaneously, they also created a rooftop garden at their school to support further efforts in greening their community.

Environmental Impact Grand Prize – $1,000

Mary Bragg Green Team
Cerritos, CA

The Mary Bragg Green Team stepped up to  take on every single environmental topic for their RISE Campaign! This student team sold trees via Tree Plenish, sold rain barrels, established a Trash Free Lunch Sorting Station, held beach clean ups, and began a food recovery program by donating edible food through Food Finders. On top of all this, they donated $500 to Matungu in order to help another team plant more trees internationally. Additionally, this team is participating in activities with This Little Light Africa to plant gardens and purchase new desks for a school.

Sustainable Impact Award – $500

Matungu Community Development Charity
Nairobi, Kenya

This year, Matungu continued with their project from last year and this time they planted 5005 trees. They met their goal  quickly while utilizing help from their community. In addition to tree planting, Matungu also created micro gardens to plant food items such as spinach, kale, coriander, etc. Furthermore, they conducted many outreach and educational events within their community. This team also worked with Mary Bragg Elementary in California to extend the reach of their project and they continue to inspire others with their dedication to the environment.

Community Trailblazer Award – $500

Team University of Buea
Buea, Cameroon

This team’s goal was to plant 500 trees in their community to reduce the amount of CO2 in their home, and they partnered with multiple organizations to complete their goal. Eco-leader Joel not only reached out to local organizations, he also met with multiple government officials and news outlets to spread the word. In the end, he gathered 400 trees and planted them throughout his whole community. Joel and his team made countless flyers, social media posts, and even made certificates for all of the students who participated. He also reached out with local radio and news stations to cover the tree planting event which helped  broadcast and widen the reach of his team’s goals.

Community Eco-Activists Award – $500

Cooking Up Less Food Waste from Nathaniel Hawthorne Middle School
Bayside, NY

This team of middle schoolers from New York are a determined group who pushed really hard past many hurdles. Initially, this team set out to implement a food donation station at their school, but met a challenge when they found out that the Department of Education prevents this action. The team  took this as an opportunity to shift their project towards changing the laws. They contacted multiple government officials to gain support in changing the laws in addition to making a petition. The team continues their work to change the laws and aims to complete this ambitious task by the end of the school year.

Campus Waste Warriors Award – $500

Poly Green Team
Long Beach, CA

The Poly Green Team addressed waste and sorting in their large High School by installing 65 recycling bins on their campus. They also created and implemented food waste sorting stations around campus and created videos/presentations to educate students on how to properly sort waste. This dedicated team of students worked hard and showed real leadership throughout their year-long project.

Green Campus Leaders Award – $250

Whitney High School
Cerritos, CA

This team of students set out to change out their district’s utensils from plastic into compostable. This was extremely ambitious which caused them to meet many roadblocks. They shifted their efforts from targeting the district to their school only. The students made multiple petitions, flyers, social media posts etc. to gain support. They held many food fundraisers to purchase their own compostable utensils that the school could use in addition to utensil dispensers. Moving forward, they are looking to have a district meeting to campaign for the district wide shift as they originally planned. If that does not work, they are also campaigning to switch from a plastic packaged utensil, napkin, and straw to single items.

Eco-Preneaur Award – $250

Justin Sather from For the Love of Frogs
Carlsbad, CA

Justin has done many presentations to promote his own work and the new Grades of Green toolkit he has been developing. Justin also worked with multiple businesses to advocate for more sustainable products including ECOS and Native Shoes. He also won the Crate & Barrel Kids Changemakers prize and is currently aiming to advocate towards bigger businesses. Justin also did many outreach events/presentations with multiple organizations.

Eco Innovator Award – $250

For the Greener Good from Mira Costa High School
Manhattan Beach, CA

The students at Mira Costa High School decided to take on the topic of waste by educating their community and hosting multiple events. Their first event was a clothing swap to raise awareness about the harms of fast fashion and textile waste on the environment. This student-led team educated their school community about reducing textile waste while promoting sustainable fashion. Another event they hosted was a harbor clean-up event in which club members and friends took to the water on kayaks and paddle boards to clean up litter in the harbor.

Rookie of the Year Award – $250

Eco Crew from EDUSN International Digital School

Eco Crew was our first team from Myanmar that completed a social media/presentation campaign on how to reduce litter. This included many posts, videos, and graphics to express their care for the planet. They held multiple webinars about their initiatives and worked closely with other teams in the area.

Honorary Awards

Student of the Year

Ruthie Heis
Long Beach Poly High School
Long Beach, CA

Facilitator of the Year

Kerry Flores
Mary Bragg Elementary School
Cerritos, CA

International Student of the Year

Deshna Jain
To Environment, With Love
Kolkata, India

Over the past few months, Kathy Kellogg Johnson of Kellogg Garden Products and Organic Control has partnered with Grades of Green to rejuvenate the school garden at Kelso Elementary School! We’ve had a blast spending time with the students of Kelso as they learned about where their food comes from and how quality, organic soil and helpful insects work together to create a wonderful garden of tasty food.

Kathy Supports Grades of Green as its First Mother Earth Award Recipient

This year at our annual gala, Verte, Grades of Green was so honored to present Kathy with the first-ever Mother Earth Award for Global Impact to recognize her incredible environmental impact across the globe as a champion of regenerative agriculture.

Verte is Grades of Green’s #1 source of fundraising throughout the year, and we were so thankful to Kathy, her network and all our supporters for making the event a success! Their support is critical to providing schools just like Kelso with Grades of Green’s award-winning programs. You can learn more about Verte 2021 and see pictures from the event, here.

You Can Help Grades of Green’s Student Eco-Leaders, Too!

Grades of Green can’t empower and inspire the next generation of environmental leaders alone! We need supporters like you to help our team continue to provide students with the guidance and resources they need to change their world for the greener!

Click here to join Kathy and support Grades of Green’s students, today!

We would like to give a warm welcome to the newest members of the Grades of Green team, Katie and Malcolm!

Katie and Malcom join us as 2020 – 2021 Climate Corps Fellows. Grades of Green has been partnering with the award-winning fellowship program to support emerging sustainability leaders as they tackle today’s most pressing environmental issues.

Climate Corps is powered through AmeriCorps, the renowned network of national service programs. The fellows who work with us receive valuable on-the-job training while Grades of Green gets dedicated full-time staff members who support the day to day operations and programming of our organization. Check out more about what they’re working on at Grades of Green below!

Katie, Program Communications Associate

As a Program Communications Associate, Katie helps tell the stories of Grades of Green’s awesome student Eco-leaders. She produces and refines communications, marketing, and program materials like social media posts, blog posts, newsletters, graphics, guidebooks, and other content as needed. Katie is also responsible for implementing elements of Grades of Green’s internal and external communications strategies and tracking performance metrics.

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Malcolm, Program Advisor

As a Program Advisor Associate, Malcolm works both with the Programs team as well as the many motivated Eco-Leaders. He helps guide teams through the Climate Solutions Campaign by providing climate advice, leadership skills, and helpful insight. Malcolm also has a hand in helping with the development of Grades of Green programs by hosting Webinars, Facilitator Trainings, and looking to further practices through data management and mapping.

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We are proud to host Climate Corps fellows and have seen first-hand how they provide valuable insight and passion to help our programs reach their maximum potential!

More than 150 Grades of Green students took an exclusive tour from the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD) on Saturday, October 8th!

We learned a ton about how the Sanitation Districts protect public health and the environment, and you can, too! Find our recording of the tour below! Watch it to find out how LACSD converts wastewater into recycled water and learn about the fascinating innovations they’re making to the process of turning food waste into useful resources. 

The Virtual Field Trip consists of two tours – one of the food waste recycling program and one of the water reclamation program. Find out more about each of the tours below!

Tour #1: San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant

The Sanitation Districts’ staff take you through what they do at the San Jose Creek Water Reclamation Plant and show you how this facility serves LA County. For those of you that don’t know what a wastewater reclamation plant is, it is where wastewater is treated to a very high level so that it can be reused. This is especially important here in Southern California where the weather is dry and we have water shortages. San Jose Creek WRP can treat about 60 million gallons per day – that’s a lot of water! 

Tour #2: Food Waste

Did you know the average household in the US wastes 25% of the food they buy? We throw out 4,000 tons of food waste every day in Los Angeles County. This waste includes dinner scraps, ugly-looking fruit, and vegetables from your local grocery stores, and uneaten food from restaurants. Let LACSD show you how they are recycling food waste into green energy!

Learn more by checking out LACSD’s website.

Here are just a few of the students who joined LACSD’s staff and Grades of Green’s team for the virtual tour!

Thank you for joining us!

Our students are excited to share with you their presentation for the United Nation’s World Oceans Day week of events!

The presentation is titled ” Motivate Your Audience to Take Action: Lessons Learned by Student Advocates from Grades of Green.” During the 25-minute video, you’ll learn all about the 4 key elements of a powerful, convincing advocacy message. These elements were learned by the presenting students as part of the

Join us on Facebook for the live airing of the presentation where we’ll be responding to comments and questions.

Watch the Presentation Now

If you’d rather watch the presentation here, that’s great too! Simply click play on the below video to watch their presentation in full!

Motivate Your Audience to Take Action: Lessons Learned by Student Advocates from Grades of Green

Grades of Green’s Executive Director, Kim Siehl, made it on prime time television to talk about Grades of Green’s student successes! We were featured on the Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family show on October 18, 2019. Kim met hosts Debbie Matenopoulos and Cameron Mathison to talk about how Grades of Green helps passionate students turn their passion for the environment into powerful action!

Grades of Green Featured on Hallmark’s Home & Family from Grades of Green on Vimeo.

Check out the segment above!

Tag along and stay updated on Grades of Green’s activities and accomplishments by following us on Instagram at @gradesofgreen!