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Sarah Sodeika

Katie Teshima | September 25, 2020

Sarah was born and raised in Southern California, growing up by the ocean. She always had love and respect for nature, always wanting to go to the beach and going camping every summer. She joined Grades of Green as a volunteer in high school and worked on projects like banning styrofoam from her school, which …

Announcing our NEW Climate Solutions Campaign

James Saracini | August 12, 2020

Grades of Green is so excited to announce the launch of our brand new Climate Solutions Campaign. We’ve taken our students’ feedback and everything we’ve learned over the years to create our best Campaign program yet! As always, the Climate Solutions Campaign is FREE for all participants.Students can win Eco-Grants up to $1,000! Students: Join …

Together We Stand for Justice and Equality

Grades of Green | June 5, 2020

You may have noticed that we’ve chosen to mute our account over the past few days to make space for black, indigenous and people of color allies advocating for justice against police brutality and systemic racism. We’ve spent this time actively listening, learning, and reflecting on what we as an organization and our leadership can …

Announcing the 2020 Waste Campaign Eco-Grant Awardees

Jordan Chang | June 3, 2020

We’re so excited to share with you the winners of our 2020 Waste Campaign! These amazing student teams worked so hard on behalf of their environment in their communities. Grand Prize Eco-Grant Winner – $1,000 Mary Bragg Elementary School  – Cerritos, California This team consisted of fifty 4th and 5th graders who met before school …

Announcing the Winners of the Green Pitch Challenge

James Saracini | May 1, 2020

With the support of Sony Pictures’ A Greener World, we challenged students to put together a pitch video to showcase their solution to environmental problems in their communities and beyond. It was incredible to see all the students who managed to work throughout the difficulties presented by stay-at-home orders in response to the coronavirus. The …

Earth Day Actions

Jordan Chang | April 22, 2020

QUARANTINE DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN THAT ENVIRONMENTAL ACTION IS CANCELLED! “This month, Grades of Green launched the bingo challenge  with LASAN, was featured on the South Bay Eco Festival with LASAN, had a Grades of Green student honored with the “President’s Environmental Youth Award,” and shared our student’s work and pitches on Instagram! BINGO CHALLENGE: Grades of Green …

Grades of Green’s LASAN Bingo Challenge

Jordan Chang | April 22, 2020

TAKE ACTION DURING EARTH WEEK AND WIN A VISIT FROM AN LASAN COLLECTION VEHICLE FOR YOUR NEXT PARTY! Grades of Green is partnering with LA Sanitation & Environment (LASAN) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day by challenging Los Angeles families to reduce their impact on the environment by improving their waste footprint! Click …

Take the #LAKingsGreen Challenge

Jordan Chang | April 7, 2020

The LA Kings and Grades of Green are teaming up to help children find ways to reuse household items and reduce waste! How to Participate Make art, a toy, or something to use! You could turn an old shirt into a reusable grocery bag, make art out of bottle tops, cut out old magazines to …

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Launching the Green Pitch Challenge

Jordan Chang | April 6, 2020

With the support of Sony Pictures’ A Greener World, we are launching the “Green Pitch Challenge!” Students will team up to put together pitch videos to showcase their solution to environmental problems in their communities and beyond. Each team’s pitch video will focus on convincing a specific community to act on reducing various types of …

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How to Get Your Friends and Family to Make Eco-Friendly Fashion Choices

James Saracini | March 23, 2020

While fashion is a fun way to express yourself, it’s also one of the top contributors to damaging the environment. With many businesses adopting more eco-friendly practices, sustainability is a big and important topic right now. A student group at California Academy of Math and Sciences (CAMS), in Carson, California, is advocating for sustainable fashion …

Verte 2020 Put On Hold

Jordan Chang | March 13, 2020

To the Grades of Green Family, Because the health and well-being of our students, supporters, staff, and the broader community must come first, Grades of Green is announcing the postponement of Verte 2020 – our annual fundraising gala. Like all of you, we’ve been closely monitoring the developing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and are taking every …

Pushing Back 2020 Waste Campaign Deadline

Jordan Chang | March 13, 2020

Grades of Green hopes that you and your loved ones are safe during this difficult time! We understand that many of your Campaign plans have changed with stay-at-home orders and increased social distancing efforts. Thus, Grades of Green will be extending the Waste Campaign deadline to May 15 to help teams navigate the difficulties caused by the Coronavirus. We understand …

Grand View Elementary and Grades of Green Featured on Spectrum 1 News

James Saracini | February 11, 2020

The AMAZING students at Grand View Elementary made it on Spectrum 1 News! The Grand View campaign team was featured as was the school’s incredible trash sorting efforts that were set up a decade ago by Grades of Green students. We’re so proud to show off these Eco-Leaders’ dedication to the environment. Thank you, Spectrum …

Cut Food Waste at Home by Making this Vegan Demi-Glace Sauce

Jordan Chang | January 14, 2020

Save your food scraps! Did you know that the average person in the US wastes nearly 25% of the food they purchase? That’s like walking out of the grocery store with four bags of food and throwing one of them away before heading home. Food waste is a serious issue, contributing to significant greenhouse gas …

Mary Bragg Winners Recognized
Mary Bragg Eco-Grant Recipients Featured in the News

James Saracini | January 13, 2020

We’re so proud of the Mary Bragg Green Team for not only winning a $500 Eco-Grant in our 2019 Water Campaign but also for getting featured in their local newspaper! These incredible students changed how their school community approached single-use plastics and recycling. The elementary school beat out some serious competition with their hard work …