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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 …

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 …

Announcing the 2019 Water Campaign Eco-Grant Awardees

James Saracini | December 19, 2019

We’re so excited to share with you the winners of our 2019 Water Campaign! These amazing student teams worked so hard on behalf of their environment and their communities. Grand Prize Eco-Grant Winner – $1,000 Fisher Middle School – Los Gatos, California The Fisher Green Team was able to accomplish its goals, and then some! …

Eco-Grant Winner Highlight: Bridgeport Elementary

James Saracini | December 13, 2019

Just on the north side of the Santa Clarita River sits an elementary school that has found a way to turn a disciplinary situation into a teachable moment. When students on recess began a food fight with their unwanted healthy snacks, much to the chagrin of the parents who had thoughtfully packed them, their amazing …

Survey Says: Support Grades of Green on Giving Tuesday

James Saracini | December 3, 2019

What does Family Feud and Grades of Green have in Common? The Seven Generations Charter School of Emmaus, Pennsylvania The intrepid students of Seven Generations made their very own Family Feud episode as part of their Grades of Green Water Campaign project! The team used what could be the cutest video ever made to convince their …

Long Beach Green Summit 2019
Grunion Reports on Long Beach Green Summit, Grades of Green Eco-Leaders

Justin Bulova | November 27, 2019

On November 16th, Grades of Green Campaign Teams participated in the Long Beach Unified School District Green Summit. Teachers, parents and staff were invited to attend the summit at Hughes Middle School, and learn about sustainability practices on their school campus. Grades of Green is proud of our Long Beach Campaign Teams for helping to …

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Grades of Green Featured on Hallmark Channel’s Home and Family Show

James Saracini | November 11, 2019

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 …

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Sustainable Recipes For November

Jordan Chang | November 11, 2019

Sweet Potato Mash– 1 1/2 lbs of sweet potatoes– Coarse Kosher Salt– 1 tablespoon of maple syrup– 1 lemon – Boil 1 1/2 Pounds of peeled sweet potatoes for 30 minutes.– Remove the sweet potatoes from the boiling water and add honey and maple syrup. Blend together.– Salt to taste, add more honey if needed. …

Halloween
7 Tips for an Environmentally Friendly Halloween

Justin Bulova | October 24, 2019

Halloween has long been known as one of the least environmentally-friendly holidays. Between countless candy wrappers, costumes made of harmful plastics, and decorations which burn a lot of energy; it can be hard to navigate a holiday which means so much to so many. Luckily, here’s Grades of Green’s Guide to an Environmentally-Friendly Hallo-green! 1. …

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Grades of Green Honored to Feature in Climate Week NYC Events

Justin Bulova | October 10, 2019

Since 2009, the end of September has become an opportunity for environmentalists all around the world to raise awareness of climate change. The United Nations Climate Change Summit is one of hundreds of annual events that take place during Climate Week, and Grades of Green was honored to host and participate in the following: MARKETPLACE …

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4 Ways to Make Your Home More Environmentally Friendly

Justin Bulova | September 19, 2019

It is undeniable that the climate of the earth is undergoing rapid change. With average temperatures soaring every year and ice caps melting, it has become a matter of grave concern for everyone. With so much effort already being made to reverse the climate change, what can we do to be more environmentally friendly? Every individual …

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Bridgeport Elementary’s Green Team is Recognized by the Santa Clarita City Council

Rebeca Rozenbaum | August 28, 2019

Santa Clarita radio station KHTS reported on a Santa Clarita City Council Meeting in which Grades of Green’s 2019 Waste Campaign was mentioned. The article mentions the winners of Grades of Green’s grand prize, Bridgeport Elementary School, who were recognized by the Council. Student leaders from the school’s Green Team began a food rescue program in which they collected items such as …

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Whitney High School Wildcats are in this Together with Compost

Rebeca Rozenbaum | August 20, 2019

What Green Team? Wildcats! Whitney High School’s Green Team was awarded a Grades of Green Eco-Grant for the 2019 Waste Campaign due to their initiative to help their community reduce waste. The Green Team, which had previously been part of Grades of Green’s Water Campaign, was faced with the challenge of reducing the food waste in their school. After brainstorming, the student …