Stories

Grades of Green & Kathy Kellogg Johnson Rejuvenate Kelso Elementary’s Garden in Inglewood

James Saracini | September 11, 2021

We were so excited to partner with Kathy Kellogg Johnson of Kellogg Garden Products to rejuvenate the school garden at Kelso Elementary School in Inglewood, CA. This amazing event was featured by ABC7 and CBS2 – watch each clip below. It was so much fun to spend the day with the students and staff of …

Climate Solutions Campaign Award Winners

Katie Teshima | May 28, 2021

We’re so excited to share the winners of the 2020-2021 Climate Solutions Campaign! Please explore the student teams who won Eco-Grants for their incredible environmental impact and those who we honored for their amazing efforts. You can also relive the fun by watching a recording of our live virtual announcement event, here. Grand Prize Winner …

South Bay Students Taking Action for Earth Month

Katie Teshima | April 9, 2021

This Earth Month, Grades of Green students across the South Bay are taking action to protect our planet and they need your help! Check out these opportunities for you to help our students make the South Bay healthier, cleaner and greener throughout April! Clean Up Litter and Turn Your Trash into Treasured Art – April …

Plastic Pollution Solutions – Discussion Panel

Katie Teshima | March 4, 2021

We can’t recycle out of the problem…Reduce your use!  Did you know that 8 million metric tons of plastic enters the ocean each year? This equals one trash truck dumping its load of plastic into the ocean every minute of every day. Rylee Goldfarb, a 10th-grade student from Redondo Beach is passionate about creating a …

Students Making the News

Katie Teshima | February 17, 2021

While the New Year was settling in, our Eco-Leaders were hard at work spreading the word about sustainability and the environment! Everyday Environmentalist – Teen Edition Sam Torres and Rylee Goldfarb joined as guest speakers for South Bay Cares’ “Every Day Environmentalist – Teen Edition” webinar. They inspired us with their passion for the environment …

Students at Granada Hills Charter School Offer Environmental Education Course for Fellow Students from Kindergarten through 8th

Katie Teshima | February 11, 2021

The students in Generation-E club at Granada Hills Charter School understand the importance of learning about the environment at a young age. That is why they decided to take action and launch a seven-week environmental education course designed to connect elementary and middle school students with the world around them. Any student can join the …

Whitney High School Ecology & Wildlife Club Hosts Tree Sale to Combat Climate Change

Katie Teshima | February 8, 2021

Did you know that if you stacked 850,000 sheets of paper, the stack would be taller than the Statue of Liberty? The passionate students of the Ecology and Wildlife Club at Whitney High School know this quirky piece of information because that’s exactly how much paper their school used during the 2018-19 school year. Motivated …

Beach Reporter Features Grades of Green Students in New Video

Katie Teshima | January 12, 2021

Here’s some good news from the last day of 2020! The Beach Reporter featured four of our amazing students, including Rylee who is pictured here winning an award from the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition! 

Our Students Want to Say “Thank You!”

James Saracini | December 29, 2020

Your support empowers Grades of Green’s students to make long-lasting environmental impacts in their communities and develop the skills they need to be the environmental leaders of the future. To say “thank you,” our students recorded a special message for you! Further your support of tomorrow’s Eco-Leaders!

WTS Foundation Awards Los Angeles Student with College Scholarship

Katie Teshima | December 18, 2020

Recent college freshman, Beatrice Ongawan, was awarded a $5,500 undergraduate scholarship from the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) Orange County chapter at a virtual ceremony on Thursday night. The WTS Foundation provides scholarships to women who demonstrate leadership and interest in the transportation and sustainability industries, ensuring that essential skills and perspectives of women are included …

Welcome, Climate Corps Fellows!

James Saracini | October 14, 2020

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 …

LACSD Virtual Field Trip

Katie Teshima | October 8, 2020

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 …

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 …