School Stories

Announcing the 2019 Waste Campaign Finalists

Jordan Chang | April 9, 2019

Grades of Green’s First Waste Campaign a Major Success This new Campaign included 80 teams from 77 cities and 13 countries. Collectively, Grades of Green Waste Campaign teams diverted over 229,000 pounds of waste (114 tons) from the landfill and educated over 25,000 leaders and community members around the world! These numbers will continue to …

Eco Leader Victoria Transforms Plastic Bottles into Botanical Nursery

Emily Stewart | February 20, 2019

High school eco-leader Victoria is reducing waste and making the planet greener by upcycling plastic bottles and turning them into a plant nursery. Victoria has already kicked off her bottle nursery project at home and is expanding her solution community-wide as part of her Grades of Green Waste Campaign waste reduction solution. This spring, Victoria …

Keeping Up with St. Roza with Water Facts

Jordan Chang | October 11, 2018

St. Roza and their Water Campaign St. Roza, a veteran Grades of Green Team from Uganda and winner of the first Water Campaign, has joined us once again for this semester’s 2018 Water Campaign. The team has made incredible accomplishments in recent years. For the first Campaign, they have installed a water filtration system to …

Maple Village Waldorf School Honored Among 2018 Green Ribbon Schools

Jei Florentino | October 4, 2018

Grades of Green school Maple Village Waldorf School from Long Beach, CA was recently nominated by the CA Department of Education as a Green Ribbon School, an honor which recognizes schools nationwide for environmental and health-friendly practices. In addition to participating in Grades of Green’s Spring 2018 Water Challenge, Maple Village Waldorf school has expanded …

Meet Your Fall 2018 Mentors!

Jordan Chang | September 19, 2018

Connor Parks Connor is an intern at Grades of Green where he is a Mentor for California Campaign Teams who are competing in the Water Campaign. He is an Environmental Science major at the University of San Diego and is originally from San Clemente, CA. In his undergraduate studies, he is specifically focus on climate …

2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Report

Jei Florentino | June 25, 2018

The results are in, and Grades of Green is thrilled to share the 7th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge final report! Click here for the report which includes a summary detailing the success of each participating Los Angeles school, and highlights from this year. Collectively, the 2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge has educated and inspired over 13,000 students on how to …

Presidio Hill Grades of Green Team Activists Meet with Mayor and Supervisor

Jordan Chang | June 7, 2018

SF Grades of Green Team Meets with Politicians The City of San Francisco recently introduced legislation to ban straws within the city. Although introduced, the bill is still under a 30 day review for public commentary. To support the legislation and to commemorate World Environment Day, the Grades of Green Team at Presidio Hill School …

George Washington Academy Featured in Les Infos

Jordan Chang | May 31, 2018

George Washington Academy, a Grades of Green School in Casablanca, Morocco, was featured in Les Infos! The school was noted for being a semi-finalist in the Grades of Green Spring 2018 Water Challenge. The Spring 2018 Water Challenge was a global competition in which 136 student leaders at 40 schools from across the world designed …

Grades of Green Celebrates Trash Free Lunch Challenge Schools

Jei Florentino | May 15, 2018

This year, our Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge competition was extremely fierce. Although our panel of environmental experts could only choose one middle school and elementary school winner out of the 20 competing schools, each school overcame different obstacles and had their own unique accomplishments. Grades of Green celebrated each school with a …

Helen Keller Middle School Celebrates Success

Jei Florentino | April 17, 2018

After reducing their school’s lunchtime waste by 82% and diverting over 32,000 pounds of waste from landfills, Helen Keller Middle School was crowned the winning middle school of the 2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge! Grades of Green celebrated Keller’s success with specials guests from the community. Board of Education Member Diana Craighead, Deputy Superintendent of …

Daves Ave Elementary Succeeds in Banning Straws!

Jordan Chang | April 12, 2018

Banning Straws! In the past few weeks, we have kept you all updated on Daves Ave Elementary’s Grades of Green Team and their efforts to ban straws and single-use plastics in the Los Gatos School District! And… We’re happy to announce that Daves Ave Elementary has SUCCESSFULLY banned straws in their entire school district! After …

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Schools

Jei Florentino | April 6, 2018

20 schools in the greater Los Angeles area competed in Grades of Green’s 7th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge, and we could not be prouder of their results! The Trash Free Lunch Challenge is a competition for elementary and middle schools to see who can reduce their lunchtime waste the most This year, schools have …

Daves Ave Elementary Continuing the Fight Against Plastic

Jordan Chang | April 1, 2018

Straws and single-use plastics have been targeted by environmental organizations around the world due to their negative effect on the environment. Earlier this year, non-profits, including One More Generation and Bas Les Pailles have taken action against single-use plastics. Moreover, Daves Ave Elementary and Lexington Elementary, two Grades of Green schools from California, have joined …

St. Roza Hydrating Their Community and Their Future

Jordan Chang | March 22, 2018

World Water Day! March 22nd is World Water Day! As populations, economies, and productivity all expand throughout the world, it is important to learn about the water needed to fuel all these changes. Without enough water, electric generators cannot be cooled, agriculture for food and clothing cannot be grown, and hygiene standards would fall. Although …

7th Annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge Finalists Selected

Jei Florentino | March 19, 2018

20 Los Angeles schools have been competing in Grades of Green’s 7th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge, and have made some big changes! Grades of Green Team students are championing awesome waste reduction programs in their school communities, and are collectively diverting over 400 tons of trash from landfills. Each of these schools has truly embraced …