Student Stories

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 …

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! …

Behind the Scenes Eco-Tour at Staples Center

Allie Bussjaeger | January 23, 2019

When Grades of Green partners with sports teams, you know it will have an eco-twist! Not only did Grades of Green guests enjoy the Los Angeles Kings versus St. Louis Blues hockey game on Sunday, but our group was able to take an exclusive behind the scenes eco-tour thanks to our partners at the Kings …

Grades of Green Celebrates Halloween

Jei Florentino | October 30, 2018

With the help of several Grades of Green students,  Grades of Green celebrated Halloween early by co-hosting a booth with the Manhattan Beach Downtown Business and Professional Association at the Manhattan Beach Pumpkin Races. While competitors waited their turn to race their custom-built pumpkins down Manhattan Beach Blvd, Grades of Green students taught them how …

Grades of Green Students Tackle Water and Waste

Jei Florentino | July 31, 2018

Middle School Grades of Green student leaders Leslie and Mariana from Long Beach, CA wanted to help their school conserve water, so they set out to install a rain barrel on campus to collect rain water! To install a rain barrel, they first had to raise money to purchase the rain barrel. These rockstar students …

Make Your Own Eco-Display

Jei Florentino | July 2, 2018

When you’re spreading an environmental message, consider creating an eco-display or recycled art project. Visuals can be easier to understand than text or a verbal presentation. For example, last April students from Manhattan Beach, CA went to their City Council to advocate for the banning of plastic straws. They spoke about the negative impact plastic …

Grades of Green’s Office Upgrades Waste Diversion Efforts

Jei Florentino | June 19, 2018

Did you know that 80% of office waste is recyclable?  Whether it be paper, plastic, food, or batteries, there are many workspace items that end up in the landfill that can and should be diverted. In Los Angeles, the Grades of Green office is located at a shared workspace called Bizhaus.  BizHaus El Segundo recently …

Congratulations 2017-2018 Youth Corps Eco-Leaders

Jei Florentino | May 22, 2018

Grades of Green is proud to congratulate the exceptional students who participated in the Los Angeles 2017-2018 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program! Over the weekend 200 students, family members, and community members gathered for our Environmental Expo to conclude the year. The celebration took place was generously hosted by our partners at Subaru Pacific in Hawthorne. The event …

Grades of Green Eco-Leaders Recognized by Supervisor Sheila Kuehl

Jei Florentino | May 21, 2018

As the school year comes to an end, Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leaders are starting to get recognized by their schools and communities for all of their Grades of Green eco-activities that they began implementing back in the fall. Grades of Green Eco-Leaders Johanna and Averie from Lincoln Middle School in Santa Monica and …

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 …

Educating through Resourcefulness!

Jordan Chang | March 15, 2018

Resourceful and Daring! Kanwal, a Grades of Green student in Pakistan, continues to impress! Last semester, she noticed that environmental education was lacking in her community. Moreover, the lack of trash and recycling infrastructure did her no favors. Thus, the ambitious student took matters into her own hands and organized a “Single Use Plastic” Seminar …

Mott Hall III Cuts Waste in Half!

Jordan Chang | February 8, 2018

New Record! Mott Hall III and Ms. Moe had no trouble implementing their Waste Sorting Station activity! This amazing school in the Bronx in New York accomplished so much in no time. In only two weeks, the Grades of Green Team students reduced their weekly lunch time trash from 100 bags to a record breaking …

Environmental Unity Across the Globe

Jordan Chang | January 18, 2018

Facing Environmental Challenges Together! Grades of Green schools can be found all over the world. Currently, Grades of Green schools span 17 different countries. These schools have implemented Grades of Green activities all around the world while providing a variety of international viewpoints and answers to environmental problems. Many of these solutions can be applied …

Meet Program Advisor Jordan!

Jordan Chang | December 12, 2017

Introducing a New Program Advisor!   Jordan is a New Program Advisor for Grades of Green’s Global Program in the New York Office. He primarily works on engaging students in Grades of Green programs around the world and developing program content. Additionally, he makes videos and provides sustainable recipes for the Grades of Green team. …

Kanwal Hosts a Waste Reduction Seminar

Jordan Chang | December 4, 2017

Kanwal Can Do It All! Kanwal’s passion for environmental advocacy and responsibility shines bright. This recent Grades of Green student from Pakistan is already making waves in the field of sustainability. Despite her young age, Kanwal recently organized and hosted a “Single-Use Plastics” Seminar in Pakistan this past week. Kanwal, along with a multitude of …