Trash Free Lunch Challenge

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 …

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 …

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 …

Subaru Pacific features Grades of Green in Dealership

Allie Bussjaeger | February 6, 2018

Grades of Green is grateful to work with  amazing organizations who care about the environment. Our friends at LAcarGUY and Subaru Pacific have believed in us from the very beginning! From supporting the Los Angeles Trash Free Lunch Challenge to our No Idle Zone Activity, they have always gone above and beyond for Grades of …

2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Halftime Report

Jei Florentino | February 1, 2018

Grades of Green is honored to mentor 20 Los Angeles schools competing in our 7th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge! Each school participates by setting up a Grades of Green Team, and developing a waste reduction program consisting of Trash Free Lunches and Waste Sorting Stations. After conducting an eco-consultation at the beginning of the …

Bryant Ranch Becomes Grades of Green Certified!

Jordan Chang | December 16, 2017

Certified and Beyond! Congratulations to Bryant Ranch, who just became a Grades of Green Certified school. The Orange County school’s Grades of Green Team worked hard over the course of the past year to achieve this prestigious award. Through their strong student leadership and guidance from teachers and Suzan C., Bryant Ranch implemented Waste Reduction …

Prisk Elementary Green Team Students Lead Waste Reduction Efforts

Jei Florentino | December 12, 2017

At Grades of Green, our mission is to inspire and empower kids to care for the environment, so when a group of passionate students at a school want to get involved, we are thrilled! After a few Girl Scouts at Prisk Elementary from Long Beach Unified School District learned about the negative impacts waste has …

Robinson K-8 Academy Dramatically Reduces Lunchtime Waste

Jei Florentino | December 5, 2017

At Grades of Green, we are often asked if our lunchtime waste reduction activity can be successful at bigger schools, such as middle schools. Great news – schools with a high student population can make a big dent in waste reduction! Los Angeles middle schools participating in our Trash Free Lunch Challenge, such as Robinson …

Franklin Elementary Continues its Fourth Year as a Grades of Green School

Jei Florentino | November 20, 2017

Franklin Elementary from Santa Monica began its eco-friendly journey with Grades of Green back in 2013 and has continued to lead the way as green school ever since. Franklin competed in Grades of Greens 2013-2014 Trash Free Lunch Challenge. After reducing and diverting lunchtime waste by packing trash free lunches and adding in liquids, recycling, …

Cesar Chavez Elementary Earns Waste Reduction Grant

Jei Florentino | November 14, 2017

In just one year, Grades of Green can help an entire school transform student attitudes on waste reduction. Last year, Cesar Chavez Elementary from Long Beach Unified School District competed in Grades of Green’s 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge. At the beginning of the Challenge, the school created twenty-five bags of lunchtime trash. Grades of …

Grades of Green partners with Kings Care Foundation to celebrate Saint Anthony School

Allie Bussjaeger | November 9, 2017

Saint Anthony school in Long Beach, California kicked off their Grades of Green program with a huge splash thanks to the Kings Care Foundation and Blue Shield of California! The school is competing in the 2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge, and began by inviting Grades of Green to host a kick-off assembly to educate students …

Charles Helmers Kicks off their Trash Free Lunch Program

Jei Florentino | November 7, 2017

Charles Helmers Elementary from Saugus Unified School District recently kicked off their waste reduction program by participating in Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge – and they are in it to win it! Before entering the Challenge, the school of nearly one thousand students had no waste sorting system and created seventeen bags of …

Los Angeles schools kick off 7th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge

Allie Bussjaeger | October 11, 2017

The 2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge officially kicked off at our 7th annual Training Day event. Grades of Green Team representatives from the 23 Los Angeles schools competing in this year’s Challenge visited the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County to explore best practices in helping their school to decrease lunchtime waste. The Sanitation Districts gave attendees a …

Lindbergh STEM Academy adds In Class Recycling

Allie Bussjaeger | September 29, 2017

Lindbergh STEM Academy in Long Beach, California, has been busy since winning the 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge! Last year during the Challenge, Lindbergh reduced their lunchtime trash from 26 bags each day to just two bags; a whopping 92% reduction. The school created a Grades of Green Team consisting of passionate students who meet …