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Grand Prize Winners Bridgeport Elementary School Continue to Roll

Rebeca Rozenbaum | August 14, 2019

Bridgeport Elementary School’s2019 Grades of Green Waste Campaign went swimmingly. The Grand Prize Winners, earned an Eco-Grant to expand their sustainability initiatives. Student leaders from the school’s Green Team began a food rescue program in which they collected items such as apples, bananas, oranges, unopened water bottles, and pre-packed snacks every two days that were delivered …

Things for Good – July 2019

gogadmin | July 19, 2019

Jump into Summer with Green News!

Below the Fold
Grades of Green Shares Student Success Stories on Below the Fold

Justin Bulova | July 16, 2019

Last week, Below the Fold host Kristin Brey invited Grades of Green to speak about student sustainability success stories. Communications Associate Justin Bulova shares about Grades of Green’s history, mission, and campaigns. Click here to listen to the full interview. Several eco-leaders were mentioned throughout the interview, such as Deep Creek Middle School, from Chesapeake, VA. Chesapeake Middle School’s Green …

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Meet Nicole From the California Academy of Mathematics and Science

Justin Bulova | July 9, 2019

Today we’d like to introduce you to Nicole, from Long Beach, California. She is a Senior at California Academy of Mathematics and Science, where the Human, Environmental, and Animal Rights Club participated in our 2019 Waste Campaign. Welcome Nicole, thank you so much for sharing your Waste Campaign experience with us! To begin, we would love to …

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Grades of Green Rockstars Graduate!

Jordan Chang | July 1, 2019

Long Time Eco-Participants GraduateThe South Bay Team’s Isaiah and Gerard have participated in Grades of Green programs for the past 4 years. The two eco-leaders have partaken in Youth Corps challenges, Trash Free Lunches, and most recently, the 2019 Waste Campaign. The two have graduated from high school and plan to continue their environmental work …

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Go Green with Pesto

Jordan Chang | June 20, 2019

Cool Off with Green PestoWant to go green with a delicious recipe? Want to cool off during the hot summer months? If so, try out this unique pesto recipe! This pesto sauce can be spread on sandwiches, poured onto veggies for cool salads, or stirred into cooked linguine pasta for a special occasion. Traditional pestos …

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Whitney High School’s Green Team, Grades of Green, Featured in Voyage LA

Justin Bulova | June 18, 2019

Justin Bulova has been with the Grades of Green team for about one year now, previously having worked with elected officials and aspiring candidates. His passion for community service and civic engagement have been a welcomed addition to our Grades of Green Team. “Working with student leaders to protect our environment, to make a positive impact on …

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Over 100 Student Leaders Present their Sustainability Solutions at Impact-a-thon

Justin Bulova | June 14, 2019

On June 2nd, Subaru Pacific in Hawthorne, California opened their doors to recognize student leaders throughout California and around the globe. 12 Campaign Teams attended in person, and another 8 participated virtually from as far as Rome and Indonesia. Over 100 student leaders shared their sustainability solutions with the community, local elected officials, and media. The Grades of Green Youth …

Impact-a-thon a Success

Jordan Chang | June 3, 2019

Grades of Green’s Impact-a-thon at Subaru Pacific was a success! Students that participated in past Grades of Green Campaigns gathered to share their findings and solutions to not only celebrate their efforts but to teach others how to engage in environmentally friendly actions. Teams focused on addressing waste and water issues by partaking in methods …

Columbus Tustin Middle School Presents: Climate Solutions Summit

Justin Bulova | May 28, 2019

On May 14th, winners of the 2018 Water Campaign, Columbus Tustin Middle School held their second annual Climate Solution Summit. Hosted at their middle school campus in Tustin, California, over 200 local students participated in the event – which was attended by the Mayor of Tustin, Charles Puckett, the Mayor Pro Term, and several School …

Summer Recipe: Elote Corn

Jordan Chang | May 22, 2019

Need a New Sustainable Recipe This Summer? Try making Elote Corn! This savory and refreshing dish is perfect for a summer day! Ingredients: 4 ears of corn 1/3 cup of sour cream / Mexican crema 1/3 cup of mayonnaise (you can substitute with vegan mayonnaise) 1 teaspoon of ancho chili powder 1 teaspoon of cumin …

Results From the 2019 Waste Campaign Are In! Read the Final Report

Emily Stewart | May 16, 2019

Grades of Green is excited to share the 2019 Waste Campaign Final Report, which highlights the program’s objectives, outcomes, student stories and media coverage. Read the full 2019 Waste Campaign Final Report here to learn more! The inaugural 2019 Waste Campaign was launched in January 2019 and provided environmental leadership tools and mentorship to 879 …

Bryant Ranch Elementary Participates in Earth Week Trash Reduction

Jordan Chang | May 13, 2019

From April 22-26, students at Bryant Ranch Elementary participated in a school wide Earth Week campaign which was proudly sponsored by the school’s Green Team. Activities included a week-long trash-free lunch program, a free student-led Eco-craft focusing on paper waste reduction, and environmentally friendly participation prizes. During the week, students were encouraged to bring in …

The South Bay Campaign Team Recognized by Manhattan Beach City Council

Justin Bulova | May 11, 2019

The South Bay Team, made up of 7 Student Eco-Leaders from four schools through-out the Southern California South Bay, have become a consistent staple in Grades of Green Campaigns. Having grown along with Grades of Green, student leaders like Sophia and Isaiah began as Youth Corps students and have evolved into Co-leaders of the South …

Read the 2018 Water Campaign Final Report

Emily Stewart | May 10, 2019

Grades of Green is excited to share the 2018 Water Campaign Final Report, which highlights the objectives, outcomes, student stories and media highlights from the program. Read the full 2018 Water Campaign Final Report here. The 2018 Water Campaign, which launched in September and culminated in December, empowered 530 students to form 51 Water Campaign …