School Resources

Water Bottle Filling Station Grants Available to Schools in Los Angeles County, CA

Jei Florentino | July 31, 2017

Did you know the production of disposable water bottles uses 17 million barrels of oil a year? Purchasing water bottle filling stations for school campuses are not only a great way to provide fresh drinking water to students, but they can also help conserve natural resources, teach kids about the impact of single use plastics, …

Paris Climate Agreement: A Guide To What Your Kids Need To Know And How To Support Them.

Emily Gee | June 20, 2017

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Franklin Classical Expands Grades of Green Program

Allie Bussjaeger | June 5, 2017

Franklin Classical Middle School in Long Beach, California participated in Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge in 2014-2015, and has taken their Grades of Green program to new heights! In the past three years, the school has donated 21,000 pounds of food to local shelters.  Every Friday after school, Grades of Green Team students volunteer their time to …

Change Starts With You

gogadmin | May 18, 2017

Reading the news lately? Environmental protection rollbacks and climate change inaction, especially in the United States, getting you down? All hope isn’t lost, because YOU have the power to impact policy even if you aren’t old enough to vote yet. Our Students in Action activity has easy-to-follow steps and helpful downloadable resources to motivate you …

Grades of Green Takes on Earth Day 5K

gogadmin | April 27, 2017

Grades of Green’s New York City office recently participated in an Earth Day 5k Green Tour hosted by Earth Day Initiative. Our favorite stop was The Battery Urban Farm, where we started our tour bright and early in the drizzling rain. It’s an educational farm hidden in plain sight! The Battery Urban Farm is a …

Come Play our Natural Resources Matching Game

Jei Florentino | April 14, 2017

Do you know what natural resource glass is made from? Did you know that everything we use in our daily lives comes from the earth? Grades of Green welcomes you to play our Natural Resources Matching Game! Players choose from a variety of manmade items and guess which natural resource it comes from. Our Natural …

Five Tips for Greening Special Events

Emily Stewart | April 7, 2017

Re-using and recycling supplies at special events saves your school money and diverts waste from landfills. Greening your events also sets a great example for parents and students that sustainability can be easy and saves money. Check out Grades of Green’s top five tips for greening special events at your school: 1. Recruit a volunteer …

Grades of Green’s Spring 2017 Honor Roll

gogadmin | March 31, 2017

We want to congratulate all of the Grades of Green schools that received their Grades of Green Certification this year. These schools have implemented 5+ Grades of Green Activities, to earn Grades of Green Certification! Let’s hear it for: GRADES OF GREEN HONOR ROLL SCHOOLS: Daves Avenue Elementary, Los Gatos, CA [19 GOG Activities!] Grand View …

Best Practices for Green School Assemblies

gogadmin | March 31, 2017

Green school assemblies offer a fun, and exciting approach to environmental education, and students will love these assemblies! Students will better retain environmental information through interactive eco-friendly school assemblies. Find a volunteer to oversee the school assembly process. That volunteer will research green school assembly ideas for your school. Some green assembly ideas include contacting …

Best Practices For Green Field Trips

gogadmin | March 30, 2017

Check out these tips on fostering a green field trip for your school. First, find a volunteer (either a parent, student or educator) to research an environmentally friendly location for a school field trip. This volunteer should then compile a list of all the green field trips that your school could potential embark upon. Think about …

Best Publicity Practices

gogadmin | March 30, 2017

There is nothing like some positive publicity to inspire and empower your school to keep up its environmental efforts! You should aim to publicize each Grades of Green Activity that you implement at your school. Publicizing your school’s success boosts both the pride and the morale of your Grades of Green Team, because this publicity …

Best Fundraising Practices

gogadmin | March 30, 2017

You may have found that many Grades of Green Activities cost nothing to implement. However, some Grades of Green Activities do require some expenses. Fundraising provides schools with additional resources to cover the costs of certain Grades of Green Activities. Find a volunteer (either a parent, student or educator) to think of ways to fundraise for …

Best Practices For Grants and Awards

gogadmin | March 30, 2017

If you’ve implemented any Grades of Green Activities or you are planning to implement one, applying for grants and awards can help your school earn some money to support its environmental initiatives. Earning grants helps to alleviate some pressure from your school’s budget, and applying for grants is a simple process as well! You’ll need one …

Free Online Screening of “Priceless”

gogadmin | March 9, 2017

Many of you are probably planning for or in the process of putting together your Earth Day festivities. Here’s one way to kick off next month: on Wednesday, April 5th at 7pm Eastern Standard Time, The Bard Center for Environmental Policy will host a free online screening of “Priceless,” which is an episode from the …

No Idle Zone Webinar Recap

gogadmin | February 24, 2017

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our No Idle Zone webinar recently! We’ve uploaded and embedded the full webinar video as well as the idling pollution clip to this post. ​For the best viewing experience, click play and then expand to the full screen version!   Here’s a list of commonly asked questions about taking on …