Trash Free Lunch Challenge

3 spots left in the Trash Free Lunch Challenge

Allie Bussjaeger | September 21, 2017

Grades of Green is thrilled to be partnering with 22 Los Angeles elementary, middle and K-8 schools in our 7th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge. Each year, schools compete to see who can be the best at inspiring and empowering students to care for the environment by reducing their lunchtime waste. Stemming from Grades of …

The Hamilton Tower of Trays Challenge

Jei Florentino | September 15, 2017

This year Hamilton Middle School from Long Beach got a refresher lesson in recycling, and a little something extra as well. The fun began when the school enrolled in Grades of Green’s 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge. As part of the program, students were asked to stack their paper lunch trays for recycling instead of …

Grades of Green Back to School Assemblies are in Action

Allie Bussjaeger | September 1, 2017

The 2017-2018 school year is underway, and the Grades of Green staff is thrilled to be visiting our awesome schools again! Many schools who have competed in Grades of Green’s Los Angeles based Trash Free Lunch Challenge have invited us to help them kick off the new school year on a “green” foot through an …

Trash Free Lunch Challenge Featured by Lush

Jei Florentino | July 17, 2017

Lush highlighted Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge and our mission to inspire and empower kids to care for the environment. Thanks to their sponsorship, Grades of Green was able to help schools across southern California reduce their lunchtime waste by an average of 70%! Read the full story by clicking here, or you …

Grades of Green Schools in Hawthorne Recognized for Excellence

Jei Florentino | July 3, 2017

Hawthorne schools Prairie Vista Middle School, Ramona Elementary, and York Elementary were all recognized in the City of Hawthorne’s Recycle Today Newsletter for their participation and excellence in Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge. Check out the story and get ready to be inspired by clicking here! Interested in joining the 2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch …

2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Report

Allie Bussjaeger | June 19, 2017

The results are in, and Grades of Green is thrilled to share the 6th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge final report! The report includes a summary detailing the success of each participating school, and highlights from this year. Collectively, the 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge has educated and inspired over 17,000 students on how to reduce, reuse, …

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 …

Register for the 2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge!

Allie Bussjaeger | May 26, 2017

Are you an elementary school, middle school, or K-8 school located in the greater Los Angeles area? Are you interested in launching a waste reduction program at your school? Good news – Grades of Green is recruiting for its 7th Annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge to inspire and empower students and school communities to be …

TreePeople Blog Recognizes Grades of Green School, ViewPoint

Jei Florentino | March 30, 2017

Viewpoint School, a participant in the Grades of Green 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge has been recognized by TreePeople Blog for all of their environmental efforts including composting and waste reduction! Check out the story by clicking here!

Congratulations 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge Winners

Allie Bussjaeger | March 30, 2017

Grades of Green is proud to announce the grand prize winners of the 6th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge! After a panel of environmental experts visited the top three middle schools and the top three elementary schools, the winners were selected. Winning schools were chosen based on how well the Grades of Green team inspired …

6th annual Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge finalists selected!

Allie Bussjaeger | March 15, 2017

25 schools have been competing in Grades of Green’s 6th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge, and have implemented awesome waste reduction programs in their school communities. Each of these schools has truly embraced the program, and we are so proud of their efforts. After careful review, we are proud to announce the 6 finalist schools! …

Grades of Green students present at Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County Board Meeting

Allie Bussjaeger | February 22, 2017

Grades of Green team student leaders from Macy Intermediate gave a special presentation at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County (LACSD) board meeting. The LACSD, who have graciously sponsored the Trash Free Lunch Challenge since its inception six years ago, invited Grades of Green to present about the program at a board meeting. Upon hearing …

Northpark Elementary creates student made trash free lunches video

Allie Bussjaeger | January 18, 2017

The 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge schools are making reducing, reusing and recycling the cool thing to do! These 24 schools are working hard to decrease their lunchtime waste, and are launching student inspired campaigns to educate their school community. North Park Elementary school, located in Santa Clarita, is spreading the word about the school’s participation …

Rogers Middle School takes on more Grades of Green Activities

Allie Bussjaeger | January 13, 2017

After being awarded as a finalist in the 2015-2016 Trash Free Lunch Challenge, Rogers Middle School in Long Beach, California has become more motivated to keep focusing on reducing, reusing and recycling whenever possible. Grades of Green visited the school to give an assembly to the students the first day back from winter break, and …

Trash Free Lunch Challenge Halftime Report

Allie Bussjaeger | January 3, 2017

Grades of Green’s 6th annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge schools are rockin’ it in the New Year! As of January 2017, all schools have kicked off their lunchtime waste reduction program and are reducing bags of trash each day with support from Grades of Green. These schools are making big changes, and Grades of Green is …