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 included delicious vegetarian pizzas and salads, an ice cream cart, a photo booth, games, live music, a DJ, and science -fair style booth presentations from each  Youth Corps Eco-Leader showcasing the Grades of Green Activity they implemented over the past year. In the past nine months, Youth Corps leaders have accomplished some amazing environmental feats including installing rain barrels on campus, rolling out e-waste drives, teaching Eco-Lessons in their classrooms and more.

Each student was presented with a certificate of recognition from Grades of Green, as well as a certificate from their respective Los Angeles County District office. Six Youth Corps student groups were even awarded a $100 scholarship from Subaru Pacific to continue and expand their Grades of Green Activities. These six student groups were voted as Crowd Favorite, Most Impressive Metrics, Best Community Builder, Most Persistent, Strong Leadership Skills, and Most Creative Display. To top it all off, the Grades of Green Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program was honored to be presented with a check of over $10,000 from Subaru’s Share the Love event! To check out photos from the celebration, click here!

This year’s Youth Corps Eco-Leaders are leading the way in environmental stewardship, and we could not be more proud! Thank you to the incredible sponsors who help us make this program possible: Arconic FoundationCity of Santa Monica,    County of Los Angeles 4th District,  Subaru Pacific, LAcarGUY, Beach Cities Health District, Continental Development Corporation, and Klean Kanteen!

Are you interested in leading a Grades of Green program at your school or in your community? Email for more information on how you can get involved in our global Waste and Water Campaigns!


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 Green. During a recent visit to the LEED Certified Subaru Pacific dealership, we were thrilled to see their featured partners wall, which included Grades of Green. Thanks to Subaru, Subaru Pacific and LAcarGUY for making a positive impact in the world through the Subaru Love Promise Community Commitment. Grades of Green is honored to partner with you!

Interested in seeing the dealership yourself? Save the date for our Youth Corps Eco-Leadership program celebration day on May 20th, 2018. This eco-afternoon will include music, lunch, and a festival to learn about our Youth Corps eco-leaders and the Grades of Green Activities they have implemented this year.

What’s greener than no idle zones in schools? No idle zones in car dealerships! In celebration of Earth Month, LAcarGUY is setting a new auto industry standard by introducing the very first No Idle Service Center in all 11 of their South Bay dealerships. As one of Grades of Green’s longtime supporters, LAcarGUY has helped dozens of schools take on the No Idle Zone activity to educate parents and students on why it’s important to reduce carbon emissions and unnecessary idling. As green leaders of the auto industry, LAcarGUY is showing just why they are on the forefront of environmental sustainability. Way to go LAcarGUY! Interested in implementing a no idle zone in your school? Check out Grades of Green’s No Idle Zone Activity for a step-by-step guide on how to roll out a successful program and don’t forget to watch our recent webinar to learn how one small and simple change can make a positive impact on the environment.