Grades of Green kicked off earth month by hosting fun and educational booths at multiple outreach events! At the Bixby Knolls Earth Day event, Grades of Green staff and Youth Corps Eco-Leadership students invited guests to make recycled gift tags. This year the event showcased electric vehicles, rain barrels, and green demonstrations. The event was made complete by free environmentally friendly giveaways and free paper shredding!

At the LA County Sanitation District Earth Day event, Grades of Green staff played the Natural Resources Matching Game with guests while also encouraging people to take on an environmental pledge to help the planet. With everything from water reclamation plant and materials recovery facility tours to free shower buckets and reusable bag handouts, the LA County Sanitation District Earth Day event inspired thousands of people to do their part to help the environment.

Want to test your knowledge of natural resources by playing the Grades of Green Natural Resources Matching Game or share an environmental pledge with social media by writing it out on the Grades of Green environmental pledge board? Stop by the Grades of Green booth at the MB Earth Day Celebration event at Polliwog Park on Saturday, April 22nd! Interested in taking on an eco-friendly activity with your school in honor of earth month? Click here to register and unlock Grades of Green’s 40+ Activities!

Spring 2017 Outreach Events Calendar:


Taste of Blue Zones @ Manhattan Beach Civic Plaza (Manhattan Beach)


LA Environmental Education Fair @ Los Angeles County Arboretum & Botanic Garden (Arcadia)


Grades of Green Fundraiser @ Lush, Del Amo Fashion Center (Torrance)


Star Eco Station’s Children’s Earth Day @ Star Eco Station (Culver City)


LA County Sanitation District Earth Day @ LA County Sanitation District Main Office (Whittier)


Bixby Knolls Earth Day @ 3737 Long Beach Boulevard (Long Beach)


Manhattan Beach Earth Day @ Polliwog Park (Manhattan Beach)

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How do schools prepare to compete in Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch Challenge? By attending Training Day of course! Student and staff representatives from the 25 schools competing in this year’s Challenge went to the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County on October 5th to learn helpful tips about what their school can do to reduce their lunchtime waste. The Sanitation Districts gave participants a tour of the Puente Hills Landfill and Materials Recovery Facility to give the students, teachers, parents, custodial staff, and administrators alike a better understanding of why it is so important to reduce their lunchtime waste. Along with the tour, school representatives came away from training day with a a Trash Free Lunch Challenge Handbook, the inside scoop about best practices for the Challenge, and big prize bag of goodies from our partners including products from AlgalitaBubi, Dabbawalla Bags, Funkins,  Go Green Lunchbox, Legends Socks, Klean Kanteen, and U Konserve. Click here to view more photos from Training Day. Thank you so much to those partners and our incredible sponsors at the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, Northrop Grummon, and Johnson Ohana Charitable Foundation for making the Trash Free Lunch Challenge possible!

We are so excited to see the creative ways the competing schools implement Grades of Green’s waste Activities this year. Are you interested in reducing lunchtime waste at your school? Check out the Trash Free Lunches Activity to see how you can get started!