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 so proud of each school’s accomplishments thus far. Check out the halftime report here for all of the details! Interested in joining the 2017-2018 Trash Free Lunch Challenge? The wait list is now open. Email us at to save your spot today!

The 2016-2017 Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge is officially underway, and our team is thrilled to kick off the year with our Eco-Consultation visits at participating schools! This week the team visited two schools that are participating in the Trash Free Lunch Challenge, both of which are representing a new Grades of Green school district, Saugus Union, located in Santa Clarita. North Park Elementary has a strong student leadership team that is excited and eager to take on the challenge, and Bridgeport Elementary school is represented by a group of 6th grade students who are looking forward to leading their school in the program. During the Eco-Consultation, the Grades of Green team tours the school campus and collects data in order to help the school map out their plan for rolling out a successful and sustainable Trash Free Lunch program. Interested in helping your school reduce waste? Register your school here to check out our Trash Free Lunches Activity to see how you can get started!

Grades of Green is recruiting for its 6th Annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge to inspire students and school communities to be trash-free, care for the environment and reduce lunchtime trash!  All elementary and middle schools in the greater Los Angeles area are invited to register for the Challenge, as long as they do not have a lunchtime waste reduction program already in place. By participating in the Challenge, students learn new waste free habits they will carry with them for a lifetime, such as how to reduce, reuse and recycle.  On average participating schools reduce lunchtime waste by 70%, and winning schools reduce waste by over 90%!

By participating in this free program, each school will receive a personal Grades of Green Advisor, an eco-starter kit worth $1,000 in prizes, and a chance to compete for a $1,000 science grant.  To ensure each school’s efforts in the Challenge will be sustainable for years to come, Grades of Green also offers year-after-year guidance and will provide a follow-up assembly for the 2017-2018 school year!

If you’re interested in being one of only 25 schools selected to compete in Grades of Green’s 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge, please email us at or call us at 310-607-0175 to learn more about the program and to reserve your spot today! Want to learn more? Here’s a quick video about the Trash Free Lunch Challenge.

After months of supporting 22 Los Angeles schools in their quest to reduce their lunchtime waste, Grades of Green is thrilled to announce the grand prize winners of the 2015-2016 Trash Free Lunch Challenge! The Trash Free Lunch Challenge is a year-long contest where Grades of Green works one on one with schools to help them implement school wide waste reduction programs, which focus on encouraging students to bring reusable water bottles, lunch containers, and napkins to school, and to sort any waste they may have into recycle, compost, landfill, liquids, and tray stacking. Each year schools reduce waste on average by 72%, and winning schools reduce their waste by 90% or more! This year’s schools were truly outstanding, and picking the grand prize winners was no easy task. In the middle school category, La Merced Intermediate in Montebello took the 1st place trophy and the $1,000 grand prize. La Merced boasts an incredible student leadership team which consists of students monitoring the five sorting stations daily, as well as a daily trash bag reduction of 40 bags to 10 or less. In the elementary school category, Collegewood in Walnut received the $1,000 grand prize for their average lunchtime waste reduction of 94%, awesome student Grades of Green Team, and their leadership in banning Styrofoam trays from all of the schools in their district. Congratulations to both La Merced Intermediate and Collegewood Elementary! Grades of Green is currently looking for schools to participate in the 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge, for more information click here! To reserve your spot, email us at today!