Lindbergh STEM Academy in Long Beach, California, has been busy since winning the 2016-2017 Trash Free Lunch Challenge! Last year during the Challenge, Lindbergh reduced their lunchtime trash from 26 bags each day to just two bags; a whopping 92% reduction. The school created a Grades of Green Team consisting of passionate students who meet every Monday morning to ensure the eco-programs on campus are running smoothly. The Green Team manages the trash free lunch program, the compost program, and more.  At the start of the 2017-2018 school year, the Lindbergh Grades of Green team is rolling out in-class recycling, allowing all classrooms on campus to recycle paper, plastic, bottles and cans. Lindbergh is on their way to zero waste, and Grades of Green is thrilled to support their efforts!

Interested in starting a student Grades of Green Team like Lindbergh’s? Join us for our webinar on October 12th, 2017 to learn best practices! For more information about the Getting Started Webinar, click here.

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 Green’s Trash Free Lunches Activity, the Challenge encourages students to reduce, reuse and recycle to create a healthier environment. On average, participating schools reduce their trash by 72%, and winning schools reduce by over 90%. Grades of Green is able to support 25 schools in this year’s Challenge, meaning we have just 3 spots left!

Interested in getting your school involved in the Trash Free Lunch Challenge? Email us today if you’d like to learn more and to save your spot at

Our friends at UKonserve create waste-free and resuable lunch-packaging and food-storage solutions. Interested in checking out UKonserve‘s eco-products? We hope so! As Grades of Green supporters, students and schools, you can use the special code UKSCHOOLS to receive 20% off your next UKonserve order! Check it out and tag us @gradesofgreen and @kidskonserve on social media to show off your trash free lunches!