Did you know the production of disposable water bottles uses 17 million barrels of oil a year? Purchasing water bottle filling stations for school campuses are not only a great way to provide fresh drinking water to students, but they can also help conserve natural resources, teach kids about the impact of single use plastics, and encourage the use of reusable water bottles. In fact, by encouraging students to use reusable bottles, families can save up to $300 every year!

Do you know a school in Los Angeles County, CA that’s been wanting to purchase a water bottle filling station?  For a limited time,  our friends at the West Basin Municipal Water District will award grants – up to $1,000 maximum per applicant – for the purchase of a Water Bottle Filling Station! Applications will be continuously accepted on a first-come first-served basis. To see if your school is eligible and for more information, view their flyer here or visit their website here.

Want help choosing the right water bottle filling station for your campus and encouraging students to use it? Whether you’re in Los Angeles County or on the other side of the world, click here to register and unlock Grades of Green’s Water Refill Station Activity and receive one-one-one support from a Grades of Green Advisor!

The Grades of Green team was all smiles this weekend as we welcomed 60 students into the 2016-2017 Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program. On Sunday, October 9th, Grades of Green students from all across the greater Los Angeles area gathered at the Manhattan Beach Library for Youth Corps Orientation. After a lunch stacked with Fresh Brothers pizza, fresh fruit snacks from GROW, snacks from Pirate’s Booty and Clif Bars, and buzzing conversation, students in grades 2-12 with a passion for the environment met one another through participating in fun get-to-know-you games. These Youth Corps students heard from environmental experts from Earth Friendly Products, Coalition for Clean Air, West Basin Municipal Water District, and Southern California Edison who helped inspire incredible Grades of Green Activity ideas and raise awareness about pressing issues. Youth Corps students also had the opportunity to share ideas with one another and get practical advice from their advisors and fellow youth leaders. Grades of Green is so excited to see how these students will influence their peers, dazzle the community, and help make our environment a healthier place. Thank you so much to our sponsors at Murad Family Foundation, Earth Friendly Products, Alcoa Foundation, City of Santa Monica, Southern California Edison, and the Vanderbilt Family Foundation for making the Youth Corps Eco-Leadership Program possible! Click here to view more photos from Orientation!

Are you interested in being an environmental leader in your school? Check out Grades of Green’s Activities to see how you can get started!