Grades of Green is excited to honor the City of Santa Monica at VERTE, our annual gala, on May 5th 2018. Santa Monica has long been a leader in sustainability and climate action. To date, Santa Monica has been successful in reducing greenhouse gases 20 percent below 1990 levels, a goal the State of California seeks to achieve by 2020. Santa Monica has now set its sights on becoming a carbon neutral community by 2050. The City of Santa Monica has provided annual support to Grades of Green for six years, fueling environmental efforts in 12 Santa Monica schools that are participating in Grades of Green Programs.

Grades of Green students in Santa Monica schools are also putting the city’s environmental ethos into action. Santa Monica Youth Corps students have been extremely active and highly successful in sustaining Grades of Green programs. One shining example is Youth Corps leader Grace, a student at the Crossroads School for Arts and Science in Santa Monica. Grace hosted two e-waste drives, raised funds to install solar panels on campus, taught multiple eco-lessons and even won the White House Champions of Change Award from former President Obama! Grace was also recently appointed to Congressman Ted Lieu’s Youth Advisory Council.

Inspired by the City of Santa Monica’s envioronemtnal achievements and students like Grace? Come celebrate by joining us at VERTE!
The VERTE Gala fundraiser will be held at 200 N. Sepulveda Boulevard, El Segundo, California 90245. The Cocktail Party begins at 6:00pm followed by dinner at 7:30pm and the stage program at 8:15pm. An after-party follows the stage program at 9:15pm. To purchase tickets click HERE.