Verte 2023

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Verte 2023

Verte is a festive event benefitting Grades of Green. Join nearly 400 distinguished guests, celebrities, and this year’s trailblazing honorees as we raise funds to continue educating and empowering students across the world to take action and make meaningful change in their local communities.

Location and Date

  • Thursday, October 12, 2023
  • 5:30-10:00PM
  • Optimist Studios
  • Los Angeles, CA

2023 Honorees

Dr. Melanie Lundquist

Lundquist Foundation
Dr. Melanie Lundquist, LHD, is an activist philanthropist whose voice is as fearless as her life-changing work. From Aspen and Bloomberg to Milken and POLITICO, she is a sought-after speaker on improving public education, fighting climate change, and impact philanthropy. Melanie has hosted high-level gatherings on climate solutions, including with Captain Planet Foundation Chair Laura Turner-Seydel, a past recipient of the Mother Earth Award.

Ethan Brown

CEO, Beyond Meat
Ethan Brown, the CEO and Founder of Beyond Meat, is committed to creating plant-based meat alternatives. His upbringing instilled a love for agriculture and the environment, guiding his career toward addressing climate change through clean energy solutions. He played a pivotal role in shaping grid management policies, contributing to federal and state policies. Later, he joined Ballard Power Systems, a leader in Proton Exchange Membrane (PEM) fuel cell development, rising to a direct reporting role to the CEO.

Verte Sponsorship

Investing in Grades of Green is an opportunity to grow the next generation of environmental leaders to create healthier, more equitable and sustainable communities around the world. Verte sponsorship is an excellent and engaging way to enjoy the festivities and maximize exposure of your business to the community and over 400 eco-oriented donors, business icons, celebrities, and distinguished honorees. Additionally, because of the high-profile nature of our attendees and inspiring student achievements, Verte draws media attention from many local and national media.

Sponsorship Packages

Individual Ticket


Fund a Teacher Stipend

Green Hero


Our sole presenting sponsorship is for the corporation looking for extra visibility before, during and after the event along with many ways to maximize the experience for you and your guests. Highlights include inclusion in our program video, the most prominent recognition logo placement, 2 premium tables and transportation to the event for 20 guests, yearlong student engagement opportunities, and an invitation to a leadership donor celebration.

Green Innnovator


SOAR Eco-Innovation Academy Corporate Partner. Join a select group of innovative, eco-minded corporate partners to shape eco-conscious future leaders and inspire them to create systemic and sustainable change. Highlights include logo inclusion in our SOAR program video, 1 table for 10 guests, student engagement opportunities, and an invitation to a leadership donor celebration.

Green Visionary


Get your brand noticed by sponsoring one of the many experiences happening during the event! Choice of one branding opportunity: Instagram Ready Step and Repeat at Entrance, Drink/ Appetizer Wall or Silent Auction online and at the event. Highlights include 4 tickets, logo inclusion, and a meet and greet with a student team.

Table Sponsor 10 Tickets


Fund a LAUNCH Eco-Toolkit

Recognition at the event, in Beach Reporter ad and on website. Opportunity to judge Eco-Grant projects, and/or meet or collaborate on a project with GoG students.

Business Leader 2 Tickets


Fund a Student Eco-Scholarship

Recognition at the event and a future meet and greet or project collaboration with GoG students.

Green Hero


Fund a Student Eco-Grant

Recognition at the event and a future meet and greet with GoG students