Grades of Green’s Awards

– 2020 PEYA The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded the President’s Environmental Youth Award (PEYA) to Justin Sather, 9, of Los Angeles for his work creating the “Parallel Projects”. Supported by an Eco-Grant from Grades of Green, Justin initiated an intercontinental collaboration of students in a series of projects involving plastic waste. Participants work in parallel, in their own countries, sharing methods and results with the goal of inspiring others and raising awareness of worldwide plastic pollution.

– 2019 SEED Award Youth Corps student Rylee Goldfarb won the 2019 Environmental Leadership SoCal Environmental Excellence Development (SEED) Bridge Builder Award from the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition (SBBEC) for her seven years of Youth Corps eco leadership work organizing green festivals and leading environmental clubs at her Redondo Beach school. She has already worked closely with many state and local politicians and has a tremendous future in the world of environmental issues.

– 2019 SEED Award Grades of Green won the 2019 Environmental Leadership SoCal Environmental Excellence Development (SEED) Award from the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition (SBBEC) for their Fall 2018 Water Campaign which mentored 528 Eco-Leaders in 36 states and 8 Countries. Through student presentations at city council meetings, community events and at school assemblies 4,200 community members and leaders were educated. 9,761,237 gallons of water were conserved through student led water solutions and daily habit changes.

– 2019 County of Los Angeles Green Leadership Award for students’ outstanding achievements in the Water Campaign. The Green Leadership Awards recognize the outstanding efforts by individuals and organizations in fulfilling innovative strategies to improve environmental sustainability in Los Angeles. Development Director, Kim Siehl and Program Manager, Emily Stewart received the award on behalf of Grades of Green from Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn in April 2019.

– 2015 Taproot Golden Root Award

– 2015 SCAQMD Grades of Green won the Award for Promotion of Good Environmental Stewardship from The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) at its 27th Annual Clean Air Awards for the Youth Corps Eco – Leadership program

 2015 PEYA Manhattan Beach Youth Corps Student Joshua Cigoianu was selected as one of only 10 students nationwide to receive the 2015 President’s Environmental Youth Award for his Grades of Green School Wide Water Reduction Activity project and was flown to Washington D.C. in August 2016 to be congratulated by President Obama at the White House.

 2015 SEED Award Grades of Green won the 2015 Innovation SoCal Environmental Excellence Development (SEED) Award from the South Bay Business Environmental Coalition (SBBEC). The SBBEC’s local government members strive to encourage and inspire environmental sustainability strategies. The SBBEC developed the SEED Awards Program to honor local individuals, groups, and businesses that have exhibited excellence in helping to improve environmental sustainability and quality of life in the South Bay

Mary Bragg Winners Recognized
Mary Bragg School Team – Photo courtesy of ABCUSD.

 2014 Keep America Beautiful Runner Up Youth Program Award

– 2012 CRRA Outstanding Waste Prevention Award. The California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) recently presented its Outstanding Waste Prevention Award to Grades of Green at CRRA’s 36th Annual Conference and Trade show for successfully implementing a program that prevents the generation of waste. The award was based on Grades of Green’s efforts to educate students on the “hows” and “whys” of reducing their lunchtime and campus trash in the Trash Free Lunch Challenge Program.

– 2011 Champions of Change Grades of Green Youth Board Advisors Grace Cortese and Sam Holtz receive the Champions of Change Award and are invited to the White House to meet President Obama. Grace is recognized for implementing programs at her school and church, such as adding worm composters and looking to reduce electricity consumption. Sam was recognized for spearheading a Souls for Souls tennis shoe collection drive where the old tennis shoes were recycled and turned into playgrounds.

– 2009 United States Conference of Mayors award awarded to Grades of Green, Waste Management and the City of Manhattan Beach for a successful partnership between a public and private entity. Grades of Green worked closely with Waste Management and the City to bring super recycling, composting, and other green programs to the schools located within the city of Manhattan Beach.

– 2009 EPA awards Grades of Green the Environmental Award recognizing individuals and groups outside of the EPA who are working to protect public health and the environment.

 2009 Green Leadership Award Grades of Green was awarded the Green Leadership Award from the County of Los Angeles for our Trash Free Lunch Program.

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