Grades of Green

Increasing Environmental Awareness

BE TRASH FREE – WIN DINNER FOR 4 AT ROCK & BREWS OR MOREgrades-of-green-blog

Start the new school year off right and pack a trash-free lunch EVERY day! Throughout the year, kids who are trash-free or sort their lunchtime waste into recycling and compost will receive raffle tickets for chances to win exciting prizes like free Fresh Brothers pizza and Skechers shoes! Questions? Contact Melissa Bailey at 310.465.5647.

Help your child make a difference by packing them a lunch that doesn’t generate any trash. It builds their self esteem, promotes healthy eating, and helps save our planet! Take a step and pack a trash free lunch!

RECYCLE E-WASTE

This year Grand View is participating in Waste Management’s Cartridges for Kid’s program.  For any of the items listed below that you donate, Grand View receives a rebate.  Please drop off all donations in the PTA Workroom at GV.  Questions?  Contact Stephanie Brutocao.

  • Cell Phones
  • GPS Devices
  • Inkjet & Laser Cartridges
  • iPads & e-Readers
  • Laptops
  • iPods & MP3 Players
  • Digital Cameras
  • Video Games & Consoles

REDUCE JUNK MAIL

Did you know that each adult citizen receives an average of 41 pounds of junk mail each year? And wastes an average of 8 hours to deal with it? Over 40% of this mail goes to the landfill unopened. Get off the unsolicited mailing lists to save energy, paper, and time by visiting the following websites:

  1. greendimes.com
  2. 41pounds.org
  3. newdream.org
  4. catalogchoice.org
  5. directmail.com
  6. optoutprescreen.com
  7. nativeforest.org

VISIT THE LIBRARY

Make a habit of going to the library. By borrowing books, we keep paper and plastic out of production, saving trees and oil. More than 3.1 million books are purchased in the United States each year, and most are made from non-recycled paper and petroleum-based ink. For every 10,000 books that are reused, 85 trees are spared. Visit Book Crossing to release your books “into the wild.”

CHOOSE SUSTAINABLE FISH

Scientists predict there will be no more seafood by 2048 unless we change current unsustainable fishing methods. When shopping for seafood, take along an easy-to-use pocket guide or tap into a phone-text service that will help you determine whether that Chilean sea bass is eco-friendly (it probably isn’t). To find out sustainability by phone, send a text message to 30644 with the message FISH in all caps, followed by the name of the fish you are curious about. Taking a few minutes to consider our best options at the store or restaurant is easy, and if enough of us do it, we’ll go a long way toward making sure seafood is around for future generations.

ELIMINATE UNWANTED CATALOGS

Eliminate unwanted mail-order catalogs: catalogchoice.org

REDUCE, REUSE, RECYCLE, and RETHINK

Education starts at home. Make sure you take the time to listen next time your child has something to teach you! Take a step and make the environment a priority at home.

GRADES OF GREEN’S AWARDS AND RECOGNITION

  • LA County Green Leadership Award
  • 2009 EPA Environmental Award
  • Certificate of Congressional Commendation
  • South Bay Environmental Hero Award
  • Environmental SBBEC Steward of the Year
  • Environmental Education Award
  • Speaker at the “Adventures in Sustainability” Forum in Ontario
  • U.S. Mayoral Conference “National” Award for Successful Public/Private Partnership