Category: Green Team
LAcarGUY would like to thank everyone who made it out to the beach cleanup event on September 19th, it was truly an effective event. A total of 10,000 volunteers cam together from all around the Southern California area, and worked to help to clean up creeks, parks, rivers and local beaches.
Removed Massive Amounts of Trash
All the participants that worked with Heal the Bay during Coastal Cleanup Day managed to collect over 21,000 pounds of trash. That’s a massive step in the right direction and one way that the beaches, rivers and costs all over Southern California and the rest of the country are staying clean like they should be.
The In&Out Winners
Subaru Pacific managed to win the In&Out truck by having a total of 59 volunteers at the event all on their own. That’s a massive victory for the dealership and it goes to show what dedication can accomplish.
An Impressive Turnout around the Country
Last year, Coastal Cleanup Day had more than 600,000 participants and each one of you who made it to the event can say that you participated in what went on that day. It’s thought than an even larger number of volunteers joined in with this year’s event to make a stronger impact. It’s good to be part of such a positive movement, and to make a solid impact on cutting down pollution levels and beautifying the bodies of water all around the world.
Saturday Sept 20th was a big day for Heal the Bay and the team at LAcarGUY. It was the 25th annual Heal the Bay Coastal Clean Up Day spurring countless teams to action around the country picking up their local beaches in one of the largest cleanup events of the year. It was a big day for the LAcarGUY cleanup team as well and they had more than 160 volunteers in all working hard to clean Will Rogers State Beach. That’s the biggest volunteer group of any corporate organization, and that’s the second year that they’ve broken that record, they managed to smash it in 2013 as well.
Success During the 2014 Coastal Cleanup Day
Each year Heal the Bay puts on a Coastal Clean up Day around the country. Participating groups go out to their local coast and clean the waterway, improving the environment for everyone. During the 2014 single day event more than 44,880 lbs. of debris were cleared away from coasts around the country. A total of 11,275 volunteers came together and worked to not only better the environment and enhance beaches at 50 different locations, but set a great example for other people to follow as well.
Strange Items Found During Cleanup
Each year it’s fun to see what strange items are found during the massive cleanup, and this year’s results don’t disappoint. A handgun was found at Malibu Surfrider Beach, so good thing that was cleaned away. During the cleanup at Tujunga Wash a Beauty Queen DVD was picked up, and at Redonda Beach, 4 octopi and 100 crabs were found living in trash and helped to a better environment.
It’s amazing what things are left around at our beaches, and some of the oddest finds, like the handgun, only reinforces how important it is to take time to pick up once and awhile.
The Dealership Contest
LAcarGUY put on a friendly dealership contest this year between its several locations to see who could put together the largest group of volunteers. Toyota of Hollywood managed to land first place by a landslide with an impressive 51 volunteers. Lexus of Santa Monica managed to get together a team of 35 volunteers for second place and Toyota of Santa Monica took third with 22 volunteers.
Coastal Cleanup day’s an important event that shows how much can be accomplished through careful organization and hard work. The volunteers who participated in the single day event managed to remove over 22 tons of debris from more than 50 beaches and clean up these natural environments for everyone to enjoy. It was a massive undertaking but most of the volunteers would agree that the results are worth the effort.
The Grades of Green Student Leadership Program is Open for the 2014-2015 Year: Submit Your Application Today
Grades of Green is excited to announce that they’re now accepting applications for their 2014–2015 Student Leadership program. Students between 2nd and 12th grade are encouraged to apply if they think they have what it takes to take control and help the environment in a big way. Grades of Green is a well-known non-profit organization dedicated to improving the environment while educating children in the process. The application period for these important volunteer positions will be open until September 15th.
About Grades of Green
Grades of Green is an organization dedicated to cultivating student interest in helping improve the environment. What started as a simple parent-run volunteer program has morphed into a massive non-profit organization that works with more than 250 different schools in 37 different states to improve the environment. As the group grows more children become educated about the importance of preserving and improving the environment.
The Student Leadership Program
The student leadership program is a chance for students in grades 2 through 12 to get involved with the Grades of Green organization in a hands-on manner. Each of the students who is accepted as a leader is charged with putting together a green project and implementing that project in their own school. The leaders get hands on training from the Grades of Green staff members along with ongoing encouragement and helpful ideas.
Benefits to Your School
Many Grades of Green inspired programs end up benefitting the schools just as much as the environment. While your school learns to cut down their use of harmful substances such as Styrofoam and plastic they also learn to save money through more cost-effective systems. Most schools end up saving a substantial amount of money and once they see how helpful saving the environment is to their budget they won’t want to stop.
Improve Your Resume
High school students can improve their resume noticeably by being accepted as a Grades of Green Leader. Not only will they be helping out the environment, but they will be leading a team to accomplish their goals. This is the type of work that shows true leadership, innovation and good values, all characteristics that colleges and employers value.
If you decide that the Grades of Green Student Leadership program sounds like a good fit for you, or you know a student who might like the opportunity to do good, visit this link for the application. After filling out the full application form and attaching the necessary documents just sit tight and wait for a response from the organization.
Created by environmental education non-profit Grades of Green and sponsored by the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, as well as Santa Monica-based LAcarGUY, the third annual Trash-Free Lunch Challenge, an L.A. County contest that rewards schools for reducing lunchtime trash, has doubled in scope since its inception two years ago.
“LAcarGUY is thrilled to sponsor Grades of Green and the Trash-Free Lunch Challenge. There’s no better way to teach eco-friendly habits to the next generation,” said Mike Sullivan, founder and President of LAcarGUY.
The Trash-Free Lunch Challenge has diverted as many as 40,000 bags of trash from area landfills and saved schools thousands of dollars over two years. “With 24 schools in this year’s program, we expect to see nearly 30,000 more bags of trash diverted from the new schools alone,” said Lisa Coppedge, Grades of Green’s Director of Programs. “But what’s more important is that an additional 17,500 students will learn how to reduce, reuse, recycle and compost–new habits that will protect the environment in the years to come.”
The competition gets underway October 2, when representatives from each school will attend a training session and tour of the Sanitation Districts’ Puente Hills Landfill and Materials Recovery Facility.
Once the competing schools implement their Trash-Free Lunch programs, Grades of Green selects three finalists through an application process. A panel of environmental experts and other judges will evaluate the implementation and success of the three finalists’ programs. The winning school will receive a Grand Prize of a $1,000 education grant. The second- and third-place schools will receive $750 and $500, respectively.
Though the deadline has passed to compete in this year’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge, any school may still initiate a Trash-Free Lunch program. Complete instructions are available at no cost to schools at www.gradesofgreen.org/initiatives/trash-redux/trash-free-tuesdays.
With the help of over 11,000 volunteers, over 24,000 pounds of trash was collected at this year’s annual Clean the Beach Day that was held on September 21st. LAcarGUY is proud to sponsor the event which is put on by our partners at Heal the Bay. The event is the largest volunteer day on the planet and over 200 LAcarGUY team members joined in on the fun.
Volunteers cleaned over 32 miles of beach, inland waterways, regional parks, and city neighborhoods in 50 L.A. County locations. In total, over 24,000 pounds of trash was removed and that does not include the bulky items that have yet to be weighed and reported by the City of L.A.
LAcarGUY is proud to support this great effort every year to keep out beaches clean. This year we had the largest corporate group of volunteers on the day, and that speaks volumes to the love and dedication to the environment that everyone here at LAcarGUY has.
We thank everyone who came out to volunteer, and we hope to see you again next year.
Get Your Kids Involved!
Hi everyone! May’s Green Tip of the Month is by Pacific Porsche’s Green Team Representative – Sarah Carbajal.
She has fun, easy-to-do recycling tips, apps and games for the family and kids.
All the links below are open for you – have fun!
Healthy habits start early. Get your kids excited and involved by making recycling a part of your childs way of life. My four year old has helped Heal the Bay, walked in charity events and has mastered sorting recyclables. She doesn’t know anything different, she is aware of the world around her and I find that to be a virtue. Here are some easy tips on incorporating a green way of living into your home.
Make your own reusable bags! Before you head out to the grocery store have your kids help create reusable tote bags. They are easy to make (no sewing), functional and eco-friendly. Follow this link to a quick and fun solution to plastic bags:
The “In and Out” Toy Rule: As a general rule whenever an occasion arise where lots of fun new toys are going to brought into our home my daughter must go through her old toys and donate some of them. This has become one of her favorite forms of recycling.
Limit the amount of time spent on electronics. This is the most difficult rule to enforce. With everything these days geared towards kids and video games children tend to lose their focus. I have found a few apps that teach children about recycling :
Let them sort! Kids learn the most by being hands on. Let them be in charge of sorting all of the recycling for your family. It’s the easiest way to help your child grasp the sometimes overwhelming concept of how recycling works.
One pound of recycled newspaper can be turned into six cereal boxes.
A glass bottle can take 40 centuries to be broken down if it’s not recycled.
LAcarGUY, the leading hybrid dealer group in the world, was a proud sponsor for the second annual Grades of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge at local schools. There were 17 local schools that participated in the challenge and the top three were all sponsored by LAcarGUY stores! First Place went to Lunada Bay Elementary School, sponsored by Pacific Porsche. They won by reducing trash going to landfills by 87.5%. The school was honored with a celebration on Earth Day, on April 22, and will received a $1,000 education grant. Riviera Elementary School, sponsored by Audi Pacific and Washington Elementary, sponsored by Subaru Pacific tied for second place among the 17 schools and will receive awards of $750 each. Before the Trash Free Lunch Challenge the Lunada Bay School were producing 13 bags of trash and 0 bins for recycling. After the Challenge they reduced this to 5 bags of trash and increased their recycling to 2 full bins per day. The students at Lunada Bay also designed a water drip irrigation system consisting of plastic water and juice containers as an irrigation system for the schools fruit and vegetable garden where they are growing kale, lettuce and strawberries. President/Owner of LAcarGUY Mike Sullivan responds to the great news, “This is one of my favorite projects of the year to be a part of. We are so proud of these kids for taking complete control of their environment and then going home and teaching their parents….what a great cycle. I’m really happy that Alisha could be a part of the judging panel and take those learnings back to LAcarGUY; really teaches our employees the benefits of sustainability in our everyday lives. Couldn’t be more proud.” A judging panel of five environmental experts visited Lunada Bay and two other finalists in the competition—Riviera Elementary in Torrance, and Washington Elementary in Redondo Beach—earlier today to determine the Grand Prize winner. The panel included Alisha Auringer, Manager of the Environment, LAcarGUY; Marieta Francis, Executive Director, Algalita Marine Research Foundation; Abby Landers, El Segundo High School Grades of Green club president and Youth Board Advisor for Grades of Green; Michelle Nakamura, Operations Manager, 5 Gyres Institute; and RupamSoni, Senior Environmental Engineer, Sanitation Districts of L.A. County. Even though this year’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge is nearly complete, any school may initiate Grades of Green’s Trash Free Lunch program, as well as more than 40 other environmental activities. Complete instructions are available at no cost to schools at www.gradesofgreen.org.
It had been nearly a year since EMA Young Hollywood Board Member Rachelle Lefevre’s last visit to Helen Bernstein High School’s garden, and a lot had changed (and grown!) since then.
Rachelle toured the garden and got her hands dirty by digging in.
See more photos from the day on our Flickr Photostream.
Gardening is like food for the soul, Alisha Auringer who heads up LAcarGUY‘s Green Team took members of the group to see the garden’s progress since the initial planting mid-December. No one was sure what they would find after the extreme weather pattern of scorching hot days followed by cold days that the area has experineced recently. Luckily, there were a few rainy days thrown in there. Everyone couldn’t help but wonder if global warming was messing around with our garden.
Happy and relieved the team saw the radishes popped up and are looking delicious! The carrots, peas and peppers are slowly coming along.
The team delivered a rain barrel to assist with the watering, and did a rain dance to speed things along!
Toyota of Hollywood’s School Gardens Program is off to a great start! During the first week of the program, the LA Conservation Corps worked strenuously to remove the pre-existing shrubbery and brush and flatten out the garden area. Later in the week LA Conservation Corps built wooden garden beds and filled them with nutrient-rich soil to support a healthy garden.
Next week, the garden will really start to take shape when students at Helen Bernstein High School will start planting the first seedlings in the garden beds. We can’t wait to get the students involved in this wonderful program!