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Grades of Green Youth Corps Members Begin Work on Their Projects

April 8, 2015 lacarguy Grades of Green Tags: , , , , , , ,

Grades of Green Youth Corps members have begun working on their environmental projects for the year, and one project that really stands out was put together by Rylee, a 4th grader from Redondo Beach. She put together a full-on green fair with games and everything and managed to spread some environmental awareness at the same time. Not only is this an impressive feat for anyone, but it’s downright amazing for a girl of such a young age.

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One 4th Grader Creates a Green Fair

While most fourth graders are worrying about getting their homework done on time, Rylee, a 4th grader from Madison Elementary in Redondo Beach Ca. was planning an entire Green themed carnival. This Grades of Green Youth Corps student helped put on her third annual Green Festival with fun eco games, recycled goods crafts and a host of informational booths and even a few snack foods.

There were booths set up for many of the local environmental organizations such as Grades of Green, Health the Bay, the Roundhouse Aquarium and the UCLA Astronomy club. The crafts at the fair included mugs, reusable bags, bird feeders and upcycled vases. By building on the recycling theme, Rylee (with a bit of outside help I’m sure) was able to create a variety of fun games like tin can bean bag toss, recycled ski ball and water bottle bowling and there were even prizes for the kids. The fair is an excellent of how the enthusiasm of a single child can unite a community and create impressive, fun and impactful activities.

Grades of Green is an environmental organization that helps get children across the country involved in creating personal projects that are aimed at sustainability or improving the environment. The projects should help inform children and adults while making some sort of green improvement. Every year new projects are tackled and with them countless people are educated.

If you would like to learn more about Grades of Green and what they have going on, or you’d like to make a contribution you can do so by visiting GradesofGreen.org. While on the website you can also sign up your school to participate and become an active member of the Grades of Green organization if you want to help out.


The Grades of Green Student Leadership Program is Open for the 2014-2015 Year: Submit Your Application Today

August 18, 2014 lacarguy Grades of Green, Green Team Tags: , , , , , , , 0 Comments

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.

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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.

LAcarGUY Sponsors Grades Of Green Trash Free Lunch Challenge

October 21, 2013 lacarguy Community Involvement, Grades of Green, Green Articles, Green Team, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

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.

LAcarGUY at Manhattan Beach Earth Day Event

May 1, 2013 lacarguy Community Involvement, Green Articles, LAcarGUY News & Events, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

This past weekend, LAcarGUY‘s team were on-hand at the unveiling of the official H2.0 Fountain at Polliwog Park on Earth Day. LAcarGUY is proud to be among a number of community partners who have contributed to support Leadership Manhattan Beach’s initiative to provide seven state-of-the-art water drinking fountains to the community, where three of which include a fountain especially for canine companions.

LAcarGUY‘s Manager of the Environment, Alisha Auringer, and CIO, Tim James, had the opportunity to fill up their water bottles using the bottle-refilling dispensers! LAcarGUY was also presented with a sponsorship plaque from the wonderful team at Leadership Manhattan Beach.

Check out a few pics from the day! If you attended the event, tell us what you think of the new drinking fountains!

Subaru Pacific Recognized as Subaru Eco-Friendly Dealer

April 5, 2013 lacarguy Subaru, Subaru Pacific Tags: , , , 0 Comments

Subaru of America, Inc. has been a strong advocate for the environment. Not only do they pride themselves in selling high-quality vehicles, they have implemented key measures, from the dealership to manufacturing, to help protect the world we live in. One example is the Subaru Eco-Friendly Dealer Program that sees Subaru dealers reduce their carbon footprint on a daily basis.


Subaru Pacific is the only dealership in California to receive the Subaru Eco-Friendly award. The dealership has reached Eco-Friendly Dealer status by meeting five key areas in successful sustainability:

Energy Efficiency
Our dealership reduced energy consumption by installing devices such as occupancy sensors, compact florescent light bulbs and programmable thermostats.
Water Conservation
Our dealership reduced water consumption by installing low flow faucet & toilets and water efficient landscaping.
By recycling material such as paper, metal, cardboard and plastic, our dealership helps divert massive amounts of material from landfills.
Waste Management
Our dealership ensures proper disposal of waste material including oil, coolant, batteries and tires.
Community Involvement
Caring about the environment extends beyond the dealership. We are involved in community programs focused on preserving and protecting the environment.
For our dealership to achieve Subaru Eco-Friendly Dealer status, we organized an environmental team comprised of individuals from each department. The team planned and implemented the necessary changes and upgrades to our facility.

On April 18th, 2013, Subaru of America, Inc. will be on site at the dealership to present the award. Look for an upcoming post with pictures from the day.

LAcarGUY Revs up their Eco-engines with 2012-13 Trash-Free Lunch Challenge

August 10, 2012 lacarguy Community Involvement, Grades of Green, Green Articles, LAcarGUY Sustainability Tags: , , , 0 Comments

LAcarGUY is partnering with Grades of Green, a nonprofit organization based in the South Bay with the mission to inspire and empower students and the broader school community to care for the environment, to host the “Trash Free Lunch Challenge.” The challenge will encourage schools to focus on reducing lunchtime trash while educating students about the 4Rs: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle and Rot. Students will be encouraged to bring lunches from home in reusable containers and to use other reusable items, such as stainless steel bottles and cloth napkins. Each school participating in the challenge will implement a lunch time sorting system where items that would normally be tossed into the trash will be sorted into the proper bins, such as recycle and compost. “We are thrilled to partner with Grades of Green to bring this exciting Challenge to schools in our communities” says Alisha Auringer, manager of the environment with LAcarGUY.


The four schools sponsored by LAcarGUY will compete against twelve other schools throughout the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles area during the 2012-2013 school year.

The first 16 schools to register for the challenge will receive:

  • An Eco-Consultation of the school resulting in an eco-consultation report.
  • A Training Day including a tour of the Puentes Hills Landfill hosted by Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.
  • An Eco-Prize Kit filled with raffle prizes such as Go Green Lunch Boxes, Neat-o reusable pouches, Ween Green snack containers, and a Street Surfing Wave Board.
  • A “Prep-Rally”  School Assembly to be held at their school where the Grades of Green team will educate and motivate students to reduce landfill waste and work hard to win the Trash Free Lunch Challenge!
  • An Eco-Tool Kit containing hand stamps, trivia cards, a raffle box and tickets, and laminated Grades of Green signs for the sorting system.

The Trash Free Lunch Challenge winning school will be announced the week before Earth Day 2013 and awarded a $1,000 Grand Prize during a school wide celebration. The 2nd place school will receive a $750 prize and 3rd place will be awarded $500.

In 2011-2012, schools who participated in the Trash Free Lunch Challenge reduced lunch time waste by an average of 71%, and  collectively diverted over 11,000 bags of waste, or 82.5 TONS of waste, from going to the landfill in one year.

For more information about the Trash Free Lunch Challenge and to sign up your school to participate, visit www.gradesofgreen.org/trashchallenge.

Sustainable Business Council LA Event on How to Forge a B Corps

July 31, 2012 lacarguy Community Involvement Tags: , , , , 0 Comments

B Corps is a new type of corporation that uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems. The Sustainable Business Council of Los Angeles (SBCLA) invites you to an evening of discussion on how to forge a successful B Corps. The event will feature:

  • Networking opportunities with highly-experienced B Corps executives
  • Informative panel discussions with experts on the process and benefits of B Corps
  • Showcase of B Corps products and services
  • Raffle drawing for exciting prizes

The event takes place between 7:00-9:00 pm on Wednesday, October 10th 2012 at Lexus Santa Monica located at 1501 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica, CA 90404.

Please RSVP here.





SBC Board Members
Steve Glenn-(Chair,) Laura Berland-Shane, Rob Kramer,
Lee Wallach, Becki Kammerling, Carrie Norton

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Lexus Santa Monica
1501 Santa Monica Blvd.,
Santa Monica, CA 90404

Details TBA.


Fisker and Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Collaborate to Promote Sustainability

July 5, 2012 lacarguy Fisker Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

Earlier this week, Fisker Automotive and the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation announced a partnership to promote global sustainability, which is a cause that both organizations are deeply committed to. Fisker announced that DiCaprio and his foundation will participate in conversations to discuss Fisker’s plans to advance sustainable, responsible vehicles; and DiCaprio will work closely with marketing and promotional initiatives aimed at bringing awareness to sustainability and environmental awareness.

“My foundation supports efforts to secure a sustainable future for our planet and all its inhabitants,” said DiCaprio in a statement. “I am delighted to be working with Fisker Automotive to promote this shared vision.” In return for the foundation’s support, the automaker has pledged to support the charitable work of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation around the globe.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation was established by DiCaprio and his family in 1998 with an effort to secure a sustainable future for the planet and all of its inhabitants. The foundation works on a variety of environmental and humanitarian issues including wildlife protection, forest preservation, healthy oceans, water access, disaster relief, and climate change.

“The Karma sedan – Fisker Automotive’s first car – is built according to the company’s sustainable and Accountable Design™ philosophy, which represents a dramatic leap forward for the auto industry,” says Henrik Fisker, Executive Chairman and chief designer, Fisker Automotive.

“Fisker’s approach to responsible luxury goes well beyond minimizing fuel consumption and tailpipe emissions. Fisker uses renewable materials and the lowest-impact technologies at every stage of the engineering, production and marketing processes.”

The Karma sedan, an eco-conscious vehicle designed and engineered in the U.S.A., features reclaimed and recycled interior wood trim from either the California wildfires or the depths of Lake Michigan. Other environmentally-conscious alternatives include an animal-free interior on the top-line Eco Chic model, the world’s largest solar panel roof, and “Diamond Dust” paint using flakes of recycled glass. DiCaprio was the first to receive a Fisker Karma in July 2011, straight off the production line.

Volkswagen Scores High in Global Sustainability & Named Top Global Green Brand

June 29, 2012 lacarguy Volkswagen Tags: , , , , , , 0 Comments

Commended for its leadership in innovation, environmental sustainability, and fuel efficient vehicles, Volkswagen has been named one of the world’s Best Global Green Brands for 2012 by leading brand consultant, Interbrand. Volkswagen climbed from sixth to fourth place, making it the most environmentally compatible German automaker as well as Germany’s greenest company.

According to Interbrand, the automotive brands’ investment in developing and marketing fuel-efficient and alternative fuel vehicles is paying off in terms of both performance and perception.

The rankings of the Interbrand consultancy, which also publishes the renowned Best Global Brands Report, have appeared annually since 2011. Interbrand analyses the efforts of leading brands in the fields of environmental protection and sustainability as well as the perception of “green” activities by a total of more than 10,000 consumers in the world’s 10 major industrialized countries. Volkswagen was cited in the report for its sustainable environmental investments and goals, such as incorporating sustainability into its value chain, increasing fuel efficiency for every new vehicle generation by 10 to 15 percent, pushing hybrid and electric vehicles and investing more than $700 million in the expansion of renewable energy plants.

According to Interbrand, in comparison to some of its competitors, Volkswagen also had the edge in reality. The study shows that Volkswagen is already greener than consumers’ perception on the basis of specific brand performance data. Interbrand explains the improved result of Volkswagen by stating that the brand is oriented towards the ambitious group goal of becoming the world’s most sustainable automobile company by 2018. The study states that this goal is ‘constantly substantiated’ and has ‘“measurable proof points.”

“As a company that places sustainability at the core of our brand, our vehicles, and our operations, we are especially proud of Volkswagen’s position on Interbrand’s 2012 green ranking,” said Tim Mahoney, chief product and marketing officer, Volkswagen of America, Inc. “We are committed to not only reducing our environmental footprint, but also communicating our efforts to consumers in a meaningful, engaging, and innovative way.”

Think Blue®, Volkswagen’s holistic approach to sustainability, has provided an effective platform for taking its environmental strategy global. Recently launched in the U.S., Think Blue unifies all of the company’s environmental efforts and fuel-efficiency technologies under one strategic umbrella.

Volkwagen offers consumers a broad range of fuel efficient vehicles, including the recently introduced Passat TDI® Clean Diesel. The all-new 2013 Jetta Hybrid will be introduced to North America later this year. Be one of the first to know by following us on Twitter and connecting with our Facebook community.

Volkswagen Santa Monica Lighting Retrofit

March 14, 2012 lacarguy LAcarGUY Sustainability, Volkswagen Santa Monica Tags: , , , , , 2 Comments

Committed to changing an “environmentally-challenged” industry and protecting future generations, LAcarGUY is active in local environmental programs and initiatives. Just recently, Mike Sullivan’s Volkswagen Santa Monica completed a lighting retrofit in the service bays, parts department and business offices. The job included taking out the CFL’s (compact fluorescent lightbulbs) and replacing them with LED (light emitting diodes bulbs). One of the main advantages of LED lights is the simple fact that they last much longer. The average lifespan of an LED lightbulb is around 11 years. The other main advantage is that they are much more energy efficient.

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The retrofit reduced the energy usage from 245,875 annual kWh to 82,781 annual kWh. The annual energy cost was reduced from $36k to $12k. A total savings of 67%!

In addition to our energy savings, we reduced our carbon footprint even further by using E-Cycle Environmental to recycle 80 lbs of wood, 656 lbs cardboard and over 500 fluorescent tubes and lighting fixtures. Our landfill diversion was 100%.

Mike Sullivan’s Volkswagen Santa Monica opened in 1964 and continues today one of the nations leading VW dealerships.