Lindbergh STEM Academy has earned a top regional prize in a year-long competition in which Los Angeles area schools challenge each other to see which school can reduce the most lunchtime waste.
The North Long Beach middle school – which offers students a pathway focused on science, technology, math and engineering – won the grand prize and $1,000 in Grades of Green's Trash Free Lunch Challenge.
The nonprofit Grades of Green organization provides schools with free access to tools and information to help students care for the environment.
Winners of the sixth annual contest demonstrated how well their school’s Grades of Green Team inspired and educated their campus community about the importance of reducing waste, how much waste the school is diverting from landfills, and how the program will be sustained and expanded.
Lindbergh launched a comprehensive waste reduction program, including donating uneaten food to local shelters daily and composting fruit and vegetable scraps on campus. The school’s efforts resulted in a 90 percent reduction in waste. Members of the school’s Green Team meet weekly. Students explore environmental issues through science projects, art and more. The school also reached out to local city council members to involve them in the program.
Grades of Green recently recognized Long Beach’s Burcham Elementary School and Franklin Middle School on the organization’s Spring Honor Roll for implementing green activities, and several other local schools have begun participating in the program.
Learn more at gradesofgreen.org.