Polytechnic High School and freshman Ruthie Heis earned environmental awards and “eco-grants” from the nonprofit Grades of Green in support of continued efforts to reduce waste.
Nearly 450 students from seven countries and seven U.S. states participated in the 2021-22 Grades of Green Climate Solutions Campaign, which encourages student leaders to launch climate-focused advocacy projects.
Poly High School won the Campus Waste Warriors Award and a $500 eco-grant for its waste and sustainable sorting efforts, which included the installation of 65 recycling bins on campus.
Heis, a member of Poly’s Green Team, won the Student of the Year Award in recognition of her leadership efforts toward making an environmental impact in the Long Beach community.
Over the years, many Long Beach Unified School District schools have reduced hundreds of tons of waste by participating in Grades of Green programs. In 2021, California Academy of Math and Science and Rogers and Keller middle schools earned awards during the nonprofit’s first iteration of the Climate Solutions Campaign.