The Go Green Initiative is looking forward to the 2021 Green Schools Conference (GSC), taking place virtually June 28-29, and we hope to see you there! GSC convenes annually, connecting participants from around the world to further the vision of sustainable, healthy schools.   GSC brings together all of the players involved in making green…

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Trinity Chang is a first year student at UCLA studying Business Economics and Environmental Science. A former Go Green Initiative intern, Trinity now works with Clean Consulting and TRUE, providing businesses with resources to reduce their waste.   Clean Consulting is a UCLA organization that focuses on sustainability management for businesses. The mission of Clean…

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The Go Green Initiative is thrilled to spotlight Megan Shih, a Local Leaders of the 21st Century alumna who now works as an External Partner and Donor Coordinator for the UC Davis Food Recovery Network (FRN). Megan is a fourth year student at UCD studying biotechnology and statistics, and back in 2017, she was vice…

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In November of 2019, the Pleasanton School Board passed a resolution to become a priority partner for waste reduction including food waste prevention with the Alameda County Waste Management Authority and the Alameda County Source Reduction and Recycling Board, also known as StopWaste. StopWaste works to “[help] Alameda County’s businesses, residents, and schools waste less,…

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The 2020 Go Green Initiative Interns Are Like No Other, Because 2020 Is A Year Like No Other. This summer, the Go Green Initiative hosted two virtual internships, conducted entirely over Zoom. One set of interns was made up entirely of Pleasanton residents, and the other employed students from Compton, Hayward, Newark, and Oakland, CA;…

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In October 2020, Meg Morris, the Go Green Initiative Board Secretary and Chair of Brewster’s Recycling Commission, received a “Lifetime Achievement” award at MassRecycle, a nonprofit coalition that works to sustainably reduce, reuse and recycle waste materials in the environment that recognizes individuals whose efforts have improved recycling, reuse, or waste reduction in Massachusetts. Morris…

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One of the most exciting and rewarding aspects of our programs is watching schools enact real change in their communities. A leader in sustainability, Camden City School District (CCSD) is making huge shifts to create a greener, cleaner, more environmentally friendly community for students and families. However, this did not come without countless hours of…

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Students at Amador Valley understand that recycling and composting should be part of students’ daily routine. The lessons we learn in school lay the habits of a lifetime and Local Leaders are paving the way for sustainability as they take necessary steps towards making their schools a cleaner, greener, recycling, and compost friendly environment. Since…

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What is a waste audit? Written by: Meg Beymer and Paulina Umansky, GGI Interns What is a waste audit, and why did we bother going to the Aquatic Center for one? This summer, we’re helping city facilities become compliant with the Mandatory Recycling Ordinance (MRO), which was passed in Pleasanton due to Assembly Bills 341…

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