When Aimee O’Brien and Ricardo Martinez’s fourth graders noticed a litter problem on their campus, they brainstormed ways to make throwing trash in the right place easier and more appealing. The students applied for an Eco-Audit Grant to buy rolling trash bins and materials to decorate them with encouraging messages. The decorated bins will be strategically placed throughout the school to create highly visible areas for waste disposal. In addition, the students will buy buckets, trash pickers, and stickers to help fuel a comprehensive litter-reduction campaign. Their program is predicted to reduce the amount of litter found on the school grounds by 80% and improve 4,500 square feet of public space.

Grant Award



Chacon Language and Science Academy


Sacramento, CA

Area of Impact

Public Spaces, Waste


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 9

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