Generation Earth is an environmental education program from Los Angeles County Public Works presented by TreePeople. At Generation Earth, we educate and empower middle and high school youth to be an active part of the solution to environmental concerns in their communities. We do this by supporting 6th through 12th grade teachers across Los Angeles County in implementing environmental service learning projects in their classrooms and beyond. Get Involved

FREE Environmental Project Support
As you may know, Los Angeles County is facing extreme drought. In fact, 2021 has been the 12th driest year to date in 127 years! What better time to invite one of our staff experts to speak to your students about the importance of native plants? Native plants are an essential part of conserving water and restoring healthy ecosystems.

Does your school have an organic recycling program? In 2014, CalRecycle conducted a waste characterization study to find out how much paper, glass, food waste, etc. is discarded in school waste streams. Organic waste accounted for over half of the material in the school waste stream. Organic waste recycling is the next step toward achieving California’s aggressive recycling and greenhouse gas (GHG) emission goals.

The Generation Earth team can bring these vital environmental topics into your classroom today. If you are a 6th -12th grade teacher in Los Angeles County, then you have access to our amazing project coordinators. These environmental experts can join your classroom virtually or in-person, and guide an environmental project aligned to the subject matter and standards in your curriculum. Check out some of our most popular topics below:

  • Recycling
  • Composting
  • Waste in the Fashion Industry
  • Native Plants
  • Water Pollution and Prevention
For any local education agencies located in County Unincorporated Communities, you can also receive a FREE waste consultation and additional resources to reduce waste and implement or enhance existing recycling practices on campus. If you are interested in the waste consultation, visit BusinessRecycling.com and submit your request today! For any questions or more information, please email BusinessRecycling@pw.lacounty.gov.

FREE Teacher Workshops
Generation Earth offers three different FREE teacher workshops:

  • Building a Water Resilient Los Angeles County
  • Building a Resourceful Los Angeles County
  • Professional Development - Taking Action: The Intersection of Education, Climate Change and Health
At each of our workshops, you will:
  • Discover environmental action projects: Inspire your students to take action with our NGSS aligned projects.
  • Connect with our project coordinators: These experts offer an array of classroom (or virtual) presentations, one-on-one guidance and ongoing support.
  • Receive FREE resources: Our toolkits provide the instructions and support materials needed to implement meaningful projects.
  • Qualify for a FREE bus for a project-related field trip: Bring your students to a destination of your choice to learn on site about environmental issues.
For more information, please contact us at info@generationearth.com or call us at (626) 979-5492.

Join our community of educators and gain access to a network of partners sharing resources and tips for environmental projects. Generation Earth Facebook Group.


Professional Development - Taking Action: The Intersection of Education, Climate Change and Health

February 2, 2022, Wednesday 
3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Building a Resourceful
Los Angeles County
November, 3, 2021, Wednesday 
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Building a Water Resilient
Los Angeles County
October 27, 2021, Wednesday 
3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Let us know how it went, send us pictures, surveys and what resources you used along the way. Contact us at info@generationearth.com.


Advocacy and Education Promoting Native Plants at Henry T. Gage Middle in Huntington Park!

A mixture of 147 6th, 7th and 8th graders from Henry T. Gage Middle came together in three sessions to learn about the benefits of native plants. Despite half of the students being designated “non-native English speakers,” students eagerly formed groups of six to seven members and put to practice their leadership skills by assigning each other tasks to ensure their project ran smoothly. Each team then designed an infographic pertinent to the topic of native plants meant to display factual information that would best educate unfamiliar peers on a campus that will soon be installing a native plants garden on their site! After presenting their beautifully illustrated posters in either English or Spanish, the students expressed gratitude and affection towards the coordinators leading the activity.
Yasmin I. stated, “son amables, tratan bien a los niños (you are kind, you treat the children well)”.