About NYU Green Grants
The Green Grants program is an accelerator for piloting and institutionalizing operational, engagement, and academic sustainability initiatives. As a campus community greening fund (CCGF), it aims to forge cross-campus partnerships while harnessing increasingly sustainable practices and technology for NYU's Global Campus Network.
Green Grants yield resource savings, community engagement, and program development by channeling the manifold knowledge and skills of the university’s scholarly and administrative community. Past grants have also provided professional development, curricular development, and research opportunities that bolster the university’s core academic mission.
Each year, a Green Grants Selection Committee is assembled of faculty, staff and students who represent sustainability expertise and leadership at NYU. The Selection Committee awards grants for the most feasible, impactful and innovative projects that have potential for institutionalization on campus or long-term self-sustainment. Upon completion, the Office of Sustainability earmarks the most successful projects and seeks to institutionalize them on a campus-wide scale.
Many grants are pilot projects or research for larger systemic change that may be realized once a Green Grant has established “proof of concept” — projects that haven’t reached their potential during the grant term may manifest their future phases on campus in conjunction with of the Office of Sustainability, or with the support of programs such as NYU’s Innovation Venture Fund and NYU Stern’s Berkley Center Venture Competitions.
About the Campus Innovation Challenge
NYU Campus Innovation Challenge (CIC) Green Grants identify crucial campus sustainability needs and call on NYU community members to formulate and execute the most comprehensive, educational, operationally-feasible and economically viable solution in response. Applicants receive the identified problem or need-gap in current operations, known caveats, previously explored solutions and, when relevant, pre-approved project locations and campus partners. The challenges are designed to provide a foundation upon which applicants can be imaginative, entrepreneurial and effective with our university’s and city’s diverse skill sets and resources. CIC Green Grants have the same scope, selection criteria, rules and deadlines as all other Green Grant projects, except as explicitly mentioned otherwise.