Grants Will Be Issued For Innovative, Effective “Green” Projects at NYU

In its newest effort under its “Green Action Plan,” NYU has launched its Sustainability Fund with the release of a Request for Proposals to the NYU community. The Sustainability Fund will issue grants totaling up to $250,000 for innovative, effective and feasible projects that help the university achieve its goals of reducing its environmental impact, increasing the sustainability of our campus, community and region, and raising awareness among members of the NYU community and beyond as to the importance of the sustainability agenda.

All members of the NYU community - students, faculty, staff, administrators, and alumni - are eligible to submit proposals for projects to run in the 2007-08 academic year. Projects of all shapes and sizes will be considered. Potential projects could include but are not limited to:

  • Capital and infrastructure improvements
  • Innovations in campus systems and processes
  • Outreach programming and consciousness-raising

The establishment of the Sustainability Fund is part of NYU’s Green Action Plan, which was announced by Michael Alfano, NYU’s executive vice president, in October with the goal of improving NYU’s environmental footprint and saving energy. At that time, the University announced the purchase of 118,000,000 KWh of wind energy, the largest of any university in the U.S. or any institution in New York City.

The types of projects that could be funded include:

  • innovative alternative energy pilot programs
  • sustainable gardens and community-supported agriculture projects
  • the purchase of bio-diesel vehicles and bicycle racks
  • replacement of less energy-efficient appliances or building components
  • green roofs
  • environmental speakers series and publications
  • student internships and research projects

The deadline for all proposals is March 9, 2007. No maximum or minimum grant amount will be set for projects, but it is expected that projects will fall within a range of $5,000 to $50,000.

Interested parties who have questions or would like to consult with a member of the task force about a possible project proposal can send emails to:

Request for Proposals can be found at:

For more information about the Sustainability Task Force, visit:

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