NYU Green Grants are awarded to improve the university's operational environmental performance, foster environmental literacy and community engagement, advance applied research and design, expand sustainability learning opportunities, and demonstrate the viability of best practices and technologies for sustainability. The Green Grants Selection Committee awards up to $20,000 for the most feasible, impactful, and innovative projects that have potential for institutionalization on campus or are self-sustaining.
Air Quality Monitoring System for NYU Shanghai (2018) is a research and design project to build, test and deploy a low-cost air quality monitoring device at NYU Shanghai. An air quality monitoring platform will be established within NYU and the project will assist the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) by documenting the process and improving how schematics are presented for use by other non-UNEP groups, particularly those in developing countries.
Capsulate (2018) aims to reform the wasteful and inefficient process of mainstream methods of packaging shipments for mail by handling all packing procedures and finding the most cost-efficient method of shipping.
Carry Your Own! is an educational event to take place during Earth Day week. Following the screening of the film “A Plastic Ocean,” attendees of the event will be given reusable bamboo utensils and a coffee cup and asked to participate in a competitive personal waste mitigation challenge and behavioral surveys. $2,500 was awarded to produce 2 events at the start and end of the challenge and to purchase reusable cutlery and cups for participants.
Circular Design @ NYU MakerSpace (2019) aims to equip NYU students with circular design skills and concepts to think critically and design circular solutions that create sustainable value and impact in the world.
Climate Connections at NYU (2019) is a two-day, university-wide workshop on climate change designed to both capture the entirety of the climate change question, and to make connections across departments and schools, strengthening our research and scholarship.
Multispecies Worldbuilding Lab (2019) is a podcast series that brings together humanities scholars, artists, natural and social scientists to describe their research about various species that are being affected by climate change and engages them in conversation about re-imagining everyday methods of collaborative survival.
The ITP Energy Workbench (2019) will provide lab equipment to simulate outdoor light conditions in order to assist the development of solar-powered student projects at ITP.
The NYU Best Practices Guide for Sustainable Conferences (2019) will identify a set of best-practices for planning and running a sustainable conference on NYU's NYC campus based on the case study of the 50th Annual Conference of the Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA50). $3,600 was awarded to purchase an app for paperless distribution of conference programming information, staff-time for a teleconferencing system, incentives for participants of a behavior survey, and bikeshare passes.
The NYU Shanghai Re-Makerspace (2019) will be the place where people gather, share knowledge, and work collaboratively with the purpose of reducing waste and looking into sustainable and innovative solutions to minimize the deterioration of the environment in China. This Re-Makerspace will provide the necessary equipment, tools and space to support new courses, workshops, lectures, and a visiting artist program fostering hands-on learning towards the creations of a variety of artifacts that will be exhibited publicly giving rise to educational missions.
RISE, a 2016 Green Grant project, converts organic byproducts into healthy, tasty, and sustainable ingredients—starting with high-protein flour made from spent barley. The second phase of this project (2018) will test unique nutritional value of RISE's flour.
The Solar Powered Media Project (2019) is a research and design project that will investigate the environmental impacts of online media content and the associated network infrastructure, redesign the Integrated Digital Media Program website, and publish its findings online in a free curriculum module.
The Sustainable Menstruation Initiative (2019) was launched in NYUAD to recognize the high volume of non-biodegradable waste and physical health impacts that derive from disposable menstrual hygiene products. Members of the NYUAD community will be invited to learn more about sustainable product solutions, helping to raise awareness and lift the taboo surrounding menstruation.
The Role of Attachment in Promoting Pro-Environmental Behavior (2019) is a research project that aims to examine whether attachment promotes caring towards non-human beings, namely Nature and environmental sustainability. This will be accomplished by analyzing how attachment influences cooperation in lab studies to preserve hypothetical natural resources and by testing to what extent attachment-related visual stimuli can reduce energy consumption and food waste in field settings.
Toward Phase-Out of Single-Use Plastic Bottled Drinking Water at NYU Shanghai (2019) aims to encourage consumption of tap water through educational outreach and a procurement ban on disposable water bottles following the installation of a water filtration system in the dining hall and café.
Urban Food Labs (2018) is a course offered at Tandon which builds off of the previous grant project We Are The New Farmers (2017). It will give students the opportunity to lead independent projects related to an aquaponics system and incentivize community engagement to create a future generation of professionals interested in community development.
Green Grants are up to $20,000 and awarded to projects that seek to advance campus sustainability initiatives or enact social-entrepreneurial ventures. Green Grant projects should explore one or more of the following categories:
Current NYU students, faculty, and staff at any of NYU's global sites may apply as project leaders for a Green Grant. Alumni, community organizations, and interested neighbors are permitted and encouraged to collaborate as members of project teams.
Please review our Green Grants Guidelines for detailed instructions.
We recommend that you first submit an Expression of Interest (EOI) form so that NYU's Office of Sustainability can help you develop a formal proposal for funding.
Green Grant proposals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the due dates for the Fall 2019 semester:
Sunday, October 6th, 11:59pm: 1st application deadline | award notification by October 25th
Sunday, November 3rd, 11:59pm: 2nd application deadline | award notification by November 22nd
Sunday, December 1st, 11:59pm: 3rd application deadline | award notification by December 20th