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 or are self-sustaining.


Workbench with student

Funding for the ITP Energy Workbench will provide lab equipment to simulate outdoor light conditions in order to assist the development of solar-powered student projects at ITP.

Student refilling stainless steel cup

Toward The Phase-Out of Single-Use Plastic Bottled Drinking Water at NYU Shanghai 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.

Students working on indoor aquaponic farm

Urban Food Labs 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.



What kinds of projects are eligible to receive a Green Grant?

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:

  • Operations: Projects that pilot innovative ways to improve the material, physical, or infrastructural elements at NYU.
  • Engagement: Projects that foster a campus culture of sustainability.
  • Research and Design: Projects that can be integrated within the university campus or community through use of NYU as a testbed for data collection, or by producing deliverables with potential to catalyze operational, academic or cultural change at NYU. These projects include entrepreneurial ventures.
  • Academic: Projects that improve NYU's capacity for educating about sustainability, including curricular initiatives.

Who can apply for a Green Grant?

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.

How do I apply for a Green Grant?

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. 

After receiving feedback on your EOI, fill out the Green Grants Proposal Form (.DOC: 46 KB) and email it to before the next deadline.  

When are the Green Grant proposal deadlines?

Green Grant proposals should be submitted to

Below are the due dates for the Fall 2019 semester:
Sunday, December 1, 11:59pm: 3rd application deadline | award notification by December 20

Below are the due dates for J-Term and the Spring 2020 semester:
Sunday, January 5, 11:59pm: 4th application deadline | award notification by January 24
Sunday, February 2, 11:59pm: 5th application deadline | award notification by February 21
Sunday, March 1, 11:59pm: 6th application deadline | award notification by March 20
Sunday, April 5, 11:59pm: 7th application deadline | award notification by April 24
Sunday, May 3, 11:59pm: 8th application deadline | award notification by May 22