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.
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.
The Environmental & Climate Justice Curriculum (2020) project seeks to build up the knowledge base of youth using a city/state/national politics lens to view, discuss, and address issues as they pertain to the students’ environment and community in the Bronx and Harlem. The lessons will include both teacher-led instructional learning and project-based learning through hands-on activities, field trips that will supplement lessons, and guest speakers whom will share their expertise.
IDM.Grow (2020) is an integrated program committed to promoting sustainability and social justice within the design field by providing students the opportunity to actively engage in an impact-led design process. This program connects students with real stakeholders who are experiencing existing challenges related to agriculture and food access.
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 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.
Our Home: A Sustainable Eco-Haven for Homelessness Resiliency (2020) is a resiliency hub project that is intended to act as an example for how urban homelessness, hunger, and loss of biodiversity can be more sustainably addressed and solved. The project team will be developing a system that integrates modular farming planters, hydroponics systems, a solar array, and green walls for the ground and wall areas at their site in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.
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.
Sustainable Soft Circuits (2020) aims to develop a material research library for integrating solar and other sustainable power solutions into wearable art and technology designs. The results of this research will be documented physically in the IDM prototyping lab in NYU Tandon, and also made publicly available online.
The V,OID (Volunteers, Organized in Disorder) (2020) is a group of volunteers—both students and professors—working to emphasize community-based responses to the climate crisis and to democratize environmental education. The V,OID plans to create an educational platform which will include a website, a podcast, a list of recommended literature, a zine series, a calendar of relevant events, and a forum for online communication.
Toward The 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.
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.
For prospective Green Grant applicants: In response to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 crisis, we are postponing distribution of Green Grants funds until further notice. In the meantime, we will be accepting applications for projects that (1) have a start date of Fall 2020 or (2) can be started without immediate access to funding. We will continue to review proposals as per the schedule below. Any changes will be posted here. Thank you for your patience and continued interest.
Green Grant proposals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Below are the due dates for the Spring 2020 semester:
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