NYU Green Grants are awarded to improve the university's operational environmental performance, foster environmental literacy and community engagement, advance applied research and design, 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.
Eat4Eco (2018) is a campaign to reduce the food carbon footprint through personal diet. The project will research whether fun and engaging eco-friendly food labeling (e.g., cruelty-free, local, low carbon emission of production, etc.), implemented with a prize lottery can make a positive environmental impact.
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.
March for Science NYC (2019) is an official satellite of March for Science and platform that advocates for open access of scientific information to the general public, the use of science for the common good and in the preservation of an informed democracy, and the protection of human and environmental rights. A march and teach-in will accompany local events and campaigns in support of science education and advocacy.
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.
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 Sustainability in Business Summit (2019) is an event hosted by the NYU Center for Sustainable Business and the Wasserman Center for Career Development that educates undergraduates on how companies think about sustainability and the role sustainability plays in different companies and industries.
Funding for Sustainability in Tisch Film Productions (2018) will go towards the creation of a carbon-neutral film set and to set a standard for sustainability that can be used as a benchmark for future NYU film sets.
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.
Teardown (2019) is a series of workshops that study the deconstruction, maintenance, repair, and repurposing of electronic devices and components. The workshops will combine hands-on deconstruction and repurposing, which will supplement class work and support the development of student work, and discussion around the theory related to waste, capitalism, ecology, new materialism, critical making, and new terms in this realm.
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 Summer of 2019:
Monday, July 1, 2019: 6th application deadline | award notification by July 29
Monday, July 29, 2019: 7th application deadline | award notification by August 12