At this time the Green Grants program will be operating in a limited capacity. If you have an idea for a project, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org before completing an expression of interest or application form.
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
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 Change Education En Español
Climate Change Education En Español (2020) is an interdisciplinary project that aims to address the inequities in climate change education by creating an interactive digital hub that will host resources in Spanish and/or resources designed with Latinx communities in mind.
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.
Environmental & Climate Justice Curriculum
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
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.
Natures at the Water's Edge: Teaching Tools For Urban Sustainability
Natures at the Water's Edge: Teaching Tools For Urban Sustainability (2020) will bring together an interdisciplinary group of faculty and students from NYU and Ludwig Maximilian Universität Munich (LMU) to investigate the social and ecological dimensions of New York City’s shifting coastline. A team of professors and students will produce an educational module that will highlight NYC as a case study to investigate key issues in sustainability along urban coastal systems that can be used in classrooms around the world.
NYU Best Practices Guide for Sustainable Conferences
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
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.
Solar Powered Media
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.
Sustainable Menstruation Initiative
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
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 Green Operas
The Green Operas (2020) are a collaboration between three departments in Tisch (the Graduate Musical Theatre Writing Program, Design For Stage and Film, and Open Arts) and the Brooklyn-based opera company The American Opera Project (AOP). Composer and librettist students are creating six short operas that illustrate the impact of climate change on the environment and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day.
The V,OID (Volunteers, Organized in Disorder)
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
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.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
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.
When are the Green Grant proposal deadlines?
At this time the Green Grants program will be operating in a limited capacity. If you have an idea for a project, pleease reach out to email@example.com.