Sustainability Contests and Grant Opportunities


QCC's "I've Got A Great Idea" Contest
Contest dates and rules to be announced.  A $100 gift card to Barnes and Noble will be awarded. 

Open February 1, 2009 to March 28, 2009

CUNY Sustainable Shorts is a video contest with a $500 cash prize sponsored by Sustainable CUNY with the theme 'Going Green'. All CUNY students, staff, faculty and alumni are invited to submit a video entry that is no more than 2 minutes in length to the Sustainable CUNY Shorts You Tube Group. Submissions can be funny or serious and in the form of a skit, demonstration project or song, with a goal of inspiring others to live sustainably. The winner will be selected by students and Sustainable CUNY leaders, based on both content and public viewership, so encourage your family and friends to view your selection. The winner will be announced Earth Day, April 22nd, 2009. Submit Video 

Rewarding ideas that can help CUNY achieve its Sustainability goals.
The CUNY Task Force on Sustainability has created the Sustainable CUNY Suggestion Program in order to increase the involvement from the 450,000 students, faculty and staff who come through the doors of a CUNY facility and to achieve the worthy goal of reducing CUNY's carbon footprint by 30% in 10 years. Every CUNY Campus has the opportunity to establish its own unique Sustainable Suggestion Program with $1,000 for each campus funded from the Task Force to encourage suggestions for sustainability related activities at CUNY.

Grant and Funding Opportunities

Environmental Research and Education Foundation (EREF)

The Foundation awards several grants each year for research or education in topics pertaining with any aspect of solid waste management.  Maximum Award: $10,000-$500,000

Project topics could deal with any aspect of the following, but are not limited to:

CUNY Green Campus Loan Fund

The Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) has secured a $1 million grant to initiate a revolving Green Campus Loan Fund in order to assist CUNY colleges with integrating sustainability into their buildings. The program is being administered in partnership with CUNY Economic Development Corporation.

The CUNY Green Campus Loan Fund will provide eligible CUNY applicants with capital funds for projects that can measurably reduce CUNY's environmental impact and demonstrate monetary savings to repay the no interest loan. An application process is under development that will include a panel that will review and award applicants. Projects will be selected on their ability to contribute to one or more of the following:

Applications and instructions to apply for this program will be available in the Spring of 2008.