Current Opportunities
Green Team Mini Grants
The New York City Department of Sanitation and Citizens Committee for New York City are awarding up to $1000 to school green teams! Grants must be used for green team expenses such as recycling and garden projects, t-shirts/uniforms, school sustainability events, and eco-friendly giveaways. NYC K-12 public schools are invited to apply. For more information, please contact us at schools@dsny.nyc.gov.
Green Team Mini-Grant Flier (PDF)
Green Team Mini-Grant Budget Guidelines (PDF)
Green Team Mini-Grant Application Guidelines (PDF)
Zero Waste Pledge Schools
The Department of Education’s Office of Sustainability and the Department of Sanitation are excited to introduce the next chapter in Zero Waste Schools. Schools will be required to complete three phases of operational and educational activities—in return they will receive a one-on-one consultation and recycling materials.
Current Contests
DSNY’s Commissioner’s Cup (Award)
A brand new recognition for sustainability efforts, projects and significant improvement in school recycling, chosen by the DSNY Commissioner’s Office
CCNYC’s Team Up To Clean up Contest
Rewards schools that conceive, design, and implement effective cleanup and beautification projects, including school gardens.
MFTA’s Reduce & Reuse Contest
Recognizes and awards creative reuse projects in schools.
RCP’s Super Recyclers Contest
Recognizes and awards exemplary recycling programs in schools.
Zero Waste Schools Challenge
A brand new compliance and data-driven contest specifically for the first 100 ZWS. For more information on the Zero Waste Schools program, go to: www.nyc.gov/zerowasteschools.
Important Notes
  •   The Zero Waste Schools Challenge is open only to the first 100 ZWS (www.nyc.gov/zerowasteschools).
  •   All other contests are open to all NYC DOE public schools(and some private schools).
  •   Only NYC DOE public schools can win cash prizes. Private and charter schools cannot win cash prizes.
  •   The Green Team Mini-Grants will open twice a school year. All applications will be submitted online via nyc.gov/zws.
  •   Grantees can only be funded once a school year.
  •   For any questions about the contests or website, email schools@dsny.nyc.gov
Getting Started on ZWS
The Zero Waste Schools (ZWS) website is an exciting new social media platform where NYC students and teachers can celebrate what they are doing to protect our environment – and win prizes too!

See the FAQ section on how to create an account.

Teachers must first create an account before their students can begin posting. Teachers can get their school’s unique validation code, which they will need to create their school’s account, by emailing schools@dsny.nyc.gov (include your school name/number and address). Teachers can begin posting as soon as they sign up.

Get started on the contests today! Read the contest pages for more information, and look at the previous winners for great ideas.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES for 2018/2019:

•   Zero Waste Pledge School Application Deadline: Friday, October 26, 2018
•   Fall Green Team Mini-Grant Deadline: 5pm on Friday, November 16, 2018
•   Spring Green Team Mini-Grant Deadline: : 5pm on Friday, March 15, 2019
•   Contest Submission Deadline: May 2019
•   Announcement of Contest Winners: June 2019
•   ZWS Awards Event date: June 2019

Email schools@dsny.nyc.gov with any questions.