We are making New York City public schools more sustainable by:

  • Making school buildings eco-friendly and efficient
  • Inspiring students, teachers, parents, and school communities to take part in environmental programs
  • Promoting everyday practices that benefit the environment


In 2021, for the fifth year, the DOE Office of Sustainability continued to provide schools an opportunity to apply for a grant up to $5,000 for school based sustainability projects. The office also created a new opportunity for Custodians to apply to the first ever Custodial Supply Grant to fund operational items that support building efficiency. In total, the DOE Office of Sustainability awarded $717,224.50 to schools across all five boroughs. Funding for the grants were provided by the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability, Department of Citywide Administrative Services-Division of Energy Management’s ExCEL Program, and DOE’s Demand Response Program.

Grant Highlights:

  • Sustainability Project Grant total award: $385K to 98 schools
  • Custodial Supply Grant award: $333K to 59 school buildings
  • Highest Demand/Most Rewarded Category: 61 projects in Gardens & Outdoor Learning (providing $258,000)
  • Both grants provided funding support to improve building energy ratings under Local Law 33/95

Congratulations to the 5th Annual Sustainability Project Grant Winners.

Garden & Outdoor Learning

  • Fannie Lou Hamer Freedom High School
  • Catherine & Count Basie Middle School 72
  • P.S. 007 Samuel Stern
  • P.S. 216 Arturo Toscanini
  • P.S. 66
  • Hunters Point Community Middle School
  • Williamsburg High School for Architecture and Design
  • The Urban Assembly School for Green Careers
  • P.S. 048 P.O. Michael J. Buczek
  • P.S. 032 Belmont
  • P.S. 085 Great Expectations
  • M.S. 582
  • Ebbets Field Middle School
  • Van Siclen Community Middle School
  • Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies
  • P.S. 094 David D. Porter
  • Richmond Hill High School
  • P.S. 008 Isaac Varian
  • P.S. 067 Mohegan School
  • DeWitt Clinton High School
  • The Urban Assembly Unison School
  • Brownsville Collaborative Middle School
  • James Weldon Johnson
  • East Side Community School
  • Life Sciences Secondary School
  • P.S. 084 Lillian Weber
  • Harlem Renaissance High School
  • The School for Inquiry and Social Justice
  • Bronx Theatre High School
  • P.S. 066 School of Higher Expectations
  • Samara Community School
  • P.S. 595
  • P.S. 034 Oliver H. Perry
  • Young Women's Leadership School of Brooklyn
  • The Brooklyn New School, P.S. 146
  • P.S. 005 Dr. Ronald McNair
  • P.S. 081 Thaddeus Stevens
  • Boys and Girls High School
  • P.S. 306 Ethan Allen
  • Legacy School of the Arts
  • J.H.S. 223 The Montauk
  • J.H.S. 259 William McKinley
  • P.S. 178 Saint Clair Mckelway
  • P.S. 199 Maurice A. Fitzgerald
  • International High School for Health Sciences
  • P.S. 063 Old South
  • Waterside Children's Studio School
  • The Queens School for Leadership and Excellence
  • P.S. 136 Roy Wilkins
  • Long Island City High School
  • P.S. 001 Tottenville
  • P.S. 016 John J. Driscoll
  • P.S. 78
  • Port Richmond High School
  • P.S. 376
  • P.S. K369 - Coy L. Cox School
  • P.S. K396
  • P.S. Q177
  • John F. Kennedy Jr. School
  • P.S. Q811
  • The David Marquis School of the Arts

Environmental Education

  • Central Park East II
  • Queens School of Inquiry, The
  • P.S. 241 Emma L. Johnston
  • East New York Middle School of Excellence
  • P.S. 022 Graniteville
  • Port Richmond School for Visionary Learning
  • Urban Assembly New York Harbor School
  • P.S. 134 George F. Bristow
  • P.S. 094 The Henry Longfellow
  • Sunset Park Avenues Elementary School
  • School of Math, Science, and Healthy Living
  • Beacon High School
  • P.S. 166 Henry Gradstein
  • P.S. 002 Alfred Zimberg
  • Sunset Park High School
  • P.S. 249 The Caton
  • P.S. 092 Harry T. Stewart Sr.
  • Staten Island School of Civic Leadership
  • High School for Environmental Studies

Waste & Recycling

  • High School For Language And Diplomacy
  • Landmark High School
  • P.S. 161 Juan Ponce De Leon School
  • P.S. 277
  • P.S. 938
  • I.S. 093 Ridgewood
  • Jamaica Children's School
  • P.S. 131 Abigail Adams
  • Preparatory Academy for Writers: A College Board School
  • Queens Transition Center

Energy Conservation

  • P.S. 166 The Richard Rodgers School of The Arts and Technology
  • Mount Eden Children's Academy
  • P.S. K771

Demonstration Solar Installation

  • Central Park East High School
  • P.S. 287 Bailey K. Ashford
  • The Science And Medicine Middle School
  • P.S. 90 Edna Cohen School
  • P.S. 229 Emanuel Kaplan

Waste Reduction and Recycling

Zero Waste Schools

In order for the City to have zero waste go to landfills by 2030, we all have to do our part. And that means our schools do too.

Zero Waste Schools is a program designed to do just that. Instead of sending waste to landfills:

  • Schools can recycle paper, cardboard, metal, glass, plastic, and cartons
  • About half our schools compost to keep food scraps from going to landfills

Energy Conservation

The City has a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions 80% by 2050. To be part of this effort, we have brought energy efficiency programs to our schools:

  • Demand Response program: helps us avoid power outages during very hot summer days or very cold winter ones. Over 270 of our buildings take part in the program by:
    • turning off overhead lighting
    • reducing elevator service
    • turning off other machinery that requires excessive energy
  • Solar Panels are already on the roofs of over 30 school buildings. Another 100 solar projects will be completed over the next few years.


We are working to help the City reduce water use by 5%. We’ve done this by:

  • Installing high-efficiency bathroom fixtures in over 500 schools
  • Setting up programs to reduce water use and increase water efficiency


Over 50 % of our school buildings have access to school gardens. These gardens help to:

  • Support instruction on gardening and the local food system
  • Promote healthy eating habits.
  • Increase student consumption of more fresh and locally-grown produce.

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