Hidden Image
teacher and students looking at a computer

Clean Green Schools Initiative

On Earth Day, Governor Hochul announced NYSERDA’s Clean Green Schools Initiative Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page., which is now accepting applications with an initial $59 million in funding available. The Clean Green Schools Initiative is available to help public schools that traditionally lack resources to invest in infrastructure improvements become healthier, more productive learning environments. The program provides funding for professional services such as energy studies, on-site energy manager, and fiscal advisors to help schools evaluate, plan for, and facilitate comprehensive energy reduction, decarbonization, environmental sustainability, and indoor air quality projects. The program will also provide funding for schools to implement construction projects that decarbonize their building portfolios, such as comprehensive retrofits that impact energy consumption and overall building load, electrification readiness projects, and conversion of central heating and/or cooling plants to clean energy technologies such as heat pumps. Schools participating in the program may also receive funding to support eligible activities that create or further clean energy educational opportunities for students, faculty, staff, and the surrounding community. For more information, visit the P-12 Clean Green Schools Initiative program page.

Current P-12 Schools Initiative Programs

P-12 is defined as prekindergarten through grade 12 education. The P-12 Schools Initiative encourages schools to lower energy use and utility bills while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the leading contributor to climate change. There are more than 6,000 public and private schools in New York State. Together they spend roughly $1 billion in annual energy costs while producing approximately 5.6 million metric tons of carbon dioxide or other harmful greenhouse gases. Working with NYSERDA, P-12 schools can lower both.

This initiative promotes clean energy efforts by educating, guiding, and assisting schools that implement clean energy projects and commit to sustainability-focused principles at their facilities and in the classroom.

Learn more about:

Sign up for updates on NYSERDA’s P-12 Schools Initiative or submit a request to receive NYSERDA’s assistance with navigating the program(s) best for your school.