Current Opportunities
Clean and Green Schools Awards (formerly known as Zero Waste Schools Awards)
Team Up To Clean Up Contest
Rewards schools that conceive, design, and implement effective cleanup and beautification projects, including school gardens
Materials for the Arts’ Reduce & Reuse Contest
Recognizes and awards creative reuse projects in schools
GrowNYC Zero Waste Schools’ Super Recyclers Contest
Recognizes and awards exemplary recycling programs in schools
Important Notes
  •   The 2023 Clean and Green Schools Awards open on Monday, March 13, 2023 and close at 5pm on Wednesday, May 10, 2023.
  •   Only NYC DOE public schools can win cash prizes. Private and charter schools cannot win cash prizes.
  •   For any questions about the contests or website, email
Getting Started on ZWS
The Zero Waste Schools (ZWS) website is an exciting 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 (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.

Email with any questions.