Project GreenHands (PGH), the environmental branch of Isha Foundation, has grown out of a deep concern for the global effects of deforestation and land degradation, and in particular for the rapidly degrading ecology of Tamil Nadu. Sadhguru initiated the launch of PGH during the World Environmental Week in June 2004 with a vision to create and nurture a society which will develop a deep culture of care towards the environment and keep this planet liveable for future generations. PGH aims to take corrective measures to increase the green cover in Tamil Nadu by 10% in the next ten years by planting 114 million saplings. On October 17, 2006, to raise awareness about the desperate need for action.PGH undertook and accomplished the seemingly impossible task of planting 852,587 saplings across the state of Tamil Nadu in three days. And earned a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. PGH has successfully overseen the planting of more than 1.4 crore trees by over 20 lakh volunteers since its inception in 2004. PGH is in operation in 20 districts of Tamil Nadu and Kerala where dedicated teams of Isha volunteers undertake door to door campaigns, talks, events aimed towards improving farming methods, sapling distribution and celebrations to engage the public to support the role of trees in protecting our environment.
On June 5th 2010, PGH was awarded the Indira Gandhi Paryavaran Puraskar (IGPP) for the year 2008 in the Organizational category by the Government of India.
IGPP is the highest award in India bestowed on individuals and organizations for significant contributions in the fields of environmental protection, conservation, regeneration and awareness creation.