Thank you for your interest in applying for an award. Your organization will be judged on the strength of your application. It is important that your application be as complete and descriptive as possible. Identify real numbers and measured results from your efforts when possible.
Consulting and service firms are encouraged to apply for an award describing a project within their own business, but may not apply for a project performed at a client for which the consulting firm assisted with identification or implementation. Consultants and service providers may assist their client with the award application, but the award recipient would be the facility/organization where the improvements actually took place.
Governor's Sustainability Award applications must be submitted electronically by 5:00 p.m. CST on May 31, 2013 for consideration (Apply here).
Before beginning the online application, be ready with the following information:
If a project provided energy, material, or waste savings, the Summary Table of Applicant's Environmental Outcomes (metrics form) should be completed. The inclusion of the metrics form with the application will significantly strengthen and quantify the application. Please provide your data in the right hand column of the form, and save in this format: Company Name.Metrics. Upload the saved form with your application.
Not all categories of the metric form will apply to each applicant; only complete those areas that are applicable. Figures should be provided on an annualized basis and show savings for the calendar year.
Up to four pages of supplemental documentation can be submitted along with the application. Please submit supplemental documentation electronically along with your application. Materials such as charts, tables, photos, graphs, data and calculations may be included. Do not include corporate literature, annual reports, CD-ROMs, or videotapes. Any supplemental material over the 4-page limit will not be reviewed.
We would like you to describe your sustainability activities in a way that clearly answers the four following questions:
Include only information on activities implemented before January 1, 2013. Read on for guidance on writing the narratives. Please note: If your organization has received a Governor's Sustainability Award or Governor's Pollution Prevention Award in the past, please include only information about activities that were not included in the previous award. Ongoing achievements and metrics from previously awarded activities are not eligible for the award and should not be included in the narrative, unless significant improvements or modifications have been implemented and can be clearly described.
Each application must contain the following sections. Details of each are provided in the evaluation criteria.
What did you do?
Describe your activities, including where and when they were accomplished. There are many different types of activities that are eligible for inclusion in this application. The questions below are intended to prompt discussion on a wide variety of sustainability activities. Some of the questions may not apply to your organization.
How did you do it?
Describe why you decided to do these activities and how you went about doing them. Your description can address any of the questions below that are applicable to your organization. Your description may also address issues not listed in the questions below.
Who was involved?
Describe the contributions of your organization's personnel in the activities.
Describe if any partnerships with external manufacturers, consultants, vendors, schools, community groups, or other organizations were influential during your activities.
What were the benefits?
Describe how your activities benefitted the environment, your organization, your local community, and/or the global community. Some of the questions below may not pertain to your organization, and you may want to discuss benefits not addressed in the questions below.
For questions about the Governor's Sustainability Awards, contact Deb Jacobson at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center.
1010 Jorie Blvd
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Activities submitted must have been completed or have shown substantial progress by December 31, 2012. A panel from the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and/or outside experts will judge applications. Confidential or proprietary processes, technologies, or business practices should be clearly identified in the application. Finalists may be visited for verification of activities. Additional eligibility status will be obtained from the Illinois EPA. An organization must be in good standing with environmental laws and regulations to be eligible for an award. Applicants with current or pending violations of environmental laws and regulations from the U.S. EPA or Illinois EPA are not eligible to receive an award.
The Office of the Governor will make the final award decisions.