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Pollution Prevention

Pollution Prevention > Governor’s Awards for Environmental Excellence > Narrative Guide Narrative Guide

Select one of the categories below for narrative guidance in what information reviewers will require addressed in the application. All information requested or questions asked must be included for an application to be considered complete:

Energy/Renewable Resources:

  1. Description of Project, Program or Technology:
    • Describe the energy efficiency or renewable energy project, program or technology.
    • Explain how it differs from past facility practices.
    • Include details of energy and/or materials savings.
  2. Environmental Benefits:
    • Describe how much energy is being saved, or fossil fuel consumption eliminated by this project, program or technology in measurable results (CO2e reductions, kWh, etc).
    • In what way(s) is it helping to protect the environment? Please describe in pounds, gallons or tons of air, waste, and/or water reductions.
    • Describe the methods used to measure progress.
    • Do not describe reuse, recycling, waste treatment, remediation or pollution control techniques.
  3. Management Commitment:
    • Describe how employees are empowered to find, and implement, energy efficiency opportunities in the workplace.
    • How does management encourage and/or reward employee (or student) innovations?
    • How is energy efficiency promoted in company or organization policy?
  4. Transferability:
    • To what extent may the project, program or technology be transferred to other businesses or organizations?
    • Provide examples of how your business or organization shares (or will share) its energy information with others.
  5. Innovation:
    • Why is this project innovative?
    • What places this project on the cutting edge of energy technology in Indiana?
  6. Economic Benefits:
    • Describe any cost savings involved, both short term and long term, related to the implementation of the new project, program or technology.
    • If possible, include an environmental accounting report or cost/benefit analysis.
    • How much did the project cost?
    • What has been the return?
    • What impact has the project had on product quality and consumer acceptance?
    • Have any new jobs been created as a direct result of the project?

Pollution Prevention:

  1. Description of Project, Program or Technology:
    • Describe the pollution prevention project, completed in 2013 or 2014.
    • Explain how it differs from past environmental and/or plant management practices.
    • For product substitutions or reformulations, you may be asked to provide a copy of the Material Safety Data Sheet for both the previously-used and new chemicals.
  2. Describe how this project meets Indiana’s definition of pollution prevention
  3. Environmental Benefits:
    • In what way(s) is this project helping to protect the environment? Please describe in pounds, gallons, or tons of air, waste, and/or water reductions.
    • To what extent has the use and/or generation of toxic materials or environmental wastes been reduced or eliminated through this project, process or technology?
    • Describe the methods used to measure progress.
    • Do not describe reuse, recycling, waste treatment, and remediation or pollution control techniques.
  4. Management Commitment:
    • Describe how management demonstrates its commitment to the project (if facility is a branch of a larger corporation, be sure to describe management commitment for the branch location in addition to the corporate level).
    • Describe how employees are empowered to find pollution prevention opportunities in the workplace.
    • How does management encourage and/or reward employee innovations?
    • How is pollution prevention promoted in company policy?
  5. Transferability:
    • To what extent may the project or technology be transferred to other businesses?
    • Provide examples of how your business shares (or will share) pollution prevention information with others.
  6. Innovation:
    • Why is this project innovative?
    • What places this project on the cutting edge of pollution prevention technology/methodology?
  7. Economic Benefits:
    • Describe any cost savings involved, both short term and long term, related to the implementation of the new project, program or technology.
    • If possible, include an environmental accounting report or cost/benefit analysis.
    • How much did this project cost?
    • What has been the return?
    • How have sales been affected?
    • What impact has the project had on product quality and consumer acceptance?

Environmental Stewardship:

  1. Description of Stewardship:
    • Describe environmental stewardship projects that have been implemented in 2013 or 2014.
    • Explain how it differs from past environmental and/or plant management practices.
    • For product substitutions or reformulations, you may be asked to provide a copy of the material safety data sheet for both the previously used and new chemicals.
  2. Environmental Benefits:
    • In what way(s) is it helping to protect the environment? Please describe in pounds, gallons, or tons of air, waste, and/or water reductions.
    • Describe the methods used to measure progress.
    • Do not describe reuse, recycling, waste treatment, remediation, or pollution control techniques.
  3. Management Commitment:
    • Describe how management demonstrates its commitment to the project (if facility is a branch of a larger corporation, be sure to describe management commitment at the branch location in addition to at the corporate level).
    • Describe how employees are empowered to find environmental stewardship opportunities in the workplace.
    • How does management encourage and/or reward employee innovations?
    • How is environmental stewardship promoted in company policy?
  4. Transferability:
    • To what extent may the project, program or technology be transferred to other businesses or organizations?
    • Provide examples of how your business or organization shares (or will share) its environmental stewardship information with others.
  5. Innovation:
    • Why is this project innovative?
    • What places this project on the cutting edge of environmental stewardship in Indiana?
  6. Economic Benefits:
    • Describe any cost savings involved, both short term and long term, related to the implementation of the new project, program, or technology.
    • If possible, include an environmental accounting report or cost/benefit analysis.
    • How much did the project cost?
    • What has been the return?
    • What impact has the project had on product quality and consumer acceptance?