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The Narrative

The Narrative is the most important part of your application. It is important that your application be as complete and descriptive as possible. Your organization will be judged on the strength of your application. Identify real numbers and measured results from your efforts when possible.

We would like you to describe your sustainability activities in a way that clearly answers the four following questions:

  1. What did you do?
  2. How did you do it?
  3. Who was involved?
  4. What are the benefits?
Include only information on activities implemented before January 1, 2017.

Please note: If your organization has received a Governor's Sustainability Award, Continuous Improvement Award, or Governor's Pollution Prevention Award in the past, please include only information about activities you have conducted since winning the 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.

Writing the Narrative

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. The sample applications page demonstrates how applicants should answer these questions and include metrics in the Narrative.

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