Award Nomination Process

Each application is examined by the Center for Research and Service (IIT) and Davenport University. The process is reviewed by the Board of Directors and the Event Board of Advisors to ensure all criteria is adhered to. Modern statistical analysis is used to examine each application.


    • Companies are nominated by individuals.
    • The company's sustainability contact is required to complete an extensive survey on their green and sustainability practices. A $150 fee applies to complete the nomination process and survey.
    • Supporting articles are requested to accompany certain survey responses.


Each survey is examined statistically for quantitative data and scoring. That data is submitted to our volunteer panel of judges from Davenport University to examine each application, collect statistical data and apply qualitative score. All applications are examined on a point system; those receiving the highest points in relation to the company’s sustainable initiatives category are selected as the winners. The highest points assigned in each category are selected as the Elite Winners.

In all categories the 101 winners are further analyzed for Elite recognition. The judges look for unique and creative thought processes with support from senior management and policy makers. Adaptations to various new factors in the marketplace are weighed.

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