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Application Process

  • Nominate your business. See eligibility requirements.
  • Staff will contact you to verify eligibility.
  • Complete and submit an online application.  Browser requirements: Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer 9 or higher. Chrome and Firefox are recommended.
  • Attach supporting documents, videos, and business logo.
  • Review Application Workshop Presentation for background, process details, and mentorship.
  • Submit by February 26, 2024, at 11:59pm

Winners will be announced Mid-March. All applicants are invited to attend the SQA Ceremony. 


Award Categories

Grand Prize Award
A grand prize winner demonstrates excellence in the areas of Sustainable Economic Development, Social Responsibility, and Stewardship of the Natural Environment. 

Excellence Awards
An excellence award winner demonstrates excellence in one of the following three categories:

  • Sustainable Economic Development - commitment to the long-term economic sustainability of your operations and the local and regional economy
  • Social Responsibility - commitment to sustaining human resources within your organization and local community.
  • Stewardship of the Natural Environment - commitment to sustaining resources in the natural environment


Successful applications will demonstrate excellence in the following ways:

Innovation: Your business demonstrates leadership in sustainability by adopting new strategies procedures and/or technologies that promote stewardship of the natural environment, social responsibility and sustainable economic development.

Commitment: Your business implements a significantly greater number or degree of sustainable practices than the typical business in its industry.

Documented Results: Your business reports the measurable results of its sustainable practices, such as reducing energy use or creating internships for youth or underrepresented members of the community. Businesses should also describe realized benefits such as cost savings or an increase in sales.

SQA applicants are encouraged to include supporting material as attachments to their applications. This may include existing company literature, photographs, and other graphic materials illustrating key points.

Examples of supporting materials to include:

  • company or employee manual
  • utility bills
  • details of renovations or retrofits
  • purchasing and environmental policies
  • list of charitable donations (in-kind or monetary)

Previous Winners’ Applications

For more help filling out the application form, please review submissions from previous winners (posted with permission)

Application Assistance and Mentors


For more information or assistance in the application process, please contact:

Susy Borlido
Sustainable Works