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Frequently Asked Questions
The Application Process
 
  • Who may apply for this award?
    Any business or industry (manufacturer, commercial services), office, vendor, trade association, community group, educational agency, governmental or service institution is eligible. Awards are not necessarily given in each category; it depends on the projects submitted.
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  • What are the important dates regarding this year’s application process?
    • The Governor's Pollution Prevention Award Program is currently closed. Please check back for announcements in January of 2013.
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  • When should we expect to hear from NHPPP if our facility or organization won the award?
    All applicants will be notified in August (after the regulatory check of the potential award winners), regarding their standing in the awards process.
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  • Do you have any quick tips to improve our application?
    Applicants simply need to follow the directions listed at the top of the application. All applications received are copied for distribution at the Judges’ Debate in July. Since applications in each category are compared to one another, please be as complete as possible, and make sure all application questions are addressed.

    You should also tell us briefly about your company or organization. The more we know about you, the easier it is to understand the value of your pollution prevention activities.

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  • How detailed should our application be?
    We try to make our application process simple and to the point. Fill out our Application Cover Sheet telling us about your business or organization, and then tell us about your pollution prevention project. Describe as many different pollution prevention projects as you would like the judges to consider.

    If you download the application in Word, you will be able to alter the space allowed to answer each question. However, since all applications are debated and judged against each other, please remember to keep all relevant information pertaining to your project in the appropriate section of the application.

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  • Can we submit our application electronically?
    Once NHPPP has finished with the modifications to the award program, the application will be made available in a Microsoft Word format that can be downloaded, filled out and submitted electronically to NHPPP.
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  • Should we submit anything else along with our application?
    The application instructs you to attach any relevant information for distribution at the Judges’ Debate. If Internet addresses are not available, you should attach hard copies of any relevant brochures, company policies or mission statements. Follow the directions in the application. Basically, we should be aware of all aspects of your company or organization that are promoting pollution prevention.
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  • Will our application remain confidential?
    Applications and proprietary information are kept confidential and reviewed only by DES staff and our panel of judges. The applications are not published, and will remain in NHPPP files. If your company or organization has been selected as a finalist, an EPA and DES regulatory check will be completed on your company for environmental compliance.

    By accepting an award, winners give NHPPP consent to publish a summary of your pollution prevention projects in the NHPPP newsletter Wastelines, on the NHPPP web page, as well as a DES press release for the Governor’s Award Winners and their pollution prevention projects.

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  • Do you require a site visit to our business or organization?
    No, NHPPP does not require a site visit in order to win the Award, but we do like to visit the facility or organization after the awards ceremony.
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  • Our company does have a case pending with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or DES. Will that prevent us from receiving an Award?
    Any pending violation with either the EPA or DES will most likely eliminate your company from being eligible to receive an award. A regulatory check will be completed on pending winners in August. Should you have any questions on this matter, please contact NHPPP before you begin the application process. Past EPA or DES violations that have been addressed and corrected should not prohibit you from receiving an award.
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