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Global Awards Submission Guidelines


One idea could change the world—or corporate real estate as we know it.

Could that idea be yours?

We’re accepting submissions for CoreNet Global’s 2016 Global Awards program. Enter your project now in ONE of the following categories:
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Your entry could also be nominated to compete for CoreNet Global’s oldest and most prestigious award, the H. Bruce Russell Global Innovator's Award.

Global Awards Submission
Submit Your Project



When to Submit

16 December 2015 - 29 March 2016 (for the 2016 Global Awards Program)

Submission Fee

$200 / entry | payable by credit card |
must accompany the online submission

Tim Venable
Nicki Williams

Guide to Completing the 2016 Global Awards Application

Award Submission Title:
Provide a descriptive, not a creative, title. For example: “Call Center Headquarters for XYZ Organization in Dallas, Texas, USA”, not “Daring to be Different.”

Describe the nature of your organization and the context in which it operates. The judges want to know the professional sector (e.g. healthcare, tourism, etc.) in which your client operates, and the context (what are the sustainability drivers? What are the challenges?)

Describe the initiative and why you created it. Emphasize key objectives and how these objectives contributed to the overall organizational objectives and strategies.

Collaboration: (if applicable)
Describe why your project represents a collaborative effort between two or more companies and what processes you developed to ensure all participants fully participated.
Describe the implementation. Emphasize the leadership challenges and choices. See descriptions provided in previous award winners’ case studies.

Lessons Learned:
Describe challenges, things you could have done differently, unexpected successes, etc.

Describe the outcome and impact on reaching your objectives.
For Sustainable Leadership, the judges want to see evidence of quantifiable metrics (energy, water reduction, etc.), and how this was externally verified. How is the project or program being monitored? What is the reporting cycle (e.g. quarterly, annually)?

Best Practices (if applicable):
Describe best practices as a result of this initiative.

Innovation (if applicable):
Focus comments on why your project is innovative and why it is important.

Support Materials: 
File size: Not to exceed 7 pages, 2 MB, PDF format only
  • Project location (city, state, country)
  • Date of completion
  • Budget (final) hard costs (actual construction costs). Fee need not be included.
  • Type of project (e.g. office, hospital, library, etc.)
  • Client (company/project authority)
  • Design firm (project manager/design team manager)
  • Contact name, phone number and email
  • Photos (jpeg format; 72 dpi)
This is the section where you’d also include anything else you’d like the judges to know about this project. Remember to type in at least 12-point type, with 1.5-inch spacing.

Please do not include press clippings or other promotional materials. And, although you may draw upon information contained in these materials, please do not include the materials.


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For Sustainable Leadership Design Categories: The judges would like to see a focus on linkage between sustainability objectives and how they fit into the overall project and organizational objectives.

For Sustainable Leadership Development Categories: The judges want to see a linkage between the project’s objectives and the organization’s mission, objectives and strategies. The project should not be a “stand‐alone” effort; rather, it should demonstrate the fulfillment of the organization’s overall strategy for sustainability.

What is the difference between the design and the development categories?

The design categories recognize completed building projects. These projects should:
  • Integrate sustainability practices with design excellence
  • Meet the client’s sustainability objectives for the project, and for the organization as a whole
  • Demonstrate collaboration between the design firm and client as equal partners
What is NOT acceptable:
  • Buildings that are not completed or have not been occupied for six months.
  • Buildings completed earlier than 2009.
The development categories recognize organization‐wide real estate programs. These programs should:
  • Integrate the organization’s sustainability mission and strategies throughout the organizations – penetrating everyday practices of its real estate/facilities operations
  • Demonstrate a clear link between the organization’s overall strategy for sustainability and the sustainable programs. This is best accomplished through measurable programs.
What is NOT acceptable:
  • Organizational sustainability strategies without programs
  • Stand‐alone programs (e.g., programs not linked to an organization’s sustainability strategies)
How many projects many be submitted?
For the design categories, you may enter for each completed building project, as long as they meet the entry criteria.

For development categories, the judges suggest that you enter only once by “bundling” your initiatives as part of the organization’s overall sustainability mission and strategies.
Explain how sustainable practices have been integrated into the project’s operations and maintenance.