InfoWorld Green 15 FAQ

Here, you should be able to find answers to all your questions regarding the InfoWorld Green 15 award:

What is the InfoWorld Green 15 award for?

The InfoWorld Green 15 award honors the top 15 green IT projects of the past year; that is, projects resulting in sustainability gains such as higher energy efficiency, reduced waste, and/or improved impact on the environment. Innovative IT products that drive sustainability will garner consideration, but internal green IT projects will be given more weighting.

Is there a fee to enter?


Can I get an extension of the submission deadline?

Don't count on it. We'll look at the entries that came in on or before the deadline, and only if we believe we need to consider more candidates will we look at the laggards.

To enter, do I need to do anything besides fill out and submit the online nomination form?

No. Frequently, however, InfoWorld highlights a subset of the 15 winners with extended profiles that are accompanied by a high-quality image of the project. It might be prudent to create that picture soon, if it does not already exist. Click here to submit an online nomination.

What sort of projects are most likely to earn an InfoWorld 15 award?

InfoWorld judges projects that were completed in full or in part in the previous year. Projects fully completed before January 2013 are not acceptable. We favor large-scale projects that stretch beyond off-the-shelf solutions, with multiple technologies used in innovative ways to serve clearly defined sustainability goals, including reducing waste, boosting energy efficiency, and improving one's impact on the environment.

May vendors nominate customer projects?

Yes. However, those who fill out the nomination form should have in-depth knowledge of the customer’s project, goals and surrounding IT issues. Block copies of vendor case studies or poorly written entries lacking in detail reduce the customer’s chances of winning.

Are professional service providers eligible to win for client projects?

Yes, provided the project was completely outsourced to the provider, from gathering requirements to testing and deployment. The client must explicitly agree that such was the case.

If the project lead from a nominated company is interviewed by an InfoWorld reporter, does that mean the nominated company has won?

No. Numerous finalists are interviewed before the final decision is made. Nothing is official until the April 22 announcement date.

Are the winners published in hierarchical order from 1 to 15?

No. All 15 winners are of equal status and are listed alphabetically.

Can a nominated company win an InfoWorld Green 15 award two years in a row?

Yes. On rare occasions, organizations have won two years in a row for separate, major accomplishments -- but none has received the award twice for the same project.

How can I use the award, InfoWorld logo, and/or profile writeup in press releases, on Web pages, etc.?

Once the winners have been announced, click here for all InfoWorld Technology Awards marketing resources.

Is there a physical award?

No. Winners do have access to a high-resolution InfoWorld Green 15 logo, which can be used for promotional opportunities. And you can contract with the YGS Group to create a physical award if you like as described on our marketing page.

Is there an award ceremony?

Not at this time.

Will I be notified if our company’s project doesn’t win?


How do I find out why our company didn’t win?

The InfoWorld Green 15 is extremely competitive and we cannot provide individual explanations of why a certain nominated project did not receive an award. We hope this FAQ provides you with an understanding of the types of projects our judges favor -- and we strongly suggest you read case studies from previous years.

Still have questions?

For other questions pertaining to the InfoWorld Green 15 awards, please contact Senior Analyst Ted Samson.

Confirmation that your entry has been received is not necessary if you have used the online nomination form without difficulty and clicked the Submit button without receiving an error message.

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