Innovation in Sustainability Award (Company Award)

NOMINATE FOR THIS AWARD BY EMAILING AWARDS@PRSM.COM and you will be contacted within 24-48 hours to complete your submission.


The Innovation in Sustainability Award is the association’s award honoring excellence in performance in the retail environment. The process for selecting this award is outlined below. We are seeking to showcase companies with innovative sustainability accomplishments in operations and/or outstanding work performance within the industry. PRSM members to recognize companies for successful collaboration between retailers and their Supplier partners within the retail facility maintenance industry.

Eligibility and Rules for this award:

  • Must be a current PRSM Association member(s) for a minimum of three (3) years consecutively and be in good standing having no outstanding ethics violations.
  • All PRSM Association member companies are eligible and may nominate any PRSM member company, including their own.
  • PRSM Board of Directors and Sustainability Council members will recuse themselves from the review and judging process should their company be nominated.
  • Projects must be operational at least three (3) months to ensure appropriate performance data has been cataloged.
     

Examples of Qualifying Sustainability Categories:

Category I:  Energy Management

Category 2:  Water Conservation

Category 3:  Materials and Green Procurement

Category 4: Waste Management, Recycling and Reuse

Category 5: Benchmarking and Certification Leadership

Category 6: Innovative Solutions

Submittal Requirements:

  • Submitting Entity, Name of Project, Location of Project, Category Entered
  • Completion date or entitlement date
  • Primary systems used, size of facility, size of site, estimated cost of new systems and/or retrofit.
  • Scope of work, i.e. new construction, remodel, retrofit
  • Sustainability goals of project and synergies identified between retailer and supplier
  • A written description of the project, clearly outlining how the project meets the underlying sustainable objectives of the award through the collaborative efforts between retailer and supplier (see category submittal requirements below)
  • Calculated savings and methodology
  • Photos highlighting sustainable attributes of the project (Optional)

Sustainability Categories and Examples:

Category I:  Energy Management

Project exemplifies improved whole building energy performance compared to same building type. Award is issued to project team with most improved energy savings. Submit nomination for either nomination type below.

NOMINATION 1

  • Performance is measured in kW per square foot.
  • Submittals require at least 10% energy performance over same company, same building type and will have to clearly communicate strategies, systems, innovations and technologies to achieve performance, as well as the calculation methodology used to verify improvements.
  • If onsite renewable is produced and owned by project team, then kW produced can work to credit overall kW per square foot.

NOMINATION 2

Project exemplifies improved whole building performance compared to same building type. Award is issued to project team with most improved energy savings over ASHRAE 90.1 - 2007, Energy Star Target Finder or baseline created using a similar prototype within the current retailer’s building stock. 

Category 2:  Water Conservation

Project exemplifies improved building and site use maintenance strategies and technologies that conserve potable water used within the project boundary. This can include, but not limited to, reuse strategies for onsite rainwater collection, onsite reclaimed water and ultra-low flow or waterless plumbing fixtures. 

Award is issued to project team with most improved water reduction efforts over EPAct 1992 or a baseline using a similar prototype within the current retailer’s building stock. Minimum of 20% performance in water reduction is required to qualify for award.

Category 3:  Materials and Green Procurement

Project exemplifies innovative use of sustainable product and material purchasing practices. Project’s selection of materials and products conserve resources, reduce impact of harvesting, production, and transportation, improve building performance and enhance occupant health and comfort and make up a minimum of 10% of annual purchasing budget.

  • Project material selection decisions included consideration to impact on the environment over the full lifecycle of the building and the results of lifecycle assessment (if available).
  • Post-occupancy green cleaning program in place. Formal green cleaning policy in place for entire store portfolio.
  • Project encouraged the development of formal green procurement methodology to be used for all future building projects. 

Category 4: Waste Management, Recycling and Reuse

Project team exemplifies dramatic waste management practices that include both source reductions, recycling and or reuse strategies. Award is issued to project team with largest reduction in operational waste and/or most innovative waste-to-resource solution. 

Renovation Submittal: Project realized construction waste reduction through a robust construction waste and demolition plan and have policies and procedures in place to promote recycling and composting (where feasible) during occupancy. A minimum of 50% of all construction debris should be recycled and/or diverted from landfill. Teams who can document the most waste diverted will be awarded. Reduction calculations are based on short tons per square foot, cubic feet or yards diverted. 

Operational Submittal: Project has assisted in development of waste to resource partnerships. Recycling programs developed to use waste stream(s) to make new products or used as feedstock for another industry. Reduction calculations are based on short ton per square foot. 

Category 5: Benchmarking and Certification Leadership

Awarded project team has been recognized with a high level of green building and operational certification such as LEED Existing Buildings Operations & Maintenance, Energy Star, Green Globes and/or developed a robust benchmarking tool that works to evaluate building and/or site performance, such as carbon. Awarded project teams will be those with the highest rating per system.   

No restrictions on certification type are imposed at this time, but teams are expected to communicate successes of project and resources needed to move through the certification process and why teams chose the certification path employed. 

Category 6: Innovative Solutions 

Awarded to a project team that has developed an extremely innovative strategy or new technology in the retail environment. Judging will play close attention to projects that have integrated innovative technologies that allow for restorative or regenerative practices, e.g. generate more energy than it consumes, restores wetlands, established waste to resource network, etc. 

Project teams or companies that have developed an enterprise-wide robust sustainability program that is utilized for the entire portfolio will also be considered for this award.