Please find below frequently asked questions regarding the questionnaire.

Who can submit?

Anyone.  We welcome submissions from all people from backgrounds from the general public to academic researchers to national and local governments, international and nongovernmental organisations and the private sector.  The submissions can come from those who were directly involved in the policy/instrument/framework/project/initiative or from anyone who is knowledgeable and interested in a policy/instrument/framework/project/initiative and wishes to help raise awareness of it.

When is the deadline for submissions?

End of Friday 27th April

When and where will the winning submissions be announced?

Monday 14th May on the project website.  Winning submissions will be directly contacted.

Do you accept submissions after the deadline?

No, unfortunately we need to close submissions promptly in order to select a winner and have an established dataset for analysis.

How long will it take me to fill out?

It will vary, but 30 minutes to one hour is the typical time taken.

Can I save my progress and complete the questionnaire over several sessions?

Yes, you can. Please use our interactive PDF forms: Chinese, English, French, Indonesian, JapanesePortuguese and Spanish.  If completing by PDF, please email the form to gilby [at] iges.or.jp.  

Can I submit more than once?

We not only invite multiple submissions but we encourage it.

What type of submission are you looking for?

We are interested in any and all policies, instruments, frameworks, projects and initiatives which enable lifestyles that reduce environmental impact and improve quality of life. Our suggested areas are food, mobility, buildings, consumer goods and leisure and we are also interested in interventions that bring together a number of these areas, as well as cross-cutting initiatives such as eco-schools, innovative urban planning or sustainable communities. Examples can be items such as national food waste strategies, bus rapid transit, green buildings, waste banks, or promoting green public spaces. Further examples can be seen on our examples page.

Does it matter if I don’t have all of the information requested?

We encourage and accept incomplete submissions.  We understand that not all policies/instruments/frameworks/projects/initiatives have all of the data that we seek, but nevertheless we would like to understand the level of activity across the world in order to understand how to fill the gaps.

When is the date of the event in New York?

It is still being confirmed, but most likely during the week beginning Sunday 8th July.

If I don’t agree to a follow-up interview if requested, would that mean my submission wouldn’t be considered for New York?

That is correct.  We will need to interview you to understand your submission better and to help you prepare for your presentation in New York.  If you are not very confident in your English, support will be given.

Do I need have been involved in the case being submitted to be selected for New York?

No, though we would contact those involved and invite them as well.

What happens if my submission is selected, but I cannot get a visa for New York?

We will make every effort to get you to New York.  However, if there are visa difficulties we will arrange for you to attend an alternative event.

What happens if my submission is selected for New York, but I cannot speak English (fluently)?

We will arrange assistance for you including translation if necessary.

How many submissions will be selected for New York?

We will choose three submissions.

If my submission is selected for New York, could I request a micro-grant instead?

We would be willing to discuss this but it would be taken on a case by case basis.

Would any submission be eligible for the micro-grant?

Yes, as long as the submission is clearly sincere and not spam.

If my submission is selected for the micro-grant, how will activities be decided?

The implementing team will help you develop activities and provide advice and guidance as necessary.

Do the activities need to be the same theme as the submission?

No, they do not.  They do need to relate to sustainable lifestyles however.

I am not very confident in my English, particularly if I am asked to a follow-up interview.  Should I still submit?

Yes please!  The implementing team either speaks or has ready access to speakers of Chinese, French, Indonesian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.  Moreover, we are a multi-national team and are used to working with speakers of English as a second language.  Don’t worry if you are not confident in your English.

What languages is the questionnaire in?

The questionnaire is available in ChineseEnglish, FrenchIndonesian, Japanese, Portuguese and Spanish.

Can I submit in other languages?

You can, but we would need to use machine language translation (such as Google Translate) to read your submission.  This could mean we are unable to understand what you have written.

I wasn’t involved in the policy/instrument/framework/project/initiative, can I still submit?

Yes, you can.  If you know about activities relating to sustainable lifestyles that you are passionate about we’d love to know too.

What are the case studies?

The case studies will be a major part of the final report and will highlight aspects of sustainable lifestyles that we find through both our research and the examples submitted through this questionnaire.

How many case studies will you select?

We will select a minimum of thirty.

If my submission is not selected for New York, a micro-grant or a case study, will you still mention my submission on your website and report?

Yes, all submissions will be fully acknowledged both on our website and final report.

Any other questions?  Contact Us.