9th Annual Energy Efficiency Summit February 10, 2013 Danielle Lauber, PowerSave Green Campus Katherine Walsh, UC Berkeley
• Writing 101 and resources • Grant Writing 101and resources • California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) Student Best Practice Award • Questions & Discussion
• Refining your writing skills is important because… • Communication with team, Campus Lead, campus stakeholders • PSGC Newsletter • Grants • Professional development skill – your future career depends on it!
â€˘ 5 Tips to improve your writing 1. 2. 3. 4. 5.
Write everyday Take your time Quality is ALWAYS better than quantity Ask for help Practice proofreading
• Writing in college (or for your internship) is different than writing in high school – academic writing • By a scholar (YOU!) for other scholars • Be informed
• Analytical Writing • Summarize > Evaluate > Analyze > Synthesize • Always consider your audience
• Structure • Introduction > Thesis > Support Paragraphs > Conclusions • Tone and style
• Grammar Resources • Grammar Handbook • Grammar and Style Notes
• Science & Technical Writing guides • Technical report writing • Writing for engineering and science students
• Guides for ‘English as a Second Language’ students • On-line writing lab • Commonly used phrases
And, now onto our regularly scheduled programmingâ€Ś
• A grant is an award given to a recipient for an approved purpose. • Abstract Submission Form • Application Submission Form
• Do no get stuck on the summary and history of the project. • Avoid non-specific, cliché, gimmicky, and flowery language. • PROVE what you can accomplish with the requested funding.
• Lay-out your project implementation steps. • Provide a detailed and accurate budget.
• Talk qualitative and quantitative metrics. • Show how you will measure and report success. • Have a plan for education and outreach.
• Know the process- how to apply and when. • Do not wait until the last minute to start the application. • Read all the directions first. Follow all the directions. • Stick to the required length and font size.
• Answer all the questions. • Proofread. Have someone else also proofread. • Submit by the deadline.
• To what funder are you applying? What is the funder’s mission? What are its goals? • Are there any buzzwords or stand-out language the funder uses in its program that you could incorporate into your application? • What are some buzzwords?
• Know what a winning grant proposal contains. • Read past examples of grant proposals that have been selected by the funder.
• Know the funder’s expectations of selected grant winners. • Will you and your project be able to meet those expectations?
• But wait- where IS the money? • Start at your own school- administrative grants, department grants or sponsorships, vendor sponsorships, career center • Look locally- town/city government grants, local officials’ sponsorships, local centers’ grants, state government funding, local non-profit, utilities, businesses • Look nationally- faculty connections and networks, federal government grants, educational awards, regional utilities • Look globally- corporations, global governing agencies, global non-profits • Fellowships
How do I achieve greatness with all of these writing tips?
Save the Date! June 23â€“27, 2013 University of California, Santa Barbara Applications Due: March 8
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Project Name Implementation period (2012) Project budget Estimated annual kWh savings Other project results Why project is a ‘BEST PRACTICE’ Collaboration and sustainable elements How has the project been received on your campus Additional information
â€˘ Project location(s): Four UCSF residentail housing facilities
â€˘ Some photos, graphs, infographics are better to convey particular information and help tell the reader a story.
â€˘ Include and refer to attachments
â€˘ Other winning applications to review include: CSULB, UCB, SLO in 2012 (found on Central Desktop > Best Practice Appilications)
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Here is the BP Awards timeline: By February 4: Applications available online By March 8: Nominations due By April 5: Winners officially announced
• Applications found HERE: http://www.cahigheredusustainability.org/awards/categoriesandforms.aspx
• EVERY team is expected to submit an application!! Your Campus Lead will help guide you through the process.