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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!

• 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 programming‌

• 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 23–27, 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

• Project location(s): Four UCSF residentail housing facilities

• Some photos, graphs, infographics are better to convey particular information and help tell the reader a story.

• Include and refer to attachments

• 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:

• EVERY team is expected to submit an application!! Your Campus Lead will help guide you through the process.

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Grant Writing Workshop  

Grant Writing Tips presented at the 2013 PowerSave Green Campus Energy Efficiency Summit by Dabielle Lauber and Katherine Walsh

Grant Writing Workshop  

Grant Writing Tips presented at the 2013 PowerSave Green Campus Energy Efficiency Summit by Dabielle Lauber and Katherine Walsh