AESP’s 26th National Conference - New Professional Scholarship Application
Are you the next AESP scholarship recipient? Four scholarships are available for AESP’s National Conference in Phoenix, Arizona, February 1- 4, 2016 at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix. The scholarships INCLUDE registration for the conference, a pre-conference training course of your choice and if you’re not a member, we include a one year membership (total value $1835). PLUS a conference mentor so you can learn, network, and fully experience AESP’s National Conference. Just as the National Conference title might suggest, these scholarships are Hot, Hot, Hot so don’t wait to submit your application.
Qualifications for the New Professional Scholarship are:
- 1-3 years of Energy Efficiency, Demand Response, and/or Smart Grid experience.
- Must be working full time in any of the following energy-related areas: electric or natural gas utilities, co-ops/munis, regulatory or non-profit entities, public benefit groups, vendors, manufacturers, or consulting firms.
- Have approval for travel to attend the conference. Note: travel and lodging costs are NOT included in this scholarship.
- Scholarship recipients will be required to submit feedback to AESP on what was learned at the conference and how they benefit from it. Recipients are required to attend the New Professionals event on Monday February 1, 2016. It is also encouraged to attend a Topic Committee meeting or Chapter event while at the conference. They may be asked to write an article for AESP, and/or post on social media.[kml1]
- Disclaimer: Please be aware that by submitting this application, you consent to your photo, video, name, and/or likeness being used, without compensation, in all media, whether now known or here after devised, for eternity, and you release AESP, It’s Successors, Assigns and Licensees from any liability whatsoever of any nature.
If you meet the above qualifications, apply for the scholarship by emailing the following information (please limit responses to 100 words per question), as well as a 50 word biography, to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 2, 2015.
1. How did you first become interested in the energy industry?
2. In what other industries have you worked prior to the energy industry?
3. What other industry conferences (energy or non-energy) have you attended, and what was your level of participation (i.e. attendee, exhibitor, committee member, etc.)?
4. How do you plan to leverage the National conference to achieve your goals, both personal and professional?
5. Which pre-conference training courses interest you most and why? Please rank them in order of your preference. The courses are:
Behavior Change and Energy Efficiency Programs
This course will examine behavior in energy efficiency from two distinct vantage points: Illustrating the difference between behavioral intervention techniques and behavioral programs; and showing that behavioral interventions rely on social science to affect change, which can be a program. This is an interaction-rich course, where participants will be designing, building, and evaluating their own behavioral or energy efficiency program with behavioral elements.
Principles of Demand-side Management
Provides an overview of important components of program design, implementation and evaluation and is designed for those new to the field of DSM and energy efficiency. From program planning and implementation to economics and evaluation, this course delivers what you need now to develop cost-effective, sustainable DSM programs. Complete with case studies, lessons learned, group exercises and best practices.
Leadership Training for Exceptional Team Performance
This course is custom-designed for energy industry leaders at all levels involved in DSM/energy efficiency policy, program planning/design preparation, regulatory support, program implementation and management, marketing, technology, and program tracking and evaluation. In this one-day training course, attendees will become more self-aware of their natural leadership preferences and styles; learn how to better communicate with and motivate their employees; and develop the skills and techniques essential to creating, inspiring, and leading exceptional teams.
6. You will be provided a conference mentor so you can “jump right in.” What type of person do you prefer to be your mentor? How do you plan on taking advantage of your mentor’s expertise?
7. In what type of environment do you best learn or thrive (e.g. small group discussions, formal settings, etc.)?
8. I certify that my supervisor will allow travel time to this conference. His/her name is________________________ and can be reached at_________________________.
9. Include your phone number and email so we can contact you, if selected.
10. BONUS –The Arizona Cardinals have implemented many sustainability initiatives at their stadium (including a retractable field!). What ideas do you have to make your 2016 Super Bowl party as sustainable as possible? And who’s your pick to win it all?