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Four Energetics Products Win Society for Technical Communication Awards 


Four Energetics products earned awards in the 2012–2013 publications competition held by the Washington, DC, chapter of the Society for Technical Communication (STC). These awards honor printed and electronic communications that demonstrate superior writing, editing, organization, and design.

Energetics’ communications specialists, print and web designers, and technical staff created the winning publications and website in collaboration with clients at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the U.S. Department of Energy (Clean Energy Ministerial and Office of Biomass Technologies), and the U.S.–China Clean Energy Research Center. These products help our clients engage with key audiences to raise awareness, increase participation, and inform complex decision making.

The following communications were recognized:

Critical Infrastructure Partnership Advisory Council (CIPAC) Annual Update 2012
Award of Excellence

Energetics developed this report for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for use at its 2012 CIPAC Annual Plenary Conference. Energetics conducted a thorough review of extensive documents to summarize the security efforts and resilience of the U.S. critical infrastructure sector, working closely with DHS senior leadership and sector and council leads. STC judges praised the report’s professional writing and editing and its strong visual impact. They also commended the use of headings, signposts, and a clean, elegant layout to effectively present a large amount of information.


Clean Energy Ministerial Website
Award of Excellence

Energetics communications and information technologies specialists worked with clients at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to redesign the CEM website. Our team developed content to showcase the full scope of CEM work and highlight recent news, events, media, and publications. Clear menus and visual icons help users navigate the site, and a new site search feature and social media widgets enhance users’ sharing of site content. The redesign has boosted website traffic and improved the user experience. STC judges described the site as “well organized,” “user friendly,” and “engaging.”


Replacing the Whole Barrel to Reduce U.S. Dependence on Oil
Award of Excellence

Energetics created this publication for clients in the DOE BioEnergy Technologies Office (BETO) (formerly the Biomass Program) for dissemination through their website and via thumb drives distributed at Biomass 2012 and other large conferences. The STC judges heralded this “excellent example of a comprehensive and visually appealing technical report” as “engaging from start to finish.”




U.S.-China Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) Annual Report 2011
Award of Merit

This “beautifully done and very thorough” report describes CERC’s key accomplishments and future plans. It also provides a detailed technical fact sheet for each Chinese and American research project. To prepare this report, Energetics collaborated with U.S. Department of Energy representatives and their Chinese counterparts as well as American and Chinese researchers. Judges commended the report for being “easy to follow, well written, and pleasing to the eye,” and gave “much praise to those involved for a job well done.”


The three publications that earned Awards of Excellence will now be entered in the STC’s international-level competition, which honors best-in-class communications from around the world.

Energetics develops outstanding technical communications by combining in-house writing, editing, design, and social media expertise with a deep knowledge of science, technology, and policy. Since 2006, STC has honored our publications with a total of 26 awards at the regional and international levels.

The STC is an individual membership organization dedicated to advancing the arts and sciences of technical communication. For more information on the Washington, DC chapter, visit

For more information about our communications and outreach services, contact Gareth Williams at 410-953-6258 or For more information about our graphic design services, contact Julie Chappell at 410-953-6286 or For more information about our web design and information technology solutions, contact Mark Mraz at 410-423-6563 or