Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares ESG investing is in vogue and this share could capitalise Our 5 Top Shares for the New “Green Industrial Revolution” ESG investing is increasingly popular with both private and institutional investors. I think that will be the case for many years to come, which could benefit shares with good ESG credentials. That means those companies that have good environmental, social and governance standards.This is borne out by the evidence. Clients of stockbroker Hargreaves Lansdown have upped their net purchases of responsible investment funds forty-fold in four years. That’s quite a pace of change.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…On the basis that ESG stocks should do well as money pours in for ESG-friendly investments, I’m thinking SSE (LSE: SSE) could be a good pick for my portfolio.SSE is ideal for ESG investingThe energy company has been transitioning to renewables for a long time so has a head start on many of the oil companies that are now trying to catch up. That lessens the risk that SSE is simply greenwashing and to me indicates that it’s ahead of the curve when it comes to helping the UK become carbon-neutral – something that has serious political support.SSE has a portfolio of around 4GW of onshore wind, offshore wind and hydro. It’s aiming to treble its renewable energy output from 2019 levels to 30TWh by 2030.It operates in the UK and Ireland so is in very socially and politically stable countries, which lessens the risk of nasty surprises that can come with operating in some parts of the world.I think SSE presents a turnaround opportunity as well, so has some appeal for me as a value investment. The financials have been getting consecutively worse for a few years, but I believe much of that is down to investment in the future and building the energy-generating capacity.It’s this investment, known as capex, which is an ongoing risk. The amount of money needed to meet its ambitions for producing renewable energy is very high. That puts pressure on the dividend and the balance sheet.However, with a dividend yield above 5%, SSE is a decent income stock, in my opinion. It’s also well positioned for ESG investing and has made good progress over recent years. Management deserves a lot of credit and I’d be prepared to back them with my own money.How else to invest ethically?If I didn’t want to pick an individual share to benefit from the rise of ESG investments, then I’d instead pick a fund or a trust with a good record. Examples include Royal London Sustainable Leaders and Liontrust UK Ethical. The former invests in Prudential, Experian and Unilever, while the latter has National Express, Countryside Properties and Prudential as its top three holdings.Investing ethically is no longer just for the socially conscious, in my opinion. I think ESG investing could be good for the planet and for the value of my Stocks and Shares ISA. Andy Ross owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended Experian, Hargreaves Lansdown, Prudential, and Unilever. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. It was released in November 2020, and make no mistake:It’s happening.The UK Government’s 10-point plan for a new “Green Industrial Revolution.”PriceWaterhouse Coopers believes this trend will cost £400billion……That’s just here in Britain over the next 10 years.Worldwide, the Green Industrial Revolution could be worth TRILLIONS.It’s why I’m urging all investors to read this special presentation carefully, and learn how you can uncover the 5 companies that we believe are poised to profit from this gargantuan trend ahead! Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. 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Animal rights group Speak has threatened to take legal action against Thames Valley Police after a judge ruled last week that they had been unlawfully prevented from demonstrating by officers.Mel Broughton, co-founder of Speak, attacked police for keeping officers who had been criticised during the trial on duty, and accused the University of attempting to silence anyone who who spoke out against animal testing.Broughton complained that police officers, who had been condemned by the judge for acting in an unprofessional manner last year towards Speak, had been present at a demonstration last Saturday.He explained that he had no confidence in the Independent Police Complains Commission (IPCC) and did not believe that the police would take action against their own officers. “I don’t think they’re [Thames Valley Police] going to do anything. We’re going to take our own action through the courts. I don’t think we’ll get anywhere through the IPCC, they’re clearly not interested.”Broughton also claims that the University is attempting to use the courts to limit Speak protests after a 2006 injunction to prevent Speak protesters using megaphones at demonstrations.The Speak website stated, “It was noted that at least one of the police officers, whose evidence was described as ‘inconceivable’ and who was considered by the judge to be an ‘unreliable witness,’ was on duty, showing that TVP obviously want to continue policing these demonstrations in the way they have always done, with officers who want to wage a dirty war against protesters and who are prepared to lie about it in court. So much for balanced policing.”A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police confirmed that officers who had been involved in the trial were still on duty and that an internal review of the judgment was taking place.A spokesperson for the University said, “The University of Oxford is committed to the principle of free speech and appreciates that everyone has the right to express their views and participate in lawful and peaceful protests. At the same time, people must be able to go about their everyday business in Oxford’s city centre without feeling intimidated or harassed by protesters.”He stated that the University had not been criticised by the judge during the trial. “It’s an operational matter for the police. It’s not something that we need to comment on. There was no suggestion by the judge of any dodgy dealings.”
The Surrey Golf Partnership has launched an exciting European Tour Legacy project to recruit young volunteers to work during the week of the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club from May 21-27.They’ll become Surrey Golf Young Ambassadors and, as well as the opportunity to be involved in a global sporting event, they’ll help encourage more people to take up golf in the county.The BMW PGA Championship is The European Tour’s flagship tournament and the world-class field will include the titleholder and World Number One Luke Donald. Volunteer opportunities could include roles as media centre assistants, practice ground attendants, players’ lounge marshalls or scoreboard carriers.There may also be opportunities to meet the leading players and celebrities during the pro-am event on Wednesday May 23, the day before the tournament gets underway properly on Thursday May 24.The volunteers will also act as ambassadors for the Surrey Golf Partnership and support its work to grow the game of golf in the county.Richard Shaw, the Surrey golf development officer, commented: “ We hope that many young people will apply for this exciting opportunity to volunteer at a major global sporting event. It’s a great opportunity to meet like-minded people and to gain increased employment skills.”The Legacy project is supported by The European Tour and offers volunteer opportunities to young people aged 18-25 who live in Surrey or the adjoining London Boroughs of Surrey, such as Kingston and Croydon. They should be interested in getting involved in golf but no previous playing experience is required.The project is part of the London 2012 Sport Makers Scheme which is running throughout England encouraging people to take part in active sport.The volunteers will become Sport Makers and will initially be required to get involved in golf and to encourage their friends and families to do so. They could, for example, take part in one of the free 16+ Get Into Golf courses which are run by Surrey Golf Partnership to encourage people to try golf for the first time.If the volunteers are already golfers they will also be required to do some activity at club level for 10 hours. They will then be automatically entered into a prize draw with a chance to win tickets to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.The procedure for signing up is simple:Sign up at www.sportsmakers.co.uk through the “Surrey” section by Wednesday 1 FebruaryBook onto the FREE workshop taking place on Monday 13 February using the code: GOLFAttend the workshop to find out further informationFollowing this, those successful will be expected to commit to: Becoming a Sport MakerAttending a training session on Wednesday 11 AprilVolunteering at a local golf project (such as joining in with friends and family at a Get Into Golf beginner course) for 10 hours in April and/or MayVolunteering at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth on selected days between 21st and 27th May (to include a briefing session on the week of the event)Acting as a Surrey Golf Young Ambassador throughout the process and assist with any promotional activity. 17 Jan 2012 Surrey Golf seeks young volunteers for BMW PGA Championship Branded clothing will be given out at the initial workshop and training costs will be fully subsidised.
by Dennis Waszak Jr.NEW YORK (AP)—Newly acquired Jets wide receiver Santonio Holmes was suspended Monday without pay by the NFL for the first four regular-season games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. The league announced the suspension a day after the Jets acquired the talented but troubled Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers for a fifth-round pick in this month’s draft.Holmes, the 2009 Super Bowl MVP, is eligible to participate in the team’s offseason program and in all preseason practices and games. He would be suspended for an entire season if he violates the league’s policy again.The 26-year-old Holmes is coming off his best season, with 79 catches for 1,248 yards and five touchdowns. But he is also facing a lawsuit in Florida from a woman who claims he threw a glass at her, cutting her above the eye, in an Orlando nightclub. A witness has since taken responsibility, according to Holmes’ lawyer.The Jets appeared unfazed by the off-field issues, adding a game-breaking player to an offense that already included second-year quarterback Mark Sanchez, wide receivers Braylon Edwards and Jerricho Cotchery, tight end Dustin Keller, running backs Shonn Greene, Leon Washington and the recently signed LaDainian Tomlinson.“He’s known by members of the team,” owner Woody Johnson said of Holmes at a news conference in Cortland, N.Y., to announce the Jets’ training camp plans. “Everybody has a lot of respect for him. He’s tough. He’s a clutch receiver. I don’t think pressure gets to him in a game. We were happy to start this (relationship).”Holmes has 235 catches for 3,835 yards and 20 touchdowns, but his troubles off the field could explain the relatively low price the Jets paid to get him. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported Monday, citing anonymous sources, that the Steelers were prepared to release Holmes if they couldn’t find a trade partner.Besides the incident in Florida, Holmes was arrested in 2008 for possession of marijuana. He was also involved in a domestic violence incident in 2006; the misdemeanor charges were dismissed.The 5-11 Holmes, a first-round pick out of Ohio State in 2006, has one year remaining on his contract and will essentially be on a 12-game tryout for a long-term deal. The Jets have taken the same approach with Edwards, another wide receiver who came to New York with baggage.The Jets acquired Edwards from the Browns two days after he was accused of punching a friend of NBA star LeBron James in October outside a downtown Cleveland nightclub.New York also traded for former San Diego cornerback Antonio Cromartie last month, even though he was dealing with paternity issues. Cromartie has fathered seven children by six women in five states, and the Jets advanced him $500,000 to clear up his legal troubles.Despite being benched earlier in the 2008 season for the marijuana arrest, Holmes made a number of big plays for Pittsburgh—none bigger than in the Super Bowl against Arizona. His tiptoe catch in the corner of the end zone of a 6-yard pass from Ben Roethlisberger with 35 seconds left sent the Steelers to a 27-23 victory. HEADED TO NEW YORK—Former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Santonio Holmes (10) eludes Miami Dolphins cornerback Vontae Davis to score a touchdown Jan. 3, in Miami. The New York Jets acquired Holmes from the Pittsburgh Steelers April 11.
“I would assume because of mandatory minimum Canadian players, and the fact that two of my teammates have contracts in the CFL (most notably Ontario native Chris Rwabakumba of the Tiger Cats),” Pearkes said when asked why a player with limited college experience would garner interest in professional ball.“Further, CFL teams have huge turnover and regularly invite many players to work out; not surprising to see them cast a wide net.”Pearkes, 22, isn’t planning to hit the weight room right away to prepare for a shot at the pros.Instead the son of Tim and Eileen Pearkes plans on taking his skills learned at Duke to the boardroom where a full time job offer with Bank of America Merrill Lynch awaits.Pearkes, graduating with a degree in Public Policy, a minor in Economics along with a Markets and Management Studies Certificate, will join the Global Markets Analyst program after receiving his diploma from Duke in May.“I never even considered professional football,” confessed Pearkes, who played a handful of years in the now-defunct West Kootenay Minor Football League for the Nelson Wildcats before attending Duke after graduating from LVR in 2008.“This was a really fun thing to have happen, but my career with Duke Football was pursued for entirely different reasons — the off field skill set, the camaraderie of the team, and the stability and family offered by the program over the four years I was there.”So George. What was your best memory at Duke? Football. Attending the Blue Devil basketball games?“I can’t sum up my Duke experience in one moment,” Pearkes answered.“Football was amazing. Tenting as a freshman and getting to see one of the greatest rivalries in sports inside Cameron Indoor Stadium was amazing.“The classes and professors I’ve been exposed to hear have been amazing. And last but certainly not least the people I’ve gotten to share life here with have been incredible and life changing.”And athletes say playing time is [email protected] By Bruce Fuhr, The Nelson DailyGeorge Pearkes never caught a game-winning touchdown during his collegiate football career at Duke University.The L.V. Rogers grad never started during his four-year career or played a full game.However, in the Canadian Football League, Canadian born players are about as hard to unearth as gold in Canada.So finding 20 non-imports, or Canadians, is not that easy for CFL scouts.Which is why despite not setting the world on fire at Duke University, the CFL still wanted to know what the future held for a tight end named George Pearkes.“I was asked informally by TSN’s CFL analyst Duane Ford what my plans for next year were,” Pearkes told The Nelson Daily from Duke.“He did not mention a specific combine or camp (although he did ask if I was interested in one), but reached out by Facebook and email informally to see what I was thinking.”For those keeping score at home Pearkes did not see any time during his first three seasons with the Blue Devils.And during his senior year the 6’2”, 240-pound tight end played only a handful of minutes.“My definitively non-illustrious Duke career (on the field) was limited to three snaps running out the clock against Tulane this year,” Pearkes explained.“I was never a real depth chart player, but contributed through show-team offense, defense and special teams all four years.”Still the CFL came calling.
PICK SIX CARRYOVER OF $62,473 INTO THURSDAY, TOTAL POOL EXPECTED TO EXCEED $400,000 –30– ARCADIA, Calif. (Sept. 27, 2015)–California-bred Alert Bay once again demonstrated his gameness and versatility in taking Sunday’s Grade II, $200,000 City of Mile (turf) at Santa Anita as the 4-year-old City Zip gelding stalked a fast pace under Martin Garcia and flew home to win by one length over longshot Big Cazanova in a rapid 1:33.58.A close third two start back in the Grade III Longacres Mile near Seattle, Alert Bay was a 2 ¼ length winner of the 1 1/16 turf Rolling Green Stakes at Golden GateFields Sept. 7 and was making his fourth consecutive start at as many tracks Sunday at Santa Anita.“This horse likes to be up near the running and it set up real good with a fast pace (22.69, 45.74, 1:09.58 and 1:21.67,” said winning trainer Blaine Wright, who is based at Golden Gate Fields. “This was actually Mr. Redekop’s (Peter, owner) decision to run here. I had a different race, but he wanted to keep him stretched out.”When asked about the prospect of running in the Breeders’ Cup Mile (turf) at Keeneland Oct. 31, Wright said, “I’d certainly have to think about it. We faced a good group of horses today and now we’ll get him back home, evaluate him, talk it over with Mr. Redekop and see what goes on from there.“…I’ve never had such a versatile, hard knocking horse as him. He can run on any surface. Obviously, he’s best on turf but he can run on dirt and even (synthetic) Tapeta.”Off at 4-1 in a field of eight three year olds and up, Alert Bay paid $10.80, $6.80 and $3.20. With the win, he notched his fourth win from five starts over the Santa Anita lawn and improved his overall mark to 19-10-4-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he hiked his bankroll to $954,495.“Blaine told me to put him in a good spot where we wouldn’t get into trouble, follow the speed and make your move outside,” said Garcia, who was a close fourth with three furlongs to run and rallied five-deep turning for home. “I was pretty comfortable outside and when I saw Gary (Stevens, aboard favored Avanzare) ask him going into the stretch and Avanzare didn’t respond, I knew it was mine.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Argentine-bred Big Cazanova pressed pacesetter Hot Hot Heat into the far turn and took command at the three furlong pole but couldn’t hold the winner off the final sixteenth.Off at 18-1, he paid $17.80 and $7.60.“I can’t believe I got beat,” said Desormeaux. “I was haulin’ ass!! My horse ran a hole in the wind and we still got beat. Congrats to the winner. Who is that horse?”Fresh off victory in the Grade II Del Mar Mile (turf) Aug. 23, Avanzare was third best, finishing 2 ¼ lengths clear of rival Talco. Off as the 8-5 favorite, Avanzare paid $2.80 to show.There is a Pick Six carryover into Thursday at Santa Anita of $62,473. With first post time at 1 p.m., the Pick Six will cover races three through eight. The total Pick Six pool on Thursday is expected to exceed $400,000.
A Judge has allowed a man to spend his first Christmas with his family for 15 years after he appeared in court charged with assaulting a number of Gardai.Stephen Darby, who has 72 previous convictions, appeared at Letterkenny District Court in Co Donegal charged with a number of serious offences. Darby, aged 45, was caught by Gardai acting suspiciously at The Beeches housing estate in Ballybofey on September 29th last.Darby was dressed in black and was trying to force his into one of the houses.He fled when Gardai arrived but he was caught jumping over a fence.A vicious altercation with Gardai then began which resulted in Darby assaulting a number of Gardai.At one stage he picked up a block and threatened to hit a Garda with it while he also told another Garda that he would kill him and burn down his house.After being pepper-sprayed a number of times, Darby was eventually arrested and has been in custody since.His solicitor, Mr Patsy Gallagher, said his client had been in care since he was aged 9 and was subject to horrors that no person should ever have to go through.He ended up in Dublin and became part of a criminal gang which he then, rightly or wrongly, considered his family unit.He ended up in prison for long stretches.However, in recent months he reconnected with his mother.Darby claimed that on the night in question he had taken medication and also drank lots of vodka and was trying to find his mother’s house.Judge Paul Kelly sentenced Darby on a number of charges including the assault on Gardai as well as criminal damage to a total of four months but backdated the sentence to when Darby went into custody.The accused man pleaded with Judge Kelly to suspend the last month of the sentence as he had not spent Christmas with his real family for 15 years.Judge Kelly asked him whose fault that was and Darby replied that it was his own.The Judge agreed to suspend all the sentence under the condition that Darby not be convicted of any public order offences for the next 12 months.Judge allows man to spend first Christmas with family for 15 years was last modified: December 6th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyCHristmasdonegaljailJUDGEStephen Darby
In what might be considered an unexpected convergence between geology and zoology, it has been found that beaver dams influence large tracts of land both above and below ground. “Impact of beaver dams wider than thought” announced a headline on LiveScience summarizing studies by scientists in Rocky Mountain National Park. The dams take water that would otherwise be channeled down narrow passages and spread it out, raising the water table and sustaining plant and animal life during the dry season. The “construction projects also spread water downstream with the efficiency of a massive once-every-200-years flood,” the article states. “….Additionally, beaver dams built away from natural river channels further redirect water across the valley, increasing the depth, extent, and duration of small floods.” This suggests that “beavers can create and maintain environments suitable for the formation and persistence of wetlands.” Without the spreading effect of the dams, small and large floods would largely rush down to the lowlands, leaving mountain valleys dry. The beaver dams help capture and spread the resources into the sides of the mountain valleys where it can be stored in the water table. This moderates the peak- and low-water periods, resulting in enhanced vitality and biodiversity of mountain ecosystems. See also the 07/16/2005 entry on how beavers are inspiring human dam builders.In the fur trade era, these river rats were valued only for hats, as their pelts produced felt for svelte European dudes. Now we know that beavers’ influence is felt in bigger and better ways. Watch the IMAX film Beavers on DVD at home and marvel at another of God’s adorable creatures that are useful as well as ornamental – as we also should be.(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Declaration: David Coppedge is on the board of directors of Illustra Media.(Visited 1,002 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Now that DVDs are disappearing, Illustra Media has decided to put most of its high-quality material online without cost, supported by donations and subscriptions.Few Christian film producers can match the quality of Illustra Media. For twenty years, its production team, with funds only a fraction of those available to big name studios, has produced hit after hit in the fields of apologetics and Biblical inspiration. These films are universally praised by Christian leaders for their quality and content.Later this year, Illustra will be launching a site devoted to its intelligent-design films – films that have changed the world and re-invigorated the debate about evolution vs design. Over 8 million copies of Unlocking the Mystery of Life, translated into Mandarin, have been carried into mainland China; some 20 other translations are also circulating across continents. Many CEH readers will be familiar with that classic, as well as The Privileged Planet, Darwin’s Dilemma and most recently, Origin. Illustra’s “Design of Life” collection, featuring Metamorphosis, Flight: The Genius of Birds, and Living Waters, have matched the production quality of top nature documentaries such as those produced by PBS, NOVA, and National Geographic. The only difference is the world view: instead of slavish devotion to Darwinian evolution, Illustra’s films put intelligent design back in the game. With thought-provoking content, exceptional visuals and animations, and rich original music, these films are ‘evergreen’—forever satisfying to watch.Today, Illustra’s inspirational film division, La Mirada Films, has officially launched in a new website called “The John 10:10 Project” (john1010project.com). Producer Lad Allen explains the name:The content of this new website is based on a promise Jesus made in the Gospel of John: “I have come that you might have life and have it more abundantly” (John 10:10). This “abundant life” has nothing to do with material wealth, power or fame. Instead, Jesus offered something far more valuable—a personal relationship with the Creator of the universe, and with it forgiveness, joy, compassion and the “peace that surpasses all understanding,” regardless of how difficult our circumstances may be.TO SEE ILLUSTRA’S EXCEPTIONAL PRODUCTION QUALITY, WATCH THE OPENING TRAILER HERE!Fans of the intelligent design documentaries may not be aware that La Mirada Films has, since 1997, produced 11 full-length films that have “focused on content vital to a satisfying, consistent walk with God” – a more abundant life:The Case for a Creator with Lee Strobel: the legal journalist’s journey out of atheism based on scientific evidenceThe Case for Christ with Lee Strobel: Lee’s transformation from atheist to Christian upon examining the evidenceThe Case for Faith with Lee Strobel: how to deal with the toughest questions Christians face about evil and sufferingProphecies of the Passion: how the Old Testament predicted exact details of Christ’s death and resurrection.The Exodus Revealed: an examination of the physical and archaeological evidence for Moses and the Israelites’ journey out of EgyptDoes God Exist? Multi-angle live recording of a debate between apologist William Lane Craig and the late atheist Christopher HitchensThe Power of Prayer – amazing true stories of answered prayerHeaven and Hell – what the Bible says about the two choices facing us in eternityThe End Times – an exploration of Bible prophecies of the last daysAmazing Grace – enduring true stories behind five classic hymnsKing of Creation – orchestrated hymns, Scripture, and nature photography combined into 8 peace-generating episodesTo make this content more appealing for modern viewers who cannot often endure or afford more than a few minutes to watch something, the films have been divided into short episodes ranging from 4 to 12 minutes each. That way, anyone can link to short, targeted episodes and post them on Facebook, Twitter or other social media platforms and share the content with friends. New material will be regularly added to the site, to supplement the 48 modules already available.The currently-posted video episodes are organized into the following subject categories in the “Videos” drop-down menu:Evidence for Faith (9 episodes)Prophecies and Promises (10 episodes)The Power of Prayer (5 episodes)Inspiration and Devotion (7 episodes)Fuel for the Journey (5 episodes)Facing Evil and Suffering (5 episodes)Reaching the World (4 episodes)Awesome Wonder (3 episodes from the Design of Life series)Additional episodes from the films, including rarely-seen footage from Bonus Features on certain DVDs, will be added each month. Illustra also hopes to produce brand new content as resources permit.Today marks a turning point. In the YouTube and Vimeo age, everyone knows that DVD sales are dropping fast. Viewers are impatient. They expect to see what they want when they want it, where they want it – on their smartphone, tablet, home computer or internet TV. Few are willing to pay for content, even high-quality original material. For a production company whose mission is to get these films seen by the widest possible audience, the change is an opportunity. On the ‘glass half empty’ side, a decline in hardcopy sales means a potential major drop in income for Illustra. But on the ‘glass half full’ side, the films can now be multiplied to reach a much larger global audience. People can link to and share this content at the touch of a few keystrokes, and watch it anywhere, without being tied to a DVD player.Illustra Media / La Mirada Films is trusting God that viewers will seize these opportunities, become a part of the “web outreach team” and spread these films as far as possible. They believe that, in turn, more who are able will support Illustra financially so that the team can keep making films like these.Give it a try! It couldn’t be easier. Browse the rich content on this site, find an episode you’d like to share, and click the ‘paper airplane’ icon to post it on Facebook or wherever your friends hang out. Prayerfully consider what role you might play in using the John 10:10 Project to spread the healing message of Christ to a lost world. Try this one.
Rapid changes in the residential construction industry are providing new profit and diversification opportunities for builders. Those who see and understand these opportunities can position themselves as experts in the field and provide exemplary service to gain an important edge in the marketplace. Knowing where you stand in relation to your competition is paramount. Educating and communicating that position to prospective customers is equally important.Part 3 of a 7-part series3. Listen to your customersBe proactive in answering commonly asked questions. Consider having a “Frequently Asked Questions” section on your website—and on printed material as well to hand out to walk-ins at your model homes. These questions should clarify inquiries on green building practices, green products, indoor environmental quality, construction processes, etc. Don’t eschew elementary questions; if the question were not important, it wouldn’t be asked.Don’t assume that homebuyers already understand terms like “tankless water heater,” “radiant barrier,” “high-performance insulation,” “sustainable,” and for goodness’ sake, “green!” Define these and all other technical terms on your website, homeowner’s manual, and contract. Hire a copywriter to translate your words into consumer-friendly language if necessary. This small investment could be well worth it! Better yet, use a trusted third-party resource, such as GreenBuildingAdvisor.com, for these definitions and explanations.For questions that fall outside the realm of FAQs, make your contact information clear and easy to find. Give customers the appropriate email address for construction questions and service requests after move-in; these are most likely two different addresses (project superintendent and service desk). Getting the email address right will get them answers more quickly. When is the best time to set the boundaries and expectations in any relationship, business or otherwise? You guessed it—at the beginning.Next week: Get organized with a homeowner’s manualAlso in this series: 2: Deliver great value 1. Identify your ideal customer