left Xtraordinary Living At Its Best: Podcast Episode #31 -Socially Responsible Investing

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

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Podcast Episode #31 -Socially Responsible Investing

Episode # 31 of Xtraordinary Living is out. When you open your Internet news browser, read your paper or change your TV channel, it won't take long to read about hybrid autos, earth-friendly products or global warming. The words, "green," "sustainable" and "socially responsible" have taken on new meaning in the 21st century. As individuals leading, or striving to lead Xtraordinary Lives, the topic of Socially Responsible Investing or SRI is one that deserves our understanding. This informative podcast is an quick and easy way to get "in the know."

Justin Martello, a financial advisor with Blue Summit Financial Group was my featured guest. Founded in 1994 Blue Summit Financial Group, Inc. specializes in ethically and socially responsible investing options tailored to a person's values and goals. Born and raised in Michigan, Justin's passion for the environment began in high school when he helped form a club called Students for Environmental Action. He further pursued his interest and obtained a B. S. degree in Resource Ecology and Management from the University of Michigan, School of Natural Resources. Since that time, he has gone on to obtain his financial advisor credentials.

Justin has taken a number of PL&L courses, and we have watched him create his extraordinary life with his wife Barbara. He works in a "perfect-fit career" one that is aligned with his personal mission and values.

In our 31st episode, you'll hear:
-- What is Socially Responsible Investing (SRI)?
-- How does it relate to living an extraordinary life?
-- What is the history behind SRI -- from its beginnings in the 16th Century to date?
-- Why the "clean technology" sector is creating waves in the financial community?
-- What are some of the current issues the SRI industry is working on?
-- Do you have to sacrifice portfolio performance when you invest responsibly?
-- How did Justin align himself with his ideal career?
-- and more.

There are a couple of common phrases that may come to mind as you listen to this podcast. "Put your money where your mouth is (values are)" and "Money flows to where it is treated best." In our courses we let our clients know they vote for their values through their pocketbooks and time. This podcast gives us all something to think about. For more information on Socially Responsible Investing, call your current financial investment advisor or Justin Martello at (888) 698-4330.

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Anonymous said...

We are in a hurry. The hurry is: we humans are in the process of destroying our planet. Global warming is the single most significant environmental crisis the world community has ever seen. The 2007 G8 Summit in Germany will focus on the reversal of global warming. President Bush, of course opposes this proposal. Like his strategy in the Middle East, he has a better idea, and he wants to convince the world of something they already know is untrue. This time it’s not that there are weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, but that global warming is not that dire an issue.

Our Nero-like President fiddles, but we cannot allow our Rome to go up in flames. This isn’t a city’s destruction we speak of. It is the end of all of us, of history, of every thought and feeling humankind ever produced. Our present federal government is not going to do anything about this crisis.

Our company, Connecticut Real Estate and Construction wishes to do something about it, because Connecticut needs workforce housing in significant number for very important reasons. Suburban sprawl is killing the environment. When we continually clear off two acres and more per household to put up large houses, we cut down trees which produce oxygen, we deplete the filtering system for our water, and we make houses which leave a carbon footprint which further opens a hole in the ozone. If we instead build multiple units together and build them with solar photovoltaic cell panels and with geothermal heating and cooling, we leave virtually no carbon footprint, we leave sufficient greenery to filter water run-off, and we provide our workforce with housing that allows them to stay in the state and not flee to the South and Southwest as has been the recent trend. As a result, those businesses (and their tax revenues) which require those workers need not flee with the workforce, a trend we have seen throughout the Northeast region of the country.

Additionally, we will build elderly housing. The Boomer Generation is aging. They are retiring at record rates and require specific housing that does not exist in sufficient number. We will build it. We will build commercial buildings and office space to go along with the elderly and workforce housing. We need cooperation from local governments to achieve our goals, and we need that cooperation quickly. As we move forward, we will build with town tax rolls in mind. We are aware that the workforce housing will require significant services and expenses, most notably educational expenses. This is why mixing the elderly housing with the workforce balances the ledger, for the elderly pay taxes without sending children to schools. Further, the commercial and office buildings will bring in significant tax revenues without pulling out revenues from the local municipality. This formula is referred to as “Smart Growth” and is to be part of our plans.

While proposing “caution” and “care” is never foolhardy advice, studies on these issues have already been done and “smart growth” is necessary throughout the state. We cannot wait. The cost is too dear for all of us to sit idly by and fiddle away time as the planet goes up in flames.


Miles J. Shapiro, Partner
Connecticut Real Estate and Construction
VP Marketing and Commercial Real Estate