This article is only available to GBA Prime Members A small manufacturing company in Illinois called Build Equinox has developed a new ventilation appliance called the Conditioning Energy Recovery Ventilator, or CERV. Build Equinox was founded by an engineer, Ty Newell, and his son Ben Newell. (Ty Newell designed and built the Equinox House, which was described in a GBA article published in 2011.)The CERV is a balanced ventilation system that includes an integrated air-source heat pump — a type of appliance that has been dubbed a “magic box” by Passivhaus designers. According to Ty Newell, Build Equinox has sold about 50 CERV units.There is just one model of the appliance; Ty Newell told me that “one size fits all.” The CERV is unlike any other appliance sold in the U.S.: Operating the CERV When the CERV is commissioned, the user has to choose the sensitivity of the CO2 and VOC sensors. Even though the human health effects of 1,000 ppm of CO2 are not really comparable to the human health effects of 1,000 ppm of VOCs, the manufacturer of the CERV requires CERV users to choose a single setpoint (in parts per million) for CO2 and VOCs. While this setpoint can be raised or lowered, the CO2 setpoint and the VOC setpoint move in lock-step.Peter Schneider, a senior project manager at the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation in Burlington, Vermont, has specified several CERV systems. “I set them at 1,000 ppm,” says Schneider.According to the CERV owner’s manual, “In general, a lower air quality setpoint will result in better quality air and higher energy consumption, while a higher air quality setpoint will result in lower quality air and lower energy consumption. On one hand, you do not want to be overventilating your house and producing unneeded conditioning demands on your systems, while on… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was yet to decide whether it should file an appeal against the Allahabad High Court’s judgment acquitting Rajesh and Nupur Talwar in the Aarushi-Hemraj murder case last year.The Talwars were released from jail on October 2017 after the High Court had acquitted them. In murder cases, probe agencies were required to appeal against acquittals within three months of such an order. The CBI had failed to do so in the Aarushi-Hemraj case.“The appeal has not been filed yet. However, the investigating team may approach the court seeking that the delay be condoned, as and when it decides to file the appeal,” said a CBI official.Aarushi was found murdered at her Noida house on May 16, 2008. A day later, the body of domestic help Hemraj was found on the terrace. The case was initially investigated by the Noida Police, which arrested Dr. Talwar for his involvement. It was transferred to the CBI that initially zeroed in on three helps. The agency then investigated the alleged involvement of Dr. Talwar and his wife. However, it filed a closure report on the grounds of insufficient prosecutable evidence. The Special Court refused to accept the closure report and converted it into a charge sheet against the Talwars.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Brad Underwood is not afraid of ChangeThis is tremendous on how Underwood flipped OSU’s season.The big difference this time around was that the antidote for Oklahoma State’s ailments wasn’t a spread offense or a lineup rearrangement. It was, however, a deviation from what Underwood had had success with in the past. “You kind of have to get out of your own way,” he says. “It was about helping this team become the best it can be. And that’s my obligation.” [Yahoo]Music to these ears.Loss won’t LingerUnderwood doesn’t expect the Wednesday outcome to result in a Cowboy hangover or anything that might resemble the slump of January.“Boy, I sure hope we’re not that shallow,” he said. “You don’t go to West Virginia and win, and you don’t go to (OU) and beat a Lon Kruger team, without being a good basketball team.“I can’t say enough how good this league is. My goodness, you better not feel too sorry for yourself. You better strap it up and go. See you Saturday.” [Tulsa World]Oh yes we will.Move The College Hoops Season?May Madness?The riskier strategy is making it a one-semester sport. Ideally, it could make almost the entire season relevant nationally. It would certainly be true for early-season matchups, where titanic battles between blue-blooded, top-10 teams are commonplace. Far more common than in college football. But for basketball, games like Kentucky-North Carolina and Indiana-Kansas earlier this year barely registered for sports fans at large. [Sports On Earth]As proprietor of a college sports blog, I’m all in on either of these ideas.OSU and NCAA NotesNick Saban keeps going through offensive coordinators … Great Jordan Sterns interview here with CRFF (killing it on the interviews, guys!) … Gundy will probably name an OL coach by the end of the week … Yo … what?VCU allowed a go-ahead 3-pt FG with 0.4 seconds left in each of its last 2 games. VCU won both games. pic.twitter.com/r9wjhyGHgb— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) February 9, 2017What You Missed On PFBHow Mike Gundy gets his team and coaches on the same page.Why is Oklahoma State not better at recruiting?Notebook on last night’s game.Wednesday night was a glimpse of what GIA could be again.More Stuff I’m ReadingWhat does Durant, OK think of Kevin Durant’s return? …
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fourth-year cornerback Tyler Patmon, the team announced on Monday.Patmon, who began his career with the Kansas Jayhawks, played a graduate transfer season with the Cowboys in 2013 and went undrafted, but later signed with the Dallas Cowboys. Last season he spent the preseason training camp with the Tennessee Titans after being claimed from the Miami Dolphins, and has since served as a practice squad member with the Kansas City Chiefs and Carolina Panthers. He didn’t play in the NFL last season, so he’s relishing his new opportunity.“Every little opportunity you get in this league is big,” Patmon said. “For the Jaguars to bring me in, sign me and give me that chance; it’s a great opportunity for me.”Patmon has appeared in 24 career games with two starts and totaled 21 tackles and seven passes defensed, including one INT in his short professional career. With experience under his belt and a hungry mentality, the Jaguars could be the start of a new beginning for the 26-year-old.“I feel like I can do it all,” Patmon said. “I’m going to come in here and the first thing I’m going to do is work hard, work my butt off for the coaches and do whatever they want me to do. I can play special teams, I can play corner, I can play nickel, so wherever they see me fit is what I’m ready to do.”At the top of the Jaguars’ depth chart is former FSU standout Jalen Ramsey, who was taken No. 5 in the NFL draft last year. Patmon will be competing alongside former Oklahoma Sooners cornerback Aaron Colvin and seventh round selection Jalen Myrick. Patmon fills the final spot of Jacksonville’s 90-man roster.
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. You know it’s officially football season when OKC Dave puts together his annual survey for OSU fans.Incredibly, this year is the 10th edition of what has now evolved into a preseason ritual for most people, myself included. Please take the survey in the link provided and feel free to leave any additional comments below. Dave will close the survey on August 11, and results (which will be up on the site) should be available around August 15.Here are the results from last year.Take The SurveyAdChoices广告
While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU is hopping in the game late with Brown, which leads me to ask two questions: Do they know their fate with Israel Antwine, the newly decommitted OKC area prospect? And are they still in it with Tayland Humphrey, the top JUCO d-tackle? My guess is that both questions don’t have answers. But if I were betting, I’d say OSU has a better shot at landing the latter than the former.Brown is a pipe-dreamer, in my opinion. But his evaluation from Scout suggests he’s a cant-miss player worth taking a shot on.With outstanding frame potential for the interior defensive line in multiple schemes, Bobby Brown has emerged as one of the top D-line prospects in the state of Texas for the 2018 class. Brown possesses good height and rare length, even for a defensive end, though he projects best to the interior as a tackle, most likely in a four-man front. That said, Brown has the athleticism to fit multiple roles in varying schemes, giving him coveted scheme- and position-versatility. Brown is a high-motor prospect who comes from a good program (Arlington Lamar) that competes in Texas high school football’s largest classification. He shows the ability to maintain his balance and leverage mid-contact, which is not often the case with young prospects who possess his height and length. Once he gets more consistent with his get-off at the snap, Brown will be a dangerous pass-rusher, especially considering his wingspan. Brown is raw right now, but possesses uncommon physical characteristics that suggest he’s primed to emerge as one of the top defensive line prospects in the state – and potentially the nation – for the 2018 recruiting cycle. — Gabe BrooksPrediction: Alabama2020 cornerback Korie Black offeredWaco area prospect Korie Black reported his second Division-I offer after mini-camp Saturday from OSU. Being from Waco, Black was first discovered by the Baylor Bears early in Matt Rhule’s regime.Blessed and honored to have received my second offer from Oklahoma State University #gopokes ??? pic.twitter.com/JPMlgKcDM1— 2 (@Mightyy_K2) July 30, 2017Black is a 6-foot standout from Connally High School, and while his recruitment is way too early to call, I’ll predict he stays home and plays for Baylor. The Reload is PFB’s recruiting recap catching you up to speed with the latest Oklahoma State recruiting news, with an ear to the ground for what to expect.Four-star 2018 tackle sets commitment dateTop-ranked offensive tackle prospect Darrell Simpson has set his commitment date for August 12, he announced this week on Twitter.Simpson is a four-star, top-200 talent from Northwest High School in Justin, Texas, widely viewed as a top-10 prospect at his position in the region. He has been on OSU’s radar for years now and recently included OSU in his group of final 8 schools.I predicted this spring (a bold prediction, admittedly) that OSU would be his landing spot. But I don’t see the Cowboys winning this battle. The 6-7 talent is a heavy OU lean by most prognosticators, and I think that’s where he ultimately winds up. But keep an eye on any late developments that could swing his recruitment in the final days before he pledges.Oklahoma State has commitments at offensive line from Bryce Bray, Hunter Anthony, Hunter Woodard, Tyrese Williams and Jacob Farrell, but Simpson would be a must-take under any circumstance. Despite Josh Henson’s accomplishments in filling out a star-studded class to this point, landing Simpson would be the crown jewel of not only his group, but also of the 2018 class.Prediction: OklahomaFour-star 2018 d-lineman offeredFour-star defensive lineman Bobby Brown was one of two prospects to pick up an offer over the weekend at OSU’s final mini-camp of the summer.Brown is an Arlington Lamar prospect with 20 scholarship opportunities and counting, rated as the No. 14 defensive tackle prospect in the nation by 247Sports.
You’re in the business not only of doing good; you’re in the business of making people feel great. I like to quote the researcher M.A.Strahilevitz on this topic: “Most fundraisers probably don’t think of themselves in the business of selling happiness to donors, but that is … their job.”In an interview with Professor Sonja Lyubomirsky, Gretchen Rubin quotes Lyubomirsky on why this is the case:“Research shows that there are many simple activities that reliably make people happier. My favorite is doing acts of kindness. The generous acts don’t have to be random and they don’t have to be a certain kind (e.g, anonymous or social or big, etc.). We have found that almost any types of acts of kindness boost happiness. And two hot-off-the-presses studies reveal even bigger benefits. An experiment we just published in PLOS ONE showed that when 9- to 11-year old kids were asked to do acts of kindness for several weeks, not only did they get happier over time but they became more popular with their peers. And another big intervention we just finished at a company in Spain showed that asking some employees to be generous to a randomly chosen list of colleagues (we called this our “Secret Santa” manipulation) produced huge benefits (for increasing happiness, connectedness, flow, and decreasing depression) not just for the givers, but for the receivers and even for observers. The recipients of kindness “paid the kind acts forward” and even acquaintances of the givers became happier and were inspired to act more generously themselves.”Smile, you’re in the happiness business.
New research from the 2015 M+R Benchmarks Study tells us that, on average, almost half (45%) of small nonprofits’ email subscribers are inactive. Yikes!Inactive could mean different things to different organizations. Many organizations define inactive subscribers as those who’ve gone one year with no activity. (These don’t necessarily include lapsed or inactive donors. We’re simply talking about people in your database who haven’t opened an email in a really long time—donors and nondonors.) However you define your inactive subscriber base, I think we can all agree that you need a plan of action to reengage with people who were, at one point, interested in your organization.Why do anything with inactive email addresses?You’re probably thinking, “My list is really small as it is! Why would I want to make it even smaller by choice?” I hear you! I’ve worked with organizations that have email lists of around 1,000 names, and they are hesitant to do any deleting or suppressions. However, this dead weight is hurting your open rates, and if you continue to send emails to people who aren’t engaging with you, it will affect your deliverability rate.Trimming and suppressing parts of your email list will boost your confidence the next time you’re testing subject lines. And it will more accurately reflect—and improve!—your open and click rate.What should I do to reengage with inactive email addresses?First, segment your list. I recommend pulling a list of people who haven’t opened any email in the past 12 months. Send them an email to let them know you miss them. Make the subject line snappy. Be sure to have a clear call to action in the email that asks people to confirm that they still want to hear from you.You can even go a few steps further and send a drip campaign with the goal of getting this group to reengage. Karla Capers wrote a guest post on the blog Getting Attention! about how she reactivated $13,000 worth of inactive names with a simple three-email drip approach. I love the subject lines she chose and the careful approach she took to reengage with these subscribers.Why are email addresses inactive in the first place?Only your email subscribers can tell you for sure why they don’t open your emails, but here are a few common responses:You send too many emails. It’s easier to delete them all.Your sender’s name/subject line doesn’t make it clear the message is from you.It lands in my junk box, and I can’t figure out how to make you a safe sender.Your emails always come at bad times.I want you to send emails to a different email address (work/personal).If inactive subscribers are a big problem for your organization, it might be worthwhile to survey those who haven’t shown interest in your emails and find out why they aren’t opening them. This can be challenging in itself: How can you get someone to open an email and take a survey about why they aren’t opening your emails? If you have the resources, it might be worth taking the conversation offline.What do I do with people who didn’t reengage?After your reengagement campaign has run its course, you need to honor your subscribers’ preferences. You will not hear back from every inactive subscriber. Some won’t make it clear if they want to hear from you again. Leave these people in your inactive list and suppress them from your mailings as you see fit, but make it easy for them to reengage if they want to. I wouldn’t recommend adding them to your unsubscribe list, because they didn’t explicitly tell you they wanted to unsubscribe. If they notice they’re no longer getting emails from you, let them subscribe again without making it too difficult to return them to your active list.Want to get fancy?If you’re open to testing with Facebook ads, you might try using a custom audience ad as part of your reactivation campaign. Although I would caution against spending too much on folks who aren’t engaging with your emails, Facebook ads can be very affordable. Facebook makes it really easy to import a list of email subscribers you want to reach. If the email address is associated with a Facebook account, Facebook will deliver an ad to their feed. If you want to just check if your donors use Facebook, John Haydon has simple instructions on how to upload your list without paying for an ad.What if I don’t have time for all of this?If you’re in a crunch and can’t manage a reactivation campaign right now, try simply suppressing inactive email addresses from your email sends for a few months and watch your open rate go up. I know you might be nervous about voluntarily sending an email to fewer people, but it’s just a test! It’s time to face the reality: These people haven’t opened an email from you in the past 12 months. Suppressing them from a few email sends as part of a test won’t do any damage.For more stats and best practices on digital fundraising, download The 2015 Online Fundraising Report.
Ready to see big fundraising results from your board? Check out our on-demand webinar and discover the 3 Ways Every Board Member Can Raise $5K in 30 Days. Watch it now! In another recent Nonprofit 911 webinar, Claire Axelrad shared strategies to help nonprofits transform their board from reluctant fundraisers into ready fundraisers. We had so many fantastic questions during the webinar that we weren’t able to address, so I’ve asked Claire to tackle them here. Read on to learn how to help your board become passionate fundraisers for your nonprofit.Could you address overcoming quid pro quo—where many board members don’t want to ask friends because they don’t want to be asked in return? Claire Axelrad: This fear stems from believing that asking is an arm-twisting, guilt-inflicting, “you rub my back and I’ll rub yours” endeavor. It’s not!Asking should be about sharing one’s passions with others, and then asking them to join you if they share your passions.“Different strokes for different folks” is the way around the quid pro quo dilemma.It’s quite possible that you and your friend both love music. So when you ask her to make a gift to the symphony on whose board you sit, this makes sense. When she later asks you to make a gift to the environmental organization on whose board she sits, it’s okay for you to decline if environmental issues don’t particularly float your boat. And you explain this to your friend exactly this way:“Sarah, I’m so appreciative of the gift you made to the symphony. I know how much we both love classical music. I’d love to support a cause of yours, too, but this one just isn’t my thing. I’ve decided to make impact gifts to five philanthropies annually, which means I stick with the causes closest to my heart. This just isn’t one of them. I respect the work you’re doing for them and hope you understand.”And one more thing: Quite often, the quid pro quo ask never materializes. Your friend may or may not give to your organization; you may or may not give to your friend’s. And she may or may not ask you to do so. How do you respond to board members who say, “I don’t know any rich people”?CA: There are two ways around this one. The first is to say:“You don’t need to know rich people. Just think of your peers. Are there any who might be interested in what we do? You’re making a stretch gift here. Maybe they’d like to join you. You love this organization. Perhaps they will, too. Don’t assume they won’t be interested and say no on their behalf. Let them in on what we’re accomplishing here—maybe they’ll get just excited about it as you are!”The second is to offer a different fundraising assignment. They don’t have to identify donor prospects, at least not until they become comfortable doing so. Board members can play a number of different fundraising roles—as ambassadors, advocates, and askers. Ultimately, it’s my goal to get them to wear all three hats. But sometimes you must work up to this slowly. Try this:“If you can’t think of anyone to refer right now, let’s look at some other ways you might be able to help us with donor development. Would you be willing to make thank you calls, write personal notes on appeals, speak on our behalf at a community group, take prospective donors on tours? How might you be comfortable sharing your passion about our mission with others?”Isn’t it true that development and relationship building should be the board’s highest priority? I ask because our board is already stretched very thin.CA: Nonprofits are established to meet demonstrated community needs. A board’s highest priority is to assure these needs are being addressed. They do this through their double-fisted governance and financing roles.The board as a whole has governance responsibility to establish policies, programs, procedures, and budget and to assure the mission is carried out effectively. In this regard, it also collectively hires, evaluates, and fires the executive director.The board members as individuals have the responsibility to assure that financing is in place to carry out the mission. If they refuse to ensure that funding is in place to carry out the plans and budgets they’ve approved, they’re essentially creating an unfunded mandate.Often, staff will criticize board members for “underperforming.” But how can they perform well if they don’t understand their role and responsibilities? Staff have an ongoing responsibility to orient, educate, and develop their board so they can effectively fulfill their job. For an interesting take on board roles, check out Problem Boards or Board Problem?If board members are uncomfortable with the roles you’ve defined, is it acceptable to ask them to step down?CA: Absolutely! Board slots are valuable, and you can’t afford to have them filled with folks who just sit on the sofa. Plus, cranky and passive board members drag other members down. One rotten apple truly can spoil the whole barrel. Ask them to do something else if being a board member is not a good fit for them at this point in time. Suggest they may be more comfortable, and more useful to you, on a committee or advisory group. Or set them up with a meaningful volunteer activity.How can we implement these ideas with an “old” board? Many of our members are still from the founding board (30-plus years ago).CA: Boards really should have terms of office established in the by-laws. You need to escape from the cycle of “that’s not how we do things here.” Plus, you need opportunities to move new folks onto your board as a big “reward” for being a dedicated donor and/or volunteer. If you limit the ways new folks can get involved with your organization, you limit your ability to raise funds going forward.And then there’s the issue of group dynamics. Board leaders who fear fundraising spread that fear. A scarcity mindset prevails where everyone whines about how difficult it is to raise money—to the point where it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy. Cup-half-empty boards lead to cup-half-empty nonprofits. You won’t be able to grow. And in today’s competitive environment, if you don’t grow, you die.Many board members are unaccustomed to the relationship cultivation and solicitation required to land major donations and are fearful because they don’t know how to do it. It’s the job of a nonprofit’s leadership to work with such board members to help them feel both passionate about the cause and confident in the fundraising process.Board members will often gravitate toward special event fundraising, such as selling tickets to a cocktail party or a golf outing, because it’s an easy way to solicit support without having to make the case in person. However, leadership should help board members realize that people typically give major donations only to other people, not to paper. Even the most inspiring newsletter can’t match the emotional connection of a face-to-face appeal.Board members are best equipped to make these appeals when they’re passionate about what they’re “selling.” Leadership should help board members identify which services speak most to them and make those services the heart of each person’s appeal. It comes down to inspiration trumping hesitation.Everything really boils down to inspiring philanthropy. And it begins with igniting your board members’ passions so their important role of ensuring that your mission will survive and thrive follows as naturally as flowers follow spring showers.Thanks to Claire for sharing her insight on getting board members more comfortable with their role in fundraising.Ready to see big fundraising results from your board? Watch our free webinar and discover the 3 Ways Every Board Member Can Raise $5K in 30 Days. Watch it now!
ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 26, 2013February 2, 2017By: Sarah Blake, MHTF consultantClick 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)A special panel discussion on women’s and children’s health was held yesterday at the UN General Assembly. A full video of the event is now available for viewing via UN Web TV.As the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health noted: “The event, hosted by the Government of Canada, Tanzania and Norway, with the support of the World Health Organization and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation sought to place at the heart of its discussions, the need to sustain momentum and focus on women’s and children’s health; ensure interventions integral to this group are implemented and reiterate the importance of championing key measures needed to strengthen accountability.”Among the highlights were remarks by Prime Minister of Stephen Harper, who announced that funds pledged as part of the G8’s Muskoka Initiative will go to nine projects meant to accelerate progress toward the maternal and child health goals. Throughout the event, speakers not only emphasized the need to “stay on course” to accelerate progress toward improvements in maternal and child health. Speakers, including President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania and Melinda Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, spoke of the need to not only expand investments in essential areas, such as increasing the number and improving the skills of health workers, but also in the area of vital statistics and record keeping systems – which are essential to tracking progress and setting priorities for investment.The panel was followed by a second discussion, moderated by Richard Horton, Chief Editor of The Lancet and co-chair of the independent Expert Review Group. That discussion focused on critical opportunities and challenges for coordinating efforts to accelerate progress toward improving maternal and child health at global and national levels. For instance, panelists discussed the opportunities, challenges and risks that have come with the rapid expansion of global health initiatives for actually achieving improvements in health and well-being.Share this: