Green Cardholders are offered additional specials from some of our finest local, green Business Partners from now until January 1, 2014! From discounted gift certificates to dollar savings on services, these member-only specials are a way for you to shop locally and responsibly during the holidays.
Not a GA member yet? Well, the GA is offering a special, too! Buy 2 Green Alliance or Green Families Club memberships for only $40 plus a $50 gift certificate to Green Maids. Or, for those who like to go above and beyond, become a GA Sustaining Member for only $125 plus get 2 tickets to a 2014 cruise with the Gundalow Company in Portsmouth!
Learn more about these membership specials here!
GA Member Holiday Specials!
Now through January 1, 2013
900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria: Buy a $25 Gift Card, get a bonus $5 Gift Card! Buy a $100 Gift Card, get a bonus $25 Gift Card!
Acorn Organic Salon: $45 for $50 gift certificates and 10% Green Card discount will be honored to redeem services with certificate!
Ecotech Pest Control: Contact for tick box service before Jan. 1 with no upfront payment and get free shrouds. Early tick box bookings earn Green Cardholders free metal protective shrouds for tick box equipment!
EZ Bikes: purchase of a new electric bike or scooter, receive a FREE remote car starter from Autosounds of NH!
Minute Men Painters: Free gallon of low/no VOC paint with complete room paint job (5% of labor for Green Cardholders!)
New Freedom Laser: 10% off all gift certificates! Also, receive a free Vivite face cleanser ($28 value!) with GA laser treatment package purchase!
Riverworks Printing: $27.00 for a 2’ x 3’ eco-friendly fabric wall decal Wallshot (30% off!)
Third Stone Farm: Large tree + large wreath for $55
Visions Kitchens + Design: 15% off on all cabinets, countertops, and heating stoves!
Yankee Thermal Imaging: $100 home energy assessment (normally $250!) Contact Tricia@greenalliance.biz for this special.
With two locations—Manchester and Epping—in tow, 900 Degrees Pizzeria is an award-winning restaurant dedicated to serving sustainable, wood-fired pizzas as well as a substantial selection in entrees, appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages.
To make authentic Neapolitan pizza, the people at 900 Degrees felt it was necessary to replicate the procedures, equipment and ingredients of Naples pizzerias. Their most important ingredients include the varieties and quality of the tomatoes, the cheese, and the flour for the dough. With all three of these ingredients, they started the foundation of a truly genuine Neapolitan pizzeria.
Make sure you take advantage of 900 Degrees' deal on Tuesdays, Two for One Tuesdays! An amazing deal, you buy one signature pizza and get another one free when you dine in at the restaurant. Because of the popularity of this weekly deal, there is a limit that one two-for-one deal is per two guests. This deal cannot be combined with any other offer, including coupons. Don’t let the chance to try two signature pizzas slip out of your grasp; this starts at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays!
Not only are 900 Degrees' pizzas mouth-watering and delicious, they also are keen on being green. Being an owner of a sustainable business, Priscilla Lane-Rondeau believes in protecting the environment in every aspect of running her restaurants. The pizzeria promotes green efforts by using fresh local ingredients, and low-VOC paints and seals; implementing a recycling program; and employing water conservation.
Ever wonder what happens to your yogurt containers once you recycle them? You might be surprised to hear that they could be recycled into your next toothbrush. Newmarket Dental gives its patients toothbrushes made by Preserve out of yogurt containers and the process is pretty cool!
Preserve takes yogurt containers mailed in from consumers, the Gimme 5 retail recycling program, and Stonyfield. Once they reach the Gimme 5 recycling facility, the plastic containers are washed and sorted with other #5 plastics and then ground into flakes. The flakes are then heated up and formed into plastic beads. At the manufacturing facility the little beads are injected into a toothbrush handle mold and the bristles are added and that’s it: new Preserve toothbrushes made from recycled material!
Dr. Nathan Swanson and his staff at Newmarket Dental are committed to providing high quality dental care to its patients that results in a beautiful and healthy smile. They are also very committed to reducing waste and becoming more sustainable.
DEERFIELD— What an exciting time for the Green Alliance and Ridgeview Construction, as Ridgeview embarks on another year of partnership with the GA!
Ridgeview Construction, located in Deerfield, NH, is a green-minded home-construction business operated by builder, Shane Carter. Within less than a decade, Carter has made his business one of the greenest and most sustainable construction businesses in New England. From unique designs, to construction operations, to the materials used, Ridgeview is consistently in line with sustainability, and thus, it comes as no surprise that the GA and Ridgeview have maintained such a strong partnership.
Carter and his crew use their knowledge and expertise to plan, prepare, and position homes in the most optimal, energy saving way. Due to their unrivaled home-design know-how, Ridgeview guarantees its customers with optimal solar gains, and clean energy alternatives.
An important priority for Ridgeview as a GA Business Partner is educating community members about sustainable options in home building. By connecting with the GA community, Ridgeview offers design ideas and examples of efficiency strategies with those interested in learning more about sustainable development and/or looking into renovations or green building projects of their own.
Currently, Ridgeview has two new, amazing home-construction projects worth sharing. One, located in Strafford, is a unique lakeside home with enough modern flare and lake house charm, to make any landowner envious and interested. The other, completed in New Boston, showcases the energy saving powers that Ridgeview is able to provide. The Net Zero home was constructed this past summer.
Ridgeview does a remarkable job of showcasing their projects on their Facebook page. With each design expertly curtailed to the client's needs, their Facebook gallery is like a peek into the future as to what the building industry strives to be. View the ongoing projects on Ridgeview Construction's Facebook page here.
GUEST BLOG: Environmental Appeals Board Affirms Clean Water Act Permit For Newmarket Sewage Treatment Plant
This article comes from GA Partner, the Conservation Law Foundation. The Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England’s environment for the benefit of all people. Using the law, science and the market, CLF creates solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy region-wide. CLF’s Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper program is devoted to restoring the health of New Hampshire’s and Maine’s Great Bay estuary.
CONCORD, NH December 5, 2013 – In a long-awaited decision, the Environmental Appeals Board has rejected an appeal of a Clean Water Act permit issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to the Town of Newmarket for its sewage treatment plant.
The appeal, brought in December 2012 by the so-called Municipal Coalition (consisting of Dover, Rochester and Portsmouth) on behalf of the Cities of Dover and Rochester, challenged the permit’s effluent limit for nitrogen, the pollutant of greatest concern to the health of the Lamprey River (into which the Newmarket sewage treatment plant discharges) and the Great Bay estuary. Of note, the Town of Newmarket did not appeal its permit and, instead, has been proceeding with actions to modernize its sewage treatment facility.
In its appeal, the Municipal Coalition charged that EPA lacked a sufficient scientific basis for the permit’s nitrogen limit, focusing in particular on a 2009 nitrogen analysis conducted by the N.H. Department of Environmental Services (NHDES), relied upon by EPA.
The Environmental Appeals Board judges soundly dismissed that charge, stating in their decision that, “The record provides substantial support for the scientific validity of the [NDES’] Great Bay Nutrient Report and the [EPA’s] consideration of that report” in setting a water quality target for the permit. The judges further noted: “While the record contains comments from the [Municipal] Coalition and its consultants that are critical of the State’s conclusions, the vast majority of the expert evaluations in the record are supportive of the State’s methodology or conclusions.”
“This is a critically important decision for cleaning up the Great Bay estuary,” said Tom Irwin, CLF New Hampshire director. “It’s a vindication of what scientists have been saying about Great Bay for years – that there’s too much nitrogen pollution – and of needed actions to reduce that pollution to protect our waters.”
We're thrilled to be partnering with New Hampshire Public Television, which recently joined the Green Alliance as a Business Partner! Check out this new, NHPTV-produced spot, which will begin airing shortly and features our friends at Minute Men Painters!
BY JENNIFER BARRETT
Green Alliance Writer
PORTSMOUTH — In this season of giving, two local organizations dedicated to good deeds are collaborating to help children in need.
ENH Power is hosting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast Holiday Social, which takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. tonight, Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Green Alliance Atrium, 75 Congress Street, Suite 304, Portsmouth. Everyone is invited!
ENH Power approached Big Brothers Big Sisters with the idea of hosting a holiday event that would help the greater community, and the folks at BBBS are appreciative.
“The event not only creates visibility for potential BBBS volunteers but also gives people the opportunity to save on their electricity bill while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters financially,” says BBBS Executive Director Stacy Kramer.
Attendees who bring an item from the Big Brothers Big Sisters wish list will be entered into a raffle to receive free electricity —donated by ENH Power — for one year. Wish list items include bedding, warm clothes, toys, gift cards, hygiene and stocking stuffers, and non-perishable food items. To see the complete wish list, visit http://enhpower.com/power-to-help/big-brothers-big-sisters-holiday-social.aspx
“Every year we use items from the wish list to make food, gift, and hygiene baskets for local families in desperate need during the holiday season,” Kramer says.
Dover’s Festival of Trees is approaching! This Friday, Dec. 6, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., the 4th annual tree lighting will feature more than 30 trees that will be decorated by local businesses and organizations. These beautiful works of art will be auctioned and raffled off to benefit the Dover City Lights Committee.
Following tradition, the Festival of Trees will take place on the same night as the Dover Recreation Department’s Christmas Tree Lighting, set for 6 p.m. in Henry Law Park. Both events are free and open to the public.
Better yet, Little Tree Education will be auctioning a special gift-adorned tree this year. Due to the wonderful donations from local business partners, the gift stuffed tree will be worth the trip! Little Tree invites all friends and family to come and enjoy the festival with the family. With more than 150 handmade Little Tree Ornaments crafted by the Little Tree Children, it will be one well-decorated and festive tree.
In addition, the tree will bear gift cards to a variety of local businesses, ranging from the Stone Church in Newmarket, to Green Earth Baby Works, to Childlight Yoga, to the Green Alliance in Portsmouth, and more. The gift-giving season is one to appreciate, celebrate, and enjoy. The generosity from Little Tree’s wonderful business partners is one to be remembered, and Little Tree’s decorated tree should, most certainly, be a place to do so.
Join Little Tree and the greater Dover community in a celebration you won’t forget. From gift filled trees, to a lit up city park, and local choirs singing all the favorites, this night will surely set your holiday season off on the right branch.
This is a guest blog by Janet Groat of Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Campaign
The reports keep coming in … Toxic chemicals in couches and nap mats … Cancer rising among children under 5… Dangerous phthalates in vinyl rain gear. .. What’s a mother to do?
The impact of toxic chemicals on our health, particularly our kids’ health, is too big to ignore. We can’t shop our way around it. We need common-sense policies from businesses and government to ensure product safety.
This is where you come in. Place two short phone calls on Dec. 9 and you will make a difference in what happens next. Monday, Dec. 9 is the National Call-In Day for the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families campaign. This broad-based coalition includes national environmental organizations, nurses, mothers, disabilities advocates and others. We know our chemical safety regulations are broken and we want Congress to enact meaningful reform. Congress is currently considering a change in the law and this is the time to make a difference.
Recently, Adapt Design has completed two distinct building projects for two clients, one of them a renovation and the other a completely new building. The first of them was a house that belonged to an old ship captain. While it kept the exterior relatively the same, it redesigned the interior space by adding walls and tearing down others in order to restructure the rooms for the new owner. Additionally, Adapt Design also added a new 12,000 square-foot section to the house, giving the owner even more room to live.
The second project involved a collaborative effort between the clients and Adapt Design in creating a new building. It is a contemporary house with features such as concrete floors, large windows that covered almost the whole height of the house and a slanted roof for solar paneling. The clients and the company collaborated on every aspect of the house, from where it would be located, to how it would be structured and what features the house would have.
Adapt Design is the brain child of Paul Fowler and Robert Cook. With a combined experience of nearly four decades, the two launched the company in 2011 in order to address environmental concerns in building designs. Their goal was less about going for the current fads in sustainable design and more about planning for long-term goals and quality. To this end, the company not only seeks to forge a strong relationship with its clients, but also to provide quality with a commitment to sustainability.
Adapt Design is a Business Partner of the Green Alliance. Green Card holders can save 10 percent on schematic design services for a design project!
Rare is the person that remains living in the same home his or her entire life. People often move for a number of reasons, whether it be for a new job, a place to retire or even just for a change of scenery. It can be hard for a number of people to adjust to living in a new area, which is why the company Welcome Wagon was formed in 1928.
In the early days, Welcome Wagon employed hostesses to greet new homeowners in the area, providing gifts from local businesses as well as having a discussion about the local civic and cultural activities as well as places around town such as schools, town halls and more. However, things are different in modern times. While the overall goal of the organization has not changed, their approach has. Nowadays, new families are greeted with a personalized gift book about the local area as well as discount opportunities, and local resources and references.
Welcome Wagon’s new approach has reaped numerous benefits. Thanks to the appropriate use of targeted marketing, the company has been able to provide advertisement to businesses that the client would actually use. Because of this, Welcome Wagon has also provided local businesses with a cost-effective alternative to mass mailing, saving both on money as well as resources consumed. Additionally, the advertising comes specifically on behalf of local businesses, which helps reinforce the importance of doing business locally.
NEW HAMPSHIRE -- So what are the BOB Awards? No, they are not awards going to the greatest person alive named Bob, though some of the recipients could be named Bob. Actually, the BOB Awards, the Best of Business Awards, is a program created by N.H. Business Reviews to recognize the most outstanding businesses all over New Hampshire. There are many categories both for the many kinds of businesses as well as for businesses in different regions.
Several of the nominees are also Green Alliance Business Partners. One of these nominees is 900 Degrees Pizzeria in Epping and Manchester. The restaurant has been nominated for the "After Work Bar" and "Business Lunch" categories. There are several reasons that it is a good idea to support 900 Degrees in the awards. One is that it is a great way to show that you support green businesses. Particularly, if you are a big fan of this restaurant, it is also a great way to show support and boost business there. Additionally, each category has an option for a write-in candidate, so you can also opt to write in 900 Degree for the "Business Dinner" category.
If you drive you car around any amount of time, especially in the winter, it is inevitably going to get dirty. Some people don't mind, but others prefer a cleaner, more professional looking car. Sure, you could go to a car wash and get it done there, but it is much cheaper to do it yourself. However, many car cleaning products are harmful to the environment, so how would you make your car sparkling clean without negatively impacting the environment? AutoBeGreen has the solution!
Eco Touch Car Wash Shampoo is a special formula designed to remove the most stubborn grease and grime from a car with ease. Additionally, the formula is non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate free. AutoBeGreen is currently offering its Eco Touch Car Wash Shampoo in bulk, with one gallon able to wash 128 vehicles, five gallons being able to wash 640 vehicles, or 55 gallons can wash a whopping 7,040 vehicles.
PORTSMOUTH — More than 600 million people around the world are either blind or vision impaired. In many cases, this means visiting an optometrist for an eye exam and a pair of glasses. However, countless others still cannot afford proper eye care or corrective vision. As a result, several groups, including the World Council of Optometry, the Brien Holden Vision Institute Foundation, and the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness banded together to create the Optometry Giving Sight initiative in 2003. Last Oct. 10 was World Sight Day, a day during Optometry Giving Sight Month, where many organizations around the world, including GA Business Partner Harbor Eyecare Center, have banded together to support these vision impaired people in their time of need by competing to raise money towards helping them.
Harbor Eyecare accomplished this through several means. One of them was through a donation drive. For every dollar donated, a customer would be able to get that much as a percent off on a pair of glasses that they purchased, up to 35 percent. For example, donating $10 would net a 10 percent discount on glasses. Additionally, Harbor Eyecare would match the total donation amount from its customers for its own donation to the World Sight Day challenge. As a result of this special, Harbor Eyecare was able to raise $1,349.50 for the vision impaired.