By Rich Collins
New England is graced with somewhat unusual climate conditions – harsh winters often followed by beautiful, somewhat dry spring. But with these weather patterns come an onslaught of biting insects – ticks in particular – that target pets and their owners across the East. It’s well known that ticks carry Lyme and other types of debilitating diseases, as they lie in wait on tall grasses readying themselves to hitch a ride on cats and dogs. Pet owners often have their dogs and cats vaccinated against ticks; however, the nightmarish insects can still travel into our homes via pets and feed on humans.
So what can homeowners do to protect their dogs and cats, as well as themselves? The first solution is to avoid grassy or wooded areas entirely. But during the summer months, it’s not feasible to avoid the outdoors throughout the seacoast and the Great Bay (a known tick hotbed) area.
To determine what options are available, it’s best to turn to professionals. Locally, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat offer choices on a variety of natural products, from holistic pet foods to natural flea and tick remedies. Co-owned by husband and wife team Dawn and Jeff Price, The Natural Dog is a holistic and organic pet supply store specializing in direct, personal customer service, advice, and a host of natural product alternatives. Located at 801 Islington Street in Portsmouth’s revitalized “West End” neighborhood in Gallagher Plaza, the store is a local resource for pet owners who prefer a more holistic approach or have dogs and cats with special diets or needs.
The Coca-Cola Company is one if the most well-known businesses across the globe, but the iconic drink company is not always thought of as a leader in sustainability and community initiatives. Coca-Cola and its regional bottling facilities are continuously finding new ways to give back to the community and have become increasingly environmentally friendly.
The Special Olympics was founded in 1968 and the Coca-Cola Company has been a global sponsor since the organization was established. In the Northeast, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) has worked with the Special Olympics for decades and provides refreshments for the athletes and volunteers.
While CCNNE is responsible for beverages at the New Hampshire Special Olympics events, the volunteers also run the softball throw, tennis ball throw, and mini-javelin. CCNNE employees continue to participate with the Special Olympics to give back to the community and have found that it is a great team building experience and way for employees and their families to connect with each other.
By Anne Twombly
Any Seacoast local will tell you, parking in Portsmouth can be a challenge, especially among commuters who also cope with increases in gas prices. And with the city’s recent decision to build a new $23.2 million parking garage with funding in part from increased parking fees at meters and the High-Hanover garage, drivers are turning to different forms of transportation.
Local electric bike and scooter dealer, EZBikes and Scooters of Exeter has been meeting this growing demand for alternative transportation on the Seacoast.
After nearly 30 years of providing mobile electronic services through his business Autosounds of NH, Tom Hemenway, expanded his business six years ago to include electric bikes. One year later, he and his wife and co-owner Teresa Hemenway, added gas powered scooters to the mix.
“The electric bikes business has grown, but not as fast as scooters,” Teresa said. “We found that there really was a need for scooters.”
Demand for the electric bikes rose when gas prices began climbing rapidly. The average electric bike consumes an incredible 1 kilowatt-hour for every 100 kilometers, achieving close to 2,000 miles per gallon, while the average scooter gets 80 to 100 miles per gallon.
Local Golf Course Engages in Groundbreaking Stormwater Management Lessening Environmental Impact To Great Bay
By Rich Collins
A joint conservation effort between Sagamore-Hampton Golf, the NH Department of Environmental Services, and UNH has put one NH golf company at the forefront of conservation of Great Bay.
Though it appears at times as no more than a mere trickle of water, Cornelius Brook is a small stream that flows quietly through the Sagamore-Hampton Golf course. Its significance lies in the fact that its ultimate destination is New Hampshire’s Great Bay, which has been succumbing to pollution pressures in recent times. The Great Bay is one of the most important estuaries in the country, and named as one of 28 US EPA, Estuaries of National Significance.
Cornelius Brook is perhaps no more important than any of the numerous tributaries that feed into the Bay, but thanks to a new joint project that is underway, the water that flows into the Brook will be that much cleaner and free of dangerous fertilizers as it enters the larger Winnicut River on its way toward Great Bay and ultimately the Atlantic ocean.
According to the NH DES website, seven rivers in total carry pollution from 42 New Hampshire and 10 Maine communities into the Great Bay watershed, which comprises of 1,023 square miles. A 2013 State of Estuaries report shows the Bay is in trouble, resulting in 12 of 16 environmental indicators with negative or cautionary trends.
Performance Business Solutions: Bringing New Meaning to “Saving Green”
Performance Business Solutions (PBS) is a leader in cost-reduction consulting. Much of PBS’ work is centered on cost segregation studies. Essentially, Jeff Hiatt determines where and how clients can save cash. In many cases, energy efficiency and other sustainability concepts play integral roles in PBS recommendations. However, Jeff does not operate under a “one size fits all” philosophy. By working closely with clients, Jeff is able to pinpoint the best solutions for individual companies, which may or may not involve “green” elements. This logic-based thinking, paired with extensive knowledge of tax principles and sustainability, has earned Jeff a reputation as a trustworthy and innovative consultant. Through the course of his work, Jeff has vetted a variety of vendors, and has compiled a list of businesses that offer top-notch services.
“I’ve worked in the green world for many years now,” Hiatt explains. “I understand that these business owners are often bombarded by cold calls, junk mail and spam. They mentally shut down because it all seems like marketing hype and malarkey. When I help them with the depreciation on their buildings, they often ask what else I can do. Then I have an opportunity to explain how green solutions can improve a client’s bottom line.”
When appropriate, Jeff recommends a variety of renewable energy alternatives, including solar, wind, and geothermal. For example, Jeff was integral in a solar installation project at Paragon Communications. The company, which was concerned about its long term energy costs, came to Jeff for a cost segregation study. He recommended a vendor to assess whether solar would be a good fit for the company. Paragon decided that solar energy was right for their situation. They expect to see a return on their investment within the next few years. Jeff does not just tout the merits of renewable energy; he lives in a home that has a geothermal heating system. When recommending geothermal to his clients, Jeff often advises working with Ultra Geothermal, another Green Alliance business.
Jeff acts as an intermediary between a wide variety of clients and sustainable service providers. One great contribution Jeff has made to the New England sustainability scene has been his creation of an informal collaborative network of sustainability professionals. PBS and has nurtured relationships among many businesses across a variety of industries.
By Josh Rosenson
EXETER - Blue Zones have been identified by author Dan Buettner in the book The Blue Zones as areas where populations live longer and enjoy a superior quality of life into old age. Several Blue Zones have been identified around the world such as Sardinia, Italy and Okinawa, Japan, and the areas studied have been identified as sharing six specific characteristics that are believed to aid in the superior quality of life at an older age.
RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Exeter, also shares many of these Blue Zone characteristics that are suggested to be linked with living longer and healthier in older age.
“RiverWoods is structured in a unique way,” said Cathleen Toomey, RiverWoods’ VP. “People join when they are independent and able to live on their own. They make their home here and gain friends. When and if they need another level of care they can transition to assisted living or skilled nursing, in a private room, with no limit in how length of stay, and no increase in fee. Meanwhile, your community is here to support you. That is the extraordinary benefit of a CCRC.”
There are six key markers in identifying Blue Zones. RiverWoods, with a resident population of 620 residents and 500 employees, incorporates five of these factors.
After recently installing a major solar initiative of 572 solar panels, Favorite Foods, a commercial food distributor located in Somersworth NH, is taking yet one more step toward increased energy efficiency. Not only does Favorite Foods use the sun to save on its electric bills, they have recently implemented a venting system that uses external air to assist in their cooling refrigeration system when temperatures and humidity are optimal.
The system essentially is a series of climate controlled vents and fans in the cooling areas that automatically draw in and vent external air when temperature and humidity are optimal. This lessens the burden on the HVAC system by using mother nature to carry some of the workload, ultimately increasing the overall efficiency of the cooling system.
Favorite Foods, headquartered at 29 Interstate Drive, distributes a variety of products and services to local restaurants within a 60-mile radius around Portsmouth, which encompasses parts of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
"We're always looking for ways to be more green, and this is another step forward in that direction," according to a release by President Chris Barstow, who co-founded the company in 1978.
The Post Land-fill Action Network (PLAN) is a New Hampshire-based nonprofit working with student leaders across the country to build a world where landfills and incinerators are obselete. It was founded by the creators of the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which helps students across the country combat waste on their college campuses.
On October 11, PLAN will host The Art of Reuse, an evening of art, hors d'oeuvres and community to celebrate the burgeoning reuse movement. The evening will feature both local and nationally recognized artists who incorporate found objects, materials, or messages about consumption and waste in their work. The event will include an open bar sponsored by the Smuttynose Brewing Company.
This year we are celebrating summer by rewarding our Green Alliance members with their choice of tickets or gifts from a variety of local businesses! Current members who upgrade to the Sustaining Membership will get the gift of their choice, just become a Sustaining member and email email@example.com with gift you would like to collect.
A Sustaining Membership is our highest level of individual membership and affords you a lifetime of GA Business Discounts, Green Alliance events and cutting edge environmental information. Sustaining Members never have to renew and are telling us and the world that they believe in the power of a local green economy. What are you waiting for!? Become a Lifetime Member now and choose one of the great gifts!
- 4 tickets to Zappa Plays Zappa at the Hampton Casino 7/23
- 4 tickets to The Fab Four at the Hampton Casino 7/24
- 4 tickets to use for any of the Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series shows at the Seacoast Science Center in July
- 3 tickets to Santa’s village ($90 value!)
- 2 tickets to Sagamore mini golf AND 2 coupons for Sagamore driving range balls
- 4 tickets for a Reggae Party Cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
- 4 tickets for a sail with the Gundalow Company
- Fly Cage from Ecotech Pest Control to keep your yard naturally fly free all summer ($150 value!)
This Sunday, July 19, Smuttynose Brewing Company is turning 21 and everyone is invited to help celebrate! All you need is $10 and a valid ID to join in on the birthday bash not to be missed. Those under 16 are allowed free entry. The main event is running from 3 - 8 p.m. at 105 Towle Farm Road in Hampton, N.H. The rain or shine bash will be filled with sweet tunes from live bands, food trucks, party games, a photobooth and delicious craft beer. Featured bands for the event include Martin England & The Reconstructed and Harsh Armadillo. Tickets are limited to 1,000 guests, so be sure to purchase yours soon!
For 21 years, Smuttynose has made leaps and bounds to run more efficiently and sustainably. Since its humble beginnings, owner Peter Egelston has grown Smuttynose into the highly recognizable craft brewing company it is today with sustainability at its core. In an effort to keep growing and stay ‘green,' Smuttynose opened a new completely sustainable and energy efficient brewing facility in Hampton. The facility is outfitted with motion sensor LED lights and solar tubes to allow for a more functionally efficient workplace. For Hayseed, the restaurant located on the brewery's campus, lumber from on-site trees and salvaged timber were used in its construction and the kitchen's food is sourced locally whenever possible.
The 21st birthday bash celebration is a perfect event to show appreciation for the progress Smuttynose has made and what potential feats are yet to be seen.
Great Bay Stewards is running the Soak up the Rain Great Bay, a pivotal effort towards utilizing ground water properly. Rain gardens allow for natural management of ground water runoff by reducing nutrient pollution with a proper environment for plants to filtrate runoff. Soak up the rain will promote proper runoff management techniques for the state of New Hampshire and places surrounding.
Throughout New Hampshire residents are introducing rain gardens, rain barrels, planting trees and other raining soaking tactics to help promote runoff management. Soak up the rain provides first hand advice on how to help promote runoff management. With these incredible practices, SOAK is reducing on site pollution and providing mapped sites of locations being managed properly so those interested know how to get involved and see areas already addressed.
One of the latest rain garden installations was done at the Woodsman Museum in Dover, NH, conveniently finished before the beginning drops of rain before a rainstorm, a nice way to see the benefits of all the hard work undergone to install the garden.
Our Marketing Assistant, Anne Twombly, was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Congratulations, Anne! WMUR-TV caught up with her to talk about the nomination and her life as a runner for the University of New Hampshire. Watch the full video below!