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The Fall Science Cafés in Portsmouth at Portsmouth Brewery

By Madalyn | Sep 30, 2014 | in

The Portsmouth Brewery is hosting the Portsmouth Science Café on October 8th and 29th in the Brewery’s Jimmy LaPanza Lounge. Both events are hosted by UNH faculty member Cameron Wake, research associate professor in Climatology and Glaciology.

The topic of discussion on the 8th is- Space Weather: Radiation with a chance of solar flares. The discussion features astrophysicists and UNH faculty members, Harlan Spence and Antoinette Galvin, who will share their expertise on solar weather. They will discuss how solar flares, and more particularly, solar weather are much more than a beautiful visual phenomenon.

Solar weather can have a significant impact on everyday life. Solar weather is marked by extreme bursts of energy which can negatively effect satellites, radio waves, and even airplane traffic control. The magnitude of the effect that solar weather events can have and our developing understaning of the universe, will absolutely lead to interesting discussions. 

Green Story: Aucella Heating and Cooling

By Craig | Sep 30, 2014 | in

Every Green Alliance business undergoes a Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show everyone what each business has accomplished and what they are still working to accomplish when it comes to green business practices. The final part of the evaluation is the Green Story. Check out Aucella’s Green Story below.

Aucella Heating and Cooling: Fueling a Smarter Home

Aucella Heating and Cooling is more than the average HVAC company. Not only do they offer a wide range of unique options for your heating and cooling needs, such as a smartphone-controlled thermostat, they won’t install anything into a home that functions at under 95% efficiency. A family business, founded by Fay and Jay Aucella, sells some of the highest efficiency heating and cooling systems on the market.

The business is accredited by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America as a residential service, installation contractor and a quality assured contractor. Aucella is ACCA certified as an Energy Star partner company. A majority of the systems they install qualify for utility rebates and energy tax credits. Aucella truly works for their customers, guiding them through the rebate process to ensure that it goes smoothly.

Eco-friendly heating and cooling may seem expensive, but the reality is the consumer consistently pays less over time because of reduced operating costs. “It’s simple: the more efficient the system, the lower the operating cost,” said Jay. Aucella calculates operating cost savings for each installation, comparing overall savings and payback periods, to the initial investment. With tax rebates, reduced operating costs, and superior products and services, Aucella’s customers always save money over time.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Great Works Chiropractic

By Madalyn | Sep 30, 2014 | in

Who: Great Works Chiropractic

What: Eschewing traditional methods of symptom-driven medical diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Seth LaFlamme helps people by focusing on corrective, rather than palliative, care. Equating his methods to putting out a fire and clearing the smoke instead of removing an alarm's batteries, LaFlamme uses extensive neurological and structural measures to track a patient's progress throughout his or her treatment. He views this type of approach as inherently sustainable by honoring rather than silencing the body’s cries for help. With the recent expansion of his offices in South Berwick, Maine, LaFlamme, along with his wife and partner, Dr. Briana Duga, provides expanded adult and pediatric services for whole-family care.

Where: 249 Main St., South Berwick, Maine

Web: www.greatworkschiro.com

Zev Yoga Studio Double Feature

By Katelyn | Sep 30, 2014 | in

Zev Yoga is not your typical yoga studio. With a unique approach promoting overall health and well-being, Zev Yoga also offers affordable classes at a lower rate than other yoga studios in the area. Zev's downtown Portsmouth studio also doubles as a space for community events and gatherings bringing together Seacoast residents.

An Artist Reception featuring the work of Hol Mellema will take place from 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, October 3, to be followed by a live music performance featuring the Strangled Darlings until 9:30 p.m. The event is one night only and will be an occasion you won’t want to miss.

Hol Mellema focuses on the reclamation of discarded materials to create new art pieces. In the past she has focused on the use of materials such as wood stain, car grease, and grill charcoal to create distinctive works of art that give the discarded materials a new life on canvas. Mellema’s most recent pieces are created from old sales receipts and like the majority of her work, they demonstrate the balance of using otherwise forgotten materials to create a new, beautiful pieces of art.

Stay after the reception for the music of the Strangled Darlings. The interesting duo consists of Jess Anderly and George Veech from Portland, Maine. Anderly and Veech combine elements of folk, jazz, hip-hop, and Americana genres and is inspired by folklore, such as witchcraft from the Civil War, the morality of Somali piracy, and the media impact of Neil Armstrong to craft an inspired sound. Strangled Darlings has worked together to create their style of music since 2009 and is in the process of releasing their fourth studio album. Strangled Darlings sound pairs well with the artwork by Hol Mellema creating an exceptional experience at the Zev Yoga Studio.

Battle of the Food Trucks Coming to Redhook

By Anna | Sep 30, 2014 | in

The New Hampshire Food truck festival is coming to Portsmouth!  Bring the whole family to enjoy delicous food, brews and family fun. Hosted by, Redhook Brewery, the New Hampshire Food Truck Festival will be presented by Hood Cream on Sunday, Oct. 5, 11 - 4 p.m. Redhook Brewery will be selling beers and ales while the food trucks dish out new recipies and old favorites. In addition, there will be live performances by Boston based band Waldo as well as children's activities on site.  The festival will be located at 1 Redhook Way in Portsmouth NH.

The New Hampshire Food Truck Festival will include some of New England's most popular food trucks serving up fall-off-the-bone ribs, bite sized sirloin slider, tacos, lobster rolls, grilled cheese, whoopee pies, and more! Participating trucks include Boston’s Baddest Burger, Clyde’s Cupcakes, The Cookie Monstah, Jamaica Mi Hungry, Kona ice, Gabi’s Smoke Shack, Maine-ly Lobstah, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, Pasta Pot, Teri-Yummy, The Happy Taco, Uyghur Kitchen, Trolley Dogs, Walloons, Whoo(pie) Wagon, Yumm Bai and Stuffed Sandwhiches. 

The Last Greenland Farmers' Market of 2014

By Katelyn | Sep 30, 2014 | in

Today vendors at the Greenland Farmers’ Market will be unpacking their fresh produce and prepared foods for the final time this season. The last farmers market of the year will be held today, September 30, 2014, from 3 – 6 p.m. and will be a great opportunity for customers to pick out their favorite local goods one last time until next year.

The Greenland Farmers’ Market in Greenland, New Hampshire offers a wide variety of farm fresh products from local farms, as well as locally sourced prepared foods. Customers are able to find a diverse array of produce, prepared foods, and unique crafts that they know are locally grown and made in the Seacoast region, while also supporting small businesses in the area. In addition to the weekly vendors, this farmers market will also feature vendors who are Business Partners of the Green Alliance. The businesses attending the Greenland Farmers’ Market will have an emphasis on environmentally friendly and sustainable practices and will be a great addition to the final event of the season.

Want a Warm, Efficient Home for Cheap? Simply Green Biofuels Teams Up with Yankee Thermal Imaging

By Sam | Sep 26, 2014 | in

When it comes to heating your home in the winter, there’s only one thing on everyone’s minds: the cost. There are many different ways to save, like buying oil early, price locking, cleaning your furnace, throwing an extra blanket on the bed, etc., but there are also preventative measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient, saving money and the environment in the process. If you want to get to the root of your house’s heating problems - say, a drafty closet or front door, there are professionals who can identify exactly where those spots exist - those professionals go by the name Yankee Thermal Imaging.

Here at the Green Alliance, we want to give you the biggest thanks possible for shopping with our business partners. We wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for you! It’s especially special when our Business Partners get together in the name of saving you money, and that’s exactly what Yankee Thermal Imaging and Simply Green Biofuels have done.

If you’re a Simply Green or Lamprey Energy customer and you call Yankee Thermal Imaging before October 15th, you’ll receive a 50% discount on your thermal imaging assessment - that's a value of $150! Yankee Thermal Imaging will conduct a thermal insulation inspection of your entire home, with a blower door test included at half price. And as if that’s not enough of a deal, Simply Green and Lamprey Energy will knock a full $50 off your next fuel delivery. Did we mention that Green Alliance members already receive 10 cents per gallon off B5 and B20 heating oil?

Simply Green and Yankee Thermal Imaging offer these discounts because they believe everyone should have a warm home, and that it’s possible to reduce your carbon footprint while doing it. If you're not a Simply Green customer, you can sign up here

Yankee Thermal Imaging Offers Huge Discount on the Home Comfort Savings Plan

By Katelyn | Sep 25, 2014 | in

Weather forecasters are predicting another blustery New England winter this year, which means your furnace will be kicking on before you know it (if it hasn’t already). Residents who have had a full energy audit conducted by Yankee Thermal Imaging lessen their worry of heat escaping during the winter months, saving them money on their energy demands.

Yankee Thermal Imaging developed the Home Comfort Savings Plan to save homeowners money by making their home more energy efficient both from the inside and the outside. This plan includes a full energy audit to determine where air is escaping from, as well as the installation of various measures to save you money right away, such as: air sealing, weather stripping, pipe wire, and LED light bulbs. The professionals at YTI work to improve your home’s energy efficiency, which ends up saving you more than $500 per year!

Green Collar Careers: 900 Degrees Pizzeria Owner Priscilla Lane-Rondeau

By Anna | Sep 25, 2014 | in

Voted Best Gourmet Pizza by N.H. Magazine six years in a row, it's definitely worth checking out 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria at either of their two locations, the newest location in Epping and the original in Manchester N.H. Owner Priscilla Lane-Rondeau is dedicated to providing her customers with the best wood-fired pizza around while simultaneously promoting green business practices and giving back to her local community. Using fresh, organic ingredients and a fire brick oven that cooks Neapolitan-style pizza at an average temperature of 900 degrees Fahrenheit, Chef Chris Grauwiler serves pizza prepared in the traditional style native to Naples, Italy. In addition to their award-winning pizza, the menu also boasts mouth-watering appetizers, soups, sandwiches, entrees and desserts.

After sixteen years working as an Employee Systems Profession, Rondeau decided she wanted to do something different and bring delicious, authentic Italian food to her community. For her entire life, Rondeau has been dedicated to living sustainably. When she conceived the idea for 900 Degrees with a friend who had restaurant experience in 2007, it was never a question for Rondeau that the business would be green as well.

900 Degrees conducts sustainable business practices by using LED and motion sensor lighting throughout the restaurant, utilizing low-flow kitchen appliances, and supplying guests with water only upon request. They have a comprehensive recycling program, use green-certified cleaning products, and have reduced waste by over 50 percent since opening.

Priscilla loves being able to make a difference in her community and is excited to help out the local schools, food banks and charities whenever possible.

Community Toolbox Fundraiser at the Flatbread Company

By Katelyn | Sep 25, 2014 | in

On September 30 Community Toolbox will host their first fundraiser at Flatbread Pizza from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. in Portsmouth. Proceeds from food sold will benefit Community Toolbox. They will also have a table set up at the front door featuring raffles, and the opportunity for citizens to meet some of the members of Community Toolbox and learn more about what they do throughout the Seacoast community.

Community Toolbox is a nonprofit organization serving New Hampshire’s Seacoast area to help community members make repairs to their homes. The goal is simple- work together to help those in the community who are unable to afford small improvements to their homes; whether they be senior citizens, veterans, people with disabilities, or residents who have fallen on hard times.

Through Community Toolbox’s Fix It Program, eligible homeowners in need are able to receive minor repairs for the cost of the materials only, with labor provided by volunteers from the area. To help fund the Fix It Program, Community Toolbox runs a non-profit Outlet Store, which is open to the public and anyone can donate used household items such as appliances, cabinets, and doors to then be resold to raise money for the organization. They also offer a service where the Community Toolbox Deconstruction Team removes items from your home, for a much lower cost, and sells the donated materials at their retail store. This means that homeowners have a cheaper way to have their old household materials removed, they are able to donate the otherwise useless items to help community members in need, and the amount of waste sent to landfills is reduced. It is a win-win situation for everyone involved!

Green Story: ENH Power

By Craig | Sep 25, 2014 | in

Every Green Alliance business undergoes a Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show everyone what each business has accomplished and what they are still working to accomplish when it comes to green business practices. The final part of the evaluation is the Green Story. Check out ENH Power’s Green Story below.

ENH Power Bringing Green Energy Choices to New Hampshire

ENH Power, part of the Provider Power family of companies, has incorporated sustainability, community involvement, and affordability into their business model. As a Competitive Energy Supplier (CES), ENH Power purchases electricity from the New England Power Pool. This allows ENH to provide their customers fixed electricity rates at competitive prices. Along with traditionally sourced energy, ENH Power offers Coal Free and “Pure Green” plans. These plans allow environmentally conscious energy users to apply their green ideals to their power choices.

According to Will Fessenden, Director of Media Strategy, ENH Power’s green choices are a reflection of New Hampshire’s sustainability-minded community. “It was evident early on that New Hampshire customers want a green alternative, and we’re glad to provide that for them,” explains Will. Due to electricity deregulation and electricity choice, New Hampshire customers have the opportunity to select their electricity supply company. Consumers keep their electric utility (responsible for the poles, meters, and infrastructure), however consumers can choose who provides their power.

Along with providing these unique plans, ENH Power is committed to promoting sustainability on their own turf. The Provider Power office that ENH Power calls home is located in Auburn, Maine. The office features CFL light fixtures equipped with motion sensors to save energy. The heating system and many lights operate on a timer to cut down on overuse. The Energy Star printers and copiers are efficient when used and left in “hibernation” mode when they are not needed. Recycling is thorough and extensive throughout the office. The ENH team also returns their bottles and cans when possible, and donates the proceeds to charity.

It's Getting Cold Out There...

By Katie | Sep 24, 2014 | in

Quickly, the sunscreen has been replaced with scarves and layers, and the A/C... well you can forget about that. It's New England, after all, and our hot and humid days won't be back for another nine months. It's time to start thinking about heating, rather than cooling. 

Proulx Oil and Propane wants to ensure you stay warm this winter. If the thirty degree drop over the last three weeks is any indication, it appears we are in for a cold one, too. As Proulx renews with the Green Alliance for another year, they are offering an exclusive discount for those looking to make the switch from oil to propane. Those who switch from an existing oil boiler or furance to a new propane powered boiler or furnace will be eligible to receive a $1,000 rebate on the conversion. When you combine this with the savings in switching from oil to a cheaper propane, this switch can save you thousands! 

New Blowing Agent Ups the Green Profile of Spray Foam

By Anna | Sep 23, 2014 | in

If you wanted the best insulation for your home, the most efficient and effective, it’s no secret that an analysis would most likely bring you to spray foam. With the best R-Value, spray foam has long been the go-to insulator for home owners looking to have the tightest homes and use the least amount of energy to heat and cool them. But for super green-minded folks they may come up against some resistance to the toxicity of the blowing agent used to install that spray foam and to ensure that it performs effectively. Well, greenies now have reason to love spray foam even more. A new and greener blowing agent for spray foam is on the market and it substantially reduces -- almost eliminates -- the toxicity of that foam.

One leading spray foam installer, the Green Cocoon, has jumped at the opportunity to offer spray foam that uses this less toxic blowing agent. “We can’t wait to start using this,” says Candace Lord of the Green Cocoon. “The truth of the matter is, spray foam is unbeatable for effectiveness and efficiency so it already is winning the insulation race in terms of R-value. But now with this new greener blowing agent, we can tell our greenest clients that they can have spray foam with significantly less environmental impact right upfront which means they are seeing the immediate environmental good as well as the long term as the foam starts to save them more and more energy with each passing year.”

The Green Cocoon has always been at the forefront of sustainability and offers a wide range of insulation choices from traditional spray foam to cellulose and even an insulation made from recycled denim. When they saw the new blowing agent hit the market they jumped at the chance to integrate it into their business. “We now can tell folks that spray foam is nearly perfect in terms of its installation footprint and its performance,” adds Lord. The new liquid blowing agent called Solstice is used during the installation of spray foam insulation in eco-friendly homes and structures. It does cost a bit more than spray foam that does not use the greener agent but Lord believes that the benefits will outweigh the costs for certain eco-focused home owners. It has long been understood that spray foam insulation has a superior, long-term sustainability potential by lowering heating and cooling costs, and reducing energy loss and waste.

Blue Ocean’s Discovery Center Enjoys Tidal Wave of Success in First Year

By Anna | Sep 23, 2014 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

“What’s this?” asked two-year-old Emmett, pointing excitedly at a crab. In quick succession, he asked the same question of a sea star, a horseshoe crab, a hermit crab, seaweed, and even a big rock. Emmett was standing on his tiptoes in front of a touch tank at the Blue Ocean Discovery Center, just beyond the waves on Hampton Beach. If the lights overhead went out, it’s a sure bet his ear-to-ear grin would have lit up the entire room.

Run by the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation — a local non-profit organization that protects marine animals in the Gulf of Maine through education, research, and conservation — the Blue Ocean Discovery Center’s mission is to provide a family-friendly attraction where visitors learn about marine life, local and maritime history, and the action they can take to protect the marine environment.

More than 21,000 people have visited the Blue Ocean Discovery Center since it opened on June 29, 2013, with attendance rates three times higher during the summer of 2014 than the same time the previous year. Located at 170 Ocean Boulevard — slightly north of the Sea Shell Stage — admission is only $1 for anyone over the age of two (those younger are free) and the small space is bright and welcoming. “We have something for everyone, from toddlers to senior citizens,” said Jen Kennedy, Executive Director. “Our exhibits are engaging for every age group. And our educators have a wealth of information on marine biology, the local marine environment, and the local area.”