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Eversource Sells PSNH Power Plants and Step Toward Clean Energy

By Corey | Mar 26, 2015 | in

Customers of Eversource Energy are expected to save at least $300 million due to company selling their Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) power plants. Through this agreement, publically released through Eversource’s Martin Murray, Eversource agrees to sell its PSNH hydro facilities and fossil fuel plants including the Merrimack Station in Bow, the Newington Station in Newington, and the Schiller Station in Portsmouth. By selling these plants, customers will no longer be responsible for paying the continued operation of the plants and will avoid potentially costly investments to meet environmental standards. Customers will also no longer pay the existing regulated rate of return on plants.

Susan Chamberlin, the Consumer Advocate, states “this agreement provides significant savings for residential taxpayers and resolves outstanding disputes without protracted litigation”.

Eversource shareholders will also provide $5 million to capitalize a clean energy fund which will target investments in energy efficiency and distributed generation projects. New Hampshire’s renewable energy initiatives have also been recently admired by our neighboring state of Maine. In a public statement released on March 3, the Maine Public Utilities Commission has released a study that gives quantitative value for solar power produced in Maine. It confirms that solar power provides enormous value to Maine people and energy users through energy diversity and environmental and health benefits. Phil Coupe, co-owner of Revision Energy in Maine, states that he “hopes this study lays the foundation for Maine to adopt policies similar to those in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and elsewhere, that rapidly increase access to solar by addressing barriers and doing more to spur the solar market”.

Prelude's April Fool's Day Sale is No Joke

By Corey | Mar 26, 2015 | in

On Wednesday, April 1st from 10 AM to 6 PM, Prelude is offering multiple discounts on their great jewelry, imported soaps, and bath comforts. All of their specialized and unique jewelry will be 30% off. Organic and locally made items have been emphasized at Prelude, with much of the jewelry being produced by several local jewelers from the Portsmouth and Hampton, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine area.

Bath and beauty products are a staple at Prelude, and now you can get all soaps, boxes, mirrors, frames, scarves, and hair products for 20% off. Prelude offers well-known and beloved brands such as Crabtree and Evelyn, Burt's Bees, Mistral Soaps and Molinard Parfums from France, Mason Pearson Hair Brushes and Combs from London and Royall Fragrances of Bermuda. Following their emphasis on supporting local businesses, their Red Maple alpaca headbands are designed not too far from Portsmouth, in Eliot, Maine. Kinross cashmere scarves, Nusantara scarves, and head bands will also be some of the unique products that will be on sale for this limited time. 

Go Pink with the Green Alliance Team and Race for the Cure

By Corey | Mar 26, 2015 | in

Our Green Alliance team is lacing up their sneakers and participating in the 4th Annual Komen NH Race for the Cure. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series is the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. With one in eight women in the U.S. being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, this cause strikes a chord with individuals, family members, co-workers, and friends alike. 100% of the net proceeds are allocated to the Komen mission, with 75% of that income staying in the community to help fund local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. The remaining 25% of the net income supports the Susan G. Komen Grants Program. 

Founded in 1982 in Dallas, T.X., the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization has established life-changing events all throughout the country. Since its inception, this non-profit has spent nearly $1.5 billion for breast cancer education, research, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S. At this upcoming race in Portsmouth, N.H., all donations will be used at the Vermont and New Hampshire Komen programs. These funds are made available by the VT/NH Susan G. Komen Memorial Hospital offers the breast health navigator program which helps patients understand treatment options and choices between oncologists, as well as find funds and any support services they need to get treatment. 

Stonyfield Earth Day 5K and Earth Day Fair

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 25, 2015 | in

Stonyfield is once again hosting their popular Earth Day 5K and free Earth Day Fair! Number pick-up will be from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on race day. The race will be on May 16th and will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Stonyfield Farm Yogurt Works in Londonderry, NH.

This isn't your ordinary race, but instead a morning long festival that begins with the 5K walk/run and is followed by a celebration with food, beverages, and live music.

There are also free Bunny Hop races right after the 5K for children under the age of 10. You can register your little racers on race day only (no online registration available). Bunny Hop events will begin at about 11:15 AM. We’ll hold multiple heats within age groups, so don’t worry if you miss a first heat.

The Coastal Home & Garden Show

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 25, 2015 | in

The Coastal Home & Garden Show is hosted by the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce and the Kittery Communicty Center. The show will take place on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd at the Kittery Community Center and will begin at 10:00 a.m. and go until 4:00 p.m. 

It is the perfect place to find the best in convenience and savings and great for home building, remodeling and landscaping exhibits and ideas for the home of your dreams. It is also a great opportunity to find the perfect gift for Mother's Day! Tickets are $5.00 for adults and children under 18 years of age are free!

There will be several vendors at this show, such as Brownie's Bakery, Carl's Water Systems, Evergreen Energy, Seacoast Reverse Mortgage, and more! Many more vendors are to come, so stay tuned.

To learn more about this show, click here.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Progressive Asset Management Group

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 23, 2015 | in

What: Progressive Asset Management Group (PAM Group), the SRI division of Financial West Group, is a nationwide network of financial advisers who work with clients who are interested in having their wealth and investments follow their values. Locally, this group includes the firm's Seacoast branch in Newmarket, which opened in 1996 and is run by locals Hunter Brownlie and Mike Smith.

The PAM Group’s local financial advisers provide clients with environmentally and socially responsible investment strategies that include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, portfolio management, retirement planning, education funding and more; all with an eye on great returns and matching an investor's values with their financial portfolio.

One area in which PAM Group strives to educate clients, and the public, is on divesting from companies profiting off climate change, and reinvesting money into companies committed to reducing its negative impact. Financial advisers offer opportunities to invest in clean energy generation, energy efficiency, energy storage, agriculture, green building and more as a way to transition to a more sustainable economy.

Royce's Bootcamp Is Back

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 23, 2015 | in

Back by popular demand, Royce's Bootcamp is now being blended into FitCamp at the Integrated Fitness of Dover. This class is focused on balance training and calorie loss in individuals. Balance training is important, especially when you are recovering from any sort of injury or to try to avoid any future injuries. Focusing on lower leg and foot musculature can be vital for athleticism as well. This training is part of Integrated Fitness' goal to help clients reach an overall more sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

Jonathon Arnold is dedicated to helping people change their lives. His goals for his clients at Integrated Fitness is whole body health and wellness no matter their experience level. He believes that we can all live more sustainable lives through proper education and exercise. He is committed to working with clients to help them lose wright, build muscle, and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. Integrated Fitness trainers are specially certified to help clients reach their goals and there are 4 personal trainers and 2 group exercise instructors on staff for any type of training you prefer. They also offer one-on-one nutrition consulting and a nutrition class as part of the Weight Loss Challenge Program. They provide an encouraging and comfortable atmosphere that clients can work towards their goals and work hard in a safe environment.

Winter got you feeling down? Join GateWay for a spring awakening!

By Katie | Mar 19, 2015 | in

Are you in need of some rest and relaxation? Maybe you need some help finding your inner peace. Or perhaps you're just curious as to what a chating, yoga and medititation event looks like. 

Whatever your reason, don't miss GateWay Taiji, Qigong and Yoga's benefit event. On Sunday, March 29 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.  welcomes specialized instructors Sherry Evans, Liz Korabek-Emerson, and Catherine Okhuysen who will guide you through chanting, yoga and meditiation, teaching you ways to find balance in a stressful. All are welcome to attend this event, and though there is no admission fee, GateWay does ask that you bring a donation to benefit Womanaid of Greater Portsmouth. 

This event is a perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with the relaxing, calming practices and get a glimpse inside of the studios of GateWay, a Green Certified Business. With the stress of every day life, learning to quiet your mind is invaluable, and can lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle. GateWay gives you all the tools necessary to achieve this. 

To learn more about this event click here

 

Restaurant Week 2015

By Mike | Mar 19, 2015 | in

The New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association is kicking off its fourth annual Restaurant Week from Friday, March 20- March 27. Sponsored in part by the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE), Restaurant Week encourages residents to explore over 100 participating dining establishments across the state for a full-blown three course meal set at a fixed price. With so much extra food available at an affordable cost, Restaurant Week provides a major boost to our local eateries.  

One such restaurant to experience the benefits of Restaurant Week is 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. Located in Manchester and Epping, 900 Degrees was founded by Priscilla Lane-Rondeau back in 2007 and strives to p

rovide customers with an authentic Italian experience, making their pizza the way it was originally conceived in Naples. 900 Degrees puts a great amount of care into making their pizza, using nothing but the freshest ingredients and daily-made dough. 

900 Degrees puts an equal amount of effort into sustainability as well. LED lighting and motion sensors are used throughout the restaurant, ingredients are sourced locally whenever and wherever possible, and all paints and finishes are done with low VOC paints. In addition, 900 Degrees uses green cleaning products and follows a very comprehensive recycling program.  

With their combination of traditional Italian taste and forward-thinking green initiatives, 900 Degrees is sure to be a hit at this years Restaurant Week.

Green Alliance members save 10% on all food and drinks! (Cannot be combined with any other offer.) Not a member? Join here

Businesses Come Together at Weather Preparedness Forum

By Mike | Mar 18, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

PORTSMOUTH- If this past winter has taught us anything it’s that weather is getting more and more extreme. Last Thursday, the Green Alliance hosted Weathering Change, a business preparedness forum held at their office of 75 Congress St, Suite 304, uniting over 30 businesses to tackle the issue of resiliency in the face of harsh environmental conditions brought about by climate change.

The event was put into motion by Roger Stephenson from the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup, an organization aimed at educating the public on resources they can use in the event of an environmental disaster and Marsha Haines from the Vermont and New Hampshire branches of the American Red Cross. The two organizations collaborated with the Green Alliance which helped to tap in to its community of sustainable entrepreneurs and green-minded citizens.

The event itself began with a brief introduction by Stephenson followed by presentations from various guest speakers. These speakers were from a wide range of business backgrounds including MJ Shoer of Jenaly Technology Group, Ray Dube from Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) and Clark James from the Smuttynose Brewing Company. Each of these unique guests brought a different perspective and approach to this very serious issue.

Green Alliance & Redhook Host Party for the Planet

By Craig | Mar 18, 2015 | in

Join us as we partner with Redhook Brewery to celebrate Earth Day 2015 on April 22 at the Green Alliance & Redhook Party for the Planet! Throw away those Wednesday, hump-day, blues and come out for a fantastic night honoring that big rock we're all floating on, our planet, Earth.

From 6 - 9 p.m., enjoy free food from Redhook's locally-sourced, all-natural kitchen, amazing raffle prizes, live music from the seacoast's Humble Bee and a cash bar featuring Redhook's sustainable brews on tap. Cover for the party is $5, but if you're a Green Alliance member you get in for free. Make sure you have your Green Alliance member card with you when you come. Not a member? Join today! If you're planning to attend, which you totally should, please RSVP to Sarah at sarah@greenalliance.biz. If you forget to RSVP you can check-in at the door. The party will be upstairs at Redhook's facility located at 1 Redhook Way in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

In addition to the evening's festivities, Redhook will also be part of an Earth Day drop-in clean-up at the Pease Tradeport from 4 - 6:00 p.m. The clean-up will be run by Redhook and other tradeport businesses, but the public is welcome to attend. Please contact Tietjen Hynes at Tietjen.Hynes@craftbrew.com if you'd like to participate. Report to the Redhook facility to receive your clean-up bag and site location. Every time you fill your bag, you will receive one raffle ticket toward the Party for the Planet's raffle, which includes a free case of Redhook beer. That's right, a free case of beer!

Jump Start Your Sustainability Efforts with the Film Food Chains

By Katelyn | Mar 18, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance is all about shopping with local and sustainable businesses so we want you to see the film Food Chains for free! Join the GA as a new member, or renew your expired membership, and you will receive 2 FREE tickets ($20 value) to Food Chains on Thursday, March 26 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.

When the average American strolls down the aisles of their local grocery store, they put little thought into where each item has traveled from or the hands that picked it. Food Chains exposes the power of supermarkets in the agricultural sector and impact they have on the supply chain and farmworkers. While fast food restaurants account for a large portion of agricultural production, supermarkets are the largest destination for products and earn about 4 trillion dollars a year globally. The film demonstrates the control supermarkets have over farms and their workers, often draining revenue from their providers and leaving farmworkers in poverty and substandard working conditions.

Join the GA as a Sustaining Member and Enjoy Spring Skiing with Free Tickets to Bretton Woods

By Katelyn | Mar 18, 2015 | in

With the official start of spring just around the corner, the snow is beginning to melt and the skiing season is almost over. Key word almost... there is still plenty of time to enjoy the mountains of New England with a few less layers than usual. If you haven't had enough skiing this season, hit the slopes one last time for some spring skiing with two free tickets to Bretton Woods compliments of a Green Alliance Business Partner, New Hampshire Public Television!

Join the GA as a Sustaining Member, a lifetime membership, and you will get two free tickets to Bretton Woods ($170 value) that’s more than your full lifetime dues right there!

Located at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH, this ski area is the largest in the state and a premiere ski destination in New England. Bretton Woods spans nearly 500 acres featuring 62 trails, 35 glades, 3 terrain parks, and 10 lifts! In addition, the Bretton Woods Nordic Center is one of the largest cross country skiing areas in the East and takes visitors through the grounds of the Mount Washington Hotel and White Mountain National Forest. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Newmarket Dental

By Mike | Mar 18, 2015 | in

What: Referred to as "New Hampshire's Greenest Dentist," Dr. Nate Swanson, owner of Newmarket Dental, earned the distinction when he first designed his business to create as little waste as possible.

From there he began looking at the actual tools of the trade; the toothbrushes, floss, seat covers and other dental implements. He replaced traditional toothbrushes with 100 percent recyclable and bio-degradable ones (made from recycled Stonyfield yogurt cups); switched from plastic seat covers to corn-based slip covers; changed from conventional plastic cups to corn-based cups and switched to floss with a recyclable container. He also gave his offices a green renovation including: LED lighting, eco-wool upholstery, low or no-VOC paints, end and conference room tables made from a locally sourced, naturally felled maple tree, as well as countertops and cabinets from Corian, a longer-lasting material than wood or plastic. He also added motion-sensing LED lights, a recycled synthetic floor that looks like aged wooden boards and LEED-certified cabinetry in the examination rooms. Dr. Swanson exhaustively researched the products before incorporating them into his renovation to ensure they met his high eco-friendly standards. Newmarket Dental also uses digital records, X-rays and recently incorporated digital health histories, filled out by clients on an iPad, in lieu of paper.