Activism on the Seacoast
The Green Alliance prides itself in bringing businesses and consumers together under one sustainable roof. On Thursday, July 11th, that roof will be on the Piscataqua River, as the Green Alliance and NHPTV will team up with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company for a cruise on the M/V Thomas Laighton.
“This is probably the biggest party we have all year,” says Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown. “We’re ecstatic to have NHPTV on board with us as well. Not only is it a great party, but it’s a great opportunity for sustainable businesses to meet up with sustainable people, which is our greatest goal and achievement.”
NHPTV Manager of Community Relations Bryn Burns was excited for the station to collaborate with the Green Alliance in putting on the event.
By Emily Norloff
It’s time to strap on a pair of heels and raise some money! With Big Brother Big Sister’s 5th Annual stiletto sprint coming around the corner, now is the perfect time to fundraise while also having a great time.
Starting at the Rusty Hammer in downtown Portsmouth, participants will secure a pair of heels and start running, walking, or strutting their way down the make shift runway. All benefits go towards Big Brother Big Sister, an amazing organization that focuses on strengthening the relationships of children while providing an environment that helps them succeed in life.
This event is an opportunity you do not want to miss! Sign up online and then have your friends and family sponsor you.
Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity ReStore provides locals with the opportunity to purchase and recycle home materials for building projects. Building materials, including kitchen cabinets to appliances, are available at a low cost. Proceeds from these sales go to building economically and ecologically sound homes for local low-income families in the seacoast area. All materials sold by Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity Restore are in working condition and are sold at 30 - 80% off, making it the perfect location to purchase building items for restoration projects. By using materials from Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore program the community keeps building items out of the landfill and save energy that would be used to manufacture new materials.
Get it Going has discovered yet another GiGStar, Martha Stone! A leader in the seacoast community for several reasons. Stone first caught GiG’s attention when she successfully led a campaign that raised $5 million for Cross Roads House, a local homeless shelter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Stone didn’t stop there, next she donated one of her kidneys to a neighbor in need and acts as a role model for anyone who meets her.
When Stone applied for the position as the Cross Roads House Director of Development she realized that more must be done for the shelter. “I knew that if I was going to be fundraising, it would have to be for a cause that I felt 100% committed to and passionate about. Having grown up here, it was a way for me to give back and leave a lasting mark in the community.”
Get it Going is thrilled to reveal their new website! Check out their GiG shop, that’s filled with race t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, V-Neck style T-shirts, and more for any occasion! You can even purchase in bulk and customize the shirts for your own company or event. Proudly wear the apparel and show off what gets you going.
The following upcoming races will be officially sponsored by Get it Going apparel: Celebrate Pink 5K, SASS’ 5K to Keep Kids Safe, Great Bay 5K. Each race t-shirt is made in the USA and has environmental as well as economic benefits. Register for a race and receive an American made GiG race tee and show your support for local non-profits!
GiG is also supporting local beach cleanups. Their upcoming cleanup at Pirates Cove in Rye, NH is June 8 at 9:30 a.m. So put on a GiG t-shirt and help keep your local beaches clean and pollution free.
By Magill Smith
Green Alliance Writer
HAMPTON BEACH- In celebration of our beautiful home along the seacoast, Blue Ocean Society is launching their first formal event for World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day began in 2002 and is a growing event that honors the marine environment. To celebrate this event, Blue Ocean Society has a weekend filled with beach clean ups and an award ceremony recognizing groups and individuals who have made efforts to protect the ocean.
As a advocate for the environment and a Green Alliance Business Partner, Blue Ocean Society works to protect our seacoast waters through research and public action. The Green Alliance is an organization that connects green-minded consumers with businesses that work to lessen their impact on the environment. One of the ways in which Blue Ocean Society involves the public in their efforts, is through organized beach clean ups. To recognize World Oceans Day, the society is hosting the Aquarion Water Company Environmental Champion Awards followed by a clean up of Hampton Beach on June 7.
Due to our undeniable dependence on electronics and the pressure to always buy the newest models, electronic waste is becoming one of the most serious environmental issues of our time. When electronic waste, more commonly known as e-waste, is not properly disposed of the waste breaks down releasing harmful chemicals and toxins into the atmosphere, water, and soil. The issue of improperly disposed e-waste is difficult to combat due to the global market for electronic components. Most e-waste is shipped to third world countries as a way for corporations to avoid paying for the disposal. In addition those countries encourage this illegal action as the breakdown of e-waste provides jobs for low-income families.
June 21 marks the official start of summer and what better way to celebrate the solstice than by throwing a party?
ReVision Energy is one step ahead of the game. On June 20 Revision will host their Celebrate the Sol - short for solstice - event to ring in the summer season. ReVision’s office and marketing manager, Heather Fournier says that the meaning behind the celebration is to gather the community together and get people excited about the sun, summer, solar power and the environment.
The event is full of fun-under-the-sun action including beer, free food, music, children’s activities and solar demonstrations. If you're interested in learning how to begin your own compost pile, adopting a pet or even learning how to make your car more sustainable, there will be workshops and area vendors on hand.
Do you ever wonder how the owners of the businesses you buy from spend their time and money? It makes us happy every time we see one of our Business Partners spending their resources outside of work to continue to make the world a better place.
Micum Davis of Cornerstone Tree Care is building a geodesic greenhouse in his yard in Madbury. If you’re unfamiliar with the practice, a geodesic greenhouse allows people who live in less-than-suitable farming climates (like New Hampshire, where the weather has a mind of its own) to be able to plant vegetables without the fear of crops freezing. The architecture allows a greater solar gain and its structure is sturdier and more energy-efficient than traditional greenhouses.
By Austin Sorrette
Usually, kicking your ball through the rough is considered cheating, a sneaky way to save a stroke. Now, it's the entire nature of gameplay in a twist on the sport of golf called Foot Golf. Never heard of Foot Golf? That’s okay because Sagamore, a local golf course, will open the new game to anyone who wants to give it a try this summer.
Foot Golf has been sweeping the globe since its inception in 2009, and its popularity is growing. Richard Luff, president of the Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club on North Road in North Hampton, New Hampshire, adopted the game as a way to reach out to more players and keep the golf course one stroke ahead of the competition.
“Introducing Foot Golf will be a nice compliment because it will introduce our facility to another demographic,” says Luff. “The learning curve to play Foot Golf is easier and you can get families out there as well as soccer players.”
By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent
Jason Battistelli, founder and owner of Mirror Image Automotive in Greenland, puts a premium of unparalleled service and value for his growing customer base in the New Hampshire Seacoast region. But he also has ambitions to make his auto body and mechanical repair facility into the greenest shop around.
In addition to helping customers navigate the sometimes treacherous waters of insurance coverage, Battistelli has implemented green plans to educate his customers on the value of small steps while adding more sustainable solutions to paperwork, priming, painting and oil changes.
“We are taking every green step we can,” said Battistelli who opened his business in Goffstown in 2006 before relocating to Greenland. Jason and his crew recycle everything they can from paper to metal to waste fluids and are moving towards more paperless billing and encouraging the use of recycled parts when appropriate.
By Katie Seraikas
The Great Bay Estuary – consisting of Great Bay, Little Bay, and the Piscataqua River– is a remarkable natural resource on the New Hamsphire and Southern Maine seacoast. Since its founding in 1966, Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) has made New England’s land and waters a priority, as evidenced by the launching of the Great Bay- Piscataqua Waterkeeper program in 2012. The program is dedicated solely to restoring and protecting the estuary.
“Great Bay is facing a number of challenges, leading to an uncertain future,” says Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Jeff Barnum. “Being an advocate to help solve the estuary’s problems is the best and most demanding job I have ever had. Clean water doesn’t just happen by itself. I am a catalyst for change, and will only succeed if everyone does their small part.”
Yoga may not be for everyone, but if you’re looking to give it a try Green Alliance business partner, Zev Yoga has awesome deals! Currently, they are giving away one month of unlimited yoga for only $25 ($80 value)!
Owner and instructor Jonas Amberger has been practicing yoga for 21 years. In 2006 he founded Zev Yoga and takes pride in his achievments of cultivate a safe, welcoming environment where yogis of all levels of experience can realize the full benefits of this age-old mind and body workout.
Yoga is the perfect way to relieve stress after work, or prepare yourself in the morning for the day!
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By Patrick Martin
PORTSMOUTH - Josh Andrews and Chris Pamboukes are two Portsmouth, N.H. residents who share a deep love of cycling. This summer they plan to put that passion to work in stimulating positive change for the Seacoast area.
On July 14th the two will begin a 2,000-mile bicycle trek along the Pacific coastline from Vancouver, B.C. to San Diego, Calif.
If endurance cycling wasn’t enough, they have decided to take the challenge further and organized Pedal for Power, a local fundraiser to help others, help the environment and bring together community. Andrews and Pamboukes began this donate-per-mile bikeathon fundraiser to cover the installation cost of a solar electric power system to be built at Cross Roads House.
Located on Route 1 in Portsmouth, Cross Roads House is a 96 bed emergency and transitional shelter serving men, women and children in the Seacoast area who are experiencing homelessness.
In celebration of our beautiful home along the seacoast, Blue Ocean Society is launching their first formal event for World Oceans Day! World Oceans Day began in 2002 and is a growing event that honors the marine environment. To celebrate this event, Blue Ocean Society has a weekend filled with beach clean-ups and an award ceremony recognizing groups and individuals who have made efforts to protect the ocean.
As a advocate for the environment and a Green Alliance Business Partner, Blue Ocean Society works to protect our seacoast waters through research and public action. One of the ways in which Blue Ocean Society involves the public in their efforts is through organized these beach clean ups. To recognize World Oceans Day, the Society is hosting the Aquarion Water Company Environmental Champion Awards followed by a clean up of Hampton Beach on June 7th.
This is the very first year in which the Aquarian Water Company has presented awards for efforts in the state of New Hampshire. They award individuals, non-profits and companies who have shown great efforts to improve the environment and water quality. The award ceremony will take place at the Seashell Complex in Hampton Beach, located right by the Blue Ocean Society’s Discovery Center. Senator Nancy Stiles will help present the awards.
Summer is beginning to peak out from behind the clouds and the days are getting warmer. For many people this means a trip to the beach, so what better way to enjoy the weather than by visiting the Great Bay!
Many people use what the Bay has to offer, whether aesthetically or for recreational purposes. However, few people realize the important, and necessary, role it plays in the community as well as to the species that live there. This is where Green Alliance business partner, the Great Bay Stewards are stepping in.
Let's put an end to breast cancer forever. Don't miss your chance to be a part of the pink ribbon revolution... click here to register for the 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure! Simply click "Join an Exisiting Team" and type in "The Green Alliance."
The third annual Race for the Cure is less than two weeks away! The Green Alliance is proud to be a crystal sponsor for such an amazing breast cancer awareness race. The Vermont-NH Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen organization is coming to Portsmouth on May 10 to spread the word about the pink ribbon movement. The run/walk will begin at Strawberry Banke Muesum located at 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth. Proceeds from the event will go towards breast cancer research, treatment and educational programs in New Hampshire and Vermont. Every year, millions of women and their families are impacted by this disease. Just about everyone knows of someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer.
KITTERY — New Freedom Laser is offering a special opportunity for you to treat yourself to its confidence-boosting services while supporting a great cause. On May 16 and 17 New Freedom Laser will offer all services at reduced prices, and 50 percent of the proceeds will go toward My Breast Cancer Support!
My Breast Cancer Support is a non-profit organization that offers support for breast cancer patients in Maine and New Hampshire. Its mission is to aid anxiety and stress that patients feel while on their individual paths to wellness and healing. Studies show that stress can hinder a patient’s physical healing progress. Stress can also interfere with the body’s immune system, which can have a negative impact on the course of the disease. The proceeds that My Breast Cancer Support raises go toward items for patients that can help take away that stress; things that will help them relax, heal, or reduce every-day financial burdens. It provides gas cards, assistance paying for groceries, travel scholarships to breast cancer conferences and retreats, books and resources for family members including a new mentoring program for children, and much more!
April is sexual assault awareness month. ENH Power is co-partnering with the Portsmouth Country Club to host an event to raise awareness for Sexual Assault Support Services. The event will take place TONIGHT from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Country Club. This event is free and open to the public.
Tonight will be a party to celebrate raising awareness of SASS. Enjoy free Hors D’ Oeuvres, and mingle with the famous Safe Kids, Strong Teens Puppets. Also, meet Rick Labell, motivational speaker, police detective and former rock musician.
ENH Power supports various “Community Partners” by offering to make donations to charities when you switch to ENH Power. ENH Power is offering to donate $5 to SASS for each business our resident who enrolls with them. If you bring your utility bill to the party, you will receive a free raffle ticket to win a “Power Night for 4” (dinner at Portsmouth Country Club any Friday May-October and 4 tickets to any Main Stage 2014 Productions at the Seacoast Repertory Theater.) You will also recieve an autographed photograph with the Safe Kids, Strong Teens Puppets, by local photographer Bill Christo.