Blog : Activism on the Seacoast

NextGen Climate Action Hosts Climate Change Discussion at GA Headquarters

By Madalyn | Oct 30, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Members, make time tomorrow (10/31) for this exciting informative event! Check out the Green Alliance office while also listening and discussing current issues with notable environmentalist Tom Steyer! A GA Membership exclusive event, register now!

Join Tom Steyer, philanthropist and founder of NextGen Climate Action, for coffee and a discussion on climate change issues and the effects on small businesses with other Green Alliance members at the GA Headquarters at 75 Congress Street, Suite 304 in Portsmouth. The event is on Friday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. This event is exclusive to the GA community, and is a great opportunity for folks to discuss climate change (and hang out in the GA office) with a reputable environmental activist.

NextGen Climate Action Hosting a Climate Change Discussion at GA Headquarters

By Katie | Oct 28, 2014 | in

Join Tom Steyer, philanthropist and founder of NextGen Climate Action, for coffee and a discussion on climate change issues and the effects on small businesses with Green Alliance members at the GA Headquarters at 75 Congress Street, Suite 304 in Portsmouth on Friday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. This event is exclusive to the GA community, and is a great opportunity for folks to discuss climate change (and hang out in the GA office) with a reputable environmental activist.  

Tom Steyer has enjoyed a successful career as an investor, Tom retired from the private sector to focus on philanthropy and advanced energy advocacy. He founded NextGen Climate, and currently serves as President of the organization which acts politically to prevent climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Tom continues to be actively engaged in climate politics and works to promote economic development and environmental protection throughout the country. 

Redhook Brewery 10% Tuesday to Benefit Blue Ocean Society!

By Katie | Oct 21, 2014 | in

Breweries and community giveback, may not seem to be synomynous. Breweries and local environmental protection organizations may seem even further apart; yet, Redhook Brewery combines all of these components effortlessly. Aside from making bold, flavorful beers and equally great foods, Redhook Brewery has made community support a part of its mission. Aside from the great things the Portsmouth-based brewery does to make the community greener, they also play host to the 10% Tuesdays program. Every Tuesday Redhook donates 10 percent of its profits to a local, New Hampshire non-profit organization. The recipient of this charitable giving this month is a fellow Green Alliance partner, the Blue Ocean Society.

Founded in 1996, Blue Ocean Society has become an indespinsible resource for researchers, environmental advocates and citizens of all ages thanks to a bevy of engaging and educational outreach programs. In 2012 alone, Blue Ocean Society headed 219 beach cleanups - all in an area extending from York, Maine to Salisbury, Massachusetts - in the process collecting 12,477 pounds of trash.
 

Local Builders Make Century-old Home Sustainable

By Sam | Oct 13, 2014 | in

How do you renovate and rebuild a century-old home for sustainability, but keep its historic properties intact? It takes a lot of planning. In an effort to preserve the city’s rich heritage, Portsmouth has strict standards about renovation in the historic district. Those standards established the framework for how one family is renovating their early 1900s, South End house into a high-performance home that marries energy efficiency and sustainable building materials with a dedication to preserve the historic integrity of the house and the neighborhood.

“This project showcases how houses that have existed for centuries can be updated to make them more comfortable and energy efficient without losing their historic character,” says EcoSound Builders' Ethan Korpi.

Nicole Allen, age 11, Goes Green with her Grandma!

By Katie | Aug 22, 2014 | in

We can not get enough of these essay contest submissions! We have another preview for you of some of our great entries! 

This one comes from Nicole Allen, age 11. She has a hilarious anectdote of how an annual week with her Grandmother has taught her to go green! 

We go to the movies, buy popcorn, a soda, and maybe a box of candy. When we’re done, we throw it out, to be carted away to a landfill. But, who cares. These landfills won’t hurt our generation; let the next generation deal with the results of our family activities. Back in the olden days, people didn’t do that; they saved things and reused things. Leftover food! It never happened. Unused objects? Just the thought of buying something then not using it was a shock. If they wanted to do a family activity they wouldn’t just go to the store, but some colorful paper, sparkly stickers and glue and make a scrapbook. They would use things they already had and make things like cornhusk dolls and daisy chains. They were better at being green then us. But we can still try and sometimes, the people who are the greenest will be found in unexpected places. My grandma is one of those people and I figured that out the first time I went to her house. Her house is a place where I'm pretty sure sweating should be a family activity because without any air conditioner it happens a lot in the summer. (And in the winter you should probably bring your footie pajamas because a she rarely turns on the heater.) My sister and I spend a week at her house every summer, just my Grandma, Grandpa, Great Grandma and us, and the experience we have there. . . let’s just say that it doesn’t happen to many people!

Thank you, Nicole for sharing your green experiences with us! The drawing also comes from Nicole, who said her Grandmother drives so infrequently (often opting to ride her bike around town) that seeing her grandmother's car should be a game, comparable to "Punch Buggy". 

Eben, Age 10, has been very busy this summer going green!

By Katie | Aug 22, 2014 | in

We have been so thrilled to receive a number of great responses to our children's essay question, "What activities did your family do this summer to better the environment"? If your kids are interested in sharing their thoughts with us (and winning great prizes just for submitting), please note the deadline is tomorrow, August 23rd at midnight.

Below is an excerpt from Eben, age 10, who has been very busy this summer helping his family go green! 

"For starters we recycle. Every Wednesday we drop our recycling off at the end of our driveway so the recycling truck can come and pick it up. The main materials that get recycled are paper, plastic, and metal. To recycle basically means to reuse, so the paper, plastic, and metal can be made into other items. Sometimes recyclables get placed into the trash, where the recyclables eventually gets stuck in a landfill. Not only will the recyclables stink, but when the rain falls on top of the landfill the water will drain into the ground collecting chemicals. The chemicals can then poison habitats. Recycling is great for the environment and is a very smart thing to do.

Children's Essay Contest

By Katie | Aug 12, 2014 | in

With summer slowly winding down, back to school sales are filling stores as teachers and students prepare for another school year. Why not help the kids get in the school mindset with a earth-friendly essay contest?!

We are thrilled to announce our first ever children’s essay contest (entrants must be 13 years old or younger). We have received a great amount of support from business partners for this contest, allowing us to offer great prizes to all entrants, with an excellent grand prize for the chosen winner!

To enter please respond to the following topic in a minimum half page essay (accompanying pictures or drawings encouraged but not required), by Friday, August 22nd by emailing katie@greenalliance.biz or mailing to 75 Congress Street, Suite 304, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (essays submitted by mail must be post-marked Thursday, August 21st or earlier):
“What activities did your family do this summer to better the environment?”

Meet a Green Alliance Business

By Ali | Aug 11, 2014 | in

Who: Little Green Homes

What: Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, a growing demand for down-sized environmental homes has flooded the market. Luckily, Little Green Homes is ready to deliver.

With a focus on sustainable building in all aspects of a project, Little Green Homes’ founders, Chris Redmond and Jeff Stacy, build homes with lower energy costs, a smaller environmental impact, and a better resale value. In 2009, Little Green Homes was part of the first Platinum LEED build in Portsmouth and has since watched its business grow.

Redmond and Stacy believe using LED lighting, cellulose-based insulation, “concrete foam” foundations, and laying out a projects “bones” for maximum efficiently, make a quality building.

The other aspect is education. Both Redmond and Stacy make it part of their job to understand the latest innovation green technology, sharing their knowledge with clients on every project.

All Aboard the Celia Thaxter!

By Ali | Aug 4, 2014 | in

Many of you have heard of the famous Isle of Shoals cruise boat, the M.V. Thomas Laighton, but there’s a new ship in town! Meet the Celia Thaxter, a smaller, nimble vessel that is allowed to get closer to the islands. Each boat runs daily and has cruises out to the beautiful Shoals Islands as well as around the timeless Portsmouth Harbor.

Just a few days from today on August 9 you can have the opportunity to cruise through Portsmouth Harbor and listen to the history and lore of one of New England's very oldest ports. Stories of Paul Revere's ride to Portsmouth, the daring espionage of a young German U-boat commander during WWII, and the eerie history of the castle like "Alcatraz of the East" to name just a few. You'll also see present day port operations first hand including a modern Coast Guard rescue station, lighthouses, several historic forts, a naval shipyard and possibly a fast attack nuclear submarine, colonial architecture, wildlife and much more.

Green Families Club Turns Two! Join us in Celebrating with Party and Farmer's Market!

By Katie | Aug 4, 2014 | in

This August, the Green Alliance is celebrating the 2nd birthday of the Green Alliance Green Families Club! On Wednesday, August 27th from 4 – 7 p.m. the Green Alliance will be hosting the Green Families Club Celebration and Farmer’s Market.

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created in July 2012 with the goal to inspire a young generation of environmentalists, or “future environmentalists” (as our GFC t-shirts proudly boast). The GA has over 4,000 regular members, and well over 500 GFC members, with over 115 local business partners.

Green Alliance businesses will have booths with family-friendly, hands-on activities and goodies for kids to enjoy. Kids can design a t-shirt with the winner’s design being printed as a t-shirt in a contest hosted by Get it Going! Or, stop by the Coca-Cola booth for free samples and a demonstration on their extensive recycling program. Get your family together for a free, fun portrait by Lenka Flaherty Photography! Check out the many more booths with great activities, too!

Children's Essay Contest

By Katie | Aug 1, 2014 | in

With summer slowly winding down, back to school sales are filling stores as teachers and students prepare for another school year. Why not help the kids get in the school mindset with a earth-friendly essay contest?!

We are thrilled to announce our first ever children’s essay contest (entrants must be 13 years old or younger). We have received a great amount of support from business partners for this contest, allowing us to offer great prizes to all entrants, with an excellent grand prize for the chosen winner!

To enter please respond to the following topic in a minimum half page essay (accompanying pictures or drawings encouraged but not required), by Friday, August 22nd by emailing katie@greenalliance.biz or mailing to 75 Congress Street, Suite 304, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (essays submitted by mail must be post-marked Thursday, August 21st or earlier): 
“What activities did your family do this summer to better the environment?” 

Blue Ocean Society has Several Whale Sightings off Isles of Shoals!

By Katie | Jul 30, 2014 | in

The waters just off the coast of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts have been bustling with biodiversity this summer, and the folks at Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation have also been bustling to research the marine activity. The Blue Ocean Society does education and research from local whale watch boats. Part of this research involves cataloging local fin whales – an endangered species. Over 400 fin whales 400 whales have been identified and cataloged since 1996. This cataloging effort allows a multitude of research topics and protection efforts for these animals.

On a recent trip Blue Ocean Society spotted four fin whales, three of whom are available for “adoption” through the Society’s Adopt-a-Whale Program. Comet, a female fin whale available for adoption, was seen right near the Isles of Shoals, flaunting her dorsal fin and putting on a show for the whale watchers. Dingle and Fjord, both male fin whales, were spotted together south of the Isles. They traveled together for some time before parting ways; a common occurrence for Dingle, who is known to be a rather social whale, often finding friends to travel with. The fourth whale must be new to the neighborhood as it hasn’t yet been matched to Blue Ocean Society’s catalog, and the folks at Blue Ocean Society are still getting to know it! Stay updated by visiting their website regularly to learn more about this whale, and many others, as the summer continues!

What's For Dinner on Wednesday

By Ali | Jul 14, 2014 | in

“What’s for dinner on Wednesday?” is an ongoing theme at the Rye Farmers Market. Every Wednesday from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. you'll find delicious seasonal recipes as well as new and exciting dinner ideas with local, fresh ingredients offered at that day's market. From flowers, fruits, and vegetables to farm fresh poultry and bison the Rye Farmers’ Market has everything you’ll need to serve up dinner not only on Wednesday night but for the rest of the week! All of the farmer's market recipes will be listed on the Rye Farmer's Market Facebook page, or by clicking here.

Leslie Stevens from Goss Farm explains that, "If we can teach people just a little about the importance of eating local food, then we are having the desired impact of raising consciousness about food sources and environmental issues and giving people more control over their food choices." This a common goal of each vedor at the market.

Post-Landfill Action Network is Hiring!

By Sam | Jul 9, 2014 | in

If you went to UNH in the past few years, you’d probably recognize the name Trash 2 Treasure, the organization that collected unwanted items and resold them in the Whittemore Center, thrift-shop style. Trash 2 Treasure founder Alex Freid has since expanded the reach of the program with the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) as a way to encourage other campuses to establish similar programs on their campuses. It’s caught on, and PLAN has gained national recognition and attention. The organization also has many nonprofit sponsors (such as our friends Climate Counts)! Check out more about PLAN at their website.

PLAN is growing as fast as they’re shrinking landfill waste, which means they’re hiring! Do you or someone you know have: strong leadership skills, a passion for environmental issues, and lots of out-of-the-box ideas? Review the job description and apply to alex@postlandfill.org. Act fast though, because the deadline is July 18th.

As always, be sure to regularly check our Green Jobs Board for new opportunities to work with an environmental business or organization!

The Green Alliance, NHPTV, and ISSco. Help Bring People Together for the Environment

By Kelly | Jul 8, 2014 | in

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.

“The Green Alliance does so much good for the local business community, ourselves included,” says Burns. “This a great opportunity for us to let everyone know about our environmental programming; nature gives us such opportunities for education, which has always been a priority for us.”

The cruise, exclusive to Green Alliance business and consumer members, promises a full night of drinks, dancing, live local music, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Those who wish to attend may sign up for a membership at www.greenalliance.biz.

The Green Alliance, NHPTV, and ISSco. Help Bring People Together for the Environment

By Sam | Jul 2, 2014 | in

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.

Big Brother Big Sister Stiletto Sprint

By Magill | Jun 20, 2014 | in

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 Helps Homeowners Make Cost-Effective Repairs

By Magill | Jun 20, 2014 | in

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.

Martha Stone Becomes a GiGStar

By Ali | Jun 9, 2014 | in

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

By Ali | Jun 6, 2014 | in

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.