Blog : Activism on the Seacoast

Eco-Friendly Golf Course Kickstarts Foot Golf This Summer

By Ali | May 23, 2014 | in

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.”

Mirror Image Goes Green One Step at a Time

By Ali | May 23, 2014 | in

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.

Conservation Law Foundation’s Waterkeeper: Building a Voice for Great Bay

By Magill | May 22, 2014 | in

 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.”

Zev Yoga Deals

By Ali | May 21, 2014 | in

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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Check out GA business partner Zev Yoga!

 

Local Renewable Energy Duo Ride 2,000 Miles for Solar Charity

By Magill | May 20, 2014 | in

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.

Blue Ocean Society Invites You to Celebrate World Ocean Day

By Magill | May 16, 2014 | in

 

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.  

Protecting New Hampshire's Hidden Coast

By Ali | May 15, 2014 | in

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.

NHPTV spot featuring Hillary Gaynor

By Sam | May 14, 2014 | in

Did you know we're on NHPTV, and we're always letting people know about our Business Partners? Here's our most recent addition, featuring Hillary Gaynor.

Join the Green Alliance Team for the 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure

By Madelaine | May 1, 2014 | 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.

New Freedom Laser Event to Benefit My Breast Cancer Support

By Madelaine | Apr 24, 2014 | in

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!

ENH Power Holds Event Tonight to Raise Awareness of SASS

By Madelaine | Apr 17, 2014 | in

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.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Coming to You

By Madelaine | Apr 15, 2014 | in

 

ReVision Energy is a lead sponsor in bringing the largest environmental film festival in North America to Portsmouth!

Acorn School renews with the Green Alliance!

By Sam | Apr 14, 2014 | in

We’re ecstatic to announce that Acorn School is renewing with the Green Alliance! For over 40 years, Acorn School has provided nature-based education for preschoolers and kindergarteners, with an emphasis on playtime as the best opportunity for education.

Acorn School has been with the Green Alliance for two years, and we love all the things that it does. It has a robust gardening and compost program, teaches students about recycling, and incorporates an environmental lesson in all aspects of its curriculum. Teaching the next generation about preserving the environment is one of the most important parts of keeping the movement going, so we tip our hats to Acorn School! Keep up the good work, we're happy to have you with us.

Environmental Film Festival Showcases Beauty of Nature, Positive Change

By Sam | Apr 2, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH - It’s well known that properly maintaining forests and bodies of water are important to sustaining a healthy ecosystem, and New Hampshire is no exception. Sometimes, it takes a truly breathtaking panoramic nature shot on the big screen to inspire people to make a change. This year, a band of local businesses and nonprofits are hoping to inspire people with a series of selected films about preservation.

On April 25, The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will host their 4th annual Wild & Scenic Film Festival, one stop of many on the festival’s tour. The festival, taking place at The Music Hall, will feature 12 short films, ranging in length and style, hand-picked by the Southeast Land Trust committee.

The Wild & Scenic Film Festival is held every January in Nevada City, California. Now entering their 12th year, the fest has given hundreds of environmental activists and nature filmmakers a home to showcase their stunning camera skills, all with a different theme each year. This year, the theme of the national film festival is “emPOWERment,” focusing on films about people or organizations that have taken it upon themselves to make a positive change in the environment. Within that theme, the Southeast Land Trust has also taken on a curator’s role in their selections.

“We chose several films with a water theme this year,” said Isabel Aley, Southeast Land Trust Outreach Coordinator. “Preserving this area’s water resources is something very important to the Land Trust.”

Water conservation, though not in the Land Trust’s name, is still an important facet of land conservation. Lakes, streams, and groundwater make up a community’s source of drinking water, and reckless development or pollution can put those sources of water in danger. In a continuing effort to preserve the quality of land and water for New Hampshire’s residents, the Southeast Land Trust puts on events like this film festival to raise awareness about the importance of their mission.

Kids Eat Right Presentation to Raise Awareness of Hunger in Our Community

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in

BY MADELAINE SWYMER
Green Alliance Writer

EXETER — Supporting its community is imperative to Starry Brook Natural Medicine and its team. Patients are given individual attention and offered alternative, holistic approaches to health care. Its focus on quality and understanding of each patient provides a more personalized approach to medicine.

Starry Brook is green certified with the Green Alliance. It utilizes eco-friendly practices such as using natural and organic products, and promoting sustainability. Its knowledgeable mindful staff uses their skills to help their patients and community beyond offering traditional health care through nutritional consultations, acupuncture, yoga therapy, Reiki sessions, dietary supplements, and massage therapy.

In that vein, on April 5, Registered Dietitian Alicia Rossman of Starry Brook will be leading a community lunch and learn discussion to educate community members on the issue of hunger and obesity. March is National Nutrition Month, and Rossman embraced that idea by preparing this "Lunch-and-Learn." Hunger can strike any family. It affects children, individuals, families, and communities alike. Educating community members about hunger can spark positive changes and create support for local food pantries and struggling families. Rossman will educate participants about what they can personally do to help this cause.

Free Family Lunch-and-Learn

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in

 

On April 5th, Starry Brook Natural Medicine hosts a free family lunch-and-learn on hunger in the community and healthy snacks for kids. 900 Degrees will provide delicious pizza.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in

 

Run or walk with the Green Alliance team on May 10 at Strawberry Banke for the Susan Komen Race for the Cure. Green Alliance members that run or walk with the GA team get a free tee and a complimentary GA membership to give as a gift. Email mary@greenalliance.biz to join the team. Click here for more information on the race.

Kids Eat Right Presentation to Raise Awareness of Hunger in Our Community

By Madelaine | Mar 19, 2014 | in

BY MADELAINE SWYMER
Green Alliance Writer

EXETER — Supporting its community is imperative to Starry Brook Natural Medicine and its team. Patients are given individual attention and offered alternative, holistic approaches to health care. Its focus on quality and understanding of each patient provides a more personalized approach to medicine.

Starry Brook is green certified with the Green Alliance. It utilizes eco-friendly practices such as using natural and organic products, and promoting sustainability. Its knowledgeable mindful staff uses their skills to help their patients and community beyond offering traditional health care through nutritional consultations, acupuncture, yoga therapy, Reiki sessions, dietary supplements, and massage therapy.

In that vein, on April 5, Registered Dietitian Alicia Rossman of Starry Brook will be leading a community lunch and learn discussion to educate community members on the issue of hunger and obesity. Hunger can strike any family. It affects children, individuals, families, and communities alike. Educating community members about hunger can spark positive changes and create support for local food pantries and struggling families. Rossman will educate participants about what they can personally do to help this cause.

Conservation Law Foundation Hosts UNH Watershed Speaker

By Patrick | Mar 17, 2014 | in

The Conservation Law Foundation will be hosting speaker James Houle of the UNH Stormwater Center tonight (March 17) at the Roundabout Diner at the Portsmouth traffic circle.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Mr. Houle discuss the importance of stormwater management in controlling nutrient and other pollutant discharges into the Great Bay.

Managing this pollution is something taken very seriously by the Great Bay Piscataqua Waterkeeper program. They aim to preserve the habitats of numerous types of fish, birds and mammals that call the Great Bay home.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Jeff Barnum, Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper at JBarnum@cfl.org.

To learn more about the Waterkeeper program, click here.

 

Support for Clean Water Outlined in Recent Great Bay Current Newsletter

By Patrick | Mar 17, 2014 | in

The latest edition of Great Bay Currents has been released highlighting news and updates directly from Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper, Jeff Burnham.

This issue of the newsletter focuses on the importance of strong public support for clean water in the Bay area. A related activist group, Clean Water Advocates for Great Bay, will be holding a meeting at 7 P.M. at the Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth on March 19. The group hopes to build upon a very productive first meeting that was held back in February. Don’t miss your chance to bring your ideas to the table while playing an active role in the protection of our fragile watershed areas.

The newsletter also commends David O’Hearn in this edition’s “Faces of Great Bay” for his love of the Great Bay and its amazing recreational opportunities. A true “Bayman” at heart, O’Hearn has witnessed the detriment of pollution on the ecosystem and recognizes the need to take action.