Blog : January 2011
Three of Green Alliance's contractors - Ridgeview Construction, Cornerstone Tree Care, and Minutemen Painters - are offering tremendous deals for Green Alliance members.
First, Ridgeview Construction owner Shane Carter has come up with a superb home maintenance plan - with a special price for Green Alliance members - to protect your biggest investment, and make sure you don't end up with nasty surprises. Under this plan, you'll get 3 visits from the folks at Ridgeview Construction, one of NH's premier sustainable building and remodeling companies, to handle home maintenance projects that you either don't have time for, or outsource to multiple contractors that don't communicate with each other. They'll perform seasonal activities, such as gutter cleaning and storm window removal in the Spring, deck staining and waterproofing in the Summer, and caulking and storm door installation in the Fall, for a shockingly-low price of just $350 for Green Cardholders!
And as another snowstorm carrels down on the Seacoast, Micum Davis and his crew at Cornerstone Tree Care are on the scene to help. In addition to accepting new customers, he's got an awesome promotion where Green Alliance cardholders receive 25% off any plowing contract or individual plow job in Cornerstone's coverage area of Portsmouth, Rye, and Kittery (not including Kittery Point).
And if snow removal is your biggest problem, Cornerstone is also capable of hauling snow out of tight areas using their Bobcat A300. So whether you're a homeowner who wants snow plowed and removed, or a commercial property owner whose parking lot area seems to shrink with every storm, give Micum a call at 603-436-8733 and leave the snow removal to a contractor who knows his stuff! And he's always happy to talk with you about tree work, as Winter is an optimal time for pruning!
Finally, If you're going to be stuck inside the house after all these snowstorms, it might be nice to have well-painted walls and interiors to stare at as you curse the snow gods. The good news is that now you can get your interior paint jobs done using healthy, sustainable no and low-VOC paints while saving money!
The Portsmouth Brewery is saving the planet one ticket at a time. This year’s Kate the Great event will support two environmental, non-profit organizations. The Brewery is pleased to announce that their partners this year are the Seacoast Land Trust of New Hampshire of Exeter, and the Center for Wildlife in York. The plan this year for the release of the world-famous Kate the Great stout was to sell scratch tickets at the Brewery for two dollars each, and they sold 10,000 of them. Out of those 10,000 tickets, 900 are the winners that will have the ability to come into the Brewery for a 22-ounce bottle for fifteen dollars starting on “Kate Day,” which is March 7th.
Kate the Great scratch tickets went on sale on January 29th, and were sold in only 28 hours. No need to fret, if you bought a ticket that was not a winner, you still have the ability to enter for the Second Chance Contest. The prize: a day of brewing with Head Brewer and mind behind Kate the Great, Todd Mott. If you did win, you can collect your prize bottle any time from March 7th to April 15th.
Since its release in 2005, the Russian Imperial Stout has become increasingly sought after, reeling in international followers to this event. Kate Day has become somewhat of a holiday for some, camping outside overnight to buy a pint of the beer ranked number two in the world in 2006, and the best beer in America that same year by Beer Advocate Magazine. General interest in Kate the Great has flourished into full Kate Mania. In fact, they added to the event a creative writing competition. The winner receives a bottle of Kate the Great, and the submission must be an essay, short fiction form, or poem related to Russian Imperial history or beer. The deadline is February 19th, so find some inspiration swiftly!
Even though winter is far from over - the calendar says it's time for the annual winter clearance sale at Earthtec Outfitters. Running from Wednesday, February 2 to Monday, February 14, this sale offers all customers up to 30% off Earthtec's beautiful, sustainable outerwear! Better yet, Green Alliance members get an extra 10% off just by flashing their Green Card!
Mark your calendars to hit the store next week, as Earthtec's soft jackets, pullovers, vests and bottoms (many of which were manufactured with recycled plastic, keeping that material out of landfills) won't last long with deals like this. At their spacious, inviting facility at 140 West Road in Portsmouth (behind the Market Basket Plaza on Rt 1 / Lafayette Rd), they've even got an area for the kids while you try on their warm, stylish apparel. The deal for Green Alliance Cardholders is also valid if you're up at Earthtec's store in North Conway.
And if you're not a Green Cardholder, you can purchase a Green Card right at the store, and receive a "swag bag" with over $100 worth of free gifts from fellow Green Alliance Business Partners! So you can walk into Earthtec Outfitters in Portsmouth, get a fabulous "swag bag" loaded with useful gifts, and save 40% on clothes that will make you look good and feel great.
Starting next Wednesday, warm up with a trip to Earthtec. Cause, baby, it's cold out!
Winter's not over yet - in fact, more snow is in the forecast for the Seacoast next week. At this point, your back may be hurting from shoveling, and neck may be hurting from trying to see over the huge snowbanks that are blocking your view of the road. And that's dangerous!
But Micum Davis and his crew at Cornerstone Tree Care are on the scene to help. In addition to accepting new customers, he's got an awesome promotion where Green Alliance cardholders receive 25% off any plowing contract or individual plow job in Cornerstone's coverage area of Portsmouth, Rye, and Kittery (not including Kittery Point).
And if snow removal is your biggest problem, Cornerstone is also capable of hauling snow out of tight areas using his Bobcat A300. So whether you're a homeowner who wants snow plowed and removed, or a commercial property owner whose parking lot area seems to shrink with every storm, give Micum a call at 603-436-8733 and leave the snow removal to a contractor who knows his stuff! And he's always happy to talk with you about tree work, as Winter is an optimal time for pruning!
If you're going to be stuck inside the house after all these snowstorms, it might be nice to have well-painted walls and interiors to stare at as you curse the snow gods. The good news is that now you can get your interior paint jobs done using healthy, sustainable no and low-VOC paints while saving money!
Until February 28, Minutemen Painters is offering a terrific deal where Green Alliance members get a free gallon of no or low-VOC paints (you don't want your family breathing in volatile organic compounds all Winter with the windows shut, do you?) with each complete room, AND get 10% off labor charges on any interior paint job. There's no limit on the amount of rooms with this deal! And Minutemen Painters will even provide a free estimate so there's no surprises.
So give owner Sean Sturk a call at 603-234-4698, and take advantage of this great offer before it's too late.
Old-Fashioned Durham Restaurant Shows New-fangled Ingenuity with Extensive Energy Audit and Improvements
Don’t let the name mislead you; Young’s Restaurant is not immature when it comes to green business practices. Owners Ken and Cathy Young have been dreaming in green since the inception of the Durham eatery almost forty-two years ago. Their most recent initiative is that of energy efficiency. Although Young’s has been making small changes to reduce energy use and costs for years, this year they leapt ahead and underwent an energy audit inspired and facilitated by their membership in the Green Alliance – a unique green business union that pushes businesses and consumers to go greener.
Hilary Niles- An energy efficiency measure that passed just last year could be voted down by a House committee later today.
The Municipal & County Government Committee will hold an executive session on House Bill 144, which is sponsored by Rep. Carol McGuire (R-Epsom). It would repeal the law allowing cities and towns to create energy efficiency and clean energy districts.
House Bill 1554 was signed into law in August, enabling municipalities to voluntarily establish revolving loan funds to finance energy efficiency and renewable energy projects of up to $35,000 for both residential and commercial properties. These energy efficiency loans are then financed through increased property tax payments that the property owner is assessed, for up to a 20-year period. The program is also known as PACE, or “Property Assessed Clean Energy.”
The New England Carbon Challenge (NECC) and its partners announced today the My Energy PlanTM (MEP) Video Challenge 2011 for New Hampshire residents.
Between January 3 and February 28, the NECC invites individuals (age 13 and above) and groups from across New Hampshire to submit 1- to 4-minute videos about their energy plans.
This unique short-video contest is the centerpiece of My Energy PlanTM, a new suite of web tools designed to help households reduce their energy consumption. Created by the NECC, with the NH Sustainable Energy Association and the University of NH Cooperative Extension and housed at myenergyplan.net, these web tools help individuals make a plan to increase energy and cost savings over time. MEP helps individuals act on the power they have to make changes in their life.
Green Alliance is a sponsor, so winners will receive free Green Cards as part of their prize packages!
The NECC is a joint initiative of the University of NH and Clean Air-Cool Planet, the leading non-profit dedicated solely to delivering solutions to global warming.
The American Lung Association is holding an informational session about their 2nd Annual Cycle the Seacoast bike-treking event on Wednesday February 9th from 5:30-7:30pm at the Portsmouth Brewery. As members of both the GA and the Sustainable Lodging Restaurant Program, the Portsmouth Brewery has been making a steady effort to make their energy-intensive business more sustainable from composting to reusing waste materials as farm feed. This conscientious attitude makes the Brewery a perfect location for the upcoming ALA event.
The American Lung Association focuses their attention on healthy air, lung disease and tobacco control through education, advocacy and research. Cycle the Seacoast provides a terrific opportunity to support the cause for clean air with the added bonus of enjoying New Hampshire's beautiful landscapes. Cyclists get to choose between 25, 50 and 100-mile scenic seacoast routes allowing for the participation of all experience levels. Stop by the Brewery for food, drinks and more information on this exciting event!
GUEST BLOG: Should Shell Oil be allowed to put America’s Arctic Ocean at risk of another major oil spill?
By John Demos (Northeast Field Staffer for the Alaska Wilderness League)
Presidential Commission Urges Caution
“Shell’s spill response plan in the Arctic includes much of the same failed technology that was used after the Deepwater Horizon disaster,” said Cindy Shogan, Executive Director of Alaska Wilderness League. “The Obama administration must heed the recommendations of the president’s oil spill commission and be sure that the Arctic – the next frontier area for drilling – is accorded the protections that were lacking in the Gulf. We only have one Arctic and a spill there would be devastating to not only some of our nation’s most unique wildlife, but also the future of our planet.”
Earlier this month, the National Oil Spill Commission released its final report on the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the future of offshore drilling. The report reinforces the call for more science and proven oil spill response capability in America’s Arctic Ocean.
The report proposes that oil spill response plans must be adequate for every activity undertaken by oil companies, with “underlying financial and technical capabilities…satisfactorily demonstrated in the Arctic.” In addition, the U.S. Coast Guard, which is widely acknowledged to lack the capability to respond to a spill in the Arctic, must be given the resources necessary to adequately respond.
Just a reminder that the Green Alliance's January special - $25 to either join the Green Alliance or renew your membership - will come to a close after next Monday, so now's the time to act if you've been meaning to. And if you join or renew online, you'll receive a coupon for two free pint glasses from our friends at the Portsmouth Brewery. What's more, your Green Card will get you 20% off food and beer at the Brewery next month - double the usual discount!
But there's another great offer still going right now - buy a Green Card at Earthtec Outfitters, and get an awesome "swag bag" filled with over $100 of free merchandise! And now that the holidays are over, you can actually keep the all the free gifts and not feel guilty!
Plus, when you use your Green Card at Earthtec Outfitters, you'll save 10% on any merchandise you buy at Earthtec, including their gorgeous, warm outerwear made from recycled plastic!
So take your pick...a quick discount on joining or renewing, or $100 worth of free gifts with a Green Card that saves you thousands of dollars at green businesses across the region. Either way, you're a big winner!
As most homeowners know, a home is an ongoing investment. Failure to perform preventive maintenance can end up costing a bundle when small issues balloon into big issues.
That's why Ridgeview Construction owner Shane Carter has come up with a superb home maintenance plan - with a special price for Green Alliance members - to protect your biggest investment, and make sure you don't end up with nasty surprises. And you'll love your home even more when his crew is done!
Under this plan, you'll get 3 visits from the folks at Ridgeview Construction, one of NH's premier sustainable building and remodeling companies, to hanlde home maintenance projects that you either don't have time for, or outsource to multiple contractors that don't communicate with each other. They'll perform seasonal activities, such as gutter cleaning and storm window removal in the Spring, deck staining and waterproofing in the Summer, and caulking and storm door installation in the Fall, for a shockingly-low price of just $350 for Green Cardholders! For more services that Ridgeview can offer, just scroll down to the bottom of this blog post and check out the flyer.
On Friday evening, February 4, our friends at Shawnee Peak will be hosting their annual Moonlight Charity Challenge fundraiser to benefit Camp Sunshine (a Casco, ME-based retreat for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families) and the Shawnee Peak Adaptive Ski Program!
Contestants can put together teams of four, with the team fee of $300, and these teams take turns doing one run through a modified slalom course. The team with the fastest time wins! Teams can also “buy” time in order to raise money for the beneficiaries of this great event; for example, for every $100 over your team fee, a second is taken off your course time. Raise an extra $1000, and your team time decreases by 10 seconds!
So don’t worry if you’re just a beginner skier or snowboarder. The race runs from 4:30 -7:00 PM, with a dinner and socializing in Blizzards Pub from 6:30 – 8:00 PM, and the awards ceremony and raffle at 7:30. All participants get dinner, a t-shirt, a lift ticket from noon – 10 PM that day/night, and the wonderful satisfaction that comes from helping out two fantastic programs!
When downtown Portsmouth’s new Residence Inn and Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center opened in May 2010, they became the first Residence Inn hotel in the country – and the first conference center in the state – to be certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).
No small feat for a hotel that features 5 floors, 128 rooms, and a 4500 square foot adjacent conference and even space.
While it’s only been open a short time, the new Residence Inn – located on Deer Street – is already making plenty of green waves. When they tore down the existing building to make room for the new hotel and conference center, 80 percent of the waste materials from the previous building ended up being reused in the new hotel, in the process saving 81 tons of debris from going to a landfill.
The newly minted LEED hotel uses 31% less energy than others of its size, and 40% of all the construction materials came from within 500 miles, making it a hotel that is as locally-oriented as it is green. And their emphasis on reusing as much as possible means the emissions for the project were far lower than they would have been for the average hotel.
Chad Murphy, owner of Indoor Ascent in Dover, New Hampshire, wants to inspire people to explore a new form of exercise this winter. Indoor rock climbing is a fun way to stay fit during the cold months when the hibernation bug sets in, and you might feel like you may need something novel to get you off the couch. Rock climbing is a great way to stay in shape over the winter – working on all of the core body areas and all the while having a blast.
University of New Hampshire climbing team co-captain, Emily Troisi, can vouch for indoor climbing as a great winter activity. “If you find a good climbing gym, with a fun atmosphere and challenging climbs, there is no better way to stay in shape.” But don’t feel that you have to be an expert climber like Emily to climb at Indoor Ascent. “The cool thing about the Dover climbing gym is that they have routes for everyone, from the experienced climbers on our team to first-time seniors,” adds Troisi.
Murphy agrees: “It’s a whole body workout and most people don’t realize that. Additionally climbing builds long, lean muscle which is what most people want, especially women.” Indeed, the gals get special treatment on Ladies’ Night every Monday from 7 to 9, and can enjoy yoga, climbing, and all-around girl power. There are actually “no men allowed,” so it really appeals to the “soccer mom” clientele, that may not feel as comfortable climbing while men are around.
Among Murphy’s most notable achievements has been his role as a forerunner of community service on the Seacoast – specifically with youth. Last year, Indoor Ascent donated roughly 8,000 dollars in gift certificates to charities, including Big Brother/Big Sister. They have worked with local youth groups to provide kids of all ages with generous climbing discounts for lessons and classes; a unique and gratifying challenge. Murphy has partnered with Shortridge Academy to provide students with free climbing in conjunction with the students participating in a community service initiative in Dover, which Murphy shepherds.