Blog : April 2011
Since 2009, Zero Waste Portsmouth has been working with the City of Portsmouth to put together a downtown pedestrian recycling program that supports the city's sold waste reduction goals (Master Plan FS-8) and Eco-municipality resolution. The plan is to establish 15 recycling-trash stations throughout downtown Portsmouth, each artistically designed with ceramic tiles with the help of students from local schools.
Tim Gaudreau, an eco-artist, environmental advocate and partner of Zero Waste Portsmouth, has finished building the recycling stations and is currently working with school children to make the tiles for the exterior design. These school visits provide the perfect opportunity to teach kids about environmental issues and the importance of recycling as well as getting them engaged in a collaborative process that results in a public art project. Overall, this process is extremely rewarding for all parties involved and makes the city a better place to live.
Portsmouth Zero Waste hopes to expand Portsmouth's recycling program into the downtown business district and to invest the community in zero waste practices through engagement in schools. This ambitious project combines grassroots, collaborative, sustainability and art incentives. Not to mention educating the local public about zero waste, recycling, teamwork and community.
Zero Waste has been entirely funded by local businesses and supportive citizens. The project is currently in need of $675 for completion and installation of five community-made, art-covered recycle stations downtown in June. Any donation will help the project reach its goal, but a $75 donation will get your own name tile on a bin. Just nine more individual sponsors (at $75 each) or one full business sponsorship to get these five bins installed and operational by this summer. To make an online donation (tax deductible!) click here. It is important to fill in the "designate my donation" field to "Portsmouth Zero Waste" so that your donations are directed to the project. You may also donate by check. Please make checks out to "Portsmouth Zero Waste" and mail to: Tim Gaudreau, 209 Jones Ave, Portsmouth, NH 03801. For more information about Portsmouth Zero Waste contact program director, Karina Quintans at email@example.com or Tim Gaudreau at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last month they opened a brand new, giant office and warehouse along Route 1 in Kittery. A few weeks later, they launched a non-profit repurposing store called Gentiques.
But if you think A Perfect Move – a locally-owned moving company specializing in “green” and community-oriented options and alternatives – is ready to rest on its laurels, you’ve got another thing coming.
The Kittery-based APM recently recently announced their latest in a long line of charitable initiatives, “Chairs for Charity”, which held its kickoff event in late March.
At the initial March 22nd gathering, held at their new Route 1 space (240 Route 1, just north of the Kittery Traffic Circle), A Perfect Move invited guests to select chairs to paint or decorate. The newly embellished chairs will then be auctioned off for charity on April 21st.
According to Genevieve Benton, owner of A Perfect Move, around 30 people showed up to select their chairs for decoration.
“The initial turnout for the people selecting the chairs was very impressive,” said Benton. “People were very enthusiastic about having the chance to make the chairs their own and see how they’d do at the auction.”
In fact, APM’s upcoming April Chairs for Charity event is being held in tandem with the GA’s monthly Business Partner meeting. But unlike most Green Alliance meetings, this one will be open to the public, in part as a way of drawing attention to APM’s sustained commitment to their two Gs: green and giving.
All proceeds from the April 21st auction event will benefit the Children’s Literacy Program.
Dance your way over to the Portsmouth VFW Hall for a fundraising event for Haiti in the form of a Caribbean dance party! Enjoy salsa and reggae music while donating directly to an orphanage in Haiti. The dancing will begin at 8pm, but arrive early and learn about Life and Hope Haiti and their efforts. Tickets are 20 dollars and all of the ticket sales are donated to the orphanage. What a fun, saucy way to spend your night while donating to such an inspiring organization. You can find tickets at Black Bean Cafe, Fair Trade Thrift Store, Ceres Bakery, Nature's Way Market, Full Circle Community Thrift Store, River Run Books, or you can call (207)439-3354 to reserve a ticket and for more information.
All proceeds will go to the Meals for Milot, who provide hot meals and education at the Eben Ezer School in Milot, Haiti. The event is Saturday, April 2nd, from 7pm to midnight at 238 Deer Street, Portsmouth and features the band Combo Sabroso. For more information about the Life and Hope Haiti organization, click here. Strap on your dancing shoes and don't miss this party!
Some businesses explode virtually overnight. Their products or services receive rapid, although sometimes fleeting, success seemingly overnight.
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Dover is not one of those businesses. While their growth has been steady and impressive since their opening in 2008, it’s been accomplished through sweat equity, not shareholders’ equity. And Tom Boisvert, President of the Habitat for Humanity’s Southeast New Hampshire affiliate, wouldn’t have it any other way.
“Our earning customers one at a time is entirely consistent with Habitat for Humanity’s philosophy,” noted Boisvert. “Our first mission is to help the community, and when we succeed at that, growth follows.” And ReStore's special discount of 15% off all ReStore purchases during April will only help that growth.
Operating out of a 10,000-square foot, two-level space on a side street behind Central Street in Dover, ReStore stocks donated cabinets, appliances, furniture, tools and building materials, both new and used. That includes doors, windows, tile, hard wood flooring, light fixtures, and yes…kitchen sinks. The donated items are then either sold to the public – at exceptionally affordable prices – or used in the construction of Habitat for Humanity Houses.
The proceeds from the store’s merchandise sales benefit the Southeastern New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity’s mission to provide low-cost, energy-efficient housing to low-income families in our region. “It’s a labor of love,” said Doug Willey, ReStore General Manager.
ReStore has experienced significant growth the past two years, despite some common misconceptions. “Some people think we’re a members-only club, but that’s definitely not true. We’re open to the public,” explained Willey. “We accept donations from large retailers, as well as from homeowners doing renovations who are looking to unload their existing furniture and appliances. And anyone can come in and purchase this donated merchandise, with no restrictions at all. And get tremendous deals.”
“We’re always looking for customers to buy the materials and merchandise in our store, and for folks wanting to donate. We’ll accept furniture that’s not upholstered, and appliances that are 10 years old or less.”
If adults can have cool eco-friendly toys like hybrid cars and bikes, why can't kids?
On April 11th, Waterline Alternative Energies will hold a drawing, where one lucky winner will win an Eco Racer race car, which can be powered by solar, wind, or hydro-electricity!
The catch? You have to be a fan of Waterine Alternative Energies on Facebook to be entered to win. Click here to become a fan of one of New Hampshire's most succesful and innovative green technology companies, and have a chance to win a cool green gadget for the youngster in your life!