Blog : July 2012
If you're contemplating whether to install a solar energy system into your home or business, these open house tours are perfectly suited for you. ReVision Energy will give you a glimpse of both solar hot water and solar electric systems in action at the beautiful Scenic Nursery & Landscaping on the Lamprey River in Raymond, NH on August 24th.
Now is the time to reduce your carbon footprint and energy costs to benefit your environment and wallet!
Raffles and refreshments will accompany these evening tours. For more information, please visit their website at www.revisionenergy.com or call Heather at 603. 501. 1822
Sign up today for this 4 mile run/ walk through a gorgeous scenic route beggining at Fort Foster in Kittery Point held on Sunday, September 4th at 8:30am. Awards will be given out for best pirate costume, fastest teacher, fastest PTA parent, business teams and age groups! This fall event will be partnered with Kittery's Zero Waste initiative so don't miss the educational programs that will be held at the finish line!
Healthy food and live music from Soulmate will be offered to all racers after as well! To sign up please go to www.kitterypta.org and don't forget your kids can run for free!
By Gina Coplon- Newfield, Director of Sierra Club's Green Fleets & Electric Vehicles Initiative
I'm pleased to say that I finally bought a plug-in car! As the lead electric vehicle (EV) advocate on staff at the Sierra Club and as someone who cares deeply about the need for our country and my family to slash emissions and dependence on oil, I was giving serious thought to switching to an EV. I was definitely feeling guilty about driving a gas-guzzler. Sure, a lot of my trips were by foot, bus, or train. But there were many car trips too, and they were dirty ones.
Maybe you're in the same position I was in a few months ago. You want to switch from a gas guzzler or even a hybrid gas sipper, and you're intrigued by all the new plug-in vehicles on the market.
Which one should you buy? There are a lot of appealing options. After studying this issue thoroughly, I'll tell you that the ideal plug-in vehicle is different for each person and depends on a lot of factors.
How many miles do you drive your car each day? The majority of Americans drive less than 40 miles a day. The Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus EV, and Honda Fit EV go 70-100 miles on a full charge. The Mitsubishi iMiEV goes 60+ miles. The Tesla Model S can drive about 265 miles. Certain factors such as heat, air conditioning, and hills may reduce these distances, so give yourself some wiggle room.
To read Gina's full blog post, click here!
Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club and Sagamore Golf Center have been working towards becoming a greener and more sustainable golf center. They know the importance of running a green business and the impact green practices can have on the environment.
Since their opening in 1962, SHGC has focused on using products that feed the soil on their property and not the grass itself. By committing to this type of gardening they have been able to maintain a healthy course and turf naturally without hurting Mother Nature herself.
“The ‘green’ and ‘eco-friendly’ mentality is a major part of both the culture and history at Sagamore Golf,” says Morgan Crowley of SHGC. “For this reason, working towards sustainable and environmentally conscious goals at our locations is possible today because of the 'green' tenets that the course was founded upon.”
They have introduced new waste reduction strategies by changing their coffee brewer. This seems like such a small change but it has reduced their waste from their old brewer by 86 percent. The new coffee being consumed is from the pod brewer. This is a New Hampshire based company that makes coffee in compostable pods to reduce waste. The NH Coffee Roasters Co. has given Sagamore Golf’s compost a new, rich source of nitrogen!
Sagamore has worked to increase their sustainability by improving their Green Alliance score and they have started the process of joining the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses. They are working to help preserve many different aspects of the course like increasing the habitat space and improving water conservation efforts.
“Whether cutting down plastic waste in the clubhouse, limiting water use with the irrigation system, reducing chemical use on the grounds, or offsetting energy use through our wind turbine, Sagamore had made environmentally conscious behavior the social norm within our gates,” says Crowley. “We are fortunate that the environmental organizations that we work with, such as the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf and the Green Alliance, are helping us to better communicate this 'green' culture to everyone who passes through our doors.”
There is no better way to learn from and connect with fellow local business owners than through Seacoast Local’s ‘New Local Economy’ workshop series, held at Seacoast local headquarters, within the Collaborative Office Group, One Washington Center, Suite 457, Dover, NH. The workshops are designed by and for, locally owned and independent businesses along the Seacoast. This three part summer series is coming to a close, with the final seminar, ‘Building Our Business Community Through Collaboration’, this Thursday, August 2nd, from 7:30 to 9:30 am. This workshop will be used to discuss how local businesses can join forces with one another to strengthen the drive behind the shift local movement.
The Green Alliance’s own director and founder, Sarah Brown, will be presenting the seminar. The Green Alliance is a local green business union working to promote and support independent businesses along the Seacoast that have a commitment to sustainability. They do this by building their business partners a support system of associated businesses, and a strong, supportive customer base.
Panelists Ken Young, owner of Young’s Restaurant, and Tom Holbrook, co-owner of RiverRun Bookstore, will accompany Brown, sharing their knowledge and experiences running businesses that have lead the way in promoting local goods and services.
Ken Young has transformed his Durham, NH based restaurant in the past few years to incorporate sustainability with a strong commitment to the local level. Roughly 40 percent of their food suppliers are based throughout New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. Young’s provides donations and services throughout the local community, including food scraps to feed the pigs at Wind Miller Farms in Lee, donations to the UNH student-run Trash 2 Treasure organization, and working with youth at Oyster River High School, to name a few.
Partners Nathan Johnson and Ernest Proper run Visions Kitchen and Design with a commitment to sustainability that goes beyond just the beginner green steps that many businesses may take, incorporating social responsibility and community outreach into their unique business model. Now that commitment is being extended to the regions beautiful coastline.
As proud Native Americans, they donate much of their free time to the Lakota community, basing their business motto on that very heritage.
“According to the Lakota tradition, the Earth is our mother, and we operate our business with that in mind, absolutely,” explains Nathan Johnson. “The Lakota always ask the question, ‘how are we impacting the environment seven generations ahead?’”
This ideology has helped Visions Kitchens grow into the green resource it is today, with reclaimed wood and recycled countertops, water-based stain finishes, and no-added formaldehyde plywood being just a few of their eco-friendly products and practices. Recently, Johnson and Proper began offering cabinets made from reclaimed wood, meaning no trees are cut down in the production process.
Since opening their Hampton showroom last December, Johnson has cultivated a deep personal connection with the Seacoast: “Moving our offices to Hampton and spending a lot more time with the local community at the beaches has helped me see just how important these places are for our local culture and communities,” he says.
To celebrate this connection, Visions Kitchens has started a new campaign, donating a portion of their sales to the marine support non-profit, Blue Ocean Society, in an effort to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for the group.
Way back in 1929, when R.E. Luff first founded Sagamore Golf Club in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, “green” wasn’t merely an industry fad or maintenance buzzword; it was, quite simply, the way things had always been done.
By the time the family opened its second location in North Hampton, New Hampshire in 1962, all-natural lawn care and links treatment had become an integral part of the Sagamore fold. Over the years, the Luff family charges have become a beacon of sorts for public courses – most of which don’t have the luxury of tapping into country club coffers – looking to eliminate as many chemical-heavy pesticides and fertilizers as possible.
Still, current owner Richard Luff and his crew would be the first to admit that the picturesque, 18-hole course’s green efforts are far from complete. Which is why Sagamore recently struck up a partnership with the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses (ACSP).
A branch of the century-old Audubon Society, ACSP was established in 1992 as a resource for helping golf courses – public as well as private – incorporate environmentally responsible maintenance practices into their day-today operations.
Through a program that includes on-site evaluation, wildlife and habitat mapping, employee engagement, and regular progress tracking, the ACSP seeks to help courses like Sagamore strike a balance between environmental stewardship on the one hand, and the often delicate issue of “playability” and competitiveness.
“We’re one of many courses to adopt this program, and a lot of those who have are very well known,” says Richard Luff. “We feel like we’ve had a head start on a lot of this for years, so we’re not worried about playability being affected at all."
The Green Families Celebration and Picnic was a huge hit marking the official launch of the Green Families Club! Over one hundred families came out to Sagamore Golf Center to celebrate the Green Alliance's newest membership opportunity and enjoy the featured activities and exhibits of over twenty of the GA Businesses. From nature crafts to free ice cream and mini-golf, the beautiful summer weather was a perfect fit for the day's celebration.
Moving forward, the Green Families Club continues to welcome in new members as families honor their commitment to growing the green community and raising the next generation of conscientious, eco-minded communities. The Green Alliance recognizes the commendable effort of these families to share the value of sustainability and local business with their kids and relatives.
Be a part of this exciting and evolving Green Families community and sign up for a GFC membership. With all the great benefits and at the same price of a GA membership, the GFC also includes family-oriented news, events, and Family Field Trips - all free when you join!
To welcome the newest GFC members, the GA will offer your choice between a $10 Middleton Building Supply gift certificate or a $50 gift certificate to Green Maids! Join today- this offer will only last through August 3rd! To convert your existing membership, for free, e-mail email@example.com with your request.
It’s been two years since Jewett Farms + Co.– a Dover-based company renowned for their commitment to sustainable woodworking practices – decided to expand its operations to include a reclaimed flooring operation.
But, in business as in life, when it comes to relationships, sometimes it’s important to never settle.
Now, Jewett Farms can claim with clear confidence that they have, in fact, finally found “the one.”
Last month, Jewett Farms + Co announced a new partnership with Olde Wood Ltd of Malvern, Ohio. Founded by Tommy and Mandy Sancic in 1997, Olde Wood has since grown to become one of the largest reclaimed wood operations anywhere in the country.
With a commitment to using 100% virgin wood, Olde Wood creates hardwood flooring that embodies a sense of history and individuality, with the planks and beams – many of which are over a century old – being sourced from all kinds of unique environments. From Oak that helped build early Western settlements to Pine rescued from now defunct tobacco barns, the beauty of this antique lumber re-emerges as it is salvaged and masterfully restored, ready to take on a new life.
The alliance makes Jewett Farms + Co. the sole New England source for Olde Wood products, a development that promises to bolster the profiles of both companies.
“What made it such a natural partnership was that their philosophy was right in line with ours,” recalls Olivia Lord, Marketing Director for Jewett. “It’s exciting to know you’ve found a like-minded company and a mutually-beneficial partnership.”
While the two are still crossing Ts and dotting Is, Lord says she expects the Jewett Farms showrooms to be stocked with Olde Wood samples in the next few weeks.
Even with the greatest of real estate brokers on your side, selling a home can be a tricky thing. Increasingly, many of those looking to sell are finding that a comprehensive home inspection can help lessen the stress of the selling process, and help it go more smoothly.
Traditionally, potential buyers will have a home inspection done after the initial offer is accepted. After a careful review of the inspection report, the prospective buyers will either submit a request to the homeowner to fix some or all of the problems, or ask for a price reduction and tackle the issues themselves.
Because of the many deadlines and documents that must be juggled in order to complete a home sale, the home inspections almost always entail added stress for both parties.
But according to Ed Henningsen of the Eliot-based Henningsen Inspections, such compounded worry only proves that the homeowners themselves should be looking to get a head start on the inspection process.
“For a few hundred dollars, you get a professional inspector who will evaluate the house just like any prospective buyer would’ve done,” says Henningsen, who offers energy audits and radon mitigation tests on top of his cornerstone home inspection service. “That way they can prepare themselves for potential requests from the buyer, and gives them a better idea and a head start on how best to proceed.”
Doing a pre-listing home inspection also allows ample time for improvements to be done in an efficient, organized manner, saving the homeowner both time and money.
With improvements – whether it’s new, more efficient insulation, an improved energy system, or minor touch-ups – squarely in place, the home immediately becomes more marketable, says Henningsen.
It’s finally here! Today marks the launch of the Green Families Club with a celebration and picnic at the Sagamore Hamton Golf Center in North Hampton from 4-7pm. All of us at GA are so excited for this event and it will sure be a great event for the entire family.
We are lucky enough to have the folks at Market Squared Portsmouth attending our event to film all the amazing activities. Market Squared is a Portsmouth based blog focused on local events in the Portsmouth area. They create videos of events to share with their readers and we cannot wait to have them at the Green Families Club festival!
Check out their website: www.marketsquaredportsmouth.com.
Hope to see you at the Green Families Club celebration today!
Could it be possible, another awesome event going on at the Green Families Club launch tomorrow at Sagamore Golf in North Hampton, from 4pm to 7pm? Of course it’s possible, we at the Green Alliance like to believe anything is possible when community and sustainability are brought together for a day of fun.
On top of hosting the event, Sagamore Golf is graciously putting on free mini-golf for kids. Now, to add a little competition to the fun on Wednesday, Sagamore golf will be debuting The Dixon Challenge.
The game is simple; each player who steps up on the range must hit the ball into a designated area on the green. Every challenge winner will receive a box of Dixon eco-golf balls.
Dixon’s eco-golf balls, now carried by Sagamore, are made from a proprietary polymer making them completely recyclable. Not to mention have outperformed the leading brands in independent testing, receiving outstanding reviews from Golf Tips Magazine and Golf Digest.
Dixon will donate over $190 dollars in prizes for every person that donates $10. 20% of the proceeds will go to the Green Alliance, supporting our organization and allowing us to continue giving back to the Seacoast community.