Blog : January 2014

ReVision Energy bolsters Exeter sales staff

By Michael | Jan 24, 2014 | in

EXETER – In a sign of continued strength for the solar energy sector, ReVision Energy has added two sales professionals to its Exeter branch.

The company said the hiring of Jonathan Gregory and Jason Tuttle highlight the rapid growth of the solar installer in New Hampshire. Revision has grown from one representative in 2010 to the current staff of 19 full-time employees working out of a 7,000 square-foot solar showroom and warehouse in Brentwood.

“We are delighted to add Jonathan and Jason to the team,” said Dan Clapp, operations manager of the Exeter Office. “They each bring a wealth of relevant experience and knowledge that will be vital to us as we work to help more homeowners and businesses transition to cost-effective, clean solar energy.”

Meet a Green Alliance Business!

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

Every Monday the Portsmouth Herald features a different Green Alliance business. The most recent business featured was Redhook Ale Brewery. Check out their profile below to see what makes them green! 

Who: Redhook Ale Brewery

What: A New-England staple since 1996, Redhook Ale Brewery has for more than a decade helped define the rise of the American microbrew. But while the Portsmouth-based Redhook might be known for its famous line of bold and flavorful brews, its growing list of green initiatives and policies are going a long way in setting Redhook even further apart from the competition.

Where: 35 Corporate Drive at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.


What makes it green:

-- Installed compact fluorescent lighting throughout the facility.

-- Uses water treatment and filtration system that cuts down not only on water used, but electricity as well.

-- Diverts spent grains from brewing process to regional dairy farms.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Redhook's full certification documents, and learn more about its sustainability initiatives here!

All Green Alliance members receive 10 percent off food at Redhook! To join the GA click here

Chinese New Year Celebration

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, February 1st! The afternoon will be filled with events for people of all ages, including martial arts, Chinese brush and silk painting, acupuncture, and a Gateway open house.

From Noon to 2 p.m. there will be tons of activities for children! There will be a dragon mask parade, featuring a mask contributed by Newmarket kindergarteners. Taiji Fan exercises will take place, and there will also be arts and crafts activities for kids, including face painting, and Chinese brush painting.

Select services and activities will take place the entire day. Shiao-Ping Wang will be hosting Chinese Cultural Arts. Betty Lathrop will be performing silk painting. Angela Lambert will be providing Acupuncture services. The Gateway open house will also take place all day, too! They will be providing Face Body Spirit, Patrix, Jenny Harrison Skincare, Vanish Laser Studio, Personal Touch Electrolysis. Imagine You will offer chair massage, foot reflexology, brow shaping, laser and hair consultations, color analysis, and raffles and door prizes.

Some of the demonstrations and activities will only take place at certain times of the day. Check out the schedule below to make sure you won’t miss these special events.

Storm Surge! Meeting the Sea’s Challenge on the Seacoast!

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

RYE — The Seacoast Science Center is offering the public a unique event to learn more about climate change and our seacoast. On Thursday, Feb. 6, three founding members of the N.H. Coastal Adaptation Work Group will be hosting a dinner and conversation about these topics. Sherry Godlewski, Steve Miller, and Peter Britz will be giving us the straight answer on what we can expect from our seacoast during the next 50 years.

The conversation will be broken up into three segments. First will be a review on the science behind climate change. They will also explain how human activity affects and even accelerates the process. Second, they will explore the component of sea level rise in relation to climate change to distinguish the difference between sea level rise and storm surge. You will learn about how communities are giving special attention to coastal infrastructure, historic resources and habitats. The last segment will review the ways that our coastal communities are stepping up to the climate challenge.

January Ring Sale at Prelude

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH —Prelude offers a wide selection of locally and internationally made beauty products and jewelry. Much of its jewelry is handmade locally in Maine. For the remainder of January, Prelude is offering a discount of 15 percent off all rings. Don’t miss out on this great deal! It has many other unique green products to check out while you’re there.

Prelude has been Portsmouth’s premier boutique for locally made bath and beauty products since 1983. Many of its products are also imported from fine retailers across Europe. It is one of the largest vendors in the area for Burt’s Bees, which is one of the most popular brands of all-natural beauty supplies.


6th Annual Yoga Mala Fundraiser

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

Zev Yoga not only supports sustainable choices for the environment, but also for the individual and community. Zev Yoga’s practices are designed to produce internal heat in the body to purify sweat and detoxify muscles and organs, thus sustaining the body. Owner Jonas Amberger also offers his studio space to the community. It is frequently used for gatherings, educational events, and workshops.

Zev Yoga will have a team participating in this year’s 6th annual Yoga Mala Fundraiser. Expected to attend will be approximately 200 yogis from more than 20 studios. The Yoga Mala is a three-hour class of 108 sun salutes. Sun salutes are a series of yoga moves often performed in the morning as a way to start the day off. Synchronization is a very important aspect of sun salutes. The more your breath and motions are in sequence, the more benefits you can reap from the practice.


Little Waiting to be Matched

By Mary | Jan 22, 2014 | in

Below is a guest blog from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast. The program is run by Executive Director Stacy Kramer in Portsmouth, NH. BBBS is on a mission to give all children the opportunity to achieve success. They are a Green Alliance Business Partner dedicated to matching young kids facing adversity with responsible, strong role-models. Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters highlights a child waiting to be matched with a potential Big. 

Kaden is 12 years old and lives in Dover. He loves camping, fishing, archery, nature walks, football and building things. His mom describes him as even-keeled, laid back and shy, but comfortable once he gets to know someone.
Kaden has been raised by a single mom since he was 6 months old. His dad lives locally but has his own struggles and is not interested in having a relationship with his son. Kaden is having a hard time with his dad's decision and really needs a positive male influence in his life.

Contact NH Representatives About Wind Energy Bill Today

By Mary | Jan 21, 2014 | in

Tomorrow the New Hampshire House of Reps is likely to vote on HB 580, a bill which would halt all wind energy development in NH. The Former NH Department of Resources and Economic Development Commissioner George Bald stated:

"Policy decisions like a moratorium can have consequences to the state’s reputation as a business-friendly place and can directly affect projects that have a major economic benefit for the state...A recent study by economist Ross Gittell (now chancellor of the Community College System of New Hampshire) and Matthew Magnusson shows that just one 30-megawatt wind project would bring nearly $56 million in economic development to surrounding cities and towns, and create nearly 100 construction jobs and more than a dozen post-construction jobs.”

Green Earth Baby Works Introduces New Eco-Friendly Toys and Accessories

By Mary | Jan 21, 2014 | in

EPPING — For those who may not know that you can get cloth diapers delivered to your home, Green Earth Baby Works is the easy and sustainable solution for your little ones, and the only cloth diaper service in New Hampshire. Owner and President Kim Leo’s mission is to provide alternative diaper options for new mothers trying to save money and minimize their carbon footprint. Green Earth Baby Works assists busy mothers by washing their cloth diapers every week based on a personalized pick up and delivery plan. Their service aids people in northern Massachusetts all the way up to Portland, Maine. Customers can visit their store in Epping or shop online for 100% cotton diapers, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, diaper bags, and more.

Green Earth Baby Works recently added several new environmentally friendly and non-toxic products for you and your baby:

Two Ceres Street Embraces Sustainable Design

By Madelaine | Jan 21, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Two Ceres Street provides a warm and elegant dining experience. Chef Dennis Maggera's menu features an eclectic array of dishes that utilize local ingredients and seasonal selections. The menu is changed and added to frequently to keep up with what’s fresh and locally available. Two Ceres Street not only includes more sustainable options in its cuisine, but also in virtually all aspects of its dining room.

The bar and shelves, and the vanity in the bathroom are all made from paper stone derived from 70 percent post consumer recycled paper. The bar front and table tops are Kirei board, a strong, lightweight, and environmentally friendly substitute for wood made from rapidly renewable and reclaimed agriculture fibers such as sorghum.

The wine and bar cabinetry is made from reclaimed wood gathered from 100-year-old wooden doors. All of the metal work is done by local blacksmith Peter Hapney; art work done by Lisa Grey and the fabric is all handmade and local; wool rugs are all sustainably harvested and furniture is FSC certified and the plan is to build wood tables from reclaimed materials.

Even the finest details reflect its commitment to sustainable and local design. Decorative glass pieces containing local sea glass, beach stone, and no-water moss line the windows. A piece of a 100-year-old silver maple that was uprooted in a storm on the Great Bay hangs on the wall as a charming piece of art.

Starry Brook Natural Medicine in Exeter expands holistic care and insurance coverage options

By Sam | Jan 21, 2014 | in

EXETER - For Starry Brook Natural Medicine, a naturopathic doctor's office in Exeter, NH, there are always options beyond the ordinary for medical treatment. Recently, the business has expanded to include two new practitioners to bring a wider range of holistic healing to the Seacoast.

Starry Brook is a standard family practice. According to H.B. 351 in New Hampshire, naturopathic doctors are classified as primary care providers. The practice takes insurance plans, can prescribe medication, and can diagnose medical conditions. The difference with Starry Brook is its reliance on holistic and natural medicine to provide solutions to medical problems that may not be wholly solved by mainstream medicine. Starry Brook offers everything from acupuncture to hydrotherapy. More recently, it has expanded its services to include Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, and nutritional counseling.

Dr. Robyn Giard, owner of Starry Brook, makes sure that a patient's first visit is thorough enough to accurately assess their overall health, whatever issue might be particularly concerning them and tackle how they would like to improve.

“The average doctor's visit with a corporate practice is seven minutes, which is not nearly enough time to complete a proper diagnosis. At Starry Brook, we take the time necessary to know each and every patient fully,” explains Dr. Giard. “We'll spend an hour with our new patients to really focus on what they're struggling with in order to pinpoint what the cause really is.”

Cheri Valentine is an Emotional Freedom Technique specialist, which is a form of alternative counseling, utilizing healing energy to help her clients discover inner guidance and strength.

Conservation Law Foundation's Sustainability Report Card

By Madelaine | Jan 21, 2014 | in

Did you know that every business/organization in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? We want to be sure that everyone knows what each business has accomplished and what they are still working toward when it comes to green business practices. Check out CLF’s Report Card below to see how they scored!


To read the Conservation Law Foundation's full Sustainability Evaluation click here

Green Alliance members who become CLF members for $75 can receive their choice of a sustainability-related book autographed by the author! To become a GA member click here.

Green Maids Focuses on Improving Health with Safe and Eco-Friendly Cleaning Service

By Sam | Jan 20, 2014 | in

You see the labels in the supermarkets: toxic, poisonous, hazardous. All things that end up on countertops or poured down the drain, and these chemicals can put the health of you, your family, and your local ecosystem in danger. But is it possible to clean your house effectively without these hazardous chemicals? Green Maids is a cleaning service based in York Harbor, ME, that is making strides towards greener cleaning practices on a daily basis.

Large name-brand cleaning products can be corrosive and damaging to humans and animals. reports that these chemicals can cause both acute and chronic symptoms, ranging from respiratory irritation, headaches, and allergies to even contributing to the development of cancer. In addition, chemical cleaners that are washed down the drain often do not break down organically and end up in our water supply, affecting our drinking water and aquatic wildlife.

Owner John O'Brien is committed to providing a kid, pet, and earth-friendly cleaning service with Green Maids.

“Dust, pet dander and things like that can aggravate allergies; I cannot stress enough the importance of a clean home when it comes to good health,” said O'Brien. “Keeping up with your home or cleaning it in a professional manner will really help to keep it maintained to improve the overall health of your family.”

O'Brien says that chemicals like 2-butoxyethanol, phosphate and ammonia, chemicals commonly found in traditional cleaning products, are linked to conditions like allergies, asthma, liver and kidney damage, blood disorders, and more. Green Maids uses products that employ the natural cleaning properties of fruits and vegetables. If the maids leave your home smelling like lemon or orange, you'll know it's not a chemically synthesized scent – the actual oils and peels of these fruits are in their cleaning supplies.