Blog : February 2014

Blue Ocean Society: Top Contender in Patagonia Crowdrise Challenge

By Mary | Feb 28, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH —  Are you passionate about protecting the environment and marine wildlife? Blue Ocean Society presents the perfect opportunity for you to show just how much you care.

The Blue Ocean Society is a Green Alliance Business Partner that recently got involved in an amazing opportunity to raise money for its organization. Patagonia and Moosejaw are offering a challenge on, a Web site through which people can donate money, for charities to compete in raising funds. The organization that raises the most funds by noon on March 13 will receive an additional contribution courtesy of Patagonia. The winner with the most donations on Crowdrise will receive a $5,000 donation. Second and third place charities will also get a monetary reward.  

ReVision Energy Celebrates Solar Installations in Durham

By Mary | Feb 28, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Business Partner ReVision Energy has teamed up with the Durham Energy Committee to install solar panels in three of Durham’s town buildings. They are hosting two separate events to celebrate and spread solar awareness. On March 6, the two businesses will co-host a community mixer and pot luck at the Durham Public Library located on 49 Madbury Road.

Several Durham restaurants have generously offered to provide food for the pot luck. The event will take place from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ReVision Energy is going to make a donation to the Cornucopia Food Pantry of Waysmeet Center in Durham following the dinner. This event will certainly spark conversion about solar energy in the local community. Those interested in attending the delicious pot luck should contact Kimry Corrette at or (603)-679-1777.

Get Ahead: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference

By Patrick | Feb 28, 2014 | in

With the severe impacts of climate change becoming increasingly apparent, local planners and decision makers must learn to adapt.

Antioch University and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency are hosting a conference to address the Northeast’s preparedness for climate change events.

The LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference will be held at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH from May 19 to May 21. The event will include an inspiring line-up of over seventy speakers and twenty-five workshops. The purpose is to teach decision makers and local planners what must be done to brace for severe weather and climate impacts while building healthy and resilient community plans.

The hands-on and interactive programs will assist participants in measures like conducting vulnerability assessments, identifying and protecting natural and societal mechanisms that maintain resilience, and creating plans that allow a community to adapt to impacts.

Movie Night! Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?

By Mary | Feb 28, 2014 | in

KITTERY -- Have you heard about the global bee crisis? Honeybees all around the world started to mysteriously disappear from their hives back in 2006. Will the bees vanish completely?

To find out more about this phenomenon, come to the Kittery Community Center on March 14. The KCC is located at 120 Rogers Road in Kittery, Maine. Traip Academy is hosting an informal gathering to view the film "Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?" The movie will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. A discussion and opportunity for Q&A will follow.

NhSolarGarden Hits the Ground Running

By Patrick | Feb 28, 2014 | in

STRATHAM – For most newborn businesses, much like a newborn child, getting off the ground and taking those first steps can be cumbersome. NhSolarGarden is proving to be somewhat of a prodigy; as soon as they declared themselves open, word began to spread throughout newspapers across the state, and interest in their group net metering strategy skyrocketed. They are continuing to gain momentum and support for its innovative and localized solar solutions.

Owner Andrew Kellar has never faltered in his long history of impressive green careers. Not only did he help to co-found the Green Alliance and Simply Green Biofuels, he has also worked very closely with several progressive organizations including the Green Launching Pad, which helps local startups bring environmental solutions to the market.

This Month's Green Item: Green Printers

By Madelaine | Feb 27, 2014 | in

Jenaly Technology Group is unique IT firm, committed to providing affordable solutions for businesses, and making sustainable choices. Jenaly makes a conscious effort to do all it can to reduce its carbon footprint. It is a strong advocate of digitalizing documents (their own and those of their clients) in order to save paper. It advocates recycling and makes its green tips and advice public on its website. Each month it recommends a different “Green Item.” These items are simple eco-friendly items that you can incorporate in your every day life.

This month’s “Green Item(s)” is green printers! This is a smart ways to be green and save on your printing costs. Invest in a printer that automatically prints on both sides of paper, this is called “duplex printing.” Another easy tip is to print in “draft mode.” Your document will print faster and use less ink! Printers with these capabilities also save power and electricity.

Jenlay’s blog frequently offers these simple tips and more interesting stories about their business!


Five Green Tips from ENH Power and Provider Power

By Mary | Feb 26, 2014 | in

This week's Green Tips come from ENH Power/Provider Power. Look for more Green Tips from the GA and ENH on Facebook and Twitter! Learn more about ENH Power at

1. Know your options. In many states the deregulation of the electricity market allows choice in your electricity supply company. This means you may have the option to choose from power companies that source from coal free power or invest in local renewable energy projects!

2. Compare value. With more choices popping up every day consumers who care about supporting community-minded companies should remember to apply that filter to their electricity provider. Find out your electricity provider’s ethics and power sources and if you don’t like what you learn think about switching!

Three Reasons to shop at SENH Habitat for Humanity ReStore

By Madelaine | Feb 25, 2014 | in

Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity ReStore in Newington is a non-profit that sells home improvement materials to benefit Habitat for Humanity. It offers appliances, used building materials, kitchen cabinets, tiles, fixtures, and other items for your home improvement projects. Its items are donated from manufacturers, stores, contractors, and individuals. Here are three good reasons to shop there:

1. Save Money. All items at ReStore are sold at 30% to 80% below retail price. While the prices are unbelievably low, the quality of the products is still top-notch. Since the items come from manufacturers and stores, most have simply been overstocked or discontinued. Some products are even brand new! Its gently used products also adhere to a high quality standard. ReStore’s non-profit status also allows them to offer lower prices than bigger, for-profit department stores.

2. Be Green. Not only can you save money at ReStore, you can reduce your carbon footprint. By purchasing recycled or overstock items, you’re giving a second and useful life to materials that could have ended up in a junkyard or landfill. Additionally, you are also saving the energy and resources used to produce new materials.

3. Support a Good Cause. All of ReStore’s proceeds benefit SENH Habitat for Humanity. This organization works to provide affordable housing to low-income families. To date, Habitat for Humanity has helped build and repair over 800,000 homes and served more than 4 million people around the world, including in your local community. It has been able to accomplish this through offering various volunteer opportunities and opening ReStore locations across the country. By purchasing from your local SENH ReStore, you directly contribute toward building affordable housing in Strafford & Rockingham Counties.

Sustainability Education for Business Leaders

By Madelaine | Feb 25, 2014 | in

The Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program is a three-day boot camp on practical topics of corporate sustainability. It will be held at UNH's LEED-certified Paul College of Business and Economics' Executive Education Center on April 2-4 in Durham. Comprehensive instruction will be given on the “why, what, and how” of social responsibility in your corporation. This program is meant for mid to senior level executives from businesses of all sizes.

Instructors from various areas of expertise will be leading the sessions. The main topics covered will be: Why sustainability matters to business, building a business case for sustainability, and communicating your sustainability message to internal and external stakeholders. Its combination of cutting edge academics, site visits, and team teaching activities will give you skills and knowledge that can greatly benefit your business.

Participants will have the option to complete a capstone project within six months after the program. Capstone projects should be designed to engage peers or provide new approaches to issues faced. Participants will be partnered with mentors who can assist them with the completion of their project.

Pocos and 2 Ceres Street to Host WXGR's Jet Setter Gourmet Lounge

By Mary | Feb 25, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH – Join two Green Alliance Business Partners, Poco’s Bow Street Cantina and 2 Ceres Street as they co-host the Jet Setter edition of the WXGR’s Gourmet Lounge for this year’s Portsmouth Beer Week. The night will be filled with up-beat music, delicious food and plenty of beer. The Gourmet Lounge will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 28. Smuttynose and Great Rhythm Brewing will also be featured at the event.

Each restaurant will host their own live-cooking demonstration of international foods. Poco’s features Mexican cuisine and 2 Ceres is known for their seafood and chicken entrees. Smuttynose will feature their Finestkind IPA and Great Rhythm Resonation Pale Ale. Taste the difference between the Smuttynose ales as you sample the restaurant’s special dishes and listen to WXGR. The first 80 people to attend WXGR’s Gourmet Lounge will enjoy complimentary pairing samples.

Eco Firebox Brings Centuries-Old Technology to the Seacoast

By Patrick | Feb 24, 2014 | in

ELIOT – Nothing beats the pleasure of coming in from shoveling the cold wet snow off your driveway, making a hot cup of tea and sitting down in front of a fire to rest. Being able to put your feet up and watch as the flames deliver you to a warmer place is the ultimate form of reward for your strenuous effort outside. You just can’t get the same aesthetic enjoyment from the other methods of heating your home.

With the unstable market price of heating oil more than tripling over the past 20 years, now may be an advisable time to switch to a more efficient and environmentally friendly means of keeping your house warm through the winter.

Green Alliance Business Partner Les Veilleux and his invention, the Eco Firebox, have changed the way we think about wood-burning heating elements.

Smuttynose Beer Week Events

By Mary | Feb 22, 2014 | in

The historic city of Portsmouth is sometimes referred to as the capital “Beer City” of New Hampshire. Portsmouth has a huge beer culture because it is home to some of the best breweries in New England. 

As part of Portsmouth’s annual Beer Week, Smuttynose Brewing Company has decided to host some exciting beer-tasting events. Beer Week begins on Saturday, February 22 and lasts until Monday, March 3. Each year, a combination of breweries, shops, and restaurants collaborate to create a fun celebration of local beer.

Smuttynose’s first event of the week is a “Hotter Than Hell Brunch” at the Blue Mermaid on February 23. They will serve a a four-course brunch paired with Smuttyhouse favorites for $45.00. Smuttynose beers like the 2014 Big A IPA and 2010 Farmhouse Ale will be on the menu. The following day, Smuttynose will team up with the Black Trumpet, one of the most scenic spots on the Portsmouth waterfront. A creative cuisine will be paired with four great Smuttynose beers. The selection includes 2010 Really Old Brown Dog and Bouncy House v2.0.

Portsmouth Short Film Night

By Mary | Feb 21, 2014 | in

Do you love comedies, documentaries AND dramas? Come watch an assortment of films at the Portsmouth Short Film Night on February 28. PSFN is celebrating their second year of film screenings starting at 7:00 p.m. at Portsmouth Public Media TV. PPMtv is a community accessible center located at 280 Marcy Street in downtown Portsmouth. PSFN's lineup for the night includes a variety of genres. A discussion and Q&A with the filmmakers will take place following the screening. Enjoy the show with popcorn and refreshments provided by a local business. The event is free and open to all, whether you happen to be an independent filmmaker or just a movie fanatic.

Building a Strong Team Starts at the Foundation

By Patrick | Feb 21, 2014 | in

With spring right around the corner and business picking up for some, it is imperative to select the correct employee when hiring.

According to Green Alliance Business Partner Cultural Chemistry, the criteria for selecting the perfect employee does not only cover skills and experience relative to the job. Instead, this new-age human resources firm believes that ensuring that the candidate is a good fit culturally is just as important.

An employee may be the perfect match on paper but it is difficult to gauge whether they will expedite or disrupt the productive flow of an organization. Cultural Chemistry aims to help you find a fit for your organization that is perfect in every sense of the word.

The negative impacts of a bad hire can often resonate within a company long after the person has departed. Selecting the right person is especially important when factoring in the time wasted with the process and the financial costs.