Blog : February 2014

Energy Alternatives and Solutions Presented by Ultra Geothermal and Revision Energy

By Mary | Feb 5, 2014 | in

HOLDERNESS  — Looking to renovate your home and become a greener household? Come to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center located at 23 Science Center Road in Holderness on May 10 to get some great tips and advice from experts in the renewable energy business. A presentation by Green Alliance Business Partners ReVision Energy and Ultra Geothermal will take place at the science center starting at 9:30 a.m. ReVision Energy is an energy contractor that services and installs solar systems throughout Northern New England. Ultra Geothermal is an energy specialist that uses only the most recent geothermal technologies to provide clean fuel. Both companies provide services that save families and individuals significant amounts of money on heating and electric bills.

If you or someone you know is intrigued by alternative energy sources for heating and electricity, this informative discussion will answer all of your questions. The guest speakers will discuss all of the benefits of geothermal and solar PV or hot water options for your home. The presenters will talk about the helpful ways to decrease NET energy usage in residential buildings. Pre-register for this event by contacting the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center at or by calling (603) 968-7194.

The GiG Team Participates in Penguin Plunge

By Madelaine | Feb 4, 2014 | in

This past Sunday, GA business partner Get it Going participated in the 15th Annual Penguin Plunge at Hampton Beach. In case you’re not familiar with this event, it is a fundraiser for the Special Olympics New Hampshire. Participants who raise $350 or more before the event earn the privilege of taking “The Plunge.” The act of "The Plunge” involves running into the Atlantic Ocean during the heart of winter.

This prospect attracts many volunteers to raise money for the Special Olympics NH. On the day of the event, hundreds of people attended to participate in a parade, costume contest, and of course, The Plunge. Teams warmed up in heated tents on the beach as they awaited their turns to plunge into the ocean with their respective "wave." There were three waves of teams who plunged into the water together, each group seven minutes apart. Volunteers waited on the shore to provide them with towels when they got out of the water. Jill Spring, co-owner of GiG, described the experience as a fun and exciting adrenaline rush.

The anticipation of plunging into the freezing water was a big factor in the overall experience. GiG’s team had been signed up to take part in the Plunge since before Christmas, and the thought of plunging into the ocean on some of our colder winter days had them feeling anxious. Luckily, the weather was not too frigid on Sunday, and the GiG team was happy to have this experience and celebrate the funds raised for a great cause.

February Deals at Prelude

By Madelaine | Feb 4, 2014 | in

Looking for a gift for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Prelude is having a special sale for the month of February. This month it is offering a discount of 15 percent off all red, white, and heart jewelry. With a wide variety of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, you’re sure to find a unique piece of jewelry that fits any style.

Green Alliance members get a discount of 10 percent off all jewlery at Prelude (not to be used in conjunction with other discounts.) To join the GA, click here

Acorn School's Sustainability Report Card

By Madelaine | Feb 4, 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 Acorn School's Report Card below to see how they scored!

To read Acorn School's full Sustainability Evaluation, click here

Green Alliance members save $25 on their initial registration fee at Acorn School! To become a GA member, click here

Meet a Green Alliance Business!

By Madelaine | Feb 4, 2014 | in

Who: The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat

What: Dawn and Jeff Price have set a high standard for quality and consumer education at The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat since its founding in 2005. They pride themselves on meticulously researching the best pet products and educating customers on exactly what makes a specific cat food, chew toy, or water bowl healthier or more environmentally friendly. The company embraces small-batch manufacturing principles, quality ingredients and company ethics. The Natural Dog is a testament to what is possible when one local, family-owned company creates partnerships with businesses and suppliers that hold those values in common.

Where: 801 Islington St., Portsmouth, and 155 State St., Newburyport, Mass.

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What makes them green:

Offers bamboo and hemp collars, lead-free bowls, beds and toys made from recycled materials, biodegradable waste bags, natural herbs and essences, and much more.
Largest selection of raw foods on the Seacoast.
Emphasizes sourcing from small, local,or sustainability-minded companies.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. To read more about The Natural Dog & Holistic Cat, click here.  

Green Alliance members save 10 percent on everything at The Natural Dog (excluding food purchases)! To become a GA member, click here

900 Degrees Commits to Going Green

By Madelaine | Feb 4, 2014 | in

“900 Degrees, LLC, is devoted to minimizing its carbon footprint in order to reduce the impact on the environment and protect our natural resources for years to come.” — 900 Degrees Environmental Mission Statement

900 Degrees Pizzaria, with locations in Manchester and Epping, is a New Hampshire favorite for delicious Italian foods. But did you know about all the ways it has been going green? 900 Degrees has taken many steps to reduce its carbon footprint is constantly employing new methods to improve. It believes there are five major areas to focus on in improving environmental procedures: energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, hazardous-waste reduction, and education.

900 Degrees has made changes in all five areas to be kinder to our environment. Just a few of those include installing low-flow pre-wash rise devices in the kitchen to save water, LED exit signs and occupancy sensors in restrooms to control lighting, and energy efficient fluorescent lighting throughout the restaurant to save energy.

Organic and locally produced food is used whenever possible to reduce transportation pollution. Its menu also offers eight organic wine options. These choices are grown organically, bio-dynamically and/or through sustainable farming.

The Green Cocoon Seeks Full-Time Installers

By Patrick | Feb 3, 2014 | in

Did you know the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We post information about job openings within our business partner community. Open the door to your green career today.

GA business partner, the Green Cocoon is seeking full-time installers in Salisbury, MA. The company offers Soy-based spray foam insulation, blown-in cellulose, and fiberglass insulation in residential and commercial applications. This small business was founded seven years ago but has been growing steadily year after year and is looking for dedicated individuals who are willing to play an active role in the company.

The position promises hard and dirty work but also offers room for growth and advancement within the company. Applicants should be honest, respectful, hard-working people who are willing to learn new things. A valid driver’s license is required and a DOT Card is preferable. To read more about this position, visit our Green Jobs Board.

Little Green Homes - Green Alliance Discount

By Patrick | Feb 3, 2014 | in


Green Alliance members -- use your card to get 25% off design fees on a Little Green Homes design-build contract.  Save even more on your home improvement plans by using other Green Alliance business partners.

To learn more about Little Green Homes, click here

The Green Alliance seeks part-time Community & Member Manager!

By Sam | Feb 3, 2014 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? Keep up with who's hiring in the seacoast and feel good about the work you do!

Sometimes we list jobs on the Green Jobs Board, too. This one is a part-time position as GA's Community & Member Manager. Click through to read the job description and apply through Jobscore!