Blog : March 2014

Green Collar Careers: Julie Cole, Vice President of Merchandising at Favorite Foods

By Theresa | Mar 31, 2014 | in

Favorite Foods of Somersworth, N.H. is a leading regional food distributor. Largely serving local restaurants, Favorite Foods provides everything from groceries to paper and chemicals for their customers. Vice President of Merchandising Julie Cole, 41, believes that her company does a lot more than distribution.

“What sets Favorite Foods apart is our commitment to the success our customers,” she said. “By integrating sustainability into our business, we’ve added an additional layer of value and support for everyone we do business with.”

Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job?
Julie Cole (JC): Well, there’s a lot to like. I would say my favorite thing is the impact I can have at a daily basis at Favorite Foods.

I interact with so many different people every day: customers, restaurant managers, manufacturers and our own internal staff. Each interaction is an opportunity to help someone.

Take, for example, our “Spotlight” series; we do promotional work for our customers. Every two weeks, we choose a local restaurant to highlight through radio, online and print marketing. I love using my advertising skills to help out our clients.

Limelight Deals Features The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat: This Week Only!

By Patrick | Mar 31, 2014 | in

A deal is a deal. However, a deal brought to you by two Green Alliance Business Partners is always something much better.

For four more days, is offering a fantastic “Seacoast, NH Deal” featuring The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat. Any customer purchasing a coupon from Limelight for $15 will receive a $30 worth of pet supplies in exchange.

The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat (NDHC) is a Portsmouth-based pet store that prioritizes pet health through natural foods and other products. Their dedicated staff is happy to answer any questions you may have about taking proper care of your furry companion.

Managed by Seacoast Media Group, Limelight is a Green Alliance business – much like NDHC. Limelight aims to connect local consumers with local businesses by communicated excellent values via their web site.

According to Limelight, its service creates a win-win for everyone involved – businesses attract new customers and shoppers experience new places at a substantial savings.

To capitalize on this amazing savings with NDHC, visit Limelight’s web site by clicking here.

Earth Day 5K

By Ali | Mar 31, 2014 | in

Running with Stonyfield’s cows is much safer than running with the bulls! Register to run (or walk) on May 3, and join Green Alliance and other GA green-certified businesses at the Earth Day Fair. To register click here.


Is Wind Energy for the Birds?

By Patrick | Mar 31, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH – With so much powerful opposition, wind energy has little time for unnecessary speed bumps like the outdated correlation between wind farms and bird mortality.

On Jan. 29, New Hampshire wind energy advocates, including Portsmouth wind energy firm Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, dodged a bullet. The N.H. House of Representatives struck down a bill that would have placed a moratorium on wind development in the state. This would have been a major blow to New Hampshire’s progression towards brighter future in renewable energy.

Having temporarily dispatched of this more looming issue, it may be time to correct a misconception that has detracted so much support from the alternative energy source.

Groups opposed to wind farm development often cite the droves of unlucky dead birds littering the floor beneath turbines. However, grim statistics thrown at wind energy proponents may not be entirely forthcoming.

The problem stems from the data’s origin – the notorious Altamont Pass Wind Farm of the Diablo Range in Central California. The farm is said to be responsible for the deaths of 4,700 birds annually (including 1,300 majestic birds of prey). This staggering number is powerful on its own, but when examining the broader impact of wind energy across the nation, the picture differs significantly.

It is important to note two major differences between Altamont Pass and other wind farms in the country. The old turbines used in Altamont Pass at the time the bird death toll was recorded were much smaller and faster spinning than newer turbines. The larger conventional turbines spin much more slowly, which significantly decreases the likelihood of avian mortality.

Green Maids: Don’t Sweep Your Weekend Under the Rug

By Patrick | Mar 31, 2014 | in

Sometimes it’s necessary to reward yourself for all your hard work. Just ask Director of the Green Alliance, Sarah Brown, who just recently used Green Maids to clean her home.

Having used their services in the GA office for over a year now, Sarah is no stranger to the quality Green Maids brings to the table.

“Its always a special treat when I come in to work the morning after a Green Maids clean,” says Brown. “Everything is spotless and its like the office has been rejuvenated. Of course the best part is knowing they cleaned GA HQ the natural way; in keeping with the GA mission.”

Green Maids owner Johnmark O’Brien launched the company in 2009 and has since been servicing the Southern Maine and New Hampshire Seacoast. He takes pride in offering sustainable and toxin-free cleaning services to those who acknowledge the hidden dangers of conventional cleaning products. Like Sarah, most Green Maids clients try to avoid exposing their children and pets to hazardous chemicals – a valid concern, considering that nine out of ten poison exposures come from household cleaning products.

And between three kids, a big slobbery dog, and a cat with a shedding problem, life at the Brown residence is a powder keg with the potential to institutionalize Mr. Clean. But outside of working full time jobs, Sarah and her husband find time to keep the place tidy – though it is difficult to imagine the extra effort required.

“Our house gets dirty fast and I have no time to really give it a good clean,” said Brown. “I’ve saved up and am treating myself to Green Maids; so the 48 hours I have on the weekends when I’m home and not working myself to the bone at the Green Alliance can now be spent on more quality time with the kids, not stressing about getting the house cleaned!”

So to the truly overworked and leisure-less folks of the Seacoast: Isn’t there something else you could be doing with your long sought after weekends than chasing a vacuum? Pick up the phone and call in the Green Maids.

Green Alliance Grows Businesses, Builds Community, Throws Parties

By Sam | Mar 28, 2014 | in

By Sam Ueda

PORTSMOUTH - Most people will never actually meet the owners of the many businesses they interact with on a daily basis, small businesses included. Portsmouth’s Green Alliance is in the business of bringing businesses and consumers together.

“We want to strengthen our communities in tangible ways, and that means utilizing both virtual connections and helping to facilitate the building of real human relationships,” says Sarah Brown, Green Alliance director. “Every day, we’re growing the local green economy and helping business to succeed while staying environmentally conscious, and part of that success involves bringing our members and our Business Partners together, face-to-face.”

So what do the folks at the Green Alliance do to bring everyone together? They throw some parties. On April 10th, Redhook Brewery will be hosting the next Green Alliance bash, where members can get to know each other, mingle with businesses, and most importantly, listen to music and enjoy the company of like-minded residents and entrepreneurs. The Green Alliance puts on several of these events a year to make sure that its members have the chance to get to know its businesses, in hopes of establishing a stronger bond of trust and understanding between sustainable businesses and the consumers that support them.

The Annual Great Bay Stewards Art Show Returns

By Mary | Mar 27, 2014 | in

GREENLAND — The true beauty of the Seacoast can be captured by glimpsing at the Great Bay Estuary for just a few moments. The views on the New Hampshire-Maine coastline have served as artistic inspiration for hundreds of years. It’s no surprise that the theme of this year’s annual Great Bay Stewards Art Show is “Art of the New England Seacoast.” 

Great Bay Stewards, a Green Alliance business, is hosting their yearly art show starting with an opening artists' reception on Friday, April 4 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m. The show will continue on April 5 and 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center and is free to the public.

The 2014 Komen NH Run/Walk: Race for the Cure with the Green Alliance

By Mary | Mar 26, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Breast cancer affects one out of eight women. Every year, millions of women and their families suffer because of this disease. To help raise awareness for breast cancer, the Vermont-New Hampshire affiliate of the Susan G. Komen organization is hosting their annual 5K race on May 10. Participants can decide to walk or run the 3.1 mile long stretch starting at the Strawberry Banke Muesum in Portsmouth.

The Komen survival tent, kids tent, and sponsorship tent will open at 7:30 a.m. to give participants that chance to rest and fuel up before the race. The coed run/walk will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end around 10:30 a.m. Children under the age of 12 can take part in the “Fun Run” which will take place simultaneously. A 50-yard-dash starts at 9:45 a.m. for those kids who prefer sprinting over jogging. The hospitality tent will distribute free Panera Bread bagels to participating runners and walkers who want a quick and delicious breakfast. 

Harbor Eyecare Center Presents a Community Enhancing Dual Front

By Patrick | Mar 26, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH -- Running a successful business is no simple feat. So when an organization takes it upon itself to go above and beyond, those efforts should be acknowledged.

Harbor Eyecare Center (HEC) in Portsmouth is one of those businesses. This eye care center houses several professionals who hold themselves to a higher degree of environmental and social responsibility, all the while offering the latest and greatest in eye care and eyewear.

Dr. Sarah Hudson is co-owner of the Portsmouth-based practice. “At HEC we take being a part of our community and a responsible business very seriously. We know our patients are our neighbors and many of our friends have become our patients and vice versa.”

Dr. Hudson admits that at the beginning of her career in 1998, concern for the environment and sustainability was not a pressing issue in the eye care industry but as that bar has risen, HEC has not only kept up but actually become a leader as one of the region’s leading socially responsible and environmentally-aware eye care practices.

Hudson says that professionals and manufacturers of eye care products have come a long way since the old days when sustainability was not integrated into the industry and now “companies are making concentrated efforts to become greener.”

Kids Eat Right Presentation to Raise Awareness of Hunger in Our Community

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Writer

EXETER — Supporting its community is imperative to Starry Brook Natural Medicine and its team. Patients are given individual attention and offered alternative, holistic approaches to health care. Its focus on quality and understanding of each patient provides a more personalized approach to medicine.

Starry Brook is green certified with the Green Alliance. It utilizes eco-friendly practices such as using natural and organic products, and promoting sustainability. Its knowledgeable mindful staff uses their skills to help their patients and community beyond offering traditional health care through nutritional consultations, acupuncture, yoga therapy, Reiki sessions, dietary supplements, and massage therapy.

In that vein, on April 5, Registered Dietitian Alicia Rossman of Starry Brook will be leading a community lunch and learn discussion to educate community members on the issue of hunger and obesity. March is National Nutrition Month, and Rossman embraced that idea by preparing this "Lunch-and-Learn." Hunger can strike any family. It affects children, individuals, families, and communities alike. Educating community members about hunger can spark positive changes and create support for local food pantries and struggling families. Rossman will educate participants about what they can personally do to help this cause.

April 25th Wild and Scenic Film Festival

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in

April 25 is the incredible Wild & Scenic Film Festival! Existing Green Alliance Members who upgrade their Green Card to a Lifetime Membership get two free tickets! Email after you've upgraded to get your free tickets.

Free Family Lunch-and-Learn

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in


On April 5th, Starry Brook Natural Medicine hosts a free family lunch-and-learn on hunger in the community and healthy snacks for kids. 900 Degrees will provide delicious pizza.

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in


Run or walk with the Green Alliance team on May 10 at Strawberry Banke for the Susan Komen Race for the Cure. Green Alliance members that run or walk with the GA team get a free tee and a complimentary GA membership to give as a gift. Email to join the team. Click here for more information on the race.

Free Gardening and Compost Workshop

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in


Join Acorn School on March 31st at 7:00 p.m. for a workshop on gardening and composting. This event is free and open to the public.


Green Alliance Spring Music Bash!

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in


This is our party for you! Join us on Thursday, April 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 at Redhook Brewery for a music bash with a complimentary buffet, cash bar, and great green company. Green Alliance members attend for free - RSVP to