Blog : March 2014

Get Two Tickets to Seacoast Home and Garden Show for Half-Off

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in

Today’s Limelight Deal; Get two tickets to the 20th annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show for the price of one! The show will take place on March 29th from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and March 30th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Whittemore Center Arena at University of New Hampshire. That’s $8 for two tickets, half off the normal price. A big thank you to Seacoast Media Group for offering this great deal!

At this year’s show, hundreds of local vendors will come to showcase their latest and greatest home-related products and services. Shop for flowers, garden supplies and tools or stop by to meet some of the areas best culinary chefs. The show will include seminars to educate attendees on home improvement ideas. The Green Alliance will have a booth set up so be sure to come find them. Green Alliance Card Holders can receive complimentary admission for 2 guests when they present their green card!

Click here to get the Limelight Deal!

Meet a Green Business: 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in

Who: 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

What: 900 Degrees was launched to create pizza as it was originally conceived in Naples, Italy, hundreds of years ago. The process is as familiar as it is timeless: using a wood-fired brick oven at 900 degrees, the crew cooks with authentic, daily-made dough, fresh and local ingredients, and a cacophony of flavors local and exotic alike to create this classic dish the way it was originally intended. The pizzerias also hold sustainability as a core value, practicing a number of green business techniques from extensive recycling, reduced energy use, locally sourced, natural and organic ingredients, and a commitment to community giveback and involvement.

Where: 1 Brick Yard Square, Suite 1, Epping; and 50 Dow St., Manchester


What makes them green: Locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible.
Comprehensive recycling program.
LED and motion sensitive lighting throughout restaurant.
Impressive community giveback programs.

NHBSR Spring Conference

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in

New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility is a close friend of the Green Alliance. It will be holding a one-day conference filled with practical and inspiring sustainability ideas you can incorporate into your workplace. You will participate in thought-provoking discussions on topics that are important to you and your business. Through these discussions and one-on-one meetings, you’ll gain practical knowledge. You’ll also receive advice from Sustainability experts.

Sustainability leader Seth Goldman, the Co-founder of Honest Tea, will be one of the NH business leaders attending the conference. This will be an opportunity to interact and share ideas about corporate responsibility with other New Hampshire business leaders and peers. You will find the perfect "Just One Thing" to jumpstart your business's sustainability. The networking and connections that you will make at this conference are invaluable.

This is your chance to transform your company into a sustainable and successful organization. Save the date! The conference will take place on May 12th, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord.

Green Collar Careers: Seth LaFlamme, D.C., Owner of Great Works Chiropractic

By Theresa | Mar 24, 2014 | in

Great Works Chiropractic in South Berwick, Maine offers a unique approach to healthcare. “At Great Works, we treat underlying problems, not just outward symptoms,” Seth LaFlamme, 36, explained. Shying away from typical drug-based treatment, LaFlamme uses traditional chiropractic methods to help his patients get well. With minimal waste production and a focus on sustainability, Great Works Chiropractic is a great example of how the healthcare industry can “go green.”

Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job?
Seth LaFlamme (SL): Conventional health providers mostly just work towards relieving a patient’s complaints, but at Great Works Chiropractic, we focus on neurostructural connection. The brain controls the body; it regulates the nervous system, muscles, organs, everything. It can be tempting to treat a symptom like back pain or headaches with drugs, but that doesn’t solve the underlying problem.
Think of it this way: if your house was on fire, would you just pull the batteries out of the screaming smoke detector? No. You’d fix the big problem and be grateful that you were alerted to it in the first place. At our practice, we treat our patients based on the principle that if we can restore the integrity of the nervous system and its supporting structures, the body will do the healing itself.
It’s amazing to hear a patient who has been struggling with pain for years say, “I didn’t know life could be this good.”
I also really enjoy working with kids. They’re so in touch with their innate selves. My wife is also a chiropractor, and we both have advanced pediatrics training. It’s gratifying to work with kids who are excited to come to our office. Don’t get me wrong, working with adults is great, but there’s something special about helping a stereotypical “sick kid” become healthy and be off to a good start.

Reignite the Passion for Your Plate

By Mary | Mar 21, 2014 | in

EXETER – The Food and Health forum is hosting a farm-to-table meal and food culture conversation at Blue Moon Evolution on Monday, March 24. Three amazing chefs, Mary Ann Esposito, Kathy Gunst and Sally Sampson will be on the panel along with UNH nutrition professor, Joanne Curran-Celentano. The community discussion will look at food culture today and the various roles parents, teachers and government officials play in enforcing healthy eating habits. 

These four leading culinary ladies will teach you how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for your children while you get to enjoy a three course meal and sip wine. You may have recognized the photographed lady from her nationally televised PBS series Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito. Kathy Gunst is a chef, food writer, and resident chef of WBUR's Here and Now on National Public Radio. Sally Sampson is a cookbook author and the founding president of ChopChop, a magazine dedicated to stopping the childhood obesity epidemic. The topic of obesity will be talked about in terms of the social barriers that can be broken down if people take action to improve the health of future generations.

Prelude's Annual April Fool's Day Sale!

By Mary | Mar 21, 2014 | in

April Fool's Day means guaranteed pranks all day long. This, however is not a joke! From 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on April 1, Prelude is offering a huge, store-wide sale. The sale only applies to in-store purchases at their location on 65 Market Street in Portsmouth. 

Prelude is a Green Alliance certified boutique that offers a wide range of accessories and body products that have minimal environmental impacts. Most of the jewlery is hand-made by local artists from Maine, and a majority of the bath and beauty products are all-natural.

Local Solar expert sees promise in PPAs

By Sam | Mar 21, 2014 | in

By Jim Cavan

Though the cost of solar technology has been on a gradual decline for years, the size of the investment, coupled with a stalled economy, has kept the calculus constrictive—particularly for small businesses.

Jack Bingham, owner of SEA Solar Store in Barrington, thinks he might have a solution.

It’s called a power purchase agreement (PPA), and it’s slowly changing the way businesses are approaching the prospect of going green by virtually eliminating the up-front cost.

Here’s how it works: Rather than pay for the system outright and recoup the savings over time—typically from seven to 10 years—purchasers instead pay the equivalent of a monthly mortgage, while saving on the cost of their utility, be it hot water or electricity, in real time.

ENH Power helps raise awareness of Sexual Assault Support Services

By Madelaine | Mar 20, 2014 | in

April is sexual assault awareness month. ENH Power is co-partnering with the Portsmouth Country Club to host an event to raise awareness for Sexual Assault Support Services. The event will take place from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. on April 17th at the Portsmouth Country Club.

This event will be a party to celebrate raising awareness of SASS. Enjoy free Hors D’ Oeuvres, and mingle with the famous Safe Kids, Strong Teens Puppets. Also, meet Rick Labell, motivational speaker, police detective and former rock musician.

ENH Power supports various “Community Partners” by offering to make donations to charities when you switch to ENH Power. ENH Power is offering to donate $5 to SASS for each business our resident who enrolls with them. If you bring your utility bill to the party, you will receive a free raffle ticket to win a “Power Night for 4” (dinner at Portsmouth Country Club any Friday May-October and 4 tickets to any Main Stage 2014 Productions at the Seacoast Repertory Theater.) You will also recieve an autographed photograph with the Safe Kids, Strong Teens Puppets, by local photographer Bill Christo.

Jenaly's Green IT item of the Month

By Madelaine | Mar 20, 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 is compostable egg cartons! Egg cartons can be a helpful tool for getting a jumpstart on your spring gardening. Plant seeds from your favorite spring fruits and vegetables, and place them in a windowsill to soak up the sun. When spring comes around, you can cut out the individual cups and transfer the pants directly into your garden. In the meantime, these little plants will brighten up those cold days as they sprout little signs of springtime.

Profile of a Little waiting to be matched

By Madelaine | Mar 20, 2014 | in

The Big Brother Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast's mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships with adults that change the children’s lives for the better, forever. Each month, they highlight a child who is on their Waiting List.

Craig is 15 years old and lives in Rochester. He is involved in ROTC and band at school, enjoys music, going to concerts, reading, wrestling, camping, hiking, and likes animals. Craig was referred to our program through our partnership with My Breast Cancer Support, as his mom was diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago. Craig lives with his mom and dad. He has on older brother, who is a drug addict, and currently lives out of the home, as he is not the best influence. Mom had a Big Sister growing up and really enjoyed it. She feels that Craig could benefit from some support outside of the family. Craig says he would like a Big Brother because he has a hard time talking with most males in his life. There has been a lot of stress in his life over the past few years, so Craig is looking forward to having someone to talk to and try new things with. 

Ocean Frontiers II Premier at Seacoast Science Center

By Mary | Mar 19, 2014 | in

RYE – The Northeast ocean planning initiative is spreading, and now there is a film to help share the story. The premiere of Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea will be shown on April 3 at the Seacoast Science Center. Join two Green Alliance businesses, Conservation Law Foundation and the Blue Ocean Society, as they co-host this exciting event with the Seacoast Science Center, Green Fire Productions and the Gundalow Company.

The Ocean Frontiers II film will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. A discussion with Wendy Lull of the Seacoast Science Center and Jennifer Felt of Conservation Law Foundation will follow. Ted Diers, the Watershed Management Bureau Administrator at the Department of Environmental Sciences will facilitate the conversation and engage the audience.

This inspirational, award-winning movie tells the story of citizens coming together to promote healthier economies and clean New England seas. Ocean Frontiers II is one of the first multi-state ocean plans that has been put into action. Ocean Frontiers II, a film made by Green Fire Productions, highlights past and future uses for New England waters. Residents collaborate to minimize overcrowding and keep their oceans alive. The film focuses on Rhode Island’s ocean resource planning and the fishermen, tribal leaders, environmental advocates and wind energy executives involved in the movement.

Art of Great Bay Weekend Art Show & Sale

By Mary | Mar 19, 2014 | in

GREENLAND – A local Green Alliance Business Partner Great Bay Stewards is proud to announce the return of the GBS Art Show. The theme this year is "Art Inspired by the New England Coast." On April 4, the 10th Annual Great Bay Art Show Reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center. All who attend will be able to meet and discuss with the artists in person to ask questions concerning artistic techniques and inspirations.

Great Bay Stewards has a great lineup of artwork coming from dozens of artists and painters in the area. The pieces individually capture the true, natural beauty of New England’s coastline. The Art Show will last from April 4 to April 6, so there will be plenty of opportunities to browse the Seacoast artwork. Day two and three of the art show will start at 10:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. in the Hugh Gregg Conservation Center. If you are unable to make the art show, a virtual display is available online. Click here to access the website of New England inspired artwork.

A Very Green Seacoast Home & Garden Show

By Mary | Mar 19, 2014 | in

Don't miss this weekend's Seacoast Home & Garden Show at the Whittemore Center at UNH. The show boasts a wide array of local green vendors including ten Green Alliance businesses, and if that wasn't enough to get you to the show, all Green Alliance members get two free admissions when they flash their Green Card. That's a $16 value for the Green Alliance community!

Carrie Barron, the co-producer of the 20th annual Seacoast Home & Garden Show, says that with each passing year the popular event has attracted more green vendors and even greater consumer interest in sustainable goods and services.

The 2014 Seacoast Home & Show is slated for its typical spring welcoming dates of March 29 and March 30 at the Whittemore Center on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Last year, the event drew a record crowd of more than 6,500 and Barron, along with fellow co-producer Beth Alles, believe the 2014 show will be just as popular to consumers seeking a diverse range of ideas, good and services for their homes.

Site Structures' Spring Landscaping Solutions

By Mary | Mar 19, 2014 | in

In a few months, the abundance of snow will melt away, and Seacoast yards everywhere will experience major drainage. Thankfully, Site Structures Landscape, Inc. has all of your landscaping solutions for this Spring. Site Structures is a Green Alliance Business Partner that strives to provide the highest quality yard maintenance. Thursday, March 20 is the first official day of the next growing season, so March is a great time to discuss landscaping plans with the employees at Site Structures.

Site Structures offers a wide range of services including: tree and shrubbery pruning, lawn restoration, basement draining, and patio, walkway or driveway construction. Site Structures is always introducing new green options to their clients. Permeable paving is a new technique that uses sustainable materials and also reduces runoff by letting storm water pass through the surface of the pavement. Water recharges underneath the surface to replenish water stored in the ground. The filtration process captures heavy metals that can damage ecosystems. Permeable pavers also provide oxygen and water by means of the root system to help vegetation thrive and grow.