Blog : April 2014

CLF Waterkeeper: Growing threats to Great Bay and the Piscataqua

By Patrick | Apr 18, 2014 | in


What happens when you pave paradise?

Between 1990 and 2005, there was a 75 percent increase in the total amount of parking lots and roads within the Great Bay Watershed. Because of this expansion of impervious surfaces, precipitation that normally would be absorbed by the surrounding soil is collected on the pavement, and has a stronger chance of reaching the Great Bay – bringing oil, road salt, and other harmful toxins with it.

The Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper program, a sector of Conservation Law Foundation, aims to preserve the ecological identity of the Great Bay while encouraging the many recreational activities the area offers to residents and tourists alike.

Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Jeff Barnum focuses on addressing this and other growing threats to the estuary.

“We must be more aware of our impacts and collectively reduce the high level of pollutants we leak into the estuary every year,” said Barnum. “Practices as customary as fertilizing your lawn invite storm water to leach the chemicals from the grass and carry them down stream – eventually into the Piscataqua and the Great Bay.”

Wind Energy and Regional Energy Stability Beckons to New Hampshire Residents

By Patrick | Apr 18, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Staff Writer

The Green Alliance has recently taken flak for its encouraging stance on wind energy development in the state from those who typically identify with the green movement.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Green Alliance, it can best be described as an organization promoting sustainable businesses and non-profits in New Hampshire while effectively communicating their values to the region’s environmentally conscious consumers.

However this strong network of like-minded people seems to have hit a speed bump, shaking loose what had previously been a united front.

This fragmentation of the green movement has led many to push their own tailor-fit ideals, often at the expense of forward progress. When one substitutes pride for practicality one plays a role in forfeiting the locomotion required of a thriving progressive group. Conversely, it is very rare that successful groups trip over their own feet when striving to hit consensus.

Wind energy development is a perfect exemplification of this inner-organizational stalemate. Opponents of wind tend to feel very strongly about the preservation or conservation that would be forgone in favor of development. However, development is a necessary evil in a world with increasing population and expanding demand for energy and something has to give. It is important to see wind energy farms as a compromise on the spectrum of responsible development and that prohibiting any development outright is morbidly impractical.

ENH Power Holds Event Tonight to Raise Awareness of SASS

By Madelaine | Apr 17, 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 TONIGHT from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Country Club. This event is free and open to the public. 

Tonight 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.

The Lighting Center Offers Earth Day Deal for Green Alliance Members

By Madelaine | Apr 17, 2014 | in

By Madelaine Swymer

NEWINGTON — The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric is a regional leader in home and commercial lighting products. It boasts a knowledgeable staff and large selection of indoor and outdoor lighting fixtures and accessories.

The Lighting Center’s success could be attributed to its commitment of bringing the highest quality sustainable products to its customers.

“We won’t sell something that we wouldn’t use ourselves,” said Jim Pender, Owner of Rockingham Electric and The Lighting Center.

This company believes that it has a social responsibility to give its customers access to products that will save them money and also be gentle on the environment.

In that vein, The Lighting Center is offering a special promotion to Green Alliance members from Earth Day, April 22 - 27. Show your Green Alliance card with any purchase and receive a 2-Pack box of Bulbrite Eco Halogen Bulbs (retail value $4.99.) These light bulbs are an eco-friendly alternative to Incandescent bulbs. They are compliant with the Energy Independence & Security Act (EISA) and can be used for residential and commercial applications.

Newmarket Dental Moves to Convenient New Greener Space

By Madelaine | Apr 17, 2014 | in

NEWMARKET — After 63 years in its downtown office, Newmarket Dental has relocated. Its beloved old location became cramped and outdated, so the practice has moved into a more client-friendly (and ecologically sound!) space.

Just half a mile from the old locale, the new office at 60 Exeter Road, Building 100 has a lot more to offer. There is plenty of convenient parking for employees and customers, and easier access to the building for elderly and handicapped patients.

The new space was not fully developed before Dr. Nate Swanson moved in, so he and his crew had the opportunity to make building choices to fit their specific needs. Sustainability was a big theme for the design of the office. Most of the lights in the office are light-emitting diodes (LEDs.) While initially a costly investment, LEDs last 40 times as long and and use one-sixth the energy compared to incandescent light bulbs. Swanson also sought out furniture from manufacturers who use recycled content and have commitments to green business practices.

Proulx Oil & Propane pioneers route toward greener-energy future

By Madelaine | Apr 17, 2014 | in

By Heikki Perry

NEWMARKET, N.H. — From the soot and smoke of coal when, in 1944, he first started the company, to cleaner and greener propane gas, Joe Proulx cemented his reputation as a forward thinking and environmentally minded business owner.

Now led by Joe Proulx’s grandsons Jim, John, and Tom Proulx, Proulx Oil & Propane continues to embrace cutting-edge technologies, steadfast customer service and ever-improving more efficient products. Proulx Oil & Propane and its other division, Proulx AutoGas, lead in providing sustainable products.

Proulx AutoGas focuses on fueling propane-powered vehicles and converting vehicles to propane use. AutoGas is propane used as a motor fuel. Proulx Oil & Propane also delivers biofuel and propane to residential and commercial customers in New Hampshire’s Rockingham, Strafford, Belknap, and Carol counties, and parts of Hillsborough County; to York and Oxford counties in Maine; and to Essex County in Massachusetts.

The 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure with the Green Alliance

By Mary | Apr 16, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Did you know that breast cancer affects one out of every eight women during their lifetime? Each year millions of women and families suffer because of this life-changing disease. The Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the renowned Susan G. Komen organization is hosting its annual 5K run/walk on May 10 to raise money for breast cancer survivors and current breast cancer patients. The scenic 3.1 mile race will begin at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth.

This will be the third Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held in New Hampshire. The past two 5K runs have successfully raised more than $300,000 to put towards breast cancer research, screening, treatment and education programs in N.H. and Vt. The Susan G. Komen Affiliate is proud to have four local agencies supporting them with grants this year. The organization is hopeful that they can surpass last year's efforts in terms of both dollars and participants.

900 Degrees Raises Dough to Support Community Charities

By Mary | Apr 16, 2014 | in

MANCHESTER –- It was on a small farm in New Hampshire where Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, owner of 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, first got a taste for sustainable comfort food. Since those early days, Rondeau has turned her appreciation for cooking into a viable, environmentally-friendly business.

Known for their Italian-inspired wood-fired pizzas, 900 Degrees' menu also includes a wide range of soups, salads, pastas and desserts all made from fresh, local ingredients. Along with creating a varied menu, Rondeau also curates an authentic atmosphere for diners at their dual locations in both Epping and Manchester.

Become a Sustaining Member Now and Win Tickets to Wild & Scenic Film Festival

By Patrick | Apr 16, 2014 | in

The race is on.

Only four tickets remain for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Portsmouth Music Hall – courtesy of the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire. As part of a special Green Alliance giveaway, the next new or existing member to sign up for a Lifetime/Sustaining Membership will take all four!

SELTNH’s 4th annual film festival will feature 12 short films, ranging in length and style, hand-picked by the organization’s committee.

Your Sustaining Membership lasts for a lifetime of discounts at your favorite local green businesses. Members also gain acknowledgment for their support as well as a profile in the monthly GA e-newsletter.

Click here to sign up for your lifetime membership and read profile of the legends that have come before you. Once you’ve signed up, email to claim your tickets!

Congratulations Revision Energy!

By Patrick | Apr 16, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance would like to extend congratulations to Revision Energy on winning the 2014 Business of the Year Award for Real Estate, Construction and Engineering firms. Unitil and Nathan Wechsler presented the award. Way to make the Green Alliance and fellow Business Partners proud!

Revision Energy is an Exeter-based renewable energy contractor servicing Northern New England with offices in both New Hampshire and Maine.

Green Alliance Members – Use your card to receive a $250 direct discount on a solar energy system as well as a $250 “pay it forward” to a GA nonprofit.


Help Community Toolbox Keep Homes Safe and Healthy

By Madelaine | Apr 15, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Community Toolbox is non-profit organization dedicated to helping homeowners keep their homes safe and healthy. Its outlet store accepts donations of new and used home and building supplies to sell at discounted prices. The store’s revenue funds its “Fix-It program,” which allows volunteers to complete home repairs for people in need.

The Fix-It program assists those who need important home repairs but may not be able to afford services from another company. With Community Toolbox, clients only need to pay for the products used in the repair. Volunteers donate their time and skills to complete the projects.

There are many ways to help Community Toolbox’s effort. Volunteer positions are open for those who want to donate their time and skills to working on home improvement projects in local homes. Cash and in kind donations are another way to help out. The average cost for a home repair is $400. Any amount to help defray that cost will make a big difference to a homeowner. You can submit a tax-deductible donation by mail or online. In kind donations include building materials, supplies, or services. These can be directly used for home repairs, and reduce costs for homeowners.

EZ Bikes Now Carries Genuine Scooters

By Madelaine | Apr 15, 2014 | in

EZ Bikes & Scooters is now carrying a new line of scooters. Genuine Scooters are high quality products that come with a 2-year warranty. From now until the end of May, green card holders will receive a FREE helmet or cover with the purchase of a Genuine Scooter!

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Coming to You

By Madelaine | Apr 15, 2014 | in


ReVision Energy is a lead sponsor in bringing the largest environmental film festival in North America to Portsmouth!

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Acorn School

By Madelaine | Apr 15, 2014 | in

Who: Acorn School

What: Launched in 1972, the Acorn School engages children's creativity by making the process of learning as fun as possible. The school uses its surroundings to help forge a curriculum and philosophy aimed at stirring within its students an appreciation for the natural world; including recycling, composting and keeping a healthy garden. Acorn has maintained a low student-to-teacher ratio to provide more one-on-one interaction, communication and personal growth. The result is a philosophy where the emphasis is "on the process, rather than the product."

Where: 136 Winnicut Road, P.O. Box 570, Stratham

On the Web:

What makes it green: 

Long-standing commitment to reducing, reusing and recycling.
Maintains robust garden.
Composts all usable food and paper scraps.
Emphasizes the importance of nature and the environment in its curriculum.
Worked with fellow GA business Little Green Homes on construction of outdoor "tree house" dedicated to the memory of a former teacher.

Acorn School renews with the Green Alliance!

By Sam | Apr 14, 2014 | in

We’re ecstatic to announce that Acorn School is renewing with the Green Alliance! For over 40 years, Acorn School has provided nature-based education for preschoolers and kindergarteners, with an emphasis on playtime as the best opportunity for education.

Acorn School has been with the Green Alliance for two years, and we love all the things that it does. It has a robust gardening and compost program, teaches students about recycling, and incorporates an environmental lesson in all aspects of its curriculum. Teaching the next generation about preserving the environment is one of the most important parts of keeping the movement going, so we tip our hats to Acorn School! Keep up the good work, we're happy to have you with us.