Blog : April 2014

Purely Organic Joins Green Alliance!

By Craig | Apr 14, 2014 | in

We're very happy to welcome Purely Organic Lawn Care to the Green Alliance just in time for summer!

Many consider themselves weekend warriors when it comes to their lawns and gardens. But we can do more harm to our yards. Lawn care products purchased at big box stores are often loaded with harsh chemicals that can deplete, or even destroy, nutrients in a property's mini-ecosystem. These chemicals can also be harmful to your family and pets. Purely Organic wants your property to look, and feel, as good as nature intended using environmentally friendly alternatives to pesticides and other harsh chemicals.

Green Alliance Green Card members receive 10% off all services!

Get the Perfect Spring Haircut by Natalie Riley at the Eclipx Salon

By Ali | Apr 14, 2014 | in

Not everyone knows what they want to do after high school, but for Natalie Riley this was a simple question. Riley had a passion for hairstyling even at a young age. When she graduated high school in 2006, she pursued her dreams and attended cosmetology school.

In 2012 Riley opened Eclipx Salon, finally fulfilling her goal of owning and operating her own business. Her dedication got her through school and through the process of opening Eclipx.

Now, Riley has reviews raving about her salon's style, creativity and overall dedication online through Yelp and other social media. With years of experience under her belt she is ready to push the salon forward in a positive direction. One way Riley accomplishes this is by offering free haircuts to the underprivileged community members of Salisbury. She also allows local artists and jewelers to display their works on her walls free of charge.

Ultra Geothermal Extends Warmth in Both Work and Community

By Ali | Apr 14, 2014 | in

All Green Alliance Businesses are green-certified, a three part sustainability analysis that looks into every aspect of that company’s product and practice. Ultra Geothermal has recently been re-evaluated and their sustainability certification documents refreshed and updated. Read Ultra’s Green Story below and visit their page here to see the rest of Ultra's sustainability certification.

Before becoming Ultra Geothermal in 2007, Ultra Heating and Cooling was just a conventional HVAC company that also happened to install geothermal systems. With over a decade of installations, Ultra, now a geothermal-exclusive company, has installed more than 750 systems in New Hampshire including one of UNH's dorm buildings with 48 rooms.

AJ Edwards and GA Spring Bash a Success!

By Patrick | Apr 11, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance’s Spring Bash last night at Redhook Brewery was a massive success and we’d like to extend thanks to all who came out! However, a very special thanks goes out to our headliner AJ Edwards and his beautiful music.

Few people could rival AJ’s performance last night in Alemaker’s Hall, upstairs from Redhook’s Cataqua Public House. The atmosphere he brought to the room was without a doubt what made the event enjoyable for all the business partners and GA members in attendance.

Edwards developed a love for music while spending time with his father in his workshop listening to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dire Straits, and U2. However, he recounts that what really sparked his passion was when his father surprised him with tickets to see U2 live back when he was 16.

Since then he has enjoyed a great deal of success, opening for many national acts including Blue October and Augustana. However, AJ is ready to turn the page in his career and begin what he describes as a “true evolution in who he is as an artist”.

ENH Power to underwrite NHPR's "Giving Matters"

By Ali | Apr 11, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Business Partner, ENH Power, has just announced that they will be underwriting the New Hampshire Public Radio program, “Giving Matters.” It’s a joint production sponsored by NHPR and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

The work of non-profit organizations throughout New Hampshire is significant and ongoing. Every Saturday morning at 8:35 a.m., NHPR dedicates two-minutes to publicize the beneficial work done by these organizations and the impacts they have on the community.

ENH Power helps New Hampshire non-profits and community groups realize their outreach and fundraising goals through the Power to Help.

A Solar Breakthrough

By Katie | Apr 11, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

GREENLAND – When it comes to going green and saving money,thoughtful planning and research can lead to significant change. Consider the case for the New Hampshire SPCA, the state’s oldest animal protection and care facility, which decided in 2008 that it was time to deal seriously with rising costs of energy. And, according to SPCA director Lisa Dennison, it helped immensely when the organization found a strong partner in ReVision Energy.

In 2012, ReVision Energy designed and installed a solar hot water system alongside Froling wood pellet boilers. Dan Clapp, ReVision Energy’s New Hampshire branch manager, said the installations have cut heating costs at the SPCA and slashed their costly year-round domestic hotwater bill with the solar thermal system.

Sustainable Landscaping

By Patrick | Apr 11, 2014 | in

By Jeff Beeman

Jeff Beeman is the webmaster of EnergyMattersNH.org, an offshoot of the Lakes Region Community College Energy Services and Technology Department. EnergyMattersNH hopes to raise awareness of issues relating to sustainable energy options and education throughout New Hampshire.

When you hear about sustainable living practices, you may think about reducing your environmental impact through ecofriendly steps like recycling, energy efficient renovations, upgrading to Energy Star appliances, etc., but an often overlooked area of sustainability is landscaping. Sustainable landscaping encompasses many different aspects of landscaping from planning a project which uses less damaging products to selecting the proper plants for your specific ecosystem. Here is just a small introduction to some of the steps you can take when landscaping sustainably:

Design

There are many different aspects of landscape design that can be used to make a property more sustainable, for example windbreaks –rows of trees and shrubs -are helpful to reduce heating expenses in nearby buildings and aid in preventing erosion. Designing a driveway with permeable paving materials will allow storm water to run through instead of over a driveway, allowing for a more even distribution of water to the earth and root system below.

More and more homeowners have begun to see the benefits of residential “green roofs:” vegetation planted in a layer over an existing roof. They provide a great source of extra insulation to keep heat in, and conversely work to drastically lower the temperature of a roof in the summer which saves on cooling expenses. And they look great too!

Adapt designs Unique "Hoot House"

By Madelaine | Apr 10, 2014 | in

The “Hoot House” is one of Adapt Designs' most recent projects. This unique residential home is nestled between a dirt road and a bird sanctuary (inspiration for its nickname.) Adapt worked closely with the homeowners to build this personalized sustainable home.

The house features many energy saving design choices. Beautiful concrete floors span the entire home, serving as a heat sink to absorb heat and allow it to circulate inside to supplement the houses heating system. The homeowners opted for glass walls and large windows. Adapt utilized this design choice to the home’s advantage by placing the glass walls and windows where they can let in the most natural daylight. Above the bedroom doors are internal pieces of glass with a window glaze. These glass panels allow natural light to flood into the bedrooms, yet still maintain privacy.

Cornerstone Tree Care Extends Extra Discount Through May 31st!

By Katie | Apr 10, 2014 | in

With the snow melting and new life taking root, it’s a great time to get your gardens ready for the growing season, and what better way than with discounted mulch from Cornerstone Tree Care?!

Through May 31st GA members can purchase Cornerstone’s locally produced, organic black mulch for only $30 per yard, a savings of $6 per yard (requires a 5 yard minimum). This offer is exclusive only to GA members; if you’re not a member or your membership is not current, let’s fix that today to ensure you can take advantage of this great deal!

 

Tonight's the night!

By Sam | Apr 10, 2014 | in

 

Two Green Innovators Collaborate for Greener New England

By Mary | Apr 9, 2014 | in

By Heikki Perry

An environmental trendsetter since 1989, RAM Printing was one of the earliest Business Partners and leaders of the Green Alliance, a Portsmouth organization committed to promoting regional sustainability-driven companies. The firms’ collaboration has helped each to profit while also advancing the cause of environmentalism.

While most printing companies use oil-based inks, RAM’s are vegetable-based, virtually eliminating the toxins that pollute the environment but not compromising quality or diversity of color. RAM was also the first N.H. printer to receive Forest Stewardship Council certification.

Exploiting cutting-edge technology, RAM’s newest printer sets up in 12 minutes and prints 15,000 copies per hour, saving time and energy, and producing a more sustainable product. RAM recycles fluorescent light tubes, soda cans, aluminum plates, waste paper, corrugated boxes and pallets, and it buys its paper locally.

A Case of Mistaken Identity: Victoria’s Journey

By Mary | Apr 9, 2014 | in

Mary Doane first encountered Victoria, a sweet, two year-old, black lab, through one of her South Carolina dog-rescue connections. Victoria was languishing in a southern kill-shelter. She'd tested positive for heart-worm and her future looked grim. Doane, founder of Mary's Dogs and Adoption in Deerfield, NH took action to save Victoria's life.

Doane immediately got to work and started campaigning to raise money for the lovable, puppy-eyed dog. Doane reached out to the community by starting a financial campaign on FundRazr.com. She posted Victoria’s photograph and basic information next to a caption reading: “We can save her! This should NOT be a death sentence! It's not going to be!” Online contributors helped raise over $800 to help save Victoria.

Taking Energy Efficiency to the Next Level

By Craig | Apr 9, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

Since its founding in 2008, Yankee Thermal Imaging has worked to help residential and commercial customers reap maximum benefits from energy efficiency efforts. Chris Meyer, the founder and owner of the Rochester-based company, said Yankee Thermal has taken the next step, one born of experience helping customers save money by employing basic energy efficiency methods proven to work.

The Instant Savings Program, or ISP, was officially launched in early April but a soft launch in March quickly drew almost 50 requests for energy audits. The approach is to combine an energy audit and a number of bundled energy efficiency practices that can be immediately put in place while saving money at the estimated rate of $500 or more a year.

Meyer said the program results in substantial energy savings without significant investment. Implementation can be completed in less than a day and can pay for itself in less than two years on average. Or put in another equation, for the cost of approximately two oil deliveries, homeowners can dramatically reduce their annual heating and cooling costs, as well as your carbon footprint.

Spring Deals from our Business Partners!

By Madelaine | Apr 8, 2014 | in

Visit individual Business Partner pages to view discounts.

MEat is Bringing Local Sustainable Meat to the Table

By Madelaine | Apr 8, 2014 | in

In a world where the number of independent farms is dwindling, and most meat products come from huge far away factories, a culinary entrepreneur is offering a better option for bringing meat to your table.

Jarrod Spangler has worked in kitchens around the country, from Boston to San Francisco. He graduated the Culinary Institute of America has also studied the art of old world butchery and charcuterie in Italy. After years of research, experience, and planning, Spangler is proud to announce that he is opening “MEat,” a whole animal butcher shop focused on offering meat from 100% locally and humanely raised animals.

Nowadays when we purchase meat from a chain grocery store or restaurant, we don’t really know where it came from. MEat will serve as an outlet for local farms in Maine and New Hampshire, so you will always know where your dinner is coming from. MEat will source only from the highest quality independent farms that take pride in their work and care about their animals’ well being. All meat will be humanely raised, it will contain no hormones or antibiotics, and animals will be cage free. MEat will also offer cured meat like salami and prosciutto.