Blog : May 2014

NHPTV spot featuring Hillary Gaynor

By Sam | May 14, 2014 | in

Did you know we're on NHPTV, and we're always letting people know about our Business Partners? Here's our most recent addition, featuring Hillary Gaynor.

Recycle Your IT Waste the Environmental Way on May 17 in Hampton

By Craig | May 13, 2014 | in

Each year there's a new electronic device we're itching to buy, whether it’s a smartphone, TV, tablet or computer, we're inundated with messages telling us to upgrade. So what happens when we do upgrade? Where does an old iPhone or laptop end up? Some consumers wipe the memory from their devices and donate their old equipment to charities that refurbish the technology. But sadly, many people throw their electronics out with the household trash, which can lead to both environmental and personal data issues.

On May 17 from 8 a.m. to noon, MetalWave, Inc. will support a large-scale recycling event located in the lot of the Old Hampton Court House and the fire department headquarters on 130 Winnacunnet Road in Hampton. Items to bring include any end-of-life IT products, from laptops, servers and PCs, to keyboards, mice, printers, hand-held electronics such as smart-phones, tablets, PDAs and household items like telephones and televisions.

Spring Specials from Acorn Organic Salon

By Amanda | May 13, 2014 | in

What better way to spring into summer than with a new look from Acorn Organic Salon. Acorn Organic Salon is one of the GA business partners offering spring time discounts on their services as part of Green Alliance’s annual Spring Cleaning Blowout Sale! Acorn Salon is not offering one but two great discounts that will run now through May 31st! If you've been to Acorn before, but haven't in over a year you'll get a FREE cut with any color! If you’ve been to Acorn recently you still get 20% off your entire bill, a step above the standard member discount of 15%.

Acorn Organic Salon is located on Sixth Street in Dover and stands out from other salons with their green business practices. All hair and body products are thoroughly researched and chosen based on toxicity, safety, naturalness, and organic ingredients. Acorn Salon has made sustainable efforts in all aspects of their business, down to the furniture and flooring!

These special discounts are valid from now until May 31st for Green Cardholders. If you are not already a Green Alliance member, click here to sign up!!

Yankee Thermal Imaging's Exclusive Bonus Discount for GA Members

By Katie | May 12, 2014 | in

 Yankee Thermal Imaging wants you to stay cool this summer! At YTI, they're all about efficiency, and want to share their secrets to saving energy with Green Alliance members. Valid through July 1st, GA members can access an energy appraisal for only $225 (regularly $300)! 

Unknowingly, you could be throwing hundreds of dollars each year to the wind just by hot and cold air leaking out of your home. The cost of energy is not cheap, and with an energy appraisal from YTI, you can figure out ways to make your home more energy efficient (and save up to $500 a year!). This summer is the perfect time to get control of your cooling and heating systems, and with this generous discount--why not?! 

YTI uses state-of-the-art equipment, including thermal imaging cameras, blower doors, and combustion safety equipment to diagnose problem areas in your home. After the various tests, you will receive a comprehensive report of YTI's findings, suggesting the ways in which your energy use could be more useful. 

Spring Cleaning Special at Green Maids

By Amanda | May 12, 2014 | in

Lets be honest we could all use a little spring cleaning and who better than Green Maids to help you out. There is no better time as Green Alliance is in full swing of the annual Spring Cleaning Blowout Sale! A few of GA’s business partners are offering great discounts on their services. Green Maids is offering 25% off of all cleaning services for new clients only!

Green Maids is a residential and commercial green cleaning company that services Southern Maine and the New Hampshire Seacoast. Green Maids strives to use the most eco-friendly products and methods currently available. All the products they use are guaranteed to be all-natural, biodegradable, earth friendly, non-toxic and safe for your home or office.

There truly is no better time to let Green Maids do your spring cleaning for you! This special discount is valid from now until May 31st for Green Cardholders. If you are not already a Green Alliance member, click here to sign up!!

Spring Discount at Cornerstone Tree Care

By Mary | May 9, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is celebrating the arrival of warm weather with our annual Spring Cleaning Blowout Sale! A few green businesses are offering special discounts for the month of May. One of our local Business Partners, Cornerstone Tree Care, is offering a special discount for their landscaping services! Instead of the normal $36/yard price for black mulch, Cornerstone Tree Care is giving Green Alliance members black mulch for $30 per yard! The black mulch is superior to others because it’s locally produced, organic and composted.

Cornerstone Tree Care strives to work around the natural confines of each unique yard in order to give customers service that the trees themselves might want. No spikes are worn during the belaying process, and Cornerstone uses biodegradable lubricants and biodesel in their equipment. Cornerstone Tree Care is one-of-a-kind when it comes to a sustainable tree removal business. Their tree waste is always recycled and composted into lumber, firewood or landscape mulch.

Komen Race for the Cure is Tomorrow!

By Mary | May 9, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Tomorrow is race day at the Strawberry Banke Museum. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure starts at 8:30 a.m. Online registration is now closed, but those who want to partake can pick up registration packets on the field at Strawberry Banke Museum from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9. Registration will open at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 10. All participants registering on race day will be charged an additional $5.00.

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. If you don't feel like running or walking, there are plenty of volunteer opportunities available and there is an amazing Silent Auction for you to shop at!

Kennebunk Savings' Green Story

By Mary | May 8, 2014 | in

Did you know that every Green Alliance business undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? GA takes a look at what makes the business green and where they have room to improve. Check out Kennebunk Savings' Green Story below and learn more about what makes this community-friendly bank green! Kennebunk Savings has been a green-certified Green Alliance Business Partner for a number of years now, but we recently updated their Green Story. To read all of Kennebunk Savings' certification documents, click here.

Founded in 1871, Kennebunk Savings is an independent, mutually owned savings bank that sets itself apart from its short-term focused, stockholder peers by preserving its fiscal responsibility as a business to benefit the community over the long term. Today, the company boasts 16 banking offices that serve individuals and businesses in York County Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire. Its newest branch opened in Hampton in May 2013 and is its third location in New Hampshire.

Kennebunk Savings offers a complete suite of financial services, including insurance and investment products, for personal and commercial customers alike. And while they offer products and services similar to any big bank, they are very much the same community-oriented company as it was when it started. Kennebunk Savings’ “Community Promise” is to donate 10 percent of their annual profits to local nonprofit organizations, resulting in over $7.5 million in donations since 1994 and helping upwards of 350 organizations every year. In 2012 alone, 8,500 volunteer hours were given back to the community by employees who shared their time and talent.

Spring Cleaning Special at Proulx Oil & Propane

By Mary | May 8, 2014 | in

Winter is long gone, which means it's time to start those Spring cleaning projects you've been putting off. Green Alliance Business Partner, Proulx Oil & Propane, is offering a special discount for anyone interested in getting their furnaced checked and cleaned.

It's extremely important to get home furnaces serviced each year in case of dangerous leaks or misplaced connections. Now is the best time to get your system looked at because Green Cardholders save big at Proulx Oil & Propane this Spring!

Green Alliance members save 50% off Proulx Oil's Annual Clean and Service when they become a new propane customer. You'll also receive half off Proulx's regular clean and service rate for each appliance cleaned. Cleaning and servicing must be done on the same day so that the new tank is set at the customer's home.

EZ Bikes and Scooters Extra Spring Discount through May 31st!

By Katie | May 8, 2014 | in

Embrace the climbing temperatures while cruising along scenic roads from the seat of a new scooter or bike. EZ Bikes and Scooters is rejoicing at the return of warmer, longer days and is offering GA members a great reason to join the fun! 

EZ Bikes and Scooters is offering a bonus discount to GA members--not only will GA members receive $100 off the purchase of any new scooter or bike, but if you purchase a Genuine Scooter, you will receive a free helmet or cover! This offer is only good until the end of May, so go test ride your new bike today! 

Purchasing a bike or scooter is a fun way to travel this summer, and a great way to reduce your fill-ups. EZ Bikes and Scooters will help you find the right fit for you and your needs, and with these great offers, why not get a new ride today?!

Community Toolbox Mother's Day Sale!

By Mary | May 8, 2014 | in

Mother’s Day is fast approaching! Do you know how you’re going to show appreciation for the special mom in your life?

Community Toolbox in Portsmouth is now offering a Mother’s Day discount that can be used in conjunction with the Green Alliance discount! Bring your mom or go shopping with her in mind on Saturday, May 10th to get an additional 20 percent off! 

From now until May 31st, all Green Cardholders save 20 percent off on in-store purchases at Community Toolbox. This means that Green Alliance members can save 20 percent with the Mother’s Day discount and then an additional 20 percent off of that price. Talk about an amazing deal! There is a $500 maximum savings allowed for the combination of both discounts.

Green Alliance Spring Blowout Deals

By Mary | May 8, 2014 | in

The birds are chirping, and the flowers are blooming, which can only mean one thing...spring is in full swing! The Green Alliance is kicking off the new season with our annual Spring Cleaning Blowout sales. A select few of the GA’s Business Partners are offering springtime discounts on their services. All of the discounts are valid from now until May 31st if you're a Green Alliance member. The Spring Cleaning Blowout sale has arrived just in time for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 11th! Check out what great deals the GA Businesses have for any of the moms in your life.

You are a Green Alliance member, aren't you?

If you're not, there is no better time to sign up than right now. Just a look at all the deals we have! 

Severe Weather and Business Planning Workshop

By Madelaine | May 8, 2014 | in

HAMPTON — What measures can you take to protect your business and educate your employees from severe weather? What do more frequent storm events and severe flooding mean for our seacoast business community? These are important questions that the Severe Weather and Business Planning workshop can help you answer! The Green Alliance is co-sponsoring this workshop with NH Businesses for Social Responsibility.

Up to 40 percent of businesses that are impacted by a natural disaster never reopen. With New England’s harsh ever-changing weather conditions it is especially important for the businesses in this region to be prepared. At this workshop attendees will learn Ready Rating approaches to protect property, road access and essential services during severe weather events. There will be presentations and discussions about severe weather to help you make a plan to protect your business.

This workshop will take place on June 17th at the Oceanfront Pavilion at Hampton Beach. Coffee and refreshments will be available. This is a free event and registration is required. You can register for this workshop by clicking here.

Green Collar Careers: Richard Luff, President of Sagamore Golf, Inc.

By Theresa | May 8, 2014 | in

Sagamore Golf, located in North Hampton, NH and Lynnfield, MA, has found a way to integrate sustainability into an industry that historically has not been known for being environmentally friendly. By using predominantly natural and organic fertilizers and limiting pesticide use as a last resort in turf maintenance, Richard Luff, 46, has perpetuated his family’s successful business while still protecting the planet. According to Luff, “We look at ourselves as stewards of the land and how we treat the golf course not only has an impact on the immediate property but it has an impact on the surrounding area and beyond.”

Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job?
Richard Luff (RL): I love seeing the hard work of all of our staff pay off. As President, I do a lot of the planning behind our business. However, at the end of the day, it’s the people on the ground who make things happen. Nothing makes my day more than hearing from a customer what a great time they had out on the course or how well they were taken care of by our staff.

TC: Where did you go to college? Does your college education help with your current job? What skills from college most prepared you for the work you do now?
RL: I went to the University of Vermont and got my bachelors in History and Geography. While my studies did not directly correlate to my job today, the processes you learn while in college when it comes to handling the work load certainly do. The most important thing I learned in college was prioritizing. When you’re in school, you have a million things to do… If you don’t figure out how to multitask, you will probably struggle. Those skills are vital to running a business as well. I remember I also really enjoyed doing small group projects. In retrospect, managing those group projects is just like managing a business. You have to know how to interact with people, how to encourage productivity without taking too much control.