Blog : May 2014

Brewing Beer for a Better Planet

By Ali | May 6, 2014 | in

If you’re in need of some good food and great locally brewed beer, look no further than the Portsmouth Brewery. This Green Alliance business partner is known in the community for its charm, hospitality and sustainability. Their “make-it- from-scratch” mentality is only one of the ways manager Brennen Rumble keeps the business thriving. You may be wondering, what's their secret?

As many know, the Brewery has produced their own beer for over 20 years under the Smuttynose moniker. But what many might not realize is just how sustainable the brewing operation is. Not only did they install new pump-switches to make the brewing kettles more energy efficient, but at the end of the brewing process the used hops and oats are donated to pig farmers for feed. Anything that can’t be used as feed goes is composted. As active members of the Slow Food Movement their menu has numerous local food options and have transitioned away from plastic and Styrofoam products. All To-Go containers are made with biodegradable potato based materials and bags from the gift shop and restaurant are made from recycled paper.

Brixham Montessori Builds Vernal Pool Viewing Deck for Students

By Sam | May 5, 2014 | in

Kids are naturally adventurous. They play in the mud, get their clothes dirty, and are often fearless about their surroundings. But how do you engage this sense of discovery in an educational setting?

Ainsley, 10, student at the Brixham Montessori Friends School in York, shares her discoveries in the vernal pool, situated naturally outside the school.

“There’s some frog eggs this year, there’s a lot of plants. It’s questionable whether there’s poison ivy… We’ll find out.”

The Brixham Montessori School in York has built a wooden viewing platform and a boardwalk for the vernal pools that appear on the school’s grounds in the spring. On the deck, students can lie on their stomachs and cup their hands into the water to view the amphibious life, as well as the surrounding flora. When the school moved to their new location in York, they discovered a new opportunity to educate students using the natural resources right in their yard.

“When we moved here in 2006, we knew there were peepers, but we didn’t know quite how much life [the pool] was supporting,” said Alica Johnson-Grafe. “Since we have tadpoles and frog eggs, there are snakes, a groundhog, different mosses and lichens that we’ll be identifying.”

Light the way for a healthier planet with Rockingham Electric and The Lighting Center

By Emily | May 5, 2014 | in

The Rockingham Electric Supply Co. and its sister company The Lighting Center are third generation, family owned businesses with a strong passion for bringing the public a green lighting outlet. President, Jim Pender prides himself in educating customers and employees alike on sustainable lighting.

Rockingham Electric has shared a few easy ways to use lighting to help protect our planet. With these tips, you can start taking steps towards a green earth.

Kennebunk Savings Bank Keeps Up with a Changing Industry

By Patrick | May 5, 2014 | in

The past decade has been chock full of economic turmoil reducing the credibility of some of our nation’s largest financial firms. However, over that same time period Kennebunk Savings Bank has retained its reputation as one of the area’s oldest community banks.

But this old dog has stayed up on the new tricks and revelations in “technological banking” – a growing business strategy for banks that actually helps institutions work toward sustainability.

These improvements to the bank’s infrastructure also provide a direct benefit to customers. Kennebunk plans to update their Apple and Android mobile applications to include mobile check deposits, balance-checks, and even on-the-go transfers between your accounts.

These updates provide you with the ability to give your business to a local bank with small business priorities while enjoying the functions and advancements of a larger institution.

Stay tuned to more information on this, or visit Kennebunk Savings Bank on the web.

Mirror Image Automotive: A Trustworthy One-Stop-Shop

By Patrick | May 5, 2014 | in

Starting in his father’s garage in Goffstown back in 1982, Jason Battistelli learned the tricks of the automotive trade.

After his father’s shop was sold in 2000, Jason went back to school working towards a degree in computer engineering. However, after a few years he gravitated back in the direction of the old family business. Jason opened a shop in Goffstown and finally moved to Greenland – where the shop remains today.

However, Mirror Image Automotive is not your typical automotive shop. In addition to the upstanding customer service they provide, the also aim to combine collision repair and mechanical maintenance together to create a one-stop-shop for all of your vehicular woes.

Customers of Mirror Image tend to return for anything ranging from a slight issue to a major crisis because they are aware of Jason’s reputation for defending clients against the lucrative techniques employed by most large insurance companies.

And for any new car owners or anyone new to the area, hearing of a mechanic with such established credibility can be immensely relieving.

Few people realize that Jason’s business extends even beyond the realm of repairs and maintenance. He also uses his business to help build models of iconic vehicles like Frank Day’s replica of a 1965 Chevy Cobra (pictured above) – showing that his love for automobiles is not restricted to his professional life.

MetalWave Sustainably Recycles Electronics

By Ali | May 2, 2014 | in

Do you have electronics sitting around your house that are unusable? Most people do. Fortunately, Green Alliance business partner, MetalWave, Inc. can recycle them for you in a sustainable manner. MetalWave is hosting a recycling event on Saturday May 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m at the Hampton, NH Fire Station on Winnacunnet Road.

The event is open to residents living within the Southeast Regional Refuse Disposal District, which includes: Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Fremont, New Castle, Rye, Brentwood, Sandown, North Hampton and South Hampton. Residents coming from locations outside these designated areas may be turned away.

Marcom4 Thinks Outside of the Box to Expand Businesses

By Mary | May 2, 2014 | in

GREENLAND – Are you struggling to get your business noticed? Marcom4 in Greenland, NH is a unique branding and content marketing company that knows the best way to bring your ideas and projects into the pubic eye. Marcom4 specializes in marketing and communication for its clients.

Marcom4 is made up of a team of four especially talented individuals. The founding partners, Dannielle Sargent, Jane Marlow Cutter, Kara Steere and Andrea Knowles, each bring their own creative touch to all business projects. Together, the group at Marcom4 has over 60 years worth of living and working in New Hampshire. They specialize in forming messaging strategies for inviduals looking to grow their organizations. Marcom4's forward-thinking approach helps them meet the needs of any and all clients. The team focuses on content and client development, as well as creative appeal and media outreach.

4th Annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K

By Mary | May 2, 2014 | in

LONDONDERRY -- The Fourth Annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K and fair is set for this Saturday, May 3! The past three races had sell-out crowds, and Stonyfield is anticipating another successful race day this year. The fair will feature new vendors, exciting events and live music. Local eateries will provide free and healthy food options for attendees.

Stonyfield, the world's leading organic yogurt maker, has teamed up with LOCO Sports to host the Earth Day 5K race. LOCO Sports is a Newmarket-based company that operates many premier running events in New Hampshire. The race and fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end around 1:00 p.m. Participants can choose to run or walk the 5K. The fair is open to the general public so anyone who is unable to race can join in on the fun, too!

Pre-registration is currently closed, but adults can register for $30 on the day of if space is still available. Youth tickets cost $20. Registered children will receive free tickets to the NH Children’s Museum in Dover. All pre-registered runners and walkers will receive a free, 100 percent organic, custom t-shirt courtesy of B-Positive Project Apparel. The first 1,250 people to register will also get a free ticket to a Manchester Fisher Cats baseball game.

Save Big with Our Town Energy Alliance

By Ali | May 2, 2014 | in

Living in New England means cold winters, but it doesn’t necessarily mean expensive heating bills. Green Alliance business partner, Our Town Energy Alliance has cultivated a unique partnership among the community. They sell discounted heating fuels to businesses and families throughout New Hampshire. Here’s how it works. Our Town Energy Alliance purchases heating fuel in bulk and uses that volume buying power to secure discount rates from leading area fuel dealers.

Becoming an Our Town member is easy; it’s $25 a signup, saving you hundreds of dollars instantly. For businesses the first fuel is $50, and the second is only $20! Members can save up to 50 percent on their heating bills. Our Town caters to the needs of all families and situations, including giving people on fuel assistance a free membership.

4th Annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K

By Mary | May 2, 2014 | in

LONDONDERRY -- The Fourth Annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K and fair is set for this Saturday, May 3! The past three races had sell-out crowds, and Stonyfield is anticipating another successful race day this year. The fair will feature new vendors, exciting events and live music. Local eateries will provide free and healthy food options for attendees.

Stonyfield, the world's leading organic yogurt maker, has teamed up with LOCO Sports to host the Earth Day 5K race. LOCO Sports is a Newmarket-based company that operates many premier running events in New Hampshire. The race and fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end around 1:00 p.m. Participants can choose to run or walk the 5K. The fair is open to the general public so anyone who is unable to race can join in on the fun, too!

Meet a Green Business: Brixham Montessori Friends School

By Patrick | May 2, 2014 | in

Who: Brixham Montessori Friends School

What: Combining the fundamental Montessori belief of independence and freedom of choice with a child's natural psychological development, and Quaker values of peace, simplicity, community and equality, Brixham Montessori Friends School celebrates holistic education. Part of that education is an increased awareness on composting, recycling and environmental stewardship and teaching that elevates the fundamentals of sustainable living and nurtures the child as a whole. In 2010 the school underwent a full energy audit and has worked to address all the report's recommendations so that they aren't simply teaching environmental awareness, but living it.

Where: 18 Brickyard Court, York, Maine

Web: www.brixhammontessori.org

What Makes Us Green:

  • Composts all food scraps and use as chicken feed.
  • Comprehensive recycling program throughout the school.
  • Students taught the value of environmental and ecological awareness.
  • Curriculum includes projects which emphasize the reuse of products and materials.
  • School maintains their own vegetable garden.

The Creatures Among Us: Preventing and Treating Ticks the Environmental Way

By Craig | May 1, 2014 | in

By Craig Robert Brown
Green Alliance Staff Writer

They live among us. Small hordes of roaming creatures that embed themselves in a host's flesh gorging on blood, spreading disease and driving humanity into a frenzy. Sound like a cheesy b-movie? It's not. They're ticks and if you're a pet owner, a parent, an avid outdoors explorer or a property owner, then you've probably had an encounter with them. Now that the snow has cleared and we're making use of our yards and wooded areas again, it's good to have a line of defense against these potential disease-carrying ectoparasites.

For some even saying "tick" gives the sensation their body is crawling with the insect. But fear not, Tom Pray, of Ecotech Pest Control Services wants to put minds at ease with his arsenal of natural remedies, sprays, and education to help prevent exposure to ticks this summer.

Newmarket Dental Goes Green In Style

By Sam | May 1, 2014 | in

Let’s face it; dentists aren’t widely regarded as the stylish trendsetters of our society. Nate Swanson of Newmarket Dental, however, has broken the mold by designing a modernized office with a twist, using vintage, reclaimed, and recycled materials. It’s truly a hip design, but the real kicker is its sustainable edge.

The office is a clever combination of vintage décor in a sleek, modern layout, with a monochromatic, industrial color scheme. In the waiting room, magazines and lamps sit on top of reclaimed typewriter stands. Edison-style bulbs hang above the front desk, which is lined with a tin-roof style metal. The walls are decorated with Dr. Swanson’s private collection of antique toothpaste ads and dentist’s charts

Purely Organic proves what was once trailblazing has become the norm

By Madelaine | May 1, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

PORTSMOUTH –Purely Organic Lawn Care was started in 2003 when owner Jay Palladino made an unfortunate connection between his golden retriever getting sick and the newly-applied fertilizer on the lawn at his Kensington home.

“I was an early investor in the organic fertilizer company Cockadoodle Doo but hadn’t thought much about the chemicals on my lawn until my six-week-old puppy passed out on the kitchen floor,” Palladino explained.

While organic lawn care clicked as a business model, Palladino admits he was in unchartered territory. “I knew nothing about using organics and growing grass,” he said. While his small company struggled to find its footing, Palladino said the early challenges were due to a marketplace unprepared for their brand and not fully ready to embrace sustainability.

“We were ahead of our time,” he said. “Most people preferred using chemicals and didn’t give much thought to what it was doing to the water supply or the health of their family.”

Join the Green Alliance Team for the 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure

By Madelaine | May 1, 2014 | in

Let's put an end to breast cancer forever. Don't miss your chance to be a part of the pink ribbon revolution... click here to register for the 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure! Simply click "Join an Exisiting Team" and type in "The Green Alliance."

The third annual Race for the Cure is less than two weeks away! The Green Alliance is proud to be a crystal sponsor for such an amazing breast cancer awareness race. The Vermont-NH Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen organization is coming to Portsmouth on May 10 to spread the word about the pink ribbon movement. The run/walk will begin at Strawberry Banke Muesum located at 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth. Proceeds from the event will go towards breast cancer research, treatment and educational programs in New Hampshire and Vermont. Every year, millions of women and their families are impacted by this disease. Just about everyone knows of someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer.