Blog : June 2014

The Green Alliance Summer Party Cruise

By Kelly | Jun 20, 2014 | in
















Click here to join the Green Alliance at the discounted rate of $25!  After you join, RSVP to for a spot on the Party Cruise! 

Big Brother Big Sister Stiletto Sprint

By Magill | Jun 20, 2014 | in

By Emily Norloff

It’s time to strap on a pair of heels and raise some money! With Big Brother Big Sister’s 5th Annual stiletto sprint coming around the corner, now is the perfect time to fundraise while also having a great time.

Starting at the Rusty Hammer in downtown Portsmouth, participants will secure a pair of heels and start running, walking, or strutting their way down the make shift runway. All benefits go towards Big Brother Big Sister, an amazing organization that focuses on strengthening the relationships of children while providing an environment that helps them succeed in life.

This event is an opportunity you do not want to miss! Sign up online and then have your friends and family sponsor you.

Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity ReStore Helps Homeowners Make Cost-Effective Repairs

By Magill | Jun 20, 2014 | in

Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity ReStore provides locals with the opportunity to purchase and recycle home materials for building projects. Building materials, including kitchen cabinets to appliances, are available at a low cost. Proceeds from these sales go to building economically and ecologically sound homes for local low-income families in the seacoast area. All materials sold by Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity Restore are in working condition and are sold at 30 - 80% off, making it the perfect location to purchase building items for restoration projects. By using materials from Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore program the community keeps building items out of the landfill and save energy that would be used to manufacture new materials.

Great Bay Steward's Soak up the Rain event

By Emily | Jun 19, 2014 | in

As pollution continues to rise, so does the number of people working to combat it. This includes the people of The Great Bay Stewards. One of the ways they are working towards combating pollution is through the Soak Up the Rain New Hampshire program.

Managed by the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, Soak Up the Rain N.H. is a voluntary program with one goal: to protect and to restore clean water in the state’s lakes, streams and coastal waters from the negative impact of storm water pollution.

With nearly 90% of New Hampshire's water pollution originating from water runoff on roadways, commerical and domestic properties and public spaces, Soak Up the Rain N.H. seeks to educate individuals about how they can help reverse these effects. Part of that process includes offering instructions and a list of materials for individuals to build and install their own infilitration systems and rain barrels on their property.

Enticed by such a great mission, The Great Bay Stewards have been a part of the program since 2013. G.B.S is a volunteer-based non-profit known for their hard-working environmental and conservation organizations. Their passion for the Great Bay can be seen in their protection of Great Bay plants and animals, strong commitment to research and supporting projects that focus on issues regarding sedimentation, habitat loss, excess nitrogen loads and many more.

Green Alliance and Ultra Geothermal Benefit Yard Sale

By Magill | Jun 18, 2014 | in

In support of New Hampshire native Travis Aho and his battle with Leukemia, Ultra Geothermal and the Green Alliance are bringing together local businesses to put on a yard sale for his benefit.  Travis Aho, brother of Ultra Geothermal owner Melissa Aho, is originally from Sullivan, New Hampshire and a graduate of Keene State. A dedicated advocate for the environment, Aho graduated as an Environmental Studies major and currently works in Florida as a law enforcement officer for the U.S. department of Agriculture to protect the Ocala National Forest.  Aho was diagnosed with Leukemia in December 2013 and has since been struggling with the physical and financial burden of the disease. In order to help alleviate some of his financial struggle, Melissa decided to organize a large-scale community yard sale.

Redhook’s Community Give Back Enormous Success in 2013; Continues in 2014

By Amanda | Jun 18, 2014 | in

In the beginning of 2013, the Redhook Ale Brewery kicked off their community give-back program. The program was designed to help local nonprofits raise extra funds and give them the opportunity to increase awareness of their cause. For the year of 2013, the brewery donated ten percent of its total restaurant sales on Tuesdays to various local charities, choosing one charity for each month of 2013. A year and a half later, the program is still going strong.

The goal of the program was to build relationships with local charities so that the brewery and the local community have more opportunities to give back. The requisites of the program were that the charities were local and meaningful to the brewery so that the program could have the most impact to our community. During the month that each charity is represented, they also are given the opportunity to set up a table at the Pub or have someone representing the charity meet with guests or provide information to further increase the opportunity to raise funds and awareness.

Great Bay Stewards, a conservation organization that focuses its efforts in protecting and preserving the Great Bay Estuary, were the first recipients of the give-back program, earning a $1,500 donation through Redhook’s restaurant sales. Jean Eno, of Great Bay Stewards, had endless praise for Redhook’s Give Back Program.

“I find it incredibly generous for businesses such as Redhook to support the community by reaching out to nonprofits all around them,” said Eno. “It’s great to see a company who could easily limit their fundraising, go above and beyond to help support local groups like us.”

Calling all Green Thumbs!

By Amanda | Jun 18, 2014 | in

Food pantries across the country are continuously working to help feed the thousands of Americans that are food insecure. However, there is no denying the lack of fresh produce available at pantries across the country. This growing season New Roots Farm and Seacoast Eat Local are teaming up to bring more fresh produce to local food pantries across the Seacoast, but they can’t do it without your help!

If you have a green thumb and a little extra gardening space, New Roots Farm and Seacoast Eat Local are looking for gardening partners like you. You can help in three easy steps:

Step One: Pick up FREE seedlings or seeds at New Roots Farm in Newmarket Friday, June 20 from 2-6 PM.

Step Two: Plant container, row, or beds dedicated for donation to a local pantry.

Step Three: Gather and drop harvest at a summer farmers’ market in Dover, Exeter, or Portsmouth for distribution to local food pantries. Alternatively, you can coordinate with your local pantry for drop off times.

Over 2,000 pounds of food were donated to local pantries over the winter market season. New Roots Farm and Seacoast Eat Local are aiming to increase this number with help from Seacoast community members like you!

For more information contact Leo at

Sail Away with Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company This Summer

By Amanda | Jun 18, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company are teaming up this summer to get Seacoast area residents out on the Piscataqua River. Become a new member of the Green Alliance (for only $35) and get a free ticket aboard one of the Gundalow Company’s sails! With sail tickets valued up to $40, there is no better time to join the Green Alliance Community! The membership pays for itself instantly!

The Gundalow Company is a business partner of the Green Alliance, working to bring sustainability to the Seacoast Area. As a non-profit, the Gundalow Company strives to connect community members with the historic icon of river commerce, while simultaneously working to encourage a sense of environmental stewardship for the region’s waterways. The Gundalow Company also offers a unique floating classroom through their educational programs. These educational programs offer a historic perspective while incorporating current coastal issues such as environmental stewardship, water quality, and habitat restoration.

MetalWave electronics recycling event hosted by Red Hook

By Emily | Jun 18, 2014 | in

Today MetalWave, teamed up with Red Hook Brewery, for an electronic waste recycling event. From 11:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. E-Cycle Fest 2014 will be in full swing. The event is open to all Pease International Tradeport tenants and their employees.

They will be providing the venue for the disposal of unwanted technology or electronics. Some items that may be recycled include but are not limited to computers, laptops, servers, keyboards, projectors, cables, cords, wires and light bulbs. A small fee will be applied to items such as monitors, printers, alkaline batteries, and televisions.

Isles of Shoals Teams Up With Green Alliance

By Ali | Jun 17, 2014 | in

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Green Alliance are working together all summer long to give away tickets to island and steamship adventures. Tuesday June 17th the Green Alliance will put up a trivia question that can be found on the GA facebook page. The first person to correctly answer the question will receive a free ticket to the Steamship event on July 10!

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Co., Green Alliance, and NHPTV are all teaming up to bring you a fun night of food, drinks and live music aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton as it sails the Piscataqua River on the July 10.

On July 6 at 7 p.m. catch a gorgeous sunset aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton. Have a drink and unwind to live acoustic entertainment while floating through the ocean. A perfect end to your week!

Feel free to email our Community and Member Manager Katie for more information.
Visit the Isles of Shoals website to buy tickets!

For more information about the cruise on July 10 click here.

Redhook Brewery Summer Parties

By Ali | Jun 17, 2014 | in

Redhook Brewery will be hosting several awesome events throughout the summer months and you’re invited!

July 12 at 2:30 p.m. is the second annual Sneakers and Speakers Benefit Concert. The event will be hosted and curated by Luke and Matt Bonner to benefit the Rock On Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves to increase community artistic and athletic opportunities. There will be lawn games, local food vendors, and great music by Okkervil River, Kevin Devine + the Goddamn Band, The Whigs, Hawk and Dove, and Jason Anderson.

Ticket are $15 in advance and can be purchased online by clicking here, otherwise they will be $25 the day of the festival. This event is 21+.

The next event is Redhook’s most talked about outdoor summer music and beer festival: Hookfest! It’s August 16 from      2 p.m. until 10 p.m. and includes lawn games and activities like cornhole, a dunk tank, and a Frisbee field outside on the lawn. Local seacoast vendors will be selling food and goods throughout the day with radio stations WXGR and The Bubble FM to amp up the fun. All while delicious Redhook beer flows from the taps.

Hillary Gaynor is Your go-to Realtor on the Seacoast for Sustainability

By Amanda | Jun 17, 2014 | in

Hillary Gaynor of The Bean Group is not your ordinary realtor, for her expertise and certifications go well beyond those of a standard realtor. Hillary has extensive knowledge and certifications in energy efficient housing. Hillary’s designations are GREEN Realtor, EcoBroker, and LEED AP. However her sustainable efforts go well beyond her green credentials on paper.

Education is a main priority to Hillary, for both herself and her customers. Hillary keeps her self up-to-date on all of the innovations in home construction and renovation to upgrade efficiency and utilize renewable resources. She then utilizes her knowledge to educate prospective homeowners on energy saving features and the potential for energy saving improvements in a home.

Hillary places sustainability at the forefront of her priorities. She strives to reduce paper waste through electronic signing on closing documents and printing all promotional material through RAM printing, an environmentally friendly printing operation, and fellow Green Alliance business partner. Other sustainable efforts include carpooling from a central location, volunteering regularly in the community, and networking to connect green businesses with potential customers.

There is no doubt that if sustainability is an important aspect in your future home or a house you are thinking of selling Hillary Gaynor of The Bean Group is the realtor for you!

Community Toolbox Cuts the Ribbon and Opens as a Nonprofit

By Craig | Jun 16, 2014 | in

By Emily Norloff
Green Alliance Writer

Congratulations Community Toolbox! Standing outside the store with ribbon and giant scissors, members of Community Toolbox cut the red ribbon, symbolizing the “grand opening.” The recent 501©3 status approval has made it possible for Community toolbox to become an official non-profit organization, definitely something worth celebrating.

With a first and basement level, the store was packed with materials ranging from kitchen cabinets to tiles. Volunteer members were dressed in light blue t-shirts and warmly greeted people as they came in. This open house was a great opportunity to see first-hand the people and the products that go into making Community Toolbox the amazing organization that it is.

Both Tom and Cheryl agreed that there was a great turn out at the event. “Volunteers, community members, and even people we have done projects for have come in” Cheryl stated excitedly.

Scattered around the store were pictures of people helped by the Fix-It program provided by Community Toolbox. Each picture acted as a reminder of the “neighbors helping neighbors” motto proudly advertised by the volunteers of the non-profit.

The enthusiastic atmosphere running through the store mirrored the excitement each volunteer brings when helping members of the community during a project. As a three part business that tirelessly helps the community through their Deconstruction, Retail Outlet and Fix-It programs, this new non-profit status is a great feat.

Green Alliance Members save 10% on all purchases at the Community Toolbox store!

A Week in Review At Get it Going

By Ali | Jun 13, 2014 | in

Get it Going has three main events this week. The first is to offer 15 percent off of GiG apparel now through the end of June! All gear in the shop is responsibly source and made in the US. Check out the GiG Shop!

Next, Get it Going is welcoming their newest GiGStar. Recently graduated and on his way to Westminster College in Salt Lake City for the summer is soccer star Ian Troost. Troost will be playing for NAIA Division I soccer at Westminster and still has time for community service and extracurricular activities. 

Lastly, a new door has opened for Jill and Natasha, GiG co-owners. Jill will begin weekly blogs about behind the scenes at GiG. Not a day goes by for these two without a funny, unique story. They want to share those stories with their past and future GiGStars and followers! Want to follow the blog?

So, what’s your GiG?

Green Tips from Ultra Geothermal

By Ali | Jun 13, 2014 | in

This week's Green Tips come from Green Alliance business partner, Ultra Geothermal, a renewable energy company that specializes in geothermal heating and cooling.

1. Programmable thermostats are great for fossil-fuel run heating systems. For a geothermal system, however, it is best to maintain a constant temperature in your home to minimize costs, making programmable thermostat less than ideal.

2. Geothermal can save up to 80% off heating and cooling costs, by using the natural heat from the earth to heat and cool your home. This means you will have more money to spend on other energy efficieny products, like a Solar PV system to run the heat pump.

3. Burning 1 gallon of fossil fuel releases 20 pounds of CO2 emissions. Geothermal can help you minimize your emissions.

4. Air-sourced water heaters are a great option to de-humidify your basement. They also heat hot water for 70% cheaper than other water heating methods.