Blog : June 2014

Comedy Show benefiting Travis Aho Leukemia Fund

By Kelly | Jun 4, 2014 | in

Melissa Aho of Ultra Geothermal, a Green Alliance Business Partner, is putting on a stand-up comedy night benefiting Travis Aho's Leukemia Fund. Travis, originally from Sullivan NH, currently lives in Travares FL. His career as a firefighter has allowed him to travel all around the U.S. His current work is a law enforcement officer for the U.S department of Agriculture in the Ocala National Forest.

Travis attended Keene State College receiving a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. After college, he found a passion in fighting forest fires and helping with natural disasters. Travis used his skills to assist with hurricane Katrina and the 911 attacks. He was also sent to the Midwest and California to help fight forest fires.

Travis, Melissa's brother, was diagnosed in January with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Today, Travis wants to point out, “That cancer can attack anyone at anytime, even me at the age of 37 I had not imagined my everyday life would ever change so drastically in a few weeks time.”


Introducing the new Isles of Shoals Steamship Company!

By Katie | Jun 4, 2014 | in

Had it not already developed a strong following in the Seacoast, and even beyond, the Portsmouth-harbor-staple the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company could pass as a new business in Portsmouth. From the company’s fresh, new logo, with its recognizable flagship the M/V Thomas Laighton, to the debut of a smaller passenger boat, the M/V Celia Thaxter, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is gearing up for a summer that promises to be better than any other.

As a member of the Green Alliance, a union promoting over one hundred local, sustainable businesses, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company has raised the bar for the industry. They work to conserve energy in every avenue possible, from incorporating recycling into the operation and encouraging “telecommuting” of their employees during the winter months.

The catalysts behind such changes are the new owners, Captain Jeremy Bell and Captain Jerod Blanchette, who have been with the company since 1997. When the two began, they were both summer interns from Maine Maritime Academy. They haven’t missed a summer with ISSCo since.

ENH Gives It to You Straight

By Kyle | Jun 4, 2014 | in

ENH Power aims to use upfront and transparent business practices while providing citizens of New Hampshire affordable electricity. It’s a common practice for electrical companies to use variable rate plans to charge more in times of high-energy use. As thermostats are cranked high in the cold winter months, with variable rates customers experience a spike in their monthly electric bill. However, ENH strays away from this trend by purchasing power upfront for the duration of their customers contract. With this method, ENH customers aren’t subject to the 300 percent increase in energy rates typically experienced during months of extreme weather.

The morally sound business practices of ENH cause one problem; disbelief.

Geothermal Done Right!

By Kyle | Jun 4, 2014 | in

Many stray away from renewable energy systems because of their high costs in comparison to conventional energy systems. What these homeowners may not realize is the savings renewable energy systems provide in the long-term. With Utra Geothermal’s custom geothermal heating and cooling systems you can reduce your monthly energy bill and environmental impact. With Ultra, homeowners can reduce heating and cooling bills by 30-70%. Avoid the constant rise in your energy bill as oil prices continue to increase—geothermal constantly taps the energy that is naturally stored in the earth. The Federal government also offers a significant tax break to homeowners who invest in geothermal heating and cooling systems. Though it’s always great to save money, it’s even more important for the future of our planet to reduce ones impact on the environment.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: ReMax On the River

By Clay | Jun 3, 2014 | in

Who: Ron April, ReMax On the River real estate agent

What: Since 1997, Ron April has succeeded in the volatile real estate industry. As part of it, he learned how important it is for real estate to integrate sustainability. April's eco-conversion began with a 43-mile-per-gallon hybrid Lexus. Now he is working toward becoming an EcoBroker — a coveted environmental and energy designation awarded by the Association of Energy and Environment Real Estate Professionals. He also focuses on providing clients with details on what makes a house green. April has moved to digital paperwork and an interactive Web site that helps prospective clients scan for area properties without paper-heavy packets.

Where: 11 Market Square, Newburyport, Mass.


What makes him green:

  • Drives hybrid vehicle to properties.
  • Educates co-workers on the benefits of eco-friendly practices.
  • Digitized book-keeping and paperwork for office and clients.
  • Scans area properties without paper-heavy packets.
  • Applied for EcoBroker certification.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Ron April's full certification documents and learn more about his sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company Adds to the Family!

By Katie | Jun 3, 2014 | in

Another weekly giveaway is upon us! This week we're mixing it up, and will be posting a trivia question on our Facebook page; the answer can be found within this blog. All you'll have to do is simply be the first person to post a comment with the correct answer on the Facebook Post. It's that easy!

Speaking of mixing it up, The Steamship Company is excited to announce the arrival of their new, little girl, the M/V Celia Thaxter! Though Celia is a boat, The Steamship Company could not be more excited about the new life she will bring to the company. For those unfamiliar with her namesake, Celia Laighton Thaxter was an American poet and author, who was born in Portsmouth to a lighthouse keeper, named Thomas Laighton (sound familiar?). The new ship will carry up to 50 passengers for late morning runs to the Isles of Shoals. 

Have you marked your calendar? July 10th is the GA/NHPTV Summer Party Cruise aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton complete with live musics, drinks, and appetizers! The event is FREE for all GA members! You are a member, right? If so, email to reserve your spot. If not, what are you waiting for?! Join now then email! You will not want to miss this party! 

Discount on Strawbery Banke Admission with purchase of Gundalow Sailing ticket

By Emily | Jun 3, 2014 | in

Enjoy the historic excellence of Strawbery Banke this season while also receiving $5 off the ticket price. By showing a printed copy of your Gundalow Company sailing ticket at the entrance, experience Strawbery Banke at a discount.

Open from May 1-October 31, Strawbery Banke gives the public the opportunity to travel back in time. Four centuries of history are depicted in this little neighborhood found in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Through restored homes, featured exhibits, historic landscapes, historic gardens, and interpretive programs, visitors are given the chance to experience and imagine how people lived centuries ago.

Green Alliance members enjoy 10% off sailing tickets and10% off private charters. Not a member? Click here to join

Local Artist, Kenneth Joseph Bini's Exhibition at Zev Yoga

By Clay | Jun 3, 2014 | in

Drift Contemporary Art Gallery has announced their June/July exhibition located at the Zev Yoga Studio above Breaking New Grounds in downtown Portsmouth. Along with Bini, the gallery will feature a collaboration of local, national and international artists whose work will rotate through the studio. The public artist receptions will coincide with Portsmouth's Art 'Round Town gallery walk.

Bini describes the focus of his work as an exploration of a human figure's expressive nature in different scenarios, invoking a narrative and creating a dynamic between the figure's relationship with the ground.

"I generate these images through a rhythm of mark-making and reductive processes. Figures and figure groups emerge from a continual layering of paint and glazes and the scraping and scratching into the surface reveal, embellish and enhance the image," said Bini. "By cutting and working into these accumulated layers of pigment, I am able to create a surface that is complex and visually unpredictable. In each piece, I strive to connect with and crystallize the tension and mystery of contemporary life."

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria $25 for $12.50 Deal

By Emily | Jun 3, 2014 | in

There is nothing better than a great slice of pizza. Especially when it is hand crafted with care and only the best ingredients. That is why 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is the place to go for the best high quality standards and service.

This high quality service includes bringing great deals to its customers. For a limited time, enjoy some deliciously authentic food for 50 percent off. Bring the coupon with you to 900 Degrees and receive half off of brick oven pizza, entrees, appetizers, and martinis. With a value of $25, you only have to pay $12.50. Tax and gratuity is not included in the deal and it is not valid with other offers or the 2 for 1 Tuesday promo. There is also no cash value to this coupon and a 1 per table limit.

5 Green Tips from Newmarket Dental

By Emily | Jun 3, 2014 | in

This weeks green tips come from Dr, Nathan Swanson of Newmarket Dental, a green-minded dental practice. Learn more about Newmarket Dental here

1. Turn off the water! Between wetting our toothbrush and rinsing, a lot of us leave the tap water running while we brush. If you brush the recommended two minutes, this could be wasting gallons of water per day.

2. Recycle your floss dispenser. It may not be as obvious as #1 plastics, like soft drink bottles, or #2 plastics like milk jugs, but most floss dispensers are #5 plastics and are very often accepted by curbside recycling programs. Before recycling pop the case open, remove the floss wheel, and pull out the small metal "tooth" that tears the floss.