Blog : July 2014

GateWay Taiji, Qigong and Yoga Offering New Beginner Balance Class

By Kyle | Jul 25, 2014 | in

Nearly 1 in 3 people over 65 fall each year due to balance impairment. Balance impairment is a serious health issue that affects millions of Americans. With the practice of yoga and taiji (pronounced “tai chi”) it is possible to improve balance, strength and mobility. Starting on October 7th, Gateway Taiji, Qigong and Yoga are offering a beginners class of Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. This 12-week session includes two classes a week every Tuesday and Thursday 11:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li at the Oregon Research Institute and endorsed by the HHS Administration on Aging, tai chi and yoga are proven to significantly decrease the likelihood of disabling falls. This program has the ability to reduce a participant’s risk and fear of falling by 55%, improve postural stability and walking ability in patients with Parkinson’s disease and improve quality of sleep and well-being.

Green Alliance T-Shirts Available

By Kelly | Jul 24, 2014 | in

Organic cotton t-shirts are on sale!  Visit our website to purchase a Green Alliance t-shirt offered in men's and women's sizes. You can also purchase kids t-shirts that include the added phrase of "future environmentalist".  There are a variety of colors that you can choose from.  Adult sizes are sold for $10 and kids sizes are sold for $7.  Order online and receive your soft organic cotton shirt right at your doorstep.  Click here to view your options!  






GateWay Taiji: Moving for a Better Balance

By Sam | Jul 24, 2014 | in

Check out GateWay's intro video for their new series: Moving for a Better Balance! This 12-week workshop is endorsed by the NH Falls Risk Reduction Task Force and has been shown to result in: Improved strength, balance and mobility, Improved postural stability and walking, and Improved quality of sleep and well-being. The balance curriculum is safe and accessible to people of all fitness levels, and is effective with people with hearing related balance issues, coordination and balance problems caused by stroke and Parkinson’s Disease, and age-related balance challenges.

Tune in to 106.1 WSCA-LP on August 5 to hear GateWay's Bill Buckley talk about balance, and sign up for the class here.

Gifting Outside the Box

By Kyle | Jul 24, 2014 | in

Newly engaged couples nationwide turn to big box stores to create their registries with, registering products that often are not made in the US and lack uniqueness. With Nearby Registry, however, couples can select products and services from unique local companies and not just big box stores, all online in a convenient location for friends and family. Nearby gives engaged couples the chance to support local businesses through gifts from their guests.

Owner Allison Grappone created Nearby based around what she believes is the new definition of local. Local is what a person defines it as: it may be a twenty-mile radius for one person or the entire northeast for another. What’s important about local is no longer just location, but a guarantee of unique, one-of-a-kind creations as well as keeping money within the small businesses who practice responsible business.

Ridgeview Construction Hopes to Change View on Prefabricated Homes with Build in Salisbury

By Craig | Jul 24, 2014 | in

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when considering home design – what's attractive to one person may not be to another. Perceptions are changing, however, when it comes to prefabricated and modular home building. At least, that's what Ridgeview Construction owner Shane Carter hopes to achieve with a build in Salisbury, Mass.

Ridgeview, a Deerfield, N.H. based building company, is the general contractor for Boston magazine’s tenth Design Home project. Each year, Boston seeks a new location in the greater Boston area that focuses on a new perspective of living. For Design Home 2014, the theme is a modular home build with minimal waste and completely net-zero in design.

“I think that changing the perception is really important," said Carter. "Modular homes today, being factory built in controlled conditions with very little waste and very little on-site build time, is really an efficient and green way for home construction."

For many homeowners, going green is a way to be financially sustainable. It's also a great way to live environmentally, which is the why Natalie Treat, along with her husband Tom, offered their property to be the stage on which Carter will build their green home.

Both nature lovers and environmentalists, the Treats saw a once in a lifetime chance to get their dream home when the original home selected for the project was no longer available. The couple immediately offered their property as a replacement.

The modular assembly, along with additional green technology, will help to render the home as a net-zero build, cutting down on the home's carbon footprint.

Net Zero Potential Becomes a Reality in Rye

By Magill | Jul 23, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

PORTSMOUTH – “Green is good for all” is one of the practicing mantras at Futuro Builders. And in the case of a nearly-completed residential project in Rye, founder Jesse Ware and his company are truly practicing what they preach.

The net zero home nearing completion in Rye Harbor may not be the first of its kind but Ware believes it will raise the bar for imaginative, cutting-edge sustainability design in the region.

When completed, the owners of this 2,400 square-foot home will not have a heating or electricity bill and are expected to actually generate energy credits. Due to a custom designed solar racking panel array, SIGA tapes to air seal the slab vapor barrier, and state-of-the-art Intus Windows that allow for superior insulation without sacrificing quality air ventilation, Ware said the home is an example of seamlessly merging smart sustainability and economics.

Sail Away with Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company This Summer

By Amanda | Jul 23, 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 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 Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company will also be giving away FOUR tickets this week. Thursday July 24 the Green Alliance will put up a trivia question that can be found on the GA facebook page. Simply comment on the post with the answer you think is correct! We will choose one winner at random.

The Gundalow Company is a business partner of the Green Alliance, working to bring sustainability to the Seacoast Area. This non-profit 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 Green Alliance seeks a Freelance Writer!

By Sam | Jul 23, 2014 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? Keep up with who's hiring in the seacoast and feel good about the work you do!

Sometimes we list jobs on the Green Jobs Board, too. This one is for a freelance writer. Click through to read the job description!

As Freelance Writer for the Green Alliance, you’ll be responsible for generating compelling, accurate, and engaging copy (typically between 600-1500 words) for a variety of outlets, including online blogs, newsletters, newspapers, and magazines.

We do not write press releases; we produce publish-ready news-style stories that mimic in both quality and approach the style and focus of the publications themselves. A background in journalism or a related field is preferred.

Exeter Practice Integrates Naturopathic Techniques with Traditional Medicine for Optimum Mental Health

By Amanda | Jul 22, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Correspondent

While treatment of mental illness has progressed during the last few decades, patients who rely solely on traditional psychiatric care overlook the benefits that naturopathic treatment can produce.

Naturopathic doctors take a different approach to treating mental illness than traditional medical doctors do, and when that approach is coordinated with a medical doctor’s treatment, the synergy can produce more benefits than either discipline alone can offer.

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process, according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.

Starry Brook Natural Medicine is a naturopathic practice in Exeter, N.H. that provides health care with an approach that integrates with traditional medicine. Physical exams, intakes, and treatment plans are guided by the patient's desires. Treatment and therapies range from prescriptive medicines, acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and homeopathy or a combination.

The practice offers treatments for a variety of mental illnesses, including borderline personality disorder; bipolar disorder; anxiety; depression; obsessive compulsive disorder; agoraphobia; eating disorders; and trichotillomania.

Guest Blog; A NH Citizens Hearing on Climate Change in New Hampshire

By Amanda | Jul 22, 2014 | in

The Guest Blog below is from Roger Stephenson, an Outreach Consultant for the Union of Concerned Scientists. This post summarizes an upcoming citizen hearing on climate change in Concord, NH.

Concord Public Library
Monday, July 28th 6 – 8 pm
Concord, NH

The Clean Power Plan cuts carbon pollution – power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30% below 2005 levels – attend and express your support!

Our future is at stake – New Hampshire is experiencing the impacts of climate change.

Add your voice by commenting at the hearing July 28! Learn what you can do to make a difference! Comments to the EPA must be received by October 16th, 2014, so use this opportunity to voice your support.

The hearing is in response to the EPA’s June announcement of the Clean Power Plan, which will put in place the first-ever, federal standards on carbon pollution from power plants. Carbon pollution fuels climate change, triggers more asthma attacks and respiratory disease, worsens air quality, and contributes to more frequent, destructive, costly and deadly extreme weather events. According to the EPA the Clean Power Plan will prevent up to 150,000 asthma attacks and 6,600 premature deaths annually by 2030.

Ultra Geothermal Seeks Donations to Benefit Travis Aho Leukemia Fund

By Craig | Jul 22, 2014 | in

To support her brother Travis' battle with Leukemia, Ultra Geothermal owner, Melissa Aho, and the Green Alliance are bringing together local businesses to put on a yard sale for his benefit. The yard sale will take place on July 26 at 358 Route 4 in Barrington, N.H. (just off the the Lee traffic circle) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Any yard sale appropriate donations - clothing, sports equipment, DVDs, books, etc. - or baked goods are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at Ultra Geothermal. The event is being co-sponsored by Green Alliance Business Partner, Get It Going.

Travis was diagnosed with Leukemia in December 2013 and has since struggled with the physical and financial burden of the disease. In order to help alleviate some of his financial stress, Melissa organized a large-scale community yard sale. Melissa came up with the idea to use her business and its connection with the Green Alliance to help promote and support the yard sale.

A dedicated advocate for the environment, Travis 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.

Ultra Geothermal was one of the first twenty Business Partners to join the Green Alliance, an organization that connects environmentally conscious consumers with local sustainable businesses. The Green Alliance was inspired by Travis’s story and his sister’s efforts to support his battle, and was excited to help out in any way they could.

“I was very excited when Melissa reached out to the Green Alliance for our support," said Green Alliance founder and Director, Sarah Brown. "Our job is to promote our Business Partners to the community, which makes our involvement in the yard sale the perfect way to maximize donations and attendance. I’m glad we can use our resources and connections to support such a good cause.”

In addition to promoting the fundraising event the Green Alliance has brought together its 114 additional business partners to donate items to the yard sale in hopes to strengthen the outcome of the event. Local environmentally-friendly business partners including the Portsmouth Brewery, Prelude and Get it Going are looking forward to this recycling opportunity that benefits a great cause. With the support of all these local businesses the Green Alliance hopes this yard sale will be full of donations to benefit Travis’s cause. Some proceeds will also support the Green Alliance Non-Profit Fund in efforts to keep our communities green.

Ecotech's Tom Pray Takes on an Army of Flying Insects

By Craig | Jul 21, 2014 | in

Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control stopped by the Green Alliance offices this afternoon to show us a prototype of his latest invention to help rid our backyards and public spaces of pesky deer flies, horse flies and green-heads. If you're a New Englander then you know just how easily one of these little creatures can ruin a perfect mid-summer night in the backyard, or down at the beach.

Pray was always asked by clients why mosquito sprays weren't taking care of these harassing flies. His answer was less than comforting. “A normal mosquito spray will do absolutely nothing for green-heads. The amount of chemicals you need to kill them is very high," said Pray

When his customers were disappointed with his answer, Pray saw a new market open up for his business. Pray based his idea on the fly-boxes he worked with years ago for the town of Hampton controlling fly populations in the salt marshes. Those wooden boxes proved to be too difficult to move and store for the average homeowner.

This "fly cage" is collapsable for easy storage and features machine washable netting. It is also 100 percent eco-friendly, kills the flies without chemical use, and recyclable. So how does it work?

Standing on four legs, Pray's device replicates the appearance of a four-legged animal such as a cow or deer. Hanging between the device's legs is a black buoy which Pray has found attracts the flies. According to Pray, deer flies, horse flies and green heads are often attracted to the underside of an animal where there is less hair to obstruct them from reaching the flesh.

“When they see the black buoy it draws them in even more and they go up underneath into the netting and get caught," said Pray.

When the flies, drawn by the hanging buoy fly upwards toward the "belly," they continue into a small hole that opens into a larger netted area. Once inside the flies are trapped and cook in the sunlight. At the end of the summer homeowners simply shake out the netting and wash it before storing it for the winter. The traps are perfect for backyards, golf courses and business with outdoor seating areas. Set up is as easy as opening a folding camping chair. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: EcoSound Builders

By Magill | Jul 21, 2014 | in

Who: EcoSound Builders LLC

What: Originally started by father-and-son team Roger and Ethan Korpi in 2007, EcoSound Builders specializes in Eco-concious home building and long-term durability.  With the addition of green building specialist Peter Robie, the company soon stretched itself to become one of the foremost sustainability builders in both the Lakes Region and on the Seacoast.

A canine home away from home

By Emily | Jul 17, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord

Mary’s Dogs Inn has opened for business.

Mary Doane, the founder of Mary’s Dogs, is pleased her rescue and adoption organization has grown from her home in Deerfield to a two-story, 1800s federal-style house and property along Route 4 in Northwood near Coe-Brown Academy.

“We have a wonderful, relaxed feel at the Inn,” Doane said about the property that can board as many as 10 dogs at once. “Dogs who come to stay with us will feel like they're at home.”

This home offers canine daycare and boarding and fulfills a quarantine need for the dogs rescued from high-kill centers in the South. A 2012 New Hampshire state law mandated a 48-hour quarantine period for dogs at a licensed facility before heading to an adopting family.

Doane supported the law but knew when it was passed by the New Hampshire legislature that her operating model would have to change – and would require an actual facility rather than the improvised methods she had employed since founding Mary’s Dogs in 2011.

“We were never going to get anywhere without a center for dogs who were already adopted and for daycare, boarding and other activities,” Doane said.