Blog : July 2014

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation Annual Cruise Fundraiser

By Craig | Jul 1, 2014 | in

Emily Norloff
Green Alliance Writer

The ocean is a mysterious place. Covering over 70 percent of the planet’s surface, there is plenty of room for marine life under the blue rolling waves that surround us. It's the mission of The Blue Ocean Society to protect that marine life.

One of the ways The Blue Ocean Society works to sustain this mission is through their annual cruise fundraiser. July 8 marks the Ninth Annual Tropical Cruise onboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's flagship boat, the M/V Thomas Laighton. It's become a popular event for BOS who has seen a positive spike in attendance since the cruise's inception.

“We have previously held our cruises on a smaller vessel and, with the success of the event, have outgrown it,” said Brenna Bullis, Development Coordinator for the Blue Ocean Society.

The cruise is tropical themed, so make sure to wear your floral shirts and flip flips. Festivities include, but are not limited to, tropical tunes from DJ Ron Reid, dancing, light appetizers, a photo booth, silent auction, cash bar and raffle.

Boarding for the cruise starts at 6:20 p.m. at the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company dock. The boat will leave promptly at 6:55 p.m., sailing the Piscataqua River at sunset, and return to the dock at 9 p.m. All proceeds from this event go to marine conservation.

“It should be a great night with friends and supporters old and new,” said Bullis.

Founded in 1996 by Jen Kennedy and Dianna Schulte, The Blue Ocean Society's mission is to protect marine mammals through education, research, and conservation. Focusing primarily on the Gulf of Maine and in specific, an area named Jeffery’s Ledge, the Blue Ocean Society collects and studies a wealth of marine life in an area 20 miles from the New Hampshire coast. Kennedy and Schulte were awarded the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award for their efforts in conservation, ocean health and education in 2007.

Ultra Geothermal Seeks Donations to Benefit Travis Aho Leukemia Fund

By Craig | Jul 1, 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.

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.

Families See a Different Side of Portsmouth on a Gundalow Company Sail

By Craig | Jul 1, 2014 | in

By Kyle Bonus
Green Alliance Writer

In an area rich in history, it’s important to have opportunities to take a step back from the present and learn from the past. The Gundalow Company offers school children and the public a chance to use their vessel as a time machine to sail back in time and learn the importance these unique transports had on the region's maritime industry.

In the 1650s gundalows, a shallow drafted type of cargo barge, were specifically designed for the region. Their unique flat-bottom design allowed for the vessel to rest on the muddy river-bottom when the tide went out, and evenly rise with the incoming tide. Gundalows made it possible for cargo to be shipped upstream from Portsmouth to towns such as Durham, Newmarket and Dover, expanding trade and developing Portsmouth into a successful port town. Because of their key role in developing the area's economy, the gundalow is often referred to as the tractor-trailer of its time.

However, as new means of land transportation were developed, including the growth of the railroad, the gundalow became obsolete and nearly forgotten. In 2002 a group of individuals concerned with both the preservation of the gundalow’s history and the well-being of the seacoast's waterways started The Gundalow Company, a non-profit, to share their concerns with the public.

For Chiropractic Office, Community’s Health Inextricably Intertwined With its Own

By Amanda | Jul 1, 2014 | in

By Heikki (Herb) Perry
Green Alliance Correspondent

Coinciding with an office expansion that further strengthens his ties to the community and the history of the Berwicks, a local chiropractor celebrated an important milestone for his successful and growing practice just this week.

On July 1, Dr. Seth LaFlamme — known to his patients as “Dr. Seth” — and his wife, Dr. Briana Duga — aka “Dr. Bri” — celebrated the third anniversary of the opening of Great Works Chiropractic & Health with a Hawaiian luau, replete with South Pacific decorations, surf music and tropical fruit. Dr. Seth and staff wore Hawaiian shirts and leis “just to make it a little fun party in the midst of a regular business day,” he said. Current and potential patients attended the event which was held during normal business hours.

The day celebrated not only the success of the practice, but also the people who support it.

“We haven’t done it alone; the community helped us get there,” said Dr. Seth, adding that the public was welcome to check out the celebration, (and they did!).

After graduating valedictorian of his class in 2010, Dr. Seth moved home to Maine to start his practice. For him, chiropractic care is not only about simply treating symptoms, but also about treating the overall wellness of a person to the optimal level possible.

Jenaly IT Item of the Month

By Clay | Jul 1, 2014 | in

Jenaly Technology Group, Inc. helps businesses reach their goals by saving time and money through efficient environmental practices. Jenaly creates green IT services, such as providing remote assistance to customers. They also eliminate waste through digital online backup, and near zero packaging.

Jenaly's Green IT Item of the Month is the Kindle. “It can pack literally hundreds or thousands of books into a compact, lightweight personal portable library.” This technology is truly amazing and can go a long way to saving trees that would otherwise be cut down in order to make paper to have books printed on.

Along with the saving of trees and potential paper waste, the Kindle can also help you save fuel and money. “You may not realize it, but whether you are flying or driving, you’re also using less fuel when carrying a Kindle instead of all those books as the reduction in weight also translates to a reduction in fuel use.”

If you are an avid reader than you should consider looking into purchasing a Kindle to help keep waste out of the environment and safe you from the hassle of having hundred up books taking up space in your home!

Green Alliance members can save 10% on all Jenaly Technology Group, Inc. services.

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Climate Counts Works to Get Businesses Thinking About Climate Change

By Kelly | Jul 1, 2014 | in

Does the impact a business has on the environment interest you? Does it determine which brands you buy regularly? Or does it motivate you to switch brands when you learn they are focused on the climate problems facing our planet? Climate Counts, a nonprofit created by Stonyfield Co-Founder, Gary Hirsburg, works hard to address possible solutions regarding global climate change by scoring the world's largest companies on their impact. Launched in 2007, Climate Counts' hope is to increase corporate climate responsibility and mindful consumption.

“We believe it’s necessary to develop tools that help consumers vote with their dollar and reward the companies who are doing their part,” said Mike Bellamente, Climate Counts Director.

To reach a wider range of consumers, Climate Counts currently has an app for your smartphone available on iTunes that sort’s corporate climate responsibility by company and industry and also breaks down Climate Counts' scoring system. It's a great way to view a business' corporate climate responsibility on the go and helps Climate Counts in their goal to inform the general public about the steps certain businesses take toward a better planet. Climate Counts' app is especially helpful when customers are in the store deciding on a purchase and can pull up the app to make comparisons between products. This allows customers to support the businesses that address climate change, while shying away from the companies that don’t. To download the app click here.

Developing a Sustainable Masterpiece

By Ali | Jul 1, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

One of the more spectacular green development projects in downtown Portsmouth should be completed later this year.

Simply known as 233 Vaughan Street, the $15 million project in the city’s northern tier is being developed and built by Chinburg Properties and will establish a high standard of sustainable development. It will combine 9,000 square-feet of first-floor commercial space and nine luxury condominiums including two luxury penthouses overlooking the Portsmouth skyline and harbor.

“The steel started going up in May and you can see the project’s progress on a day to day basis,” said Jen Chinburg, marketing director of Chinburg Properties which is one of the project’s principal partners. “The core and shell will be complete in the fall of 2014 with occupancy in spring 2015.” Carla Goodknight, of Portsmouth’s CJ Architects, is the project architect.