Blog : August 2014

Sail Away with Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company This Summer

By Amanda | Aug 13, 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 August 14 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.

A Group Effort to Create Sustainable, Clean Energy

By Kyle | Aug 13, 2014 | in

Power generation is the source of a large portion of human-caused emissions that have negative effects to the environment and human health. In addition, fossil fuels are a diminishing resource that is expected — if actions don’t change — to cause issues in the future. To avoid these issues, it’s important to invest in sustainable development and clean energy sources. Within New Hampshire, NH Solar Garden makes these investments possible by developing solar gardens that generate solar energy that is provided to community members.

NH Solar Garden leases land from farmers and landowners (known as Hosts) to build solar “gardens.” These hosts earn refunds for the power they generate and return to the electric grid. Farmers are also able to choose having a greenhouse built in lieu of the rebate.

A law recently passed in New Hampshire, referred to as “Group Net Metering” allows community residents, businesses and schools (Group members) to also receive net meter Rebates without physically having solar gardens. To join NH Solar Garden for no cost and earn the “Solar Rebate,” members simply fill out a form and send a copy of their electric bill. Group members also have the option to purchase fresh vegetables or meats from one of NH Solar Garden’s farmers, or a membership to a community garden.

NextGen Climate Open House

By Emily | Aug 13, 2014 | in

Passionate about climate change and its presence in politics? Then the NextGen Climate Open House is the place to be.

This event will be held August 14, at the NextGen Climate NH headquarters, 530 Chestnut #3A, Manchester, NH 03101. The event will last from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. an there will be light snacks and refreshments.

By attending this event, participants will learn more about NextGen Climate, the impact of climate change in New Hampshire, and how to get involved in electing climate-conscious candidates. Not only that but there will also be a chance to meet personally with NextGen Climate New Hampshire staff, hear about their efforts in the state, and engage with local climate change experts.

In addition to these opportunities there will be a guest speaker. Eric Orff, wildlife biologist of the National Wildlife Federation, will be speaking to attendants.

To RSVP for this event click here

ENH Power and the Great Bay Stewards form a Bond Meant to Be

By Emily | Aug 13, 2014 | in

By Emily Norloff

Standing behind their vocation to help other people, ENH Power recently began collaborating with the Great Bay Stewards to raise awareness on sustainable issues. Though slightly different in their respective business models, both businesses have a passion for helping people and the environment. It is no surprise then that these two eco-minded businesses would form a partnership.

“The match between ENH Power and the Great Bay Stewards is a good one; it was honestly a no brainer,” said Peter Wellenberger, Executive Director of the Great Bay Stewards.

“It’s a natural fit and the collaboration thus far has been amazing," agreed Julie Lapham, ENH Power's Community Outreach Coordinator. "I love these guys!”

The key to a lucrative collaboration, according to Lapham, is a partner who is successful and present, and the Great Bay Stewards inhabit both of those qualities. Through ENH Power's Power to Help Fund, the electricity supplier afford the tools for Great Bay Stewards, a nonprofit, to be successful in their conservation efforts; from events to campaigns regarding the preservation of New Hampshire's most critical tidal estuary.

Purely Organic Lawn Care Helping Save Our Water Ways

By Kyle | Aug 13, 2014 | in

Purely Organic Lawn Care is dedicated to eliminating the side effects caused by traditional lawn care chemicals by using organic products. There are many issues caused by lawn care chemicals including the pollution of surface water used for local water supply and recreation.

Fertilizers that many people rely on to beautify their lawns not only hurt the biology of the lawns, but nearby waterways as well. The nitrates found in fertilizers make their way in to rivers, lakes and oceans and exacerbate the growth of algae blooms that deplete oxygen and create “dead zones.”

Join us for the Second Annual Green Families Celebration & Farmers Market and Contribute to a Worthy Local Cause!

By Amanda | Aug 13, 2014 | in can hardly believe it’s been two years! The Green Alliance is celebrating The Green Families Club second birthday this August. On Wednesday, August 27th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Kittery Farmer’s Market, the Green Alliance will be hosting a Green Families Celebration and Farmers Market with special community guest and beneficiary, The Footprints Food Pantry.

Green Alliance businesses will have booths with family-friendly, hands-on activities and goodies for kids to enjoy. Kids can design a t-shirt with the winner’s design being printed as a t-shirt in a contest hosted by Get it Going! Or, stop by the Coca-Cola booth for free samples and a demonstration on their extensive recycling program. Get your family together for a free, fun portrait by Lenka Flaherty Photography! Check out the many more booths with great activities, too!

Additionally the Kittery regular farmers market will be happening at the same time. So celebrants can do their food shopping while enjoying live music and interactive booths. From local organic greens to homemade natural soaps the Kittery Farmers Market has something for everyone.

And this collaborative event has a special community beneficiary; Footprints Food Pantry. We’ve all heard of carbon footprints but Footprints Food Pantry in Kittery is leaving a different kind of footprint in the communities of Kittery, Kittery Point, and Elliot. Footprints Food Pantry will be the honorary non-profit for Green Alliance’s Green Families celebration.

Children's Essay Contest

By Katie | Aug 12, 2014 | in

With summer slowly winding down, back to school sales are filling stores as teachers and students prepare for another school year. Why not help the kids get in the school mindset with a earth-friendly essay contest?!

We are thrilled to announce our first ever children’s essay contest (entrants must be 13 years old or younger). We have received a great amount of support from business partners for this contest, allowing us to offer great prizes to all entrants, with an excellent grand prize for the chosen winner!

To enter please respond to the following topic in a minimum half page essay (accompanying pictures or drawings encouraged but not required), by Friday, August 22nd by emailing or mailing to 75 Congress Street, Suite 304, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (essays submitted by mail must be post-marked Thursday, August 21st or earlier):
“What activities did your family do this summer to better the environment?”

Prelude of Portsmouth

By Ali | Aug 12, 2014 | in

Downtown Portsmouth is filled with shops and exciting places to visit, however not all are as special as Prelude. Located in the heart of the small city, owner Holly Landgarten has created a prosperous business that she describes as “a feast for the senses”.

From photography to cashmere and silk products Prelude’s shelves are always stocked with new and unique gifts and trinkets. Currently, they are offering several all-natural organic beauty supplies, local Maine jewelry, Burt’s Bees products, and organic Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products.

Prelude offers products that are fair trade, greeting cards that are made on recycled paper, and beauty products that are natural, organic, paraben and sulfate free. They are also working on reducing their energy by using efficient air conditioning systems along with certified light bulbs. When asked if customers would like a bag to carry their purchases in, it is always recycled paper.

Rockingham Electric Lights Up Lewiston

By Ali | Aug 12, 2014 | in

Rockingham Electric started as a small company in 1951, originally being run out of the founder’s basement in Portsmouth. Today they have nine locations throughout the seacoast area and are currently opening the tenth by the end of August.

Their newest store will be located in Lewiston, Maine. “We have been serving the Lewiston community for quite some time,” says Rockingham Electric President Jim Pender. “So it makes sense to bring a full-time staff to the area.”

Today, Rockingham Electric now has over 110 employees and has again been ranked in the top 200 independent electrical distributers. Additional locations are in Amesbury, Massachusetts; Augusta and Portland, Maine; as well as Berlin, Claremont, Conway, Laconia, and Rochester, New Hampshire, with corporate headquarters and showroom in Newington.

Turning Trash into Art

By Ali | Aug 12, 2014 | in

Many people find it hard to look at trash and pull from it a sense of beauty. Tim Gaudreau can do not only that, but photograph it in a way that captures the unseen beauty.

Gaudreau’s art not only shows a side of trash that people don’t normally expect to see, but it also raises awareness for environmental issues happening worldwide. His environmental advocacy is extensive and his pieces are intended to stimulate and inspire. For example, he took pictures of everything he threw away in a year. The final product surprised not only the viewers, but himself as well. "I thought I'd be relieved to finish this project after 365 days and over 5,000 photos, but I was not" Tim explained, "As I tried to break this photographic ritual over the following weeks, throwing stuff away seemed like such a waste."

WXGR and Redhook Brewery Present Hookfest 2014, Win Free Tickets Through the GA!

By Katie | Aug 12, 2014 | in

Join Redhook in celebrating the 18th Annual Hookfest this Saturday, August 16th! Stop by the lawn at the Redhook Brewery for a day filled with music, beer, food, and fun! Such bands as Lettuce, Bim Skala Bim, King Hammond (U.K.), The Nth Power, Michael Bernier & Freevolt, and The Spittin' Vinnies will be performing, setting the stage for an event great for all ages! 

In addition, there will be chances to win great items including a mountain bike and sea kayak! 

The GA is giving away 2 tickets (each a $40 value) to the first two people to become members. You're not going to want to miss this party--join the GA today to win these tickets! 

For more information or to purchase Hookfest tickets, head on over to the Hookfest 2014 Website


Everyone's Screaming for the UNH Dairy Bar this Summer

By Amanda | Aug 12, 2014 | in

The train station can be an isolating place. People come and go in a hurry, rarely speaking to one another, and the food usually comes out of a vending machine. Not so at the UNH Dairy Bar. Through sustainable initiatives, and partnerships with local farms, the popular eatery provides delicious meals for students, faculty, travelers and anyone looking for a bite even when school isn't in session.

“UNH students may be home for the summer, but we have been busier than ever,” says Dairy Bar Supervisor, Jane Calef.

The UNH Dairy Bar offers lunch options from unique salads to delicious sandwiches. The pesto chicken sandwich and Dairy Bar Club being a few of the town favorites.

Originally run by students of the Thompson Business School until 2007, the UNH Dairy Bar, located at the Durham Amtrak train station, was taken over by UNH Dining Services six years ago keeping eco-friendly practices in mind. Re-opened after a series of renovations to the station, the Dairy Bar met its sustainability goals with extensive composting and recycling programs. Over 75 percent of the products are locally sourced. Take-out containers are compostable, and countertops are made from recycled glass.

Perhaps the biggest sustainable undertaking by UNH Dining Services came a few years ago when the department invested in on-campus high tunnels. The high tunnels allow the Dairy Bar and UNH Dining Services to grow food in their own backyard.

As part of a collaborative program, the high tunnels were implemented by UNH Dining Services, UNH Cooperative Extension, and the N.H. Agricultural Experiment Station at UNH. Located on the campus' agricultural land, the program consists of two high tunnels, one that is heated and one that is not, as well as an outdoor half-acre plot that is used in the spring for growing. The unheated high tunnels, unlike standard green houses, rely more on passive environmental controls.

Minute Men Painters Paint is Going Green

By Clay | Aug 11, 2014 | in

Green may not be Minute Men Painters favorite color, but they are doing everything in their power to go green. In an industry reliant on paints with hazardous chemicals, Minute Men Painters sets a new tone. Sean Sturk, owner of Minute Men, realized the harmful attributes of these chemicals when one of his co-workers started seeing and feeling their negative effects, such as losing his sense of smell. As this became evident Sturk knew that he needed to change his company’s philosophy. He decided to emphasize and push more low-toxin or toxic-free paints for all interior jobs. “As a company we made a conscious decision to decrease the toxicity of our products and learn as much as we could about them.” Said Sturk.

A majority of painters and painting companies use VOC (volatile organic compound) paints. These paints are filled with chemicals and are dangerous to inhale and be around for long periods of time. Painting with VOC filled paints can cause a dangerous environment for painters and homeowners alike. Minute Men was able to switch their paints to low VOC paints and even no VOC paints. Sturk suggests using these paints with their customers whenever possible and if the customer does not specify the type of paint they would like used, low and no VOC are used by default.

Our Town Energy Alliance is Ready for Winter, Are You?

By Ali | Aug 11, 2014 | in

Fall and winter in New England are six long months of heating bills. However, those payments don't have to break the bank. Green Alliance business partner, Our Town Energy Alliance has a unique partnership with several of New England's home heating providers who offer quality heating oil and propane at discounted prices with no gimmicks or hidden fees.

Our Town Energy Alliance vendors purchase heating fuels in bulk in the warmer months when overall prices are lower. When the thermometer begins to drop and nights get start getting cooler in October, Our Town members enjoy the lower prices. Members need to get onboard in the spring, with an OTEA membership, to secure their fuels at the discounted price.

Deadlines are soon: Oil is first-come, first-served, while supply lasts. Propane deadline is August 14, or while supply lasts. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business

By Ali | Aug 11, 2014 | in

Who: Little Green Homes

What: Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, a growing demand for down-sized environmental homes has flooded the market. Luckily, Little Green Homes is ready to deliver.

With a focus on sustainable building in all aspects of a project, Little Green Homes’ founders, Chris Redmond and Jeff Stacy, build homes with lower energy costs, a smaller environmental impact, and a better resale value. In 2009, Little Green Homes was part of the first Platinum LEED build in Portsmouth and has since watched its business grow.

Redmond and Stacy believe using LED lighting, cellulose-based insulation, “concrete foam” foundations, and laying out a projects “bones” for maximum efficiently, make a quality building.

The other aspect is education. Both Redmond and Stacy make it part of their job to understand the latest innovation green technology, sharing their knowledge with clients on every project.