Blog : September 2014

Poco's New Heated Deck Stays Warm Through Fall

By Sam | Sep 18, 2014 | in

Though they may crowd the restaurants, sidewalks, and parking lots, tourists bring millions of dollars to Portsmouth’s community. After summer’s tourist season is over, however, there are only a few fleeting weekends for locals to enjoy some of the town’s hallmark features, notably Bow Street’s string of restaurants with outdoor decks. Poco’s Bow Street Cantina is extending harborside dining and drinking on its deck well into “sweater season” with a newly-installed heating system.

Poco’s is now fully equipped with a high-efficiency natural gas furnace, which will heat the entirety of the deck. Poco’s co-owners John Golumb and Marlisa Geroulo expressed their excitement to keep the outdoor seating warm throughout the fall.

Green Story: Harbor Eyecare Center

By Craig | Sep 18, 2014 | in

Every Green Alliance business undergoes a Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show everyone what each business has accomplished and what they are still working to accomplish when it comes to green business practices. The final part of the evaluation is the Green Story. Check out Harbor Eyecare Center’s Green Story below.

Harbor Eyecare Center Has an Eye for Sustainability

Vision Source Harbor Eyecare Center has found a way to integrate environmentalism into the optometry industry. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Amy Pruszenski, Harbor Eyecare has grown into a successful practice with three doctors and several full and part time employees. As time went on, both Harbor Eyecare and the environmentalism movement grew. With the addition of Dr. Hudson and the expansion of their practice (both in customers and with a significant remodeling), Harbor Eye Care became interested in finding a way to “go green.” According to Office Manager Debbie Tufts, the choice was simple. “We wanted to take care of the planet, and do our part,” she explains. “We knew that it was becoming a popular movement, and we were excited to find ways be a part of it.”

Harbor Eyecare offers two notable products that combine fashion and sustainability. Modo glasses, frames that are sourced from recycled materials, offer a sustainable alternative to customers interested in the environment. The company plants a tree for every pair that is sold. Modo also features a “Buy a Frame Give a Frame” program that pledges to provide a free pair of spectacles to someone in need for each pair that is sold.

Final Greenland Farmers' Market of the Season

By Katelyn | Sep 18, 2014 | in

As the weather begins to change and we transition into another New England fall, everyone looks forward to the fresh apples, pumpkins, and other goods that are signature items of the autumn season. The Greenland Farmers’ Market is still in full swing, bringing the freshest fruits and vegetables from the farm to your table.

The Greenland Farmers’ Market in Greenland, New Hampshire offers a diverse array of farm fresh products from local farms, as well as locally sourced prepared foods. The variety of goods allows customers to find produce, prepared foods, and unique crafts that they know are locally grown and made, while also supporting small businesses in the New Hampshire Seacoast area. The last farmers market of the season will be held on September 30, 2014 and will feature additional vendors who are Business Partners of the Green Alliance. This is a unique opportunity to learn about green, local businesses while shopping for your home’s essentials.

Green Earth Baby Works Launches Laundry Service!

By Katie | Sep 17, 2014 | in

For years Green Earth Baby Works (GEBW) has been providing cloth diaper services to the Seacoast; delivering fresh, clean linen diapers and picking up dirty ones. GEBW not only provides families with door-to-door service but it has kept numerous disposable diapers out of landfills, waterways, and our natural environment. 

Now, Kim Leo, the owner of GEBW is building upon her green credentials. 

Green Earth Laundry Works (GELW) has officially launched, and is providing linen service to all hotels, restaurants, spas, gyms, and cleaning companies. The sister company to GEBW will be continuing their door-to-door service, picking up dirty linens and cleaning them with green-certified detergents on energy efficient machines. 

Kittery PTA Seaside 4 Miler

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 17, 2014 | in

Come join the Kittery PTA on Sunday, September 21st for the annual Seaside 4 miler at Fort Foster for a morning of fun for the whole family. Participate in the 4-mile road race at 8:30 a.m., or simply enjoy the 2.5 mile walk or free kid’s fun run at 9:30 a.m. The course is relatively flat with one hill after the first mile. For a course map click here.

Proceeds from the race help support the efforts of the Kittery PTA including funding for their kid's field trips, educational programs, teacher initiatives and classroom supplies. They have kept the registration fee very cost effective so that the entire family can participate!

In addition to the race, there will be a raffle with over 15 gift certificates from local businesses available to win. Tickets will be sold at open house as well as the morning of the race.

Don't want to run or walk but want to participate? They are always looking for volunteers. Please email Sybil Carven if interested at

For more information about the event click here. To register click here.

Foliage Sunset Sail for Sustaining GA Members

By Anna | Sep 16, 2014 | in

Sadly, summer has set sail. The good news is, autumn is on its way and bringing with it vibrant colors, crisp weather and pumpkin flavored everything.  With the changing of the seasons comes the changing of the leaves and tons of fun ways to enjoy New England’s most reputable season. The fall foliage is at its peak for only a few short weeks, and the Green Alliance wants to get its members on the water to take advantage of this short lived beauty. 

On October 5, sail Portsmouth Harbor with the Gundalow Company, Green Alliance, 900 Degress Pizzeria, and Redhook Brewery! To earn two sail tickets for this private charter, simply join the Green Alliance as a Sustaining Member here. The Sustaining Membership is a lifetime membership to the GA and includes elite access to events, promotions, and networks. Since the GA’s creation in 2009, Sustaining Members have provided unwavering support to the GA’s mission to grow the local, green economy. This sail will not only provide magnificent views of Portsmouth amidst watercolor-foliage, but a picturesque sunset and great networking with those who are equally as committed to the conservation of the local environment and economy. All new Sustaining Members will receive two passes onto this one-time GA Foliage Sunset Sail.

Meet a Green Alliance Business

By Madalyn | Sep 16, 2014 | in

Who: Simply Green Biofuels

What: Since 2007, Simply Biofuels has grown to become one of the Seacoast's top, green-feuling companies, offering locally harnessed, 100 percent waste vegetable Bioheat as alternative to standard No. 2 home heating oil and petroleum diesel. Not only do the company's biofuels help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants; they're also biodegradable and nontoxic. A typical household using Bioheat can reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by close to 15 percent and particulates pollution by 20 percent- emitting 3,200 pounds less carbon dioxide annually.

Where: 63 Atlantic Ave., North Hampton


Big Brothers Big Sisters The Big Bash on Little Bay

By Madalyn | Sep 16, 2014 | in

On September 26, the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast will be hosting The Big Bash on Little Bay. The Big Bash will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will continue until 10 p.m at 224 Little Bay Road in Newington, NH.

The night is an elegantly casual evening with delectable food and drink, live music, and multiple auctions taking place. The event boasts the fabulous foods prepared by the following: Barbara Brownie, River House, Demeters Steakhouse, Ristorante Massimo, Flavor Concepts Catering, Serenity Cafe, Hagan's Grill, Seaport Fish, Mizuna, Thirsty Moose Taphouse, Popovers, and When Pigs Fly Bakery. Blues septet The TonyMack Band will perform onstage. The evening will include both a silent and a live auction with a number of exciting items.

A Day in the Life at Mary's Dogs Inn

By Katelyn | Sep 16, 2014 | in

Its 7:00 a.m., I’m in the backseat of my mom’s car, peaking my head out the window trying to catch the wind in my mouth. We take a left into my second home, and my tail starts to wag with excitement. Another day with my friends! Mom stops the car, takes my leash and I sprint to the door to see who has arrived already!

Once inside, my mom hands me off and leaves, but I don’t mind. The humans here are so nice, plus I have so much room to run around and play with my friends, that I hardly even notice she is gone. After getting my toys, catching up with my friends, and meeting the new dogs, I am let out… I didn’t even realize I had to go to the bathroom! These humans seem to read my mind. It’s only 7:45 and they already are treating me like a princess. There are only nine other dogs here, so I know I’ll get plenty of attention.

When I come back in from using the bathroom, I know what time it is (talk about a salivating dog)… I really love breakfast time, and while I love my friends, I appreciate having this time alone—not that I’m not a great sharer, but I definitely prefer to not share.

After eating I reunite with my friends for playtime outside! It’s a gorgeous day out, and I love breathing in the fresh air. But boy, does it tire me out! I’m a little bit older; however, I only go out for a little bit and then decide to join my quieter friends for some nice R&R. I hear Mary playing the piano and a spot on my favorite couch… the recipe for a perfect nap. I wake up some time later and enjoy some homemade stew while my friends work on a Kong toy.

Nearby Registry Keeps Consumer Dollars in the Local Economy

By Katelyn | Sep 16, 2014 | in

Are you interested in creating a gift registry for your special occasion, but want to support local businesses? Nearby Registry is the perfect way to tell your friends and family exactly what you would like from small local stores that might not usually have a gift registry!

NEARBY is based around the idea of keeping consumer dollars in local economies as opposed to large corporations. The process begins when small businesses establish a “storefront” on the site and a profile with some of the unique gifts that they offer. Consumers are then able to create an account and customize their registry with items from the local stores they love to shop at. Friends and family can use the registry to purchase gifts for the special day- whether it be a wedding, baby shower, birthday or any other occasion, all while supporting hometown businesses.

Inaugural "Plug-In" at Redhook Brewery

By Katie | Sep 15, 2014 | in

Join Redhook Brewery, Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) and the Green Alliance for the unveiling of the Seacoast’s newest publicly-available electric vehicle charging station!

Redhook, in partnership with PSNH, has installed this charging station on the grounds of the popular brewery located at the Pease International Tradeport. It’s free of charge and open to the public! Redhook has also purchased Renewable Energy Credits to offset the electricity used by the station as well as the rest of the facility, making the Brewery one of the greenest places to be seen on the Seacoast.

Tuesday’s inaugural “plug-in” celebration, made possible with the help of the Green Alliance, will feature electric vehicles and an electric motorcycle as well as a check presentation to CBA by PSNH.

You're Invited!

By Sam | Sep 15, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Fall Sunset Sail: October 5th 4-6 p.m.

It's an exclusive party sailing along the Piscataqua River, a beer in hand, and interesting conversation opportunities all around you. We hope you'll join us for an evening of live music, free local beer, complimentary appetizers, and socializing with some of the Seacoast's greenest citizens. And all you need to do is become a Sustaining Member to partake.

The sail takes place right as the leaves begin to change (October 5th, 4-6 p.m.), and with a gorgeous sunset to accompany, this will be a night you won't soon forget. You may recall, in July our party cruise guest list reached capacity very quickly. This October 5th, don't miss your chance to join the fun!

Save a spot for you and one guest aboard this Sunset Party Sail by becoming a Lifetime Sustaining Member with the Green Alliance. This membership not only includes two passes to this party (an $80 value), but a lifetime of discounts to 100+ local, sustainable businesses.

BioBlitz!: An Extreme Species Search

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 12, 2014 | in

Interested in learning more about coastal species and ecosystems with your family? The Seacoast Science Center, with support from New Hampshire Public Television, is hosting the 12th annual BioBlitz on Saturday, September 20th from 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. BioBlitz is a day-long species scavenger hunt of Odiorne Point State Park, where the families explore alongside scientists and field naturalists to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day.

BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling and more. You can sign up to participate in all or part of the day.

BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to meet many passionate biologists working together. Odiorne’s 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats make it a unique and fascinating place to explore and learn.

If you’re not up for scouring the park, there is still plenty to explore in the Center’s Gregg Interactive Learning Studio. There, you will see samples of species collected by naturalists and learn about the identification process. You can see amazing images of the plants, animals and activities from past years on the big-screens, observe insects through microscopes, see samples of seaweeds and fungi, and connect with many spirited nature-lovers.

Little Green Homes renews with the Green Alliance

By Sam | Sep 11, 2014 | in

We’re pleased to announce that Little Green Homes has renewed with the Green Alliance!

As we all know, bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to your living space. Little Green Homes specializes in eco-friendly design and build contracts, and they’re as sustainable as they are gorgeous. Check out two of their recent projects, a home in Kittery with reclaimed furniture and a child-safe net on the top floor, and a beautiful enclosed porch on a home in Durham.

Blue Ocean Society Coastal Cleanup

By Madalyn | Sep 11, 2014 | in

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is holding the 28th Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Coastal Cleanup will take place at approximately 25 different sites along the New Hampshire coastline focusing on trash removal and maintaining wildlife habitats.

The International Coastal Cleanup is the largest one-day, worldwide volunteering event of its kind. The Blue Ocean Society is thrilled to host the cleanup for another year, and has helped coordinate the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup since 2005. Blue Ocean Society strives to spread awareness about the marine environment and the importance of properly disposing of trash. Blue Ocean Society has strong stance on refuse materials: items such as trash, plastic, and other manmade refuse have a much bigger impact on the coastal envrionment than we can possibly imagine. The trash debris that is removed during the cleanup is potentially harmful to surrounding populations of wildlife and people.