Blog : October 2014

Fall Designer Event

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 31, 2014 | in

In the market for fresh new glasses? Come by Harbor Eyecare Center for the Fall Designer Event! The event be on Saturday, Nov 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will feature professional designer Chelsea Coull. Chelsea will be showcasing all the latest styles from GUESS, Sawrovski and Timberland as well as fresh new styles from Tom Ford, Kate Spade, Fysh & Kliik and many more! This is the perfect opportunity to add some new styles to your fall look. 

Ridgeview Construction Honored at Cornerstone Awards

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 31, 2014 | in

MANCHESTER- The Annual Cornerstone Awards was recently held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, N.H. The Cornerstone Awards are produced by the New Hampshire Home Builders Association Sales & Marketing Council and are presented yearly to recognize excellence in all areas of the building industry including design, remodeling, new construction, landscaping and special features. Ridgeview Construction was one of the companies honored at the ceremony, receiving three awards for their commitment to sustainable construction.

Ridgeview was a Gold Winner for the Modern Lake Home category, which highlighted the best complete teardown and build of a modern lakefront home and Historical Farmhouse Modernization, which focuses on the updating and modernizing of a historical farm. Ridgeview was also given the Silver Winner award in the net-zero Home category.

NextGen Climate Action Hosts Climate Change Discussion at GA Headquarters

By Madalyn | Oct 30, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Members, make time tomorrow (10/31) for this exciting informative event! Check out the Green Alliance office while also listening and discussing current issues with notable environmentalist Tom Steyer! A GA Membership exclusive event, register now!

Join Tom Steyer, philanthropist and founder of NextGen Climate Action, for coffee and a discussion on climate change issues and the effects on small businesses with other Green Alliance members at the GA Headquarters at 75 Congress Street, Suite 304 in Portsmouth. The event is on Friday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. This event is exclusive to the GA community, and is a great opportunity for folks to discuss climate change (and hang out in the GA office) with a reputable environmental activist.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

By Madalyn | Oct 30, 2014 | in

Who: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

What: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric, part of the Rockingham Electric family of companies, carries the largest selection of efficient lighting products in northern New England. In-house lighting specialists offer lighting solutions that provide both a high level of function and maximum efficiency, while also factoring in budget and aesthetics. Green lighting options include all variations and styles of CFLs, LEDs and Energy Star certified products. The company's unique Lighting Lab allows customers to simulate a variety of home lighting applications. Almost all of The Lighting Center’s green lighting products can be purchased online, providing customers the added benefit of reduced travel. A family-owned company started in 1951, The Lighting Center has always made efficiency education a cornerstone of its business.

Where: 437 Shattuck Way, Newington

Web: or online showroom

Performance Business Solutions Joins the Green Alliance

By Craig | Oct 30, 2014 | in

We're happy to welcome Performance Business Solutions as the latest Business Partner with the Green Alliance!

Founded by Jeff Hiatt in 1995, Performance Business Solutions (PBS) has helped businesses start, or grow, their sustainability initiatives. At its core, PBS is about saving green - that includes saving the environment as much as saving money. Hiatt works with clients to reduce costs and save money by changing the way they purchase different services for their business. One way in which his clients go green is by upgrading buildings with energy efficient systems to reduce their carbon footprint and lower energy costs. In doing so, Hiatt is able to help large companies grow or expand their sustainability operations.

With a comprehensive business model that includes researching and implementing tax credit eligible programs, utility company rebates, LEED certification, reducing a client's reliance on fossil fuels and more, PBS is a leading resource for businesses looking to become more environmentally conscious.

Hiatt was a member of the New Hampshire chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and was voted onto the board of directors for several years. Today, Hiatt's focus is on vetting the sustainable proposals that solar installers, green power companies and similar businesses claim to offer his clients. Hiatt reviews and evaluates each proposal from different providers to ensure that the expectations are well understood by the client. He then validates each of these green businesses output against their cost for the client.

"I'm not the one banging the nails, putting in the solar panels myself," said Hiatt. "Where I'm involved is helping the client make sure that the vendors the client is dealing with are legitimate, qualified and reputable in their assumptions, proposals and deliverables."

New Hampshire's Energy Future: Panel Discussion

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 29, 2014 | in

Interested in the future of energy in New Hampshire? Come to the panel discussion “New Hampshire’s Energy Future; Issues & Challenges, Solutions & Strategies” on Friday, November 21 from 7:30 -11:00 a.m. at the Cochecho Country Club at 145 Gulf Rd in Dover.

There are a wide variety of voices involved in New Hampshire's energy debate. We know there is no one solution to these challenges. We must work together to find ways to utilize all of the options in order to move toward the goal of reliable, renewable and affordable energy. This panel discussion is the perfect opportunity to hear from the experts from around the state about what the major energy challenges are and what solutions and strategies are underway.

This panel discussion will feature a “Challenges & Issues” panel discussing problems facing New Hampshire’s energy market. Following the talk will be a “Solutions & Strategies” panel to discuss plans to improve energy policy and use in the Granite State. There’s also going to be a full hot breakfast buffet!

It's Admission Season at Brixham Montessori

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 29, 2014 | in

The Brixham Montessori Friends School is a small independent school located in York, ME, serving children ages 2-11 years old living in the seacoast region of southern Maine and New Hampshire. Brixham just hosted its first Open House of the year on October 14 with three more dates planned for November 11, December 9 and January 13.

Attending an open house is a great opportunity for prospective parents with a casual or serious interest in the school to peek into classrooms and tour the school with one of the staff members on the admissions team. If prospective parents like what they see, the admissions team will set up a more formal, one-on-one visit with them so parents can observe at length in the classroom, talk about their educational goals and hopes, and ask questions specific to their child and family.

Green Jobs: Phone Receptionist with Aucella Heating & Cooling

By Craig | Oct 29, 2014 | in

Looking for a job in the green industry? Our Green Jobs Board provides a listing of the latest open positions with our Business Partners in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts. And it is also the place to check when we're are looking for qualified candidates to help us grow the local green community from our Green Alliance headquarters located in downtown Portsmouth.

Our latest listing comes from Aucella Heating & Cooling, an HVAC company that focuses on sustainability to create environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient homes. Located in Strafford, N.H., Aucella is looking to hire a phone receptionist immediately. Paid training is available.

The job description and requirements for all interested applicants are as follows:

  • Collect client information over the phone
  • Take messages and relay information
  • Schedule appointments
  • Reminder calls
  • Ability to file documents
  • Good organizational skills
  • Ability to follow protocol for all phone calls
  • Maintain friendly, polite, professionalism and a helpful nature
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Good interpersonal skills and customer service skills
  • Good listening skills
  • Must have computer skills

Check our Green Jobs Board regulary for updates on new and open positions. If your green business has an opening, please let us know and we will list it on our Green Jobs Board.

Newmarket Dental on NHPTV!

By Sam | Oct 29, 2014 | in

We're excited to have Newmarket Dental featured in an ad on NHPTV! Cick the video to watch.

Halloween Fun at Blue Ocean Discovery Center

By Madalyn | Oct 28, 2014 | in

Originally published on Foster's Daily Democrat

By Rick Dumont

HAMPTON- Unusually warm weather brought out many people from their premature hibernations, for a final day of beautiful Fall weather. Over one hundred people visited the Blue Ocean Discovery Center at Hampton Beach Saturday afternoon October 25 for their week early Halloween party. 

The family-friendly party featured a beach scavenger hunt, fun crafts including fish painting, cookie decorating and the opportunity to interact with marine life at the Society’s two 100-gallon touch tanks. Admission was free to all, but donations to the non-profit center were welcomed.

A costume parade was the event’s finale where children paraded across the new seashell stage entertaining passersby and proud parents, everyone enjoyed the unseasonably warm temperatures during what is considered the beach’s off-season. It gave families and children a chance to try out their costumes before the big day. Also many of the Halloween costumes were sea creature themed!

The Blue Ocean Discovery Center is located at 170 Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach. The goal of the Center is to provide a family-friendly attraction at Hampton Beach where visitors can learn about marine life, local and maritime history, and actions they can take to protect the marine environment.

Local Painting Company Leads Green Revolution

By Madalyn | Oct 28, 2014 | in

By Mark Quirk

PORTSMOUTH - During the infancy of the American colonies, a grassroots militia calling themselves the Minutemen spearheaded the American Revolution and fought for the change that lead to the formation of the United States. Today, Sean Sturk and Chris Tufts lead a revolution of their own on the same soil those colonial men and women did centuries ago, even borrowing the revolutionist's name.

Tufts and Sturk are the owners of Minute Men Painters, a green painting company ushering in a revolution in the industry with environmentally-friendly paints and lacquers for their residential and commercial projects. Minute Men Painters use latex-based, waterborne paints and lacquers, a change from the oil-based paints commonly used in homes. However their biggest obstacle isn't the size of the project, but people's resistance to change. That's why Tufts said part of the Minute Men process is to educate their customers to the advantages of waterborne products.

Minute Men test their products before bringing them to the job site. They work with the manufacturers to understand exactly how the new paints work relaying that information to their customers.

“It’s the wave of the future,” Tufts said. “They’re the exact same finishes but with a green touch.”

Prelude 10% Off Sale on Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Products!

By Madalyn | Oct 28, 2014 | in

Prelude is having an amazing 10% off sale on all Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products. This sale will be going on for two days, Thursday, November 13 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday, November 14 from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m. The sale will operate on a first come, first serve basis. 

Prelude is a high-quality, socially conscious seller of the finest organic and free trade soaps, lotions, and bath & body care products located in at 65 Market St in Portsmouth. All of the environmentally friendly products at Prelude come with a 100% satisfaction guarantee, either by complete refund or through store credit. Prelude carries such high-quality brands as Crabtree & Evelyn, Dr. Hauschka Skin Care, Mistral Soaps, Mason-Pearson Hairbrushes, and Royall Fragrances. The store also carries beautiful, unique and eco-friendly accessories, such as jewelry and scarves.

Green Collar Careers: Dawn Price, Owner of The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat

By Anna | Oct 28, 2014 | in

By Anna Murphy

Dawn Price is the proud owner of The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, a pet store and self-proclaimed education center boasting a plethora of all-natural, holistic and green pet products.

Price goes out of her way to thoroughly research merchandise and ensure every product stocked is the best available. At Natural Dog, you can find a multitude of green, all-natural products, including bamboo and hemp collars, lead-free bowls, beds and toys made from recycled materials, natural shampoos, biodegradable waste bags, snacks, biscuits, herbal and whole food supplements, flower essences and more.

A Registered Dietitian, Dawn Price is adamant about the importance of species specific foods and proper nutrition.

“We try to encourage consumers to think more about what is appropriate, meat based and non-processed food. Dogs and cats are not designed to eat lots of carbs and grain, but most popular dog foods are 60% carbs or more. This is not best option for health and longevity and can lead to all sorts of problems such as obesity, diabetes and UTIs. Pet food is a multi-billion dollar industry with a lot of gimmicks. We stress the importance of providing your pet with the same balanced nutrition you want for yourself.”

Price and her husband Jeff first opened The Natural Dog in Newburyport in 2005. After eight successful years, the couple opened a second store front in Portsmouth NH. At both locations, you can find a knowledgeable staff ready to explain the benefits of an all-natural diet and homeopathic alternatives to many possible pet health problems.

NextGen Climate Action Hosting a Climate Change Discussion at GA Headquarters

By Katie | Oct 28, 2014 | in

Join Tom Steyer, philanthropist and founder of NextGen Climate Action, for coffee and a discussion on climate change issues and the effects on small businesses with Green Alliance members at the GA Headquarters at 75 Congress Street, Suite 304 in Portsmouth on Friday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. This event is exclusive to the GA community, and is a great opportunity for folks to discuss climate change (and hang out in the GA office) with a reputable environmental activist.  

Tom Steyer has enjoyed a successful career as an investor, Tom retired from the private sector to focus on philanthropy and advanced energy advocacy. He founded NextGen Climate, and currently serves as President of the organization which acts politically to prevent climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Tom continues to be actively engaged in climate politics and works to promote economic development and environmental protection throughout the country. 

Our Next Green Business Learning Series is November 20

By Sam | Oct 28, 2014 | in

Are you a small business owner? Do you have questions about social media? What if you need to know how to hire the right employee for the job, or fire them if it doesn’t work out? Our Green Business Learning Series will answer those questions for you.

Green Alliance Business Partners and Cardholders are invited to join us from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on November 20th for refreshments and an engaging and informative seminar from two of our Business Partners, Social Kitchen and Cultural Chemistry! This is a unique opportunity to bring small businesses together to discuss strategies that work best for them.

These days, it can be tough as a small business owner. Not only are you expected to run your business, but sometimes you’re the assistant director, hiring manager, marketing department, front of house, janitor, etc. - it may feel completely overwhelming. That’s why we’re doing a Green Business Learning Series, to help you with the important elements of your business.