Blog : October 2014

Plant a Rain Garden at Woodman Museum in Dover

By Madalyn | Oct 16, 2014 | in

Calling all green thumbs, conservationists, and anyone who enjoys digging in the dirt to help plant a rain garden. Join the Great Bay Stewards at the Woodman Museum in Dover on Tuesday Oct. 21 from 10:30 to 3:00 p.m. 

A rain garden gives rainwater runoff from urban areas the opportunity to be absorbed. There will be two shifts for people to participate either in the morning or in the afternoon; the first shift, the digging shift is from 10:30 - 12:00 pm. The second will be the planting and cleanup shift from 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

The Stewards are partnering with the NH Department of Environmental Services (DES) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for this event. It will be a wonderful opportunity to get the whole family involved in planting a sustainable community garden. 

The Unique Maine Farms' Book Out Now!

By Madalyn | Oct 16, 2014 | in

Author and photographer Mary Quinn Doyle has traveled around Maine, taking pictures of numerous types of farms in the state of Maine. In her travels she visited 185 farms, a selection of 178 farms are featured in her recently published book, Unique Maine Farms'.

Farming and agriculture make up a significant percentage of industries in Maine. The book focuses on an array of farms throughout Maine including: organic/ conventional farms, school/ research farms, dairy farms, fiber farms, tree-related farms, and highly-diversified farms. The book contains 440 color photographs showcasing the beauty of different farms' plants, animals, and the people who tend to the land.

The book represents a variety of unique farms including those from four of Maine's native tribes and various aquaculture operations, to name a few of the farms featured. The wide selections in Doyle's book gives an extensive overview on the variety of farms and the significant presence of farming life in Maine.

It was extremely important to Doyle that the book support the local communities like those featured in her book. So, Unique Maine Farms' is printed in Maine, on paper farmed from Maine. Doyle felt that it was only right to support the local paper industry as well as Maine printers for a sustainable project.

As Dwindling Monarch Butterflies Make Their Migration, Feds Try to Save Them

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 15, 2014 | in

Check out this amazing story by GA friend Eve Conant for National Geographic on the decline of the Monarch Butterfly population and what you can do to help reverse it. It is extremely important that we educate ourselves to the problem and do whatever we can to help.

CAPE MAY POINT, New Jersey—Two years ago migrating monarch butterflies transformed the lush gardens of Cape May Point into a series of "giant orange snowglobes." That's how Mark Garland of the Monarch Monitoring Project describes the good monarch days, the kind of days when thousands fly overhead.

There's been no such spectacle yet this year, but Garland and members of the project's team, who take a census of the monarchs three times a day, are holding out hope. The popular orange-and-black insects will be drifting toward this peninsula for a few more weeks to fill up on nectar before riding the winds that will hoist them over the Delaware Bay and on toward Mexico.

NHPTV Wins NH Advantage Award

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 15, 2014 | in

The Lifetime Achievement and New Hampshire Advantage Awards Celebration will be held on October 29 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel/Center of New Hampshire in Manchester. The event will recognize and honor New Hampshire Public Television with the 2014 New Hampshire Advantage Award presented by Citizens Bank.

Established in 2006, the New Hampshire Advantage Award honors businesses, organizations or projects that enhance New Hampshire’s special character and quality of life in meaningful ways.

New Sustaining Members receive NH Film Festival Passes!

By Sam | Oct 15, 2014 | in

The New Hampshire Film Festival is, to put it lightly, a big deal on the seacoast. People flock from all over New England and beyond to enjoy a weekend of amazing cinematography from independent New Hampshire directors and producers, as well as others across the country and the globe. 

In addition to all these amazing, locally-produced films, there are a number of inspiring and environmentally focused films, including Divide in Concord, the heroic story of 84-year old Jean Hill taking on the third largest industry in the world – bottled water.

The first two new Sustaining Members to join the Green Alliance each get a full weekend pass to the NH Film Festival - that's four days of films! These passes are valued at $75 each, and if you become a Sustaining Member of the Green Alliance, you'll receive a lifetime of discounts with our Business Partners, access to exclusive events, and all our love and affection. Sign up here to become a sustaining member, and then email to collect your ticket.

Open House at the Acorn School

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 15, 2014 | in

The Acorn School is having its annual open house on Saturday, November 1 from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. The event is a great opportunity for parents and children to come visit and learn what makes Acorn School so special.

The Acorn School, founded in 1975 by Rebecca Shepard, uses its beautiful surroundings to help forge a curriculum and philosophy aimed at stirring within their preschool and kindergarten students an appreciation for the natural world. Touting a diverse curriculum where finger painting and drawing meld seamlessly with Lego-building and sign language Acorn School has served as a beacon of early childhood education in the Seacoast for more than forty years.

Throughout the years Acorn has remained steadfast in its efforts to maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio, providing more one-on-one interaction, communication, and personal growth.

A Popular Energy Collaboration

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 15, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord

It’s not often that a company willingly hurts its own bottom line to help their customers save money. But that’s the case with the oil, propane and biofuel delivery companies Lamprey Energy and Simply Green Biofuels. With winter fast approaching, North Hampton-based Lamprey Energy and Simply Green have collaborated with Yankee Thermal Imaging on an energy audit program to help their customers create far more energy efficient homes and save on heating oil and biofuel costs this winter and beyond.

“We are always looking for ways to help our customers improve their energy efficiency,” said Jenny Marshall, director of marketing at Lamprey Energy and Simply Green. “Of course, it means less fuel sold but that means happier customers and a better environment. Also many customers have asked for energy audit recommendations over the years so this seemed like a great fit with Yankee Thermal Imaging.”

6th Annual Employee Wellness Fair at Redhook Brewery

By Madalyn | Oct 14, 2014 | in

Redhook Brewery is an innovative company that values environmental stewardship and social responsibility. One way in particular that Redhook expresses these values is by advocating for and supporting the health of their community, starting with their employees. On October 22 Redhook will host their 6th annual Employee Wellness Fair from 11 a.m – 3 p.m. at 1 Redhook Way in Portsmouth.

The Wellness Fair has become a prominent feature in Redhook's implementation of socially responsible business practices. The event highlights the significant role Redhook's sustainable values also play in the lives of each and every employee. The relationship between company values and overall employee happiness is symbiotic as both continue to improve, a result of the high-level of employee participation at company events and within the workplace.

The event offers amazing benefits for those Redhook employees who decide to attend, including significant discounts on health-care packages as well as free Biometric screenings. Employees who receive a full-body check-up, provide information on weight, cholesterol, and other required information, will receive a discount on the health-care package offered through Redhook.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: The Green Cocoon

By Madalyn | Oct 14, 2014 | in

Who: The Green Cocoon

What: Launched in 2007 by plastics engineer Jim Materkowski and his business partner, the late Peter Strattner, both men saw room to grow an insulation business that was more than just a financially viable and energy-efficient service, but also something that provided environmentally sustainable options. Since that time, The Green Cocoon has grown to include a number of insulation services; such as spray-foam made from soybeans and recycled plastic bottles, recycled denim and a cellulose insulation made from recycled newspapers. Spray-foam insulation has grown in popularity over the years for its energy-efficient savings and is often applied to a home's basement or attic space where most energy is lost. The Green Cocoon offers a product that meets the strict requirements of traditional spray insulations to guarantee efficiency, but remains a completely green company.

Where: 141 Bridge Road, Salisbury, Mass.


Local Builders Make Century-old Home Sustainable

By Sam | Oct 13, 2014 | in

How do you renovate and rebuild a century-old home for sustainability, but keep its historic properties intact? It takes a lot of planning. In an effort to preserve the city’s rich heritage, Portsmouth has strict standards about renovation in the historic district. Those standards established the framework for how one family is renovating their early 1900s, South End house into a high-performance home that marries energy efficiency and sustainable building materials with a dedication to preserve the historic integrity of the house and the neighborhood.

“This project showcases how houses that have existed for centuries can be updated to make them more comfortable and energy efficient without losing their historic character,” says EcoSound Builders' Ethan Korpi.

For Zev Yoga, Sustainability Extends Far Beyond Business Practices

By Katie | Oct 13, 2014 | in

For years, couple Jonas Zev and Amylyn Amberger have referred to themselves as “first generation farmers," a term they based on their disproportional amount of farming experience after acquiring a plot of farm land in Eliot, Maine. Today, they are quick to point out that the “first generation farmers” label does not accurately describe who they are or what they envision for Shilo Farm's future.

The Ambergers, owners of Zev Yoga Studio, admit to being not really farmers (though, after visiting their home and seeing the yard filled with goats, chickens, bees, flowers and herbs, one would beg to differ), but rather stewards, with dreams of offering guests a glimpse into the peaceful rhythms of a working homestead. Part of that experience comes as Jonas and Amylyn ready to open their farm as a bed and breakfast this winter. The finished project will be unlike any B&B in the area.

NH Social Venture Innovation Challenge

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 10, 2014 | in

In only its second year, the New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge is already powerfully demonstrating the keen interest of students and community entrepreneurs in helping address some of society’s most pressing social and environmental challenges, and their creativity in designing novel, sustainable, business-orientated solutions.

The Social Venture Innovation Challenge invites individuals and teams from across the state of New Hampshire to identify pressing social and/or environmental issues at the state, national or global level, and then find an innovative business-oriented approach to solving them. Finalists from around the state will compete on December 15 in Durham, New Hampshire for cash prizes to help them launch their innovative idea. 

The Social Venture Innovation Challenge is designed to be an “innovation accelerator” and to encourage participants to develop original, innovative proposals (versus detailed business plans) in the form of a three-minute video and two-page paper. Proposals may describe the development of a new enterprise or a new entrepreneurial initiative for an established social business.

For more information about the event and to register to compete click here.

Free Home Energy Workshop in Rye

By Madalyn | Oct 10, 2014 | in

Button Up NH and the city of Rye are hosting a free home energy workshop on November 19 from 6:00 pm- 7:30 pm. The event will be held at the Rye Public Library at 581 Washington Rd.

Many homes have leaks around windows and doors, so it is important to assess the extent to which your home is (or isn't) energy efficient. Assessing the energy efficiency of homes and buildings save on unnecessary, excessive expenses spent on heating.

Learn how you can make your home more energy efficient by beginning to understand the science to building. There will also be a number of do-it-yourself energy saving tips that you can use in your home.

Button Up will be partnering with Energy Star and participants are can take part in a home performance with the Energy Star Program. There will be $100 energy audits with up to $4000 in incentives.

A Canine Home Away From Home

By Madalyn | Oct 9, 2014 | in

Mary's Dogs Inn has a new website, make sure you check it out visit here!

By Michael McCord

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.

The Great Bay Stewards Great Bay 5K

By Madalyn | Oct 9, 2014 | in

Join the Great Bay Stewards for the 16th Annual Great Bay 5K! The 5K starts at 9 a.m. on October 25 at Stratham Hill Park and finishes at the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, N.H. It is the last race in the Seacoast Series Road Race.

The Great Bay 5K was voted one of New England’s Top Ten Favorite 5K’s by Run New England and is a very beautiful and scenic course. The race is mostly down hill and many competitors will receive their personal best times on this course! Also, long-sleeve tech race shirts will be provided to the first 800 runners for registering, from Get it Going.

All Green Alliance members who register for the race will also receive a free t-shirt, either adult or kids size, your choice!

The event includes cash awards for the top male and female who have the fastest finishing times overall. In addition, the first male and female runners to cross the one-mile mark with the fastest times will receive an award for winning "The Mackenzie Mile". If you do not want to run the 5K, there is also the option of registering for the competitive walking division within the race!