Blog : October 2014

Green Collar Careers: Tietjen Hynes, Water Quality Engineer, Redhook Brewery

By Anna | Oct 9, 2014 | in

A Dartmouth graduate, Tietjen Hynes helps to lead Redhook Brewery’s Portsmouth facility on a sustainable path to better business growth, profitability, operations, food and of course, great beer. The 30 year-old Water Quality Engineer enjoys working with her colleagues to come up with innovative ways to make Redhook Brewery a greener business.

Redhook opened their Portsmouth brewing facility and restaurant in 1996 in order to provide the east coast with fresh, high quality beer. Since then, Redhook has made great strides towards greener brewing, such as composting spent hops and reclaiming heat at the end of the brewing process to use towards brewing the next batch. Tietjen has helped Redhook cut down on their electric usage by installing motion sensors in the bathrooms and storerooms, and through the use of low energy LEDs and CFL light bulbs. Recently, the company began offsetting every kilowatt of energy used with wind power credits.

Located at Portsmouth’s Pease Tradeport, Redhook Brewery is known both for its food as well as its beer. The menu shows a commitment to sustainability through locally sourced food, healthy options and an extensive composting program for food waste.

The Green Families Club Connects Like-Minded Environmental Families

By Katelyn | Oct 9, 2014 | in

While many people argue that adverse effects from human-caused environment degradation will not be felt for several years (and, probably not in their lifetime), families throughout New England are stepping up. Children are being taught environmental ethics more and more, by participating in enjoyable activities that help make their home a little bit greener. From harvesting their own vegetables, to adopting rescue pets, green families are sprouting up and making a change to ensure a healthy environment for future generations.

The Green Families Club began in July 2012 and is based off of the same ideals as the Green Alliance (GA), built on the foundation of uniting environmentally conscious families in the GA. The goal is to give families better access to the green and sustainable options that are available to them in the New Hampshire Seacoast area. Members of the Green Families Club (GFC) can receive savings at more than 100 area businesses and are able to attend exclusive events hosted by the Green Alliance. In addition, this group serves as a way for families to meet others who have similar interests and share the desire to be more sustainable in their everyday lives.

A Look at Smuttynose's New Brewery

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 8, 2014 | in

Smuttynose’s newest brewery at Towle Farm has recently opened and is producing fine beers while still keeping true to the company’s strong environmental values. The 14-acre property houses areas for brewing at a 60,000 to 65,000 barrel capacity as well as a taste bar and restaurant. Here’s a quick look at the technical details of what really makes this brewery sustainable.

The building was directionally oriented to capture as much sunlight as possible, while lots of windows, solar tubes and an LED-lit on-demand lighting system further reduce the electrical need to light the facility. The LED banks include motion sensors and light level sensors and only turn on to compensate for a difference between natural light and specified amount of lumens needed for the space.

The new building is also reducing energy use through improvements in their compressed air system, variable frequency drives and installation of an ambient vaporizer to provide “free-cooling” to the warehouse. The site also has a system in place to capture waste heat from the glycol refrigerant system and apply the heat to with process water or interior spaces.

A Watershed Moment

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 8, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is helping to promote the 12th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser and will be giving away 2 free tickets to the gala to the first new Sustaining Member to join the GA and email These tickets are valued at $75 each so the first new sustaining member will pay $150 for a membership and event with a combined value of $300! To become a sustaining member click here.

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy and the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will be celebrating their merger at the 12th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser with the theme “A Watershed Moment.” The event will take place on Friday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center (100 Deer St, Portsmouth).

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting and conserving the natural resources, beauty and character of the land throughout the Strafford County region of New Hampshire. The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire’s mission is to protect and sustain the land in our community for clean water, fresh food, outdoor recreation, healthy forests and wildlife. The organization has acquired more than 150 properties, totaling in excess of 9,300 acres of land. Both organizations achieve their missions through the promotion and acceptance of conservation easements, education and the acquisition and stewardship of land.

Best of Taste Bash

By Anna | Oct 7, 2014 | in

The results are in for Taste of the Seacoast’s 6th annual Best of Taste Survey. Come celebrate with the 2014 winners at the 4th annual Best of Taste Bash on November 22 from 7 – 9:30 PM. The editors at Taste have complied hundreds of votes for your favorite eateries, bars, restaurants and more, and chosen winners in over 80 categories. Now they are bringing the winners together for one fantastic night of food and fun at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center. Smuttynose Brewery and Costal Home are proud to help present this event highlighting experienced chefs, brewers, bakers, chocolatiers, and other food professionals.

Come enjoy award winning food, fine wine and signature cocktails while benefiting The New Hampshire Food Bank by bidding in the silent auction. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to The New Hampshire Food Bank. At the auction, you can bid on gift certificates to your favorite restaurants, exclusive spirits, specialty wines, craft beer packages, overnight stays and more.

Blue Ocean Society's Halloween Party

By Madalyn | Oct 7, 2014 | in

Blue Ocean Society is hosting a Halloween Party at the Blue Ocean Discovery Center on October 25 from 3:00pm-5:00pm. All are invited to come dressed in costumes to celebrate the season. Maybe even come dressed as your favorite marine animal or sea creature!

There will be a costume parade for everyone to strut their stuff and show off their costumes, so don't miss out on the fun!

During the event there will also be a variety of activities, games, and take-home crafts that might just take kids minds off of candy, maybe. And of course there will be time for families to visit and interact with the Society's tow 100-gallon touch tanks!

Visitors are welcome to stop by or stay for the full two hours. Admission is free but donations are always welcome. For more information go to or email

Meet a Green Alliance Business

By Madalyn | Oct 7, 2014 | in

Who: Aucella Heating & Cooling

What: Started in 2005, Aucella Heating & Cooling has built itself into one of the top HVAC companies in the greater Seacoast region, and it has done so by using top-of-the-line green products. Run by husband and wife team, Fay and Jay Aucella, the business offers installation and service of a wide range of options from the most standard, yet most efficient oil or propane heating systems to the unique options of ductless split heat pumps, hybrid ducted heat pump systems, solar thermal space heat, and domestic hot water systems and wood pellet boilers. Aucella does more than simply install a system, it looks at the home as a whole. Its small, qualified staff calculates operating cost savings for each installation, comparing overall savings and payback periods to the initial investment. Jay’s interest in the HVAC field began in college. He was surprised to learn most people don’t realize how an efficient heating and cooling system can reduce costs and lower environmental impacts. Today, Aucella Heating & Cooling puts environmental and homeowner needs at the forefront of its business.

Where: P.O. Box 598, Strafford


Join the GA, Receive FREE Isles of Shoals Tickets Before Season Ends!

By Katie | Oct 7, 2014 | in

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company enjoyed a successful summer. After revamping the business model, which included the addition of a new, smaller vessel, the M/V Celia Thaxter, the Steamship Company saw a number of sold out cruises leaving their docks for great adventures on the water. 

Now, with the season's end quickly approaching, the GA would like to give away free tickets to enjoy the last cruises of the season. All new members will receive 2 tickets to the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, which will need to be used by October 18th--giving you two more weekends to get out on the water! To see all available cruises visit the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's website

Sustaining Member Sail a Success

By Craig | Oct 6, 2014 | in

We want to say a heartfelt thank you to our friends at the Gundalow Company, Redhook Brewery, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria and our Sustaining Members for a wonderful afternoon fall sail on Sunday! We had a great time cruising the Piscataqua River, seeing new faces and old friends, learning about the history of the gundalow and how it helped shape and grow the seacoast, and of course eating and drinking some fantastic beer and food. We hope you had a great time sailing with us, too!

If you didn't sail with us yesterday (and are a little jealous) please consider joining the Green Alliance as a Sustaining Member now. Just click here and you'll never miss the boat again. Our community members receive discounts with all of our 100 plus Business Partners, including 10% off your bill at the Redhook Brewery Cataqua pub, 10% off all food and drinks at 900 Degrees and 10% off sailing tickets and private charters with the Gundalow Company.

All of our Business Partners work hard for their community and offer you their best. We love to see our green businesses in the spotlight and this month we want to turn our attention to a few wonderful events they're hosting.

October is National Pizza Month and 900 Degrees will have events and specials all month long at both their Epping and Manchester locations, including $5.00 off regular admission into Haunted Acres in Candia, N.H. Every Tuesday Redhook donates 10% of its profits to a particular New Hampshire non-profit organization, with the focus being on a different organization each month. October also winds down the Gundalow Company's season. Book your own sail or private charter for your family, class or business now!

Going Green: The Green Cocoon Offers Sustainable Insulation Options

By Madalyn | Oct 3, 2014 | in

The Green Cocoon was recently featured in the Cape Ann Lifestyle Magazine. Click here to read the full story or keep reading below:

By Nicholas Pierce

More than seven years ago, Jim Materkowski and Peter Strattner formed The Green Cocoon. At the time, ecofriendly building was coming to the forefront. The two friends flew out to the west to train and learn about spray foam products. Upon returning, they began the company from scratch in the town where they grew up. The wanted to keep close to home and get their start in the residential communities in Salisbury and the North Shore.

Strattner was the one who came up with The Green Cocoon name, and it was a stroke of genius. Insulation is the “cocoon” that wraps everyone's home in order to retain heat and energy. The company's mission is to be a leader in the industry and raise awareness about green living. Thus, The Green Cocoon brand was born.

The company's first job was right down the street from its current office on Ring's Island in Salisbury. Now, the company offers a variety of insulation products including soy spray foam, cellulose and denim insulation, and it does both residential and commercial projects.

Benefit Corporation Structure comes to New Hampshire

By Anna | Oct 2, 2014 | in

Recently, the state of New Hampshire passed new legislation to go into effect on January 1, 2015 authorizing benefit corporations. Not sure what a benefit corporation is? The University of New Hampshire's Carsey School of Public Policy will hold two free workshops this month to help educate the public.The first workshop will be hosted by W.S. Badger, located at 768 Route 10 Gilsum, N.H. It is scheduled to be held on October 15 from 5 – 7 p.m.

The second workshop will be held at The University of New Hampshire on October 16 from 5 – 7 p.m. It will take place in the Squamscott Room of Holloway Commons. Locally known as HoCo, Holloway Commons is attached to the Memorial Union Building or MUB. Click here for information on visitor parking at UNH.

A benefit corporation, essentially, is a new legal form designed for businesses that seek a positive impact on society and the environment, as well as a positive return to investors. Available in certain states, it is designed for companies and for-profit businesses that want to include the environment and people in their decision making process. Soon, New Hampshire corporations can join the over 1,000 companies that have already adopted the structure across the country, including leaders like King Arthur Flour, Patagonia, Method and Plum Organics

Want to learn more about benefit corporations and how they affect you? Then come to one of two free workshops this month. The workshops will be preceded by a reception with refreshments. These events are free, but please RSVP here so the Carsey School knows how many people to expect.

900 Degrees Celebrates Fall and National Pizza Month

By Madalyn | Oct 2, 2014 | in

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria has big plans for ushering in Fall and the month of October! For the last 30 years, October has been celebrated as National Pizza Month. In response, 900 Degrees has a multitude of exciting events, promotions, contests and giveaways to celebrate with their wood fired pizza all month long!

One special in particular, is the Epping Pizza & Pitcher promotion. Combine any signature pie with a pitcher of Bud Light for just $24.95! You can substitute a different type of beer for just $4.00 more. This special is available now for the month of October, Monday through Friday at the Epping location.

900 Degrees is thrilled to take part in the 16th Annual Exeter Fall Festival on October 4th. The Festival take place from 10a.m.-4p.m. at Water Street and Swasey Park. 900 Degrees is participating in the Powder Keg Beer and Chili Festival from 12:00p.m.-4:00p.m., stop by and sample their award winning chili and see how they fare with the competition!

An Insulation Boom

By Katie | Oct 2, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord

A Durham family got a pleasant summer surprise following the installation of spray foam insulation in their home.

“We expected to see a heat reduction this winter but we won’t know just how much for a while,” says Jeanne Wishengrad. “One thing we didn’t expect though was the impressive cooling effects of this insulation in the summer months. We were very pleased that the house, especially the second floor, has been significantly cooler this summer.”

Wishengrad says the project – which was designed and completed by The Green Cocoon – in the attic space of their home, included the removal of old insulation, the addition of new vents, and spray foam with 25 percent recycled plastic material. Wishengrad says the insulation application in June was part of a major energy efficiency plan that she and her husband began a few years ago. They have a long-term goal of becoming net zero in energy use even with the addition of air conditioning.

Harbor Eyecare Center Participate in World Sight Day Challenge

By Madalyn | Oct 2, 2014 | in

Take part in the World Sight Day Challenge with GA Business partner Harbor Eyecare Center in Portsmouth! The event takes place on October 9 and will go on an all day. Stop by Harbor Eyecare Center located at 161 Deer St during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) to participate!

World Sight Day Challenge is the largest international optometry fund raising event of the year. The Challenge is an international event that is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). The event is coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight, an organization dedicated to 'transforming lives through the gift of vision'.

The World Sight Day Challenge, in partnership with Optometry Giving Sight, focuses on bringing the importance of eye and vision health to the public. Donations online are used to give those in need comprehensive eye exams as well as glasses. Also, donations are given to supporting optometry students' education.

This is a one day event, but the mission of the World Sight Day Challenge is to raise awareness about the importance of eye health year round. Each year, Optometry Giving Sight establishes a specific goal to focus on during the World Sight Day Challenge; for 2014 the call to action is for 'No More Avoidable Blindness'.

Green Alliance Members Save on Construction & Home Projects

By Katelyn | Oct 2, 2014 | in


Click here for more information about the discount Green Alliance members receive from Chinburg Properties.