Blog : January 2015

Film on Dependence on Fossil Fuels and the Military's Move to Renewable Energy to Screen on Seacoast

By Ken | Jan 30, 2015 | in

The Truman National Security Project will be presenting a screening of the film “The Burden: Fossil Fuels, the Military, and National Security.” The documentary, directed by Roger Sorkin, shows why the U.S. dependence on fossil fuels is the greatest long-term threat to national security and how the military is trying to move to renewable energy. Join The Truman National Security Project for the screening of this educational and important film. The website for “The Burden” states, “The film presents in stark terms the urgent need to accelerate our transition from oil in the name of strengthening national security. While many elected officials privately express concern about our environmental and energy challenges, many refuse to do so publicly for fear of the political consequences. 'The Burden' hopes to change this equation.”

The screening will be at The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth on February 18th starting at 5:30 p.m. with the reception. Senator Jeanne Shaheen will give the opening remarks. The screening itself starts at 6 p.m. and is followed by a panel discussion of the film with Michael Breen, executive director of The Truman National Security Project, Hon. Sharon Burke, former assistant secretary of defense for Operational Energy Plans and Programs, and Rear Admiral Jonathan White, director U.S. Navy Task Force on Climate Change.

Jeannie Griffin-Peterka Art Exhibition at Zev Yoga Studio

By Corey | Jan 29, 2015 | in

Portsmouth-based painter Jeannie Griffin-Peterka will be displaying her talents in the Drift Gallery's collaborative space for their January 4 - March 30 exhibition, at Zev Yoga Studio (16 Market Square, above Breaking New Grounds) in Portsmouth, NH. About her work, Griffin-Peterka states "“I start by putting color on the canvas, drawing with charcoal or paint, adding layers of paint and soon something will begin to emerge. I turn the canvas constantly so that it’s worked from all directions. I only decide at the end, which way it should hang. I’m currently working with multiple panels and joining them together in the back. I like seeing the energy between the panels and the sharp line made from joining the panels. There is nothing more exciting to me than seeing one or more freshly stretched canvases hanging on my studio wall and wondering what the final painting will look like.“

Zev Yoga Studio is known for using their studio as a community space, offering it for educational events and workships in addition to art exhibitions. Zev emphasizes a traditionally-rooted, holistically-minded approach to yoga which promotes overall health - the "sustainability" of the individual. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind. 

Extreme Weather Events On the Rise: Is Your Business Prepared?

By Corey | Jan 29, 2015 | in

There were a myriad of names people called this week’s blizzard that swept the Northeast – Juno, Snowpocalypse, Snowmaggedon, Snowzilla, Colbie. Those aware of the detrimental and dramatic weather events caused by climate change have another name for the storm – Predictable. Those in denial about climate change's effects on winter weather will often claim if global warming is real, then what’s with all the snow? Climatologists such as Dr. Kevin Trenberth have explained repeatedly that a large contribution to these massive snow storms is in fact due to human-induced climate change. Trenberth explained that:

“The number one cause of this is that it is winter. In winter it is cold over the continent. But it
is warm over the oceans and the contrast between the cold continent and the warm Gulf
Stream and surrounding waters is increasing. At present sea surface temperatures are more
the two degrees Fahrenheit above normal over huge expanses (1000 miles) off the east coast and water vapor in the atmosphere is about 10 percent higher as a result. About half of this can be attributed to climate change.”

Local Private Schools to Host Expo

By Mike | Jan 28, 2015 | in

The Brixham Montessori Friends School in York will join other private schools throughout the seacoast region at the first Seacoast Private School Expo. The event will be held on January 31 from 10 a.m. to noon at Seacoast Waldorf School in Eliot, Maine. With an atmosphere similar to that of a college fair, the expo will give parents insight into the private schools they're interested in enrolling their children in, as well as give them the opportunity to meet face to face with teachers. During the expo parents can also meet with administrators to discuss issues such as financial aid, the application process, and student and community life. In addition to the different level of schools present - preschool, elementary, middle and high school - businesses focused on childhood enrichment activities will also be present to educate parents on outside school projects.

The expo is free and open to the public.

Originally founded in 1997 as the Orchard Friends School, the school expanded under the direction of founder Alicia Johnson-Grafe adopting the Brixham banner in 2000. Since the expansion, the private school has grown from teaching eight students to almost 100, including toddlers, preschoolers, and elementary students.

The 13th Annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference

By Sarah Mahoney | Jan 28, 2015 | in

The 13th annual NOFA-NH Winter Conference is taking place at Rundlett Middle School in Concord, NH from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 a.m. This conference includes workshops, farmer intensive programs, a keynote presentation from Janisse Ray on seed crops, networking and community-building opportunities, and a robust Green Market Fair. 

The event will also feature the NOFA-NH Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, provide ample opportunities to network with local farmers, gardeners and presenters, and a robust Green Market Fair. Some of the day's activities include workshops on organic certification, legal issues for vegetable and fruit producers, balancing farming and family, scale-appropriate farm equipment, wild edibles, working with land trusts, agricultural policy, seed farming and much more!

Upgrade to a Sustaining Membership and Enjoy Two Free Tickets to Cranmore

By Katelyn | Jan 28, 2015 | in

A Green Alliance yearly membership is a great first step to show your support for local and green businesses, but what about people who want to further demonstrate their commitment? This is where the Sustaining Membership comes in to play. By joining the Green Alliance as a Sustaining Member you receive a lifetime membership to the GA and will enjoy discounts at 100+ local and sustainable businesses without every worrying about renewing your card. Every day is a great day to join the GA family of Sustaining Members, but today tops the others. In celebration of the first big snowstorm of 2015, Blizzard Juno, we are offering two FREE lift tickets to Cranmore Mountain to the first current member to upgrade from the basic GA or Green Families Club membership to the Sustaining Membership level!

Blizzard Juno brought nearly two feet of snow and what could be better than a day at Cranmore Mountain to enjoy the new powder? We are offering these two adult lift tickets to Cranmore ($128 dollar value) thanks to our Business Partner, New Hampshire Public Television. Our friends at NHPTV work to bring viewers local and educational programming, while they also strive to adopt sustainable business practices. Green Alliance members have the chance to win a variety of free passes to attractions in New Hampshire, through NHPTV, just one of the many benefits of the GA membership.

Best of Business Voting Now Open

By Mike | Jan 28, 2015 | in

Can we count on your vote?

Every year the New Hampshire Business Review’s Best of Business (BOB) Awards Survey recognizes over 80 of the best businesses across the state in categories chosen by readers. This year, 900 Degrees Pizzeria is in the running for three separate categories: Best After Work Bar, Best Business Dinner, and Best Business Lunch. Voters can also choose to include the pizzeria in any category they see fit. Be sure to support your local green pizzeria! You can cast your vote here.  

The ballot is open from now until January 31 at midnight so be sure to cast your vote soon.  In order for your votes to count, you must vote for at least 15 different categories. The winners will be celebrated at the annual BOB Awards party at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord on March 5, 2015.  

Local Landscaping Company puts Sustainability First

By Mike | Jan 28, 2015 | in

In an industry known for its use of harmful pesticides and chemicals, Site Structures Landscaping, Inc. breaks the mold by combining innovative lawn care with hard work and green alternatives. Launched by Charlie Bourdage back in 1996, Site Structures has gone on to incorporate a variety of sustainable landscaping practices throughout the southern Maine and New Hampshire seacoast regions.

Specializing in chemical-free lawn care and hardscaping, Site Structure’s green initiatives have been there right from the beginning. “It’s simple; we live here,” explains Site Structure’s office manager Nicole Tracy. “We want to be responsible members of our community. By treating our planet well, we’re helping both the environment and the people in the communities we serve. It’s the backbone of what we do.”

Transporting supplies, plants, and people on a daily basis, Site Structures has taken extra measures to reduce their carbon footprint while on the road. A fleet of trucks running on b5 Biodiesel runs from Site Structure’s office in Elliot, Maine to various locations, while Charlie drives a Prius to different work sites. A strong carpooling culture exists at Site Structures as well, as the team tries to use as little fuel as possible.

Local Business Helps keep Energy under Control

By Mike | Jan 28, 2015 | in

When it comes to energy, you can never be too efficient. That’s the kind of mindset you would expect from Linda Tyring of TVC Systems. As Linda says about her company, “We’re control freaks.” Based in Portsmouth, TVC Systems specializes in Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems; essentially, these are systems designed to adjust and monitor a variety of energy systems including boiler plants, power plants, and utility plants. In the process, SCADA systems help to make these plants more energy efficient.

Founded as Nels Tyring & Associates Inc. back in 1966, TVC was initially formed to market products for manufacturing and process industries. The company started to get involved with programmable systems in 1972, and since then has become heavily involved with designing and installing co-generation and tri-generation systems, otherwise known as CHP.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Mary's Dogs

By Corey | Jan 27, 2015 | in

Who: Mary's Dogs

What: At the head of the pack when it comes to dog rescue and adoption, Mary's Dogs, and Mary's Dogs Inn, has helped hundreds of dogs find forever homes throughout the state of New Hampshire. Started in her own home in Deerfield, Mary Doane had a focused and clear goal when she launched her business; to foster a dog rescue and adoption process aimed at rescuing and placing dogs as well as helping both pet and family transition into a new life.
Doane studied ecological theology in seminary school at Boston University. In 2001, she embarked on a project that encompassed the spiritual connection between human beings and the natural world. Doane's background helps her to educate others about the importance of the humane treatment of all species. In 2014 Doane opened Mary's Dogs Inn, a canine daycare and boarding house that fulfills a state-required quarantine needed for dogs rescued from high-kill centers in the South. Working with these Southern shelters, Doane emphasizes finding the perfect home environment for each and every dog, regardless of age, breed, or temperament. In doing so, she seeks to enlighten potential adopters about the dog overpopulation crisis, and how they can do their part to help ease the burden currently being wrought on countless shelters around the country.

What is a CCRC?

By Sam | Jan 27, 2015 | in

RiverWoods is a CCRC, or Continuing Care Retirement Community, which means lots of differences than the standards of elderly care. Watch the video to learn!

RiverWoods is also the Green Alliance's newest Business Partner. Check out their page to learn about all their sustainability initiatives!


Celebrate the Blizzard with Two Free Lift Tickets to Cranmore Mountain!

By Katelyn | Jan 27, 2015 | in

Blizzard “Juno” is the first snowstorm to hit the Northeast in 2015, and sure is making a big impact with its cold temperatures and record snowfall. Here at the Green Alliance, we love to enjoy the beauty of a true New England winter and hope everyone is staying safe and warm during this storm. New England is well known for its cold weather and snow during the winter months, but these characteristics of our region are threatened by the changes associated with global climate change. The Green Alliance is excited to experience another Nor’Easter and hopes that the future generations are able to enjoy the same natural beauties of winter. In celebration of the first blizzard of the year, we are offering two FREE lift tickets to Cranmore Mountain to the first person to join the Green Alliance today as a new Sustaining Member!

Once Juno moves out the Northeast, we will be left with perfect skiing conditions and potentially two feet of fresh, powdery snow. Skiers and snowboarders know that the best time to hit the slopes is right after a big snowfall, and what could be better to enjoy the mountain than free lift tickets? We are offering these two adult lift tickets to Cranmore Mountain ($128 dollar value) thanks to our Business Partner, New Hampshire Public Television. Our friends at NHPTV work to bring viewers local and educational programming, while they also strive to adopt sustainable business practices. Green Alliance members have the chance to win a variety of free passes to attractions in New Hampshire, through NHPTV, just one of the many benefits of becoming a member of the GA!

Blue Ocean Society Offering Birthday Parties With A Purpose

By Sarah Mahoney | Jan 26, 2015 | in

Blue Ocean Society has been making a difference in protecting marine animals in the Gulf of Maine since 2000, but  the nonprofit is adding another way to get more people involved with their mission. Now Blue Ocean Society is adding birthday party host to their resume, along with the newest member of their family: a 65-foot inflatable whale.

This whale is modeled after a real fin whale named Ladder, who BOS has been studying for almost twenty years. Fin whales are the second largest animal on earth, after the blue whale, as well as an endangered species. Some grow to roughly 90 feet long and 74 tonnes. Ladder is life-sized, which makes it easier for children and adults to understand how big they really are. 

The model is available for indoor and outdoor use for several different programs, which will now include birthday parties. During incelment weather, or if families do not have a place to host the party, BOS will partner with Rye Congregational Church and other venues in the seacoast region to provide space for these parties. In addition to Ladder, Blue Ocean Society has a birthday party option presenting their touch tank, which they offer in the Blue Ocean Discovery Center in Hampton Beach, or at your own location if available. The birthday parties include take home crafts and sponsoring a whale (a way to adopt a whale) for the birthday child as well.

Is Your Business Prepared to Combat the Threats Associated with Climate Change?

By Katelyn | Jan 26, 2015 | in


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Nine Month Old Child and His Family Stay Strong Through Cancer Battle

By Ken | Jan 26, 2015 | in

Former Green Alliance Director of Media Jim Cavan, and his wife Deana Cavan, continue their battle to keep their 9 month old son Everett "Rett" Cavan healthy. The story about Rett's battle with an aggressive form of cancer and the Cavan family's incredible resilience was published in both The Portsmouth Herald and Foster's Daily Democrat.

Rett was diagnosed with a rhabitoid tumor and has been battling the aggressive cancer at Children's Hospital in Boston. At nine months of age, Rett has already gone through doses of chemotherapy and had an operation, both with amazing results, but he still has a long way to go. The story tells the struggle Rett has gone through and the amazing strength he has shown through adversity. The story also tells the struggles and strength of his parents, Jim and Deana Cavan, and how going through this fight to keep Rett healthy has changed them and their outlook on life.

Read the story on here and Seacoast Online, with accompanying video, here.