Blog : February 2015

Prelude Offers All Green Alliance Members 10% Off Everything In Store

By Corey | Feb 12, 2015 | in


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Fancy a Trip to Great Britain?

By Corey | Feb 12, 2015 | in

New Hampshire Public Television's President and CEO, Peter Frid, wants to take your sights of Great Britain off the TV and into reality. Frid is offering an invitation to travel with him on a customized tour of Oxford, London, Cambridge, and other settings of your favorite NHPTV shows. Ever heard of a little show called Downton Abbey? The show’s village green Bampton is just one of the many sights visited on this nine day adventure, designed by experts at Milne Travel American Express.

This exploratory opportunity is co-sponsored by NHPTV, New Hampshire’s only statewide, locally owned television network. NHPTV is dedicated to broadcasting programs that engage minds, connect communities, and celebrates the region that entertains and educates. They offer a wide range of environmentally-themed programming, while emphasizing commitment to supporting local economy. NHPTV has also instituted a comprehensive recycling program, showing their support of sustainability both on and off the screen. 

RAM brings Green Practices to Printing

By Mike | Feb 12, 2015 | in

RAM Printing has been paving the way for environmental sustainability in the printing industry long before the current green trend. With its long history of eco-friendly practices and efforts to educate the local community, RAM Printing is a major leader in New England energy efficiency.  

RAM’s green practices started back in 1989. Unlike most printing companies which use toxic, oil-based inks, RAM specializes in vegetable-based inks. These unique inks eliminate any kind of toxins that standard inks release into the environment, and they even have the same color quality as the more main-stream brands. The printing plates themselves are water-based and recyclable, making them equally safe for the environment.

RAM is also a fully active member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an organization that promotes responsible forest management and certifies sustainable paper manufacturing processes. All of the paper RAM uses is FSC certified, with most paper products coming from local companies such as Mohawk and Monadnock Papers.

Rochester Company Paves Way for Local App Market

By Mike | Feb 12, 2015 | in

It’s estimated that more than 90 percent of all Americans own a smartphone, a massive consumption that has created a strong demand for mobile technology, and it's easy to see why. Mobile apps offer businesses an advantage in a variety of ways, ranging from analytics to customer-relations management, and even easing collaboration and human resource services. Gartner Inc., a leading technology and advising company, predicts by late 2015, there will be 4.9 billion devices connected to the Internet, an increase of 30 percent from 2014.

New Hampshire entrepreneur Alex Bakman started up his company SnAPPii in 2011 to bring Android and iOS apps to the local business level and help smaller businesses compete in the 21st century.

“My motivation was to solve some of the problems of mobile app development,” Bakman says. “I realize that people need about a gazillion apps because, as the Apple commercial goes, ‘there is an app for that.' We now live in a world where there is a growing sense that each of us does indeed need an app for everything. Businesses that can meet this demand are finding handsome rewards in profits.”

Share Your Green Story with the GA Community

By Katelyn | Feb 11, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance has created a new column focusing on our individual members and their efforts towards a more sustainable lifestyle: Meet a Green Alliance Member. We want to hear from our members and learn about how they shop local and make more environmentally friendly decisions every day. Our first story featured Josh Denton, who has worked on sustainability initiatives both here in Portsmouth and beyond, check out his column on the GA Blog and in the January 2015 Green Families Club Newsletter.

As a member based organization, we not only care about, but rely on, how our members choose to shop locally and be more environmentally conscious. It benefits the GA to know more about our members so we can better meet their needs and tailor what we do to best fit what they are looking for in the GA. The background of individual members and what they do in the community is important to us and we enjoy learning how members make choices to live more sustainably. If you are a member interested in sharing more about yourself and interested in being featured on our blog and in a GA newsletter then we would love to hear from you!

Futuro Breaks Ground in Newmarket

By Ken | Feb 11, 2015 | in

For Futuro Builders, green construction is not just a lofty thought. “Green is good for all,” is one of the motto's at Futuro Builders, a green building company launched in 2011 by Jesse Ware. The name is a combination of “future” and “zero,” which is the type of construction that Ware would like to see for all constructions, net zero.

Futuro Builders just recently completed building a net zero home in Rye Harbor, which features a porch ceiling and rafters crafted from beautiful Maine White Cedar, and they have now broken ground on a new net zero home in Newmarket. Net zero homes ultimately utilize no fossil fuels. For projects that aren't net zero, Ware tries to limit the use of fossil fuels and in all building projects uses environmentally safe materials. Ware is LEED AP certified and stays up-do-date on new environmentally sustainable products on the market.

Proulx Expands Service Area through Merger

By Mike | Feb 11, 2015 | in

Proulx Oil & Propane has officially merged with Manchester-based company J.A. Bourque & Sons. The merger will extend Proulx’s service area from the southern Maine and Seacoast region all the way through the central New Hampshire and White Mountain areas. The expanded company will provide such services as fuel delivery, heating and air conditioning system installation, and 24-hour service.

“We are very pleased to be joining together with a company that takes customer service as seriously as we do,” said Proulx President and CEO James D. Proulx. “Proulx is all about making people comfortable at home, and we look forward to bringing an expanded choice of products and services to Bourque customers and other homeowners throughout the Manchester area.”

Established in 1944, Proulx has always been a forward-thinking company. Shortly after its inception, the company led the charge away from sooty coal to propane gas, an alternative that is cleaner even to this day. The company went on to pioneer BioHeat, a renewable alternative to standard heating oil grown domestically on U.S. farms, and today Proulx is a strong supporter of Heat Force, an additive that ensures cleaner burning and fewer emissions.

Yoga for Equestrians at Zev Yoga

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 10, 2015 | in

Starting on February 22nd and running every Sunday until March 30th, Zev Yoga will be providing yoga classes specifically designed by an Equestrian for Equestrians. During these classes, students will learn to quiet their mind with breathing and centering, find heightened body awareness, alignment and focus, as well as improving balance, flexibility, strength, and endurance. These classes will be help at the Portsmouth studio from 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m and they are $75.00 for the 6 week series, or $15.00 per class.

Green Alliance has been working with Zev Yoga for several years now and they have been making great strides to keep themselves green. They emphasize a traditionally-rooted, holistically-minded approach to yoga which promotes overall health – the “sustainability” of the individual. They have made quality yoga affordable to all with a monthly unlimited rate that is roughly half that of all other Portsmouth-based studios, as well as use their studio as community space, offering it for gatherings, educational events and workshops.

The First Business Makes a Difference Volunteer Fair

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 10, 2015 | in

Volunteer NH in partnership with NHBSR is presenting the first Business Makes a Difference Volunteer Fair on February 17th at Timberland (200 Domain Drive, Stratham, NH) from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This fair is to offer the community an opportunity to meet 20 area nonprofits and learn about their efforts and volunteer needs. Learn how to access several volunteer opportunities online with VRecruiter. There is also the opportunity to meet with Timberland's Senior Manager of Community Engagement at 3:00 p.m. to learn how to make employee volunteer programs work for you!

New Hampshire Business of Social Responsibility (NHBSR) focuses on people, principal, and profit. Their mission is to build and support businesses who are committed to adopting socially responsible business practices. They believe that businesses can do well while doing good, social responsibility begins locally, with each of us, and businesses can be financially successful while bringing out the best in the human spirit, enriching the community and being respectful of the natural environment.

Hridaya Hermitage Yogis Are In Town

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 10, 2015 | in

Zev Yoga Studios will be hosting the Hridaya Hermitage yogis at their Portsmouth studio starting on February 12th from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. They will be there every Tuesday and Thursday for the rest of February to offer a glimpse into their rich living tradition. They will be performing the traditional Vashi yoga practice as well as bringing their energetic and spirited practice to a total of 5 sessions. In addition to the sessions at the Portsmouth studio, the Hridaya Hermitage yogis will be hosting a home session which will include chanting, meditation, and a Q & A session, as well as light refreshments. This will take place on Wednesday, February 18th from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This is a donation based program and the suggested donation is $20.00 per session, or $80.00 for all 5 sessions, including the special home session.

Zev Yoga has been in business since 2006 and Jonas Amberger, the owner and instructor has brought great ideas and traditions to the business. There are locations in Portsmouth, Dover, and Exeter, NH now. Jonas has been teaching the ancient traditions of Ashtanga yoga for over a decade. Ashtanga Yoga is a method that involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures—a process producing intense internal heat and a profuse, purifying sweat that detoxifies muscles and organs. The result is improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Learn A Little About "Sea Smoke"

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 10, 2015 | in

There are several names for what we call "sea smoke", such as "frost smoke" and "steam fog", but regardless of the name, this is an amazing winter phenomenon. "Sea smoke" forms when a light wind of cold air (usually near or below 0 F) mixes with the shallow layer of warm air just above the warmer water. That warmer air cools so quickly that it can't hold the water vapor and releases it as condensation and as a result, produces "sea smoke". This type of condensation or steam is similar to what is produced over a hot bath or a hot coffee. Sea smoke is usually not very high above the water and may form spiralling columns.

This type of condensation only forms over saltwater because ocean water doesn't usually change to a solid until around 28.4 F. In contrast, freshwater freezes before saltwater and doesn't have the time to produce such smoke. "Sea smoke" is normally a Arctic and Antarctic phenomenon, purely because it requires such low temperatures to be produced.

Pocos Is A Great Spot for Valentine's Day

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 9, 2015 | in

Poco's Bow Street Cantina is a fun and romantic place for you and your significant other to go on this upcoming Valentine's Day. The restaurant offers a warm and cozy environment with the fireplace on the lower level, as well as the beautiful water view from the upper level. It is a comfortable, casual, dining atmosphere with two decks overlooking the Piscataqua River, as well as two indoor dining areas. It is a great restaurant for all occassions, any season, or any time of the day. Poco's Bow Street Cantina has been voted Best of Portsmouth Deck dining four years in a row by Taste Magazine.

Poco's is offering a special Valentine's Day menu, including several appetizers, salads, and entrees such as a Surf & Turf Burger and Apple Walnut Stuffed Chicken. They also offers a wide range of beer selections on draught, including Blue Moon, Sea Dog Blueberry, Smuttynose and more!

Gundalow Special Valentine's Day Offer

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 9, 2015 | in

Winter is in full swing, and there's nothing like imagining yourself sailing through the water on a warm summer day to keep your mind off all of the snow. The Gundalow Company, located in Portsmouth, NH, is offering a Valentine's Day Special that can help you look forward to summer time. This special includes 2 sail passes and 2 Gundalow wine glasses for just $60.00, which is a $90.00 value.

The Gundalow Company is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2002 that is dedicated to protecting the region's environment through education and action. They aim to connect residents of the Seacoast with the historic Piscataque River while instilling a sense of stewardship for the region's cherished waterways. They provide educational programs designed to teach value and environmental importance, as well as community outreach aimed at raising environmental awareness. 

Local Energy Solutions Conference 2015

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 9, 2015 | in

"This has been an amazing educational and energizing and empowering privilege for learning and networking - I feel as if I'm leaving with a thousand times more knowledge than when I arrived this morning."

Brought to you by the New Hampshire Local Energy Work Group, with coordination by NH Sustainable Energy Association, the seventh annual LES Conference will take place at on March 21st at the Grappone Center in Concord, NH from 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. This conference provides important information, resources, and guidance for local schools, governments, and individuals looking to implement an energy reduction in their area. 

New Hampshire Local Energy Solutions works hard to provide energy solutions for New Hampshire's residents, energy committees, and schools. This is the seventh annual LES Conference, each becoming more and more successful. The conference will include forums to meet and learn from other New Hampshire residents who have already achieved some sort of energy reduction, as well as tips on ways that you can do it yourself. There are several presentations and sessions along with a continental breakfast when you arrive.

Stop Wasting Waste

By Ken | Feb 6, 2015 | in

Josh Denton is a guest blogger who is very active in environmental activism in Portsmouth as well as a member of the Green Alliance. Join Josh as a member of the Green Alliance, right now the winter snow special reduces the price of individual membership to $25, but act fast the discount only lasts until the end of the day Friday February 6, 2015. Click here to join!

My dogs get off-leash exercise at Pierce Island almost daily. The only thing out of place between our working port's ships, the South End's picturesque view, and Fort Washington's historic remains is our wasted bi-product being trucked off the island to a Rochester landfill.