Blog : March 2015

Springtime Specials!

By Sam | Mar 31, 2015 | in

I think there’s something we can all agree on: nobody is going to miss the winter, especially not this year. We’re almost there! During the month of April, we’re going to be promoting special discounts with some of our business partners who are here to help put some spring in your step. Check out all of our special Green Alliance member discounts:

Green Alliance Members Receive Special Spring Discount for the Fly Cage

By Craig | Mar 31, 2015 | in

They might not be something most New Englanders think about this time of year, but come mid-summer green-heads, deer and horse flies are all anyone talks about. From the North Shore of Massachusetts up the coast of Maine, each July many a beach day, or backyard cook-out is ruined by these flies constantly biting and terrorizing. But Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control Services has developed a solution that could finally alleviate one of the summer's biggest backyard woes. He calls it the Fly Cage.

Now, exclusively for Green Alliance members, Pray is offering $20 off the purchase of your the Fly Cage as a special spring discount to get your backyard ready for summer cook-outs without annoyance. Green Alliance members should enter GA20 when when making their purchase here. If you're not a Green Alliance member, you can join now for $20 (a $15 savings). Join here!

Pray's invention, which mimics the appearance of a four-legged animal, is completely environmentally-friendly. Built with recyclable materials, the Fly Cage is meant for residential and commercial use. That visual lure is a buoy, black in color, with a shimmering exterior that attracts the seasonal flies. The flies are drawn in, acting on their natural behavior to attack the underside of large animals like deer and cattle. Once the flies realize their mistake they fly straight up, toward the light coming through the top of the trap, getting caught in its mesh netting and perish. The netting works like a lobster trap allowing the flies to enter, but not exit.

Welcoming New Hampshire Home to the Green Alliance

By Sam | Mar 31, 2015 | in

We're pleased to announce that New Hampshire Home magazine has joined the Green Alliance! Part of a trilogy of publications by McLane Communications, New Hampshire Home is dedicated to showing people how great it is to live in New Hampshire.

Each year, New Hampshire Home publishes a green issue, focusing on net zero homes, sustainable building and design, and tips on green living. According to Susan Smith, New Hampshire Home's Associate Publisher, it's a topic that comes naturally.

"A lot of the visibility we’re giving to the green initiatives of New Hampshire builders, designers and architects aren’t necessarily out there being promoted by them, because it's now a routine part of their business," she said.

Gundalow Gatherings: One Night. Many Events. Hundreds of Stories

By Corey | Mar 31, 2015 | in

For one night, experience delightful foods and drinks of the seacoast and engage in maritime conversation at The Gundalow Company's 4th Annual Gundalow Gatherings event. On April 25th, attendees of this fundraising event will have the difficult task of choosing between nine dinner locations in Portsmouth, Kittery, and York. Gundalow Gatherings is this non-profit's largest fundraising event of the entire year, with last year's dinners being sold out and tickets quickly snatched. All the proceeds support the Gundalow Company's 2015 education programs which have supported the education of the Seacoast's maritime history through their many events.

Founded in 2002, the Gundalow Company continues to aim to connect residents of the Seacoast and beyond with the historic icon of river commerce, while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship for the Pisataqua region's waterways. With the addition of the Piscataqua gundalow being built in 2011, the Gundalow Company has provided a floating classroom for schools and youth groups. Each year, Gundalow hosts over 100 field trips for over 2,000 students on the Piscataqua. Their educational programs are designed to teach the value of environmental stewardship and provides community outreach aimed to raise environmental awareness. Children who participate in their maritime learning activities allow for them to engage in hand-on learning on the tidal rivers of New Hampshire and southern Maine. Activities include interactive learning stations covering human impact, sense of place and investigative science on the water, as well as sailing concepts incorporating math and engineering for older students. Gundalow also offers a variety of special sails including concerts, lectures, private charters, and free trips for kids on Saturday mornings. 

Yankee Thermal Imaging Supports Home Improvement with Incentive Program

By Sam | Mar 31, 2015 | in

As spring slowly makes an appearance, the thought of cold weather preparation is replaced by thoughts of flowerbeds and herb gardens. Yankee Thermal Imaging plans to help kick start their customers’ springtime home improvement dreams with a hefty incentive program.

This April, Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering a $250 Lowe’s gift card for any Green Alliance members who have weatherization and insulation completed within the month. A weatherization and insulation project delivers an airtight and efficient living area, by closing the building envelope. This decreases the amount of times a furnace needs to kick on, by keeping a more constant temperature and eliminating draft, thus saving the homeowner money.

Prelude's April Fool's Day Sale is No Joke

By Corey | Mar 31, 2015 | in

On Wednesday, April 1st from 10 AM to 6 PM, Prelude is offering multiple discounts on their great jewelry, imported soaps, and bath comforts. All of their specialized and unique jewelry will be 30% off. Organic and locally made items have been emphasized at Prelude, with much of the jewelry being produced by several local jewelers from the Portsmouth and Hampton, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine area.

Bath and beauty products are a staple at Prelude, and now you can get all soaps, boxes, mirrors, frames, scarves, and hair products for 20% off. Prelude offers well-known and beloved brands such as Crabtree and Evelyn, Burt's Bees, Mistral Soaps and Molinard Parfums from France, Mason Pearson Hair Brushes and Combs from London and Royall Fragrances of Bermuda. Following their emphasis on supporting local businesses, their Red Maple alpaca headbands are designed not too far from Portsmouth, in Eliot, Maine. Kinross cashmere scarves, Nusantara scarves, and head bands will also be some of the unique products that will be on sale for this limited time. 

Green Job: Integrated Fitness Seeking Full-Time Trainer

By Sam | Mar 30, 2015 | in

 

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? Keep up with who's hiring in the seacoast and feel good about the work you do!

Integrated Fitness of Dover is a premier and growing private fitness facility providing individual training and group fitness experiences in the Seacoast area. They are presently seeking an experienced Personal Trainer for full-time (20 + training hours/week) training and teaching at their Dover Point facility. While this is a semi-flexible role, availability to train clients and/or teach classes in the early mornings is strongly preferred. Additional availability to work afternoons and evenings is ideal. This role pays $20-$40 per training hour based on experience, education and volume of business.
Ideal candidates are self-promoting, willing to market themselves and further their education in the fitness field. Qualified candidates also have been working in the fitness industry for two or more years and possess an active Personal Training Certification from a nationally accredited organization such as ACE or NASM. A bachelor's degree in a related field is also desired. Additional certifications are a plus.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Integrated Fitness of Dover

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 30, 2015 | in

What: Owner, Jonathan Arnold took a financial risk when he started Integrated Fitness, a private fitness facility providing personal training and group exercise classes, in 2010. His goal was to help others take control of their health and lead a more sustainable lifestyle, by providing a comfortable atmosphere focused on whole-body wellness. During Integrated Fitness's first year, Arnold booked 20 to 30 client hours. Today, Integrated Fitness has seven instructors running 110 client hours each week.

The facility's popular Weight Loss Challenge classes, which are designed for beginners as well as for those preparing for fitness competitions, has helped clients lose a collective 4,000 lbs since Integrated Fitness's inception. Arnold believes that weight loss can be achieved naturally without the need for surgery. Additionally, Integrated Fitness has won four different team awards from fitness competitions in powerlifting and bodybuilding.

Plastic Bag Monsters

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 30, 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.

I am very excited that Portsmouth’s Blue Ribbon Committee on Sustainable Practices has recommended the single-use, carry-out plastic bag ordinance for a First Reading. Upon passage, the Port City would be the first municipality in New Hampshire to join Portland, ME, and Newburyport, MA, in enacting such an ordinance.

The ordinance requires all stores at checkout to use recycled paper or reusable bags instead of traditional plastic grocery bags. It still allows plastic bags for prepared takeout food and for our meats, fruits, and vegetables at the grocery store. The ordinance also requires a 10 cent pass-through to be charged for every paper bag issued to recoup the cost of the paper bag and incentivize reusable bag use. Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) purchases will not be charged the 10 cent pass-through.

Damn Those Ice Dams!

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 30, 2015 | in

Steve Weglarz, Jr. is a HERS Rater at Advanced Building Analysis, LLC. His other certifications include the Building Performance Institute’s Building Analyst and Thermographer level I from FLIR’s Infrared Training Center. He is a member of the Green Alliance and was eager to share this information with the Green Alliance community.

Fact: New England winters can be cruel. Especially the very cold and snowy ones when ice dams form and cause melt water to leak through our roofs and ceilings, damaging our homes’ interior. Who really wants to climb up and shovel the roof when your back is already broken from clearing the walks and driveway? Talk about adding insult to injury!

Fiction: Roofs only leak when they are in bad shape and need repair or replacement. Not true. What? Why would a perfectly good roof leak, you might ask. If the answer is unclear, then you’re not alone. Many contractors would offer a solution that is based on a misunderstanding of the problem.

Green Collar Careers: Jenaly Technology Group president, MJ Shoer

By Ken | Mar 30, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

Some argue that Information Technology uses too much of our resources with high electrical demand, endless toner cartridges and a nearly continuous use of unsustainable fossil fuels. But is that correct? MJ Shoer, the president of Jenaly Technology Group, Inc., has proven time and time again that IT management can be as green as any other sustainable industry.

Shoer started Jenaly in 1997 as an IT firm that handles small to mid-sized businesses, primarily in New England, but the company is able to service clients around the world through Virtual System Administration services including infrastructure, monitoring and maintenance. Shoer also co-authored The Tech (Multiplier), a how-to book for businesses, and business owners, who want to stay up to date in today's ever-changing technological world. “It's a world in which tech-savvy businesses must be nimble and able to adapt according to trends,” said Shoer.

Jenaly shines as a sustainable business amongst their peers and their clients. Jenaly offers remote support for client's systems to reduce gas consumption, effective document management to reduce paper waste, virtualization where one physical server powers multiple virtual servers, reducing electricity use, and Shoer is adamant about recycling e-waste, which prevents toxins from entering the waste stream. Jenaly also utilizes solid ink technology, a cartridge-free printing system that creates 90 percent less print waste than laser printers. Shoer is also an outspoken advocate of businesses preparedness against the adverse effects of climate change, specifically utilizing Cloud computing to mitigate risk of losing important information vital to a business's operations.

Eversource Sells PSNH Power Plants and Steps Toward Clean Energy

By Corey | Mar 26, 2015 | in

Eversource Energy, which recently bought-out Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH), will sell the former company's power plants throughout the state. Through this agreement, Eversource agrees to sell PSNH's hydro facilities and fossil fuel plants including the Merrimack Station in Bow, the Newington Station in Newington, and the Schiller Station in Portsmouth. By selling these plants, customers are no longer expected to be responsible for paying the continued operation of the plants and the costly investments to meet environmental standards. Customers will also no longer pay the existing regulated rate of return on plants.

Closing the plants, which contain mercury and burn fossil-fuels, has long been the goal of environmentalists throughout the state.

Susan Chamberlin, the Consumer Advocate for the Office of the Consumer Advocate in New Hampshire, stated that the agree “provides significant savings for residential taxpayers and resolves outstanding disputes without protracted litigation."

However, according to a report by NHPR, if the sale price for the plants is too low, it could cause their assessed value to drop significantly, causing a large amount of loss of tax revenue in Bow and Portsmouth.

The sale agreement includes a protection plan for the 280 unionized employees, non-represented affected employees and towns in which the plants are located. Buyers must also agree to keep the plant in service for at least 18 months following the purchase and honor existing Collective Bargaining Agreements.

Prelude's April Fool's Day Sale is No Joke

By Corey | Mar 26, 2015 | in

On Wednesday, April 1st from 10 AM to 6 PM, Prelude is offering multiple discounts on their great jewelry, imported soaps, and bath comforts. All of their specialized and unique jewelry will be 30% off. Organic and locally made items have been emphasized at Prelude, with much of the jewelry being produced by several local jewelers from the Portsmouth and Hampton, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine area.

Bath and beauty products are a staple at Prelude, and now you can get all soaps, boxes, mirrors, frames, scarves, and hair products for 20% off. Prelude offers well-known and beloved brands such as Crabtree and Evelyn, Burt's Bees, Mistral Soaps and Molinard Parfums from France, Mason Pearson Hair Brushes and Combs from London and Royall Fragrances of Bermuda. Following their emphasis on supporting local businesses, their Red Maple alpaca headbands are designed not too far from Portsmouth, in Eliot, Maine. Kinross cashmere scarves, Nusantara scarves, and head bands will also be some of the unique products that will be on sale for this limited time. 

Go Pink with the Green Alliance Team and Race for the Cure

By Corey | Mar 26, 2015 | in

Our Green Alliance team is lacing up their sneakers and participating in the 4th Annual Komen NH Race for the Cure. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure series is the world's largest and most successful education and fundraising event for breast cancer ever created. The event raises significant funds and awareness for the breast cancer movement, celebrates breast cancer survivorship and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease. With one in eight women in the U.S. being diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime, this cause strikes a chord with individuals, family members, co-workers, and friends alike. 100% of the net proceeds are allocated to the Komen mission, with 75% of that income staying in the community to help fund local programs offering breast health education and breast cancer screening and treatment. The remaining 25% of the net income supports the Susan G. Komen Grants Program. 

Founded in 1982 in Dallas, T.X., the Susan G. Komen organization has established life-changing events all throughout the country. Since its inception, this non-profit has spent nearly $2.6 million for breast cancer education, research, advocacy, health services and social support programs in the U.S. At this upcoming race in Portsmouth, N.H., all donations will be used at the Vermont and New Hampshire Komen programs. A local hospital who received funding from Komen VT-NH in 2014 was Memorial Hospital who offers the breast health navigator program which helps patients understand treatment options and choices between oncologists, as well as find funds and any support services they need to get treatment. 

Stonyfield Earth Day 5K and Earth Day Fair

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 25, 2015 | in

Stonyfield is once again hosting their popular Earth Day 5K and free Earth Day Fair! Number pick-up will be from 8:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. on race day. The race will be on May 16th and will begin at 10:00 a.m. at Stonyfield Farm Yogurt Works in Londonderry, NH.

This isn't your ordinary race, but instead a morning long festival that begins with the 5K walk/run and is followed by a celebration with food, beverages, and live music.

There are also free Bunny Hop races right after the 5K for children under the age of 10. You can register your little racers on race day only (no online registration available). Bunny Hop events will begin at about 11:15 AM. We’ll hold multiple heats within age groups, so don’t worry if you miss a first heat.