Blog : March 2015

The Coastal Home & Garden Show

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 25, 2015 | in

The Coastal Home & Garden Show is hosted by the Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce and the Kittery Communicty Center. The show will take place on Saturday, May 2nd and Sunday, May 3rd at the Kittery Community Center and will begin at 10:00 a.m. and go until 4:00 p.m. 

It is the perfect place to find the best in convenience and savings and great for home building, remodeling and landscaping exhibits and ideas for the home of your dreams. It is also a great opportunity to find the perfect gift for Mother's Day! Tickets are $5.00 for adults and children under 18 years of age are free!

There will be several vendors at this show, such as Brownie's Bakery, Carl's Water Systems, Evergreen Energy, Seacoast Reverse Mortgage, and more! Many more vendors are to come, so stay tuned.

To learn more about this show, click here.

Royce's Bootcamp Is Back

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 23, 2015 | in

Back by popular demand, Royce's Bootcamp is now being blended into FitCamp at the Integrated Fitness of Dover. This class is focused on balance training and calorie loss in individuals. Balance training is important, especially when you are recovering from any sort of injury or to try to avoid any future injuries. Focusing on lower leg and foot musculature can be vital for athleticism as well. This training is part of Integrated Fitness' goal to help clients reach an overall more sustainable and healthy lifestyle.

Jonathon Arnold is dedicated to helping people change their lives. His goals for his clients at Integrated Fitness is whole body health and wellness no matter their experience level. He believes that we can all live more sustainable lives through proper education and exercise. He is committed to working with clients to help them lose wright, build muscle, and maintain an overall healthy lifestyle. Integrated Fitness trainers are specially certified to help clients reach their goals and there are 4 personal trainers and 2 group exercise instructors on staff for any type of training you prefer. They also offer one-on-one nutrition consulting and a nutrition class as part of the Weight Loss Challenge Program. They provide an encouraging and comfortable atmosphere that clients can work towards their goals and work hard in a safe environment.

Winter got you feeling down? Join GateWay for a spring awakening!

By Katie | Mar 19, 2015 | in

Are you in need of some rest and relaxation? Maybe you need some help finding your inner peace. Or perhaps you're just curious as to what a chating, yoga and medititation event looks like. 

Whatever your reason, don't miss GateWay Taiji, Qigong and Yoga's benefit event. On Sunday, March 29 from 6 - 7:30 p.m.  welcomes specialized instructors Sherry Evans, Liz Korabek-Emerson, and Catherine Okhuysen who will guide you through chanting, yoga and meditiation, teaching you ways to find balance in a stressful. All are welcome to attend this event, and though there is no admission fee, GateWay does ask that you bring a donation to benefit Womanaid of Greater Portsmouth. 

This event is a perfect opportunity to familiarize yourself with the relaxing, calming practices and get a glimpse inside of the studios of GateWay, a Green Certified Business. With the stress of every day life, learning to quiet your mind is invaluable, and can lead to a happier, healthier lifestyle. GateWay gives you all the tools necessary to achieve this. 

To learn more about this event click here


Restaurant Week 2015

By Mike | Mar 19, 2015 | in

The New Hampshire Lodging & Restaurant Association is kicking off its fourth annual Restaurant Week from Friday, March 20- March 27. Sponsored in part by the Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE), Restaurant Week encourages residents to explore over 100 participating dining establishments across the state for a full-blown three course meal set at a fixed price. With so much extra food available at an affordable cost, Restaurant Week provides a major boost to our local eateries.  

One such restaurant to experience the benefits of Restaurant Week is 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria. Located in Manchester and Epping, 900 Degrees was founded by Priscilla Lane-Rondeau back in 2007 and strives to p

rovide customers with an authentic Italian experience, making their pizza the way it was originally conceived in Naples. 900 Degrees puts a great amount of care into making their pizza, using nothing but the freshest ingredients and daily-made dough. 

900 Degrees puts an equal amount of effort into sustainability as well. LED lighting and motion sensors are used throughout the restaurant, ingredients are sourced locally whenever and wherever possible, and all paints and finishes are done with low VOC paints. In addition, 900 Degrees uses green cleaning products and follows a very comprehensive recycling program.  

With their combination of traditional Italian taste and forward-thinking green initiatives, 900 Degrees is sure to be a hit at this years Restaurant Week.

Green Alliance members save 10% on all food and drinks! (Cannot be combined with any other offer.) Not a member? Join here

Businesses Come Together at Weather Preparedness Forum

By Mike | Mar 18, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

PORTSMOUTH- If this past winter has taught us anything it’s that weather is getting more and more extreme. Last Thursday, the Green Alliance hosted Weathering Change, a business preparedness forum held at their office of 75 Congress St, Suite 304, uniting over 30 businesses to tackle the issue of resiliency in the face of harsh environmental conditions brought about by climate change.

The event was put into motion by Roger Stephenson from the New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup, an organization aimed at educating the public on resources they can use in the event of an environmental disaster and Marsha Haines from the Vermont and New Hampshire branches of the American Red Cross. The two organizations collaborated with the Green Alliance which helped to tap in to its community of sustainable entrepreneurs and green-minded citizens.

The event itself began with a brief introduction by Stephenson followed by presentations from various guest speakers. These speakers were from a wide range of business backgrounds including MJ Shoer of Jenaly Technology Group, Ray Dube from Coca Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) and Clark James from the Smuttynose Brewing Company. Each of these unique guests brought a different perspective and approach to this very serious issue.

Green Alliance & Redhook Host Party for the Planet

By Craig | Mar 18, 2015 | in

Join us as we partner with Redhook Brewery to celebrate Earth Day 2015 on April 22 at the Green Alliance & Redhook Party for the Planet! Throw away those Wednesday, hump-day, blues and come out for a fantastic night honoring that big rock we're all floating on, our planet, Earth.

From 6 - 9 p.m., enjoy free food from Redhook's locally-sourced, all-natural kitchen, amazing raffle prizes, live music from the seacoast's Humble Bee and a cash bar featuring Redhook's sustainable brews on tap. Cover for the party is $5, but if you're a Green Alliance member you get in for free. Make sure you have your Green Alliance member card with you when you come. Not a member? Join today! If you're planning to attend, which you totally should, please RSVP to Sarah at If you forget to RSVP you can check-in at the door. The party will be upstairs at Redhook's facility located at 1 Redhook Way in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

In addition to the evening's festivities, Redhook will also be part of an Earth Day drop-in clean-up at the Pease Tradeport from 4 - 6:00 p.m. The clean-up will be run by Redhook and other tradeport businesses, but the public is welcome to attend. Please contact Tietjen Hynes at if you'd like to participate. Report to the Redhook facility to receive your clean-up bag and site location. Every time you fill your bag, you will receive one raffle ticket toward the Party for the Planet's raffle, which includes a free case of Redhook beer. That's right, a free case of beer!

Jump Start Your Sustainability Efforts with the Film Food Chains

By Katelyn | Mar 18, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance is all about shopping with local and sustainable businesses so we want you to see the film Food Chains for free! Join the GA as a new member, or renew your expired membership, and you will receive 2 FREE tickets ($20 value) to Food Chains on Thursday, March 26 at the Music Hall in Portsmouth.

When the average American strolls down the aisles of their local grocery store, they put little thought into where each item has traveled from or the hands that picked it. Food Chains exposes the power of supermarkets in the agricultural sector and impact they have on the supply chain and farmworkers. While fast food restaurants account for a large portion of agricultural production, supermarkets are the largest destination for products and earn about 4 trillion dollars a year globally. The film demonstrates the control supermarkets have over farms and their workers, often draining revenue from their providers and leaving farmworkers in poverty and substandard working conditions.

Join the GA as a Sustaining Member and Enjoy Spring Skiing with Free Tickets to Bretton Woods

By Katelyn | Mar 18, 2015 | in

With the official start of spring just around the corner, the snow is beginning to melt and the skiing season is almost over. Key word almost... there is still plenty of time to enjoy the mountains of New England with a few less layers than usual. If you haven't had enough skiing this season, hit the slopes one last time for some spring skiing with two free tickets to Bretton Woods compliments of a Green Alliance Business Partner, New Hampshire Public Television!

Join the GA as a Sustaining Member, a lifetime membership, and you will get two free tickets to Bretton Woods ($170 value) that’s more than your full lifetime dues right there!

Located at the Mount Washington Hotel in Bretton Woods, NH, this ski area is the largest in the state and a premiere ski destination in New England. Bretton Woods spans nearly 500 acres featuring 62 trails, 35 glades, 3 terrain parks, and 10 lifts! In addition, the Bretton Woods Nordic Center is one of the largest cross country skiing areas in the East and takes visitors through the grounds of the Mount Washington Hotel and White Mountain National Forest. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Newmarket Dental

By Mike | Mar 18, 2015 | in

What: Referred to as "New Hampshire's Greenest Dentist," Dr. Nate Swanson, owner of Newmarket Dental, earned the distinction when he first designed his business to create as little waste as possible.

From there he began looking at the actual tools of the trade; the toothbrushes, floss, seat covers and other dental implements. He replaced traditional toothbrushes with 100 percent recyclable and bio-degradable ones (made from recycled Stonyfield yogurt cups); switched from plastic seat covers to corn-based slip covers; changed from conventional plastic cups to corn-based cups and switched to floss with a recyclable container. He also gave his offices a green renovation including: LED lighting, eco-wool upholstery, low or no-VOC paints, end and conference room tables made from a locally sourced, naturally felled maple tree, as well as countertops and cabinets from Corian, a longer-lasting material than wood or plastic. He also added motion-sensing LED lights, a recycled synthetic floor that looks like aged wooden boards and LEED-certified cabinetry in the examination rooms. Dr. Swanson exhaustively researched the products before incorporating them into his renovation to ensure they met his high eco-friendly standards. Newmarket Dental also uses digital records, X-rays and recently incorporated digital health histories, filled out by clients on an iPad, in lieu of paper.

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance Surges Ahead with Customer Service

By Katelyn | Mar 18, 2015 | in

In an age of multinational insurance corporations dominating the market, it is refreshing to work with a local provider who truly values customer service. Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance has steadily expanded throughout New England over the past several years, and while the business continues to grow, they have not lost their commitment to clients and strong interest in what they do.

Portsmouth Atlantic is a full service, independent insurance agency, writing for clients in Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Vermont. The company currently has more than 1,800 clients in these states, and plans to keep growing when they expand into the Connecticut and New York markets as well. Owner Jon Merwin started the agency shortly after graduating from the University of New Hampshire and Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance will celebrate 10 years of business this summer.

This family owned agency represents a variety of insurance companies, with their emphasis on customer and claims service. The goal is to work with carriers that provide customers great service, are reliable, and are there for them during their claims. Portsmouth Atlantic aims to give the greater Seacoast area residents a local option for their insurance needs, as opposed to the large and distant insurance companies. This means that Portsmouth Atlantic can provide its customers with a more personalized experience, quality service, and full disclosure of their business practices, all while being a more environmentally friendly business.

Welcome Integrated Fitness to the Green Alliance!

By Craig | Mar 17, 2015 | in

We're are pleased to welcome Integrated Fitness of Dover to the Green Alliance!

At Integrated Fitness, founder Jonathan Arnold, who prefers Jon, and his team of certified trainers help clients live a more sustainable lifestyle. Trainers work with clients to help them lose weight, build muscle, eat healthier and meet personal goals with classes for a more balanced lifestyle.

To lead these comprehensive, and sometimes rigorous, classes, Integrated Fitness's trainers are specially certified to help clients reach their individual health goals; from weight loss to building muscle and becoming more active. In addition to Jon's expertise, Integrated Fitness has four personal trainers and two group exercise instructors on staff for private, one-on-one training, as well as group sessions that include the Weight Loss Challenge program, Strength Training classes and more. And the trainers at Integrated Fitness go beyond just the physical workout at the studio, with one-on-one nutrition consulting and a nutrition class as part of the Weight Loss Challenge program.

Right now, Integrated Fitness is looking for participants for its Spring 2015 Weight Loss Challenge program. Since launching the program, Integrated Fitness's participants have lost a collective 4,000 pounds. The next Weight Loss Program starts April 13. Go here to sign up!

Will Lange Defies Age on "Windows to the Wild"

By Sam | Mar 17, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

For many New Englanders, there is no greater joy than being in the outdoors. People of all ages from around the region feel an unbridled sense of freedom and inspiration while on the many mountains, trails, and waters scattered across the Northeast.

One man who enjoys sharing New England’s natural wonders with others is 80-year-old outdoor adventurer Willem Lange. As the host of the New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) program Windows to the Wild, Lange is a guide for viewers as he hikes, paddles, and climbs his way across this distinct region. With a gray beard, years of experience, and friendly demeanor, Lange is the embodiment of the classic American folk hero.

Born in Albany, New York in 1935, Lange was instilled with a strong sense of exploration and discovery from an early age.

“When I was eight, we moved to Syracuse, right on the edge of town,” Lange recalls. “In those days, beyond us was just green and woods and abandoned quarries; it was a young kid’s paradise. So I got outdoors a little bit, and then the neighbor across the street asked if I wanted to go to a Boy Scout meeting. I didn’t really much want to go, but he had a Model A Ford roadster, so I went,” Lange says.
He immediately fell in love with the Boy Scouts, and it fueled his adventurous spirit for years. However, his time in New York was cut short in 1950.

Seacoast Home & Garden Show Has a Green Focus

By Mike | Mar 12, 2015 | in

DURHAM, NH- With the snow finally melting and the last remnants of winter fading away, there’s no better time to prepare for outdoor activities. To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Whittemore Center at UNH will be hosting the 21st annual Seacoast Home & Garden Show Saturday, March 28th from 10:00- 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, March 29th from 10:00-4:00 p.m. Featuring a wide variety of activities and over 200 vendors showcasing the latest in remodeling, kitchen and bathroom, and outdoor landscaping products and services, the best part of the Seacoast Home & Garden show is that nearly a third of the vendors have sustainable goods or services on offer. 

At the Garden Marketplace, guests will find all the essentials they need to spruce up their garden including planters, seeds, and flowers. Churchill’s Garden Seminar series will also give out plenty of tips on garden maintenance. For those with an eye for the culinary arts, the Artisan Marketplace will offer unique specialty foods, while the TASTE Meet the Chefs Cooking Series will give visitors the opportunity to learn new recipes from some of the Seacoast region’s top chefs.

Of the many vendors who will be present, attendees can expect to find tons of local, green names; one of the remodeling companies to attend is Futuro Builders, a LEED AP accredited company from Portsmouth specializing in cutting edge new builds, remodels and downright eye-poppingly beautiful structures. Attendees will also probably be familiar with Aucella Heating and Cooling, a company from Strafford NH that specializes in a wide range of unique options for heating and cooling such as smartphone-controlled thermostats.  Aucella has pledged to only install systems that function at 95% efficiency or above.

Win Two Tickets to Dogs and Lesser Mortals!

By Katie | Mar 12, 2015 | in

Have you ever wanted to get inside the mind of your dog? To find out whether they're really that happy to see you, or if they're just vying for a treat? The play, Dogs and Lesser Mortals, will give you an idea of what your loving, four-legged friend is thinking through song and stories. 

And you could go to this weeken's showings at the Star Theater in Kittery for free!  

The first 2 GA members to email by 6 p.m. Thursday get a pair of free tickets ($60 value) to one of this weekend's showings of Dogs and Lesser Mortals!

This theatrical performance uses music, poetry, and stories, to give us humans an inside look at what it might be like to live the life of a canine. From chasing squirrels to waiting for dinner time, Stage Force presents a humorous tale of the everyday life of a dog. Choose from 8 p.m. showtimes on Friday, March 13 and Saturday, March 14 or 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 15.

Learn more about the show here