Blog : March 2015

Seacoast Home & Garden Show Tickets, Buy 1, Get 1 Free

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 11, 2015 | in

It's finally warming up and everyone on the Seacoast is more than ready for the warm weather. Today’s Limelight Deal from Seacoast Media Group allows you to get 2 tickets to the 21st Annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show for just $8. That's just $4 per entry, and a savings of 50%. The show will be held at the Whittemore Center Arena at the University of New Hampshire on March 28th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. or March 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Seacoast Home and Garden show incorporates over 225 vendors showcasing home products and services including building and remodeling services, kitchen and bathroom products, and outdoor landscaping techniques. This is an opportunity to show attendees the best ways to update their homes for the upcoming spring season. This event also includes informative seminars on topics from how to buy the right products to how to properly keep up with your gardening. Find so many top quality vendors offering the latest in home design products and garden supplies along with advice on how to most effectively transform your home and outdoor spaces into something truly unique and special. 

Green Story: Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England

By Craig | Mar 11, 2015 | in

Every Green Alliance business undergoes a Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show everyone what each business has accomplished and what they are still working to accomplish when it comes to green business practices. The final part of the evaluation is the Green Story. Check out Coca-Cola Bottling Company's Green Story below.

The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, a franchise of its parent company, is leading the way in sustainable practices for a large-scale manufacturing and distribution facility. Based in Londonderry, New Hampshire, CCNNE is proud of their sustainable efforts to reduce the company's carbon footprint in the creation and delivery of its products.

In an industry that has been around for over 100 years, and 40 plus years working out of their New Hampshire location, CCNNE wants to stay relevant long into the future. It is one of the many reasons CCNNE takes their sustainability initiatives seriously, with long-term focused projects such as switching from wooden pallets to reusable plastic pallets.

"It's more of an investment up front, but it pays us back over time and we’re using a lot less of a resource," says Mike Elmer, Coca-Cola of Northern New England's Director of Capabilities.

Join the GA for Free Tickets to the Film Food Chains

By Katelyn | Mar 11, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance is all about shopping with local and sustainable businesses, that is why we want you to see the film Food Chains for free! Join the GA as a new member and receive 2 FREE tickets ($20 value) or as a Lifetime Member for 4 tickets to Food Chains 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.

In particular, Food Chains narrows in on a group of tomato pickers in Southern Florida who are battling the supermarket industry to improve conditions and wages for farmworkers. The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) created the Fair Food Program, which is a partnership between farmers and retail food companies to guarantee that workers on the participating farms receive humane wages and working condition. The group aims to ensure a better life for America’s farmworkers, who historically have been mistreated and exploited, and to create a more transparent food chain.

Favorite Foods an Independent Edge for Restaurants

By Ken | Mar 11, 2015 | in

Somersworth-based independent food distributor Favorite Foods is more than a typical food supplier by design, striving to be as green a company as possible.

In 2004, Favorite Foods made, what some might consider a poor business decision, when they turned down an offer from Applebee's to become the chain-restaurant's local franchise food supplier. Most restaurant food suppliers would have jumped at the chance to work with a large chain store like Applebee's. But Favorite Foods is not like most restaurant food suppliers.

Founded in 1987, Favorite Foods caters to local independent restaurants; something they are proud to do. Earlier in 2004 Applebee's CFO Steve Lumpkin stated in an interview that Applebee's was “clobbering the independent restaurants.” Keeping with their desire to service independent restaurants, and not those aiming to oust them from the marketplace, Favorite Foods declined to become Applebees'.

GA Members Get Free Admission to The Seacoast Home and Garden Show

By Katelyn | Mar 10, 2015 | in

Get ready for spring with free admission to the Seacoast Home and Garden Show! The snow is slowly melting and New Englanders and eager to get outside to start planting and cleaning in anticipation for warm weather. There is no better way to prepare for spring than a home and garden show featuring more than 200 vendors, and free admission (regularly $8) only sweetens the deal. That’s right, Green Alliance members will receive 1 free entrance ticket by presenting their Green Card at the door! The Green Alliance will have a booth at the show, as well as a number of our green Business Partners…stay tuned to find out who, and we encourage folks to stop by and meet the GA staff!

The 21st annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show will be held Saturday March 28th and Sunday March 29th at the Whittemore Center Arena in Durham with 200+ exhibitors showcasing home products and services. Venders featuring building and remodeling services, kitchen and bathroom products, and outdoor landscaping techniques will show visitors the best ways to update their home for the spring season. Green Alliance members will especially enjoy the various venders featuring environmentally friendly cleaning products and home and garden services.

Welcome Hayseed Restaurant to the Green Alliance!

By Craig | Mar 10, 2015 | in

We're pleased to welcome Smuttynose's latest venture, Hayseed Restaurant, to the Green Alliance!

Since purchasing the 14-acre Towle Farm property in Hampton, Smuttynose Brewing Company has put big plans into action at their new home. Originally located in Portsmouth, the popular, internationally-recognized, New Hampshire brewery's new brewing facility opened in May 2014 in Hampton. Hayseed Restaurant, the second part of the project, opened in February 2015.

Two of the farm’s original structures, an 18th Century barn and a Victorian farmhouse, remain intact. The latter of which was moved 85 yards across the property and renovated to accommodate the restaurant. Renovations to Hayseed were done to improve sustainability while preserving the house’s organic character. Hayseed now joins its sister restaurant, The Portsmouth Brewery, as a Green Alliance Business Partner. And Hayseed's sustainability initiatives match the level of committment set in place by both Smuttynose and The Portsmouth Brewery.

Raise Your Glass with the Gundalow Company's St. Patrick's Day Special

By Corey | Mar 10, 2015 | in

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day in style with a special offer from The Gundalow Company. This nonprofit charitable organization is dedicated to protecting our region's maritime heritage and environment through education and action. For a limited time, you'll be able to purchase two sail passes at the discounted price of $60, and in addition will recieve two Gundalow beer pint glasses free of charge! Gundalow offers multiple types of sailing options aboard the Piscataqua gundalow barge that each provides a different and unique experience. The Mid-day Sail is an educational, informative and fun way to explore the sights and sounds of the Piscataqua River. Unwind after a long day with the comfort of their Sunset Sail, with the beautiful sky reflecting off the water to serve as your backdrop for a relaxing ride. Or join the Discovery Sails that offer unique topics of focus on different days including marine life and water quality, arts of the sailor, navigation, and watershed. These are only a few of the sailing experiences Gundalow offers in order to educate the public on the cultural and natural history of the region from the best vantage point the city has to offer. 

Fourth Annual Komen Race for a Cure

By Sarah Mahoney | Mar 9, 2015 | in

In 2015, it is estimated that among women in the U.S., there will be 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer and 40,290 breast cancer deaths. Tumors in the breast tend to grow slowly and by the time it is big enough to feel, it could have been there for 10 years or more. By now, almost everyone is aware of cancer and how much it effects friendships, families, and people's lives in general. Great efforts are being made all around the world to find a cure for this terrible disease, as well as support patients and their families.

On May 9th, the fourth annual Komen Race for a Cure will be held at the Strawberry Banke Museum, 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth, NH. On Friday, May 8th from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. there is bib pick up and on-site registration, as well as from 7:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on race day. The race will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday morning. 

See the Production of Dogs and Lesser Mortals for Free this Weekend!

By Katelyn | Mar 9, 2015 | in

Join the GA as a Sustaining Member, or upgrade from the basic one year membership, and you will get two FREE tickets to Kent Stephens’ Stage Force show Dogs and Lesser Mortals at the Star Theatre in Kittery this weekend! Those who become new sustaining members with the Green Alliance will receive two tickets to the show for the night of their choice ($60 value) on opening weekend from Friday, March 13 - Sunday, March 15.

Kent Stephens’ Stage Force was founded in 2006 with the goal of bringing live theater performances to southern Maine and coastal New Hampshire. The Music Hall Loft in Portsmouth, and Star Theatre in Kittery serve as the popular venues for the Stage Force productions and the Star Theater is pleased to present Dogs and Lesser Mortals for six performances only during March. This theatrical production 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, the Stage Force presents a humorous tale of the everyday life of being a dog. The Green Alliance is proud to help sponsor the showing of Dogs and Lesser Mortals at the Star Theater, along with fellow Business Partners Mary’s Dogs and the Natural Dog.

Become a Sustaining Member now, and get two free tickets to the Dogs and Lesser Mortals showing of your choice ($60 value). That's almost half your lifetime membership dues right there!

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Performance Business Solutions, LLC

By Ken | Mar 9, 2015 | in

WHAT: Performance Business Solutions is about saving green, and that includes saving the environment as much as saving money.

Since 1995, Jeff Hiatt has worked to help his clients reduce costs and save money by changing how they purchase different services for their business.  Having previously served on the board of directors for the New Hampshire chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, Hiatt focuses on vetting the sustainable proposals of solar installers, green power companies and deregulated energy supply to help his clients reduce their expenses.  In doing so, Hiatt is able to help small, mid-size and large companies grow their sustainability operations.

One way in which his clients go green is by upgrading their buildings with energy-efficient systems to reduce their carbon footprint and lower energy costs. With a comprehensive business model that includes researching and implementing tax credit eligible programs, utility company rebates, helping with LEED certification and reducing a client's reliance on fossil fuels through solar, wind and geothermal systems, PBS is a leading resource for businesses looking to become more environmentally conscious.

Green Collar Careers: Colonial Stoneworks Owner, Adam Bennett

By Ken | Mar 9, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

At just 30 years-old, Colonial Stoneworks owner, Adam Bennett, has established himself as an experienced, skilled stoneworker, creating works of beauty with nature through what he refers to as “green hardscape.”

Bennett's company utilizes natural stone, an inherently greener product than energy-intensive concrete, for their hardscape projects. Not only does natural stone look nicer than concrete, but the stone doesn't degrade like concrete allowing for a beautiful hardscape that will remain for years.

Bennett tries to obtain as much of the materials used through local sourcing as possible. The granite used by the stone-working company is sourced from the former Milford, New Hampshire quarry and Bennett puts an emphasis on finding and using reclaimed materials, sourcing from new subdivisions and property owners, instead of allowing discarded materials to go to waste. Bennett will also obtain stone directly from customers property, if desired, for a greener option.

Whittemore Center to host the Seacoast Home & Garden Show

By Mike | Mar 5, 2015 | in

The Whittemore Center at UNH will be holding its 21st annual Seacoast Home & Garden Show March 28 from 10:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. and March 29 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Sponsored in part by The Green Alliance, the Seacoast Home & Garden Show will feature over 200 different vendors showing their latest products and services for remodelling, gardening, and landscaping. The show will also have a Garden Marketplace, an Artisan Marketplace, and the Meet the Chefs Series- a seminar where the Seacoast region's top chefs will teach attendees new recipes and excellent cooking tips, along with offering some of their culinary creations. 

The price of admission ranges by age: Adult tickets cost $8, Senior tickets (ages 65 and up) cost $6, and Youth tickets (ages 6-16) cost $5. Admission is free for children under the age of six. The Green Alliance itself will be attending this event along with two of its business partners. 

Green Alliance members will receive two tickets for the price of one along with other give aways! Not a member? Join here! 

Winter Is Still Growing Season for Acorn School Students

By Corey | Mar 5, 2015 | in

STRATHAM – Appreciating nature is about embracing all its variability. Especially in New England, it can be sunny and 45 degrees one day, then snowy and freezing the next. Loving nature is wishing for the first elegant snowfall of the season, despite spending hours shoveling the driveway for weeks to come. It is the excitement of seeing the smallest of flowers in bloom, regardless of spring showers having you carry an umbrella at all times. It is the summer sun wrapping you in a warm embrace, even though the beads of sweat are dripping faster than can be controlled. And although you have to pack away all your swimsuits, the irresistible crunch of stepping on leaves of orange, yellow, and red will surely compensate the goodbye of another season.

With the winter still sending mounds of snow our way, it’s inevitable for students especially to get a case of cabin fever. However, wintertime is no exception when it comes to getting the students of Acorn School outside and enthusiastic about learning. A winter day at Acorn finds students and teachers sledding on a “magic carpet” or taking a walk down their nature trail to see what changes the cold weather has brought to the trees and animals.

The pre-K and kindergarten children of Acorn School learn to connect with the environment at an early age, with each student being encouraged to enjoy the benefits that come with each different season. Finding home in Stratham, N.H., the school has taken advantage of its beautiful surroundings to form a curriculum and philosophy that instills a sense of environmental appreciation in their students. The students of this unique school are exposed to their surroundings through nature-based learning. Much of the learning is done through the experience of being outside, whether it is composting, gardening, or visiting animals. In addition to the school’s initiatives on outdoor education, Acorn is highly committed to being an example of the three R’s – reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Winter is snow match for RiverWoods!

By Katie | Mar 5, 2015 | in

It’s almost as though the snow never happened at RiverWoods Retirement Community. No, they don’t have mother nature on their side, but they do have a dedicated staff. The staff has worked tirelessly to allow day-to-day life at RiverWoods continue without any hesitation.

With two blizzards, and snow piling up over five feet this winter, the residents have voiced their appreciation for snow removal to ensure safe walkways and roads. The staff at RiverWoods has put in the extra hours to clear all cars and pavement, and minimize the stress of winter storms for residents. This is an added benefit that most residents don’t think about until they move in… and what a difference it makes!

In early February residents gathered to watch the Superbowl on the big screen! With food, beer, and wine the party was a great way for the community to join together and celebrate the Patriot’s big win. Riverwoods explains, “We have had some pretty phenomenal guests and programs for RiverWoods residents, but we like to have some fun too!”

Environmental Warming to Greatly Change Maine's Climate

By Mike | Mar 5, 2015 | in

A report from the University of Maine shows just how dramatically climate change will affect the state in the years to come.  One of the report’s authors, Professor Ivan Fernandez of the university’s plant, soil, and environmental science department says that in the next 35 years, the state’s climate will see as much change as the last 100.

These changes are said to include a two week longer growing season, an increase in temperature warming by three degrees, and the sea level rising by about six-tenths of a foot. According to the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, this report comes five years after former Gov. John Baldacci’s requested climate change assessment.

If this winter is any clear indication, we are starting to see the effects of climate change right now. In order to ensure that businesses are best prepared for the coming challenges ahead, the Green Alliance - a local organization that works to promote and unite sustainable businesses throughout the seacoast region- will be hosting a free and open Business Preparedness Forum on March 12th from 6-8 PM at their office on 75 Congress St, Suite 304.