Blog : April 2015

Coastal Home and Garden Show Brings Tips and Tricks from the Experts

By Corey | Apr 30, 2015 | in

Learn about the best ways to build, improve, enhance, and beautify your home all in one convenient setting! This weekend’s Coastal Home and Garden Show will give homeowners the best tips and tricks for great home building, remodeling and landscaping, and ideas for the home of their dreams. This show is family friendly and it’s also an ideal event for Mother’s Day.

This show is a two-day event, occurring on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce and the Kittery Community will be hosting this event held at 120 Rogers Road, Kittery Maine. There will be over twenty vendors expected to attend and give their most savvy advice to homeowners looking to improve their homes. Whether it’s advice on aesthetics or energy efficiency, there will be professionals ready to answer any questions. Some of the vendors expected to attend include Carl’s Water Systems, Evergreen Energy, Make a Difference Landscaping, Urban Tree Service, and Your Kitchen Imagined. The Green Alliance will also be in attendance on Saturday.


Chloe's Boot Camp Begins May 13th

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 30, 2015 | in

Integrated Fitness is now offering Chloe's Bootcamp beginning May 13th. This program is designed for all fitness levels and Chloe will lead you through effective workouts whether you are new to fitness or have been a gym rat for years.

This program will help you melt the bodyfat you have been wanting to get rid of and tone up your entire body.

By enlisting in this program you will have two challenging, yet fun workouts each week for 12 weeks. Wednesday's at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday's at 9:30 a.m. with classes held outdoors. This class needs a minimum of 5 participants to run.

WIN a Green Alliance Membership at Kittery Community Market

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 30, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance has partnered with Kittery Community Market to give away a Classic or Family Green Alliance Membership every week from June 7th through October 4th, 2015, meaning that there will be a total of 18 memberships given!

All you have to do to enter to win is attend the market any Sunday between 10:00 a.m. to 2p.m. and register at the KCM booth. 

This membership is valued at $35 per year and with your Green Card or Green Families Club Membership, you can get great discounts at participating local, sustainable businesses.

For a list of Green Alliance Business partners, click here.

For more information about the Kittery Community Market, click here.

17 Years Later, the Honest Journey Continues

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 30, 2015 | in

By Seth Goldman, Co-founder & TeaEO of Honest Tea

Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England is a green certified Green Alliance Business Partner and the distributor of Honest Tea in the region.

Seventeen years ago I turned on the Packard-Bell computer in a bedroom of my house and started Honest Tea. On that first day, there was an infinite number of “Unknowns” but there were a few “Knowns”:

  • My co-founder Barry and I were on the same page – he was going to be my business partner, advisor and Chairman of the Board while keeping his day job as an Economics professor at the Yale School of Management.
  • We had an aspiration to create a mission-driven brand and enterprise that could have a positive impact on health, the environment and our supplier communities.
  • We had $50,000 in the bank, not coincidentally, an amount I had received a few months prior from the proceeds of an investment my Dad made in my name back in 1970.
  • We had brewed a few promising varieties of tea in Barry’s kitchen – among them green tea with mint which became Moroccan Mint, spiced black tea which became Kashmiri Chai and brewed hibiscus with fruit based on a German dessert known as Rote Grutze that became Black Forest Berry.
  • Of the many label concepts we developed, the one with the big T in the front, in which the T acted like a keyhole into the culture behind the tea recipe, seemed the most promising.
  • My wife and three sons were on board for the ride – Julie was ready to put up with a brewmaster living in the basement and the boys were happy to serve as taste testers, even if our youngest Isaac had to drink his Black Forest Berry from a baby bottle.

Stonyfield Goes the Extra Mile with the Earth Day 5K and Fair

By Mike | Apr 30, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

Many people may know Stonyfield Farm for their organic yogurt, but what customers might not be aware of is that Stonyfield puts an equal amount of care into sustainability as well. In 1997, the company became the first in the US to eliminate all greenhouse gases from facility use. In 2006, Stonyfield successfully implemented a waste water treatment system that converts waste into biogas, and in 2010 the company introduced the first yogurt cup made from plant-based materials.

It’s clear that at Stonyfield, every day is Earth Day.

Stonyfield will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, May 16 with a 5K race followed by the company's Earth Day Fair. The Fair will be held at Stonyfield Yogurts Works campus from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is free to the public, and guests are encouraged to arrive at least an hour before hand. A large turnout is expected, with over 1,400 attendees slated to come.

According to Stonyfield’s Community Marketing Manager Fil Kovisars, the company first started the event in 2010 with just 20 vendors. This year, the Earth Day Fair and 5k will welcome over 70 vendors. 

Willem Lange and Windows to the Wild Age with Grace

By Mike | Apr 30, 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.

NHPTV will celebrate both the 10th anniversary of Windows to the Wild and Lange’s 80th birthday on Saturday, May 30 at the AMC-Highland Center at Crawford Notch. Guests will receive signed copies of Lange’s latest book Words from the Wild, a DVD collection of Lange’s eight favorite episodes, and an orange paisley bandana- a well-known staple in Lange’s hiking attire.

Spend your Spring and Summer with Sagamore Golf

By Corey | Apr 30, 2015 | in

As we warm up to summer, adults and kids alike are eager to spend some quality time outside. Sagamore Golf Club provides families and golf fans with eco-friendly options that are as green as the golf course itself. Founded in 1929, the original Sagamore Spring Golf Club was one of the first public golf courses ever in New England. When the son of the founder, Richard Luff, opened a second location in North Hampton in 1962, he had intended to design and build a golf course using as few chemicals and hazardous materials as possible.

With the school year about to end, Sagamore’s affordable prices keep this club sustainable on the wallet. One of the unique golfing experiences Sagamore has to offer this season is Foot Golf – a twist on golf where the players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible. For beginner golfers who are looking to learn, Sagamore also offers lessons by request. For those who aren’t as fortunate to have a summer vacation, Golf Leagues are a great way to break up the busy work week with friends or colleagues. As long as the greens are clear and the ground conditions are favorable, Sagamore Golf will be open for play.

Hit the Decks with Poco's Bow Street Cantina

By Katelyn | Apr 30, 2015 | in

The decks are open, the margaritas are flowing, and Poco’s Bow Street Cantina is ready for summer! Portsmouth’s longest running restaurant now has, not one, but both decks open for guests to take in the views of the Piscataqua River. They have been voted Best of Portsmouth Deck Dining for four years in a row by Taste Magazine and the decks are sure to be a hit once again this year.

Poco’s provides a comfortable dining experience in Downtown Portsmouth, where residents and visitors enjoy award winning Mexican food and drinks, but it is not your average city restaurant. Poco’s Bow Street Cantina strives to reduce their environmental footprint every day through a continuously growing list of sustainability initiatives. The restaurant has a comprehensive recycling system and recycles everything possible, while also composting 100% of their food waste. In addition, Poco’s has installed motion sensor lights and a more efficient ventilation system to cut down on energy use throughout the building and decks.

My PDF Forms from SnAPPii

By Mike | Apr 30, 2015 | in


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Green Alliance Seeking Marketing Assistant

By Sam | Apr 30, 2015 | in


Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We actually have a few jobs up at the moment, with a Marketing Assistant being one of them. For more information, view the Marketing Assistant Job on Jobscore here.


Position Title: Marketing Assistant (2-3 days a week) starting hourly wage $10 per hour

The Green Alliance Marketing Assistant supports all tiers of the company with a special emphasis on Business Partner (BP) promotion, sales, satisfaction, and service and consumer/individual member sales, marketing and growth. The Marketing Assistant works alongside the Director and head of Media to generate leads, close business partnerships, and on-board new businesses and then help to execute all GA services. The Marketing Assistant is instrumental in all aspects of writing, editing, PR and Marketing, social media and technology support. The ideal candidate understands the realities of working for a growing small business powered by a little budget and a whole lot of entrepreneurial spirit. Computer skills and customer service experience are a must. The perfect candidate is well organized and has a knack for improving the efficiency of business operations. A passion for the environment and social responsibility are a must. This is not a “punch-the-clock” position but rather, the ideal candidate is self-motivated to go the extra mile.

A Special Thanks from Two Green Alliance Sustaining Members

By Corey | Apr 30, 2015 | in

The following letter is from two Green Alliance Sustaining Members who have participated in the Party for the Planet Earth Day Clean-up and Celebration. The Luchsingers have been incredibly connected with the Green Alliance and have greatly supported events like these that get the community involved with the environment. Members like the Luchsingers help the Green Alliance provide the level of support needed to add more green businesses of diverse industries into our community. Please consider becoming a Sustaining Member. 

Dear Sarah,
      “Thank you” to you and your staff for an amazing Earth Day celebration at Red Hook Brewery. Although it’s a shame there is litter on our planet, we felt so good joining in with others at Pease Tradeport to make a difference by cleaning up. Not only did we enjoy meeting so many other “keep-our-planet”- minded folks at the event, but our bonus was winning two of the raffles! Since we are Sustaining Members, we passed along the one-year membership to a colleague, and the tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival we enjoyed ourselves – amazingly wonderful way to learn more and get further educated/motivated/encouraged to always be “GREEN” in all we do here in our community.
       Thank you, again! We are so happy to be a part of Green Alliance!
Our best, Debbie and David Luchsinger

Beat the Heat with the Dairy Bar's Sweets

By Mike | Apr 30, 2015 | in

Spring is in full swing and the UNH Dairy Bar is excited for its busiest season of the year. The UNH Dairy Bar not only has a long history of helping campus students, faculty, and visitors battle the hot weather with sweet treats, but they also strive to provide the most sustainable sandwiches and ice cream available througout the region.

UNH Dining Services took control of the ice cream parlor by the railroad tracks back in 2008, and has worked quite extensively with the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture to help enhance its sustainable efforts. The mixed greens used in the Dairy Bar's salads and sandwiches come exclusively from the high tunnels located on campus and in just a few months, they will be providing fresh strawberries, carrots, onions, and tomatoes.

Roughly 75 percent of the Dairy Bar's supplies are from local sources. All of their chicken is sourced  from Legacy Farms in Barrington, NH, while their cage and hormone-free eggs are from Pete and Gerry's in Monroe. NH Coffee Roasters in Dover brings in the Dairy Bar's fair trade and organic coffee, and Stonyfield Farms from Londonderry provides the Dairy Bar with all natural, organic yogurt. 

Of course the main attraction to the Dairy Bar is its ice cream. The Dairy Bar's coolest treats are supplied by Gifford's Famous Ice Cream, one of the purest, hormone free products throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Gifford's is so well known and popular that it has been voted "Ice Cream Grand Champion" three years in a row at the International Berry Exposition. 

With a variety of food available, the UNH Dairy Bar has something for everyone.

Green Alliance members get 10% off the entire menu, and UNH community members paying with Dining Dollars get 15% off! Not a member? Join here

Colonial Stoneworks Brings Sustainability to Stonework in New Hampshire

By Katelyn | Apr 30, 2015 | in

After the long winter that New Englanders have endured, homeowners are eager to get outside and get started on their spring cleaning projects. A simple raking of the yard and new mulch in the flower beds can do wonders for the appearance of a home, but new stonework is what really makes an outdoor area pop. Whether it is stone walls, pathways, or patios, Colonial Stoneworks aims to spruce up outdoor spaces with new hardscaping that is sure to bring it to the next level.

Colonial Stoneworks was established in 2010 by owner Adam Bennett, who previously worked in the automotive and landscaping sectors before focusing on stonework. Colonial Stoneworks specializes in stone walls and retaining walls, which when built correctly, are sure to stand the test of time and last for years to come. Additionally, Colonial Stoneworks is a go to for patios, pathways, and stone mailboxes at both residential and commercial properties.

The company strictly utilizes natural stone, such as granite, a far more environmentally friendly choice in comparison to concrete, which must be mined and produced in a factory. Granite is one of the most often requested materials by homeowners for hardscaping projects, which works out in Bennett’s favor due to its abundance in the “Granite State.”

Cleaning Up Hodgson Brook... How Many Cigarette Butts Are Too Many?

By Katelyn | Apr 30, 2015 | in

Candace Dolan is a guest blogger for the Green Alliance and the Watershed Coordinator of the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project. The Hodgson Brook Watershed spans 2,135 acres in Portsmouth and the brook itself, which is often hidden from view, is visible throughout the Pease Tradeport. Land use and pollution have degraded the freshwater stream and due to these the problems the brook is not listed as an impaired waterway.

Hodgson Brook collects stormwater from 20% of the City of Portsmouth. This seven mile brook is polluted from stormwater, which as it travels to storm drains, washes over lawns, roads and parking lots. On its way to the brook, it picks up excess fertilizer, bacteria from pet waste, oil and grease from vehicles, trash and the cigarette butts that eventually make their way to local beaches.

Last week, two groups of Earth Day volunteers on the Pease Tradeport collected over a pound and a half of cigarette butts from the stream banks and road side near storm drains leading to Hodgson Brook. These remains translate to over 183 packs of cigarettes!

Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide. It is estimated that 1.69 BILLION pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year, creating an enormous environmental, health, and economic burden. Contrary to popular belief, cigarette butts are NOT biodegradable! Cigarette butt waste is a huge environmental issue, with a global impact -- it is both unsightly and unhealthy.

Site Structures Landscape: Now Offering Spring Clean-ups

By John | Apr 29, 2015 | in

A pretty lawn is something nice, but a sustainable lawn is something precious. That's why Site Structures Landscape, Inc. is committed to providing eco-friendly lawn care as part of their Spring Clean-Up service. According to the Kittery-based landscaping company, a sustainable lawn is one which requires less maintenance and reduces its environmental impact. Now that spring has finally arrived, it is time to clean and prepare the yard. Proper lawn care requires a lot of time, care and dedication from the homeowner, but Site Structures takes on the task without complaint. Whether it is raking and mowing or adding new stone pavers, Seacoast residents turn to Side Structures for their outdoor rehab projects. Other services include mulching and edge planting, as well as shrub and planting bed maintenance. Their hardscaping services (stone, pavement, and brick) include installations, water and irradiation features, and low-voltage lighting.