Blog : April 2015

Coastal Home and Garden Show Inspires Fun in the Sun

By Mike | Apr 15, 2015 | in

At long last spring has finally sprung! To celebrate the new season, the Greater York Chamber of Commerce will be holding the first Coastal Home and Garden Show at the Kittery Community Center located at 120 Rogers Road, Kittery Maine on Saturday May 2nd and Sunday May 3rd from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. With a wide range of vendors showing their latest innovations in home remodeling and landscaping, the Coastal Home and Garden Show is sure to inspire attendees to soak up the sun and enjoy the warmer weather.

Of the 14 vendors slated to set up, visitors can expect to find Urban Tree Service from Rochester, Your Kitchen Imagined from Scarborough, Maine, and Make a Difference Landscaping from Lee. Several sustainable businesses will make appearances as well, such as Evergreen Energy from Naples, Maine and Homesnuggers from Windham Maine. Evergreen is a heating company that warms homes with clean, wood burning boilers while Homesnuggers provides foam insulation- a cheaper and much greener alternative to fiberglass insulation. The Green Alliance will be setting up at the show as well.

Integrated Fitness of Dover’s Introduces Day of Fitness for Suicide Prevention

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 15, 2015 | in

Fitness is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle, along with proper nutrition. But it also provides an outlet to improve mental health functions. On May 9, Integrated Fitness of Dover will host the first annual Day of Fitness at their facility in Dover, New Hampshire. The event is free, but donations for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention are accepted.

“I have been personally looking for ways to make a difference for people who have been affected by suicide,” said Integrated Fitness owner, Jon Arnold.
“My 23-year old sister took her own life about 2 years ago. It was a horrific ordeal that our family went through. We don’t want that to affect anyone else if we could possibly help it.”

At Integrated Fitness Arnold's certified trainers help people of any level incorporate fitness into their daily lives and to meet their individual health goals.

There will be numerous events at the Day of Fitness to inspire people achieve their personal goals, including dead-lift, plank and push-up competitions and a one-mile run. Winners of each category will win an award for their performance.

The day also includes speakers from the American Foundation of Suicide Prevention.

Local Businesses Keeps Green as it Grows

By Mike | Apr 15, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

PORTSMOUTH - John O'Brien's cleaning company is more than just green in its name, from the products its employees use down to their uniforms, O'Brien has ensured his company is true to its name. Six years after it opened, Green Maids starts the next chapter in its history as it expands into a new location at Regeneration Park in Portsmouth.

Outfitted with uniforms made from organic material, the most environmentally safe cleaning products and equipment available, and a Toyota Prius for travel, Green Maids puts sustainability into every aspect and every decision of its business. Their new location reflects those same strict sustainability initiatives.

In late January, Green Maids moved into Regeneration Park. Formerly a Toyota dealership, the renovated building at 3612 Lafayette Road provides office space for six other eco-focused businesses, and is environmentally friendly itself. The building boasts numerous sustainable initiatives like motion sensor lighting to reduce energy usage, solar panels, a robust composting program, and an advanced rainwater filtration and purification system.

Gundalow Gatherings Teaches Children and Adults About the Seacoast's Maritime History

By Corey | Apr 14, 2015 | in

PORTSMOUTH - The rivers of the Piscataqua Region are the veins running through the seacoast's historic maritime region, connecting commerce, trade, people and history. Between 1690 and 1900, the vessels that dominated these waters of the Piscataqua Region were gundalows – flat-bottom, shallow drafted cargo barges reaching 70 feet in length. These unique ships helped shape the way business ran throughout the seacoast region, transporting goods and people before roads and bridges were viable options. But as the rail system became the preferred method of trade, gundalows, and the waterways of the seacoast, fell out of favor. Today, The Gundalow Company, a non-profit organization based in Portsmouth, uses educational programs aboard recreation gundalow ships to ensure that the people of today and tomorrow understand the significance of the region’s maritime heritage and environment.

On April 25 the Gundalow Company will host the 4th Annual Gundalow Gatherings, a night of food, drinks and conversation focused on the area's maritime history and future conservation. Attendees of the fundraising event can choose between nine dinner locations held at the homes of the hosts in Portsmouth, Kittery and York, Maine. All of the evening's proceeds support the Gundalow Company's 2015 education programs.

Green Alliance Seeking Assistant Director

By Sam | Apr 14, 2015 | in

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

The purpose of the Green Alliance Assistant Director is to support all tiers of the company with a special emphasis on Business Partner (BP) story-telling, sales, satisfaction, and service. The Assistant Director works alongside the Director to provide support in different ways when needed. The sales aspect of this position is to generate leads, close business partnerships, and on-board new businesses by familiarizing them with Green Alliance policies and practices and then helping to execute all the GA services. The Assistant Director is instrumental in all aspects of writing, editing, PR and Marketing, social media and technology support. Strong writing and editing skills are required. 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 also a must. This is not a “punch-the-clock” position but rather, the ideal candidate is self-motivated to go the extra mile.

Enjoy Exclusive Discounts with the Green Alliance During the Month of April

By Katelyn | Apr 14, 2015 | in

$20 off an EcoTech Fly Cage
So you’re excited for warm weather, and we don’t want to rain on the parade, but guess what else comes with warm weather? That’s right, flies, and lots of them. Tom Pray of EcoTech Pest Services has a new invention called the Fly Cage. It’s pretty simple, but incredibly powerful; built to resemble a four-legged animal, the cage attracts flies simply by sight – no chemicals whatsoever! It’s great for backyards, barns, fields, anywhere you want to keep pest-free and chemical free.

$10 off a $50 purchase at The Natural Dog
Warm weather also means more time to play with your furry friends! No more hurried laps around the block, it’s time to have some serious fun. Check your garage though – are your chew toys gross and old? Think your pup deserves something new? The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is offering $10 off a purchase of $50 or more on toys and treats, so everyone’s happy, especially your dog! There are plenty of cat toys to choose from too.

25% off a full house clean with Green Maids
Of all the associations with spring, "cleaning" is one of the most prominent. It's time to open the windows and fill your house with freshness again. But with all this dog playing and fly catching you have going on, who has time? Why not let Green Maids clean your house with all natural, toxin-free cleaning products, a reputable staff, and at a full 25% off to boot! This offer is valid only on a full house clean, and for first-time Green Maids customers.

$250 Lowe’s gift card from Yankee Thermal Imaging
Lastly, you probably have some home improvement plans for this year – planting some shrubs, rebuilding your walkway, or maybe buying that industrial weed puller you’ve been eyeing for months. What would you say to a $250 gift card to Lowe’s Home Improvement? Probably something like “oh, heck yes!” right? Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering gift cards to any Green Alliance Members who have weatherization and insulation completed in the month of April. That means by next winter, you could have a warm, tightly sealed house, and by the end of the month, you could have a head start on your next home improvement project!

During the entire month of April, you can join the Green Alliance for just $20!

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Hayseed Restaurant

By Corey | Apr 14, 2015 | in

Who: Hayseed Restaurant

What: Since first purchasing the Towle Farm property for its new facility in Hampton, Smuttynose Brewing Company always planned to have a restaurant on campus. That plan became a reality in 2015 with the opening of Hayseed Restaurant. 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. The red oak wood used for the tables and bar was milled from trees on the brewery’s farm during its construction. Hayseed is also outfitted with energy recovery ventilators that supply fresh air for the interior of the building and recover thermal energy from the conditioned, exhaust air system. There is also a condensing, gas-fired water heater on-site to provide domestic hot water quickly. And the system can store the water for long periods of time without losing temperature, operating at a thermal efficiency greater than 90 percent. And when it comes to the menu, Hayseed's food is sourced from local farms and fisheries whenever possible with some of its produce grown on-site. All food scraps are composted and plastic, glass and cardboard materials are recycled using a single stream system. Hayseed also offers compostable to-go containers, which are delivered through Favorite Foods, a sustainable restaurant supply company. Hayseed also offers compostable to-go bags and cups.

Racing for a Cure

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

By Sarah Mahoney

PORTSMOUTH - The Green Alliance team is lacing up their sneakers and getting ready to run in the 4th Annual Komen NH Race for the Cure. The Green Alliance is a proud sponsor of the race and has created a team to further support Susan G. Komen. Green Alliance members are encouraged to join the team and will receive a free t-shirt to wear on race day. To join the team, click here and register by searching "Green Alliance" under team names. Once you've registered, contact Sarah at to let her know you've signed up.

For the last three years, the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure in New Hampshire has had a strong run as one of the largest events to bring awareness to survivors and those suffering from breast cancer. With the race returning for a fourth year, there’s no end in sight for its continued success.

The Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen organization will hold its fourth annual race on May 9th at the Strawberry Banke Museum on 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth, N.H. at 9 a.m. To date, the Komen organization’s national race days have become some of the largest and most successful fundraising events for breast cancer around the world.

Seacoast Spine will provide medical services in the First-Aid tent for runners along with massages for breast cancer survivors. There will also be a silent auction featuring local business, like Art with a Splash and Coastal Fitness, donating their goods and/or services to the event.

Redhook /Green Alliance Party for the Planet; Earth Day Cleanup and Celebration with Special Guest Ben Cohen of Ben & Jerry’s

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

By Katelyn Monroe

PORTSMOUTH - Redhook and the Green Alliance, celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, with a drop-in clean-up and a party, featuring special guest Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream and The event is open to the public and guests enjoy live music and complimentary eats. $2 from every beer purchased goes to the local environmental non-profit Hodgson Brook Association. Free ice cream compliments of Ben & Jerry’s!

The event brings together sustainable business leaders, green-minded residents and Ben & Jerry’s fans. The Party for the Planet is 6- 9pm at Redhook in Portsmouth with a $5 entry also going to Hodgson Brook. All are invited but GA members get in free and clean-up participants get free raffle tickets for every bag of trash collected. The triumvirate between the Green Alliance, Redhook and Ben & Jerry’s is a match made in environmental heaven; not only is Redhook a staple on the seacoast's craft brewing scene, but also a leader in sustainable business practices.

“This is where the collaboration really becomes powerful,” says GA Director Sarah Brown. “A business like Redhook is ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability and is thrilled to be hosting green business leader, citizens and Ben Cohen. We want folks to connect the dots between responsible business practices and protecting the environment; all three of our organizations share these values.”

Kittery Community Market Now on Sundays

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

The Kittery Community Market is starting up again, but on Sundays this year! Their goal is to provide fresh local food choices and artisans work to Kittery and surrounding areas. 

The Kittery Community Market will be on Sundays instead of Wednesdays beginning June 7th and continuing every Sunday until October 4th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. It will be located at The Kittery Community Market (KCM), Kittery Center Village at Post Office Square, 10 Shapleigh Road, in Kittery, ME.

There are over 30 vendors present offering a variety of produce, meats, cheeses, maple syrup, baked goods, candy, pickles, jams/jellies, crafts and much more. This market is currently seeking vendors, email if you're interested in becoming a vendor. 

To learn more about this event, click here.

Carbon Pollution, Climate Change, and Health in New Hampshire

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

On Friday, April 10th, 2015 there was a webinar discussing the carbon pollution, climate change, and health in New Hampshire. This webinar was presented by Environment New Hampshire and Moms Clean Air Force NH.

Featured in the webinar was Jonathon Levy, professor of Environmental Health: BU School of Public Health. He discussed the results of a first of its kind study that analyzes the air quality, human health and environmental benefits that would occur using three alternatives for carbon emissions standards for power plants and the effect that those emission reductions from power plants would have on reducing human environmental health impacts in New Hampshire, regionally and nationally.

TEDxPiscataquaRiver is Coming to the Seacoast

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

TEDxPiscataquaRiver will be on May 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan Street in Portsmouth, NH. 

TEDxPiscataquaRiver is a community-organized event where big ideas and challenges that affect our community are openly discussed. By bringing together community representatives and showcasing local, regional and national voices, they hope to reflect the rich community of the Seacoast of New Hampshire and broaden its perspective by sharing ideas that will spark new, meaningful and continuing conversations.

There will be several different speakers at this event, such as Meredith Bennett who is currently starting up production for CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Meredith is a recipient of two George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, two Emmys for Outstanding Variety Series as well as eight Producer Guild Awards. Sara Curry, the Vice President of SATYA-Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action, a local, non-profit that brings food and fuel assistance and yoga outreach to our neighbors in need on the Seacoast, will also be speaking, along with many more.

Integrated Fitness' Free Running Class with Frank

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

For runners and triathletes who want to bulletproof their bodies, improve efficiency, and get faster through specific strength, drills, and structural fitness...and also for anyone who loves free stuff!

Join Frank from Integrated Fitness of Dover for a free class on Thursday, April 16th at 5:00 p.m. It is located at Integrated Fitness of Dover, 42K Dover Point Road, Dover, NH. This is part of a 12 week indoor program that is focused on making clients a more resilient, balanced, and stronger runner while complementing their existing endurance training. Each class will have a mix of running-specific strength work, balance work, running drills, and core work to set you up for your best season of training and racing yet!

The main mission of Integrated Fitness is to provide a comfortable atmosphere to help new clients get started (about two thirds of the business) or help more advanced people take their fitness and nutrition regimen to the next level.

Gundalow Announces New Day Camps for 2015

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 2015 | in

Summer is the perfect opportunity to go outside and try new things! New this year, the nonprofit Gundalow Company is offering two types of day camps for children ages 9 to 12. It is a week-long River Kids day camp and a Crew for a day camp.

The week-long day River Kids camp, will be held August 3rd through 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Campers will spend their mornings on the water engaging in activities on navigation, the environment and maritime history and their afternoons doing shore based explorations. The Crew for a Day camps will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 1, July 15, July 29 and August 12. It will combine dockside activities with hands-on sailing.

Students in both camps will join the crew in setting the sail, steering the vessel, learning to navigate, towing for plankton, analyzing water quality and exploring human impact on our rivers. In addition, children will learn about Piscataqua region’s rich maritime heritage.

Josh Denton's Letter to the Editor

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 13, 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.

The City Council will decide on April 20, whether they bring the single-use, carry-out, plastic bag ordinance for a First Reading. Portsmouth would become the first municipality in New Hampshire to join Newburyport, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine, in enacting ordinances towards a sustainable future of reusable items instead of single-use convenience ones.

The Port City leading the state in this effort will require taking a risk. City Attorney Sullivan does a great job representing Portsmouth and would prefer a specific enabling statute. I agree with McLane Law’s attorney, New Hampshire’s solid waste treatment statutes already grant authority to require all stores to issue recycled paper bags, instead of the traditional, two-handled, plastic grocery bags.