Blog : May 2015

Tips to be more Sustainable

By Sarah Mahoney | May 16, 2015 | in

The National Restaurant Association’s Conserve program is challenging restaurateurs to make their businesses more sustainable. It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult to deploy, just something environmentally responsible and efficient. Following are four suggestions from industry experts on easy practices to implement:

  1. Recycle your cardboard to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, says Jeff Clark, program director for the NRA’s Conserve initiative. Cardboard takes up about 25 percent of the space in your trash dumpster, so this one practice can eliminate the need for a large receptacle. Also, if the material isn’t contaminated, it could have significant value and a second life as something else, like paper cups.
  2. Conserve water by establishing a baseline to understand how you’re using water, says Jim Hanna, director of environmental impact for Starabucks Coffee Co. Don’t just look at your water bill. Take a look at all of the water components in your restaurant. Learn where the most significant usage is and tackle that immediately.
  3. Reduce your food waste at the source by tracking and monitoring how much is produced, says Andrew Shakman, founder and CEO of food-waste prevention company LeanPath Inc. Get your employees to record what goes into the trash, and meet regularly to review the data and discuss ways to prevent that waste from occurring in the future.
  4. Some companies are interested in converting your used fryer oil into biodiesel, which could result in extra revenue. Negotiate rates and services with your local grease haulers or biodiesel production companies. Also, there are haulers who will provide storage containers and clean grease traps as part of your contract. In some cases, they will clean the grease traps for you. When sewer lines get clogged with a buildup of fats, oil and greases, sewage back-ups can occur.

Cultural Chemistry's Breakfast and Brain Power event

By Sarah Mahoney | May 16, 2015 | in

Cultural Chemistry is hosting a Breakfast and Brain Power event on May 20th at 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. It will be held in their  Manchester Office at 150 Dow St, in Manchester, NH. 

We have all heard that HR needs a seat at the table, but by simply sitting in the board room, we don’t automatically get a voice. How do you become a valuable business partner to the Executive team? This will only be possible when you have are able to design and implement an HR Strategy that will align with business objectives, available talent, and a budget.

The topic will be to develop an HR strategy that works. They will talk about how you can design an HR strategy that works. They will draw the relationship between creating an HR strategy and the HR competency model that has been launched by SHRM. If you would like to increase your understanding of aligning HR objectives to the business goals, then this is the event for you! Attendance is recommended for: VP of HR, head of HR Departments, CEO, CFO, and OD consultants

Great Bay Stewards Nearing Their Goal

By Sarah Mahoney | May 16, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

GREENLAND – By this time next year the boardwalk at the Great Bay Estuary will be gone. Or at least that's the hope of the Great Bay Stewards, and they're close to accomplishing their goal. Now that the boardwalk is nearing the end of its life the Great Bay Stewards (GBS) have set out to raise the almost $350,000 needed to restore it.

It's their intent to replace the existing boardwalk with a new, more functional, environmentally-friendly one. And after a lengthy fund raising campaign, they only need to raise another $8,000 to match federal grant money before the Stewards hand the money over to the state. Then the New Hampshire Fish and Game, which manages the Great Bay Reserve, can put the project out to bid.

Peter Wellenberger, the executive director of the Great Bay Stewards, said he hopes to have the rest of the money raised by June 1 so they can start the contract process at that point. Wellenberger hopes to begin construction in November and have the project completed by next spring.

Local Painting Company Leads Green Revolution

By Sarah Mahoney | May 16, 2015 | in

It's time to start your spring and summer painting projects! This story is re-posted to give you some incentive to start those up.

By Mark Quirk

PORTSMOUTH - During the infancy of the American colonies, a grassroots militia calling themselves the Minutemen spearheaded the American Revolution and fought for the change that lead to the formation of the United States. Today, Sean Sturk and Chris Tufts lead a revolution of their own on the same soil those colonial men and women did centuries ago, even borrowing the revolutionist's name.

Tufts and Sturk are the owners of Minute Men Painters, a green painting company ushering in a revolution in the industry with environmentally-friendly paints and lacquers for their residential and commercial projects. Minute Men Painters use latex-based, waterborne paints and lacquers, a change from the oil-based paints commonly used in homes. However their biggest obstacle isn't the size of the project, but people's resistance to change. That's why Tufts said part of the Minute Men process is to educate their customers to the advantages of waterborne products.

Bike to Work with EZ Bikes and Scooters

By Ken | May 15, 2015 | in

By John Brescia

The heat and sunlight are on the rise, but so are the gas prices. It's a simple equation of supply and demand: greater gas consumption creates higher gas prices. But in this month, there is a solution to alleviate the burden of increasing gas prices. May is National Bike Month, a time meant to encourage commuters to embrace the mild weather in order to utilize bicycles and other forms of cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to and from work and other nearby locations.

Last week was Bike to Work week; over half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of where they work, making biking a viable mode of transportation. However, 51 percent of Americans say they never ride bikes. In fact, 12 percent of the population living in the northeast say they don’t even know how to ride bikes.

Join the Green Alliance and NHPTV for an Isles of Shoals Summer Cruise

By Katelyn | May 14, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance and New Hampshire Public Television are once again coming together to host a summer cruise aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. vessel, the M/V Thomas Laighton. Join us for a night of fun as we sail down the Piscataqua River taking in the sights of the New Hampshire seacoast. With live music, food, and drinks, the annual Isles of Shoals Steamship party cruise is a summer event you will not want to miss!

Humble Be, a local Seacoast band, will provide live music for the night. They played at the Green Alliance and Redhook Earth Day party, and everyone who attended had a great time enjoying the music of Humble Be. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served to guests and a cash bar will be open serving drinks throughout the cruise.

Admission for the party cruise is free for Green Alliance members, but new members are encouraged to join the GA to attend. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in attending the party cruise, become a member today and you will receive a ticket for the cruise in the process. Click here to join now for the discounted price of $25 and then RSVP to to reserve your spot. You can also join for $35 at the dock on the night of the cruise, but we suggest new members join and RSVP in advance, as last year the cruise sold old before the event.

Join RiverWoods for a Discussion on Preparing for Retirement

By John | May 13, 2015 | in

The transition to retirement is an exciting lifestyle change, yet it is often a stressful time period for retirees to adjust to their new everyday life. To make the switch a little less stressful, those contemplating retirement are invited to attend an educational seminar on insurance after 65, offered by RiverWoods. This free seminar and luncheon features insurance specialist Lea Freitas of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, who will provide a comprehensive review of insurance plans open to retirees. She will review programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and explain how to plan for healthcare during retirement. Freitas will help attendees understand their options for health care during retirement and answer any questions they may have.

The seminar will be held from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, on June 4, at 7 RiverWoods Drive in Exeter, NH. Seating is limited, so RSVP by May 28 to 603-658-3014 or to save your seat.

Ahead of the Times

By Sarah Mahoney | May 12, 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 excited that a year and a half after I ran for City Council on a Deer Street parking garage, the City Council unanimously voted for this Worth Lot alternative. With this decade long debate settled, the City Council can address our future by enacting the single-use, carry-out, plastic bag ordinance.

All year, I have stated the proposed ordinance is legally sound under New Hampshire's solid waste statute. R.S.A. 149-M’s purpose is protecting human health, preserving the natural environment, and conserving natural resources. The ordinance does this by reducing plastic pieces in both our maritime food stream and our oceans, as well as conserving the precious fossil fuels that plastic shopping bags derive from.

The Gundalow Company's Sponsor a Student Program

By Sarah Mahoney | May 12, 2015 | in

The nonprofit Gundalow Company is encouraging you to consider sponsoring a student or a whole class to support the programs that they provide. By sponsoring a student or a class, the Gundalow Company will be able to continue to run their award-winning programs connecting students of all ages to the rivers and waterways throughout our watershed.

The Gundalow Company hosts over 100 field trips each year for over 2,000 students. They charge each class a nominal fee which covers less than 50% of the actual costs of our programs. The remaining program costs must be raised through sponsorships and individual donors, like you.

Their floating classroom brings a new perspective to their mission, which is "to protect the Piscataqua region’s maritime heritage and environment through education and action, as students of all ages experience our rivers and bays from the deck of a historically significant vessel." Their award winning programs engage students in hands-on learning while under sail.

Does Your Business Have the Greenest Commuters?

By Ken | May 12, 2015 | in

The time is here to find out, does your business have the greenest commuters.  CommuteSmart Seacoast is having their CommuteSmart Seacoast B2B Challenge June 8 through June 19.  CommuteSmart Seacoast is a transportation management association which promotes smart commuting including carpooling, riding the bus, walking, and teleworking.  The CommuteSmart Seacoast B2B Challenge is to find out who has the smartest and greenest commuting workforce in the New Hampshire Seacoast.  All New Hampshire Seacoast businesses are eligible, and encouraged, to enter the challenge.

What does the challenge involve?  Companies who have registered will have their employees log their commute into the system.  

There are three prizes:

Proposed Antrim Wind Farm Agrees to Additional Land Conservation Funding

By Ken | May 8, 2015 | in

Antrim Wind Energy LLC (“AWE”) has reached an agreement with the New England Forestry Foundation (“NEFF”) to advance conservation in southwestern New Hampshire. The agreement specifies that if AWE’s planned 28.8 MW wind farm in Antrim, New Hampshire gains all necessary approvals and proceeds to construction, AWE will make a payment of $100,000 to NEFF to permanently conserve valuable working forest land in southern New Hampshire. This payment and the resulting land conservation will be in addition to the 908 acres of contiguous forestland that the project has already conserved in the vicinity of the wind project. The additional offsite conservation accomplished through this agreement will make a valuable contribution to conservation interests in the region, and will enhance and sustain the region’s aesthetic character, wildlife habitat, working landscape, and public use and enjoyment.

The project will permanently preserve 800 acres of land and create enough emissions-free energy to serve approximately 13,500 average-sized New Hampshire homes per year while reducing CO2 emissions by almost 60,000 tons per year.

Hit the (Eco-Friendly) Decks

By Craig | May 7, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

A sure sign that Old Man Winter has finally abandoned the seacoast is when the outdoor decks and al fresco patios of local restaurants reopen for the season. To many, the sight of restaurant-goers enjoying an outdoor meal is a delicious sign that summer is not far away. In celebration of outdoor dining and drinking, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Hit the Decks event on May 8.

“There’s nothing quite like enjoying dinner and drinks while being caught up in a view that’s purely Portsmouth,” says John Golumb, co-owner of Poco’s Bow Street Cantina and Two Ceres Street. Poco’s outdoor deck in downtown Portsmouth faces the Piscataqua River, and offers guests a right-there view of many local landmarks, from the fleet of tugboats to area bridges.

Poco’s downstairs lounge, Two Ceres Street, throws open its river-facing NanaWall window in season, so its guests can also savor the delights of calm breezes and toast-worthy views.

Sustainability Success for NHBSR

By Corey | May 7, 2015 | in

Tammy Jordan of The Employee Engagement Group (credit: Annie Card Creative Services)The New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) brought together over 200 people representing 115 companies and organizations to learn new sustainable business best practices, address stakeholder engagement and discuss their opportunities and challenges. As the number of businesses is ever growing, business owners are discovering the integral link between social responsibility and the bottom line. NHBSR is the business organization driving the social responsibility agenda in New Hampshire.

Their "Think Bigger and Dig Deeper" event featured a combination of expert panels on Energy Efficiency, Metrics to Marketing, Culture and Community Connections allowing participants to "Think Bigger" and facilitated Huddle Up sessions to "Dig Deeper". The panels were lauded for their truth in sharing challenges and discussing opportunities at a feasible level.