Blog : June 2015

Redhook Brewery x Metal Wave eCycle 'fest 2015

By Anne | Jun 30, 2015 | in

The fast pace of technological change coupled with the short lifespan of modern consumer goods leaves many of us with obsolete electronics. The components of these products often contain hazardous contaminants such as lead, cadmium, mercury and brominated flame retardants which pose a great deal of risk to human health and the environment when this material is sent to landfills. It’s paramount that as citizens of the world, we consume, but especially dispose of, our consumer goods responsibly.

Since 2010, local e-cyler, MetalWave, has been serving businesses in New England and beyond with transparent, domestic, and cost-effective end-of-life recycling services for a variety of e-waste.

Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market to Host Collaborative Families Celebration

By John | Jun 30, 2015 | in

KITTERY, Maine - This year, the Kittery Community Market has been revamped and is better than ever with the addition of new venders and sponsors. The Kittery Community Market is a weekly outdoor farmers market for local farmers, food producers, fishermen, artisans, and citizens and will be held every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm until October 4th.

One new sponsor is the Green Alliance, a union of local and regional businesses that have sustainable initiatives at the core of their business model, and consumer members looking to shop with eco-friendly businesses. While the Green Alliance will be present at several markets this summer, the highlight is the August 23 Green Families Club Celebration and Farmers Market.

The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market will host a collaborative day of fun for families featuring the traditional farmers market vendors as well as new family friendly vendors. The celebration will include activities and a scavenger hunt, electric scooters and bikes from EZ Bikes, animals visiting from the York Center for Wildlife, and cake to celebrate the 3rd birthday of the Green Families Club.

As a sponsor, the Green Alliance, along with its Business Partners, Aucella, Kennebunk Savings Bank, and WXGR 103.5, will have booths in the market on the last Sunday of every month, in addition to the Green Families Club Celebration on August 23.

New England's Biggest Summertime Pest Meets Its Match

By Craig | Jun 30, 2015 | in

Rising from the backwoods and marshes, deer flies, horse flies and green-heads terrorize backyards and beach days, from the Cape up the coast of Maine, throughout the summer. But Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control Services in Eliot, Maine, developed a solution that could finally alleviate one of the summer's biggest backyard woes. He calls it the Fly Cage, and he is giving one away this month to the first Sustaining Member of The Green Alliance.

“With the Green Alliance community, I’m essentially preaching to the choir,” says Pray about the like-minded businesses and individuals that make up the sustainable business and consumer union. “The Green Alliance has given a lot to my business in the form of education and exposure around issues of pest management in a safe and non-toxic way, and I want to give back with a free Fly Cage.”

Pray's invention, which mimics the appearance of a four-legged animal, is completely environmentally friendly. Built with recyclable materials, the Fly Cage is meant for residential and commercial use.

"There are no chemicals or pheromones or anything," said Pray. "Its a visual trap so it will catch the biting flies known as green-heads, deer flies, horse flies; it will catch them without using anything but a visual lure to bring them in."

That visual lure is a buoy; black in color, with a shimmering exterior that attracts the seasonal flies. The flies are drawn in, acting on their natural behavior to attack the underside of large animals like deer and cattle. Once the flies realize their mistake they fly straight up, toward the light coming through the top of the trap, getting caught in its mesh netting and perish. The netting works like a lobster trap allowing the flies to enter, but not exit.

A Journey Home

By John | Jun 29, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

NORTHWOOD - One snowy, slushy and rainy afternoon in late-March, Rob and Julia Moreau made the three hour trek from their North Adams, Massachusetts, home to Mary's Dogs Rescue & Adoption in Northwood, New Hampshire. Upon their arrival they were warmly met by Mary Doane, the owner of Mary's Dogs, who brought the Moreau's into a side room so that they could meet their new family member: Little Man, a corgi.

“We have three rescues," Julia Moreau said. “To me, most important is to help an animal. There are so many animals that need a good home and need a chance.”

The ASPCA estimates that 3.9 million dogs enter shelters nationwide yearly and that 31 percent of dogs that enter shelters nationwide are euthanized each year. Doane runs a rescue adoption for dogs in that she started in February 2011 due to the lack of support for dog adopters, vowing to start a community for them to connect with. Mary's Dog's seeks to find new permanent homes for dogs who have gone into shelters. Southern shelters are often overcrowded, raising the amount of dogs euthanized in that region. Doane works with several high-kill shelters in the south to help alleviate the overpopulation and reduce euthanizations.

“We are committed to a group of rescues in the south who we work with routinely,” Doane said. “We build relationships with particular [shelters].”

Keep Your Home Cool this Summer with Yankee Thermal Imaging and Aucella

By Katelyn | Jun 29, 2015 | in

Yankee Thermal Imaging (YTI) and Aucella Heating and Cooling have teamed up to offer summer discounts for Green Alliance members only! Don’t miss this opportunity to get a great deal and save money all summer long. As a GA member you get exclusive discounts with local, sustainable businesses throughout the year, but as an added bonus here are two specials to keep your home cool and comfortable this summer and cozy and tight next winter.

Building inefficiencies waste money and energy. Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering GA members an incentive to conduct upgrades to increase home energy efficiency. YTI will conduct an energy audit at the normal price, which will then be refunded to the homeowner when they implement qualifying energy upgrades. YTI will also help residents to access available rebates to help offset the cost of upgrades. Click here for more information.

Regular maintenance keeps air conditioners running efficiently, reduces unnecessary energy use and extends the life span of the unit. Aucella Heating and Cooling is offering all GA members 50% off unit maintenance (originally $139.00). Aucella’s comprehensive checklist ensures that the system is in compliance with manufacturers guarantees and is ready to be used throughout the summer. Click here to learn more.

The Green Families Club Celebrates Three Years of Bringing Families Together

By Katelyn | Jun 29, 2015 | in

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created in July 2012 with the goal to inspire younger generations to care about sustainability and value the environment. This August, the Green Alliance is celebrating the 3rd birthday of the Green Families Club! On Sunday August 23, from 10 a.m - 2 p.m the Green Alliance will host the Green Families Club Celebration in conjunction with the Kittery Community Market.

The creation of the Green Families Club was a natural response of research and trends found by the Green Alliance about our members. We discovered that a large portion of Green Alliance members are parents with young children who care deeply about the environment and shopping locally.

“After looking more closely at who our members were, we realized that many of them were moms and dads - people who had a very real vested interest in safer, greener, more local products and services,” said GA Director Sarah Brown. “We realized pretty quickly that bringing families together , helping them learn from one another, would be a great way to help bring more attention to the green-certified businesses in the Green Alliance.”

Celebrate Christmas in July at 900 Degrees!

By John | Jun 29, 2015 | in

Now that it’s June-going-on-July, we’ve got about a six month wait until Christmas rolls around. But it’s hard to resist the allure of the holiday season, so 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is giving their customers a taste of the yuletide celebration now, with their Christmas in July gift card special. Throughout the month of July, customers can purchase a $25 gift card and receive a $5 dollar coupon, purchase $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 dollar gift card, or purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $25 gift card. Other upcoming events at 900 Degrees include a Pint Night and Dough Raiser at the Epping location, as well as beer promotions at both the Epping and the Manchester locations.

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza in Epping and Manchester, NH is a re-creation of the pioneer pizzas produced in Naples, Italy hundreds of years ago. 900 Degrees complements daily-made dough with fresh ingredients before cooking it in a wood-fired brick oven. In addition to pizza, the restaurant offers an enticing variety of soups, salads, pasta dishes, and more, all crafted with local ingredients.

Local Golf Course Engages in Groundbreaking Stormwater Management Lessening Environmental Impact To Great Bay

By Rich | Jun 25, 2015 | in

NORTH HAMPTON - A joint conservation effort between Sagamore-Hampton Golf, the NH Department of Environmental Services, and UNH has put one NH golf company at the forefront of conservation of Great Bay.

Though it appears at times as no more than a mere trickle of water, Cornelius Brook is a small stream that flows quietly through the Sagamore-Hampton Golf course. Its significance lies in the fact that its ultimate destination is New Hampshire’s Great Bay, which has been succumbing to pollution pressures in recent times. The Great Bay is one of the most important estuaries in the country, and named as one of 28 US EPA, Estuaries of National Significance.

Cornelius Brook is perhaps no more important than any of the numerous tributaries that feed into the Bay, but thanks to a new joint project that is underway, the water that flows into the Brook will be that much cleaner and free of dangerous fertilizers as it enters the larger Winnicut River on its way toward Great Bay and ultimately the Atlantic ocean.

According to the NH DES website, seven rivers in total carry pollution from 42 New Hampshire and 10 Maine communities into the Great Bay watershed, which comprises of 1,023 square miles. A 2013 State of Estuaries report shows the Bay is in trouble, resulting in 12 of 16 environmental indicators with negative or cautionary trends.

Quite simply, the healthier the small feeder streams are, the healthier the Bay itself will be, and Sagamore-Hampton Golf is leading the way in pollution control both setting an example of business stewardship and hopefully a trend in how all land owners surrounding the Bay can assist in this fragile ecosystem’s recovery.

Join the Green Alliance for Free Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series Tickets

By Katelyn | Jun 24, 2015 | in

For many New Englanders, summer means concert season and this summer marks the 20th year of the Music-by-the-Sea concert series to benefit the Seacoast Science Center. The concerts are family friendly events featuring music, dancing, food, and are all put on to support a great cause.

The concert series, held every Thursday during the month of July, will highlight some of the best bands in New England to benefit the Seacoast Science Center’s ocean education mission and Marine Mammal Rescue Program. The season will kick off on July 2 with Joshua Tree, a U2 tribute band reproducing music by the legendary rock band and on July 9, the local party band, Jumbo Circus Peanuts will hit the stage. The Seacoast Science Center invites music lovers of all ages to enjoy great tunes by the sea, and the Green Alliance has free tickets for you to join in on the fun!

Join the Green Alliance as a new member and you will get two free tickets ($12 value each), good for any of the concerts in July, or join as a Sustaining Member for four free tickets. These tickets can be used for children or adults at any of the five concerts.

Half Price Sailing Wednesdays With Gundalow Company

By Sam Lane | Jun 24, 2015 | in

If you’re in search of an afternoon adventure that won’t break the bank, Gundalow Company has you covered. Starting today, June 24th, the long time local business is offering a deal for an evening sale that’s almost irresistible, running at $15 a head. The sail sale will be every Wednesday until the end of the sailing season, so be sure to catch it while they’re still setting sail!

Those who come aboard are encouraged to bring a picnic or snack for the two-hour excursion. The actual vessel will be passing by highlighted spots along the Piscataqua region coastline that all come along with a unique story and vast history. Special guests Sherry Godlewski and Steve Miller of the New Hampshire Coastal Adaption Workgroup will be holding an open discussion regarding climate change and the impact it has on the regional coast.

Become a Member of the Green Alliance for Four Free Tickets to Blue Oyster Cult and Robby Krieger

By Katelyn | Jun 23, 2015 | in

Join the Green Alliance with a two year membership or as a Sustaining member and get four FREE tickets to Blue Oyster Cult and Robby Krieger at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom! Become a new member of the Green Alliance with a two year membership for $50 or with a Sustaining Membership and you will receive four tickets to the show on Thursday, June, 25 at 8:00 p.m. ($120 value), courtesy of New Hampshire Public Television.

The Hampton Beach Casino has been a staple of the New Hampshire seacoast area for more than one hundred years and continues to attract some of the most popular names in music and entertainment. The Ballroom brings in artists and fans during its extended concert season spanning from April to November and recently landed in the top thirty for worldwide ticket sales in venues under 3,000 seats. On June 25, the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom will welcome Blue Oyster Cult and Robby Krieger for an exciting music filled night.

Blue Oyster Cult originated in Long Island, NY, and for the past forty years the band has put out a unique mix of rock music. They will perform a variety of classics and new songs, sure to be a hit among the guests in attendance. The band will share the stage with Robby Krieger, guitarist from the Doors, who is coming to the Ballroom with his own band. To catch both bands while they are in New Hampshire, join the Green Alliance and take your friends along for a night of great performances.

Integrated Fitness' Sustainability is About More Than Just Exercise

By Craig | Jun 23, 2015 | in

Integrated Fitness is all about whole-body sustainability – from nutrition education to its popular Weight Loss Challenge program, and community giveback. But the local fitness center makes environmentally conscious decisions in each aspect of its operations both big and small.

For its facility on Dover Point Road in Dover, Integrated Fitness purchases repurposed second-hand fitness equipment, their gym and yoga mats are made with recycled materials, CFL lighting is used in the offices, much of their client billing is done electronically, the location is heated with natural gas, and Integrated Fitness uses recycled paper products for printed materials. Traditional membership gyms typically use harsh chemicals to clean equipment, and often use paper towels to wipe down mats and seats. Integrated Fitness, which is not a membership gym, hired a green cleaning company to service their facility once a week. The cleaning company uses eco-friendly products that are just as effective as traditional cleaning products, but reduces clients' exposure to harmful chemicals.

Pursuing sustainable, eco-friendly initiatives helps Integrated Fitness reduce its carbon footprint and provides clients with a sense of comfort during their sessions with trainers. Founder Jon Arnold works with clients to help them lose weight, build muscle, eat healthier and meet personal goals 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.

Gundalow Company Kicks Off Summer Sails Schedule

By John | Jun 23, 2015 | in

Now that summer is up and running, it’s the perfect opportunity for Seacoast residents to enjoy some fun outdoor activities. And what better activity is there than sailing on the gundalow? Gundalow Company has kicked off their summer sail schedule, with three sails a day, seven days a week. Half-priced sails are also available for Wednesday evenings. Other upcoming fun events include a presentation by Sherry Godlewski and Steve Miller of New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup. They will be speaking on “Climate Change Impacts to the Seacoast.” Held this Wednesday, tickets will be just $15 per person, thanks to the support of the NHCP and RBC Wealth Management. Also, the concert cruise series will begin on Thursday, June 25th, with musicians Kent Allyn and Joyce Anderson performing traditional, R&B standards and fiddle tunes.

Gundalow Company is a charitable nonprofit which aims to show visitors the beauty of gundalow ships, flat-bottomed cargo that were a pillar of trade during the days of commerce upon the river. The educational programs which the GC operates aim to teach the value of environmental stewardship. It provides both a community outreach aimed at raising environmental awareness and an eco-friendly Seacoast tourism option. In addition, Gundalow Company has installed solar panels with the help of Secoast Energy.

Anne Twombly: A Leader With Her Best Foot Forward

By Sam Lane | Jun 23, 2015 | in

In recent news, Anne Twombly, the Green Alliance’s own Marketing Assistant, has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award is given to a deserving student who shows success during their collegiate career in academics, athletics, service and leadership. With only 10 nominees from each NCAA division, Twombly's nomination reveals her as one of the truly elite in collegiate sports. The award and nominations are set aside for individuals who not only desire to acheive, but naturally acheive as a part of their overall outlook and efforts. A motivated individual, Twombly has proved herself proficient in her collaborative and personal endeavors throughout her years of education. Twombly recently graduated the University of New Hampshire, where she received her BFA in Fine Arts along with a minor in Business Administration. A leader on and off of the track, Twombly shows consistent determination for what she strives for and is being recognized accordingly. 

The Exeter native started her success with the Exeter High School Blue Hawks, where she recieved the inaugural America East Elite 18 Award. Twombly, captain of her university cross-country team, shows an impressive lineup of feats, as she placed first in both the 800-meter race and mile long race during the indoor season, along with a first place position in the 5,000-meter and 800-meter race during the spring season. Undoubtedly an incredible runner, Twombly humbly competes not as an individual, but as a team player of her notably stellar cross country and track teams. A key component in the action undergone season to season, Twombly promoted a winning spirit, further pushing the UNH cross-country team to its currently sterling position.

Franklin ground zero for New Hampshire solar revolution.

By Rich | Jun 18, 2015 | in

By Michael McCordNH Solar Garden

If all goes as planned, the largest municipal solar project of its kind will go online in Franklin later this year.

The agreement between the city of Franklin and NhSolarGarden will lead to the development of portions of 40 acres of currently unused land and generate more than 10 megawatts of power annually. It could go online as early as September.

Franklin city councilor and former mayor Tony Giunta has a unique perspective. Giunta is with Nobis Engineering of Concord and his company is handling the site development of the project which he believes put Franklin at the forefront of municipal energy policy.

“Franklin has constantly been criticized for being a community that’s struggled finding an adequate tax base ever since the booming mill industry left in the 1970s and 1980s,” Giunta explained. “Franklin is showing the region, the state, the country, and the world that large solar installations are economically viable. We don’t have to wait five years from now or ten years from now.”

NhSolarGarden, founded by green entrepreneur Andrew Kellar in 2013, has continued to accelerate the development of municipal and nonprofit solar projects. NHSG has over 40 megawatts currently being developed with 25 project sizes ranging from 200 kilowatts to 10 megawatts, according to Kellar.