Blog : June 2015

Preventing Cross-Contamination on the Seacoast

By John | Jun 15, 2015 | in

Josh Denton is a guest blogger who is very active in environmental causes in Portsmouth, as well as a member of the Green Alliance.

By Josh Denton

The education campaign surrounding the plastic bag ordinance successfully raised awareness of the collective harms from such single-use convenience items. Everyone shops, so attempting behavioral change led to a spirited debate, consumers reconsidering their shopping habits, and as a plastic bag alternative, Market Basket offering reused cardboard boxes.

The residents that worked since 2012 on this initiative are understandably disappointed City Councilors did not take positions and vote on their ordinance. The City Council’s letter of support to the State House delegation is welcomed, but going to the State House was always Plan B if Councilor Lown’s motion for a First Reading was voted down due to a desire for more specific enabling legislation. Not bringing that motion forward is a missed leadership opportunity and years may pass before the next legislative session enacts a more specific statute.

Great Bay Stewards signs on for another year with the GA!

By Rich | Jun 11, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance is pleased to provide our friends at Great Bay Stewards another great year of our sustainable media services. Having partnered on numerous articles and projects over the years, we are happy to continue working with them to better promote the health of our local treasure that is the Great Bay.

The Great Bay Stewards has grown to become one of the region's most steadfast and hard-working environmental and conservation organizations on the Seacoast, and just last year hosted the first annual Great Bay estuary Race – a 10 Mile competitive paddling competition for kayakers and canoeists. The stewards have also been involved with the organization of the Great Bay 5K Road Race and the “Art of Great Bay Show,” a local art showing which has been running annually for over a decade.

The organization itself demonstrates strong commitments to research, supporting projects that focus on issues relating to sedimentation, excess nitrogen loads, habitat loss, and many other problems that contribute to the overall health of the Great Bay Estuary.

For more information, check out the Great Bay Stewards page and look forward to some exciting new developments coming up soon at the Great Bay Discovery Center. Located directly on the bay at 89 Depot Road in Greenland, NH, the Discovery Center offers a glimpse into the importance of the Estuary system.

Remember that as a GA member, you are entitled to a 10% discount on a Great Bay Stewards membership! More information here.

Green Alliance welcomes new Assistant Director, Rich Collins.

By Rich | Jun 11, 2015 | in

We are happy to have a new Assistant Director on staff here at the GA!

Rich Collins is a talented University of New Hampshire Whittemore/Paul MBA with a diverse background in technology, staffing, sales, marketing, and content development.

Rich’s expertise lies in client support, his role will be to build and strengthen client relationships within the Green Alliance community.

He is a strong proponent of authentic sustainability initiatives at the business level, and actively involved in environmental conservation efforts, particularly in the area of cold water conservation. He lives on the Seacoast, and spends much of his free time exploring the great state of New Hampshire, in particular the White Mountains, with his fiancée Sharon and his two best canine friends, Scout and Cassie.

 

Gundalow Company Sets Sail on a History Crawl

By Sam Lane | Jun 11, 2015 | in

What better way to get a feel for the local environment then aboard an actual piece of history? Since the 1600’s, gundalows have served as cargo ships that proved versatile to the seacoast’s prosperity and functionality. Now you have the chance to gain a deep appreciation for the vessel through a hands-on experience with Gundalow Company.

On Wednesday, June 17th, from 6 to 8 p.m., join Gundalow Company as they set sail on a history crawl abroad the historic gundalow Piscataqua. Come celebrate the seacoast history with some of the locals themselves by joining in on stories, tales and traditional toasts.Enjoy the incredible views of our beautiful coastline from the Piscataqua River and surrounding areas, all while diving in on a unique adventure. The crew at Gundalow Company encourages all to come along as tickets are going for $23 a head ($18 for Strawberry Banke Museum members); an outstanding offer for such an endeavor.

MetalWave: Electronic Recycling Pioneers

By Sam Lane | Jun 9, 2015 | in

Unfortunately, because a global market exists for e-waste components and broken down electronic devices, the United States often sends theirs to developing nations, where lax environmental standards of toxic substances lead to significant environmental degradation. However, MetalWave, Inc. stands out among the rest in the recycling game. No short road is taken to properly process and reclaim products brought to their facilities, supported by experienced product knowledge provided by MetalWave staff. Based out of Amesbury, Massachusetts, Metalwave serves as an ideal end-of-life waste recycling resource, utilizing a multitude of cost effective, domestic and transparent practices and management solutions to get rid of your electronic waste.

Computers, printers, televisions and cell phones are just a few of the products taken in by MetalWave. When disposed at landfills, electronic waste corrodes over time along with the hazardous materials inside. These contaminants include lead, cadmium, mercury and many more. At MetalWave facilities, these products will eventually be disassembled and recycled without compromising human health throughout the process.

Green Jobs: Redhook Brewery has an open position for Brewer!

By Rich | Jun 9, 2015 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board

Redhook Brewery, a Green Alliance Partner and part of the Craft Brew Alliance, has an immediate opening for a Brewer at Redhook in Portsmouth, NH. Reporting to the Lead Brewer, brewers are responsible for crafting and brewing high quality products.

Specific job duties:

-Support the Company's mission statement and Made True values

-Work closely with brewing team to achieve desired quality and production targets

-Oversee Inventory and quality management of raw materials

-Monitor progress of beer through production cycle via brewery information system

-Work with other departments throughout the brewing, racking and packaging process

-Other duties as assigned throughout the brewery to assist other departments as needed 

To learn more about the position, click here. To see other Green Jobs - check out our Green Jobs Board here

Rock the Block at the Kittery Block Party

By Sam Lane | Jun 9, 2015 | in

On June 20th, come be a blockhead in the beautiful seacoast town of Kittery! This all day event is sure to be a party not to be missed, offering an array of entertainment, food, local art displays and much more.

The day will kick off with a daytime festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live entertainment such as a performance by the US Navy Band and live African Drumming will be in action during the festival. Bring the kids down for barrel train rides, pony rides, a touch tank activity and a lineup of exciting games. Further into the evening, at 5 p.m., the annual 5k race will be held on an entirely new course. The first 100 registrants will receive a runner’s gift bag. At 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. local bands, artists and poets will be rocking and talking out at the Foreside Music Fest in 6 various locations downtown. In addition to the music festival, the local Talent Show begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the classic Kittery Dance Hall.

A Field Trip to Remember

By Sam Lane | Jun 9, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

A group of Traip Academy sophomores had an eye-opening experience during a recent field trip to Mary’s Dogs Inn.

The students from the Kittery, Maine school worked hands-on in every operational facet at the facility which is a boarding facility and quarantine stopover for rescue dogs from the South.

Mary Doane, who founded Mary’s Dogs in 2011, said she was happy to have the 10 students spend a full school day at the facility. It was the first field trip of its kind to the facility which opened in 2014. The field trip came at the end of a quarantine period for many of the 20 dogs in residence and Doane said the students saw how important and involved canine rescue work can be.

“They brought great energy and curiosity. It was so interesting to have that many young people around the Inn at the same time,” Doane said. “They were all helpful and got to take part in all the activities. They also learned about the mission of Inn and how we are doing what we can to change the culture (of often speedy euthanasia) in the South.”

The idea for the Mary’s Dogs field trip was initiated by Melinda Shofner, a school counselor at Traip Academy. Students take part in a Learning Service Project program which combines real-world experience with community service. Shofner has been a volunteer at Mary’s Dogs since February of 2014 and she thought it would be a great experience for the students.

Green Jobs - Purely Organic seeks Lawn Care Specialist

By Rich | Jun 9, 2015 | in

Our Business Partner, Purely Organic Lawn Care, is looking for a commercial/residential lawn treatment specialist to apply their Organic minded lawn care solutions in New Hampshire/Maine.

Professional licensure is preferred, but training may be provided for interested candidates.

REQUIREMENTS:

· Valid driver’s license with clean driving record

· Professional appearance and attitude

· Excellent oral and written communication skills

· Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

· Able and willing to work in various weather conditions

Learn more about this position at Purely Organic Lawn Care here

More Green Jobs are listed on the GA Green Jobs page here

Solar Arrays and the Future of the New England Farm

By Sam Lane | Jun 9, 2015 | in

By Craig Robert Brown

Just east of the New York border sits the town of Pawlet, Vermont, a community of roughly 2,000 residents. It is a town built on the backs of New England farmers, but Pawlet, like other communities in Vermont, struggles to keep its farming community vibrant today. However, Jack Bingham, of Seacoast Energy in Barrington, New Hampshire, has offered a solution to the town's disappearing farmland.

Making use of a 10 acre hay field leased to a cattle farmer, Bingham, along with a project partner in Vermont, purchased the land to build a large Photovoltaic (PV) solar system. The array will provide energy credits to offset costs at medical centers in nearby Rutland. But in a small town like Pawlet, news travels fast.

Bingham got word that there was growing dissatisfaction amongst residents based on a perception that the array displaced valuable farm land. Bingham was at first surprised by the reaction, but he did some research and discovered that Vermont residents are in a battle over farmland being sold to solar developers and utility companies.

According to a report by the Brattleboro Reformer, Vermont's House Natural Resources and Energy Committee (HNREC) is in the midst of this difficult issue as it reviews a series of bills and testimonies on locating sites in the state "where installations such as solar panels and wind turbines ought to be built, and how to balance the interests of the state, town governments, landowners and developers." In the same report, Rep. Mike Herbert, R-Vernon, also a HNREC member, said that after listening to the debate, it's clear "that people in Vermont want to have more say in the siting and developing process."

Local Businesses Come Together to Host Annual Summer Cruise

By Sam Lane | Jun 9, 2015 | in

 By Katelyn Monroe

The Green Alliance and New Hampshire Public Television are partnering once again to host a summer kick off cruise aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's M/V Thomas Laighton. On June 13, the businesses and guests will sail down the Piscataqua River taking in the sights of the New Hampshire seacoast.

Local rock band, Humble Be, will perform live and 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria will supply complimentary hors d'oeuvres for guests in addition to the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.'s (ISSCo.) two cash bars on the boat.

Admission for the party cruise is free for Green Alliance members, but new members are encouraged to join the Green Alliance to attend. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in attending the party cruise, you can become a member and get a ticket for the cruise in the process.

Those planning to attend can join for the discounted price of $25 then RSVP to katelyn@greenalliance.biz to reserve their spot. Or they can also join at the dock on the night of the cruise.

According to Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown, last year nearly three hundred guests attended the cruise bringing together green-minded citizens and businesses owners alike, many of whom are interested in networking and learning from each other.

"Last year's cruise was a phenomenal success," says Brown. "We sold out the boat and it gave business owners and consumers a chance to meet and talk about sustainable issues."

The Green Alliance, an organization with upward of 100 Business Partners, works to increase the profits of companies, large and small, that have the least impact on the environment. Both NHPTV and Isles of Shoals are Business Partners with the Green Alliance and have been for several years. The collaboration partnership has helped to spread awareness about both businesses and their environmental initiatives.

Meet Anne Twombly, the newest member of the GA Team!

By Rich | Jun 4, 2015 | in

Hello, I’m Anne Twombly, the new Marketing Assistant at the Green Alliance. I just graduated in May from the University of New Hampshire with my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Painting and a minor in Business Administration. I studied visual arts in college because I’m interested in the potential for art and design to affect us as individuals, enhance our experiences, and essentially draw emotion from us. I am interested ultimately in applying this aesthetics education to creative business.

While at UNH, I was a member and eventually captain of the Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams. I thoroughly enjoyed the community and camaraderie involved in being part of my team under the larger umbrella of the Athletic Department. The experience of Division 1 athletics in college has instilled in me a profound belief in the transformative power of collective focus, integrity and service.

Join Us for the Green Alliance and NHPTV Summer Cruise on the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.

By Craig | Jun 4, 2015 | in

Watch our video below! Make sure to RSVP to katelyn@greenalliance.biz if you plan to attend on June 13!

SnAPPii offers new discount to Green Alliance members and Business Partners

By Anne | Jun 4, 2015 | in

 A strong presence across all digital platforms is essential for any businesses to compete in today’s market. Many businesses recognize the pressing need to translate their existing web content into an easily navigable mobile app in order to engage and expand their consumer base, however the inherent challenges of building a new app can be, at the very least, daunting. 

Since 2011, SnAPPii of Rochester, NH has been challenging the preexisting methods of app creation for businesses with their unique mobile app development service. SnAPPii offers a variety of fast, inexpensive, codeless and custom app creation options for firms looking to expand their presence to mobile devices or streamline administrative efforts internally.  

Many businesses want to enter the mobile app game, but don’t have the resources or the time to build their own native app from scratch, or to hire an outside firm to do so. SnAPPii offers businesses a variety of premade customizable native apps, simplifying and streamlining the process of app creation. Empowering businesses to “draw” rather than code their app, naturally reduces production time and subsequently costs. Because the apps are cloud based and available through both the Apple Store and Google Play, consumers can readily engage the apps across all devices.

Ethan Korpi: A builder’s dedication to sustainability

By Sam Lane | Jun 4, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Ethan Korpi, co-founder of Eco Sound Builders in Portsmouth, has custom home building in his DNA. Or at least it seems that way. His father, Roger was a builder for decades before starting Eco Sound Builders with Ethan in 2007. The legacy of Roger’s work can be found throughout New Hampshire's Lakes Region, while Ethan runs the southern division of the company, with partner Peter Robie, creating a new legacy in the seacoast region and southern Maine.

What sets Eco Sound Builders apart in the industry, Ethan Korpi explained, is their drive to build homes that are as individually unique as they are environmentally responsible. According to Korpi, energy conservation and construction waste management are key elements for all their new home and restoration projects.

“We seek to create high performance homes for the next generation of efficient energy use,” Korpi said. “We believe that homes new and old should stand for generations; to come and perform at the highest level of energy efficiency as possible.”

Not limited to new buildings, Eco Sound will renovate existing, older structures to bring them up to the company's high standards of performance. Recently, the building company renovated an older building in Portsmouth's historic South End district, keeping within the city's tight regulations for work on historic properties, while making the home green and energy efficient. While renovating the Portsmouth property, Eco Sound performed periodic blower door tests and added thermal envelope wrapping to help the home achieve Passive House standards for air-tightness. Along with the added 13KW solar PV array, the home is expected to achieve a Net Zero HERs Rating.