Blog : July 2015

Sail Portsmouth Weekend With Gundalow Company

By Sam Lane | Jul 8, 2015 | in

Gundalow Company is holding a Sail Portsmouth Weekend, offering a number of great deals accommodating for all ages. The highlighted event is the Parade of Sails, where those attending will welcome El Galeon Andulucia and the privateer Lynx, while abroad the gundalow Piscataqua. The historic gundalows will be the setting for a number of fun activities from morning to evening, beginning with the 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. excursion where kids will be sailing for free. The whole family is sure to enjoy perusing around the Piscataqua River and nearby regions, holding unmatchable views and character. If the two-hour excursion can’t fit into the schedule, short sails will be held at 12:30 p.m. on the 25th and 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the 26th. The shortened sails will last for an hour and fifteen minutes at a rate of $20 for adults and $10 for children 13 and below.

In addition to these offers, Gundalow Company is hosting music sails aboard the Piscataqua with the acapella group, The Overtones. This offer will be running from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 25th and all proceeds will go toward the non-profit Portsmouth Pro Musica. On the 26th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be a free dockside tour of the gundalow ships. At 6 p.m., Random Acts of Harmony will be singing and playing traditional and contemporary folk music. The group is comprised of a 3-part harmony along with acoustic instrumentation. 

Calling For Climate Change

By Sam Lane | Jul 7, 2015 | in

On July 30 at 5:30 p.m., the city of Portsmouth, its community members, local businesses and the Green Alliance are calling for a day of action against climate change. The event will take place right in the heart of the city, in Market Square at the North Church. Participants gathered will draw attention to the immediate need for action against climate change across the globe. By taking the necessary steps, the community can make a concentrated effort toward successfully reaching a solution to the issue through education.

Those participating can also call their Senator, issue a press statement, submit an LTE, use #MaketheCall on social media or be vocal at local events to help spread awareness.

The day of action will further support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which is intended to be the greatest action our country has taken toward extinguishing climate change. The CPP will help decrease the effects of climate change, protect public health and encourage the development of clean energy. Although this plan will soon be put into action, further support is needed to maximize its success and to help keep it alive in public forums.

Celebrate Summer with Tickets from the Green Alliance

By Katelyn | Jul 6, 2015 | in

This year we are celebrating summer by rewarding new Sustaining Members who join by July 14 with their choice of one of the following gifts from local seacoast businesses:

 

  • 4 tickets to The Beach Boys at Hampton Casino 7/10 ($120 value!)
  • 4 tickets to Zappa Plays Zappa at the Hampton Casino 7/23
  • 4 tickets to The Fab Four at the Hampton Casino 7/24
  • 4 tickets to use for any of the Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series shows at the Seacoast Science Center throughout the month of July
  • 4 tickets to ANY show of the Lowell Summer Music Series, including Lyle Lovett or Melissa Etheridge (up to a $300 value!)
  • 5 tickets to Santa’s village ($150 value!)
  • 2 tickets to Sagamore mini golf AND 2 coupons for Sagamore driving range balls
  • 4 tickets for a reggae party cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
  • 4 tickets for a sail with the Gundalow Company
  • Fly Cage from Ecotech Pest Control to keep your yard naturally fly free all summer ($150 value!)

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Proulx Oil and Propane

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

For Newmarket's Proulx Oil and Propane, the goal was simple: offer an alternative fuel source to commercial vehicle operators to help reduce carbon emissions. Through Proulx Autogas, the company now converts vehicles to run on propane, a byproduct of natural gas processing that burns 70 percent cleaner than standard gasoline.

As more gasoline-powered vehicle's become propane-compatible, Proulx is determined to become the leading Autogas supplier in the region. Using the PRINS conversion system for vehicles, Proulx Autogas utilizes the same propane distributed through its home heating business.
To date, Proulx has helped outfit medium duty vehicles such as limousines and taxis, police cruisers, school buses, service vans and commercial lawn mowers and propane/diesel injection systems. The PRINS system, often referred to as the bi-fuel system, allows vehicles to run on both standard gasoline as well as propane, and allows drivers to switch between the two fuels while in operation without interruption.
Because of its ability to burn cleaner than regular liquid gasoline, propane fuel for vehicles was certified as an alternative fuel by the federal government in 1992. The conversion can also extend the life of a vehicle's engine. Autogas is gaining market share as a viable alternative fuel domestically and it is used in more than 18 million vehicles worldwide.

2015 Recycler of the Year Loudon Veteran Goes Above and Beyond for Recycling Success

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

By John Brescia

MANCHESTER- Every year, the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) presents one recipient the Recycler of the Year award, in honor of Sami Izzo, a late member who was both known and loved by the organization for her contributions to recycling and waste management. The NRRA is an organization working throughout New England to provide information and assistance in waste reduction and recycling. It also serves to bring organizations and responsible businesses together to achieve each other's green goals.

According to the NRRA, “this award is given to an individual who best combines the qualities of commitment, leadership, and enthusiasm in developing and sustaining an environmentally and financially sound solid waste management program.” On Monday, June 8th, Steve Bennett, manager of the Loudon, N.H transfer station, was honored with the award at the NRRA’s 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Making Sustainability Work at 900 Degrees

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau grew up on what she calls a “gentleman’s farm” in New Ipswich. It was there that she says she learned firsthand about the importance of sustainability and locally-sourced agriculture – long before they became trendy concepts.

“We had five pigs, eight goats, and five lambs, different animals all the time. I learned so much even if I didn’t realize it at the time,” said Lane-Rondeau, the owner of 900 Degrees, the Neopolitan pizzerias in Manchester and Epping. She learned habits about keeping waste to a minimum and practicing conservation as a way of life.

Lane-Rondeau chose to go as green and sustainable as possible when she opened the first 900 Degrees in the Manchester Mill District in 2007. It’s an industry, according to the National Restaurant Association, that sees 60 percent of restaurants fail in the first few years due to small margins and shifting market trends. Choosing a green approach for a new restaurant was a risk but she had no doubt it was the smart route to take.

Sweet Summer Surprise for New Sustaining Members

By Anne | Jul 2, 2015 | in
 
Happy Independence Day! This year, we are celebrating by rewarding new Sustaining Members who join during the month of July with their choice of one of the following gifts from local seacoast events and businesses:
 
  • 4 tickets to The Beach Boys at Hampton Casino 7/10 ($120 value!)
  • 4 tickets to Zappa Plays Zappa at the Hampton Casino 7/23
  • 4 tickets to The Fab Four at the Hampton Casino 7/24
  • 4 tickets to use for any of the Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series shows at the Seacoast Science Center throughout the month of July
  • 4 tickets to ANY show of the Lowell Summer Music Series, Including Lyle Lovett or Melissa Etheridge (up to a $300 value!)
  • 5 tickets to Santa’s village ($150 value!)
  • 2 tickets to Sagamore mini golf AND 2 coupons for Sagamore driving range balls
  • 4 tickets for a cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
  • 2 tickets for a sail with the Gundalow Company
  • Fly Cage from Ecotech Pest Control to keep your yard fly free all summer ($150 value!)
Become a Green Alliance Sustaining member today and simply email Katelyn@greenalliance.biz to let her know which gift you would like to collect. Yes its that easy! A Sustaining Membership is our highest level of individual membership and affords you a lifetime of GA Business Discounts, Green Alliance events and cutting edge environmental information. Sustaining Members never have to renew and are telling us and the world that they believe in the power of a local green economy. What are you waiting for!? Become a Lifetime Member now and choose one of the sweet gifts above!

 

Social Media Guidance With the Green Alliance

By Sam Lane | Jul 1, 2015 | in

We’ve all heard the frustration on how social media integrates (or doesn’t integrate) with small business. It’s an ever changing cycle of new technology and new complex technical issues that most of us don’t have time to understand.

The Green Alliance team has a handle on the Social Media promotion market. Our facebook presence is nearly 4,000 people and our reach is strong.

Are you confused about Google Plus or the new Google "Mobile Optimization" hype?

Here at the Green Alliance, we coach our Business Partners along on Social Media issues – do’s and don’ts, ways to promote and publicize each business, links to stories and ideas, and tools that can be utilized to keep your content fresh. We also have a team of web savvy writers and marketers at our disposal, and great partners and resources in the Alliance like Social Kitchen to help along the way through the dark forest of social media.

HR for Non-HR Professionals, Hosted by Cultural Chemistry

By Katelyn | Jul 1, 2015 | in

Human resources can be a difficult area to grasp, especially for those who are not experts in the field. Small business owners often don’t have the time or knowledge to be faced with the tasks of hiring, managing, and terminating employees; however, human resource companies offer step by step plans and guidance to help businesses better understand the process.

To educate businesses on the current trends and issues, Cultural Chemistry will host a Breakfast & Brain Power event, HR for Non-HR Professionals, on July 15, from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. The discussion will include the ten most common violations found by the New Hampshire Department of Labor, how to manage the new generation in the workplace, and how to attract workers that want to work with great benefits. Cultural Chemistry will have human resources consultants, employment attorneys, and an insurance benefits specialist available to answer any questions guests may have.

Cultural Chemistry takes a unique approach to increase business dynamics and efficiency at a fraction of the cost of a traditional HR business. The sustainable company helps businesses improve their structure with environmentally friendly approaches catered to specific business types and sizes. Offering a variety of workshops and individual business appointments, Cultural Chemistry can help improve everything from a company’s hiring approach to communication within the business community.

Come Work with the Green Alliance...Sort of.

By Craig | Jul 1, 2015 | in

One of our charming downtown Portsmouth offices is for rent - AFFORDABLE!

Located in Portsmouth's historic Franklin Block Building right in picturesque and bustling Market Square, the available office is approx. 250 sq. feet. With a large arched window, the office is often drenched in natural sunlight. The space is perfect for the indpendent business person looking to move their business out of their home and into a professional office setting. Work in the creative and business-focused hub of the seacoast.

The Amenities:

  • Includes use of spacious conference room and common area outfitted for informal meetings with couches, small refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker.
  • Multiple electrical outlets on wall.
  • Entire space and all offices boast extra-tall ceilings and large arched windows.
  • Enjoy dynamic and vibrant Green Alliance collaborative atmosphere when you want it and quiet privacy when you need it (just close your office door)!
  • Room comes unfurnished.

The Cost:

  • ONLY $300 A MONTH all inclusive (internet, utilities).
  • Month-to-month. We just need two (2) months notice if you're leaving.
  • Discount available if you pay six months in advance.