Blog : September 2015

Smuttynose Hosts First Oktoberfest Party on October 10

By Craig | Sep 30, 2015 | in

Zum wohl! (Cheers!)

Oktoberfest, the German holiday which begins mid-September through early October, draws roughly 6 million people to the city of Munich each year, and is celebrated worldwide. Though part of its roots trace back to the marriage celebration of King Ludwig I, Oktoberfest is most commonly known today for its traditional love of beer. Not straying far from this tradition, Smuttynose Brewing Co. will host its first Oktoberfest Party on October 10 from 2 - 7 p.m. at their sustainable brewery in Hampton.

Craft beers on tap will include Smuttlabs' (Smuttynose's experimental arm) traditional Oktoberfest lager as well as the brewing company's Vundebar German pilsner, Finestkind IPA, Pumpkin Ale and the newly released Big Double IPA, with limited-release surprises to be revealed.

Live music will be provided by Boston's synth-dance group, and Converse Rubber Tracks winner, Bearstronaut and opener Superhuman Happiness, the Brooklyn four-piece called "pop perfection, with uplifting male and female vocal harmonies and extended disco beats laced with electronic nuances," by The New Yorker.

Local food will be provided courtesy of Hampton's The Old Salt restaurant, Exeter's Clyde's Cupcakes food truck and Belles on Wheels. Smutty will also host tours, showcasing how they reduce their carbon footprint and conserve energy, of their new brewing facility, and field games like Stein Time and Maas Relay.

Barking Up The Right Tree; Jeff Price of The Natural Dog Brings Sustainability to Pet Sector

By Katelyn | Sep 30, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Sustainability doesn’t immediately come to mind when put in the context of a pet store. But Jeff and Dawn Price, the owners of The Natural Dog, have made it their mission to change that perception.

“We believe that sustainable thinking and practice are good for our customers,” Jeff Price said. Since 2004 when they opened their first store in Newburyport, Mass., the Prices have seen their customer grow steadily as one referral led to another. That led to a second store – named The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat – that opened in 2013 in Portsmouth.

Like location being a key in real estate success, Price said that education has been the driving force behind the growth of customer awareness and demand.

“We think the knowledge we and our staff offer sets our level of customer service apart,” Price explained. “Just because a big pet food company rolls out a commercial that says their product is good doesn’t necessarily make it so. We maintain a high level of scrutiny and that makes us as much of an education center as a store.”

The Prices have proven that offering a wide range of all-natural, organic and responsibly produced pet foods and goods can result in sustainable success. It becomes all the more appreciated when the knowledge they gather from continuous research is shared with customers who are concerned about their pets eating healthier.

Renew the 603

By Katelyn | Sep 29, 2015 | in

Smuttynose Brewing Company, NextGen Climate NH, and the 603 Initiative will host Renew the 603 at Smuttynose on October 1, from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. This evening will highlight renewable efforts around the seacoast and what makes these projects possible. Speakers will discuss topics such as technology, policy, and implementation and offer time for answer questions from attendees. Following the talks there will be a reception & brewery tours showcasing the sustainable measures of LEED certified & repurposed Smuttynose Brewery.

Event speakers will include Patrick Jackson & Bobby Lambert , Co-Founders of SunRaise Investments, Joe Harrison, Director of Clean Energy Finance at CDFA, David Funk, Senior Financial Analyst at Enel Green Power North America, Martin Wosnik , Assoc. Mechanical Engineering Professor at UNH's Center for Ocean Renewable Energy, and Lisa Demaine - Climate Activist, University of New Hampshire, will lead discussions as well. Green Alliance Business Partners Peter Egelston, Founder and Owner of Smuttynose Brewery, and Andrew Kellar, Founder of NH Solar Garden will also discuss sustainability in their businesses.

Top Ten Questions About Healthcare at RiverWoods

By Katelyn | Sep 29, 2015 | in

Join the professionals at RiverWoods for a discussion about some of the most common questions about healthcare at the continuing care retirement community. Speakers will include Mary Flanagan, a nurse practitioner, Christine Hegarty, Director of Social Services, and Cindy Martin, V.P of Health Care. This event serves as an introduction to healthcare at RiverWoods and is open to people who are not currently enrolled in the Futrure Resident Program.

More than 20 years ago, RiverWoods was founded as a Continuing Care Retirement Community by people who wanted to create an active community of adults who cared about each other and the world around them. Today, RiverWoods is nationally accredited, and has three campuses on 200 wooded acres in Exeter.

Residents enter the community when they are 62 or older, and live active, independent lives. If at any time their health changes, they need assisted living or skilled nursing, it is available, for no increase in fee, right within their campus.

Join Us for a Fall Foliage Sunset Sail

By Katelyn | Sep 28, 2015 | in

We invite all existing Green Alliance members to step up their membership and when they do, they'll receive 4 free tickets on our Fall Foliage Sunset Sail, on October 15, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. Do you like the work the Green Alliance does and what we stand for? Show your commitment to the local green economy with a lifetime membership and help us work with more local businesses and expand to more surrounding communities.

Not yet a member of the Green Alliance? No problem. Become a new Sustaining Member and you too will get 4 free tickets aboard the sail with the Gundalow Company

The Business of Politics and Climate Change

By Katelyn | Sep 23, 2015 | in

Written by Peter Egelston, Presdent of Smuttynose Brewing Company, including Smuttynose Brewery, Hayseed Restaurant, and the Portsmouth Brewery. Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald Tuesday, September 22, 2015.

Aside from our mutual appreciation for good beer, Kelley Ayotte and I have something else in common: the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) in New Hampshire appeals to both of us.

RGGI appeals to Senator Ayotte because it is a market-based approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions in nine northeastern states, and because RGGI was approved and established in New Hampshire by a bi-partisan state legislature. I like RGGI for those same reasons, and also because the program offers incentives to encourage businesses like mine to opt for conservation and cutting-edge energy efficient technologies when making plans for expansion or new construction. These incentives help make those choices economically viable in the short term, so all of us can benefit in the long term.

Having just returned from meeting with several US Senators and their staffs in support of the EPA’s Clean Power Plan, I want to reflect on my recent Washington, D.C. visit. I met with Senator (Jeanne) Shaheen and several of her colleagues on the Senate Climate Change Task Force. One senator said in the introductions that we were at the "scene of the crime" — that is, we were sitting in the hearing room in which the senate majority will likely vote to reject the Clean Power Plan before the end of the year.

Chloe's Bootcamp at Integrated Fitness of Dover

By Katelyn | Sep 23, 2015 | in

Bathing suit season is over, but don't let all your hard work this summer disappear. Chloe's Bootcamp at Integrated Fitness of Dover starts on September 30 and is the perfect way to keep your summer body into winter. The weekly fitness classes are designed for all levels and the workouts are effective for those new to fitness or seasoned gym veterans. The program aims to tone the entire body and helps eliminate body fat. 

Participants can choose from classes on Wednesdays at 6:00 p.m. or Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. for 12 weeks, or can sign up for both classes for the full 12 weeks. 

Driving to work each day, it is hard not to notice the countless gyms that keep popping up in each town. While large, corporate fitness facilities offer cheap monthly memberships, there is no personal connection and very little focus on customer service. However, Integrated Fitness of Dover was launched in 2010 with exactly that in mind. The team of personal trainers helps clients live a more sustainable lifestyle by working with them one-on-one and in a group setting to lose weight, build muscle, and eat healthier for a more balanced lifestyle.

Climate Reality Project "Know Tomorrow" Event at UNH

By Anne | Sep 23, 2015 | in
The Climate Reality Project is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to shifting awareness of climate change into urgent action in order to accelerate the global shift to clean energy and a healthier planet. The organization’s ultimate goal is to attain net zero carbon emissions worldwide through culturally shifting from fossil fuel use to chiefly clean renewables. A brainchild of Nobel Laureate, former U.S. VP, and environmental advocate behind the Academy Award winning film “An Inconvenient Truth”, Al Gore, this organization seeks to create both awareness and a call to action.

Drive in Style this Fall Thanks to NHPTV

By Katelyn | Sep 23, 2015 | in

New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) is once again hosting their annual car raffle to support the station’s programming. The NHPTV Car Raffle will continue until October 20, 2015, and the winners will be selected in a random drawing on October 21, 2015. The grand prize winner will receive $25,000 towards a new vehicle from Grappone Auto Group!

Taste of the Seacoast has donated a $1,000 dining out package to the first prize winner, the second prize winner will receive a Weber Genesis Gas Grill from Rocky’s Ace Hardware, and third place will win a Cannondale 2016 Quick 6 bike from Philbrick’s Sports. Early Bird ticket purchasers from September 15 - October 6 are also entered to win a $1,000 VISA gift card donated by Kennebunk Savings.

The NHPTV Car Raffle, and fundraisers and auctions throughout the year, supports their community and education initiatives and keeps the programs you love on NHPTV.

The station is New Hampshire’s only statewide, locally owned television network and remains committed to commercial free programming that engages minds, connects communities, and celebrates the region in a way that entertains as well as educates. NHPTV provides educational programming, PBS staples, locally focused programs like Windows to the Wild and Granite State Challenge, and the technology for a high-tech public safety communications infrastructure. It offers enriching on-air and online media to 98% of Granite State residents and nearly a million viewers every month.

NextGen Climate Presents "Local Everything" at Throwback Brewery

By Anne | Sep 22, 2015 | in
A core philosophical pillar behind the Green Alliance is that buying locally is ultimately more sustainable for the economy, environment and community. Spending hard earned wages and salaries locally, patronizing small businesses and most influentially, small farms, makes a huge impact on reducing environmental footprint. According to GRACE Communications Foundation, “conventional food is estimated to travel typically between 1,500 and 3,000 miles to reach the consumer”. Buying food locally, dramatically reduces fossil fuel use in transport – a chief perpetrator of climate change. 
In light of the direct impact of daily consumer food choices on climate change, our friends at NextGen Climate cordially invite the greater community to attend their “Local Everything” event at Throwback Brewery on October 11th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  This event will explore the relationship between climate change, local food production, and sustainability, and will culminate in an exciting and engaging panel discussion on the topic at hand. The panel will be comprised of local experts on farming, business, policy, and education focusing on how climate change and our agriculture system are inherently connected, and what we, as consumers and voters, can do to alleviate the impacts agriculture has on climate and vice versa. This panel will include special guest Lorraine S. Merrill, Commissioner of the NH Dept. of Agriculture.
In addition to being a hub for the green community and collaborative sustainability discussion, there will also be beer specials sponsored by NextGen, and provided by Throwback Brewery (local) ! Time has also been allotted both before and after the discussion for tabling and networking. It will be an outdoor event, rain or shine, with a large tent in case of the former.

Art of Reuse to Benefit the Post-Landfill Action Network

By Katelyn | Sep 22, 2015 | in

Join the Post-Landfill Action Network for an evening benefit of art, hors d'oeuvres, and community as they celebrate reuse. The Art of Reuse will feature local and nationally recognized artists who incorporate found objects, recycled materials, or messages about consumption and waste into their work.

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is a New Hampshire-based nonprofit working with student leaders across the country to build a world where landfills and incinerators are obsolete. The organization was founded by the creators of the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which helps students combat waste on their college campuses.

In 2011, University of New Hampshire students created Trash 2 Treasure after noticing mounds of perfectly useable items from spring move out, only to see them reappear when students moved back in that fall.

To end the cycle of waste, they collected items discarded by students in the spring, cleaned and organized those items over the summer, and sold them to students moving back to campus in the fall.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: The Gundalow Company

By Craig | Sep 22, 2015 | in

Who: One of the draws to the city of Portsmouth is its embrace and exhibition of local history. The Gundalow Company, located near Strawbery Banke, offers a unique living history experience along the Piscataqua River. Gundalows, unique to the area, were once the primary mode of transportation for importing and exporting goods up the river to locations like Dover and Exeter.

Their uncommon design allowed gundalows to navigate the Great Bay estuary’s shallow waters. With the invention and rise in popularity of the locomotive, gundalows vanished from Portsmouth’s trade industry in the early 1900s. In 1982, the Piscataqua Gundalow Project built a replica gundalow, dubbed Capt. Edward H. Adams after the last gundalow captain to sail during its heyday, and an environmental steward, using traditional methods to educate residents and visitors about the Great Bay Estuary’s fragile ecosystem. The Gundalow Company formed in 2002 using the replica vessel to continue and expand those educational programs.

Today, the Gundalow Company offers 300 sails for up to 46 passengers on board its newest vessel, the Piscataqua, including students, visitors and residents. Tours include discussions on the history of the gundalow, its service to the trade industry that helped grow the Seacoast’s early economy, and how visitors can ensure the environmental longevity of the area through education and service. The Gundalow Company is an advocate for greener practices supporting initiatives from the New Hampshire chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and other local nonprofit organizations.

Making Sure Your Investments Match Your Values

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

As we all know, busy mom’s do everything, including keeping a pulse on household finances and retirement savings. There is a growing interest in the consumer community around the social responsibility of investment portfolios, in particular, the company selections that comprise various mutual funds. Individuals want to be sure their family’s nest egg is not unwittingly investing money into companies whose products and services diverge from their own personal values.

Enter the concept of impact investing, investments made into companies with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact along with an overall financial return. There are now ways for your investments to follow family values and still be financially competitive, following a strategy that seeks to maximize both financial return and social good.

According to the most recent trends report by The Forum on Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF), the total U.S. assets under management using SRI strategies dramatically increased by 76 percent from 2012 to 2014. Overall, those SRI-strategy assets rose from $3.74 trillion at the beginning of 2012 to $6.57 trillion at the start of 2014.

The explosive growth of socially and responsibly targeted investing does not surprise Mike Smith, the Newmarket, New Hampshire based representative for the Progressive Asset Management Group (PAM Group), the first independent brokerage firm to specialize in socially responsible investing. The PAM Group is committed to serving as a socially responsible business, offering diverse investment options all with some aspect of social or environmental concern.

Making New Hampshire Beautiful Through Classroom Education and Outreach

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

School is back in session, but students aren’t the only ones returning to the classroom this fall. New Hampshire the Beautiful and the Northeast Resource Recovery Association are also heading back to schools across the state to teach students the importance of recycling and to implement lasting programs.

Through the School Recycling Club (the CLUB), both New Hampshire the Beautiful and the Northeast Resource Recovery Association work with students and educators to start and maintain new recycling programs or help improve existing programs to reduce waste and save energy in schools.

“What we really like about the program is that it’s an ongoing education that trains future generations to be more conscious of the environment and their actions,” said John Dumais, President and CEO of the N.H. Grocers Association and long-time member of New Hampshire the Beautiful's Board of Directors.

New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) is a non-profit organization supported by members of the NH Soft Drink Association, the Beverage Distributors of New Hampshire Association and the New Hampshire Grocers Association. The collaboration between food and beverage companies has led to an array of programs to address litter and recycling issues and improve environmental awareness and education.

Cleaner Beaches Thanks to Blue Ocean Society

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

On Saturday, September 19, volunteers from across the seacoast hit the beach with Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation for the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup.

Blue Ocean Society is a non-profit organization, based in Portsmouth, working to protect marine animals in the Gulf of Maine through research, conservation, and education to both adults and students. Blue Ocean Society organizes the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup now in its 30th year.

This year’s cleanup was conducted at sites along the New Hampshire coastline, where volunteers collected trash which as recorded and the data used to implement city and state projects to reduce waste on New Hampshire beaches. 

As part of the NH Coastal Cleanup, Blue Ocean Society also held a school cleanup on Septmeber 18 for students to participate in the 30th Annual International Day of Cleanup. Students from Portsmouth, Nottingham, and Milton gathered on Rye and Hampston beaches to help beautify the New Hampshire coast. Fifth and sixth graders from Nottingham picked up 35 pounds of debris, including 12,130 cigarette butts from Hampton Beach. On the second day, employees from Waste Management and volunteers cleaned North Hampton State Park and removed 25 pounds of debris. 

Last year the event was successful with more than 1,120 volunteers cleaning 26 miles of New Hampshire’s coastlines and waterways. Volunteers collected 2,207 pounds of trash and the most common item collected was cigarette butts, of which more than 25,000 were collected.