Blog : September 2015

Strike Out Hunger with 900 Degrees

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria and Stoli Vodka have partnered for the month of September to raise money and awareness for the New Hampshire Food Bank. This month, 900 Degrees and Stoli Vodka will each donate $1 to the NH Food Bank for every Salted Karamel Martini sold.

September is Hunger Action Month and the Feeding America nationwide network has united to urge businesses and individuals to support their local food bank, and therefore their local community. The New Hampshire Food Bank needs your support to help families across New England who have come across hard times and are not about to provide enough nutritious food for their family.

To support Hunger Action Month, 900 Degrees will also host a Raising Dough event where a portion of sales on September 21, from 5:00 - 9:00 will go to the NH Food Bank. Individuals can support the organization when they dine in at the Manchester or Epping location and mention to their server that they are there to Raise Some Dough!

Lace Up Your Sneakers to Support the Great Bay Stewards

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

Get outdoors and enjoy all that fall in New England has to offer at the Great Bay 5K! The Great Bay 5K is a popular race in the seacoast area and boasts a fast pace, mostly downhill course. This race serves as an annual fundraiser for the Great Bay Stewards to support their research and education programs.

Registration is only $25 until October 21, and not only includes one race, but a race within the race, costume contest, and post-race treats and massages. Click here to register today and get a free shirt if you register before September 24!

This year, the Green Alliance is sponsoring a prize for a lucky runner of the Great Bay 5K. While the fastest runners are usually the ones to take home the trophy, we want to thank everyone for running and raising money to support the Great Bay Stewards; therefore, the GA environmental gift basket will go to a randomly drawn runner in the bottom tier of overall finishers.

CCNNE and NHtB at the Hollis Old Home Days

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

This past weekend, Hollis residents and visitors from across the state headed to Nichols Field for the biggest town event of the year- Old Home Days. Guests enjoyed great food like the chicken barbeque and apple pie contest, rides, games, a silent auction, and a spectacular fireworks display.

The field was filled with something for everyone including craft vendors, demonstrations, and educational displays, like that of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) and New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB).

NHtB is a nonprofit founded in 1983, working to combat litter issues, recycling challenges, environmental awareness, and education. NHtB offers municipal recycling grants and signs, anti-litter programs, and technical assistance to any New Hampshire community that applies for funding. This includes funds to purchase curbside collection bins, balers, crushers, roll-off containers and other equipment that will help a community achieve higher diversion rates.The organization is comprised of New Hampshire food and beverage companies including CCNNE, Hannaford Supermarket, and the NH Grocers Association.

See yourself working for the Green Alliance!

By Rich | Sep 17, 2015 | in


Check out our two openings (Director of Media and Senior Editor) as well as partner positions on our Green Jobs Board.

The Blue Ocean Society to Host Beach Clean-Ups Throughout the Seacoast

By Katelyn | Sep 16, 2015 | in

Fall is approaching quickly, but there’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and hit the beach. On Saturday, September 19, join Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and volunteers from across the seacoast 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 education, research, and conservation 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 will be conducted at approximately 25 sites along the New Hampshire coastline, and volunteers are needed to assist from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the cleanup, each piece of trash collected is recorded, and the data is used to implement city and state projects to reduce waste on New Hampshire beaches.

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. Jen Kennedy, Director of Blue Ocean Society said she is hoping for a larger volunteer turn out to make this year the most successful New Hampshire cleanup yet.

Harvest Moon Gala to Benefit Rett's Roost

By Katelyn | Sep 15, 2015 | in

Join the Green Alliance at the Harvest Moon Gala to benefit our newest Business partner Rett's Roost, a non-profit sanctuary for families with children battling cancer.

Attendees will enjoy a four-course meal rife with local fare, including beer from Smuttynose and Great Rhythm Brewing Cos., wine from Andrew Bevan Wines and meat from Kittery-based Maine Meat (MEat). Additionally, Rett’s Roost will be auctioning off a slew of items—a list that includes everything from locally made goods and services to an all-inclusive African Safari—to help raise money for future retreats and programming.

Durham Celebrates National Drive Electric Week with New Charging Station

By Anne | Sep 15, 2015 | in
The town of Durham Energy Committee has been actively working to reduce energy use across the town, directly in municipal operations and indirectly through facilitating sustainable and efficient personal decisions for citizens. As a function of these efforts, and with the financial support of the NH Department of Environmental Services, the University of New Hampshire and the Durham Town Council, the Energy Committee is please to announce the installation of two dedicated Level 2 EV charging parking spots in the Pettee Brook Municipal Lot, Pettee Brook Lane, Durham, NH 03824. 
The installation and opening of the charging station comes just in time for National Drive Electric week. In 2011, National Plug-In started to celebrate, encourage and raise awareness for electric vehicle use. Since this first one-day celebration, the movement has expanded to an entire week-long campaign taking place in over 100 cities nationwide; National Drive Electric Week. The charging station will be available for public use after the ribbon cutting ceremony this Saturday at 1 p.m.. Although there is already an electric car charging station in Durham at the public library, it is only available to library patrons. Gas powered vehicles are one of the largest sources of emissions and fossil fuel consumption that consumers have direct control over. The Energy Committee hopes that in making charging stations more available, they can encourage the widespread use of more efficient vehicles.

Sail Down the Piscataqua with the GA on Our Fall Foliage Sunset Sail

By Katelyn | Sep 15, 2015 | in

On October 15 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., sail the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor with the Gundalow Company and Green Alliance. Join the Green Alliance as a new Sustaining Member and get four free tickets aboard the Fall Foliage Sunset Sail!

A Sustaining Membership is a lifetime individual membership and gets you unlimited 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.

Since the Green Alliance’s creation in 2009, Sustaining Members have provided unwavering support to the mission to grow the local, green economy. This sail will not only provide views of Portsmouth amidst watercolor-foliage, but a picturesque sunset and great networking with those who are equally as committed to the conservation of the local environment and economy.

For this exclusive event, the GA has partnered with the Gundalow Company of Portsmouth. The GA Foliage Sail is an excellent opportunity to enjoy autumn on a genuine replica of a gundalow, a historic vessel used to navigate the New Hampshire coastline. Complementary appetizers and beers will be served, and guests will enjoy live music aboard the boat.

Join today as a Sustaining Member and email to save your tickets.

NH CleanTech Council to Sponsor Tour and Tasting at Redhook Brewery

By Katelyn | Sep 14, 2015 | in

Join the New Hampshire CleanTech Council for a New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) event at Redhook Brewery on the evening of Thursday, October 1st. Guests will enjoy a tour of the new cogen facility at Redhook and a tasting in their event room.

The New Hampshire CleanTech Council represents the State’s clean technology and energy business sector and focuses on the economic benefits that can come from vibrant clean industries. Their goal is to promote a more innovative and clean energy policy, attract new investment, and provide opportunity for growth in New Hampshire.

NH CleanTech Council will sponsor this event for NEWIEE, a group comprised of women across the public and private sectors, and from various age groups, who work to promote public interest in the energy and environmental sectors.

Attendees will receive a tour of Redhook Brewery, which is well known for its sustainability initiatives. While the Portsmouth-based craft brewery might be known for their famous line of bold and flavorful brews, their growing list of green initiatives and policies are going a long way in setting Redhook even further apart from the competition.

NH Clean Power Plan Roundtable

By Katelyn | Sep 14, 2015 | in

On Wednesday, September 23, join members of the NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, Environmental Business Council of New England, and the NH Clean Tech Council for presentations and discussions with EPA Region I to learn more about the Clean Power Plan and the economic opportunities it presents.

The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) recently released the Clean Power Plan, designed to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants 32 percent by 2030. Each state has considerable flexibility to meet this goal; in New Hampshire this incudes developing additional renewable energy capacity and increasing efficiency.

What does the Clean Power Plan it mean for New Hampshire?
How do existing state policies relate to the Clean Power Plan?
Should resilience to our shifting weather patterns be part of the discussion?

The discussion will provide opportunities to share information about the Clean Power Plan and to reflect upon the New Hampshire Weathering Change report, generated from comments concerns and ideas of more than 100 business leaders who met in Concord last fall.

Presenters will include Lisa Grogan-McCulloch of the EPA Region I Energy and Climate Unit, Steve Duprey, Host Committee, New HampshireWeathering Change, and Jack Kenworthy, CEO of Eolian Renewable Energy.

Meet A Green Business: Smuttynose Brewing Company

By Katelyn | Sep 14, 2015 | in

Who: Smuttynose Brewing Company

What: Smuttynose Brewing Company’s roots are firmly planted in the Seacoast, shipping the first kegs of Shoals Pale Ale in 1994 from a small warehouse in Portsmouth. 14 years later, Peter Egelston and partner Joanne Francis purchased the 17-acre Towle Farm in Hampton to be build a brand-new, larger, sustainable brewing facility and company headquarters. The new Smuttynose facility, which is currently in review for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification with the US Green Building Council, opened Memorial Day weekend, 2014.

Its design is aimed to reduce Smuttynose’s demand for electricity, water and natural gas while minimizing effluent and site impacts. The most-significant energy-saving feature is a tested, verified and overly insulated tight building envelope that maintains a consistent internal environment, reducing heating and cooling needs. Large banks of windows and solar tubes capture substantial amounts of natural light while other lighting needs are met by on-demand LEDs. The facility includes an ambient vaporizer for its CO2 system that captures waste cooling for the warehouse, while reducing the need for electrical heat found in conventional vaporizers.

Don't Call it a Comeback! Smuttynose's Big A Double IPA Joins Full-Time Line Up

By Craig | Sep 11, 2015 | in

Smuttynose Brewing Co. in Hampton has long been known locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for producing award-winning craft beers. Many of there favorite selections are part of a limited release series. But now the Big A Double IPA, one of those limited releases, joins the ranks of Smuttynose's full-time line up as a 4-pack.

After a year long hiatus from production, Big A Double IPA will join Smutty's Big Beer Series graduates, Baltic Porter and Really Old Brown Dog. It will also be available in kegs. This time around, Big A is a little bit different than before. The brew is now lower in alcohol, by about 1.25 percent to a target of about 8.5 percent. This will make the beer more drinkable for some. There have also been changes to the dry hopping schedule and hop blend, which is now a blend of Falconer’s Flight, Bravo, Saphir and Citra (a popular variety amongst brewers and drinkers).

Big A debuted in 2002 and was quickly recognized in a New York Times IPA tasting as one of the best IPAs in the country. It has since been recognized by Men’s Journal magazine and by the judges at the 2010 Great British Beer Festival where it won the Michael Jackson Award for “Best American Beer.”

Free tickets for "Carnaval del Mundo" for New GFC Members

By Anne | Sep 10, 2015 | in
All new members who Green Families Club this week can collect up to six FREE tickets to the Buttersworth Marionettes matinee show, “Carnaval del Mundo”, at the Seacoast Repertory Theatre on Sunday September 20th. 
Joining the Green Families Club is an excellent value by itself. Members receive exclusive discounts at all of our Green Alliance Business Partner’s goods and services. Check out our Business Partner pages to see the specific member deals and dollar amounts. Green Families Club members also receive special admittance to all Green Alliance events throughout the year-a great opportunity to meet and greet other likeminded Seacoast families.
Join today and collect up to six free tickets to the Butterworth Marionettes show! Enjoy a special matinee performance of this world-traveled show featuring a spectrum of highly intricate and animated marionettes manipulated by master celebrated puppeteer, Dan Butterworth. Even the stage becomes a puppet in this stimulating multifaceted show. This is a great way to get the family out of the house, experiencing a unique and quality form of entertainment. With up to free six tickets from your friends at the Green Alliance, you can afford to bring the whole gang (think cousins and grandkids). The show starts at 2 p. m., but there’s also a special workshop
for children interested in marionettes at 10 a.m the same day

See Jose Lezcano at the Seacoast Rep on the Green Alliance

By Katelyn | Sep 10, 2015 | in

Jose Lezcano, two time Grammy nominee, guitarist, composer, and professor of Music at Keene State College will take the stage in Portsmouth on Wednesday, September 16.

Join the Green Alliance and receive two FREE tickets ($25 value each) to see Jose Lezcano perform at the Seacoast Repertory Theater!

Jose Lezcano will come to Portsmouth thanks to Cuzin Richard Entertainment and the Seacoast Repertory Theater! The Rep is committed to the culture and arts of the seacoast and brings live shows, programs, and musicians to the area throughout the year.

Lezcano presents a variety of musical styles: Flamenco-inspired pieces by Spanish nationalist composers, European parlor waltzes from Venezuela, Afro-Cuban popular dances, Haitian Creole Dances, and Afro-brazilian samba-pagode. He plays original Latin-flavored compositions, and has composed four concertos for guitar, both solo and in duo combinations with orchestra accompaniment. He has showcased his works with professional orchestras in New York City, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and New Hampshire.

Back to School Coastal Cleanup for Students

By Katelyn | Sep 9, 2015 | in

It may be approaching September, but some New Hampshire students are still heading for the beach. Students from all over the state will gather at Hampton Beach, Rye Harbor State Park, Wallis Sands State Park, and North Beach in Hampton on September 18th to participate in the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup.

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation coordinated the cleanup and is still seeking schools to participate. Students will pick up trash on the beach and record their findings on data cards for further study by Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and the Ocean Conservancy as part of their efforts to learn more about marine pollution, both locally and internationally.

This is no ordinary day at the beach. Before heading out to the cleanup, students will learn about the environmental problems related to marine debris, including the dangers to marine mammals, fish, and birds from entanglement or ingestion. Through their participation in the cleanup, students will have a hands-on experience with scientific data collection. Their tally sheets will contribute important data to ongoing research concerning the worldwide sources of marine debris. Ultimately, the trash that these students collect will help us to learn how we can prevent more from showing up in its place.