Blog : Green Initiatives

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 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.

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.

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.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Social Kitchen

By Katelyn | Sep 8, 2015 | in

When Steve and Cary Bowman launched Social Kitchen in 2010, their goal was to leverage various social media platforms in a way that helped businesses connect with their clients and customers. The Bowmans dove into the ever-changing social media landscape headfirst, learning effective and creative strategies along the way, eventually becoming some of the top professionals in the field.

From the start, the business was committed to helping businesses grow by using technology platforms that could have the largest impact on sales and the smallest impact on the environment. As the company helps businesses more effectively use technology, so it reduces their reliance on higher footprint marketing like print media.

Five years later, Social Kitchen whole-heartedly understands that for the small business owner, running social media campaigns and strategy can be confusing, but it is crucial for growth. Having grown up with parents who were small business owners themselves, the Bowmans remain committed to the idea that their service must suit the needs of small business owners first and foremost. In any home the kitchen is the hub of conversation.

As social media shapes and informs those conversations, Social Kitchen ensures that everyone at the table has a voice. Using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, Social Kitchen helps their clients set-up accounts, present an up-to-date online presence, plan postings that work, and review metrics for improvement.

New England Insurance Businesses Staying Green

By Katelyn | Sep 2, 2015 | in

By John Brescia

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance (PAI) is an independent insurance agency operating throughout most of New England, and serves 2,000 clients in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. PAI offers localized experience with options to suit their client’s specific needs, such as life, auto, health, and home and renter’s insurance, as well as financial services. The company recently celebrated its 10th anniversary this past June.

PAI not only covers costs, but also sustainability. As an insurance agency, PAI acts as an intermediary by purchasing policies from larger insurance companies, for their clients. While some believe they would spend less money by forgoing the insurance agency and buying the policy directly from the company, most save through working with PAI. This is because PAI gains the majority of their clients through word-of-mouth referrals, so their costs for customer acquisition are very low. However, their efforts to be green are very high

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance utilizes a paperless agency management system, uses 100% recycled paper products and biodegradable plastic bags, and recycles all printer and toner cartridges. The business also digitizes all documents as PDFs, and uses 7th Generation products, which are environmentally-safe cleaning products. On Earth Day, PAI employees are given the day off to instead work for an environmental concern of their choice. In the future, PAI plans to incorporate soy-based inks, Energy Star office equipment, and chlorine-free paper.

But PAI is not limited by their own sustainable responsibility; they have chosen to work with insurance companies who also incorporate environmentally-conscious practices. And that is why PAI partners with Hanover Insurance, a business that is taking its own strides to stay green.

Green Collar Careers: Green Alliance Director, Sarah Brown

By Katelyn | Sep 1, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

Efforts to become a more green and sustainable culture proliferate the news these days, but often that information is lost amongst the headlines. Though political coverage of climate change and rampant ecological disasters make the front page, seldom were stories about companies incorporating greener business practices given top-billing. Sarah Brown noticed this lack of attention in the media and decided that it had to change if communities were going to become more sustainable. In response, Brown established the Green Alliance, an environmentally-conscious business union, that raises the awareness of sustainably-minded businesses and helps connect them with green-minded consumers.

“We decided from day one that we wanted an outlet for people, whether they were business owners or consumers, to put their money where their values were,” Brown said. “And we wanted people to realize that going green didn’t have to mean going broke; that going green could actually save you a little of it too and for businesses it could increase their profits.”

Brown, who has worked for CNN, at the New York bureau, NBC, as a Moscow bureau assignment desk editor, and for Associated Press TV, as a Moscow bureau producer, started The Green Alliance in the living room of her Kittery, Maine, home in 2009. When it started, The Green Alliance had two Business Partners, Simply Green Biofuels and Purely Organic Lawn Care. Now, the Green Alliance, headquartered in Portsmouth's historic Franklin Block Building, boasts upward of 100 Business Partners and nearly 4,000s individual community members.

CCNNE: Small Changes, Big Sustainable Results

By Craig | Sep 1, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Ray Dube of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England likes to call sustainability innovations “no-brainers,” because one never knows how even a small act can evolve into something special.

But Dube knows. As the sustainability manager at Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CNNE), he’s seen it happen many times and never takes it for granted. CCNNE is known throughout the region and in the industry for the depth and breadth of its sustainability initiatives including recycling, energy efficiency and better resource management.

The widespread sustainability measures at CCNNE’s state-of-the-art bottling plant in Londonderry, its 10 distribution centers (in New England and upstate New York), and its fleet of more than 500 vehicles have added up.

But sometimes it’s the little things that give one pause. During an educational event at a Vermont middle school, Dube, who’d logged over100 similar presentations in 2014, discussed the value of the half-dozen syrup barrels he brought with him.

Highland Hardwoods and Seacoast Energy Team Up for Unique Solar Project

By Craig | Sep 1, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

When Rick and Wendy Lang of Highland Hardwoods saw their new solar systems go on line at their facility, they watched with a feeling of accomplishment, checking off another sustainable goal for their company.

“We have always appreciated nature’s wonderful resources and tried to be environmentally responsible business owners,” said Rick Lang about the specialized lumber supply company he started in 1986 on Route 125 in Brentwood. “Going solar reinforces our commitment to manage our natural resources, not only for ourselves but for future generations as well.”

Seven months in the making, Anne Holliday, the lumberyard’s CFO of 20 years, working with Highland Hardwoods to expand its sustainability, first conceived the installation project. After researching state grants, rebates, and looking for local solar installers, Holliday chose Jack Bingham of Seacoast Energy in Barrington for the project.

Bingham installed solar panels on the Highland’s two roofs covering large lumber storage areas in April. Bingham and his crew finished installing the last of the 550 panels a few months later.

It was important to Holliday to reduce the company’s dependence on fossil fuels.

“Fossil fuel is running out,” said Holliday, “and we sell a product that must be sustainably harvested. Any way you look at it, green is important.”

No More Biting Flies Thanks to the Fly Cage

By Katelyn | Aug 26, 2015 | in

With the end of summer nearing, many seacoast residents find themselves stuck between wishing the season lasts forever and excitement that pesky bugs will begin dwindling away until next year. One local who is no longer worried about biting flies in his yard is Charles Forcey.

As Chair of the Durham Energy Committee, Forcey is at the forefront of energy and environmental issues in town. He is also the newest Sustaining Member of the Green Alliance and celebrated joining as a lifetime member by choosing a free Fly Cage from Ecotech Pest Control as his new member gift!

Tom Pray, owner of Ecotech, invented the Fly Cage, which mimics the appearance of a four-legged animal and is 100% environmentally-friendly. It is a buoy-like visual trap for biting flies such as green heads, deer flies, and horse flies and draws the flies in, capturing them in a way similar to lobster traps.

Completely collapsible, owners can hand-wash the canvas and mesh netting when storing it for the winter season and the Fly Cage is made of materials that are 100 percent recyclable, from the metal legs to the canvas and mesh.

Meet a Greet Alliance Business: Taste of the Seacoast Magazine

By Craig | Aug 24, 2015 | in

What: Since successfully launching Taste of the Seacoast magazine in 2003, publisher Keith Lemerise has watched the publication grow from a once-a-year local menu guide found in hotels into a sophisticated bi-annual magazine with feature-length articles, extensive recipes, cooking tips and reviews. Taste of the Seacoast is now the region’s go-to resource for diners, wine and craft beer enthusiasts, and foodies. Anchored by editors Lisë Stern and Jo Donoghue DeCenzo, it was important to Lemerise that the publication be committed to environmental stewardship and offset its carbon footprint. To achieve this, he uses Cummings Printing – a local, Forest Stewardship Council printer – to print each issue on recycled, post-consumer paper.

The magazine is also printed with eco-friendly soy-based ink, which degrades more completely than petroleum-based ink and is easier to remove during the process of paper recycling. In addition to its food and restaurant coverage, the magazine features green-related stories from across the industry. These stories cover restaurants and restaurateurs who have taken strides to ensure their business runs sustainably, from energy-efficient kitchen equipment, to on-site composting, recycling and working with local farmers. Taste of the Seacoast also advertises with local, sustainable restaurants, breweries, farms and food suppliers to get its readers to think differently about their dining options.

Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market to Host Families Celebration on Sunday

By Craig | Aug 20, 2015 | in

By Katelyn Monroe

The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market come together to host a Green Families Celebration and Market, and a Green Beer Social afterwards on Sunday, August 23. The Green Families Fest and Market from 10 a.m. -2 p.m.will be a day of fun featuring the traditional farmers’ market vendors and new family friendly vendors and activities from the Green Alliance and surrounding community. Discover the sustainable, eco-friendly community that has become Green Families.

This year, the Kittery Community Market added new venders and sponsors. 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.

The event is focused on bringing together the local community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, face painting, a scavenger hunt, games and prizes for the kids. As its own weekly summer event, the Kittery Community Market is held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Kittery at Post Office Square featuring local produce, foods, and crafts. On August 23 the market will expand with the addition of sustainable vendors from the Green Alliance, along with a post celebration meet-up at nearby Tributary Brewing Company. The Green Alliance Beer Social will be held from 1:30 to 3:30 directly after the market and all green minded citizens are welcome.

“We wanted to hold a summer event that appealed to both children and adults,” said Rich Collins GA Assistant Director. “The market and family fest should have something for everyone both young and old, especially those who care about sustainability and supporting the local green economy. We’ve added the GA Beer Social directly after the market for the adults to enjoy some locally brewed beer in the company of other like-minded residents. Families can come to the market and then hit the Beer Social afterwards or for those who just want to network with green business owners they can come straight to the social and skip the market. We expect many of our green-certified GA business owners and GA members to be in attendance at the beer social so it should present excellent summer connecting.”

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created with the goal to inspire younger generations to care about sustainability and value the environment. Its formation was a natural response of research and trends found by the Green Alliance about 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; people who had a very real vested interest in safer, greener, more local products and services,” said Sarah Brown, Director and Founder of the Green Alliance.

Green Homes Built on a Budget

By Katelyn | Aug 12, 2015 | in

By Josh Rosenson

GREENLAND - Little Green Homes is heading up construction of an all-electric house in Kittery, Maine for partners Ann Grinnell and Marge Pelletier. It is the fourth home Grinnell has had built, and it’s being done on a modest budget of $300,000 to $350,000. When complete, the sustainable project will be Grinnell and Pelletier’s retirement home.

Chris Redmond and his business partner, Jeff Stacy, started Little Green Homes, located in Greenland, in 2007. Redmond says that since the beginning each house his team builds is unique and budgets vary, so wise choices are key. For Grinnell and Pelletier, Redmond said the goal is a durable house for retirement, with low utility costs and great energy efficiency.

“You always have to make decisions on, what are the important things for this house,” Redmond said. “[What] they spent money on were really all the things that are going to help in that respect.”

Redmond said the two spent a little extra on a 30 panel, 8.4 kilowatt solar electric system, essentially creating a self-sustaining energy source on the roof of the Kittery Foreside home. Spending on solar drives the design process, and resulted in the house not being parallel with the street, but instead is rotated about 15 degrees so that the rear roof (with panels) faces as close to due south as possible. Grinnell said she’s done with oil and propane, and this house is being built with that in mind.

Dover Cultivates Good (Green) Health

By Craig | Aug 5, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

It’s easy being green, and being healthy, in Dover, New Hampshire. About a dozen fitness companies are members of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce; several restaurants in the city serve local, seasonal, organic fare; and wholesome events are commonplace, from road races and farmers’ markets to Apple Harvest Day.

But the city of Dover also appreciates its green spaces and the active lifestyles of its residents.

“Dover has a lot of open park space, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor hockey arena, and other recreational activities for children and adults,” said Katie MacKinnon, Membership and Business Resource Manager for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, The Dover Community Trail and Cocheco River Walk encourage outdoor fun, and is making Dover more walkable through signs showing the distance from that point to the next landmark.

“The majority of our clients are from Dover, and we’ve found that the Dover community is very health-conscious, with a big demand for what we’re doing,” said Jon Arnold, owner and CEO of Integrated Fitness of Dover LLC.

Arnold and his team of trainers work with clients to help them lose weight, build muscle, eat healthier and meet personal goals for a more balanced lifestyle.

“We welcome all fitness levels, from body builders to those who need to lose 200 pounds,” said Arnold. “We also address the emotional and mental aspects of weight loss; we get involved in a way other gyms can’t, or won’t—for example, a trainer will go to a grocery store with a family to help them shop, and then will go to their home to discuss exercise and lifestyle.”

Green Collar Careers: Eolian Renewable Energy Chief Executive Officer, Jack Kenworthy

By Craig | Aug 3, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

Wind is a vast, natural, and renewable energy. Despite being used as a power source for centuries, it wasn't until 1888 that Charles Brush first harnessed its potential to create electricity.

Eolian Renewable Energy, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, carries on Brush's work on a much larger scale. Brush's first wind turbine powered one home. Eolian's current project in Antrim, New Hampshire, will power about 12,500 average New Hampshire homes when completed.

The Antrim Wind Project is a venture that Jack Kenworthy, CEO of Eolian Renewable Energy is incredibly proud of. Not just because of the clean, renewable energy that it will create for the state of New Hampshire, but also for the many other innovative elements built into the project including vast amounts of forestland that the project will permanently conserve.

“It's a project we believe is really the best sited wind project in the state of New Hampshire,” Kenworthy said. “It has enjoyed long standing support from the town of Antrim, which is difficult to achieve, and we are very proud of our ability to have garnered and maintained that support over so many years. And we continue to have a very strong and positive relationship with both the leadership and the residents of the town.”

Not only will the Antrim project provide clean renewable energy, due to agreements with the town of Antrim, the Harris Center for Conservation Education and the individual land owners, it will also permanently preserve 908 acres of valuable open-space forest, including 100 percent of the project ridge line.

Driving Change in Transportation

By Sam Lane | Jul 22, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

Any Seacoast local will tell you, parking in Portsmouth can be a challenge, especially among commuters who also cope with increases in gas prices. And with the city’s recent decision to build a new $23.2 million parking garage with funding in part from increased parking fees at meters and the High-Hanover garage, drivers are turning to different forms of transportation.

Local electric bike and scooter dealer, EZBikes and Scooters of Exeter has been meeting this growing demand for alternative transportation on the Seacoast.

After nearly 30 years of providing mobile electronic services through his business Autosounds of NH, Tom Hemenway, expanded his business six years ago to include electric bikes. One year later, he and his wife and co-owner Teresa Hemenway, added gas powered scooters to the mix.

“The electric bikes business has grown, but not as fast as scooters,” Teresa said. “We found that there really was a need for scooters.”

Demand for the electric bikes rose when gas prices began climbing rapidly. The average electric bike consumes an incredible 1 kilowatt-hour for every 100 kilometers, achieving close to 2,000 miles per gallon, while the average scooter gets 80 to 100 miles per gallon.

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

By Sam Lane | Jul 22, 2015 | in

By Rich Collins

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.

Green Story: Performance Business Solutions, LLC

By Craig | Jul 21, 2015 | in

Performance Business Solutions: Bringing New Meaning to “Saving Green”

Performance Business Solutions (PBS) is a leader in cost-reduction consulting. Much of PBS’ work is centered on cost segregation studies. Essentially, Jeff Hiatt determines where and how clients can save cash. In many cases, energy efficiency and other sustainability concepts play integral roles in PBS recommendations. However, Jeff does not operate under a “one size fits all” philosophy. By working closely with clients, Jeff is able to pinpoint the best solutions for individual companies, which may or may not involve “green” elements. This logic-based thinking, paired with extensive knowledge of tax principles and sustainability, has earned Jeff a reputation as a trustworthy and innovative consultant. Through the course of his work, Jeff has vetted a variety of vendors, and has compiled a list of businesses that offer top-notch services.

“I’ve worked in the green world for many years now,” Hiatt explains. “I understand that these business owners are often bombarded by cold calls, junk mail and spam. They mentally shut down because it all seems like marketing hype and malarkey. When I help them with the depreciation on their buildings, they often ask what else I can do. Then I have an opportunity to explain how green solutions can improve a client’s bottom line.”

When appropriate, Jeff recommends a variety of renewable energy alternatives, including solar, wind, and geothermal. For example, Jeff was integral in a solar installation project at Paragon Communications. The company, which was concerned about its long term energy costs, came to Jeff for a cost segregation study. He recommended a vendor to assess whether solar would be a good fit for the company. Paragon decided that solar energy was right for their situation. They expect to see a return on their investment within the next few years. Jeff does not just tout the merits of renewable energy; he lives in a home that has a geothermal heating system. When recommending geothermal to his clients, Jeff often advises working with Ultra Geothermal, another Green Alliance business.

Jeff acts as an intermediary between a wide variety of clients and sustainable service providers. One great contribution Jeff has made to the New England sustainability scene has been his creation of an informal collaborative network of sustainability professionals. PBS and has nurtured relationships among many businesses across a variety of industries.

Favorite Foods Increases Warehouse Efficiency

By Rich | Jul 21, 2015 | in

After recently installing a major solar initiative of 572 solar panels, Favorite Foods, a commercial food distributor located in Somersworth NH, is taking yet one more step toward increased energy efficiency. Not only does Favorite Foods use the sun to save on its electric bills, they have recently implemented a venting system that uses external air to assist in their cooling refrigeration system when temperatures and humidity are optimal.

The system essentially is a series of climate controlled vents and fans in the cooling areas that automatically draw in and vent external air when temperature and humidity are optimal. This lessens the burden on the HVAC system by using mother nature to carry some of the workload, ultimately increasing the overall efficiency of the cooling system.

Favorite Foods, headquartered at 29 Interstate Drive, distributes a variety of products and services to local restaurants within a 60-mile radius around Portsmouth, which encompasses parts of Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

"We're always looking for ways to be more green, and this is another step forward in that direction," according to a release by President Chris Barstow, who co-founded the company in 1978.