Blog : Green Initiatives

Green Story: ENH Power

By Craig | Sep 25, 2014 | in

Every Green Alliance business undergoes a Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show everyone what each business has accomplished and what they are still working to accomplish when it comes to green business practices. The final part of the evaluation is the Green Story. Check out ENH Power’s Green Story below.

ENH Power Bringing Green Energy Choices to New Hampshire

ENH Power, part of the Provider Power family of companies, has incorporated sustainability, community involvement, and affordability into their business model. As a Competitive Energy Supplier (CES), ENH Power purchases electricity from the New England Power Pool. This allows ENH to provide their customers fixed electricity rates at competitive prices. Along with traditionally sourced energy, ENH Power offers Coal Free and “Pure Green” plans. These plans allow environmentally conscious energy users to apply their green ideals to their power choices.

According to Will Fessenden, Director of Media Strategy, ENH Power’s green choices are a reflection of New Hampshire’s sustainability-minded community. “It was evident early on that New Hampshire customers want a green alternative, and we’re glad to provide that for them,” explains Will. Due to electricity deregulation and electricity choice, New Hampshire customers have the opportunity to select their electricity supply company. Consumers keep their electric utility (responsible for the poles, meters, and infrastructure), however consumers can choose who provides their power.

Along with providing these unique plans, ENH Power is committed to promoting sustainability on their own turf. The Provider Power office that ENH Power calls home is located in Auburn, Maine. The office features CFL light fixtures equipped with motion sensors to save energy. The heating system and many lights operate on a timer to cut down on overuse. The Energy Star printers and copiers are efficient when used and left in “hibernation” mode when they are not needed. Recycling is thorough and extensive throughout the office. The ENH team also returns their bottles and cans when possible, and donates the proceeds to charity.

If You Build an EV Charging Station, They Will Come

By Katelyn | Sep 23, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord

According to 2013 figures from the Alternative Fuels Data Center by the U. S. Department of Energy, there are more than 20,600 public electric charging stations/outlets in the country. This is a dramatic leap from 2011 when there were only around 2,000 such outlets.

The recent addition of a free EV Charging station at Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth is a sign of the changing times. Located at Pease International Tradeport, the Redhook Brewery charging station was facilitated by a $3,000 rebate from PSNH, the largest utility in New Hampshire. PSNH has also established four other charging stations that are free and open to the public. The other sites are at the Elm Street Parking Garage in Nashua and at Antioch University in Keene with two locations soon to be announced. The Redhook site will be the only one on the Seacoast.

Alden Tansey of Kittery, Maine, attended the unveiling of the Redhook Brewery EV charging station in September. The retired engineer and his wife Daria began leasing a Ford C-Max Energi in July and said the growth of charging stations reflects market demand for electric cars and plug-in hybrids like his.

“It’s a chicken or the egg dilemma. Will more electric cars lead to more charging stations or will the availability of more charging stations lead to more people buying electric cars?” Tansey said. “It’s huge to have a free charging station close to us.”

Julia Person, the sustainability manager for Redhook Brewery, said the collaboration with PSNH on the EV charging station – which is a first for Redhook – was a partnership outgrowth from previous energy efficiency initiatives.

QA Cafe Teams with MetalWave, Green Alliance and More for eCycling Event in Portsmouth

By Craig | Sep 22, 2014 | in

On Monday, September 29, QA Cafe will team with MetalWave, Inc., Green Alliance, Axis Business Solutions and Alpha Loft. The event will take place at 55 Green Street in Portsmouth, N.H. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at QA Cafe's offices, a recycling station will be set up in the parking lot and will be open to all Green Alliance consumer members as well as friends and family of Green Alliance Business Partners. All consumer members must have a valid Green Alliance Member card with them when they drop off their used electronics. Not a Green Alliance member? Join here.

Items to recycle for free include: cell phones, computer mice, keyboards, speakers,toner, cables, wire, Laptops, PC’s, Servers, includes: Asset tag removal, Data erasure, U.S. Department of Defense Standards: 5220.22M and NIST SP 800-88. These devices will be recycled at no charge. Other items can be recycled for a drastically reduced fee and include CRT/LED MonitorsFlat Screen ($5 each), CRT ($10 for less than 25″; $20 for less than 25″), batteries ($2/lb.), fluorescent lamps ($0.05 each), printers, scanners, or copiers ($5 each), office phones ($1 each) and refrigerators, air conditioners, microwaves, etc. ($5-$25 each).

As a business partner with the Green Alliance, MetalWave offers recycling services and Solid State Drive (SSD) Data Sanitation Solutions, leaving consumers of electronic equipment feeling safe and secure in knowing that their information, and waste, is not sitting in a landfill.

QA Cafe Teams with MetalWave, Green Alliance and More for eCycling Event in Portsmouth

By Craig | Sep 18, 2014 | in

On Monday, September 29, QA Cafe will team with MetalWave, Inc., Green Alliance, Axis Business Solutions and Alpha Loft. The event will take place at 55 Green Street in Portsmouth, N.H. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at QA Cafe's offices, a recycling station will be set up in the parking lot and will be open to family and friends of our partners as well as all Business Partners and consumer members of the Green Alliance.

Items to bring include cell phones, mice, keyboards, speakers,toner, cables, wire, Laptops, PC’s, Servers, includes: Asset tag removal, Data erasure, U.S Dept of Defense Standards: 5220.22M and NIST SP 800-88. These devices will be recycled at no charge. Other items include CRT/LED Monitors Flat Screen ($5 each), CRT ($10 for less than 25″; $20 for less than 25″), batteries ($2/lb.), fluorescent lamps ($5 each), printers, scanners, or copiers ($5 each), office phones ($1 each) and refrigerators, air conditioners, microwaves, etc. ($5-$25 each).

As a business partner with the Green Alliance, MetalWave offers recycling services and Solid State Drive (SSD) Data Sanitation Solutions, leaving consumers of electronic equipment feeling safe and secure in knowing that their information, and waste, is not sitting in a landfill.

Inaugural "Plug-In" at Redhook Brewery

By Katie | Sep 15, 2014 | in

Join Redhook Brewery, Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) and the Green Alliance for the unveiling of the Seacoast’s newest publicly-available electric vehicle charging station!

Redhook, in partnership with PSNH, has installed this charging station on the grounds of the popular brewery located at the Pease International Tradeport. It’s free of charge and open to the public! Redhook has also purchased Renewable Energy Credits to offset the electricity used by the station as well as the rest of the facility, making the Brewery one of the greenest places to be seen on the Seacoast.

Tuesday’s inaugural “plug-in” celebration, made possible with the help of the Green Alliance, will feature electric vehicles and an electric motorcycle as well as a check presentation to CBA by PSNH.

Save Energy, Cut Costs; Discounted Home Comfort Savings Plan from Yankee Thermal Imaging

By Katie | Sep 10, 2014 | in

Did you know that insulation is what keeps your house warm while air leakage is what drives those temperatures down? Yankee Thermal Imaging (YTI) has just the plan to limit the number of times your furnace turns on as the outdoor temperatures start to drop.

YTI's Home Comfort Savings Plan gives homeowners the maximum savings (a typical savings of more than $500 a year!) on the most common energy and heat loss areas in your home. Now through September 30 ANYONE in the Green Alliance community (you don't have to be card carrying member) gets $150 off this super Home Comfort Savings Plan simply by mentioning the Green Alliance. Send a message to matty.silva@yti.biz or call 603-765-6648 to get your $150 off! Learn more here.

Redhook Brewery's Electric Car Charging Station Ribbon Cutting!

By Katie | Sep 10, 2014 | in

Redhook Brewery has green on their mind! 

A partnership with PSNH has brought an electric car charging station to the Redhook Brewery. Located in front of the Cataqua Pub, the station, a 30-Amp, 240V station, can provide approximately 30 miles of driving after 1-hour charge to most vehicles. The station will be powered by wind power RECs that the brewery is purchasing (and also implementing for ALL of Redhook's electrical needs). Talk about eleminating carbon emissions! 

In celebration of this green initiative, Redhook and PSNH will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 16th at 2 p.m. After the ribbon cutting, there will be a party complete with beers and appetizers in the outdoor dining area. 

Whether you own an electric car (and want to come get a free charge) or are interested in the green efforts of this local business, this will be a great event to stop by. You can learn more about the extensive efforts Redhook has gone through to continue to go green, and to help their customers go green. 

Green Alliance members, receive 10% off all food at Redhook! 

ENH Power Green Story

By Theresa | Sep 9, 2014 | in

ENH Power, part of the Provider Power family of companies, has incorporated sustainability, community involvement, and affordability into their business model. As a Competitive Energy Supplier (CES), ENH Power purchases electricity from the New England Power Pool. This allows ENH to provide their customers fixed electricity rates at competitive prices. Along with traditionally sourced energy, ENH Power offers Coal Free and “Pure Green” plans. These plans allow environmentally conscious energy users to apply their green ideals to their power choices.

According to Will Fessenden, Director of Media Strategy, ENH Power’s green choices are a reflection of New Hampshire’s sustainability-minded community. “It was evident early on that New Hampshire customers want a green alternative, and we’re glad to provide that for them,” explains Will. Due to electricity deregulation and electricity choice, New Hampshire customers have the opportunity to select their electricity supply company. Consumers keep their electric utility (responsible for the poles, meters, and infrastructure), however consumers can choose who provides their power. 

Green Olives: Two Ceres Street Cocktail Lounge Specializes in Sustainable Design

By Sam | Sep 4, 2014 | in

It’s just before 8:00 p.m. on a Friday, and the decks of Poco’s Bow Street Cantina are quickly filling up. Inside, the soft glow of the sunset melts into the warm LED lamplight at Two Ceres Street, a cocktail lounge nestled inside Poco’s. Guests can sit in low chairs and gaze out at the waterfront, feeling the breeze blow in through the opened glass wall. During the winter months, Two Ceres Street is its own, separate entity, but between mid-May and September, the two establishments combine.

Two Ceres Street is transformative; it literally changes shape with the seasons. During the cold months, it’s a cozy hideout to snuggle up next to a martini in front of a roaring fireplace, complete with deep leather chairs and corner nooks. When late spring comes around, the glass doors open to a deck; the high-top martini tables and large leather couch are removed, and Two Ceres merges with Poco’s Bow Street Catina, giving its intimate lounge atmosphere some space to breathe.

Become a Sustainable NHPTV Member

By Magill | Aug 22, 2014 | in

Help NHPTV make showings of your favorite award winning programs possible and become a sustainable member today! By becoming a NHPTV Sustainer you make a commitment to the tv you love for as low as 5 dollars a month. Payments are flexible and you can stop at any time, but as a sustainble member all of your donations go to the programs by cutting out mailing costs.  As a Sustainer you will support programs including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, and Windows to the Wild. 

To become a sustaining member click here or call 800-639-8408.

 

Open Streets Portsmouth

By Magill | Aug 22, 2014 | in

On Sunday September 14, Open Streets Portsmouth will be transforming a mile of neighborhood streets into a public park for people to walk, bike, stroll, skip, whatever. Seacoast Velokids will have cycling skills for kids at Lafayette playground, plus a Strider bike test area for little kids and a Trek Demo trailer for the adult kids. Seacoast United will have skills clinics and more at Clough Field. And, there will be a few yoga locations along the route.

A Day in the Life of Brixham Montessori Friends School

By Magill | Aug 17, 2014 | in

Magill Smith is a writer at the Green Alliance. She also works at Brixham Montessori Friends School. She loves working with the children at Brixham, and wanted to share a journal of her experiences during the summer program so you can hear what happens on the playground too!

It has been a busy beginning to a fun filled summer at Brixham Montessori Friends School! As August flies by, we are already four weeks into our summer program. There is a daily theme to the summer play, allowing for a curriculum to be lightly incorporated into the camp to keep the children’s minds active through the summer months. With each theme comes an activity allowing the children to have a hands on experience related to what we learned. So far, we have enjoyed learning about helping by reading the Little Red Hen and making delicious bread, celebrating nature by doing tree rubbings, and learning about crops that grow in Maine. 

Turning Trash into Art

By Ali | Aug 12, 2014 | in

Many people find it hard to look at trash and pull from it a sense of beauty. Tim Gaudreau can do not only that, but photograph it in a way that captures the unseen beauty.

Gaudreau’s art not only shows a side of trash that people don’t normally expect to see, but it also raises awareness for environmental issues happening worldwide. His environmental advocacy is extensive and his pieces are intended to stimulate and inspire. For example, he took pictures of everything he threw away in a year. The final product surprised not only the viewers, but himself as well. "I thought I'd be relieved to finish this project after 365 days and over 5,000 photos, but I was not" Tim explained, "As I tried to break this photographic ritual over the following weeks, throwing stuff away seemed like such a waste."

Eolian Renewable Energy – A Different Kind of Energy Company

By Magill | Jul 28, 2014 | in

 In the midst of the transition from fossil fuels to renewable forms of energy and in response to the global climate change crisis, Eolian Renewable Energy is leading the way to a healthier more prosperous future powered by wind. Eolian, meaning shaped by the wind, is a company built upon a passion for the natural world. Growing up with the wilderness as their backyard, Eolian founders developed a deep respect for wilderness and an ethic of responsibility to protect our natural resources.

Net Zero Potential Becomes a Reality in Rye

By Magill | Jul 23, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

PORTSMOUTH – “Green is good for all” is one of the practicing mantras at Futuro Builders. And in the case of a nearly-completed residential project in Rye, founder Jesse Ware and his company are truly practicing what they preach.

The net zero home nearing completion in Rye Harbor may not be the first of its kind but Ware believes it will raise the bar for imaginative, cutting-edge sustainability design in the region.

When completed, the owners of this 2,400 square-foot home will not have a heating or electricity bill and are expected to actually generate energy credits. Due to a custom designed solar racking panel array, SIGA tapes to air seal the slab vapor barrier, and state-of-the-art Intus Windows that allow for superior insulation without sacrificing quality air ventilation, Ware said the home is an example of seamlessly merging smart sustainability and economics.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: EcoSound Builders

By Magill | Jul 21, 2014 | in

Who: EcoSound Builders LLC

What: Originally started by father-and-son team Roger and Ethan Korpi in 2007, EcoSound Builders specializes in Eco-concious home building and long-term durability.  With the addition of green building specialist Peter Robie, the company soon stretched itself to become one of the foremost sustainability builders in both the Lakes Region and on the Seacoast.

Engage or Divest?

By Sam | Jul 16, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

NEWMARKET – One of the hottest, ongoing debates in the Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) community is one that gets to the heart of the ecological dilemma of our times – should investors divest from or engage with fossil-fuel dominant energy companies?

Mike Smith, the Newmarket-based representative for the Progressive Asset Management Group, the socially responsible investment division of Financial West Group, said the debate was sparked in 2008 when renowned environmental activist Bill McKibbon led a movement to divest from the 200 top energy companies. Since then major SRI mutual funds have taken strong positions on whether total divestment or more engagement (or a mixture of both) with these companies is the proper strategy.

Ridgeview Construction: it's not just green building, it’s smart building

By Ali | Jul 8, 2014 | in

It has been nine years since Shane Carter founded Ridgeview Construction, a sustainable building and remodeling company. Ridgeview knows how to transform any customer’s standard, inefficient house into a sustainable home. From blueprints and preparation to construction and finishing touches, Carter and his team consider every small detail. Ridgeview doesn't operate according to the “more, cheaper, faster" philosophy of other building companies, instead paying careful attention to design and precision.

Ridgeview Construction works on small-scale renovations, large scale customized homes, and everything in between. By discussing priorities and expenses with customers, Ridgeview can determine the right plan of action that is cost-efficient and offers clients the aesthetics and green options they desire. Each job is done in a sustainable manner and incorporates Low Impact Development strategies when dealing with road and driveway construction, storm water drainage and hydrology management, all while protecting the surrounding environmental resources.

Seacoast Energy Offers Customers Variety for Energy Efficiency

By Magill | Jun 12, 2014 | in

Seacoast Energy wants to tackle the ever growing climate challenge head-on by offering an array of sustainable, energy saving products. Jack Bingham, owner of Seacoast Energy, specializes in almost every energy saving option available. From solar heated hot water to composting toilets, Bingham aims to provide locals with access to energy efficient products. It's a challenge in a time of serious environmental degradation as large corporations offer solutions that appear easier, but contain harmful fossil fuels. It's true that we are in the middle of an energy crisis.

"New England in particular has got a serious energy problem and there are only so many options," said Bingham. "And solar hot water and electric are clearly two of those options."

Congrats to Great Bay Stewards on their GA Membership Renewal!

By Magill | Jun 6, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is happy to announce that Great Bay Stewards is renewing their membership for the third year! Great Bay Stewards is a non-profit environmental group that is constantly busy caring for the New Hampshire seacoast. From converting the former Pease Airforce Base into a National Wildlife Refuge to educating children at the discovery center, the organization is a strong supporter of the environment. Great Bay Stewards began saving our seacoast 40 years ago by stopping the development of an oil refinery.Today, they continue to push for the seacoast's wellbeing by renewing their membership with the Green Alliance!  

With education programs, research, and conservation projects this environmental organization attacks seacoast issues from all angles. They have shown a deep commitment to all the environmental problems that arise along Great Bay and help get the community involved in environmental activism.