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Green Alliance Seeking a Senior Editor

By Sarah Mahoney | May 1, 2015 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We actually have a few jobs up at the moment, with a Senior Editor being one of them. For more information, view the Senior Editor Job on Jobscore here.

Senior Editor: 16-24 in office hours per week, $10 per hour (M-TH, No weekends or Fridays!)

The Green Alliance is a growing community of over 100 green businesses and thousands of eco-conscious consumers connecting to build a sustainable local economy.

We authenticate local green businesses through a rigorous sustainability certification process that makes the Green Alliance a trusted brand among consumers who care about the Earth. We promote our Partnering Businesses via a mix of guerilla and traditional and online marketing, PR, and our popular Green Card program. Additionally we generate journalistic-style stories about the green issues surrounding our sustainable partnering businesses. Consumers who join receive exclusive discounts on eco-friendly products and services.

Our small but dedicated staff operates out of our headquarters located in historic downtown Portsmouth, NH. Our core mission is to encourage the use of sustainable products and services, while promoting businesses that are doing their part to protect the environment.

To help the Green Alliance achieve our vision for growth, we are seeking a part time:
Senior Editor: 16-24 in office hours per week, $10 per hour

Don't forget our party on Thursday!

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You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello

By Mike Bellamente | Dec 16, 2015 | in

As I search for the tone that will no doubt act as the all-important first impression to many Green Alliance friends and supporters, I am at once hopeful of where the GA is heading and more than a little bummed by the departure of my dear friend, Sarah Brown.

As I am sure many of you will agree, Sarah is the Green Alliance, and it’s hard to imagine the organization without her passion and dynamic personality. To that end, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Sarah for the community of like-minded people she has established over the last seven years. I hope you will join me in raising a glass to the indelible legacy she leaves behind, while wishing her nothing but success in wherever her journey leads from here.

The Gift That Keeps on Giving All Year Long!

By Katelyn | Dec 14, 2015 | in

How is your holiday shopping going? Are you at a loss of ideas for your environmentally conscious friend? Or have you spent far too much money and need a way to save? A Green Alliance membership makes the perfect gift for friends, family, or yourself, and right now a membership is only $20!

Join the Green Alliance as a new member, with a one year membership for $20 (regularly $35) and you (or the recipient) will get access to great deals and events throughout the year. A Green Alliance membership is not a onetime gift to be enjoyed during the holiday season, but instead a gift that keeps on giving for a whole year.

Members receive discounts at 100 local and sustainable businesses that aim to be more environmentally friendly while producing reliable goods and services. The wide variety of Business Partners means that every new member is sure to find a use for their Green Card.

Integrated Fitness Issues Health Challenge

By Katelyn | Dec 13, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 69% of Americans age 20 years or older are overweight or obese. Yet, despite a booming diet industry and annual New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight, that percentage is expected to reach 75% by 2020.

“It’s time for a different approach to weight loss,” said Jon Arnold, owner and CEO of Integrated Fitness of Dover LLC. “Instead of going it alone or trying yet another fad diet, we encourage people to improve their health by losing weight through building muscle and eating better. That can be easier said than done, of course. So, for the last six years, we’ve held a semiannual Integrated Fitness Weightloss Challenge; it’s a unique, team-based program that really works.”

The next 10-week program begins January 11, 2016 at both Integrated Fitness locations, on Dover Point Road in Dover, NH and at Epping Commons on Calef Highway in Epping, NH.

“All participants are grouped into teams to compete together and this approach, though uncommon, is very important to participant success,” said Susan Brisson, owner and CEO of Integrated Fitness of Epping.

Hungry Like the Wolf; Natural Pet Store Offers Healthy and Raw Alternatives

By Katelyn | Dec 12, 2015 | in

By Craig Robert Brown

Not long ago many pet owners purchased whatever food was affordable, often in economy packs of cans or large bags. The thought being, especially with dogs, that they’ll eat anything, with little consideration given to ingredients.

But as humans reconsider their own dietary habits, it’s apparent that pets should also eat a varied diet of healthy foods and not just kibble stuffed with filler by-products. For dogs especially, consuming foods rich in protein harkens back to their ancestral habits.

“Just like how we encourage ourselves to eat, or our families to eat, for our pets we want to look for foods that are less processed, that are free from chemicals and additives and colorings and artificial ingredients,” says Dawn Price, a registered dietician who has worked in the pet food industry since 2002. “Unfortunately, when foods get in the hands of these large companies that use those [artificial] ingredients, that’s what ends up getting put into some foods.”

Spruce Creek Woodworks Born Out of Business Common Sense and Sustainability

By Katelyn | Dec 11, 2015 | in

By Josh Rosenson

Chris Redmond and Jeff Stacy launched Little Green Homes (LGH) in 2007. In the fall of 2014, they recognized a need for and added a custom cabinetry and woodworking shop at their Greenland space called Spruce Creek Woodworks (SCW).

Redmond said LGH was running into too many complications with cabinet orders. Whether they were issues with lead times, deliveries or imperfections in the cabinets, the problems persisted. Enter the SCW solution.

SCW was built out of the love of craftsmanship, creativity, and the feel of doing something right.

“Many of our projects consist of kitchen renovations, we’ve also built new kitchens, and have had requests for custom built-ins and our clients could select their cabinetry from many different sources, but typically out of our area. Too many times, the products would arrive and we’d find that the finish wasn’t great or the piece wouldn’t fit,” Redmond explained. “We recognized the value in producing and offering these same pieces, but better quality and made locally, by us. This was a huge benefit for all parties.”

Save Money This Winter with a Free Heating System from Aucella Heating and Cooling

By Katelyn | Dec 10, 2015 | in

Having an efficient home heating system is key for comfortable temperatures, and Aucella Heating & Cooling wants to ensure your comfort this holiday season, throughout the long winter, and for many years to come. Once again, Aucella is giving away a free heating system ($5,000 value) to a local family; enter before December 21 for your chance to win!

The contest is for owner occupied, single family homes and entrants must be adults and legal residents of New Hampshire. Entrants must also be homeowners and fully empowered to make purchase and home improvement decisions regarding their residence. Homes entered must be located within the Aucella Heating and Cooling service area, which is Strafford County and Rockingham County, New Hampshire.

Entries will be qualified by the owners of Aucella Heating and Cooling before entered into the random drawing. The entrant must have an existing heating system that is at least 15 years old and include a brief description of why the entrant would benefit from receiving a free heating system. Entrants may enter themselves or someone else as long as they inform the other person of the entry.

Integrated Fitness Offers Course for Aspiring Personal Trainers

By Katelyn | Dec 4, 2015 | in

Do you have a love for fitness and always dreamed of becoming a personal trainer? Well here is your chance. Jonathan Arnold, Founder and CEO of Integrated Fitness of Dover and Epping, introduces his new program “So You Want to be a Trainer?.” This weekend course is designed to help both those new to personal training and those looking to build a better business.

Jon Arnold will explain how he became a top trainer in the field and how he was able to leave his traditional gym job paying only $11 per hour to running a personal training business that thrives from personal training and fitness programs! The success of Integrated Fitness of Dover has led to the development of multiple fitness facility locations and aided a handful of personal trainers in the development of their own successful and profitable personal training businesses.

Integrated Fitness is a fitness facility focused on whole body wellness and aims to help clients not only lose weight, but also build muscle, develop better nutrition habits, and meet their own personal goals.

Give a Green Alliance Membership for Only $20 or Keep it for Yourself!

By Katelyn | Dec 2, 2015 | in

The holiday season is in full swing and many of us are contemplating what to get for those hard to shop for people on our lists. A membership with the Green Alliance is the perfect present for environmentally conscious friends and family members and will allow them to take advantage discounts all year long with their new membership. Or buy one for yourself to take care of all your shopping needs with the $20 discounted membership!

A Green Alliance membership is not a onetime gift to be enjoyed during the holiday season, but instead a gift that keeps on giving throughout the year. Members receive discounts at 100 local and sustainable businesses that aim to be more environmentally friendly while producing reliable goods and services. The wide variety of Business Partners means that every new member is sure to find a use for their Green Card.

A GA membership is an affordable gift for everyone on your list, and for the discounted price of $20 (regularly $35), it is sure to pay for itself over and over.

Another Year to Give Thanks... For Holiday Deals!

By Katelyn | Nov 26, 2015 | in

Mike Bellamente is the Dircetor of Climate Counts, an organization bringing together consumers and corporations to reduce greenhouse gases. This piece was originally published in the Huffington Post

With each passing year, retailers become increasingly audacious in their quest to exploit the holiday season for profit. Come Halloween signs of Christmas abound, and by the time Black Friday rolls around, the yuletide shopping season is already in full flight. But what began as a well-orchestrated marketing ploy of the early 2000s, Black Friday has seeped into Thanksgiving Day as a time when families across the country dart away from their turkey dinners to join the herds in search of discounted prices.

Ironic as it may seem, we have successfully displaced one of the rare occasions for family gathering and reflection (Thanksgiving) with the chaos that comes with shopping for another rare occasion for family gathering and reflection (Christmas). I can hear the Grinch turning in his grave... "What if Christmas doesn't come from a store?" he thought, "What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more?"

But who is really to blame here? The big box retailers who are simply accommodating an insatiable demand for crap, or rather the crazed, group-thinking public who are more than willing to claw over one another for holiday shopping deals. While some may offer a curmudgeonly sneer to the Wal-Marts and JC Pennys of the world, it is really no different than blaming oil companies for climate change as we steer our SUVs toward the nearest Exxon station to fill up on two-dollar gas. "EPA LOL" as one license plate in a nearby town so aptly put it. "BLK GLD" reads another. Oi. Never mind the "L."

Get a Jump on New Year's Health Resolutions

By Katelyn | Nov 24, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

Don’t wait until the New Year to make a resolution to lose weight.

“We’ve created a unique and effective way to kick-start good health, before 2016 even begins, with our 6-Week Fat Burner Classes,” said Jon Arnold, owner and CEO of Integrated Fitness of Dover LLC. “Imagine, you can be healthier, and weigh less, by New Year’s Eve.”

Offered at both Integrated Fitness’ nontraditional gyms—on Dover Point Road in Dover, NH and at Epping Commons on Calef Highway in Epping, NH—this 6-week program consists of two weekly group workouts that challenge participants with a variety of exercises including cardio, body weight exercises, and resistance training; they also employ a combination of newer training methods which help fire up metabolism.

Classes begin November 30, 2015, with weekly schedules and class options that differ between both locations. “Here in the Epping studio, for example, our classes will change weekly to challenge everyone and to offer variety,” said Susan Brisson, owner and CEO of Integrated Fitness of Epping. “We’ll rotate through strength training on the Swiss Ball, Boot Camp-style workouts, and TRX Fitness routines.”

Shop Small Business Saturday with 900 Degrees

By Katelyn | Nov 24, 2015 | in

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are favorite days of the year for avid shoppers and holiday gurus alike. These two days are focused on big box stores and online retailers; however Small Business Saturday aims to bring holiday shoppers to local retailers. Shopping with small and local businesses keeps money in the community and helps grow the local economy.

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is grateful for its customers and growth in the past eight years at both the Manchester and Epping locations and encourages residents to shop at small businesses like 900 Degrees. To celebrate Small Business Saturday, 900 Degrees invites you to share a selfie in front of your favorite small business to show your support. Just post your Shop Small Saturday selfie to the 900 Degrees Facebook for your chance to win a $50 gift card to either of their locations.

The restaurant offers a variety of gift ideas for the holidays, like their famous chocolate rocks, 900 Degrees wine glasses and shirts, and gift cards. Additionally, from now until December 15, buy $25 in gift cards and receive a $5 voucher for yourself or buy $100 in gift cards and receive a $25 gift card!

Rockingham Green Offers an Alternative to the Typical Subdivision

By Katelyn | Nov 23, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

NEWMARKET, N.H. – “For many years, people built their homes on two or more acre lots,” says Steve Fournier, Newmarket Town Manager. “People wanted privacy and green space around them. The problem is that, by doing so, people did not know their neighbors. Rockingham Green creates the neighborhood atmosphere again.”

A few miles from downtown Newmarket, adjacent to Rockingham Country Club, Rockingham Green is a lifestyle community designed and built by Chinburg Properties, the 30-year-old development and construction firm based in Newmarket.

Set on 25 acres, with 40 acres of conservation land, this expansive space might have become a Wal-Mart if the town hadn’t stepped in. “We wanted to preserve our natural resources and wetlands,” says Diane Hardy, Newmarket Town Planner. “We asked Chinburg if they’d be interested in working on a community. Thankfully, the answer was ‘yes’.”

Comprised of 52 lots, none bigger than .47 acre, Rockingham Green’s custom homes are inspired by classic craftsman style; each, sized up to 2,300 square feet, is conceived in collaboration with project architect Wendy Welton of Art Form Architecture.

“The homes are chosen to complement the layout of the lots, designed to be efficient with space, and built to Energy Star standards to decrease energy costs and increase air quality and thermal comfort—they’re also have great views and are really beautiful,” says Jen Chinburg, the company’s Marketing Director.

Don’t Overlook an IRA Opportunity

By Craig | Nov 19, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

It’s never too early to start planning for your future. It’s a common saying that rings true in the financial world and certainly applies to those planning for retirement. That’s one of the reasons investors and financial advisors alike agree that when planning for your retirement one of the best things you can do is set up an Individual Retirement Account (IRA).

Locally, Mike Smith, a Financial Advisor with the Progressive Asset Management Group’s (PAM Group) Newmarket branch, notes that setting up an IRA account is something people should always consider when it comes to long-term financial and retirement planning. Since their introduction in 1974, the Individual Retirement Account has provided numerous tax advantages to individuals planning for their financial retirement.

If you’re not familiar with the IRA it is a type of investment account that encourages an individual to save for retirement by allowing the assets held in the account to grow tax-free. IRA’s can hold most types of traditional investment vehicles including stocks, mutual funds, bonds, exchange traded funds (ETF’s) and even real estate. In addition, there are many different types IRA’s that are broken down into subgroups providing different advantages available to each subgroup.

Saturday Morning Yoga Series at Integrated Fitness

By Katelyn | Nov 19, 2015 | in

Start your weekend off right with the Saturday morning yoga series led by Jennifer at Integrated Fitness of Dover. She will guide the six week series beginning on November 21 through January 2 (no class December 26) at 9:00 a.m.

Jennifer Lake, an experienced yoga instructor and personal trainer, is the most recent addition to the Integrated Fitness team. She is an Ace Certified personal trainer and certified Yoga Teacher 200 E-RYT. She has over 6 years of experience providing professional, customized training sessions and coaching for her clients. Lake is a long time yoga practitioner (over 10 years), teaches yoga therapeutically, and released her premier DVD Active Chair Yoga in 2012.

Lake’s area of specialties includes: weight loss, functional training, core training, meditation/ relaxation techniques, personal development and yoga; but whatever the focus may be, Lake’s main goal is to help clients transform their relationship to themselves; body-mind-spirit.

Two Tickets to TASTE of the Seacoast Bash for New Sustaining Members!

By Rich | Nov 12, 2015 | in

This year we are celebrating the flavors of the Seacoast by rewarding new Green Alliance sustaining members with 2 tickets to the TASTE of the Seacoast Annual Bash! Just sign up as a new sustaining member and attend one of the premier Seacoast culinary events featuring over 50 restaurants, fine wines, craft beers, and signature cocktails! 

The event will be held Saturday, November 21st, from 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center in Downtown Portsmouth. 

What you'll experience is a sampling of the best of the best, the 2015 winners from TASTE magazine's "Best of TASTE" edition, who will bring their award winning food and cocktails for you to enjoy. Experience restaurateurs, chefs, caterers, brewers, bakers, sommeliers, chocolatiers, and food professionals from over 80 Best of Taste categories.

You are also free to continue your culinary quest by bidding on gift certificates to your favorite restaurants, overnight stays, specialty wines, craft beer packages and exclusive spirits at the silent auction.

And the best part? A portion of all proceeds will be donated to the New Hampshire Food Bank.

2 for 1 Tuesdays at 900 Degrees are the Best Deal Around

By Katelyn | Nov 10, 2015 | in

What could be better than two pizzas for the price of one? And we aren’t talking about cheap, chain restaurant pizza. Every week, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza offers the best deal in the area, 2-4-1 Tuesdays, where every signature pizza is buy one, get the second one free.

This great deal is available at both the Manchester and Epping locations and begins at 5:00 p.m. for dine-in customers only. Guests can chose from any of the signature pizzas, including some of the favorites like mac and cheese pizza, barbeque chicken, the house, original margarita, or the most popular- the Bella Cosa.

900 Degrees is a popular favorite among area residents who crave the pizza from the restaurant that aims to create it as pizza was originally conceived in Naples, Italy, hundreds of years ago. The process is as familiar as it is timeless: using a wood-fired brick oven at 900 degrees, the crew cooks with authentic, daily-made dough, fresh and local ingredients, and a mix of flavors to create a classic dish the way it was originally intended.

The pizzerias also hold sustainability as a core value, practicing a number of green business techniques from extensive recycling, reduced energy use, locally sourced, natural and organic ingredients, and a commitment to community giveback and involvement.

Acorn School to Host Annual Fundraiser to Support Nature Based Learning

By Katelyn | Nov 3, 2015 | in

On the evening of November 7, Acorn School, a non-profit preschool and kindergarten, will host its annual fall fundraiser. This year, the fundraiser will be held at Abenaqui Country Club and will serve as one of the main contributions to the Acorn School Endowment Fund.

This fundraiser, as well as others throughout the year, will support capital improvements, overhead costs, and the Becky Shepard scholarship fund. All are encouraged to attend and guests will enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffle prizes, and live and silent auctions, with all proceeds going to the school.

The pre-K and kindergarteners at Acorn School in Stratham learn to connect with the environment at an early age. Teachers and administrators take advantage of the school’s natural surroundings to create a curriculum and philosophy that instills a sense of environmental appreciation in their students.

Students at this unique school are exposed to environment through nature-based learning, much of which is done through outdoor education focused on composting, gardening, or learning about native species. Aside from the environment, the curriculum also offers classes in theater, music, the arts, and world cultures.

Welcome Positive Moms Magazine

By Craig | Nov 3, 2015 | in

On the Seacoast, and throughout New Hampshire, moms seek guidance about raising their families. From questions about proper nutrition, to finding the right school or daycare, making the right financial decisions, to where to take the family to have some fun, parents have a million questions. Which is why we're extremely happy to work with Positive Moms Magazine as a Business Partner, a publication devoted to answering some of those questions for moms by moms.

Founded in 2014, Positive Moms Magazine was created by local mom, Jill Sullivan Grueter, to provide fellow moms - and dads, too - with fresh and relevant content from local experts in health, wellness, parenting and other fields. Since that time, the magazine has firmly established itself as a valuable resource for women and men across Southern and Seacoast New Hampshire.

In addition to helping families achieve their maximum health and wellness, Positive Moms Magazine helps The Project Pawsitive Foundation raise much-needed funds to help deserving animal rescue facilities keep their operations up and running. To date, the foundation has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars and helped save more than 10,000 animals.