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Isles of Shoals Teams Up With Green Alliance

By Ali | Jun 17, 2014 | in

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Green Alliance are working together all summer long to give away tickets to island and steamship adventures. Tuesday June 17th the Green Alliance will put up a trivia question that can be found on the GA facebook page. The first person to correctly answer the question will receive a free ticket to the Steamship event on July 10!

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Co., Green Alliance, and NHPTV are all teaming up to bring you a fun night of food, drinks and live music aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton as it sails the Piscataqua River on the July 10.

On July 6 at 7 p.m. catch a gorgeous sunset aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton. Have a drink and unwind to live acoustic entertainment while floating through the ocean. A perfect end to your week!

Feel free to email our Community and Member Manager Katie for more information.
Visit the Isles of Shoals website to buy tickets!

For more information about the cruise on July 10 click here.

Redhook Brewery Summer Parties

By Ali | Jun 17, 2014 | in

Redhook Brewery will be hosting several awesome events throughout the summer months and you’re invited!

July 12 at 2:30 p.m. is the second annual Sneakers and Speakers Benefit Concert. The event will be hosted and curated by Luke and Matt Bonner to benefit the Rock On Foundation, a non-profit organization that serves to increase community artistic and athletic opportunities. There will be lawn games, local food vendors, and great music by Okkervil River, Kevin Devine + the Goddamn Band, The Whigs, Hawk and Dove, and Jason Anderson.

Ticket are $15 in advance and can be purchased online by clicking here, otherwise they will be $25 the day of the festival. This event is 21+.

The next event is Redhook’s most talked about outdoor summer music and beer festival: Hookfest! It’s August 16 from      2 p.m. until 10 p.m. and includes lawn games and activities like cornhole, a dunk tank, and a Frisbee field outside on the lawn. Local seacoast vendors will be selling food and goods throughout the day with radio stations WXGR and The Bubble FM to amp up the fun. All while delicious Redhook beer flows from the taps.

Hillary Gaynor is Your go-to Realtor on the Seacoast for Sustainability

By Amanda | Jun 17, 2014 | in

Hillary Gaynor of The Bean Group is not your ordinary realtor, for her expertise and certifications go well beyond those of a standard realtor. Hillary has extensive knowledge and certifications in energy efficient housing. Hillary’s designations are GREEN Realtor, EcoBroker, and LEED AP. However her sustainable efforts go well beyond her green credentials on paper.

Education is a main priority to Hillary, for both herself and her customers. Hillary keeps her self up-to-date on all of the innovations in home construction and renovation to upgrade efficiency and utilize renewable resources. She then utilizes her knowledge to educate prospective homeowners on energy saving features and the potential for energy saving improvements in a home.

Hillary places sustainability at the forefront of her priorities. She strives to reduce paper waste through electronic signing on closing documents and printing all promotional material through RAM printing, an environmentally friendly printing operation, and fellow Green Alliance business partner. Other sustainable efforts include carpooling from a central location, volunteering regularly in the community, and networking to connect green businesses with potential customers.

There is no doubt that if sustainability is an important aspect in your future home or a house you are thinking of selling Hillary Gaynor of The Bean Group is the realtor for you!

Community Toolbox Cuts the Ribbon and Opens as a Nonprofit

By Craig | Jun 16, 2014 | in

By Emily Norloff
Green Alliance Writer

Congratulations Community Toolbox! Standing outside the store with ribbon and giant scissors, members of Community Toolbox cut the red ribbon, symbolizing the “grand opening.” The recent 501©3 status approval has made it possible for Community toolbox to become an official non-profit organization, definitely something worth celebrating.

With a first and basement level, the store was packed with materials ranging from kitchen cabinets to tiles. Volunteer members were dressed in light blue t-shirts and warmly greeted people as they came in. This open house was a great opportunity to see first-hand the people and the products that go into making Community Toolbox the amazing organization that it is.

Both Tom and Cheryl agreed that there was a great turn out at the event. “Volunteers, community members, and even people we have done projects for have come in” Cheryl stated excitedly.

Scattered around the store were pictures of people helped by the Fix-It program provided by Community Toolbox. Each picture acted as a reminder of the “neighbors helping neighbors” motto proudly advertised by the volunteers of the non-profit.

The enthusiastic atmosphere running through the store mirrored the excitement each volunteer brings when helping members of the community during a project. As a three part business that tirelessly helps the community through their Deconstruction, Retail Outlet and Fix-It programs, this new non-profit status is a great feat.

Green Alliance Members save 10% on all purchases at the Community Toolbox store!

A Week in Review At Get it Going

By Ali | Jun 13, 2014 | in

Get it Going has three main events this week. The first is to offer 15 percent off of GiG apparel now through the end of June! All gear in the shop is responsibly source and made in the US. Check out the GiG Shop!

Next, Get it Going is welcoming their newest GiGStar. Recently graduated and on his way to Westminster College in Salt Lake City for the summer is soccer star Ian Troost. Troost will be playing for NAIA Division I soccer at Westminster and still has time for community service and extracurricular activities. 

Lastly, a new door has opened for Jill and Natasha, GiG co-owners. Jill will begin weekly blogs about behind the scenes at GiG. Not a day goes by for these two without a funny, unique story. They want to share those stories with their past and future GiGStars and followers! Want to follow the blog?

So, what’s your GiG?

New Freedom Laser Branches Out As Business Grows

By Ali | Jun 13, 2014 | in

Many have heard of using lasers for specific beauty treatments such as hair removal and skin rejuvenation processes. But few know how it actually works. The process is simple and painless at New Freedom Laser, a Green Alliance Business Partner.

Rosemarie Golini founded the company after the FDA approved laser hair removal systems. New Freedom has conducted over 250,000 treatments since 1998! Business has remained steady and continues to expand each day. The company has branched out and now has several locations along New Hampshire and Maine’s seacoast in Portsmouth, Kittery, and Portland.

Hair removal is one of New Freedom’s most popular procedures. They use a new device known as GentleLASE, a tool that has mastered pain free hair removal. The process of removing the hair begins by using light at specific wavelengths to stop future growth. The wavelengths are absorbed by the pigments inside the hair, damaging the follicle enough to prevent new hairs from developing in the future, all while keeping the skin safe and unaffected.

Acorn School on New Hampshire's Seacoast

By Ali | Jun 13, 2014 | in

Acorn School is an early childhood education center in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. Young children, ages three to six, develop and learn together in an atmosphere that is consistent, encouraging, and cheerful.

Acorn School opened its doors in 1975 after Rebecca Shepard purchased a small plot of land in Stratham, NH. It wasn’t long until this special school gain support and interest in the community and filled with eager, energetic students.

This warm and nurturing environment has small classroom sizes, allowing a one to six teacher-to-child ratio. Creating an atmosphere that better fits each individual’s unique learning experience.

Ron April, Real Estate Expert

By Emily | Jun 12, 2014 | in

Finding someone passionate about bringing you the best money can buy in the real estate business can be hard. That is, unless you’ve worked with Ron April. With 17 years of real estate practice under his belt, Ron knows what it takes to find or sell the perfect home for his clients.

Since the beginning of his career in real estate, Ron has grown to become one of the highest producing agents in the region. These credentials have not gone to his head, as all of his various encounters in the field have done nothing but humbled him and allowed him to hone his skills in the field. Over the years, Ron has seen it all, and is an expert at careful negotiations on behalf of his clients, doing what he can to save them money and make their home buying/selling experience positive.

Are You Overpaying on Your Insurance Plan?

By Amanda | Jun 11, 2014 | in

Recently a couple, who are Green Alliance Members, saved $1,798 on their home, auto and umbrella insurance when they switched from GEICO to Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance. The couple had been overpaying for years and Portsmouth Atlantic was able to quote them the same or better coverage saving them a sizable amount!

Portsmouth Atlantic is an independent insurance agency, servicing Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Owner Jon Merwin started the agency shortly after graduating from the University of New Hampshire and, as of June 1, has operated the business for nine years. Since opening a second office in Durham, Jon has worked extensively within the UNH and Durham community. Portsmouth Atlantic is one of the only agencies in New Hampshire that offers a discount on home and auto insurance to all UNH employees. They also offer a Bachelor's and Master's degree discount for alumni. Well over 300 UNH graduates are insured by Portsmouth Atlantic, and that number continues to grow.

Portsmouth Atlantic also strives to be the greenest insurance agency in the state. They use a paperless management system and email as much as possible to reduce paper waste. When Portsmouth Atlantic does use printed materials, they print with soy-based inks and recycle all appropriate products. The business also uses green cleaning products throughout the office. Jon has many green dreams for Portsmouth Atlantic's future and hopes to incorporate other sustainability initiatives into the business and community.

Make sure you're not overpaying on your insurance plan by contacting Portsmouth Atlantic for a quote today!

Green Alliance Members receive a FREE tote bag for every policy purchased by GA Green Card holders! Also, any GA member who purchases a policy will have a tree planted on their behalf through If you are not already a Green Alliance member, click here to sign up!

Green Alliance and Ultra Geothermal Benefit Yard Sale

By Magill | Jun 11, 2014 | in

In support of Travis Aho's battle with Leukemia, the Green Alliance is working with Ultra Geothermal to put on a yard sale.  Travis Aho, brother of Ultra Geothermal owner Melissa, is originally from Sullivan NH and is a graduate of Keene State.  His career as a firefighter has taken him all over the United States and has placed him in Florida for the past ten years.  He currently works as a law enforcement officer for the U.S. department of Agriculture in the Ocala National Forest. Aho has been battling Leukemia since December 2013 and is currently struggling with the financial burden of the disease. 

Take a Holistic Approach to Your Pet Care with The Natural Dog

By Amanda | Jun 10, 2014 | in

There's no better way to keep your dog or cat healthy and happy this summer than with a holistic approach from The Natural Dog. With a large selection of natural foods, supplements and environmentally friendly products your dog or cat is bound to walk out a satisfied customer.

In 2005, Dawn Price opened The Natural Dog in Newburyport, Mass. with the aim of increasing awareness of pet food ingredients. Dawn is not only an expert in her field, but is also a registered dietician whom wanted to bring a sustainable and holistic approach to the pet food industry. To say Dawn succeeded would be an understatement. In 2013, with eight years of experience behind her, Price was able to expand on that goal and open a second location in Portsmouth, N.H. This secondary location, named The Natural Dog & Holistic Cat, operates on the same principles and philosophies that govern the flagship store with the highest quality products for both canine and feline family members.

Dawn and Jeff Price strive to find the most natural and environmentally friendly products available for dogs and cats. All products are thoroughly researched before chosen, and selected based on quality not popularity. Dawn and Jeff avoid the marketing hype by selecting products based on ingredients, production and company values. Further, the Prices buy from local, small businesses as much as possible, with the hope of working with companies who share their values for holistic products.

Great Bay Stewards

By Kelly | Jun 10, 2014 | in

Great Bay Stewardhas a mission to protect and preserve the Great Bay estuarine system through education, land protection, research and care of the Great Bay. They have established a National Estuarine Research Reserve as a place to educate, research, and provide resource protection. This reserve includes the Great Bay Estuary (4,500 acres of tidal waters and wetlands) and about 12,000 additional acres of multi-use land. Great Bay Stewards has also converted former Pease Air Force base land into a National Wildlife Refuge. Also, they developed the Great Bay Discovery Center for Great Bay education programs. They attain these goals through working with other organizations, educational programs and holding recreational/cultural events and informing current members.

Great Bay Stewards are currently holding a kayak raffle for a 2014 Wilderness Systems Kayak Pungo 120, provided by Eastern Mountain Sports. You can purchase tickets here or at the Great Bay Discovery Center! Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. This drawing will be held on June 26th.

Soak Up the Rain is an event being held on June 21 at the Discovery Center. This storm water program protects and restores clean water to local lakes, streams, and estuaries. More information about Soak Up the Rain can be found here. Participants that attend this event can view a nearby rain garden installation.  This will allow for better understanding of stormwater runoff management.  Are you a Do-It-Yourselfer?  This project, can reduce your stormwater foot print at your property!  The Soak Up the Rain event runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

Join the Green Alliance and save 10% on Great Bay Stewards membership!


Green Alliance Summer Party Cruise

By Kelly | Jun 10, 2014 | in

Its the event of the summer; the Endless Summer Party Cruise with NHPTV and your friends at Green Alliance.  We've teamed up with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company for a summer event you won't want to miss!  July 10 join us as we cruise Portsmouth Harbour to the sounds of Humble Bee, an eclectic, local, alternative rock band.  Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and intelligent and fun company (including green business leaders and the folks from NHPTV). FREE FOR ALL GA MEMBERS! 

Join the GA now for only $25, and get your summer cruise ticket and a 1-year membership with the Green Alliance.  The Green Card gets you great discounts at 115 local, green businesses who care about our community.  The membership pays for itself almost the first time you use it.  Don't you think it's time you became a card carring member?  

To save your spot for the GA/NHPTV Summer Party Cruise RSVP to after you've joined. 

Have a friend who you would like to attend?  Send friends this link to join (remind them to RSVP to after they have joined).  

Olympic Green Cleaning

By Kelly | Jun 10, 2014 | in

Olympic Green Cleaning uses healthy environmentally friendly products when cleaning residential homes and commercial facilities. They use products that are EPA approved, such as, “Envirox,” the only EPA registered stabilized hydrogen peroxide sanitizer-virucide. This allows for sustainable cleaning practices with affective environmental protection.

Olympic Green Cleaning Products are also, USDA Bio-Preferred, and Green Seal Certified. The USDA Bio-Preferred program was created to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products. The purchase and use of these products will reduce the nations reliance on petroleum, increase the use of renewable agriculture resources, and contribute to the reduction of adverse environmental and health impacts. Green seal certified is a standard that develops life cycle based sustainability standards for products, services and companies. Green Seal works with businesses to achieve these criteria.

Olympic Green Cleaning understands the importance of environmental, economic and social initiatives. Economically, they will continue to purchase locally, create jobs, and have a commitment to research and development. Their social impact creates programs that benefit the local communities, volunteering services to those in need and providing quality service at all time. Recently, Olympic Green Cleaning ran as a company in a 5k race benefiting Krempels. They also, gave to breast cancer awareness month and made a brain tumor foundation donation. They have plans to start a charity fund for families that struggle to pay their medical bill, and donate to non-profits monthly. Environmentally, Olympic Green Cleaning will utilize products and conduct business that benefits the environment, prevent pollution, and promoting and educating clients on environmental management.


Community Toolbox Grand Opening Sale!

By Ali | Jun 10, 2014 | in

Community Toolbox is a non-profit in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that accepts donations of new and used home building supplies that they then sell at their outlet store. They take used home goods from homeowners who would normally have furniture hauled away during renovations. 

In addition to selling the furnishings and working on small home repairs, their volunteer team will help local homeowners remove kitchen and bathroom cabinets, sinks, appliances and countertops as part of their deconstruction service. Rather than pay for the labor, homeowners are asked to make a small financial donation to the program and receive a tax write off for donating their useable materials.

Typically, all Green Alliance members receive a ten percent discount on all purchases at their store. Recently, Community Toolbox has achieved their goal of becoming a non-profit and is giving a 20 percent discount to all GA members to celebrate!

Site Structures Keeps Sustainable Goals in Mind

By Kyle | Jun 10, 2014 | in

Site Structures aims to create sustainable landscapes that are designed to be both attractive and in balance with the local climate and environment. In creating these carefully crafted sustainable landscapes Site Structures has three goals; reduce inputs, reduce waste and utilize local suppliers and local materials.

Site Structures is well aware of the negative impacts lawn care chemicals have on the health of the soil, larger aspects of the environment and the health of those in contact with the lawn. Site Structures goal to reduce inputs aims to avoid applying non-organic fertilizers and pesticides. By avoiding the application of these chemicals supports the biology of the soil that maintains the soils overall health and reduce the amount of maintenance needed in the future. Therefore, the inputs of time and money are also reduced.

Green Alliance Welcomes Aucella Heat & Cooling as a Business Partner!

By Craig | Jun 10, 2014 | in

It's summer, what a perfect time to welcome Aucella Heating & Cooling to the Green Alliance!

As we turn on our AC systems seeking relief from the heat, many don't know that an efficient cooling system can help save money and lessen their impact on the environment. Aucella does more than just installations and repair work. They spend time diagnosing a home and find the right system that fits the needs of both the homeowner and the home itself. Aucella even offers customers the opportunity to manage their home's efficiency while they soak up the sun with the Ecobee Internet Thermostat, which allows users to manage energy levels from their laptop, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Isle of Shoals Teams Up With Green Alliance

By Ali | Jun 9, 2014 | in

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Green Alliance are working together all summer long to give away tickets to island and steamship adventures. Tuesday June 10 the Green Alliance will put up a question that can be found on the GA facebook page. The first person to correctly answer the question will receive a ticket to the Steamship event on July 10!

The Isle of Shoals Steamship Co., Green Alliance, and NHPTV are all teaming up to bring you a fun night of food, drinks and live music aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton as it sails the Piscataqua River on the July 10.

The Isle of Shoals Steamship Company is hosting a sunset wine tasting on June 22, July 20, August 17, and September 7. Step on board the M.V. Thomas Laighton to sample various wines and appetizers while cruising along the river. Relax to live acoustic entertainment. Top it off with a sunset overlooking the harbor. A great way to end your week!

Redhook Brewery and WXGR Present Hookfest 2014

By Clay | Jun 9, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Community get 25% off Hookfest tickets with promo code 'Green'! (exp. 8/1) 

Redhook Brewery and WXGR’s 18th annual Hookfest 2014 is right around the corner! The all-day outdoor music and beer festival takes place on August 16 and promises a day of great music, delicious beer & food and plenty of good times. Just last week, redhook and WXGR announced the full musical lineup, featuring a fantastic lineup of national touring artists and local bands.

Brooklyn's finest seven-piece old school funk band Lettuce will headline the festival. Lettuce has toured venues and festivals the country for the past year, from The Fillmore in California to Terminal 5 in New York City. Lettuce celebrated their 20th anniversary this year by releasing their third studio album, Fly.

Along with Lettuce, the lineup also includes Bim Skala Bim, a ska rock band from Boston, MA, ska musician and producer King Hammond, soul band The Nth Power, Massachusetts-based Americana roots reggae band Michael Bernier & Freevolt, and The Spittin' Vinnies, performing originals and a wide span of covers.

Sound good? It is. Head to Hookfest's website, where you can look at a number of different ticket options, ranging from general admission tickets to swanky VIP packages, including hotel and transportation. Psst, here's a hint though: get 25% off your ticket purchase when you use the promo code 'GREEN.' 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Cornerstone Tree Care

By Kyle | Jun 9, 2014 | in

Who: Cornerstone Tree Care

What: Owner Micum Davis says he likes to channel the Lorax, Dr. Seuss' environmentally friendly character, when he says he speaks for the trees. In many ways, Davis does provide the trees a voice, working within the natural environment on job sites to ensure that pruning is not just for the sake of the customer, but also for the health of the trees. Cornerstone looks to employ the least invasive approach, including not wearing boot spikes when climbing (which can damage tree bark and eventually kill a tree), using non-toxic, biodegradable lubricants for equipment and offering an organic blend of mulch made from recycled tree waste. Cornerstone recognizes that traveling from job to job can have harmful effects on the environment and thus limits work to a 20-mile radius of the Seacoast.

Where: P.O. Box 4505, Portsmouth


What makes them green:
• Educates about the many benefits of trees to both people and ecosystems.
• Advocates for tree preservation over removal.
• Uses 2-cycle gasoline oil mix created from waste tallow which reduces toxic airborne pollutants by 48 percent.
• Compost processes and recycles tree waste into lumber, firewood or mulch.
• No-idling policy for all trucks and equipment.
• Biodegradable chain lubricants and hydraulic fluids.
• Never wear spikes when pruning trees to avoid tree injury.
• All diesel equipment runs on biodiesel.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Cornerstone Tree Care's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at