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Northwestern Mutual of Portsmouth seeks Associate Financial Representative

By Patrick | Jan 27, 2014 | in

Did you know the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We post information about job openings within the Green Alliance business partner community. Open the door to your green career today.

Northwestern Mutual of Portsmouth seeks an Associate Financial Representative. Don’t miss your opportunity to join the ranks of what was voted one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies by Fortune magazine’s annual survey in 2012. The position involves assistance in daily administrative support as well as client service support. To review the full list of qualifications and further responsibilities, click here. Contact Larry Russell with a cover letter and resume at larry.russell@nm.com.

Ridgeview Construction seeks Seasoned Project Manager

By Patrick | Jan 24, 2014 | in

Did you know the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We post information about job openings within our business partner community. Open the door to your green career today. 

Green Alliance business partner, Ridgeview Construction is seeking a seasoned Project Manager. This award-winning custom homebuilder has recently had its share of success and growth and is trying to find an enthusiastic candidate to move forward with. Don't miss this opportunity to join such a unique construction business. If you would like to read more about the position and the necessary qualifications, please visit our Green Jobs Board.

Meet a Green Alliance Business!

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

Every Monday the Portsmouth Herald features a different Green Alliance business. The most recent business featured was Redhook Ale Brewery. Check out their profile below to see what makes them green! 

Who: Redhook Ale Brewery

What: A New-England staple since 1996, Redhook Ale Brewery has for more than a decade helped define the rise of the American microbrew. But while the Portsmouth-based Redhook might be known for its famous line of bold and flavorful brews, its growing list of green initiatives and policies are going a long way in setting Redhook even further apart from the competition.

Where: 35 Corporate Drive at Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

Web: www.redhook.com

What makes it green:

-- Installed compact fluorescent lighting throughout the facility.

-- Uses water treatment and filtration system that cuts down not only on water used, but electricity as well.

-- Diverts spent grains from brewing process to regional dairy farms.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Redhook's full certification documents, and learn more about its sustainability initiatives here!

All Green Alliance members receive 10 percent off food at Redhook! To join the GA click here

Chinese New Year Celebration

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga is hosting a Chinese New Year celebration on Saturday, February 1st! The afternoon will be filled with events for people of all ages, including martial arts, Chinese brush and silk painting, acupuncture, and a Gateway open house.

From Noon to 2 p.m. there will be tons of activities for children! There will be a dragon mask parade, featuring a mask contributed by Newmarket kindergarteners. Taiji Fan exercises will take place, and there will also be arts and crafts activities for kids, including face painting, and Chinese brush painting.

Select services and activities will take place the entire day. Shiao-Ping Wang will be hosting Chinese Cultural Arts. Betty Lathrop will be performing silk painting. Angela Lambert will be providing Acupuncture services. The Gateway open house will also take place all day, too! They will be providing Face Body Spirit, Patrix, Jenny Harrison Skincare, Vanish Laser Studio, Personal Touch Electrolysis. Imagine You will offer chair massage, foot reflexology, brow shaping, laser and hair consultations, color analysis, and raffles and door prizes.

Some of the demonstrations and activities will only take place at certain times of the day. Check out the schedule below to make sure you won’t miss these special events.

Storm Surge! Meeting the Sea’s Challenge on the Seacoast!

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

RYE — The Seacoast Science Center is offering the public a unique event to learn more about climate change and our seacoast. On Thursday, Feb. 6, three founding members of the N.H. Coastal Adaptation Work Group will be hosting a dinner and conversation about these topics. Sherry Godlewski, Steve Miller, and Peter Britz will be giving us the straight answer on what we can expect from our seacoast during the next 50 years.

The conversation will be broken up into three segments. First will be a review on the science behind climate change. They will also explain how human activity affects and even accelerates the process. Second, they will explore the component of sea level rise in relation to climate change to distinguish the difference between sea level rise and storm surge. You will learn about how communities are giving special attention to coastal infrastructure, historic resources and habitats. The last segment will review the ways that our coastal communities are stepping up to the climate challenge.

January Ring Sale at Prelude

By Madelaine | Jan 23, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH —Prelude offers a wide selection of locally and internationally made beauty products and jewelry. Much of its jewelry is handmade locally in Maine. For the remainder of January, Prelude is offering a discount of 15 percent off all rings. Don’t miss out on this great deal! It has many other unique green products to check out while you’re there.

Prelude has been Portsmouth’s premier boutique for locally made bath and beauty products since 1983. Many of its products are also imported from fine retailers across Europe. It is one of the largest vendors in the area for Burt’s Bees, which is one of the most popular brands of all-natural beauty supplies.

Acorn Organic Salon Opens a New Location in Dover!

By Jenn | Jan 23, 2014 | in

Acorn Organic Salon is committed to providing top quality hair salon services using only the most environmentally friendly products. Unlike the typical salon where you are greeted by the smell of toxic chemicals, Acorn’s products are all natural meaning they are healthy for your hair, safe to put down the drain, and enter into the environment. Acorn is revolutionary in green practices as the first salon to do away with toxic chemicals on the Seacoast.

The new location is at 14 Sixth Street in Dover, NH right next to Dover Natural Marketplace. Now you can get your hair cut at Acorn Organic Salon and follow it up with some food shopping at Dover Natural which specializes in organic health food.

Green Alliance members enjoy 10% off all salon services. Learn more about Acorn here! To join the Green Alliance, click here.

Celebrate Storytelling, a Tribute to Jim Cavan

By Jenn | Jan 23, 2014 | in

Little Waiting to be Matched

By Mary | Jan 22, 2014 | in

Below is a guest blog from Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast. The program is run by Executive Director Stacy Kramer in Portsmouth, NH. BBBS is on a mission to give all children the opportunity to achieve success. They are a Green Alliance Business Partner dedicated to matching young kids facing adversity with responsible, strong role-models. Each month, Big Brothers Big Sisters highlights a child waiting to be matched with a potential Big. 

Kaden is 12 years old and lives in Dover. He loves camping, fishing, archery, nature walks, football and building things. His mom describes him as even-keeled, laid back and shy, but comfortable once he gets to know someone.
 
Kaden has been raised by a single mom since he was 6 months old. His dad lives locally but has his own struggles and is not interested in having a relationship with his son. Kaden is having a hard time with his dad's decision and really needs a positive male influence in his life.

Green Earth Baby Works Introduces New Eco-Friendly Toys and Accessories

By Mary | Jan 21, 2014 | in

EPPING — For those who may not know that you can get cloth diapers delivered to your home, Green Earth Baby Works is the easy and sustainable solution for your little ones, and the only cloth diaper service in New Hampshire. Owner and President Kim Leo’s mission is to provide alternative diaper options for new mothers trying to save money and minimize their carbon footprint. Green Earth Baby Works assists busy mothers by washing their cloth diapers every week based on a personalized pick up and delivery plan. Their service aids people in northern Massachusetts all the way up to Portland, Maine. Customers can visit their store in Epping or shop online for 100% cotton diapers, eco-friendly cleaning supplies, diaper bags, and more.

Green Earth Baby Works recently added several new environmentally friendly and non-toxic products for you and your baby:

Two Ceres Street Embraces Sustainable Design

By Madelaine | Jan 21, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Two Ceres Street provides a warm and elegant dining experience. Chef Dennis Maggera's menu features an eclectic array of dishes that utilize local ingredients and seasonal selections. The menu is changed and added to frequently to keep up with what’s fresh and locally available. Two Ceres Street not only includes more sustainable options in its cuisine, but also in virtually all aspects of its dining room.

The bar and shelves, and the vanity in the bathroom are all made from paper stone derived from 70 percent post consumer recycled paper. The bar front and table tops are Kirei board, a strong, lightweight, and environmentally friendly substitute for wood made from rapidly renewable and reclaimed agriculture fibers such as sorghum.

The wine and bar cabinetry is made from reclaimed wood gathered from 100-year-old wooden doors. All of the metal work is done by local blacksmith Peter Hapney; art work done by Lisa Grey and the fabric is all handmade and local; wool rugs are all sustainably harvested and furniture is FSC certified and the plan is to build wood tables from reclaimed materials.

Even the finest details reflect its commitment to sustainable and local design. Decorative glass pieces containing local sea glass, beach stone, and no-water moss line the windows. A piece of a 100-year-old silver maple that was uprooted in a storm on the Great Bay hangs on the wall as a charming piece of art.

Conservation Law Foundation's Sustainability Report Card

By Madelaine | Jan 21, 2014 | in

Did you know that every business/organization in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? We want to be sure that everyone knows what each business has accomplished and what they are still working toward when it comes to green business practices. Check out CLF’s Report Card below to see how they scored!

 

To read the Conservation Law Foundation's full Sustainability Evaluation click here

Green Alliance members who become CLF members for $75 can receive their choice of a sustainability-related book autographed by the author! To become a GA member click here.

The UNH Dairy Bar is Gearing Up for the New Semester

By Jenn | Jan 20, 2014 | in

Looking for something to eat this semester that is both healthy and environmentally friendly? Stop by the Dairy Bar in Durham, where you can choose from a wide array of food including breakfast foods, sandwiches, soups, salads, and of course, ice cream. This semester, get a taste of the Dairy Bar's newest ice cream flavor, Campfire S’mores! Chocolate chips melt in your mouth when you bite into this graham cracker ice cream oozing with marshmallow ripple. It'll bring you right to the heart of summer as we push through the last few months of the New England snow.

With 75% of all its ingredients coming from local suppliers, the Dairy Bar is proud to be one of the most local-intensive eateries in the state, and the perfect destination for the environmentally conscious foodie. In addition to their ingredients, they have set up intricate recycling and composting stations within the dining area. The composted food waste is then used to grow more food in the high tunnel fields owned by UNH’s College of Life Sciences and Agriculture.

Won't You Be Our Neighbor!?!?

By Patrick | Jan 17, 2014 | in

 

Local Schools Get Acquainted with Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Mary | Jan 17, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast recently announced its partnership with eight local high schools and four surrounding sites from the Portsmouth area. The School & Site Based Mentoring Program matches Bigs with Littles in the classroom environment. William Allen School is one of the participating schools ecstatic to be part of the program. The guidance counselor at William Allen School, Julie Thompson, claims “it is a resounding success!”

Executive Director Stacy Kramer of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast says, “Being matched in a school or site is a great opportunity for adults who want to give back to the community but don’t have a great deal of time.”

Bigs meet can with their Littles in a comfortable setting during lunch or on the playground after school gets out. The pairs meet for an hour a week to work on homework assignments, read books together, or to chat about family and friends. Bigs from the selected high schools can earn required community service hours while simultaneously influencing the lives of their Littles in a positive way.

Independent Radio Gets the Independent Edge with Favorite Foods' Restaurant Series

By Madelaine | Jan 16, 2014 | in

SOMERSWORTH – Over the past 25 years, Favorite Foods has built a strong reputation for quality products, magnificent customer service, and an emphasis on locally owned restaurants and businesses. Now, they are working with Boston radio station The River to give back to the businesses they serve.

Favorite Foods was presented the New England Food Service Distributor of the Year award in 2013 by the Griffin Report of Food Marketing for their dedication to their clients and to superior food products. Its most recent promotion is called “Operators Edge Promotion Series,” an on-air restaurant review series that spotlights businesses who use Favorite Foods as their distributor.

Every other week, 92.5 The River features a different Favorite Foods restaurant. River personalities Rita Cary and Carolyn Morrell take turns visiting restaurants and reviewing the experience for an advertisement on The River. In addition to an informative review, they also offer listeners a chance to win a Favorite Foods dining and entertainment package. Listeners can register online for a chance to win a gift certificate from a Favorite Foods restaurant and a pair of tickets to a local concert, play, or other event in the area.

Gateway hosts Chinese New Year celebration

By Madelaine | Jan 16, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — A Green Alliance business partner, Gateway, Taiji, Qigong & Yoga, will be hosting a celebration of The 2014 Chinese New Year in Portsmouth. The event will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 1. There will be visual arts, martial arts, children's activities, and acupuncture. Gateway will also hold an open house featuring massage and foot reflexology, brow shaping, and beauty consultations.

2014 is The Year of The Horse. Chinese culture describes the horse as a symbol of nobility, class, speed and perseverance. Specifically, this year is The Year of the Wood Horse. The energy of wood embodies rebirth and growth, high energy, and productivity. Other attributes include fast victories, adventure, and romance.

The day will be packed with exciting events for people of all ages! The celebration will begin with a children's parade featuring a dragon mask created by Newmarket kindergarten students. Following the parade will be various children’s activities, including Chinese brush painting and folk tales. Next, there will be several martial arts demonstrations including Taiji Fan (Marsha Carr) Taiji Sword and Taiji Yang Style Long form (Bill Buckley), plus a dramatic Kung Fu form demonstrated by Jeremy Shaw. There will also be an exciting lineup of Seacoast artists, health practitioners, and martial artists.

Additionally, there will be an open house for the other businesses located at 875 Islington Street. Participating businesses include Face Body Spirit, Jennifer Harrison Skincare, Patrix Salon, Vanish Laser Studio, and Personal Touch Electrolysis. Some of the services offered will be chair massage, reflexology, and skin and beauty consultations.

Winter – Prime Time for Tree Maintenance

By Madelaine | Jan 16, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Winter is the optimal time for tree and shrub pruning, tree removal, and other services offered by Cornerstone Tree Care. The bare trees and frozen ground make it a great time to do tree maintenance. Frozen ground minimizes landscape damage and allows greater equipment access to trees. With no perennials present, you don’t have to worry about them being damaged during tree work activities.

The lack of leaves on the trees allow for clearer sightings of dead wood, which when removed can help improve a tree’s health. Bare trees also make structural pruning and stand thinning much simpler to execute. Pruning fruit trees now will help improve food production in the future and create good structure. Services like thinning, pruning, and tree removal are also made easier because sap is stored in the tree’s roots this time of year. This makes trunks and braches lighter and easier to handle. This could save you time and money.

Alternative Healthcare Making Strides

By Madelaine | Jan 14, 2014 | in

EXETER — Starry Brook Natural Medicine offers a warm alternative approach to medical care. The practice takes time to get to know all of its patients in order to better treat their medical or emotional problems. Its approach is to consider the whole person and provide hope.

Starry Brook is a one-stop shop, providing services for the entire family. The staff treats patients with a variety of methods from prescriptions to nutrition. They offer services such as acupuncture, massage therapy, diet counseling, and the Emotional Freedom Technique.

Recently two new members have joined Starry Brook Natural Medicine team. Starry Brook owner Dr. Robyn Giard is excited to welcome Alicia Rossman, RD and Rosalyn Hardy, LMT to the practice. These practitioners will help expand Starry Brook’s capabilities by bringing their own unique skills to the table. Rossman specializes in nutrition counseling and provides private yoga sessions for Starry Brook patients. Hardy provides rehabilitative massage therapy.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Celebrates January as National Mentoring Month

By Mary | Jan 14, 2014 | in

January is National Mentoring Month at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast! BBBS is proud to have so many dedicated “Bigs” who volunteer their time to “Littles” in need of advice, guidance and perspective. The young kids involved in this program are paired with reliable advisers who act as real-life siblings, mothers, fathers, and role-models.

Big Brothers Big Sisters wants to thank the 300-plus Big Siblings who put in tremendous effort each and every week. These individuals deserve recognition for all of their hard work as mentors. They spend countless hours creating memories, telling stories and building genuine friendships with children who face hardships in their home or school life.

The “Big” Sisters and Brothers meet and converse with their “Littles” about their lives and encourage them to explore the world and seek out opportunities for their future. Adult mentors have incredibly positive impacts on their matches and are essential to the BBBS organization.