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Take Advantage of Community Toolbox April/May Discounts!

By Mary | Apr 23, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is proud to welcome Community Toolbox into its tight-nit network of sustainable businesses and consumers. Community Toolbox is a non-profit that accepts donated home building supplies to sell at their outlet store on Mirona Road in Portsmouth. Funds from the sale of old and new parts goes towards their Fix-It program, which provides home repair to local residents in need.

As part of their new membership, Community Toolbox has decided to offer some amazing discounts during the months of April and May. The folks at Community Toolbox are selling Green Alliance year-long memberships for only $35! All Green Alliance members receive discounts with over 115+ of their business partners on the Seacoast.

5K Rescue Run for Marine Mammal Rescue

By Mary | Apr 23, 2014 | in

RYE -- The Seacoast Science Center is hosting a 5K trail race this Saturday, April 26, in order to raise money for rescuing marine mammals and providing New Hampshire ocean education. The 5K race and two mile walk are sponsored by Kennebunk Savings Bank, one of the Green Alliance's Business Partners. The scenic Rescue Run, formerly known as the Whale of a 5K Trail Race, will begin at 9:00 a.m. Participants will run or walk through the historical cross-country trails in Odiorne Point State Park. The 5K will provides runners with landscape views of the forest, old military fortifications, and sandy beaches.

The Rescue Run is both competitive and non-competitive. Those who place in the top five will be awarded a prize, however, it is not mandatory that all runners and walkers compete with that goal in mind. Families with young children can choose a two mile, stroller-friendly trail instead. The walking path is an alternative route to running that makes sure the whole family can be involved. All teams need at least five members and are encouraged to make matching t-shirts.

Seacoast Energy to Offer Highly Efficient European Furnace Options

By Patrick | Apr 23, 2014 | in

Seacoast Energy has recently expanded its product range to include appliances from WoodMaster – a Minnesota-based furnace manufacturer.

Upon agreeing to showcase WoodMaster’s European-style biomass products, Jack Bingham of Seacoast Energy was flown out to Minnesota where he received comprehensive training on product itself and the support that authorized sellers provide.

Forged in the name of efficiency, this union will benefit both parties enormously. Seacoast Energy will be the region’s only seller and servicer of WoodMaster’s product line while WoodMaster will break back into a market they had previously been dropped from.

Sales and Marketing Manager for WoodMaster, Todd Strem reflects on his link-up with Bingham and the technology his business will bring to the region.

“Anybody that really does research like Jack does – he reads, he hunts, and he looks at things; they realize that the European style of biomass heating is the way to go,” said Strem. “Their technology is further ahead than ours here because they’ve been mandated by their government for years to clean up.”

Minute Men Painters Painting to Please

By Kyle | Apr 22, 2014 | in

While a fresh coat of paint can change a room's aesthetics and your mood, it can also leave behind a terrible toxic smell. Clear your head of those toxic fumes with Minute Men Painters, who are dedicated to incorporating and emphasizing low toxin or toxic-free paints in all of their interior projects. The staff at Minute Men Painters know first hand how dangerous chemicals typically found in paint are. Some have lost all sense of smell because the toxic fumes have caused irreparable sensory damage to nerves. To avoid excess chemicals, Minute Men Painters use low or no volatile organic compound (VOC) paints. Priced the same as their harsh chemical counterparts, choosing Minute Men painters is the healthier and environmentally friendly choice. Get in touch with them today!

Ridgeview Construction seeks Seasoned Site Manager

By Madelaine | Apr 22, 2014 | in

Ridgeview Construction is an award-winning custom home builder committed to leading the way in responsible home building. Our culture is focused on sustainability and being an engaged corporate citizen. Our success is based on the belief that when we support our employees to continually grow their skills and engage them in improving our building processes, we as a team can deliver better dream homes to our customers. Every employee is extremely passionate about what they do.

Due to our success and continued growth we are looking for a seasoned site worker who is ready to grow with us. We are looking for somebody who can be responsible for residential and commercial site work. The person in this role needs to be able to leave the traditional way of working behind and try new methods to improve the Ridgeview Construction experience and our product.

If being a passionate site worker (both residential and commercial), delivering high customer service, being able to plan multiple site work projects, sounds like you, and you are well experienced with residential and commercial site work, (being a licensed septic installer is a requirement), than you would be a great fit for our team.

900 Degrees' New Dinner and a Movie Deal

By Madelaine | Apr 22, 2014 | in

 

Spend $15 at 900 Degrees and receive a movie ticket at matinée price! Movie tickets are valid at O’Neil Cinemas, which has locations in Londonderry and Epping, NH.

Yankee Thermal Imaging is Growing - Become Part of Its Team

By Madelaine | Apr 22, 2014 | in

Here at Yankee Thermal Imaging (or "YTI" if that's too much of a mouthful) we are changing the insulation and energy efficiency industry. We offer both consumer and business options that help improve energy efficiencies by providing affordable audits and solutions.

At YTI we offer not only innovation, but also a unique work environment.

Have you always wanted to work for a construction company that fits an entire work week in four days (in other words, Friday's off)? Are you not afraid of small spaces? Would it be enjoyable to see New England while serving clients? Then you might be a great fit for one of our teams!

We are currently looking to grow our Weatherization and ISP Program and are looking for individuals with a strong work history that are eager to learn and grow with the business.

We are looking to add the following members to our team:

Weatherization program
*Weatherization Crew Leader
with a strong background in construction and Management.
*Asst. Crew Leader
*Crew members

Purely Organic — Green Alternative to Commercial Lawn Care

By Madelaine | Apr 22, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Spring is finally here! While relaxing in the backyard enjoying the sun, you may have noticed some damage to your plants and grass from the winter. Looks like it’s time to start thinking about your lawn care.

Purely Organic Lawn Care can offer you a green alternative to typical commercial lawn care. Organic lawn care provides the same results as commercial lawn care, but without the use of harsh chemicals. Omitting harmful chemicals from the landscaping process helps to keep the environment safe, as well as your community and family. Not to mention organic lawn care conserves resources and saves money. Purely Organic has a knowledgeable trained team that specializes in the following services…  

- Liquid and granular organic fertilizers

- Weed and crabgrass management

- Grub management

- Compost tea for soil enhancement

- Mosquito and tick management

- Soil testing

- Aeration

- Over-seeding

- Seed-o-vating

Check out Purely Organic’s website to learn more about the services it offers, and get a jumpstart on your spring lawn care!

adaptDESIGN Renews with Green Alliance!

By Craig | Apr 21, 2014 | in

By Theresa Conn
Green Alliance Contributing Writer

adaptDESIGN
, of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, takes pride in bringing sustainability into every aspect of their architecture firm. Robert Cook and Paul Fowler, co-founders of Adapt, specialize in designing beautiful homes that complement the land they are built on. By focusing on three fundamental aspects of architecture - creative practicality, durability, and regionalism – Adapt designs homes that please environmentalists and architecture lovers alike.

For Cook and Fowler, creative practicality comes with constant assessment of the size, scale and program of each project. By considering how a building will naturally fit into a site, Adapt can maximize energy efficiency. For example, many homes designed by Adapt have large southerly windows that take advantage of passive solar heating. According to Cook, creating energy-efficient buildings is not a far fetched dream; “it’s just good design. We design homes that fit the build site.”

Green Alliance Members save 10% on schematic design services for design projects!

Big Brothers Big Sisters Match of the Month

By Ali | Apr 21, 2014 | in

Big Brothers Big Sisters is a Green Alliance business partner focused on the needs and success of the children in the Greater Seacoast community. The BBBS mission is to provide children in the program a big brother or sister who becomes their life long mentor and friend.

Each month, BBBS highlights a child in need on their waiting list. This month is dedicated to Ryan who is currently living in Newmarket. Ryan is a typical eight year old who enjoys animals, nature, gardening, jump roping, playing soccer, reading and riding his bike. He is an active, energetic, smart and creative individual who is in need of a Big. Ryan is seeking a Big brother to play basketball with and teach him everything an older sibling would normally do about school and growing up.

Eolian Energy is Dedicated to Renewable Power

By Ali | Apr 21, 2014 | in

Eolian Renewable Energy is taking the road less traveled by creating their path using alternative energy. Their projects range from clean energy and real estate development to permitting and construction. CEO Jack Kenworthy says he is proud to oversee a company leading the way into a brighter, more sustainable future.

Each of Eolian’s founding partners has a curiosity for clean energy and a passion for the environment. Their unique sets of skills and interests bring to the business professional expertise with a sense of responsibility to the community.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Colonial Stoneworks

By Patrick | Apr 21, 2014 | in

Who: Colonial Stoneworks

What: Adam Bennett, a New Hampshire native, is a master craftsman who tackles stonework more as an artisan than a laborer. With a priority of working with the natural landscape of each project, Bennett seeks to create outdoor environments that build upon and complement the organic environment.

Focused on "green hardscaping," Bennett works with reclaimed and recycled stone to craft walkways, mailboxes, staircases and elegantly rustic fireplaces. Colonial deals mostly with granite and other natural stone, resources inherently greener than amalgamated materials such as concrete.

Where: 142 Castle Hill Road, Windham

Web: www.cswnh.com

What makes it green:

  • Uses biodiesel in equipment and trucks.
  • Sets up 500-gallon tank to store biofuel to reduce trips to fill up.
  • Recommends paperless billing and invoicing to cut down paper waste.

Places a high priority on sourcing much of the materials locally or from the yards of the customers.All GA businesses are green certified. Read Colonial Stonework's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at www.greenalliance.biz.

Join the Green Alliance Team for the 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure

By Mary | Apr 18, 2014 | in

The third annual Race for the Cure is less than a month away! The Green Alliance is proud to be a crystal sponsor for such an amazing breast cancer awareness race. The Vermont-NH Affiliate for the Susan G. Komen organization is coming to Portsmouth on May 10 to spread the word about the pink ribbon movement. The run/walk will begin at Strawberry Banke Muesum located at 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth. Proceeds from the event will go towards breast cancer research, treatment and educational programs in New Hampshire and Vermont. Every year, millions of women and their families are impacted by this disease. Just about everyone knows of someone who has been directly or indirectly affected by breast cancer.

Participants can sign up as individuals or create their own teams. The Green Alliance has registered to run the race as a team, so now you can join us in raising money for breast cancer patients and survivors! Race registration costs $35. Exisitng Green Alliance members who sign up to join the Green Alliance team will receive a free Green Alliance t-shirt and a one year gift membership to give to a friend. Non-members interested in signing up to run with the Green Alliance Komen team will also get a free Green Alliance t-shirt. If you would like to run or walk with the Green Alliance, please email mary@greenalliance.biz.

Limelight Deal on a Gundalow Sail for Two!

By Mary | Apr 18, 2014 | in

Itching to get outside for some spring-time activities? Why not take a leisurely two hour sailboat ride on the Piscataqua? The Piscataqua is The Gundalow Company’s reproduction of a traditional flat-bottom gundalow. It’s the iconic symbol of the Seacoast of New Hampshire. The Gundalow Company is a Green Alliance Business who provides environmental education programs for Seacoast tourists on sailboat rides. The Gundalow Company is an eco-friendly nonprofit who was chosen as Yankee Magazine Editor’s Choice winner in 2013.

They’re offering a two person sailing charter special for $30 from now until Monday, April 21! Take action today because this two-for-one Limelight Deal won't be available for long. Don’t miss your chance to take a scenic coastline tour with an expert guide. Those who sign up will save 50 percent on a sailing trip typically worth $60. The Piscataqua begins it journey at the Prescott Park dock located at 60 Marcy St. in downtown Portsmouth.

Salt + Sea

By Ali | Apr 18, 2014 | in

Living on the coast of New England has its perks, one of which being freshly caught seafood. Salt + Sea is a local company specializing in the sustainable harvest of fish off the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. Each week, Salt + Sea members receive fresh, locally caught seafood, connecting Portland’s strong local foods with neighboring communities. Salt + Sea is offering a variety of customizable fish shares, as well as shellfish or seafood baskets filled with Maine’s finest products.

Every week members pick up their pre-paid shares of fresh-off-the-knife fish, hand selected based on freshness, flavor and season at one of nine different locations. Members can choose to sign up for two months at a time and can renew their memberships at any point. Green Alliance director, Sarah Brown is excited to be signing up for a share to provide her and her family with fresh, sustainable seafood.

CLF Waterkeeper: Growing threats to Great Bay and the Piscataqua

By Patrick | Apr 18, 2014 | in

 

What happens when you pave paradise?

Between 1990 and 2005, there was a 75 percent increase in the total amount of parking lots and roads within the Great Bay Watershed. Because of this expansion of impervious surfaces, precipitation that normally would be absorbed by the surrounding soil is collected on the pavement, and has a stronger chance of reaching the Great Bay – bringing oil, road salt, and other harmful toxins with it.

The Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper program, a sector of Conservation Law Foundation, aims to preserve the ecological identity of the Great Bay while encouraging the many recreational activities the area offers to residents and tourists alike.

Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Jeff Barnum focuses on addressing this and other growing threats to the estuary.

“We must be more aware of our impacts and collectively reduce the high level of pollutants we leak into the estuary every year,” said Barnum. “Practices as customary as fertilizing your lawn invite storm water to leach the chemicals from the grass and carry them down stream – eventually into the Piscataqua and the Great Bay.”

Wind Energy and Regional Energy Stability Beckons to New Hampshire Residents

By Patrick | Apr 18, 2014 | in

BY PATRICK MARTIN
Green Alliance Staff Writer

The Green Alliance has recently taken flak for its encouraging stance on wind energy development in the state from those who typically identify with the green movement.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Green Alliance, it can best be described as an organization promoting sustainable businesses and non-profits in New Hampshire while effectively communicating their values to the region’s environmentally conscious consumers.

However this strong network of like-minded people seems to have hit a speed bump, shaking loose what had previously been a united front.

This fragmentation of the green movement has led many to push their own tailor-fit ideals, often at the expense of forward progress. When one substitutes pride for practicality one plays a role in forfeiting the locomotion required of a thriving progressive group. Conversely, it is very rare that successful groups trip over their own feet when striving to hit consensus.

Wind energy development is a perfect exemplification of this inner-organizational stalemate. Opponents of wind tend to feel very strongly about the preservation or conservation that would be forgone in favor of development. However, development is a necessary evil in a world with increasing population and expanding demand for energy and something has to give. It is important to see wind energy farms as a compromise on the spectrum of responsible development and that prohibiting any development outright is morbidly impractical.

Newmarket Dental Moves to Convenient New Greener Space

By Madelaine | Apr 17, 2014 | in

NEWMARKET — After 63 years in its downtown office, Newmarket Dental has relocated. Its beloved old location became cramped and outdated, so the practice has moved into a more client-friendly (and ecologically sound!) space.

Just half a mile from the old locale, the new office at 60 Exeter Road, Building 100 has a lot more to offer. There is plenty of convenient parking for employees and customers, and easier access to the building for elderly and handicapped patients.

The new space was not fully developed before Dr. Nate Swanson moved in, so he and his crew had the opportunity to make building choices to fit their specific needs. Sustainability was a big theme for the design of the office. Most of the lights in the office are light-emitting diodes (LEDs.) While initially a costly investment, LEDs last 40 times as long and and use one-sixth the energy compared to incandescent light bulbs. Swanson also sought out furniture from manufacturers who use recycled content and have commitments to green business practices.

The 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure with the Green Alliance

By Mary | Apr 16, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Did you know that breast cancer affects one out of every eight women during their lifetime? Each year millions of women and families suffer because of this life-changing disease. The Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the renowned Susan G. Komen organization is hosting its annual 5K run/walk on May 10 to raise money for breast cancer survivors and current breast cancer patients. The scenic 3.1 mile race will begin at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth.

This will be the third Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held in New Hampshire. The past two 5K runs have successfully raised more than $300,000 to put towards breast cancer research, screening, treatment and education programs in N.H. and Vt. The Susan G. Komen Affiliate is proud to have four local agencies supporting them with grants this year. The organization is hopeful that they can surpass last year's efforts in terms of both dollars and participants.

900 Degrees Raises Dough to Support Community Charities

By Mary | Apr 16, 2014 | in

MANCHESTER –- It was on a small farm in New Hampshire where Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, owner of 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, first got a taste for sustainable comfort food. Since those early days, Rondeau has turned her appreciation for cooking into a viable, environmentally-friendly business.

Known for their Italian-inspired wood-fired pizzas, 900 Degrees' menu also includes a wide range of soups, salads, pastas and desserts all made from fresh, local ingredients. Along with creating a varied menu, Rondeau also curates an authentic atmosphere for diners at their dual locations in both Epping and Manchester.