Blog : Miscellaneous
Social media, in the form of Facebook, Twitter, and Email has taken over the Internet. Whether you are a member of one, or all of these websites, their prevalence in undeniable. Why not broaden that interlinked circle of yours, and join LinkedIN.
This webpage provides current trends in business and local commerce. Through the extension of your network, you as a consumer and you as a business owner, will be introduced to different fields and different businesses, that will broaden your knowledge and network even further.
Competition exists, and is increasing all the time. By joining LinkedIN you are entering a whole new domain, where sustainable business networks are blooming, and information is spreading.
Better yet, by ‘Following’ the Green Alliance page, you will be provided with up to date trends and deals that will make you a better consumer or a better business owner.
Recent updates are always occurring, along with employment opportunities. By entering this arena, you are giving your employment options a push, your consuming patterns a jolt, and your business a makeover.
Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Come to the Oyster River Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, December 7th, from 10am to 3pm at Oyster River High School in Durham. Not only are you sure to find something for everyone on your list, but you will also be supporting local artists and locally owned businesses. be sure to stop by the Green Alliance table where you can sign up for a Green Alliance Membership or Green Families Membership.
Cultural Chemistry and Ridgeview Construction Work to Reverse ‘Waste of Human Capital’ in Area Building Industry
MANCHESTER — A fortuitous collaboration between two forward-looking, socially responsible New Hampshire companies is improving the access and availability of skilled labor in the residential construction sector in New Hampshire.
Cultural Chemistry is a Manchester company offering a unique service that mimics a traditional human resources department but offers its services at a fraction of the typical cost. And Ridgeview Construction is a Deerfield-based home builder specializing in sustainable building design, construction and materials. Together the two companies are working to create a database of available area workers in the skilled trades and construction so that workers have more access to jobs, and businesses have better access to skilled workers.
“I think the lack of available talent in New Hampshire relative to the skilled trades and construction is a big problem and will only grow bigger,” says Shane Carter, president and owner of Ridgeview Construction.
At its core, the problem stems from a lack of information businesses have about workers they can hire, and from the other perspective, a lack of information workers have about the jobs to which they would apply. This is causing “a waste of human capital,” Carter says, so much so that qualified workers are even forgoing a construction career to follow a different professional track.
“Over the years, we’ve noticed that in the construction industry, when firms are hiring, everybody is looking for the same people,” says Cultural Chemistry owner Mirjam IJtsma. “But not everybody fits in a certain company’s culture. A carpenter, for example, can work OK in one company and not in another. But if a worker is not a good fit in their organization, he or she might be a good candidate in another organization. When someone leaves one company, there’s nothing wrong about the person, instead the situation may reflect a mismatch between the employee and the company culture.”
PORTSMOUTH — The Green Alliance Artist in Residence Program is currently hosting local artist Jasmine Inglesmith and her photography at the Green Alliance Gallery.
Jasmine’s work features stills from music videos that she created for a number of different musical artists. She produces the music videos from photographs taken in rapid succession with her Nikon D-7000 camera. One of the photographs featured at the Green Alliance was taken from the music video “The Farthest Forest.” Employing a slightly blurred camera effect, Jasmine captures the feeling of running through the forest, following a woman in a long yellow dress.
Jasmine’s interest in photography began when she was 9 years old and her grandfather gave her a camera. Her love for photography grew when she attended Sudbury Valley School in Framingham, Mass., where she had the opportunity to develop her own film in the school’s dark room.
The season of giving has arrived and ReVision Energy is at the forefront of it all. In collaboration with the Children’s Museum in Dover, a Toy Drive will be taking place on Friday, Dec. 6 in Dover, NH for the Dover Fire Toy Bank. This is the second year of the toy drive. The toys collected will benefit local kids in need; helping to bringing light, love, and happiness to their holidays.
ReVision Energy is a Business Partner with the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members.
Heather, from ReVision, will be standing outside the museum awaiting the arrival of new, unwrapped toys. If you do not come with a toy in hand, the Museum Shop will be open from 5:30- 8:00 p.m. at just $1 per person, where great items can be purchased.
While the weather is still bearable, take your family out on the town in Dover, NH. It will be a night full of festivities. The Museum’s Dollar Deal Night, and the City of the Dover’s annual Tree Lighting will be taking place as well. Henry Law Park, located just outside the museum will be full of holiday spirit with caroling and appearances by both Mr. & Mrs. Claus.
We have become used to the clever names of the special shopping days like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, where discounts and savings are glorified. But in the case of the Green Alliance membership, those special shopping holidays are just called days.
Since we couldn't resist joining the fun this holiday savings season, the GA is offering a special $20 Green Alliance or Green Families Membership through Monday, Dec. 2, 2013! With a Green Alliance membership, you save over 100 local, green businesses that believe in being gentle on the planet.
The year round discounts at over 115+ local, green businesses is just one of the many perks of the GA membership. In addition to the savings, the GA membership also means you are part of the GA community, with member-only events like the Green Alliance Holiday Party at the Portsmouth Brewery on Monday, December 23rd!
To join the Green Alliance for only $20 here!
BY JENNIFER BARRETT
Green Alliance Writer
PORTSMOUTH — In this season of giving, two local organizations dedicated to good deeds are collaborating to help children in need.
ENH Power is hosting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast Holiday Social, which takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Green Alliance Atrium, 75 Congress Street, Suite 304, Portsmouth. Everyone is invited!
ENH Power approached Big Brothers Big Sisters with the idea of hosting a holiday event that would help the greater community, and the folks at BBBS are appreciative.
“The event not only creates visibility for potential BBBS volunteers but also gives people the opportunity to save on their electricity bill while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters financially,” says BBBS Executive Director Stacy Kramer.
Attendees who bring an item from the Big Brothers Big Sisters wish list will be entered into a raffle to receive free electricity —donated by ENH Power — for one year. Wish list items include bedding, warm clothes, toys, gift cards, hygiene and stocking stuffers, and non-perishable food items. To see the complete wish list, visit http://enhpower.com/power-to-help/big-brothers-big-sisters-holiday-social.aspx
“Every year we use items from the wish list to make food, gift, and hygiene baskets for local families in desperate need during the holiday season,” Kramer says.
The holiday season is marked by consumption, whether it takes the form of the overindulgent turkey day dinner or the overflowing shopping cart you’ll be pushing around the following day.
With delicious food and holiday spending on people’s minds, the Northeast Organic Farmers Association of New Hampshire is giving you a chance to do good deeds. On Tuesday, Dec. 3, NOFA-NH will be participating in the 2nd Annual #GivingTuesday.
A day of giving will surely remind you of the true spirit of the holidays. Donations made on #GivingTuesday will go toward the 2014 Journeyperson Program, an organization that supports up-and-coming small farmers by offering them access to the wisdom and experience of older mentor farmers, who share their farming expertise. Through this partnership, NOFA-NH and the Journeyperson Program hope to create a better equipped and thriving farming community.
Supporting the local food movement in New Hampshire will help grow a more diverse and robust agricultural economy and create a more appealing environment for other local farmers to showcase their own talents and know-how.
Founded in 2009, Green Maids remains one of the greenest cleaning companies in the area. It conducts residential and commercial work servicing Southern Maine and the New Hampshire Seacoast.
Green Maids’ mission is to provide a superior cleaning service as well as excellent customer service while using the most eco-friendly products and methods. Its green bent began when the owner, Johnmark O’Brien, noticed that many area cleaning companies used harmful cleaning products and decided that he wanted to do something about it. Products handpicked himself, O’Brien ensures that his service does not contain any overwhelming odors, toxins, nitrates or phosphates. All the products Green Maids uses are guaranteed to be all-natural, biodegradable, earth friendly, non-toxic, and safe for your homes and businesses.
In addition to Green Maids’ green products and methods, its staff’s commute is, as well; for day-to-day travel the staff uses a Toyota Prius and as the company grows, it has plans to add even more hybrid vehicles.
O’Brien has integrated sustainability into different aspects of his operation. He hopes to keep his company’s minimal carbon footprint by making changes based on green principles. “This includes recycling, using a very fuel-efficient hybrid for transportation, encouraging my employees to carpool, and other feasible improvements,” he says.
Last Thursday night the Green Alliance held a unique business to business event for green leaders in the building trades. It was a huge success with over 50 in attendance; mostly Green Alliance Business Partners and some guests, conversing and getting to know one another. “Building Relationships” was inspired by 2 green-certified Business Partners and hosted by a third. It's point was to increase collaboration and ultimately refferals between existing Green Alliance businesses in the building trades.
It all started about 2 months ago when GA Businesses, Adapt Design and Hillary Gaynor, EcoBroker with the Bean Group reached out to me with a special request, “Can the GA go back to its roots and hold a good old fashioned BtoB mixer specifically for Alliance businesses in the building trades?” Hmmm…..I thought, not so sure it was a good idea. Back in the early days of the GA, our events were just that, Business Partner only meetings to strategize and get to know each other; to build solid relationships from which lucrative referrals might come and to learn from one another on making our businesses greener.
While Hillary and Bob and Paul of Adapt enjoyed the more recent GA events they missed the BtoB connections that seemed to come faster and more frequent at a smaller more targeted event. And while the GA prides itself on trying to make as many BtoB connections between our businesses as possible, nothing beats face to face conversation. “Maybe Adapt and Hillary Gaynor have something here,” I thought to myself.
Located in Portsmouth, Ancient Traditions Natural Medicine provides genuine naturopathic and Classical Chinese medicine alternatives for residents throughout the Seacoast. The practice’s slogan, “nurturing roots to enhance vitality,” is focused on helping patients discover natural and effective ways to attain excellent health and prevent illnesses in the future.
As part of this naturopathic practice, Ancient Traditions provides other treatment options, including Five Elements Acupuncture.
Dr. Angela Lambert, owner and naturopathic doctor, utilizes a variety of treatment methods to guide individuals, families, friends, and loved ones towards “health and balance on all levels: Body, Mind, and Spirit.”
As a naturopathic doctor, Dr. Angela Lambert attends important conferences to enhance her professional knowledge, such as the New Hampshire Association of Naturopathic Doctors annual conference on environmental medicine, among others. This recent conference included information about the impact of chemical toxicity on people’s health.
Some key takeaway points included emphasizing the importance of ensuring that the food you eat is organic, free of chemicals and pesticides, and also, making sure that the environment around you is safe and truly green in every aspect. For instance, when testing the umbilical cord blood of 10 newborns born in U.S. hospitals, the researchers found that an average of 200 chemicals per infant were in that blood. Researchers concluded that mothers face exposure to harmful chemicals from many sources, including their environment, food, and air.
Rockingham Electric Supply Co. sells and distributed lighting products to homeowners and contractors in the New Hampshire Seacoast. The company is Northern New England's premier source for all things electrical. And with nine locations across New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts, Rockingham is the supplier of choice from Augusta, ME, to Amesbury, MA. Since becoming a Green Alliance Business Partner, Rockingham has made good on its promise to continue broadening its already impressive array of green products.
As a Green Card Holder, you can save $10 off any purchase of $100 or more! Also, qualifying businesses can receive a free lighting audit!
Visit their website at www.rockinghamelectric.com!
This is a guest blog by GA director Sarah Brown.
I wouldn’t go anywhere else! When my youngest daughter said she wanted to get her hair cut short I knew right away that Id take her to our good green friends at Acorn Organic Salon in Dover (and Exeter!). We called salon owner and hair-dresser extraordinaire, Laura McKay to set up an appointment. She was able to accommodate our tight schedule very well and the next thing you know, Claire was sitting in the cutting chair wearing a big grin! She couldn’t wait to have something new and different and talked with Laura about what she wanted it to look like.
About 15 minutes later…wella! Claire was looking like a superstar with a bold new short style that no one else has! In the week that has followed the compliments haven’t stopped…the biggest question is… “where did she get it done?” Well, you know the answer – the Seacoast’s greenest and most innovative salon, Green Alliance green-certified Acorn organic salon!
The whole experience was so successful, Im thinking about going short myself. What do you think?
This is a guest blog by GA Director Sarah Brown.
About a month ago the Green Alliance-mobile was hit from behind at the Portsmouth traffic circle. Thankfully no one was hurt but the car sure was banged up and so we began the painful process of insurance claims and body work. Enter Green Alliance Business Partner Mirror Image Automotive. First off, I don’t think I can adequately convey the impeccable customer service I experienced with the folks at Mirror Image. Within 15 minutes they had me calm and collected because I knew they were going to do right by me and my vehicle rather than advocate for the insurance company.
Jason and his staff at MI fought hard to make sure the insurance company paid the full amount for proper repairs. This meant more than a few calls to the insurance adjuster on my behalf. When it was over, MI had made sure that my car was fixed 100% and that it was all covered by insurance. Additionally, while they had my car in the shop for body repairs we took advantage of the opportunity to get an oil change and even an existing rust spot taken care of. Because of the GA discount that work was essentially done for free and I still have a credit at MI for future repairs or maintenance. Additionally, MI offers a free detail for all body repair clients – my car was returned to me cleaner inside and out, than it has ever been (save the first month when we bought it!).
With the Thanksgiving meal prepared, plated, and eaten, the natural shift in holidays begins with the start of gift shopping. Often enough, we head over to the nearby mall, where large chain stores are boasting their newest and greatest deals. This year, how about making a change to your holiday shopping routine?
Plaid Friday, taking place on November 29th, is the perfect venue to mix up your normal Black Friday schedule. Seacoast Local, and local New Hampshire businesses are in hot pursuit to alter the shopping habits of consumers. Plaid Friday is a day to celebrate the small, local, independent shops in your town. Buying locally is one of the best things you can do for the local economy. Capture that holiday spirit, purchase within, and support those whom make your town, the quaint, special place it truly is.
Do you have a coffee lover in the family? Take advantage of that unique coffee shop down the road, and purchase a bag of coffee, or other delightful treats the store has to offer. Have a fashion aficionado on your plate? I’m sure that charming local boutique, two blocks away has the perfect top to please him or her.
Looking for something other than crowded shopping malls this Black Friday? How about a tour of the Smuttynose Heritage Avenue brewery? The brewery is opening its doors from 1pm to 7pm on Friday, November 29th. So if you love beer be sure to come by to tour the factory, enjoy a meet and greet, get some great retail sales, and best of all get some free samples!
On top of all of this Winter Ale, Barleywine, and Scotch Ale cases are all on sale and a limited amount of glassware giveaways will be included with the purchase of one of these cases. You don’t get many opportunities to see the original Smuttynose factory, and this may be the last chance so be sure to stop by, no reservation is necessary.
After checking out the factory, stop by the Portsmouth Brewery in downtown Portsmouth to see the sales in there retail shop and enjoy great food and drinks amongst a lively, festive crowd.
Don’t forget, Green Alliance is offering a great Black Friday, or as we like to call it Green Friday, deal of its own! Get a $20 discount membership on the 29th, just click here to get your discount membership.
To find out more about Smuttynose check out their GA profile here!
To find out more about the Portsmouth Brewery check out their GA Profile here!
GA members save 10% off all food at the Portsmouth Brewery when you present your GA Green Card.
BY MEGHAN CURTIS
Green Alliance Writer
PORTSMOUTH — The Holidays are right around the corner, and the gift-giving season is well underway. From the most recent Apple products to the newest tablets and cell-phones, this season – while a time for celebration – will undoubtedly be filled with replacements and waste.
Replacement of what, you ask? Look left, look right, and straight ahead. That two-year old cell phone with a pending upgrade is bound for the trash barrel in no time. That bulky laptop, once the thinnest of its kind, is no longer. Unlike your laptop, the new tablets can cozy up with you in bed, and can slip daintily into your handbag with ease.
Epiphany after epiphany, you begin to realize your technology is no longer sufficient. You need more, you wish for more, and yes, you receive more. The remnants of the holiday season will most likely include swaths of old cell phones, laptops, phone chargers, and printers.
So instead of tossing those harmful devices into a nearby trashcan – which is imminently destined for a local or not so local landfill – bring them to the Green Alliance headquarters.
Teaming up to provide a simple and convenient e-waste disposal service for seacoast residents, Metalwave and the Green Alliance have begun a FREE Electronic Waste Collection at the Green Alliance office in downtown Portsmouth. It is of the utmost importance to keep these environmentally harmful products from entering landfills – locally or internationally. Toxic materials held within most electronics will eventually enter the environment, and pose serious, harmful effects for the planet.
RAM Printing can improve the promotion of your next event or tradeshow by providing your business with promotional products and accessories!
RAM Printing is an environmentally conscious company located in Hampstead and has been following sustainable practices since 1989. As an early adopter, RAM has set the standard in New England for the current green trend in printing. The company’s mission is to provide the consumer with a better product, while minimizing its footprint in the world and succeeding financially.
Unlike its competitors, RAM sets itself to be different by using vegetable-based inks, instead of oil-based inks. Using vegetable-based inks virtually eliminates the toxins that traditional printing usually expels into the environment; it does not compromise quality or diversity of color.
The printing company is Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) Certified, indicating that from start to finish, from pulp to paper mill to distributor to print, it has all received FSC certification. RAM is proud to be a champion for global and local responsibility toward Earth.