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Green Business Shoutout: Chinburg Properties

By sarah | Dec 10, 2013 | in

NEWMARKET, N.H. -- With more than 20 years of experience under their belt, the staff at Chinburg Properties, a fully integrated development and construction firm in New Hampshire and Maine, remains dedicated to delivering quality that meets and exceeds customer expectations.

From a small family business to the largest builder of homes in the Seacoast region, Chinburg Properties has grown to bigger and better things while maintaining their fundamental values of integrity, honesty, and quality.

In addition to the staff being LEED Accredited Professionals, the highest industry benchmark for certified green building, they prove their sustainability and environmentally sound efforts by making all future homes Energy Star certified, incorporating as many energy efficient measures as possible into all of their projects, and offering green products in the selections of the house.

Its services include general contracting, construction management, renovation and restoration, commercial and residential rentals, and property management.

Film Unbound to Host Portsmouth Short Film Night

By sarah | Dec 10, 2013 | in

Portsmouth Short Film Night is back and will take place at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 13, at White Heron Tea & Coffee, 601 Islington Street, Portsmouth. Portsmouth Short Film Night is an event for independent filmmakers to screen and discuss their work and for cinema lovers to get a front-row seat to emerging and established talent. This is a regular event produced by Film Unbound in collaboration with 3S Artspace.

This will be a special PSFN not only because it will feature another packed evening of shorts from local, national and international filmmakers, but also because it will have an exclusive screening of "Shoot the Pier" from local filmmaker Brian Goding. As well as the regular Q&As with the filmmakers, the evening will be capped off with an intimate performance by Tiger Belly and an opportunity to meet the filmmakers and grab a hot drink or a snack from the event's fantastic hosts, White Heron Tea & Coffee.

Entry to the event is free. To learn more about Portsmouth Short Film Night, visit the event's Facebook listing here.To learn more about Film Unbound, visit its Web site at

Green Cocoon Sells 'Green' Insulation at an Affordable Cost

By sarah | Dec 10, 2013 | in

SALISBURY, Mass. -- Almost all modern buildings are insulated in one way or another so that we can comfortably live in them without either being too hot or too cold. Traditionally, fiberglass insulation has been used to do so, but there are several problems associated with it. Not only is it ineffective, but it is also hazardous to the environment. Nonetheless, it is cheaper, and many people are looking for ways to save a dollar.

Alternatives do exist, however, such as soy-based spray foam as well as cellulose, though they are expensive. However, Green Cocoon was created not only to advocate for these alternative methods, but also to make them affordable to homeowners and others. With the deals that Green Cocoon offers, homeowners can save up to 80 percent on home heating costs and pay for them in as little as two years.

The commitment to green practices doesn't stop with the services Green Cocoon offers; it applies to the workplace, as well. Jim and Candace, Green Cocoon's office managers, both drive fuel efficient Hondas to work. The office itself maintains its thermostats to be as fuel efficient as possible, lights automatically dim at night, and the company even recycles Open Cell foam to use like cellulose in its projects. The Green Alliance issues Green Cocoon an 8.11 out of a possible 10.00 for its Green Report Card and notes that "Business has already taken substantial steps toward sustainable practices and is currently in progressive 'sustainable motion.'"

ENH Power and Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Social a Success

By sarah | Dec 10, 2013 | in

A picture from the ENH Power and Big BrothersBig Sisters' Holiday Social that took place at the Green Alliance office, in Portsmouth, NH. The wonderfully talented photographer, Harry Parker, documented the night that was full of holiday spirit. His support to the Green Alliance is incomparable. This picture is just one of many.

Visit his website to see more beautiful images taken by Parker himself: 

Join the Green Alliance for Discounts at 30+ Building Trades Businesses

By sarah | Dec 6, 2013 | in


Green Alliance Holiday Specials You Don't Want to Miss!

By sarah | Dec 6, 2013 | in

From now until January 1, Green Cardholders are being offered additional specials from some of our finest local, green Business Partners! From discounted gift certificates to dollar savings on services, these member-only specials are a way for you to shop locally and responsibly during the holidays.

Not a GA member yet? Well, the GA is offering a special, too! Buy 2 Green Alliance or Green Families Club memberships for only $40 plus a $50 gift certificate to Green Maids. Or, for those who like to go above and beyond, become a GA Sustaining Member for only $125 plus get 2 tickets to a 2014 cruise with the Gundalow Company in Portsmouth!

Learn more about these membership specials here

Now through January 1, 2013

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria: Buy a $25 Gift Card, get a bonus $5 Gift Card! Buy a $100 Gift Card, get a bonus $25 Gift Card!

Acorn Organic Salon: $45 for $50 gift certificates and 10% Green Card discount will be honored to redeem services with certificate!

Ecotech Pest Control: Contact for tick box service before Jan. 1 with no upfront payment and get free shrouds. Early tick box bookings earn Green Cardholders free metal protective shrouds for tick box equipment!

ENH Power: Coal Free 24 Months (regularly ¢8.79/kWh) at the Standard 24 Month Rate of ¢8.70/kWh.

EZ Bikes: purchase of a new electric bike or scooter, receive a FREE remote car starter from Autosounds of NH!

Minute Men Painters: Free gallon of low/no VOC paint with complete room paint job (5% of labor for Green Cardholders!)

New Freedom Laser: 10% off all gift certificates! Also, receive a free Vivite face cleanser ($28 value!) with GA laser treatment package purchase!

Riverworks Printing: $27.00 for a 2’ x 3’ eco-friendly fabric wall decal Wallshot (30% off!)

Third Stone Farm: Large tree + large wreath for $55

Visions Kitchens + Design: 15% off on all cabinets, countertops, and heating stoves!

Yankee Thermal Imaging: $100 home energy assessment (normally $250!) Contact for this special.

900 Degrees Pizzeria Offers Tuesday Deals

By sarah | Dec 6, 2013 | in

With two locations—Manchester and Epping—in tow, 900 Degrees Pizzeria is an award-winning restaurant dedicated to serving sustainable, wood-fired pizzas as well as a substantial selection in entrees, appetizers, desserts and alcoholic beverages.

To make authentic Neapolitan pizza, the people at 900 Degrees felt it was necessary to replicate the procedures, equipment and ingredients of Naples pizzerias. Their most important ingredients include the varieties and quality of the tomatoes, the cheese, and the flour for the dough. With all three of these ingredients, they started the foundation of a truly genuine Neapolitan pizzeria.

Make sure you take advantage of 900 Degrees' deal on Tuesdays, Two for One Tuesdays! An amazing deal, you buy one signature pizza and get another one free when you dine in at the restaurant. Because of the popularity of this weekly deal, there is a limit that one two-for-one deal is per two guests. This deal cannot be combined with any other offer, including coupons. Don’t let the chance to try two signature pizzas slip out of your grasp; this starts at 5 p.m. on Tuesdays!

Not only are 900 Degrees' pizzas mouth-watering and delicious, they also are keen on being green. Being an owner of a sustainable business, Priscilla Lane-Rondeau believes in protecting the environment in every aspect of running her restaurants. The pizzeria promotes green efforts by using fresh local ingredients, and low-VOC paints and seals; implementing a recycling program; and employing water conservation.

ENH Power to Host Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Social Tonight

By sarah | Dec 5, 2013 | in

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. tonight, 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

“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.

Little Tree Education Invites You to the Dover Festival of Trees

By sarah | Dec 5, 2013 | in

Dover’s Festival of Trees is approaching! This Friday, Dec. 6, from 4:30 to 8 p.m., the 4th annual tree lighting will feature more than 30 trees that will be decorated by local businesses and organizations. These beautiful works of art will be auctioned and raffled off to benefit the Dover City Lights Committee.

Following tradition, the Festival of Trees will take place on the same night as the Dover Recreation Department’s Christmas Tree Lighting, set for 6 p.m. in Henry Law Park. Both events are free and open to the public.

Better yet, Little Tree Education will be auctioning a special gift-adorned tree this year. Due to the wonderful donations from local business partners, the gift stuffed tree will be worth the trip! Little Tree invites all friends and family to come and enjoy the festival with the family. With more than 150 handmade Little Tree Ornaments crafted by the Little Tree Children, it will be one well-decorated and festive tree.

In addition, the tree will bear gift cards to a variety of local businesses, ranging from the Stone Church in Newmarket, to Green Earth Baby Works, to Childlight Yoga, to the Green Alliance in Portsmouth, and more. The gift-giving season is one to appreciate, celebrate, and enjoy. The generosity from Little Tree’s wonderful business partners is one to be remembered, and Little Tree’s decorated tree should, most certainly, be a place to do so.

Join Little Tree and the greater Dover community in a celebration you won’t forget. From gift filled trees, to a lit up city park, and local choirs singing all the favorites, this night will surely set your holiday season off on the right branch.

Adapt Design Adapts to Design for Two Projects

By sarah | Dec 4, 2013 | in

Recently, Adapt Design has completed two distinct building projects for two clients, one of them a renovation and the other a completely new building. The first of them was a house that belonged to an old ship captain. While it kept the exterior relatively the same, it redesigned the interior space by adding walls and tearing down others in order to restructure the rooms for the new owner. Additionally, Adapt Design also added a new 12,000 square-foot section to the house, giving the owner even more room to live.

The second project involved a collaborative effort between the clients and Adapt Design in creating a new building. It is a contemporary house with features such as concrete floors, large windows that covered almost the whole height of the house and a slanted roof for solar paneling. The clients and the company collaborated on every aspect of the house, from where it would be located, to how it would be structured and what features the house would have.

Adapt Design is the brain child of Paul Fowler and Robert Cook. With a combined experience of nearly four decades, the two launched the company in 2011 in order to address environmental concerns in building designs. Their goal was less about going for the current fads in sustainable design and more about planning for long-term goals and quality. To this end, the company not only seeks to forge a strong relationship with its clients, but also to provide quality with a commitment to sustainability.

To learn more about Adapt Design, visit its Web site at or visit its GA Business Partner page here.

Adapt Design is a Business Partner of the Green Alliance. Green Card holders can save 10 percent on schematic design services for a design project!

GA Welcomes Back Welcome Wagon as a BP

By sarah | Dec 4, 2013 | in

Rare is the person that remains living in the same home his or her entire life. People often move for a number of reasons, whether it be for a new job, a place to retire or even just for a change of scenery. It can be hard for a number of people to adjust to living in a new area, which is why the company Welcome Wagon was formed in 1928.

In the early days, Welcome Wagon employed hostesses to greet new homeowners in the area, providing gifts from local businesses as well as having a discussion about the local civic and cultural activities as well as places around town such as schools, town halls and more. However, things are different in modern times. While the overall goal of the organization has not changed, their approach has. Nowadays, new families are greeted with a personalized gift book about the local area as well as discount opportunities, and local resources and references.

Welcome Wagon’s new approach has reaped numerous benefits. Thanks to the appropriate use of targeted marketing, the company has been able to provide advertisement to businesses that the client would actually use. Because of this, Welcome Wagon has also provided local businesses with a cost-effective alternative to mass mailing, saving both on money as well as resources consumed. Additionally, the advertising comes specifically on behalf of local businesses, which helps reinforce the importance of doing business locally.

Support 900 Degrees Pizzeria in the Best of Business Awards

By sarah | Dec 4, 2013 | in

NEW HAMPSHIRE -- So what are the BOB Awards? No, they are not awards going to the greatest person alive named Bob, though some of the recipients could be named Bob. Actually, the BOB Awards, the Best of Business Awards, is a program created by N.H. Business Reviews to recognize the most outstanding businesses all over New Hampshire. There are many categories both for the many kinds of businesses as well as for businesses in different regions.

Several of the nominees are also Green Alliance Business Partners. One of these nominees is 900 Degrees Pizzeria in Epping and Manchester. The restaurant has been nominated for the "After Work Bar" and "Business Lunch" categories. There are several reasons that it is a good idea to support 900 Degrees in the awards. One is that it is a great way to show that you support green businesses. Particularly, if you are a big fan of this restaurant, it is also a great way to show support and boost business there. Additionally, each category has an option for a write-in candidate, so you can also opt to write in 900 Degree for the "Business Dinner" category.

Clean Your Car and Clean the Environment with AutoBeGreen

By sarah | Dec 4, 2013 | in

If you drive you car around any amount of time, especially in the winter, it is inevitably going to get dirty. Some people don't mind, but others prefer a cleaner, more professional looking car. Sure, you could go to a car wash and get it done there, but it is much cheaper to do it yourself. However, many car cleaning products are harmful to the environment, so how would you make your car sparkling clean without negatively impacting the environment? AutoBeGreen has the solution!

Eco Touch Car Wash Shampoo is a special formula designed to remove the most stubborn grease and grime from a car with ease. Additionally, the formula is non-toxic, biodegradable and phosphate free. AutoBeGreen is currently offering its Eco Touch Car Wash Shampoo in bulk, with one gallon able to wash 128 vehicles, five gallons being able to wash 640 vehicles, or 55 gallons can wash a whopping 7,040 vehicles.

Important Workshop to Give Citizens Say on Location of Energy Projects

By Herb | Dec 3, 2013 | in

NEWINGTON — Seacoast-area residents will have a unique opportunity to express opinions on changes to the way energy projects — including renewable energy projects — are sited in New Hampshire.

On Monday, Dec. 9, the N.H. Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) will hold an interactive citizen-input workshop at the Town of Newington Main Hall for residents to suggest how the state could improve the State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) process. The SEC makes important decisions about the siting of energy facilities, including renewable energy, transmission lines, and pipelines.

This project is a result of Senate Bill 99, which requires the OEP to seek public input on potential changes to New Hampshire’s energy siting process. The workshop will include brief presentations on the current SEC process, challenges and alternatives; discussions with other citizens; and polling on attendees’ option preferences. New Hampshire residents can also provide additional comments directly to the OEP at the end of the workshop, or via email any time.

“This is an important process and having voices in support of continued renewable energy investment would be very valuable,” said Jack Kenworthy, chief executive officer of Portmouth-based Eolian Renewable Energy. “New Hampshire has ambitious renewable energy targets that enjoy broad public support, but without reasonable siting guidelines, we will not be able to build the necessary new capacity to reach those goals. This is an opportunity to support renewables by encouraging the adoption of science-based objective standards for clean energy siting here in New Hampshire.”

Green Business Shoutout: The Natural Dog and its Holiday Sale

By sarah | Dec 3, 2013 | in

The newest Green Alliance Business Partner, The Natural Dog, is all about holistic health and wellness for dogs and providing information to the public about its wide selection of natural foods, whole food supplements and environmentally friendly products.

Located in Newburyport, Mass, the owners Dawn and Jeff Price opened the Natural Dog in 2005 with the intention of increasing consumer awareness in pet food. Now, they have a large consumer demand for their pet foods and supplies and two locations in tow. Along with their sister company, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, (opened in 2013 in Portsmouth), the stores help educate customers about the appropriate foods and supplies for dogs and cats and select the best healthy choices rather than the typical “popular” ones.

This weekend, both stores are holding a holiday shopping event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 8. This great event includes sales on holiday items, stocking stuffers, packaged treats, toys and other unique gift items. Everything throughout the store will be at least 10 percent off with additional sales, excluding pet food products. During Saturday’s event only, goodie bags will be supplied for customers as supplies last and snacks will be available. The Natural Dog cares deeply for animals and hope to help you select the best and healthiest products for your pet!

Green Business Shoutout: Futuro Builders

By sarah | Dec 3, 2013 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Launched in 2011, Futuro Builders is a sustainable construction company that uses energy-efficient, green-construction techniques for homes and businesses. Two local builders, Craig Briggs of CB Builders, and Jesse Ware of JP Ware Design, decided to combine their years of experience and unwavering commitment to sustainability to offer the best they have for their clients.

Futuro Builders is committed to building healthy, energy independent homes at affordable prices to new homebuyers. It prides itself on being at the cutting edge of green building. Futuro Builders continues its goals of enhancing each commercial and residential project with great environmental methods.

Futuro’s newest development is Brackett Estates, located on a 58-acre setting in Wells, Maine, that creates a unique residential experience because these homes generate their own renewable energy to heat, cool, and power themselves in a concept called “Net Zero.” Co-founder Ware says, “Every aspect of these homes has been designed to provide the highest level of comfort, at the same time allowing owners to benefit from today’s technology to secure a clean, budget-friendly energy future.” The team is working closely with sustainable designs from industry leaders Kaplan Thompson Architects and Keiser homes.

Blue Ocean Society Holiday Sale and Open House!

By sarah | Dec 3, 2013 | in

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation's annual holiday sale and open house is around the corner. Come by the Gov. John Langdon House at 143 Pleasant St. on December 5th from 4-7pm or on December 7th from noon to 4pm in order to get some awesome Blue Ocean Society Merchandise, such as apparel, art, jewelry, books related to local history and more. Additionally, Historic New England is also selling gift memberships for its 36 properties. Free parking is available in the municipal lot on Pleasant Street.

To learn more about the Blue Ocean Society, you can visit their website at


The Green Alliance LinkedIN Page: Extend Your Network

By sarah | Dec 3, 2013 | in

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.

Oyster River Holiday Bazaar!

By Jenn | Dec 2, 2013 | in

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

By Herb | Dec 2, 2013 | in

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.”