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Brewing Beer for a Better Planet

By Ali | May 6, 2014 | in

If you’re in need of some good food and great locally brewed beer, look no further than the Portsmouth Brewery. This Green Alliance business partner is known in the community for its charm, hospitality and sustainability. Their “make-it- from-scratch” mentality is only one of the ways manager Brennen Rumble keeps the business thriving. You may be wondering, what's their secret?

As many know, the Brewery has produced their own beer for over 20 years under the Smuttynose moniker. But what many might not realize is just how sustainable the brewing operation is. Not only did they install new pump-switches to make the brewing kettles more energy efficient, but at the end of the brewing process the used hops and oats are donated to pig farmers for feed. Anything that can’t be used as feed goes is composted. As active members of the Slow Food Movement their menu has numerous local food options and have transitioned away from plastic and Styrofoam products. All To-Go containers are made with biodegradable potato based materials and bags from the gift shop and restaurant are made from recycled paper.

Light the way for a healthier planet with Rockingham Electric and The Lighting Center

By Emily | May 5, 2014 | in

The Rockingham Electric Supply Co. and its sister company The Lighting Center are third generation, family owned businesses with a strong passion for bringing the public a green lighting outlet. President, Jim Pender prides himself in educating customers and employees alike on sustainable lighting.

Rockingham Electric has shared a few easy ways to use lighting to help protect our planet. With these tips, you can start taking steps towards a green earth.

Kennebunk Savings Bank Keeps Up with a Changing Industry

By Patrick | May 5, 2014 | in

The past decade has been chock full of economic turmoil reducing the credibility of some of our nation’s largest financial firms. However, over that same time period Kennebunk Savings Bank has retained its reputation as one of the area’s oldest community banks.

But this old dog has stayed up on the new tricks and revelations in “technological banking” – a growing business strategy for banks that actually helps institutions work toward sustainability.

These improvements to the bank’s infrastructure also provide a direct benefit to customers. Kennebunk plans to update their Apple and Android mobile applications to include mobile check deposits, balance-checks, and even on-the-go transfers between your accounts.

These updates provide you with the ability to give your business to a local bank with small business priorities while enjoying the functions and advancements of a larger institution.

Stay tuned to more information on this, or visit Kennebunk Savings Bank on the web.

Mirror Image Automotive: A Trustworthy One-Stop-Shop

By Patrick | May 5, 2014 | in

Starting in his father’s garage in Goffstown back in 1982, Jason Battistelli learned the tricks of the automotive trade.

After his father’s shop was sold in 2000, Jason went back to school working towards a degree in computer engineering. However, after a few years he gravitated back in the direction of the old family business. Jason opened a shop in Goffstown and finally moved to Greenland – where the shop remains today.

However, Mirror Image Automotive is not your typical automotive shop. In addition to the upstanding customer service they provide, the also aim to combine collision repair and mechanical maintenance together to create a one-stop-shop for all of your vehicular woes.

Customers of Mirror Image tend to return for anything ranging from a slight issue to a major crisis because they are aware of Jason’s reputation for defending clients against the lucrative techniques employed by most large insurance companies.

And for any new car owners or anyone new to the area, hearing of a mechanic with such established credibility can be immensely relieving.

Few people realize that Jason’s business extends even beyond the realm of repairs and maintenance. He also uses his business to help build models of iconic vehicles like Frank Day’s replica of a 1965 Chevy Cobra (pictured above) – showing that his love for automobiles is not restricted to his professional life.

MetalWave Sustainably Recycles Electronics

By Ali | May 2, 2014 | in

Do you have electronics sitting around your house that are unusable? Most people do. Fortunately, Green Alliance business partner, MetalWave, Inc. can recycle them for you in a sustainable manner. MetalWave is hosting a recycling event on Saturday May 17, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m at the Hampton, NH Fire Station on Winnacunnet Road.

The event is open to residents living within the Southeast Regional Refuse Disposal District, which includes: Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, Fremont, New Castle, Rye, Brentwood, Sandown, North Hampton and South Hampton. Residents coming from locations outside these designated areas may be turned away.

Marcom4 Thinks Outside of the Box to Expand Businesses

By Mary | May 2, 2014 | in

GREENLAND – Are you struggling to get your business noticed? Marcom4 in Greenland, NH is a unique branding and content marketing company that knows the best way to bring your ideas and projects into the pubic eye. Marcom4 specializes in marketing and communication for its clients.

Marcom4 is made up of a team of four especially talented individuals. The founding partners, Dannielle Sargent, Jane Marlow Cutter, Kara Steere and Andrea Knowles, each bring their own creative touch to all business projects. Together, the group at Marcom4 has over 60 years worth of living and working in New Hampshire. They specialize in forming messaging strategies for inviduals looking to grow their organizations. Marcom4's forward-thinking approach helps them meet the needs of any and all clients. The team focuses on content and client development, as well as creative appeal and media outreach.

4th Annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K

By Mary | May 2, 2014 | in

LONDONDERRY -- The Fourth Annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K and fair is set for this Saturday, May 3! The past three races had sell-out crowds, and Stonyfield is anticipating another successful race day this year. The fair will feature new vendors, exciting events and live music. Local eateries will provide free and healthy food options for attendees.

Stonyfield, the world's leading organic yogurt maker, has teamed up with LOCO Sports to host the Earth Day 5K race. LOCO Sports is a Newmarket-based company that operates many premier running events in New Hampshire. The race and fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end around 1:00 p.m. Participants can choose to run or walk the 5K. The fair is open to the general public so anyone who is unable to race can join in on the fun, too!

Pre-registration is currently closed, but adults can register for $30 on the day of if space is still available. Youth tickets cost $20. Registered children will receive free tickets to the NH Children’s Museum in Dover. All pre-registered runners and walkers will receive a free, 100 percent organic, custom t-shirt courtesy of B-Positive Project Apparel. The first 1,250 people to register will also get a free ticket to a Manchester Fisher Cats baseball game.

Save Big with Our Town Energy Alliance

By Ali | May 2, 2014 | in

Living in New England means cold winters, but it doesn’t necessarily mean expensive heating bills. Green Alliance business partner, Our Town Energy Alliance has cultivated a unique partnership among the community. They sell discounted heating fuels to businesses and families throughout New Hampshire. Here’s how it works. Our Town Energy Alliance purchases heating fuel in bulk and uses that volume buying power to secure discount rates from leading area fuel dealers.

Becoming an Our Town member is easy; it’s $25 a signup, saving you hundreds of dollars instantly. For businesses the first fuel is $50, and the second is only $20! Members can save up to 50 percent on their heating bills. Our Town caters to the needs of all families and situations, including giving people on fuel assistance a free membership.

4th Annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K

By Mary | May 2, 2014 | in

LONDONDERRY -- The Fourth Annual Stonyfield Earth Day 5K and fair is set for this Saturday, May 3! The past three races had sell-out crowds, and Stonyfield is anticipating another successful race day this year. The fair will feature new vendors, exciting events and live music. Local eateries will provide free and healthy food options for attendees.

Stonyfield, the world's leading organic yogurt maker, has teamed up with LOCO Sports to host the Earth Day 5K race. LOCO Sports is a Newmarket-based company that operates many premier running events in New Hampshire. The race and fair will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end around 1:00 p.m. Participants can choose to run or walk the 5K. The fair is open to the general public so anyone who is unable to race can join in on the fun, too!

Meet a Green Business: Brixham Montessori Friends School

By Patrick | May 2, 2014 | in

Who: Brixham Montessori Friends School

What: Combining the fundamental Montessori belief of independence and freedom of choice with a child's natural psychological development, and Quaker values of peace, simplicity, community and equality, Brixham Montessori Friends School celebrates holistic education. Part of that education is an increased awareness on composting, recycling and environmental stewardship and teaching that elevates the fundamentals of sustainable living and nurtures the child as a whole. In 2010 the school underwent a full energy audit and has worked to address all the report's recommendations so that they aren't simply teaching environmental awareness, but living it.

Where: 18 Brickyard Court, York, Maine

Web: www.brixhammontessori.org

What Makes Us Green:

  • Composts all food scraps and use as chicken feed.
  • Comprehensive recycling program throughout the school.
  • Students taught the value of environmental and ecological awareness.
  • Curriculum includes projects which emphasize the reuse of products and materials.
  • School maintains their own vegetable garden.

The Creatures Among Us: Preventing and Treating Ticks the Environmental Way

By Craig | May 1, 2014 | in

By Craig Robert Brown
Green Alliance Staff Writer

They live among us. Small hordes of roaming creatures that embed themselves in a host's flesh gorging on blood, spreading disease and driving humanity into a frenzy. Sound like a cheesy b-movie? It's not. They're ticks and if you're a pet owner, a parent, an avid outdoors explorer or a property owner, then you've probably had an encounter with them. Now that the snow has cleared and we're making use of our yards and wooded areas again, it's good to have a line of defense against these potential disease-carrying ectoparasites.

For some even saying "tick" gives the sensation their body is crawling with the insect. But fear not, Tom Pray, of Ecotech Pest Control Services wants to put minds at ease with his arsenal of natural remedies, sprays, and education to help prevent exposure to ticks this summer.

Purely Organic proves what was once trailblazing has become the norm

By Madelaine | May 1, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

PORTSMOUTH –Purely Organic Lawn Care was started in 2003 when owner Jay Palladino made an unfortunate connection between his golden retriever getting sick and the newly-applied fertilizer on the lawn at his Kensington home.

“I was an early investor in the organic fertilizer company Cockadoodle Doo but hadn’t thought much about the chemicals on my lawn until my six-week-old puppy passed out on the kitchen floor,” Palladino explained.

While organic lawn care clicked as a business model, Palladino admits he was in unchartered territory. “I knew nothing about using organics and growing grass,” he said. While his small company struggled to find its footing, Palladino said the early challenges were due to a marketplace unprepared for their brand and not fully ready to embrace sustainability.

“We were ahead of our time,” he said. “Most people preferred using chemicals and didn’t give much thought to what it was doing to the water supply or the health of their family.”

Two Green Innovators Collaborate for Greener New England

By Madelaine | May 1, 2014 | in

By Heikki Perry

An environmental trendsetter since 1989, RAM Printing was one of the earliest Business Partners and leaders of the Green Alliance, a Portsmouth organization committed to promoting regional sustainability-driven companies. The firms’ collaboration has helped each to profit while also advancing the cause of environmentalism.

While most printing companies use oil-based inks, RAM’s are vegetable-based, virtually eliminating the toxins that pollute the environment but not compromising quality or diversity of color. RAM was also the first N.H. printer to receive Forest Stewardship Council certification.

Exploiting cutting-edge technology, RAM’s newest printer sets up in 12 minutes and prints 15,000 copies per hour, saving time and energy, and producing a more sustainable product. RAM recycles fluorescent light tubes, soda cans, aluminum plates, waste paper, corrugated boxes and pallets, and it buys its paper locally.

A growing number of RAM clients are GA Business Partners, which number at more than 100 businesses and organizations located mostly in NH but also in southern Me and Northeastern Mass. The GA works to grow businesses that demonstrate environmental and social responsibility while building a community of consumers who will patronize those businesses.

Old Fashioned Seacoast Gardening Club on the Cutting Edge of Sustainability

By Madelaine | May 1, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

PORTSMOUTH – An upcoming meeting of the Piscataqua Garden Club will have a very green theme.

The May 13 event will include presentations from three business partners of the Green Alliance, the Portsmouth organization that connects green-driven consumers with more than 100 green-minded businesses. The unique meeting was organized by the conservation committee of the Piscataqua Garden Club and will take place at Service Credit Union in Portsmouth. The three Green Alliance presenters will be Site Structures, EcoTech Pest Control Services, and Green Maids.

“This is part of our mission as an organization,” said Deb Chag, co-chair of the club’s conservation committee. The Piscataqua Garden Club was founded in 1934 and a membership ranging from Cape Neddick, Maine to Exeter and Kensington, New Hampshire. The Green Alliance presentations, Chag explained, will be an environmental education platform to better inform members on conservation issues.

“We have six meetings a year and often have some eclectic speakers,” Chag said. “But we haven’t done anything like this before.”

Jenaly IT Green IT Item of the Month: DIY Green Cleaning

By Patrick | Apr 30, 2014 | in

In their most recent e-newsletter, Jenaly Technology Group featured a new monthly Green IT Item. This month it showcased do-it-yourself green cleaning products.

These targeted aspects of weekly cleaning (daily in some cases) involved creating your own wood polish, soft scrub, all-purpose cleaner, cleaning wipes, and laundry detergent from commonly found ingredients. Not only are these homemade cleaning recipes safe for the environment, but the active chemicals are also safe for children and pets as well. Just one more way in which the good people at Jenaly Tech are looking out for you and your family.

Jenaly Technology Group is a progressive outsourced IT services firm. Unlike other IT services firms, the dedicated Jenaly team aims to learn more about clients and their goals in order to really service their needs. Apart from providing excellent “Concierge desk” customer service, Jenaly Technology Group also aims to improve upon and increase awareness of the different sustainability practices that are coming to light each and every day.

Biological Pest Control

By Craig | Apr 30, 2014 | in

Rats. For some they are pets, but to a vast majority of homeowners, and humans, they're pests. Disease carrying pests. Rats, mice and other rodents are drawn to a property because it provides a food source. Such was the case with a customer of Ecotech Pest Services, LLC, a pest control business owned and operated by Tom Pray. With spring's warm weather (finally) upon us, many people are stocking their bird-feeders with seed. Often homeowners have to contend with squirrels crawling into the feeder eating and taking a majority of the feed for themselves. It's a common problem, but when Pray's customer noticed a rat eating the spilled seed on the ground, she called Ecotech.

But sometimes nature has its own pest control service. In the case of Pray's customer, rescue came in the form of a, possible, Cooper's hawk who caught the bird-feeder culprit before Pray could arrive on the scene (see photo at left).

Meet a Green Business: Eolian Renewable Energy, llc.

By Patrick | Apr 30, 2014 | in

Who: Eolian Renewable Energy

What: Started in 2009 in Portsmouth, Eolian is focused on building a stronger, healthier, and local clean energy infrastructure using the latest in wind technologies. Currently, Eolian has four different wind energy projects in development throughout Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire. Eolian's wind project in Orland, Maine set a goal to produce nine-megawatts of power, providing 2,700 Maine homes with renewable energy. Helmed by CEO Jack Kenworthy, Eolian strives to assure that every project they undertake is done with active community engagement; that all site plans minimize impacts and maximize local benefits and that the final product is one that communities can be proud of.

Where: 155 Fleet Street, Portsmouth

Web: www.eolian-energy.com

What Makes Us Green:

  • Working to lead the transition to clean, local renewable energy.
  • Seeks optimal low-impact sites for wind facility location. 
  • Developing over 175 MW of wind energy in four states. 
  • Eolian’s projects will save millions of tons of CO2 and fresh water resources, while conserving valuable natural habitat.

Community Toolbox Offers Serious Discounts Through May

By Craig | Apr 30, 2014 | in

Community Toolbox, a newly minted 501c3 nonprofit, in Portsmouth has amazing savings for customers now through May 31.

If you're in need of home repair materials for your bathroom or kitchen, but can't afford the prices of big box stores, then Community Toolbox is the place to go. The outlet store at Community Toolbox sells reclaimed, or donated, home goods through their Deconstruction Program and inventory turn-over donations from home improvement retailers. Not only will you save green with Community Toolbox's deeply discounted prices, but you'll be green with your purchase by keeping unnecessary waste out of landfills. You'll also be supporting Community Toolbox's Fit-It program, a team of volunteers that provide small, basic repairs.

Stop in now and receive an additional 20% off your purchase when you show your Green Alliance Green Card. Not a Green Alliance Member? No worries. Community Toolbox sells GA Memberships. Interested in joining? Sign up when you make your purchase at Community Toolbox and receive your discount immediately.

Community Toolbox is located at 135 Mirona Road, Portsmouth, NH. The outlet store is open Monday - Thursday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

For more information on signing-up for a GA Membership, click here!

Great Works Chiropractic Celebrates 3 Years of Community with Spring Extravaganza

By Craig | Apr 29, 2014 | in

If you've ever had a seething migraine, back pain so bad that it sidelined you for a day, or three, or even if you've just felt a little off, its cause may be from a long-ago accident or even birth trauma.

Many people might not realize that their everyday aches and pains often stem from stressors they encountered years prior. The lasting, non-immediate, symptoms could take years to surface and, when they do, treating them with pills may provide relief, but not necessarily fix the problem.

According to Dr. Seth LaFlamme, of Great Works Chiropractic in South Berwick, many health problems that occur in a lifetime can be traced back to any number of traumas that appear mild at first, but pose serious problems later in life, such as sports injuries, car accidents, falls or a difficult birth. It's for this reason Dr. Seth and his wife, and practice partner, Dr. Briana Duga, have taken advanced training to also care for children, even babies, to ensure their health is on the right track.

In celebration of their work, and their patients’ successes, Dr. Seth and Dr. Bri (they prefer first names with patients) will host a family event for their patients, as well as their patient's families and guests, on May 3 at Doodlebugz Studio in Rollinsford, New Hampshire. The event will have a variety of activities for all ages including pottery painting, contests, giveaways and food. The day will celebrate not only the success of Dr. Seth's practice, which expanded its physical space last year, but also the people that support him.

Colonial Stoneworks Offers Sustainable Masonry Services

By Madelaine | Apr 29, 2014 | in

WINDHAM — It’s springtime, that means outdoor gatherings and cookouts are right around the corner! Maybe you’ve been thinking about installing a new outdoor patio or fireplace in your backyard. Or perhaps your existing stonewall or pathway needs some love. Whatever masonry job you need, Colonial Stoneworks can make it happen! Colonial is skilled in a wide range of sustainable stonework services.

Its services include but are not limited to: fireplaces, chimneys, wood stove alcoves, patios, steps, walkways and floors, retaining walls, stone pool decking, mailboxes, columns and piers – paver products, driveways and cobblestone; entry ways and various types of signage.

Colonial puts an emphasis on green business practices with every job it takes on. It has company wide policies to reduce its carbon footprint. All equipment and trucks use biodiesel fuel. Colonial also has an on-site 500-gallon storage tank to store this fuel, which reduces trips to fill up. It also places a high priority on sourcing materials locally or from the yards of customers themselves. It utilizes natural and reclaimed stone whenever possible.