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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 www.blueoceansociety.org

 

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.”

Local Artist Jasmine Inglesmith Displays Photography at the GA

By Jenn | Dec 2, 2013 | in

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.

 

ReVision Energy and Children’s Museum in Dover Host Toy Drive

By sarah | Dec 2, 2013 | in

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.

Last Day For $20 GA Membership Special

By Tricia | Dec 2, 2013 | in

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!

ENH Power to Host Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Social

By sarah | Dec 2, 2013 | in

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.

NOFA-NH Fundraiser for the 2014 Journeyperson Program

By sarah | Nov 26, 2013 | in

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.

Green Business Shoutout: Green Maids

By sarah | Nov 26, 2013 | in

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.

GA Director Sarah Brown on Unique Green Alliance Event

By sarah | Nov 26, 2013 | in

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.

Green Business Shoutout: Ancient Traditions

By sarah | Nov 26, 2013 | in

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.

Special 20% Off at the Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

By sarah | Nov 26, 2013 | in

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!

Do the Bold (and Green) Thing and Feel Good About it with Acorn Organic Salon

By sarah | Nov 26, 2013 | in

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?

GA members enjoy 15% off all services at Acorn Organic Salon in Dover and Exeter. Learn more about Acorn here. Join the GA here and then make your appointment at Acorn to get your GA discount!

GUEST BLOG: Mirror Image Makes a Bad Situation Fantastic

By sarah | Nov 26, 2013 | in

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!).

Take the Pledge to Eat, Shop, and Enjoy the Local for Plaid Friday

By sarah | Nov 26, 2013 | in

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.