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Sean Ware Opening Reception at Zev Yoga

By Amanda | Jul 29, 2014 | in

Zev Yoga in Downtown Portsmouth is hosting a Sean Ware exhibition as part of collaboration with Drift Gallery. A public artist reception will be held at the Zev Yoga Studio in Downtown Portsmouth on August 1 from 6-8 pm. This exhibition is open to the public at no cost and will run from August 1 to October 1, 2014. Artwork can be viewed at the reception, online, by appointment, or by attending a regularly scheduled yoga class. All works are for purchase.

Sean Ware, Originally from Lexington, Kentucky, lives and paints in the New Hampshire Seacoast. Trained as a potter and a painter, Ware has a special appreciation for the process of creation. Ware splits his time between painting in the studio and outdoors, painting en plein air. One of Ware’s paintings is displayed to the right.

Zev Yoga Studio in Portsmouth is located at 16 Market Square (above Breaking New Grounds). For more information on Sean Ware contact Drift Gallery at, 603-379-6560, or click here to visit their website.

Aucella Heating & Cooling is hiring!

By Sam | Jul 28, 2014 | in

 

Did you know the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We post information about job openings within our business partner community. Open the door to your green career today.

Aucella Heating & Cooling has two job openings right now: an experienced HVAC technician, and an entry-level installation/repair technician. Read ahead to learn more about the positions.

 

Installation/Repair Technician
Aucella Heating and Cooling, is a residential and light commercial HVAC company located in Strafford NH. Aucella specializes in high efficiency, and alternative/renewable energy system installation, repair, and maintenance. We are currently accepting resumes for Installation/Replacement Technicians.

GateWay Taiji, Qigong and Yoga Offering New Beginner Balance Class

By Kyle | Jul 25, 2014 | in

Nearly 1 in 3 people over 65 fall each year due to balance impairment. Balance impairment is a serious health issue that affects millions of Americans. With the practice of yoga and taiji (pronounced “tai chi”) it is possible to improve balance, strength and mobility. Starting on October 7th, Gateway Taiji, Qigong and Yoga are offering a beginners class of Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance. This 12-week session includes two classes a week every Tuesday and Thursday 11:30a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Developed by Dr. Fuzhong Li at the Oregon Research Institute and endorsed by the HHS Administration on Aging, tai chi and yoga are proven to significantly decrease the likelihood of disabling falls. This program has the ability to reduce a participant’s risk and fear of falling by 55%, improve postural stability and walking ability in patients with Parkinson’s disease and improve quality of sleep and well-being.

Green Alliance T-Shirts Available

By Kelly | Jul 24, 2014 | in

Organic cotton t-shirts are on sale!  Visit our website to purchase a Green Alliance t-shirt offered in men's and women's sizes. You can also purchase kids t-shirts that include the added phrase of "future environmentalist".  There are a variety of colors that you can choose from.  Adult sizes are sold for $10 and kids sizes are sold for $7.  Order online and receive your soft organic cotton shirt right at your doorstep.  Click here to view your options!  

 

 

 

 

 

GateWay Taiji: Moving for a Better Balance

By Sam | Jul 24, 2014 | in

Check out GateWay's intro video for their new series: Moving for a Better Balance! This 12-week workshop is endorsed by the NH Falls Risk Reduction Task Force and has been shown to result in: Improved strength, balance and mobility, Improved postural stability and walking, and Improved quality of sleep and well-being. The balance curriculum is safe and accessible to people of all fitness levels, and is effective with people with hearing related balance issues, coordination and balance problems caused by stroke and Parkinson’s Disease, and age-related balance challenges.

Tune in to 106.1 WSCA-LP on August 5 to hear GateWay's Bill Buckley talk about balance, and sign up for the class here.

Gifting Outside the Box

By Kyle | Jul 24, 2014 | in

Newly engaged couples nationwide turn to big box stores to create their registries with, registering products that often are not made in the US and lack uniqueness. With Nearby Registry, however, couples can select products and services from unique local companies and not just big box stores, all online in a convenient location for friends and family. Nearby gives engaged couples the chance to support local businesses through gifts from their guests.

Owner Allison Grappone created Nearby based around what she believes is the new definition of local. Local is what a person defines it as: it may be a twenty-mile radius for one person or the entire northeast for another. What’s important about local is no longer just location, but a guarantee of unique, one-of-a-kind creations as well as keeping money within the small businesses who practice responsible business.

Ridgeview Construction Hopes to Change View on Prefabricated Homes with Build in Salisbury

By Craig | Jul 24, 2014 | in

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when considering home design – what's attractive to one person may not be to another. Perceptions are changing, however, when it comes to prefabricated and modular home building. At least, that's what Ridgeview Construction owner Shane Carter hopes to achieve with a build in Salisbury, Mass.

Ridgeview, a Deerfield, N.H. based building company, is the general contractor for Boston magazine’s tenth Design Home project. Each year, Boston seeks a new location in the greater Boston area that focuses on a new perspective of living. For Design Home 2014, the theme is a modular home build with minimal waste and completely net-zero in design.

“I think that changing the perception is really important," said Carter. "Modular homes today, being factory built in controlled conditions with very little waste and very little on-site build time, is really an efficient and green way for home construction."

For many homeowners, going green is a way to be financially sustainable. It's also a great way to live environmentally, which is the why Natalie Treat, along with her husband Tom, offered their property to be the stage on which Carter will build their green home.

Both nature lovers and environmentalists, the Treats saw a once in a lifetime chance to get their dream home when the original home selected for the project was no longer available. The couple immediately offered their property as a replacement.

The modular assembly, along with additional green technology, will help to render the home as a net-zero build, cutting down on the home's carbon footprint.

Sail Away with Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company This Summer

By Amanda | Jul 23, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company are teaming up this summer to get Seacoast area residents out on the Piscataqua River. Become a member of the Green Alliance (for only $35) and get a free ticket aboard one of the Gundalow Company’s sails! With sail tickets valued up to $40, there is no better time to join the Green Alliance Community! The membership pays for itself instantly!

The Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company will also be giving away FOUR tickets this week. Thursday July 24 the Green Alliance will put up a trivia question that can be found on the GA facebook page. Simply comment on the post with the answer you think is correct! We will choose one winner at random.

The Gundalow Company is a business partner of the Green Alliance, working to bring sustainability to the Seacoast Area. This non-profit strives to connect community members with the historic icon of river commerce, while simultaneously working to encourage a sense of environmental stewardship for the region’s waterways.

The Green Alliance seeks a Freelance Writer!

By Sam | Jul 23, 2014 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? Keep up with who's hiring in the seacoast and feel good about the work you do!

Sometimes we list jobs on the Green Jobs Board, too. This one is for a freelance writer. Click through to read the job description!

As Freelance Writer for the Green Alliance, you’ll be responsible for generating compelling, accurate, and engaging copy (typically between 600-1500 words) for a variety of outlets, including online blogs, newsletters, newspapers, and magazines.

We do not write press releases; we produce publish-ready news-style stories that mimic in both quality and approach the style and focus of the publications themselves. A background in journalism or a related field is preferred.

Exeter Practice Integrates Naturopathic Techniques with Traditional Medicine for Optimum Mental Health

By Amanda | Jul 22, 2014 | in

BY HEIKKI PERRY
Green Alliance Correspondent

While treatment of mental illness has progressed during the last few decades, patients who rely solely on traditional psychiatric care overlook the benefits that naturopathic treatment can produce.

Naturopathic doctors take a different approach to treating mental illness than traditional medical doctors do, and when that approach is coordinated with a medical doctor’s treatment, the synergy can produce more benefits than either discipline alone can offer.

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process, according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.

Starry Brook Natural Medicine is a naturopathic practice in Exeter, N.H. that provides health care with an approach that integrates with traditional medicine. Physical exams, intakes, and treatment plans are guided by the patient's desires. Treatment and therapies range from prescriptive medicines, acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and homeopathy or a combination.

The practice offers treatments for a variety of mental illnesses, including borderline personality disorder; bipolar disorder; anxiety; depression; obsessive compulsive disorder; agoraphobia; eating disorders; and trichotillomania.

Go Far for Less with an Electric Bike from EZ Bikes & Scooters

By Amanda | Jul 22, 2014 | in

Guest Blog; A NH Citizens Hearing on Climate Change in New Hampshire

By Amanda | Jul 22, 2014 | in

The Guest Blog below is from Roger Stephenson, an Outreach Consultant for the Union of Concerned Scientists. This post summarizes an upcoming citizen hearing on climate change in Concord, NH.

A NH CITIZENS HEARING ON CLIMATE CHANGE IN NEW HAMPSHIRE
Concord Public Library
Monday, July 28th 6 – 8 pm
Concord, NH

The Clean Power Plan cuts carbon pollution – power plants account for roughly one-third of all domestic greenhouse gas emissions. The Clean Power Plan will help cut carbon pollution from the power sector by 30% below 2005 levels – attend and express your support!

Our future is at stake – New Hampshire is experiencing the impacts of climate change.

Add your voice by commenting at the hearing July 28! Learn what you can do to make a difference! Comments to the EPA must be received by October 16th, 2014, so use this opportunity to voice your support.

The hearing is in response to the EPA’s June announcement of the Clean Power Plan, which will put in place the first-ever, federal standards on carbon pollution from power plants. Carbon pollution fuels climate change, triggers more asthma attacks and respiratory disease, worsens air quality, and contributes to more frequent, destructive, costly and deadly extreme weather events. According to the EPA the Clean Power Plan will prevent up to 150,000 asthma attacks and 6,600 premature deaths annually by 2030.

Ecotech's Tom Pray Takes on an Army of Flying Insects

By Craig | Jul 21, 2014 | in

Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control stopped by the Green Alliance offices this afternoon to show us a prototype of his latest invention to help rid our backyards and public spaces of pesky deer flies, horse flies and green-heads. If you're a New Englander then you know just how easily one of these little creatures can ruin a perfect mid-summer night in the backyard, or down at the beach.

Pray was always asked by clients why mosquito sprays weren't taking care of these harassing flies. His answer was less than comforting. “A normal mosquito spray will do absolutely nothing for green-heads. The amount of chemicals you need to kill them is very high," said Pray

When his customers were disappointed with his answer, Pray saw a new market open up for his business. Pray based his idea on the fly-boxes he worked with years ago for the town of Hampton controlling fly populations in the salt marshes. Those wooden boxes proved to be too difficult to move and store for the average homeowner.

This "fly cage" is collapsable for easy storage and features machine washable netting. It is also 100 percent eco-friendly, kills the flies without chemical use, and recyclable. So how does it work?

Standing on four legs, Pray's device replicates the appearance of a four-legged animal such as a cow or deer. Hanging between the device's legs is a black buoy which Pray has found attracts the flies. According to Pray, deer flies, horse flies and green heads are often attracted to the underside of an animal where there is less hair to obstruct them from reaching the flesh.

“When they see the black buoy it draws them in even more and they go up underneath into the netting and get caught," said Pray.

When the flies, drawn by the hanging buoy fly upwards toward the "belly," they continue into a small hole that opens into a larger netted area. Once inside the flies are trapped and cook in the sunlight. At the end of the summer homeowners simply shake out the netting and wash it before storing it for the winter. The traps are perfect for backyards, golf courses and business with outdoor seating areas. Set up is as easy as opening a folding camping chair. 

A canine home away from home

By Emily | Jul 17, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord

Mary’s Dogs Inn has opened for business.

Mary Doane, the founder of Mary’s Dogs, is pleased her rescue and adoption organization has grown from her home in Deerfield to a two-story, 1800s federal-style house and property along Route 4 in Northwood near Coe-Brown Academy.

“We have a wonderful, relaxed feel at the Inn,” Doane said about the property that can board as many as 10 dogs at once. “Dogs who come to stay with us will feel like they're at home.”

This home offers canine daycare and boarding and fulfills a quarantine need for the dogs rescued from high-kill centers in the South. A 2012 New Hampshire state law mandated a 48-hour quarantine period for dogs at a licensed facility before heading to an adopting family.

Doane supported the law but knew when it was passed by the New Hampshire legislature that her operating model would have to change – and would require an actual facility rather than the improvised methods she had employed since founding Mary’s Dogs in 2011.

“We were never going to get anywhere without a center for dogs who were already adopted and for daycare, boarding and other activities,” Doane said.

Travis Aho's Benefit Yard Sale

By Kyle | Jul 17, 2014 | in

 

Sail Away with Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company This Summer

By Amanda | Jul 16, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company are teaming up this summer to get Seacoast area residents out on the Piscataqua River. Become a member of the Green Alliance (for only $35) and get a free ticket aboard one of the Gundalow Company’s sails! With sail tickets valued up to $40, there is no better time to join the Green Alliance Community! The membership pays for itself instantly!

The Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company will also be giving away two tickets weekly all summer long. Thursday, July 17 the Green Alliance will put up a trivia question that can be found on the GA facebook page. Simply comment on the post with the answer you think is correct! We will choose one winner at random.

The Gundalow Company is a business partner of the Green Alliance, working to bring sustainability to the Seacoast Area. This non-profit strives to connect community members with the historic icon of river commerce, while simultaneously working to encourage a sense of environmental stewardship for the region’s waterways.

Join the Gundalow Company wednesday evenings this summer for a unique discussion series on Contemporary Coastal Issues of the region. These discussions feature expert guest speakers from the area focusing on current maritime issues. These interesting and educational discussions are a great way to spend an evening and break up the work-week. Special low price of $15, thanks to support from the New Hampshire Coastal Program and RBC Wealth Management. Tickets also include a $5 coupon for the Portsmouth Brewery to have a beer and continue the discussion! Smuttynose along with the Portsmouth Brewery are friends and sponsors of the Gundalow Company, as well as business partners of the Green Alliance.

Kennebunk Savings a Community Beacon

By Kelly | Jul 16, 2014 | in

Founded in 1871, Kennebunk Savings is an independent, mutually owned savings bank that sets itself apart from its short-term focused, stockholder peers by preserving its fiscal responsibility as a business to benefit the community over the long term. Today, the company boasts 16 banking offices that serve individuals and businesses in York County Maine and Seacoast New Hampshire. Its newest branch opened in Hampton in May 2013 and is its third location in New Hampshire.

Kennebunk Savings offers a complete suite of financial services, including insurance and investment products, for personal and commercial customers alike. And while they offer products and services similar to any big bank, they are very much the same community-oriented company as it was when it started. Kennebunk Savings’ “Community Promise” is to donate 10 percent of their annual profits to local nonprofit organizations, resulting in over $7.5 million in donations since 1994 and helping upwards of 350 organizations every year. In 2012 alone, 8,500 volunteer hours were given back to the community by employees who shared their time and talent.

Ridgeview Construction Spreads its Roots in the Lakes Region

By Craig | Jul 16, 2014 | in

Ridgeview Construction doesn't just build homes, they build a sustainable peace of mind. With projects throughout New Hampshire and New England, owner Shane Carter offers quantity without sacrificing quality.

The Deerfield-based company has done extensive work throughout the Lake's Region already with builds in Gilmanton, Wolfeboro and Ashland. But Ridgeview's next big project in the area is a build off Squam River Landing in Ashland.

"That's a great community and we're really proud to be a preferred builder on that project," said Carter.

All homes at Squam River Landing will be built Energy Star compliant and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and National Association of Home Builders Green eligible. Each home will feature appliances that conserve water and energy use. The homes are designed to be affordable as other, expensive lakefront builds, many secondary homes for wealthy buyers, have priced-out large portions of the local community.

In an era where home-building has become an industry just like any other – profit-driven, factory-like, cost-effective - Ridgeview’s approach calls back to a time when quality, honesty, and teamwork were the mantras.

According to Carter, working with a like-minded crew to complete a home from start to finish breeds a sense of accountability. For the Squam River Landing project, Carter is excited by the team that came together to develop the site, especially Barry Gaw, the founding member of Sippican Partners, LLC and a LEED AP.

"We collaborate on the same frequency as far as I'm concerned," said Carter of Gaw. "He's great and really knows his stuff that way."

“You’ll see a lot of job sites where one crew left it a complete disaster for the next crew, and that kind of mentality just isn’t conducive to building a quality home and doing it with care,” he added.

Two Green Innovators Cooperate for a Greener New England

By Emily | Jul 16, 2014 | in

By Heikki (Herb) Perry

The collaboration of two eco-minded firms has helped each to profit while also advancing the cause of environmentalism.

RAM Printing was one of the earliest Business Partners and a sustainability leader in the the Green Alliance when the green business union and consumer co-op was first formed in 2009. The Green Alliance works to grow businesses that demonstrate environmental and social responsibility while building a community of consumers who will patronize those businesses.

RAM Printing has been following sustainable printing practices since 1989, well in advance of the current green trend. As “early adopters,” RAM set the standard in New England, and nationally, for the greening of the print industry, on the cutting edge of creating a product and service that was different from anything else on the market. It has strived to provide the consumer with a better product, while minimizing its footprint and succeeding financially.

“New materials emerge as technology changes,” says RAM account manager John Sobczak. “We continue to invest in those technologies that are environmentally friendly. In most cases, because of technology, recycling and new products, many of the ways of doing business are done at reduced costs, which we pass on to the consumer. It’s a win-win for the customer, a win-win for RAM, and a win-win for the environment.”

Community Toolbox's New August Hours

By Clay | Jul 15, 2014 | in

Community Toolbox, a Portsmouth non-profit who strives to build a safe and healthy homes for everyone, has new hours starting this August. Their current, regular hours will remain the same, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Starting on August 6, through the remainder of the month, Community Toolbox will remain open until 6 p.m. on Wednesdays.

Community Toolbox operates under the belief that homeowners shouldn't be forced to choose between paying for home repairs, buying groceries or paying their mortgage. This mindset is why Community Toolbox has started their Fix-It Program along with their two other supporting programs, the Retail Outlet and their Deconstruction Service. Together these three programs aim to improve and the living conditions for people struggling in the community.

At the core of Community Toolbox is their Fix-It Program - a volunteer based service that provides qualifying residents within 30 minutes of Portsmouth the necessary repairs for their homes. Each job is done correctly and up to code including; grab bar installation, small electrical jobs, accessibility fixes and more.

The Retail Outlet funds Community Toolbox's Fix-It and DeConstruction programs. Open to the public, the Retail Outlet allows individuals to purchase new or reclaimed building materials such as cabinets, doors, windows, tile, appliances and welcome donations from contractors and individuals.