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Beer & Oyster Party at the Franklin Oyster House

By Sam Lane | Aug 6, 2015 | in

Tonight, August 6, at 5:30 p.m. the Franklin Oyster House welcomes all to join them for the Beer and Oyster Party. If you care to start things off with a drink you’re in luck, as there will be six 5-ounce beer samples from Smuttynose Brewing Company and Great Rhythm Brewing Company. Some of the brews included are Smuttlabs' Cherry Short Weisse and Oak Tripel, Smuttynose's Vunderbar Pilsner and Great Rhythm Resonation Pale Ale. Each beer will be paired with a variety of six locally sourced oysters. The pairings cost $34, but jump on the opportunity quick as there is only standing room available. During the event WXGR 103.5 will provide music to accompany the good eats.

As any local beer drinker would tell you, Smuttynose brews some of the top beers in New England. Active at fun, local events such as the Beer and Oyster party, Smuttynose makes a tremendous effort to be involved lsocially, as well as consciously. At their new sustainable and eco-friendly facility in Hampton, NH, you can find the Smuttynose staff brewing locally prized craft beers such as the ever so secret Smuttlab brews and old favorites like Old Brown Dog Ale and Bouncy House IPA.

Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market to Host Families Celebration

By Katelyn | Aug 4, 2015 | in

KITTERY - The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market come together to host the Green Families Celebration and Market, a day of fun featuring the traditional farmers market vendors and new family friendly vendors and activities. Discover the Green Families community on Sunday, August 23.

This year, the Kittery Community Market added new venders and sponsors. One new sponsor is the Green Alliance, a union of local and regional businesses that have sustainable initiatives at the core of their business model, and consumer members looking to shop with eco-friendly businesses.

The event is focused on bringing together the local community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, face painting, a scavenger hunt, games and prizes for the kids. As its own weekly summer event, the Kittery Community Market is held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Kittery at Post Office Square featuring local produce, foods, and crafts. On August 23 the market will expand with the addition of sustainable vendors from the Green Alliance, along with a post celebration meet-up at nearby Tributary Brewing Company.

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created with the goal to inspire younger generations to care about sustainability and value the environment. Its formation was a natural response of research and trends found by the Green Alliance about members.

CCNNE: A Proud Sponsor of the Special Olympics

By Katelyn | Jul 28, 2015 | in

The Coca-Cola Company is one of the most well-known businesses across the globe, but the iconic drink company is not always thought of as a leader in sustainability and community initiatives. Coca-Cola and its regional bottling facilities are continuously finding new ways to give back to the community and have become increasingly environmentally friendly.

The Special Olympics was founded in 1968 and the Coca-Cola Company has been a global sponsor since the organization was established. In the Northeast, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) has worked with the Special Olympics for decades and provides refreshments for the athletes and volunteers.

While CCNNE is responsible for beverages at the New Hampshire Special Olympics events, the volunteers also run the softball throw, tennis ball throw, and mini-javelin. CCNNE employees continue to participate with the Special Olympics to give back to the community and have found that it is a great team building experience and way for employees and their families to connect with each other.

RiverWoods Draws Parallels With Blue Zones

By Sam Lane | Jul 21, 2015 | in

By Josh Rosenson

EXETER - Blue Zones have been identified by author Dan Buettner in the book The Blue Zones as areas where populations live longer and enjoy a superior quality of life into old age. Several Blue Zones have been identified around the world such as Sardinia, Italy and Okinawa, Japan, and the areas studied have been identified as sharing six specific characteristics that are believed to aid in the superior quality of life at an older age.
RiverWoods Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC) in Exeter, also shares many of these Blue Zone characteristics that are suggested to be linked with living longer and healthier in older age.

“RiverWoods is structured in a unique way,” said Cathleen Toomey, RiverWoods’ VP. “People join when they are independent and able to live on their own. They make their home here and gain friends. When and if they need another level of care they can transition to assisted living or skilled nursing, in a private room, with no limit in how length of stay, and no increase in fee. Meanwhile, your community is here to support you. That is the extraordinary benefit of a CCRC.”

There are six key markers in identifying Blue Zones. RiverWoods, with a resident population of 620 residents and 500 employees, incorporates five of these factors.

Green Alliance Members Celebrate Summer with Free Tickets and Giveaways

By Katelyn | Jul 20, 2015 | in

This year we are celebrating summer by rewarding our Green Alliance members with their choice of tickets or gifts from a variety of local businesses! Current members who upgrade to the Sustaining Membership will get the gift of their choice, just become a Sustaining member and email with gift you would like to collect.

A Sustaining Membership is our highest level of individual membership and affords you a lifetime of GA Business Discounts, Green Alliance events and cutting edge environmental information. Sustaining Members never have to renew and are telling us and the world that they believe in the power of a local green economy. What are you waiting for!? Become a Lifetime Member now and choose one of the great gifts!


  • 4 tickets to Zappa Plays Zappa at the Hampton Casino 7/23
  • 4 tickets to The Fab Four at the Hampton Casino 7/24
  • 4 tickets to use for any of the Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series shows at the Seacoast Science Center in July
  • 3 tickets to Santa’s village ($90 value!)
  • 2 tickets to Sagamore mini golf AND 2 coupons for Sagamore driving range balls
  • 4 tickets for a Reggae Party Cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
  • 4 tickets for a sail with the Gundalow Company
  • Fly Cage from Ecotech Pest Control to keep your yard naturally fly free all summer ($150 value!)

Prelude in Downtown Portsmouth Welcomes New Owner!

By Rich | Jul 16, 2015 | in
Many of those in the Green Alliance have enjoyed Prelude and the terrific, eclectic offerings from one of Downtown Portsmouth’s finest shopping outlets. Prelude has been a long time partner with the Green Alliance and a terrific member of the GA family. 
After many successful years of operation, Holly, the existing owner,  has decided to pass the torch and has sold the business to a new owner by the name of Brie Delisi, leaving Holly time to do the things she loves. Brie ran Serendipity in Exeter for nearly a decade. 
Brie hopes to add to the product line at Prelude by offering beautiful sustainable products like USA made clothing, locally handmade jewelry and accessories, and fair trade and earth friendly gifts.  Prelude fans need not worry, the store will continue to carrying all the tried and true lines like Dr. Hauschka and Skagen watches and many others people have come to love and seek out at Prelude. 
Brie will also be introducing many exciting new lines from New England artists including jewelry, pottery, soy candles, fair trade wallets and hand bags, scarves, and hand woven belts. In addition, some great new renovations will be taking place to improve the store’s charm and shopping experience. 

Smuttynose Brewery's 21st Birthday Bash

By Sam Lane | Jul 16, 2015 | in

This Sunday, July 19, Smuttynose Brewing Company is turning 21 and everyone is invited to help celebrate! All you need is $10 and a valid ID to join in on the birthday bash not to be missed. Those under 16 are allowed free entry. The main event is running from 3 - 8 p.m. at 105 Towle Farm Road in Hampton, N.H. The rain or shine bash will be filled with sweet tunes from live bands, food trucks, party games, a photobooth and delicious craft beer. Featured bands for the event include Martin England & The Reconstructed and Harsh Armadillo. Tickets are limited to 1,000 guests, so be sure to purchase yours soon!

For 21 years, Smuttynose has made leaps and bounds to run more efficiently and sustainably. Since its humble beginnings, owner Peter Egelston has grown Smuttynose into the highly recognizable craft brewing company it is today with sustainability at its core. In an effort to keep growing and stay ‘green,' Smuttynose opened a new completely sustainable and energy efficient brewing facility in Hampton. The facility is outfitted with motion sensor LED lights and solar tubes to allow for a more functionally efficient workplace. For Hayseed, the restaurant located on the brewery's campus, lumber from on-site trees and salvaged timber were used in its construction and the kitchen's food is sourced locally whenever possible.

The 21st birthday bash celebration is a perfect event to show appreciation for the progress Smuttynose has made and what potential feats are yet to be seen.

Green Alliance's Anne Twombly Featured on WMUR-TV

By Craig | Jul 15, 2015 | in

Our Marketing Assistant, Anne Twombly, was nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. Congratulations, Anne! WMUR-TV caught up with her to talk about the nomination and her life as a runner for the University of New Hampshire. Watch the full video below!

Scooters Prove Popular Alternative for Seacoast Residents

By John | Jul 15, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

PORTSMOUTH – Any seacoast local will tell you, parking in Portsmouth can be a challenge, especially amongst commuters who also cope with increases in gas prices. And with the city’s recent decision to build a new $23.2 million parking garage with funding in-part from increased parking fees at meters and the Hanover garage, drivers are turning to different forms of transportation.

Local electric bike and scooter dealer, EZBikes and Scooters of Exeter has been meeting this growing demand for alternative transportation on the seacoast.

After nearly 30 years of providing mobile electronic services through his business Autosounds of NH, Tom Hemenway, expanded his business six years ago to include electric bikes. One year later, he and his wife and co-owner Teresa, added gas powered scooters to the mix.

“The electric bikes business has grown, but not as fast as scooters.” Teresa explains, “We found that there really was a need for scooters.”

Demand for the electric bikes rose when gas prices began climbing rapidly. The average electric bike consumes an incredible 1kwh for every 100kms, achieving close to 2,000 mpg, while the average scooter gets 80-100 miles per gallon.

Flexibility and Community Keep Classes Full for Local Fitness Businesses

By John | Jul 15, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

PORTSMOUTH - The record breaking snowfall in New England this past winter makes outdoor summer fun all the more desirable to New Hampshire residents. While beaches, streets and restaurant patios welcome a flood of tourists and locals eager to get outside, Seacoast fitness businesses offer great variety and a welcome break from the summer heat.

Nationally, the fitness industry typically experiences a cyclical wane in class attendance during the summer. Yet three Seacoast businesses, Zev Yoga, Gateway Taiji and Integrated Fitness of Dover, keep their studios busy throughout the summer months with flexible schedules, special seminars and classes complimentary to outdoor summer fun.

Integrated Fitness of Dover, lead by owner Jonathan Arnold, serves the seacoast community by educating and empowering individuals to meet personal wellness goals. The fitness facility offers one-on-one, group and specialized training programs to meet the needs of its clients, with a strong emphasis on nutrition. In the summer, Integrated Fitness makes class cards available to its clients to accommodate client’s availability.

“[For] most of our classes, we allow people to use a punch card, good for ten classes. That works for people’s summer schedules,” says Mandy Lafond of Integrated Fitness.

Summer Gifts for New Sustaining Members from the Green Alliance

By Katelyn | Jul 15, 2015 | in

This year we are celebrating summer by rewarding new Sustaining Members with their choice of tickets or gifts from a variety of local businesses! Become a Green Alliance Sustaining member today and simply email with gift you would like to collect. Yes its that easy!

A Sustaining Membership is our highest level of individual membership and affords you a lifetime of GA Business Discounts, Green Alliance events and cutting edge environmental information. Sustaining Members never have to renew and are telling us and the world that they believe in the power of a local green economy. What are you waiting for!? Become a Lifetime Member now and choose one of the sweet gifts!

Pet Adoption Day at the Kittery Community Market

By Katelyn | Jul 14, 2015 | in

This year, the Kittery Community Market has been revamped and is better than ever with the addition of new venders and sponsors. The Kittery Community Market is a weekly outdoor farmers market featuring local farmers, food producers, fishermen, and artisans and will be held every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm until October 4.

On Sunday, July 19, Cocheco Valley Humane Society will join the market to promote discounted adoptions and veterinary services for veterans through the national nonprofit Pets for Patriots. "This is a really exciting collaboration for Kittery Community Market, as so many of our community members are part of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard," said market manager, Kris Bowden.

Pets for Patriots, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to bringing pets and people together in a lifelong bond of mutual friendship, loyalty and love. Their goal is to make the benefits of shelter pet adoption a reality for military personnel, ensuring many years of friendship, companionship and joy with their honorably adopted dog or cat.

We Have Affordable Office Space for Rent in Portsmouth

By Craig | Jul 14, 2015 | in

Come work with the Green Alliance ... sort of. We're offering a charming downtown Portsmouth office for rent that's affordable!

Approx. 250 sq. foot office drenched in natural sunlight.

The Amenities

  • Located in Portsmouth's historic Franklin Block Building right in picturesque and bustling Market Square.
  • Includes use of spacious conference room and common area outfitted for informal meetings with couches, small refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker.
  • Entire space and all offices boast extra-tall ceilings and large arched windows.
  • Enjoy dynamic and vibrant Green Alliance collaborative atmosphere when you want it and quiet privacy when you need it (just close your office door!)
  • Multiple electrical outlets on wall.
  • Room comes unfurnished.

The Cost

  • Only $300 a month, all inclusive (internet, utilities).
  • Month-to-month. We just need two (2) months notice if you're leaving.
  • Discount available if you pay six months in advance.

Passport Tour 2015 is Right Around the Corner

By Sam Lane | Jul 14, 2015 | in

On Saturday September 19th, Join Smuttynose Brewing Company and New Hampshire Public Television at Strawberry Banke Museum for the Passport Tour of 2015. Come down for this delicious, fun evening with a variety of craft brews and food created by the best chefs in the seacoast area. Chef Evan Hennessey will be holding a number of pairings of a variety of food and craft beers will be featured during the main event, running from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are limited and you do not want to miss out on this event, as it assured to be a summer hit.

Tickets for the event are running as $75 for the main event, as well as a $30 designated driver pass, including delicious cuisine and non-alcoholic drinks. The rain or shine event is open to adults 21 and older will a tangible ID. Purchased tickets are non-refundable and cannot be repurposed for the museum or NHPTV. All proceeds will benefit NHPTV and Strawberry Banke Museum and will be celebrating all local food, drinks and supporting vendors.

Join Us for the Green Families Celebration and Market

By Katelyn | Jul 13, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance invites all families to come discover the community that has become Green Families on August 23 at the Kittery Community Market. The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market will host a collaborative day of fun for families featuring the traditional farmers market vendors as well as new family friendly vendors. The celebration will include interactive vendors like EZ Bikes & Scooters, the Gundalow Company, the Natural Dog, and York Center for Wildlife.

This day brings together the GA community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, free birthday cake, face painting, scavenger hunt, games, and prizes for the kids.The Kittery Community Market is held Sundays from 10am - 2pm in downtown Kittery and features local produce, foods, and crafts, but on August 23 the market is transformed into a Green Families Fest featuring the regular market vendors and additional Green Alliance businesses.

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created in July 2012 with the goal to inspire younger generations to care about sustainability and value the environment. The creation of the Green Families Club was a natural response of research and trends found by the Green Alliance about our members. We discovered that a large portion of Green Alliance members are parents with young children who care deeply about the environment and shopping locally.

Trails Grand Opening Celebration on July 25th

By John | Jul 13, 2015 | in

As part of an initiative to expand public access on their lands, the Southeast Land Trust of NH (known as SELT) recently completed an extensive trails project at the 589-acre Tucker & French Family Forest in Kingston and Danville. Two parking areas, eight bridges, and more than five miles of interior trails have been created by SELT staff and dozens of volunteers over the last two years. Funding was made possible by way of a $30,000 grant from the NH Recreation Trails Program, a program of the Federal Highway Administration though the NH Bureau of Trails.

On Saturday, July 25th at 9am SELT is celebrating the official opening of this trail network to the public, and acknowledging the partners and volunteers who helped make this project a reality. Trailhead kiosks have been installed at three access points and a recently completed trail map and guide will be freely available to the public. There will be a short presentation at 9:00am followed by guided walks of the trails. To attend, please sign up by noon on Friday, July 24th by emailing

The Tucker & French Family Forest features a diverse mix of upland forests, shrub lands, and wetlands that are being managed by SELT for wildlife habitat, forest products, and passive recreation opportunities. The property also includes more than two and a half miles of shoreline on the Little River and a number of historically significant sites. The Tucker & French Family Forest is owned by SELT subject to conservation restrictions held by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Aucella Heating and Cooling scores Reader’s Choice Award for best HVAC 2015!

By Rich | Jul 9, 2015 | in

There certainly is no shortage of HVAC companies here on the seacoast of New Hampshire, just google-map Portsmouth alone and 30 or so grace the local area. Obviously, heating and cooling is near and dear to our challenging New England climate so having a reliable HVAC company is essential.

We are extremely proud to have as a partner with the Green Alliance, the 2015 Seacoast Online Reader’s Choice Award winner – Aucella Heating and Cooling!

Started in 2005, Aucella Heating & Cooling has built itself into one of the top HVAC companies in the greater Seacoast region, and it has done so by using top-of-the-line green products. Run by husband and wife team, Fay and Jay Aucella, the business offers installation and service of a wide range of options from the most standard, yet most efficient oil or propane heating systems to the unique options of ductless split heat pumps, hybrid ducted heat pump systems, solar thermal space heat, and domestic hot water systems and wood pellet boilers. Aucella does more than simply install systems, they look at the whole home. Its small, qualified staff calculates operating cost savings for each installation, comparing overall savings and payback periods to the initial investment. Aucella Heating & Cooling puts environmental and homeowner needs at the forefront of its business.

For more information on Aucella, check out their Green Alliance page here. And remember, Green Alliance consumer members receive 20% off Aucella’s heating and air conditioning services!

Become a Sustaining Member and Get Your Choice of Free Tickets!

By Katelyn | Jul 8, 2015 | in


Cruise the Piscataqua with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

By Katelyn | Jul 8, 2015 | in

With the month of July well underway, New England residents are flocking to the beach, lake house, favorite river spot, or just about anywhere else they can stay cool. A fun day on the water doesn’t have to come to an end at sunset, thanks to the Isles of Shoals Steampship Company you can cruise down the Piscataqua River in style.

This summer, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company will host Reggae on the River each Wednesday night where guests will enjoy an evening of live reggae music and dancing on the newly renovated M/V Thomas Laighton. This two and a half hour cruise is the perfect way to relax after a stressful day at work, or an equally long day at the beach, and take in the sights of the Piscataqua River and harbor.

In addition to the Reggae Cruise, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers party cruises, Portsmouth Harbor tours, and visits to Star Island and Isles of Shoals. They also offer private charters and event cruises; there truly is something for everything aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton.

M/V Thomas Laighton is the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s largest vessel with a 340 passenger capacity, three decks, ample exterior and interior space, three full-service bars, and the flexibility to host almost any event. The Isles of Shoals’ M/V Thomas Laighton recently underwent a series of sustainable renovations to its interior. They are the first major interior renovations since the vessel was constructed.

Sail Portsmouth Weekend With Gundalow Company

By Sam Lane | Jul 8, 2015 | in

Gundalow Company is holding a Sail Portsmouth Weekend, offering a number of great deals accommodating for all ages. The highlighted event is the Parade of Sails, where those attending will welcome El Galeon Andulucia and the privateer Lynx, while abroad the gundalow Piscataqua. The historic gundalows will be the setting for a number of fun activities from morning to evening, beginning with the 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. excursion where kids will be sailing for free. The whole family is sure to enjoy perusing around the Piscataqua River and nearby regions, holding unmatchable views and character. If the two-hour excursion can’t fit into the schedule, short sails will be held at 12:30 p.m. on the 25th and 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the 26th. The shortened sails will last for an hour and fifteen minutes at a rate of $20 for adults and $10 for children 13 and below.

In addition to these offers, Gundalow Company is hosting music sails aboard the Piscataqua with the acapella group, The Overtones. This offer will be running from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 25th and all proceeds will go toward the non-profit Portsmouth Pro Musica. On the 26th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be a free dockside tour of the gundalow ships. At 6 p.m., Random Acts of Harmony will be singing and playing traditional and contemporary folk music. The group is comprised of a 3-part harmony along with acoustic instrumentation.