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Celebrate Summer with Tickets from the Green Alliance

By Katelyn | Jul 6, 2015 | in

This year we are celebrating summer by rewarding new Sustaining Members who join by July 14 with their choice of one of the following gifts from local seacoast businesses:

 

  • 4 tickets to The Beach Boys at Hampton Casino 7/10 ($120 value!)
  • 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 throughout the month of July
  • 4 tickets to ANY show of the Lowell Summer Music Series, including Lyle Lovett or Melissa Etheridge (up to a $300 value!)
  • 5 tickets to Santa’s village ($150 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!)

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Proulx Oil and Propane

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

For Newmarket's Proulx Oil and Propane, the goal was simple: offer an alternative fuel source to commercial vehicle operators to help reduce carbon emissions. Through Proulx Autogas, the company now converts vehicles to run on propane, a byproduct of natural gas processing that burns 70 percent cleaner than standard gasoline.

As more gasoline-powered vehicle's become propane-compatible, Proulx is determined to become the leading Autogas supplier in the region. Using the PRINS conversion system for vehicles, Proulx Autogas utilizes the same propane distributed through its home heating business.
To date, Proulx has helped outfit medium duty vehicles such as limousines and taxis, police cruisers, school buses, service vans and commercial lawn mowers and propane/diesel injection systems. The PRINS system, often referred to as the bi-fuel system, allows vehicles to run on both standard gasoline as well as propane, and allows drivers to switch between the two fuels while in operation without interruption.
Because of its ability to burn cleaner than regular liquid gasoline, propane fuel for vehicles was certified as an alternative fuel by the federal government in 1992. The conversion can also extend the life of a vehicle's engine. Autogas is gaining market share as a viable alternative fuel domestically and it is used in more than 18 million vehicles worldwide.

Making Sustainability Work at 900 Degrees

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau grew up on what she calls a “gentleman’s farm” in New Ipswich. It was there that she says she learned firsthand about the importance of sustainability and locally-sourced agriculture – long before they became trendy concepts.

“We had five pigs, eight goats, and five lambs, different animals all the time. I learned so much even if I didn’t realize it at the time,” said Lane-Rondeau, the owner of 900 Degrees, the Neopolitan pizzerias in Manchester and Epping. She learned habits about keeping waste to a minimum and practicing conservation as a way of life.

Lane-Rondeau chose to go as green and sustainable as possible when she opened the first 900 Degrees in the Manchester Mill District in 2007. It’s an industry, according to the National Restaurant Association, that sees 60 percent of restaurants fail in the first few years due to small margins and shifting market trends. Choosing a green approach for a new restaurant was a risk but she had no doubt it was the smart route to take.

Sweet Summer Surprise for New Sustaining Members

By Anne | Jul 2, 2015 | in
 
Happy Independence Day! This year, we are celebrating by rewarding new Sustaining Members who join during the month of July with their choice of one of the following gifts from local seacoast events and businesses:
 
  • 4 tickets to The Beach Boys at Hampton Casino 7/10 ($120 value!)
  • 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 throughout the month of July
  • 4 tickets to ANY show of the Lowell Summer Music Series, Including Lyle Lovett or Melissa Etheridge (up to a $300 value!)
  • 5 tickets to Santa’s village ($150 value!)
  • 2 tickets to Sagamore mini golf AND 2 coupons for Sagamore driving range balls
  • 4 tickets for a cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
  • 2 tickets for a sail with the Gundalow Company
  • Fly Cage from Ecotech Pest Control to keep your yard fly free all summer ($150 value!)
Become a Green Alliance Sustaining member today and simply email Katelyn@greenalliance.biz to let her know which 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 above!

 

Social Media Guidance With the Green Alliance

By Sam Lane | Jul 1, 2015 | in

We’ve all heard the frustration on how social media integrates (or doesn’t integrate) with small business. It’s an ever changing cycle of new technology and new complex technical issues that most of us don’t have time to understand.

The Green Alliance team has a handle on the Social Media promotion market. Our facebook presence is nearly 4,000 people and our reach is strong.

Are you confused about Google Plus or the new Google "Mobile Optimization" hype?

Here at the Green Alliance, we coach our Business Partners along on Social Media issues – do’s and don’ts, ways to promote and publicize each business, links to stories and ideas, and tools that can be utilized to keep your content fresh. We also have a team of web savvy writers and marketers at our disposal, and great partners and resources in the Alliance like Social Kitchen to help along the way through the dark forest of social media.

HR for Non-HR Professionals, Hosted by Cultural Chemistry

By Katelyn | Jul 1, 2015 | in

Human resources can be a difficult area to grasp, especially for those who are not experts in the field. Small business owners often don’t have the time or knowledge to be faced with the tasks of hiring, managing, and terminating employees; however, human resource companies offer step by step plans and guidance to help businesses better understand the process.

To educate businesses on the current trends and issues, Cultural Chemistry will host a Breakfast & Brain Power event, HR for Non-HR Professionals, on July 15, from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. The discussion will include the ten most common violations found by the New Hampshire Department of Labor, how to manage the new generation in the workplace, and how to attract workers that want to work with great benefits. Cultural Chemistry will have human resources consultants, employment attorneys, and an insurance benefits specialist available to answer any questions guests may have.

Cultural Chemistry takes a unique approach to increase business dynamics and efficiency at a fraction of the cost of a traditional HR business. The sustainable company helps businesses improve their structure with environmentally friendly approaches catered to specific business types and sizes. Offering a variety of workshops and individual business appointments, Cultural Chemistry can help improve everything from a company’s hiring approach to communication within the business community.

Come Work with the Green Alliance...Sort of.

By Craig | Jul 1, 2015 | in

One of our charming downtown Portsmouth offices is for rent - AFFORDABLE!

Located in Portsmouth's historic Franklin Block Building right in picturesque and bustling Market Square, the available office is approx. 250 sq. feet. With a large arched window, the office is often drenched in natural sunlight. The space is perfect for the indpendent business person looking to move their business out of their home and into a professional office setting. Work in the creative and business-focused hub of the seacoast.

The Amenities:

  • Includes use of spacious conference room and common area outfitted for informal meetings with couches, small refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker.
  • Multiple electrical outlets on wall.
  • 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)!
  • 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.

New England's Biggest Summertime Pest Meets Its Match

By Craig | Jun 30, 2015 | in

Rising from the backwoods and marshes, deer flies, horse flies and green-heads terrorize backyards and beach days, from the Cape up the coast of Maine, throughout the summer. But Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control Services in Eliot, Maine, developed a solution that could finally alleviate one of the summer's biggest backyard woes. He calls it the Fly Cage, and he is giving one away this month to the first Sustaining Member of The Green Alliance.

“With the Green Alliance community, I’m essentially preaching to the choir,” says Pray about the like-minded businesses and individuals that make up the sustainable business and consumer union. “The Green Alliance has given a lot to my business in the form of education and exposure around issues of pest management in a safe and non-toxic way, and I want to give back with a free Fly Cage.”

Pray's invention, which mimics the appearance of a four-legged animal, is completely environmentally friendly. Built with recyclable materials, the Fly Cage is meant for residential and commercial use.

"There are no chemicals or pheromones or anything," said Pray. "Its a visual trap so it will catch the biting flies known as green-heads, deer flies, horse flies; it will catch them without using anything but a visual lure to bring them in."

That visual lure is a buoy; black in color, with a shimmering exterior that attracts the seasonal flies. The flies are drawn in, acting on their natural behavior to attack the underside of large animals like deer and cattle. Once the flies realize their mistake they fly straight up, toward the light coming through the top of the trap, getting caught in its mesh netting and perish. The netting works like a lobster trap allowing the flies to enter, but not exit.

A Journey Home

By John | Jun 29, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

NORTHWOOD - One snowy, slushy and rainy afternoon in late-March, Rob and Julia Moreau made the three hour trek from their North Adams, Massachusetts, home to Mary's Dogs Rescue & Adoption in Northwood, New Hampshire. Upon their arrival they were warmly met by Mary Doane, the owner of Mary's Dogs, who brought the Moreau's into a side room so that they could meet their new family member: Little Man, a corgi.

“We have three rescues," Julia Moreau said. “To me, most important is to help an animal. There are so many animals that need a good home and need a chance.”

The ASPCA estimates that 3.9 million dogs enter shelters nationwide yearly and that 31 percent of dogs that enter shelters nationwide are euthanized each year. Doane runs a rescue adoption for dogs in that she started in February 2011 due to the lack of support for dog adopters, vowing to start a community for them to connect with. Mary's Dog's seeks to find new permanent homes for dogs who have gone into shelters. Southern shelters are often overcrowded, raising the amount of dogs euthanized in that region. Doane works with several high-kill shelters in the south to help alleviate the overpopulation and reduce euthanizations.

“We are committed to a group of rescues in the south who we work with routinely,” Doane said. “We build relationships with particular [shelters].”

The Green Families Club Celebrates Three Years of Bringing Families Together

By Katelyn | Jun 29, 2015 | in

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. This August, the Green Alliance is celebrating the 3rd birthday of the Green Families Club! On Sunday August 23, from 10 a.m - 2 p.m the Green Alliance will host the Green Families Club Celebration in conjunction with the Kittery Community Market.

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.

“After looking more closely at who our members were, we realized that many of them were moms and dads - people who had a very real vested interest in safer, greener, more local products and services,” said GA Director Sarah Brown. “We realized pretty quickly that bringing families together , helping them learn from one another, would be a great way to help bring more attention to the green-certified businesses in the Green Alliance.”

Celebrate Christmas in July at 900 Degrees!

By John | Jun 29, 2015 | in

Now that it’s June-going-on-July, we’ve got about a six month wait until Christmas rolls around. But it’s hard to resist the allure of the holiday season, so 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is giving their customers a taste of the yuletide celebration now, with their Christmas in July gift card special. Throughout the month of July, customers can purchase a $25 gift card and receive a $5 dollar coupon, purchase $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 dollar gift card, or purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $25 gift card. Other upcoming events at 900 Degrees include a Pint Night and Dough Raiser at the Epping location, as well as beer promotions at both the Epping and the Manchester locations.

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza in Epping and Manchester, NH is a re-creation of the pioneer pizzas produced in Naples, Italy hundreds of years ago. 900 Degrees complements daily-made dough with fresh ingredients before cooking it in a wood-fired brick oven. In addition to pizza, the restaurant offers an enticing variety of soups, salads, pasta dishes, and more, all crafted with local ingredients.

Join the Green Alliance for Free Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series Tickets

By Katelyn | Jun 24, 2015 | in

For many New Englanders, summer means concert season and this summer marks the 20th year of the Music-by-the-Sea concert series to benefit the Seacoast Science Center. The concerts are family friendly events featuring music, dancing, food, and are all put on to support a great cause.

The concert series, held every Thursday during the month of July, will highlight some of the best bands in New England to benefit the Seacoast Science Center’s ocean education mission and Marine Mammal Rescue Program. The season will kick off on July 2 with Joshua Tree, a U2 tribute band reproducing music by the legendary rock band and on July 9, the local party band, Jumbo Circus Peanuts will hit the stage. The Seacoast Science Center invites music lovers of all ages to enjoy great tunes by the sea, and the Green Alliance has free tickets for you to join in on the fun!

Join the Green Alliance as a new member and you will get two free tickets ($12 value each), good for any of the concerts in July, or join as a Sustaining Member for four free tickets. These tickets can be used for children or adults at any of the five concerts.

Half Price Sailing Wednesdays With Gundalow Company

By Sam Lane | Jun 24, 2015 | in

If you’re in search of an afternoon adventure that won’t break the bank, Gundalow Company has you covered. Starting today, June 24th, the long time local business is offering a deal for an evening sale that’s almost irresistible, running at $15 a head. The sail sale will be every Wednesday until the end of the sailing season, so be sure to catch it while they’re still setting sail!

Those who come aboard are encouraged to bring a picnic or snack for the two-hour excursion. The actual vessel will be passing by highlighted spots along the Piscataqua region coastline that all come along with a unique story and vast history. Special guests Sherry Godlewski and Steve Miller of the New Hampshire Coastal Adaption Workgroup will be holding an open discussion regarding climate change and the impact it has on the regional coast.

Become a Member of the Green Alliance for Four Free Tickets to Blue Oyster Cult and Robby Krieger

By Katelyn | Jun 23, 2015 | in

Join the Green Alliance with a two year membership or as a Sustaining member and get four FREE tickets to Blue Oyster Cult and Robby Krieger at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom! Become a new member of the Green Alliance with a two year membership for $50 or with a Sustaining Membership and you will receive four tickets to the show on Thursday, June, 25 at 8:00 p.m. ($120 value), courtesy of New Hampshire Public Television.

The Hampton Beach Casino has been a staple of the New Hampshire seacoast area for more than one hundred years and continues to attract some of the most popular names in music and entertainment. The Ballroom brings in artists and fans during its extended concert season spanning from April to November and recently landed in the top thirty for worldwide ticket sales in venues under 3,000 seats. On June 25, the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom will welcome Blue Oyster Cult and Robby Krieger for an exciting music filled night.

Blue Oyster Cult originated in Long Island, NY, and for the past forty years the band has put out a unique mix of rock music. They will perform a variety of classics and new songs, sure to be a hit among the guests in attendance. The band will share the stage with Robby Krieger, guitarist from the Doors, who is coming to the Ballroom with his own band. To catch both bands while they are in New Hampshire, join the Green Alliance and take your friends along for a night of great performances.

Gundalow Company Kicks Off Summer Sails Schedule

By John | Jun 23, 2015 | in

Now that summer is up and running, it’s the perfect opportunity for Seacoast residents to enjoy some fun outdoor activities. And what better activity is there than sailing on the gundalow? Gundalow Company has kicked off their summer sail schedule, with three sails a day, seven days a week. Half-priced sails are also available for Wednesday evenings. Other upcoming fun events include a presentation by Sherry Godlewski and Steve Miller of New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup. They will be speaking on “Climate Change Impacts to the Seacoast.” Held this Wednesday, tickets will be just $15 per person, thanks to the support of the NHCP and RBC Wealth Management. Also, the concert cruise series will begin on Thursday, June 25th, with musicians Kent Allyn and Joyce Anderson performing traditional, R&B standards and fiddle tunes.

Gundalow Company is a charitable nonprofit which aims to show visitors the beauty of gundalow ships, flat-bottomed cargo that were a pillar of trade during the days of commerce upon the river. The educational programs which the GC operates aim to teach the value of environmental stewardship. It provides both a community outreach aimed at raising environmental awareness and an eco-friendly Seacoast tourism option. In addition, Gundalow Company has installed solar panels with the help of Secoast Energy.

Anne Twombly: A Leader With Her Best Foot Forward

By Sam Lane | Jun 23, 2015 | in

In recent news, Anne Twombly, the Green Alliance’s own Marketing Assistant, has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award is given to a deserving student who shows success during their collegiate career in academics, athletics, service and leadership. With only 10 nominees from each NCAA division, Twombly's nomination reveals her as one of the truly elite in collegiate sports. The award and nominations are set aside for individuals who not only desire to acheive, but naturally acheive as a part of their overall outlook and efforts. A motivated individual, Twombly has proved herself proficient in her collaborative and personal endeavors throughout her years of education. Twombly recently graduated the University of New Hampshire, where she received her BFA in Fine Arts along with a minor in Business Administration. A leader on and off of the track, Twombly shows consistent determination for what she strives for and is being recognized accordingly. 

The Exeter native started her success with the Exeter High School Blue Hawks, where she recieved the inaugural America East Elite 18 Award. Twombly, captain of her university cross-country team, shows an impressive lineup of feats, as she placed first in both the 800-meter race and mile long race during the indoor season, along with a first place position in the 5,000-meter and 800-meter race during the spring season. Undoubtedly an incredible runner, Twombly humbly competes not as an individual, but as a team player of her notably stellar cross country and track teams. A key component in the action undergone season to season, Twombly promoted a winning spirit, further pushing the UNH cross-country team to its currently sterling position.

Green Jobs: Green Maids is looking for Team Members!

By Rich | Jun 18, 2015 | in

 Green Jobs Board, Green Alliance

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board

Our partner at the Green Maids is currently seeking new team members for thier cleaning teams. 

Green Maids, LLC is a professional cleaning company located on the New Hampshire seacoast.

Green Maids’ goal is to provide a superior clean and excellent customer service while using today’s most eco-friendly products and methods. All the products they use are guaranteed to be all-natural, biodegradable and safe for the home and environment. Not only are the products and methods used by Green Maids totally green but impact on greenhouse gas contribution is low as members drive a Toyota Prius.

They are a growing 'green' company and always looking for motivated, hardworking and detail oriented people to join the Green Maids team. Whether you have experience in the industry or looking to start a new career, Green Maids is a great company to work for especially for those that value the environment and want to be part of the green solution.

Kid's Day at Kittery Community Market

By Sam Lane | Jun 18, 2015 | in

This Sunday, take the whole family for an outing to remember at the Kittery Community Market, as they are holding an official Kid’s day! The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Post Office Square in Kittery.

Between the games, prizes and vendors with delicious food and drinks, there’s guaranteed to be something special for everyone. Prizes included a Frisbee from Stratham Mitsubishi, an opportunity to enter to win a Green Alliance membership and a chance to win a kayak courtesy of Portsmouth Kayak Adventures.

Don’t fret for a proper Father’s Day celebration, as the event will offer everything dad needs to have some fun and enjoy his day. Live music by Paul Shumway and Fair Tide and fresh, local food are all a dad needs to stay full and happy. In addition to all this, local artisan work will be available and will help further support the weekly markets.

If you’re not quite ready to quit the good times when the event ends at 2, visit the Tributary Brew Company for an excellent offer. In support of the Kittery Community Market, Tributary Brewing Co. will be donating $1 of every one of their delectable Pale Ale to help maintain the thriving weekly markets. The donations will be going on between 1-5 p.m., so be sure to make your way there soon after Kid’s Day. 

Dining Out with Mother Nature

By Katelyn | Jun 17, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

PORTSMOUTH – A sure sign that Old Man Winter has finally abandoned the seacoast is when the outdoor decks and al fresco patios of local restaurants reopen for the season. To many, the sight of diners enjoying an outdoor meal is a delicious sign that summer is not far away. Throughout the greater seacoast region, restauranteurs are offering outdoor space with views and atmosphere.

“There’s nothing quite like enjoying dinner and drinks while being caught up in a view that’s purely Portsmouth,” says John Golumb, co-owner of Poco’s Bow Street Cantina and Two Ceres Street. Poco’s outdoor deck in downtown Portsmouth faces the Piscataqua River, and offers guests a right-there view of many local landmarks, from the fleet of tugboats to area bridges.

Poco’s downstairs lounge, Two Ceres Street, throws open its river-facing NanaWall window in season, so its guests can also savor the delights of calm breezes and toast-worthy views.

Close by, The Portsmouth Brewery’s outdoor beer garden has an intimate atmosphere, surrounded by tall brick walls and rooftops, and open to the sky above, with lantern-lit tables and hanging white lights for nocturnal ambiance. “For many, discovering our beer garden is like being let in on a truly terrific secret,” says JT Thompson, official Minister of Propaganda for The Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose Brewery. “It’s a really special place to spend some time.”

New Staff, Better Green Alliance

By Anne | Jun 17, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance is growing and changing to better serve and support our Business Partners as well as our member community. In addition to a series of forthcoming updates to our social media presence, our customer service and community outreach, we have also expanded our staff to include two new team members.

Rich Collins recently joined our staff as the new Assistant Director. Rich is a talented University of New Hampshire Whittemore/Paul MBA with a diverse background in technology, staffing, sales, marketing, and content development. Rich’s expertise lies in client support, his role will be to build and strengthen client relationships within the Green Alliance community. A strong proponent of authentic sustainability initiatives at the business level, Rich is actively involved in environmental conservation efforts, particularly in the area of cold water conservation. He lives on the Seacoast, and spends much of his free time exploring the great state of New Hampshire, in particular the White Mountains, with his fiancée Sharon and his two best canine friends, Scout and Cassie.