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Salt + Sea

By Ali | Apr 18, 2014 | in

Living on the coast of New England has its perks, one of which being freshly caught seafood. Salt + Sea is a local company specializing in the sustainable harvest of fish off the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank. Each week, Salt + Sea members receive fresh, locally caught seafood, connecting Portland’s strong local foods with neighboring communities. Salt + Sea is offering a variety of customizable fish shares, as well as shellfish or seafood baskets filled with Maine’s finest products.

Every week members pick up their pre-paid shares of fresh-off-the-knife fish, hand selected based on freshness, flavor and season at one of nine different locations. Members can choose to sign up for two months at a time and can renew their memberships at any point. Green Alliance director, Sarah Brown is excited to be signing up for a share to provide her and her family with fresh, sustainable seafood.

CLF Waterkeeper: Growing threats to Great Bay and the Piscataqua

By Patrick | Apr 18, 2014 | in

 

What happens when you pave paradise?

Between 1990 and 2005, there was a 75 percent increase in the total amount of parking lots and roads within the Great Bay Watershed. Because of this expansion of impervious surfaces, precipitation that normally would be absorbed by the surrounding soil is collected on the pavement, and has a stronger chance of reaching the Great Bay – bringing oil, road salt, and other harmful toxins with it.

The Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper program, a sector of Conservation Law Foundation, aims to preserve the ecological identity of the Great Bay while encouraging the many recreational activities the area offers to residents and tourists alike.

Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper Jeff Barnum focuses on addressing this and other growing threats to the estuary.

“We must be more aware of our impacts and collectively reduce the high level of pollutants we leak into the estuary every year,” said Barnum. “Practices as customary as fertilizing your lawn invite storm water to leach the chemicals from the grass and carry them down stream – eventually into the Piscataqua and the Great Bay.”

Wind Energy and Regional Energy Stability Beckons to New Hampshire Residents

By Patrick | Apr 18, 2014 | in

BY PATRICK MARTIN
Green Alliance Staff Writer

The Green Alliance has recently taken flak for its encouraging stance on wind energy development in the state from those who typically identify with the green movement.

For anyone unfamiliar with the Green Alliance, it can best be described as an organization promoting sustainable businesses and non-profits in New Hampshire while effectively communicating their values to the region’s environmentally conscious consumers.

However this strong network of like-minded people seems to have hit a speed bump, shaking loose what had previously been a united front.

This fragmentation of the green movement has led many to push their own tailor-fit ideals, often at the expense of forward progress. When one substitutes pride for practicality one plays a role in forfeiting the locomotion required of a thriving progressive group. Conversely, it is very rare that successful groups trip over their own feet when striving to hit consensus.

Wind energy development is a perfect exemplification of this inner-organizational stalemate. Opponents of wind tend to feel very strongly about the preservation or conservation that would be forgone in favor of development. However, development is a necessary evil in a world with increasing population and expanding demand for energy and something has to give. It is important to see wind energy farms as a compromise on the spectrum of responsible development and that prohibiting any development outright is morbidly impractical.

Newmarket Dental Moves to Convenient New Greener Space

By Madelaine | Apr 17, 2014 | in

NEWMARKET — After 63 years in its downtown office, Newmarket Dental has relocated. Its beloved old location became cramped and outdated, so the practice has moved into a more client-friendly (and ecologically sound!) space.

Just half a mile from the old locale, the new office at 60 Exeter Road, Building 100 has a lot more to offer. There is plenty of convenient parking for employees and customers, and easier access to the building for elderly and handicapped patients.

The new space was not fully developed before Dr. Nate Swanson moved in, so he and his crew had the opportunity to make building choices to fit their specific needs. Sustainability was a big theme for the design of the office. Most of the lights in the office are light-emitting diodes (LEDs.) While initially a costly investment, LEDs last 40 times as long and and use one-sixth the energy compared to incandescent light bulbs. Swanson also sought out furniture from manufacturers who use recycled content and have commitments to green business practices.

The 2014 Komen NH Race for the Cure with the Green Alliance

By Mary | Apr 16, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Did you know that breast cancer affects one out of every eight women during their lifetime? Each year millions of women and families suffer because of this life-changing disease. The Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the renowned Susan G. Komen organization is hosting its annual 5K run/walk on May 10 to raise money for breast cancer survivors and current breast cancer patients. The scenic 3.1 mile race will begin at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth.

This will be the third Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure held in New Hampshire. The past two 5K runs have successfully raised more than $300,000 to put towards breast cancer research, screening, treatment and education programs in N.H. and Vt. The Susan G. Komen Affiliate is proud to have four local agencies supporting them with grants this year. The organization is hopeful that they can surpass last year's efforts in terms of both dollars and participants.

900 Degrees Raises Dough to Support Community Charities

By Mary | Apr 16, 2014 | in

MANCHESTER –- It was on a small farm in New Hampshire where Priscilla Lane-Rondeau, owner of 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, first got a taste for sustainable comfort food. Since those early days, Rondeau has turned her appreciation for cooking into a viable, environmentally-friendly business.

Known for their Italian-inspired wood-fired pizzas, 900 Degrees' menu also includes a wide range of soups, salads, pastas and desserts all made from fresh, local ingredients. Along with creating a varied menu, Rondeau also curates an authentic atmosphere for diners at their dual locations in both Epping and Manchester.

Become a Sustaining Member Now and Win Tickets to Wild & Scenic Film Festival

By Patrick | Apr 16, 2014 | in

The race is on.

Only four tickets remain for the Wild & Scenic Film Festival at the Portsmouth Music Hall – courtesy of the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire. As part of a special Green Alliance giveaway, the next new or existing member to sign up for a Lifetime/Sustaining Membership will take all four!

SELTNH’s 4th annual film festival will feature 12 short films, ranging in length and style, hand-picked by the organization’s committee.

Your Sustaining Membership lasts for a lifetime of discounts at your favorite local green businesses. Members also gain acknowledgment for their support as well as a profile in the monthly GA e-newsletter.

Click here to sign up for your lifetime membership and read profile of the legends that have come before you. Once you’ve signed up, email Katie@greenalliance.biz to claim your tickets!

Congratulations Revision Energy!

By Patrick | Apr 16, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance would like to extend congratulations to Revision Energy on winning the 2014 Business of the Year Award for Real Estate, Construction and Engineering firms. Unitil and Nathan Wechsler presented the award. Way to make the Green Alliance and fellow Business Partners proud!

Revision Energy is an Exeter-based renewable energy contractor servicing Northern New England with offices in both New Hampshire and Maine.

Green Alliance Members – Use your card to receive a $250 direct discount on a solar energy system as well as a $250 “pay it forward” to a GA nonprofit.

 

EZ Bikes Now Carries Genuine Scooters

By Madelaine | Apr 15, 2014 | in

EZ Bikes & Scooters is now carrying a new line of scooters. Genuine Scooters are high quality products that come with a 2-year warranty. From now until the end of May, green card holders will receive a FREE helmet or cover with the purchase of a Genuine Scooter!

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Acorn School

By Madelaine | Apr 15, 2014 | in

Who: Acorn School

What: Launched in 1972, the Acorn School engages children's creativity by making the process of learning as fun as possible. The school uses its surroundings to help forge a curriculum and philosophy aimed at stirring within its students an appreciation for the natural world; including recycling, composting and keeping a healthy garden. Acorn has maintained a low student-to-teacher ratio to provide more one-on-one interaction, communication and personal growth. The result is a philosophy where the emphasis is "on the process, rather than the product."

Where: 136 Winnicut Road, P.O. Box 570, Stratham

On the Web: www.acornschoolnh.com

What makes it green: 

Long-standing commitment to reducing, reusing and recycling.
Maintains robust garden.
Composts all usable food and paper scraps.
Emphasizes the importance of nature and the environment in its curriculum.
Worked with fellow GA business Little Green Homes on construction of outdoor "tree house" dedicated to the memory of a former teacher.

Purely Organic Joins Green Alliance!

By Craig | Apr 14, 2014 | in

We're very happy to welcome Purely Organic Lawn Care to the Green Alliance just in time for summer!

Many consider themselves weekend warriors when it comes to their lawns and gardens. But we can do more harm to our yards. Lawn care products purchased at big box stores are often loaded with harsh chemicals that can deplete, or even destroy, nutrients in a property's mini-ecosystem. These chemicals can also be harmful to your family and pets. Purely Organic wants your property to look, and feel, as good as nature intended using environmentally friendly alternatives to pesticides and other harsh chemicals.

Green Alliance Green Card members receive 10% off all services!

Get the Perfect Spring Haircut by Natalie Riley at the Eclipx Salon

By Ali | Apr 14, 2014 | in

Not everyone knows what they want to do after high school, but for Natalie Riley this was a simple question. Riley had a passion for hairstyling even at a young age. When she graduated high school in 2006, she pursued her dreams and attended cosmetology school.

In 2012 Riley opened Eclipx Salon, finally fulfilling her goal of owning and operating her own business. Her dedication got her through school and through the process of opening Eclipx.

Now, Riley has reviews raving about her salon's style, creativity and overall dedication online through Yelp and other social media. With years of experience under her belt she is ready to push the salon forward in a positive direction. One way Riley accomplishes this is by offering free haircuts to the underprivileged community members of Salisbury. She also allows local artists and jewelers to display their works on her walls free of charge.

Ultra Geothermal Extends Warmth in Both Work and Community

By Ali | Apr 14, 2014 | in

All Green Alliance Businesses are green-certified, a three part sustainability analysis that looks into every aspect of that company’s product and practice. Ultra Geothermal has recently been re-evaluated and their sustainability certification documents refreshed and updated. Read Ultra’s Green Story below and visit their page here to see the rest of Ultra's sustainability certification.

Before becoming Ultra Geothermal in 2007, Ultra Heating and Cooling was just a conventional HVAC company that also happened to install geothermal systems. With over a decade of installations, Ultra, now a geothermal-exclusive company, has installed more than 750 systems in New Hampshire including one of UNH's dorm buildings with 48 rooms.

AJ Edwards and GA Spring Bash a Success!

By Patrick | Apr 11, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance’s Spring Bash last night at Redhook Brewery was a massive success and we’d like to extend thanks to all who came out! However, a very special thanks goes out to our headliner AJ Edwards and his beautiful music.

Few people could rival AJ’s performance last night in Alemaker’s Hall, upstairs from Redhook’s Cataqua Public House. The atmosphere he brought to the room was without a doubt what made the event enjoyable for all the business partners and GA members in attendance.

Edwards developed a love for music while spending time with his father in his workshop listening to legends like Stevie Ray Vaughan, Dire Straits, and U2. However, he recounts that what really sparked his passion was when his father surprised him with tickets to see U2 live back when he was 16.

Since then he has enjoyed a great deal of success, opening for many national acts including Blue October and Augustana. However, AJ is ready to turn the page in his career and begin what he describes as a “true evolution in who he is as an artist”.

ENH Power to underwrite NHPR's "Giving Matters"

By Ali | Apr 11, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Business Partner, ENH Power, has just announced that they will be underwriting the New Hampshire Public Radio program, “Giving Matters.” It’s a joint production sponsored by NHPR and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

The work of non-profit organizations throughout New Hampshire is significant and ongoing. Every Saturday morning at 8:35 a.m., NHPR dedicates two-minutes to publicize the beneficial work done by these organizations and the impacts they have on the community.

ENH Power helps New Hampshire non-profits and community groups realize their outreach and fundraising goals through the Power to Help.

Adapt designs Unique "Hoot House"

By Madelaine | Apr 10, 2014 | in

The “Hoot House” is one of Adapt Designs' most recent projects. This unique residential home is nestled between a dirt road and a bird sanctuary (inspiration for its nickname.) Adapt worked closely with the homeowners to build this personalized sustainable home.

The house features many energy saving design choices. Beautiful concrete floors span the entire home, serving as a heat sink to absorb heat and allow it to circulate inside to supplement the houses heating system. The homeowners opted for glass walls and large windows. Adapt utilized this design choice to the home’s advantage by placing the glass walls and windows where they can let in the most natural daylight. Above the bedroom doors are internal pieces of glass with a window glaze. These glass panels allow natural light to flood into the bedrooms, yet still maintain privacy.

Cornerstone Tree Care Extends Extra Discount Through May 31st!

By Katie | Apr 10, 2014 | in

With the snow melting and new life taking root, it’s a great time to get your gardens ready for the growing season, and what better way than with discounted mulch from Cornerstone Tree Care?!

Through May 31st GA members can purchase Cornerstone’s locally produced, organic black mulch for only $30 per yard, a savings of $6 per yard (requires a 5 yard minimum). This offer is exclusive only to GA members; if you’re not a member or your membership is not current, let’s fix that today to ensure you can take advantage of this great deal!

 

Tonight's the night!

By Sam | Apr 10, 2014 | in

 

Two Green Innovators Collaborate for Greener New England

By Mary | Apr 9, 2014 | in

By Heikki Perry

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

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

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

A Case of Mistaken Identity: Victoria’s Journey

By Mary | Apr 9, 2014 | in

Mary Doane first encountered Victoria, a sweet, two year-old, black lab, through one of her South Carolina dog-rescue connections. Victoria was languishing in a southern kill-shelter. She'd tested positive for heart-worm and her future looked grim. Doane, founder of Mary's Dogs and Adoption in Deerfield, NH took action to save Victoria's life.

Doane immediately got to work and started campaigning to raise money for the lovable, puppy-eyed dog. Doane reached out to the community by starting a financial campaign on FundRazr.com. She posted Victoria’s photograph and basic information next to a caption reading: “We can save her! This should NOT be a death sentence! It's not going to be!” Online contributors helped raise over $800 to help save Victoria.