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Green Alliance Spring Music Bash!

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in


This is our party for you! Join us on Thursday, April 10 from 6:30 to 9:30 at Redhook Brewery for a music bash with a complimentary buffet, cash bar, and great green company. Green Alliance members attend for free - RSVP to

Meet a Green Business: 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

By Madelaine | Mar 25, 2014 | in

Who: 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

What: 900 Degrees was launched to create pizza as it was originally conceived in Naples, Italy, hundreds of years ago. The process is as familiar as it is timeless: using a wood-fired brick oven at 900 degrees, the crew cooks with authentic, daily-made dough, fresh and local ingredients, and a cacophony of flavors local and exotic alike to create this classic dish the way it was originally intended. The pizzerias also hold sustainability as a core value, practicing a number of green business techniques from extensive recycling, reduced energy use, locally sourced, natural and organic ingredients, and a commitment to community giveback and involvement.

Where: 1 Brick Yard Square, Suite 1, Epping; and 50 Dow St., Manchester


What makes them green: Locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible.
Comprehensive recycling program.
LED and motion sensitive lighting throughout restaurant.
Impressive community giveback programs.

Reignite the Passion for Your Plate

By Mary | Mar 21, 2014 | in

EXETER – The Food and Health forum is hosting a farm-to-table meal and food culture conversation at Blue Moon Evolution on Monday, March 24. Three amazing chefs, Mary Ann Esposito, Kathy Gunst and Sally Sampson will be on the panel along with UNH nutrition professor, Joanne Curran-Celentano. The community discussion will look at food culture today and the various roles parents, teachers and government officials play in enforcing healthy eating habits. 

These four leading culinary ladies will teach you how to prepare healthy, nutritious meals for your children while you get to enjoy a three course meal and sip wine. You may have recognized the photographed lady from her nationally televised PBS series Ciao Italia with Mary Ann Esposito. Kathy Gunst is a chef, food writer, and resident chef of WBUR's Here and Now on National Public Radio. Sally Sampson is a cookbook author and the founding president of ChopChop, a magazine dedicated to stopping the childhood obesity epidemic. The topic of obesity will be talked about in terms of the social barriers that can be broken down if people take action to improve the health of future generations.

Prelude's Annual April Fool's Day Sale!

By Mary | Mar 21, 2014 | in

April Fool's Day means guaranteed pranks all day long. This, however is not a joke! From 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on April 1, Prelude is offering a huge, store-wide sale. The sale only applies to in-store purchases at their location on 65 Market Street in Portsmouth. 

Prelude is a Green Alliance certified boutique that offers a wide range of accessories and body products that have minimal environmental impacts. Most of the jewlery is hand-made by local artists from Maine, and a majority of the bath and beauty products are all-natural.

ENH Power helps raise awareness of Sexual Assault Support Services

By Madelaine | Mar 20, 2014 | in

April is sexual assault awareness month. ENH Power is co-partnering with the Portsmouth Country Club to host an event to raise awareness for Sexual Assault Support Services. The event will take place from 5:30- 7:30 p.m. on April 17th at the Portsmouth Country Club.

This event will be a party to celebrate raising awareness of SASS. Enjoy free Hors D’ Oeuvres, and mingle with the famous Safe Kids, Strong Teens Puppets. Also, meet Rick Labell, motivational speaker, police detective and former rock musician.

ENH Power supports various “Community Partners” by offering to make donations to charities when you switch to ENH Power. ENH Power is offering to donate $5 to SASS for each business our resident who enrolls with them. If you bring your utility bill to the party, you will receive a free raffle ticket to win a “Power Night for 4” (dinner at Portsmouth Country Club any Friday May-October and 4 tickets to any Main Stage 2014 Productions at the Seacoast Repertory Theater.) You will also recieve an autographed photograph with the Safe Kids, Strong Teens Puppets, by local photographer Bill Christo.

Ocean Frontiers II Premier at Seacoast Science Center

By Mary | Mar 19, 2014 | in

RYE – The Northeast ocean planning initiative is spreading, and now there is a film to help share the story. The premiere of Ocean Frontiers II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea will be shown on April 3 at the Seacoast Science Center. Join two Green Alliance businesses, Conservation Law Foundation and the Blue Ocean Society, as they co-host this exciting event with the Seacoast Science Center, Green Fire Productions and the Gundalow Company.

The Ocean Frontiers II film will begin at 7:00 p.m. and last until 9:00 p.m. A discussion with Wendy Lull of the Seacoast Science Center and Jennifer Felt of Conservation Law Foundation will follow. Ted Diers, the Watershed Management Bureau Administrator at the Department of Environmental Sciences will facilitate the conversation and engage the audience.

This inspirational, award-winning movie tells the story of citizens coming together to promote healthier economies and clean New England seas. Ocean Frontiers II is one of the first multi-state ocean plans that has been put into action. Ocean Frontiers II, a film made by Green Fire Productions, highlights past and future uses for New England waters. Residents collaborate to minimize overcrowding and keep their oceans alive. The film focuses on Rhode Island’s ocean resource planning and the fishermen, tribal leaders, environmental advocates and wind energy executives involved in the movement.

Art of Great Bay Weekend Art Show & Sale

By Mary | Mar 19, 2014 | in

GREENLAND – A local Green Alliance Business Partner Great Bay Stewards is proud to announce the return of the GBS Art Show. The theme this year is "Art Inspired by the New England Coast." On April 4, the 10th Annual Great Bay Art Show Reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. in the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center. All who attend will be able to meet and discuss with the artists in person to ask questions concerning artistic techniques and inspirations.

Great Bay Stewards has a great lineup of artwork coming from dozens of artists and painters in the area. The pieces individually capture the true, natural beauty of New England’s coastline. The Art Show will last from April 4 to April 6, so there will be plenty of opportunities to browse the Seacoast artwork. Day two and three of the art show will start at 10:00 a.m. and last until 4:00 p.m. in the Hugh Gregg Conservation Center. If you are unable to make the art show, a virtual display is available online. Click here to access the website of New England inspired artwork.

A Very Green Seacoast Home & Garden Show

By Mary | Mar 19, 2014 | in

Don't miss this weekend's Seacoast Home & Garden Show at the Whittemore Center at UNH. The show boasts a wide array of local green vendors including ten Green Alliance businesses, and if that wasn't enough to get you to the show, all Green Alliance members get two free admissions when they flash their Green Card. That's a $16 value for the Green Alliance community!

Carrie Barron, the co-producer of the 20th annual Seacoast Home & Garden Show, says that with each passing year the popular event has attracted more green vendors and even greater consumer interest in sustainable goods and services.

The 2014 Seacoast Home & Show is slated for its typical spring welcoming dates of March 29 and March 30 at the Whittemore Center on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Last year, the event drew a record crowd of more than 6,500 and Barron, along with fellow co-producer Beth Alles, believe the 2014 show will be just as popular to consumers seeking a diverse range of ideas, good and services for their homes.

Site Structures' Spring Landscaping Solutions

By Mary | Mar 19, 2014 | in

In a few months, the abundance of snow will melt away, and Seacoast yards everywhere will experience major drainage. Thankfully, Site Structures Landscape, Inc. has all of your landscaping solutions for this Spring. Site Structures is a Green Alliance Business Partner that strives to provide the highest quality yard maintenance. Thursday, March 20 is the first official day of the next growing season, so March is a great time to discuss landscaping plans with the employees at Site Structures.

Site Structures offers a wide range of services including: tree and shrubbery pruning, lawn restoration, basement draining, and patio, walkway or driveway construction. Site Structures is always introducing new green options to their clients. Permeable paving is a new technique that uses sustainable materials and also reduces runoff by letting storm water pass through the surface of the pavement. Water recharges underneath the surface to replenish water stored in the ground. The filtration process captures heavy metals that can damage ecosystems. Permeable pavers also provide oxygen and water by means of the root system to help vegetation thrive and grow.

Seacoast Film Premiere - Ocean Frontiers II

By Patrick | Mar 19, 2014 | in


The Greening of Eye Care

By Patrick | Mar 19, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

When Dr. Sarah Hudson began her career in 1998, sustainability awareness was a non-priority in the eye care industry.

“It didn’t exist. There was no mention of recycling plastic tops and glass vials,” said Hudson, a co-owner of Harbor Eyecare Center in Portsmouth. “There was no thought at all to the excessive waste in packaging. I would say in the last few years there has been a greater awareness. The industry has come a long way and now companies are making concentrated efforts to become greener.”

Harbor Eyecare Center represents the changing times for an optometry practice with an eye on sustainability. Since a comprehensive physical renovation of the practice in 2011, there have been major efficiency upgrades, a full-on recycling program and a focus on sourcing recycled or used office materials. Last year HEC moved directly into the green consumer arena by selling a line of frames from recycled materials.

Meet a Green Business: Yankee Thermal Imaging

By Madelaine | Mar 18, 2014 | in

Who: Yankee Thermal Imaging

What: Yankee Thermal Imaging uses an advanced thermal imaging system that can detect heat loss and cold influxes in homes and commercial properties. If an issue is detected, it can offer efficient solutions to fix the problem. Correcting these issues can help its clients save money on their energy, heating and cooling expenses. It specializes in scoping assessments, energy audits, consulting and full implementation to make sure your home, rental property or commercial space is running as efficiently as possible.

Where: 75 Allen St., Rochester


What makes them green: Yankee Thermal Offers comprehensive, affordable energy audits, which can help reduce your home or business' carbon footprint.
Offers a municipal audit program that allows towns the opportunity to become energy efficient with a payment plan.
Educates customers on how they can take advantage of utility rebates and credits for efficiency measures

Alpaca Farm Owner Chooses Revision Solar Energy

By Mary | Mar 15, 2014 | in

Retired engineer Steve Rowley owns Blueberry Fields Alpaca Farm with his wife Hope in York, Maine. Steve loves the ocean about as much as he does alpacas, and we caught up with him to talk about how his love of the ocean was linked to his household’s investments in solar energy.

REVISION: Why did you go solar?

STEVE: Growing up my favorite TV shows wereSea Hunt and The Under Seas Adventures of Jacques Cousteau. At the age of 15 I received my SCUBA certificate and quickly learned that the beautiful beaches above water were littered with trash on the seabed just out of sight beneath (and still are). I have studied marine biology and ocean engineering and quickly learned that the oceans are not as big as we thought. Global changes are now measurable. The solid trash problem I saw as a kid was replaced with the ones you cannot see. Now when I look at the beach I see global warming, ocean acidification, rising sea levels and warm water marine organisms moving north as water temperatures increase. We know burning fossil fuels are to blame and so my wife and I are doing what we can to stop using them.

REVISION: How did you choose ReVision Energy?

We're having a party!

By Sam | Mar 12, 2014 | in

Hey Green Alliance friends!

As you all know, we love our members. You make us who we are, and we love giving back to you in any way we can. It's been a while since we've had a GA concert, but don't worry, the wait is soon over. On Thursday, April 10th we'll be having a blast at Redhook Brewery with two up-and-coming local acts, New Hampshire's Humble Be and Boston's AJ Edwards.















Calling all Writers Grades K-3!

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

New Hampshire Public Television is hosting a writing contest for kids! Children in kindergarten and first through third grade are welcome to participate. This contest will accept one submission per child. Their writing piece can be a story, fiction or non-fiction. Or it can be a poem or prose. These loose guidelines leave room for your child’s creativity! Stories must be accompanied by 5 pieces of original artwork by the writer. This could include drawings, collages, and 3-D created by the author or photographs taken by the author.

A winner will be selected from each grade. First place winners will be rewarded with a tablet computer or electronic learning device. Second place winners will receive an e-reader or electronic learning materials. Third place winners will receive an e-reader, electronic learning device, or a sponsor-specified $75 gift certificate.

Each entrant must fill out an official entry form signed by a parent or guardian. To read the full list of rules, click here.

Meet a Green Business: Zev Yoga

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

Who: Zev Yoga, Portsmouth, Dover and Exeter

What: Owner and instructor Jonas Amberger has been practicing yoga since 1993 and opened Zev Yoga in 2006. Amberger has been teaching the ancient traditions of Ashtanga yoga — a method that involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures — to Seacoast residents for more than 10 years. Ashtanga detoxifies muscles and organs, resulting in improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Where: 16 Market Square in Portsmouth; 175 Water St. in Exeter; 1 Webb Place in Dover.


What makes them green: Emphasizes a traditionally rooted, holistically minded approach to yoga that promotes overall health — the "sustainability" of the individual.
Uses studio as community space, offering it for gatherings, educational events, workshops and fund-raisers.
Uses and promotes eco-friendly yoga mats and uses all natural cleaners in the studios.

Green Card holders pay only $5 for the first 5 classes at Zev! To join the Green Alliance, click here

The Green Alliance seeks part-time Community & Member Manager!

By Sam | Mar 10, 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 a part-time position as GA's Community & Member Manager. Click through to read the job description and apply through Jobscore!

Zev Yoga Art Opening with Drift Gallery Tonight

By Mary | Mar 7, 2014 | in

Zev Yoga Studio is hosting an art opening for Drift Gallery tonight at their Portsmouth location! The artists reception will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 16 Market Square. This will be one of the first exhibits for the Art ‘Round Town series.

Bess Cutler is the featured artist for the month of March. She has worked in the international and national contemporary art scene for many years. Cutler will display her mixed media works titled “Abstract Figures” at Zev Yoga Studio tonight. The art showing is open to the public, so community members are encouraged to come show support.

A large majority of Cutler’s work is focused around the female body. “The female figure has long intrigued me,” Ms. Cutler notes, “so it is to be expected that the figure is the theme of the majority of my work now. My main interests are compositional dynamics and spatial tension as structured primarily through the figure’s relationship to itself and to the page.” All of Cutler's artwork will be available for purchase through Drift Gallery. Her modern paintings and other artforms can be viewed during the artists reception, by appointment, or during any of the yoga classes offered by Zev Yoga.

Proulx Oil & Propane's Green Story

By Mary | Mar 7, 2014 | in

Did you know that every organization in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? The GA takes a look at what makes the business green and where they have room to improve. Check out Proulx's Green Story below to learn more about what makes this oil company green! To read all of Proulx Oil & Propane's certification documents, click here

There’s a tendency for decades-old, family-owned companies to eschew risk and chance in lieu of resting on laurels – to hide behind the safety of their own success and history. 

Proulx Oil & Propane isn’t one of them. 

For a company so entrenched in tradition, Proulx Oil & Propane has its sites set squarely to the future, and especially our region’s energy future. Even when Joe Proulx first founded the company way back in 1944, the impetus was a changing of the energy guard: from the soot and smoke of coal to something more efficient. Not long after, Proulx brought propane gas – cleaner and greener still – into the company fold, cementing his reputation as a forward thinking business owner. 

Today, Proulx’s commitment to cutting edge technologies, steadfast customer service, and ever-improving products continues apace. Thanks to a fuel additive called Heat Force, Proulx is helping assure not only that their customers are burning cleaner fuel and cutting down their emissions, but reducing their need for service calls as well.

Harbor Eye Care Offers Exclusive "Green" Contact Lenses

By Mary | Mar 7, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH -- The eye care industry recently experienced a “green” breakthrough. Miru 1-day Menicon Flat Pack contact lenses are the latest invention in eco-friendly eyewear. Harbor Eye Care, a local Green Alliance businesswill be the first Seacoast provider to offer the all-new Miru contact lenses.

Harbor Eye Care was specially chosen by Menicon representatives to sell Miru products. Harbor Eye Care’s shelves will be stocked with this unique brand of contact lenses in July 2014 during its nation-wide release.

Miru contacts have a significantly reduced carbon foot blueprint compared to other brands. The contacts come in a hygienic and recyclable package that is barely 1 mm thick. Miru’s minimal packaging helps to save gas and energy during the shipping process. All of the lenses are produced in Singapore at their state-of-the-art facility.