Blog : Miscellaneous helps out Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Mary | Feb 15, 2014 | in

Do you use on a weekly or perhaps daily basis? You probably do given the fact that they sell everything you could ever want and then some. And now, the whole Amazon gig just got that much better because you can help out Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast with every purchase you make. is a new Web site that allows you to receive your favorite Amazon items at a low-cost all while benefiting BBBSGS! For every purchase you make, will donate 0.5 percent of the price to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast, one of the Green Alliance’s Business Partners. Only a small portion of the cost will be donated to BBBS, but the profits will add up quickly because Amazon is known for having consistent business.

Celebrating Storytelling: A Recap

By Sam | Feb 14, 2014 | in


This Wednesday we celebrated Green Alliance storytelling! We bid farewell to the great Jim Cavan, and our business partners came together to give their testimonials about how the Green Alliance has benefited them over the years. It was truly great to see everyone come out and enjoy themselves while learning about each other's businesses. Business Partners and Sustaining Members also got to meet Business Partner and Media Manager Sam Ueda, the newest addition to the GA staff. 

It's events like these that remind us the Green Alliance is bigger than just business, it's a community of individuals who come together under one green roof. We are all working together to bring sustainble and green options to consumers, but most importantly, we're doing it for the earth!

Brixham Montessori Friends School Makes Eco-Friendly Improvements

By Mary | Feb 14, 2014 | in

YORK -- It’s quite unusual to find a school as unique in curriculum as it is in sustainability. The Brixham Montessori Friends School teaches a greener way of living to its youth in addition to offering all students an exploratory learning experience.

In 2001, the Brixham Montessori Friends School was founded in York, Maine, as a result of Alica Johnson-Grafe’s innovative idea to transform the Grange Hall. With the assistance of parents in the local community, Grafe successfully started a preschool and elementary school staffed with 18 teachers. The mission of BMFS is to provide children with the special attention they need to thrive. Students are able to express themselves freely and equally rather than having a forced curriculum typical of structured school settings. Brixham Montessori is designed to make kids feel at home while they learn enriching material in the areas of math, art, music and foreign languages.

Save the Date! Wild & Scenic Film Festival coming to Portsmouth

By Madelaine | Feb 13, 2014 | in

ReVision Energy is the lead sponsor in bringing the largest environmental film festival in North America to Portsmouth this spring! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be held at The Music Hall Historic Theater on April 25th.

The festival will consist of a collection of short films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. This year the festival’s theme is “emPOWERment,” it will have a special focus on the topic of energy. This theme also refers to the positivity and inspiration that the festival embodies and promotes.

Every year filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, and social innovators from all around the nation are drawn to this festival. It combines high quality cinematography, story-telling, and exquisite filmmaking to ignite inspiration and enthusiasm in the audience. The films will expose shots from beautiful, remote areas of our planet that the audience has never seen before. It will introduce them to rare magnificent animals, and social activists who are working to protect these exotic environments.

Attending this event is an incredible opportunity to learn more about environmental justice, energy concerns, adventure, wildlife and more. These eye-opening films can instill a great sense of wonder and appreciation for our natural world.

Vital Essential's Raw Food Seminar

By Mary | Feb 12, 2014 | in

Have you tried adapting a new, healthy life style for 2014? Did you forget about your dog’s health or the well-being of your cat? Don’t overlook the healthy food options available to your household pet. Give your dog or cat the natural fuel it needs to play all day long. Green Alliance business partner The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is hosting an event on raw pet food alternatives next month.

If you’re curious about feeding your furry friend a raw food diet make sure to attend the Vital Essential’s seminar on March 4 or March 5. The first presentation on raw food diets will take place at the Natural Dog and Holistic Cat’s newest location in Newburyport, Mass on March 4. The same seminar will be presented at their Portsmouth location the very next day. Both presentations will last from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Riverworks Eco-Fabric Printing

By Mary | Feb 12, 2014 | in

GREENLAND, N.H -- Riverworks Printing is an eco-friendly production studio that uses biodegradable Photo Tex posters and stream-lined procedures. It transforms the average photograph into a life-like masterpiece. The images have a sticky adhesive backing which allows buyers to reapply the posters onto the walls of their house or office as many times as they’d like.

Together founder Jeff Cutter and Print Manager Danis Chamberlin have greatly impacted the format print industry with their green thumbs. Riverworks began its journey with the idea that individual passions, like Cutter’s own for fly-fishing, should be displayed and stored in photo form. Wall Shotz were the original frame-able works of art that resulted. The environmentally friendly fabric was designed to reflect the hobbies of customers in a clear, eye-catching manner.

Enjoy a Romantic Valentines Dinner at 900 Degrees

By Madelaine | Feb 11, 2014 | in

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is offering a special dining experience for Valentines Day! Their will be a prix fixe menu with special dishes that are not available on its regular menu. The dining rooms will be decorated with candles and other accents to create a romantic atmosphere. The dinner will consist of three courses; your choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert, for only $35 per person. You can also add a bottle of wine from a select menu for $15.

It is currently taking reservations for the Valentines menu only. Some tables will still be held for walk-ins and the regular menu will also be available.

Its Manchester and Epping locations are offering different specialized menus. Some of their courses include a lobster bisque, pan-seared halibut with potato au gratin, stuffed haddock with crabmeat, warm bread pudding, and decedent chocolate cake.

Poco's Bow Street Cantina - Comfortable Atmosphere with a Mexican Flare

By Patrick | Feb 10, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH -- Valentines Day is fast approaching. If you haven’t made plans yet, why not try something new?

Poco’s Bow Street Cantina in Portsmouth offers fine Mexican dining and an unbeatable atmosphere. Take in the beautiful view of the Piscatuqua River from the dining room while you enjoy a full menu of traditional Mexican classics made right. If you’re looking for a more intimate environment, head down stairs to the Cantina lounge and share drinks by the warmth of the fireplace.

For a limited time, Poco’s is offering a great deal. Spend $50 in a visit and receive a $10 gift card, redeemable at either Two Ceres or Poco’s. Spend $75 and receive a $15 gift card or spend $100 and receive a $25 gift card.

900 Degrees Wins at 2014 Macaroni and Cheese Bake-off

By Madelaine | Feb 6, 2014 | in

900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzaria's macaroni and cheese was recently named the best out of all New Hampshire restaurants at the 2014 Best Macaroni and Cheese Bake-off! The Bake-off welcomes macaroni recipes from all around New Hampshire. It judges them within four respective categories: Best N.H.-Made, Best Traditional, Most Creative/Exotic, and Best Restaurant/Café Macaroni and Cheese.

The owner of 900 Degrees, Pricilla Lane Rondeau, utilizes a unique approach when cooking her macaroni and cheese. While working on her recipe, Pricilla had a hunch that the taste of a wood fire stove would add to her macaroni, and she was right! Now, every order of her macaroni and cheese, both in her restaurant and at home, are cooked individually in a cast iron skillet cooked in a wood fire oven. This technique and recipe have created a staple meal for Pricilla’s family events. Whether it’s a family barbeque or a holiday, Pricilla always gets the question “You’re bringing the mac and cheese, right?” Of course, she always does.

Want to taste for yourself how delicious this macaroni and cheese really is? Stop by 900 Degrees in Manchester or Epping to try it out! Or if you’re feeling ambitious, we have Pricilla’s recipe for you below.

The Natural and Holistic Cat to Expand in Newburyport

By Madelaine | Feb 6, 2014 | in

The Seacoast’s favorite pet supply store, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, was recently presented with an opportunity it couldn’t pass up. After opening its new Portsmouth location only a year ago, it is now in the process of expanding its Newburyport store.

Natural Dog’s Newburyport neighbor went out of business six months ago. It took some time and convincing, but eventually owners Jeff and Dawn Price decided it would be a great opportunity for expansion.

They’ve been in their Newburyport location for close to 10 years now. It’s a great location that offers convenient parking for their customers. But they were admittedly a little cramped. “We’ll be primarily adding new products that we’ve wanted to bring in for awhile but couldn’t because of space constraints,” Jeff Price said in a recent telephone interview.

Adapt Design Utilizes Practical Design Techniques

By Madelaine | Feb 6, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTHAdapt Design is a Portsmouth-based architectural and design firm that places a strong emphasis on sustainability in its work. Its team of two employees utilize their extensive knowledge in their field to build properties creatively and practically.

Its team is currently working on the renovation of a South End Portsmouth home that belongs to a family of four. The team are building an addition that will include an office, storage area, and provide extra living space for the family.

One technique they are using for this renovation is The Zip System, an approach of coating seams in windows or walls throughout a home to make it airtight. This system improves the overall ability to control a home's climate by making sure heat or cool air will stay in the home longer.

Futuro: The Future of Green Building

By Mary | Feb 5, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Futuro Builders is a Green Alliance business dedicated to constructing sustainable homes and businesses with the least amount of energy at an affordable cost. It was founded in 2011 by Jesse Ware from JPWare Design, and soon after, Futuro morphed into a powerful green building force. Ware had years of experience under his belt before launching the company currently known for its unique design and expert building skills.

Futuro Builders services all of New Hampshire and Southern Maine’s Seacoast. One of Futuro’s most recent developments was Brackett Estates in Wells, Maine. The 58-acre job site (and all of Futuro’s other building projects) have recycling programs to dispose of waste properly in dumpsters. Twenty-six of the residential homes in Brackett were installed with “Net Zero” renewable energy for heating, cooling and powering all on its own. Futuro stresses the major advantages of clean energy for homeowners such as lower heating bills in the winter time.

Futuro takes sustainability into account when deciding on anything needed for its projects, whether it’s paint colors, insulation, wood, technology, or general practices. The team at Futuro is proud to build green homes that are both energy and cost efficient. Zero Energy is a very important aspect of their construction.

Blue Ocean Society Benefit Night in Portsmouth

By Mary | Feb 5, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Come join Green Alliance Business Partner Blue Ocean Society at Flatbread Company for a Community Night Benefit on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Both Flatbread Co. and Orange Leaf of Portsmouth are generously donating a portion of proceeds to the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation.

Flatbread has agreed to give $3 to BOS for each large pizza sold and $1.75 for each small pizza sold from 5 to 9 p.m. The BOS event includes take-out orders as well. After devouring a specialty flatbread pizza, you will probably be in the mood for some frozen yogurt from Orange Leaf. The local Orange Leaf is going to give 15 percent of all sales to the Blue Ocean Society. There’s nothing better than enjoying a few slices with friends and family and then topping it off with a custom dish of Orange Leaf’s premium frozen yogurt. All purchases from food, beverages (or froyo) will help improve the local marine life.

Vote for Green Alliance Businesses in the 14th Annual Best of NH Contest

By Mary | Feb 5, 2014 | in

Attention, GA Community! The time has come to cast your votes for your favorite Green Alliance restaurants in the 14th Annual Best of NH Readers’ Poll. The Food Ballot is now available and can be accessed online through March 24. The ballot is one of the most effective ways to get recognition for the best local eateries in New Hampshire. Categories include your favorite burger joint, martini, brewery, pizzeria, ice cream shop & many more. Green Alliance business in the running for many awards include 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzaria, Pocos Bow Street Cantina and the Redhook Brewery.

900 Degrees is nominated for best caesar salad, martini, pizzeria, gourmet pizzeria, Manchester restaurant AND cool night spot. The Portsmouth Brewery, Smuttynose and Redhook are all contestants for the best local brewery and local brew pub. Vote the very green-minded UNH Dairy Bar for best Seacoast ice cream!

Energy Alternatives and Solutions Presented by Ultra Geothermal and Revision Energy

By Mary | Feb 5, 2014 | in

HOLDERNESS  — Looking to renovate your home and become a greener household? Come to the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center located at 23 Science Center Road in Holderness on May 10 to get some great tips and advice from experts in the renewable energy business. A presentation by Green Alliance Business Partners ReVision Energy and Ultra Geothermal will take place at the science center starting at 9:30 a.m. ReVision Energy is an energy contractor that services and installs solar systems throughout Northern New England. Ultra Geothermal is an energy specialist that uses only the most recent geothermal technologies to provide clean fuel. Both companies provide services that save families and individuals significant amounts of money on heating and electric bills.

If you or someone you know is intrigued by alternative energy sources for heating and electricity, this informative discussion will answer all of your questions. The guest speakers will discuss all of the benefits of geothermal and solar PV or hot water options for your home. The presenters will talk about the helpful ways to decrease NET energy usage in residential buildings. Pre-register for this event by contacting the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center at or by calling (603) 968-7194.

February Deals at Prelude

By Madelaine | Feb 4, 2014 | in

Looking for a gift for your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Look no further! Prelude is having a special sale for the month of February. This month it is offering a discount of 15 percent off all red, white, and heart jewelry. With a wide variety of necklaces, earrings, and bracelets, you’re sure to find a unique piece of jewelry that fits any style.

Green Alliance members get a discount of 10 percent off all jewlery at Prelude (not to be used in conjunction with other discounts.) To join the GA, click here

Acorn School's Sustainability Report Card

By Madelaine | Feb 4, 2014 | in

Did you know that every business/organization in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? We want to be sure that everyone knows what each business has accomplished and what they are still working toward when it comes to green business practices. Check out Acorn School's Report Card below to see how they scored!

To read Acorn School's full Sustainability Evaluation, click here

Green Alliance members save $25 on their initial registration fee at Acorn School! To become a GA member, click here

Meet a Green Alliance Business!

By Madelaine | Feb 4, 2014 | in

Who: The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat

What: Dawn and Jeff Price have set a high standard for quality and consumer education at The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat since its founding in 2005. They pride themselves on meticulously researching the best pet products and educating customers on exactly what makes a specific cat food, chew toy, or water bowl healthier or more environmentally friendly. The company embraces small-batch manufacturing principles, quality ingredients and company ethics. The Natural Dog is a testament to what is possible when one local, family-owned company creates partnerships with businesses and suppliers that hold those values in common.

Where: 801 Islington St., Portsmouth, and 155 State St., Newburyport, Mass.

On the Web:

What makes them green:

Offers bamboo and hemp collars, lead-free bowls, beds and toys made from recycled materials, biodegradable waste bags, natural herbs and essences, and much more.
Largest selection of raw foods on the Seacoast.
Emphasizes sourcing from small, local,or sustainability-minded companies.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. To read more about The Natural Dog & Holistic Cat, click here.  

Green Alliance members save 10 percent on everything at The Natural Dog (excluding food purchases)! To become a GA member, click here

900 Degrees Commits to Going Green

By Madelaine | Feb 4, 2014 | in

“900 Degrees, LLC, is devoted to minimizing its carbon footprint in order to reduce the impact on the environment and protect our natural resources for years to come.” — 900 Degrees Environmental Mission Statement

900 Degrees Pizzaria, with locations in Manchester and Epping, is a New Hampshire favorite for delicious Italian foods. But did you know about all the ways it has been going green? 900 Degrees has taken many steps to reduce its carbon footprint is constantly employing new methods to improve. It believes there are five major areas to focus on in improving environmental procedures: energy efficiency, water conservation, waste reduction, hazardous-waste reduction, and education.

900 Degrees has made changes in all five areas to be kinder to our environment. Just a few of those include installing low-flow pre-wash rise devices in the kitchen to save water, LED exit signs and occupancy sensors in restrooms to control lighting, and energy efficient fluorescent lighting throughout the restaurant to save energy.

Organic and locally produced food is used whenever possible to reduce transportation pollution. Its menu also offers eight organic wine options. These choices are grown organically, bio-dynamically and/or through sustainable farming.

The Green Cocoon Seeks Full-Time Installers

By Patrick | Feb 3, 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.

GA business partner, the Green Cocoon is seeking full-time installers in Salisbury, MA. The company offers Soy-based spray foam insulation, blown-in cellulose, and fiberglass insulation in residential and commercial applications. This small business was founded seven years ago but has been growing steadily year after year and is looking for dedicated individuals who are willing to play an active role in the company.

The position promises hard and dirty work but also offers room for growth and advancement within the company. Applicants should be honest, respectful, hard-working people who are willing to learn new things. A valid driver’s license is required and a DOT Card is preferable. To read more about this position, visit our Green Jobs Board.