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Now is the time to register for The Integrated Fitness Weight Loss Challenge

By Anne | Jun 16, 2015 | in

Need some extra motivation to get started or progress with your fitness goals? Struggling with consistency, commitment or inspiration?

Register to reserve you spot to compete in the next round of The Integrated Fitness Weight Loss Challenge starting June 29th.

The Integrated Fitness Weight Loss Challenge is a ten-week comprehensive program that takes a team based approach to meeting individual weight loss goals. The program begins with a private individual health assessment by professional certified Integrated Fitness trainers. Participants are then assigned into teams of 12, which meet for two hours twice a week for a combination of cardiovascular and resistance workouts. Each week, participants are reassessed for progress. Individual progress is then privately calculated and combined into an aggregate team progress report.

Integrated Fitness of Dover Welcomes Jennifer Lake

By Sam Lane | Jun 16, 2015 | in

Integrated Fitness of Dover has been prized as a unique and interactive training experience, focusing primarily on general health through achieving personal goals. Through the dream of Integrated Fitness founder, Jonathan Arnold, the business of general wellness for gym members has been pursued vigorously. The staff, with Arnold, creates a one of a kind fitness oasis where members can truly reach feats once unthinkable. As a whole, they are proud to announce the introduction of the newest fitness trainer, Jennifer Lake!

Lake is certified as both an ACE personal trainer and experienced yoga teacher 200 E-RYT. Before joining the team, Lake spent 5 years helping people gain newly improved mind, body and soul through her charming sense of humor and by relentlessly supporting proper fitness goals.
Lake focuses on not only getting your body into ship shape, but also improving self-esteem and confidence by teaching her clients to burn fat, build muscle while also relaxing. The team as a unit strives to see members take control of their own wellness and to truly desire to as well. The team has goals of their own, making them extremely dependable resources for seeking support on your own personal fitness. 

With a like-minded individual joining the team at Integrated Fitness, they are sure to further pursue the already sterling reputation as having the best trainers on the seacoast. Take time to invest in yourself inside and out, and embark on your next fitness endeavor with Jennifer Lake!

Seacoast Science Center to Host "Music By the Sea" Concert Series

By Sam Lane | Jun 16, 2015 | in

The Seacoast Science Center will be hosting a summer concert series to take place every Thursday evening throughout July. Between the local bands jamming on the stage and the fabulous seaside setting, the event is sure to be one not to miss! Some of New England’s hottest bands such as Joshua Tree, The TonyMack Band and Entrain are just a few of the names on the set list. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes as there’s no better setting for rocking out with the ones you love. In addition to the music, picnic-style dining will be going on during the events.

Highlighted bands Drowned Valley and The Joshua Incident will be taking the stage on July 16th to benefit the Center’s Marine Mammal Rescue program. Be sure to come listen to the bluegrass and folk rhythms all while support a great cause. The event is sure to cover any musical taste with groups covering so many different genres.

The event will be held under the festival tent, so it will be rain or shine at the location. Be sure to bring a blanket or chair and food will be allowed in and offered at the Science Center Property. Gates open at 5 p.m. for dining and the show will begin at 6 p.m. The event is family affordable and friendly, with icket prices running as $12 for adults, $2 for children ages 3-12 and free for those under the age of 3. Access to the Science Center exhibits is included with the tickets to the concert. 

900 Degrees Celebrates a Father's Day Fit For a Hero

By Sam Lane | Jun 16, 2015 | in

This sunday is set aside to appreciate dad and all that he does. When thinking of just what he needs to make the day great, one thinks of a big, delicious meal, fun activities, all spent with with the people he loves most. 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is doing just that by celebrating this father’s day the way all should, with huge meals, cold drinks and chances to win fantastic prizes. To celebrate dad, 900 Degrees is skewing away from their prized pies and opening up the menu to fit the hero size appetite every dad has.

To help settle that hunger, come and enjoy incredible specials like wood-fired sriracha wings, tossed in 900 Degrees smoky & spicy chili sauce. After taming the appetite with wings, be sure to save some room for the Godfather’s Black Angus Steakhouse burger. Far from the norm for 900 Degrees menu, this burger is undoubtedly a pleasant surprise with its perfectly seasoned ½ pound handmade Angus burger topped with all the fixings, with sides including kettle chips and house made coleslaw. If that’s not enough, 900 Degrees will also have the option of Dad’s Favorite NY Choice Strip, a mouth watering combination of an oven-roasted choice Sirloin, served with a fluffy baked potato and haricots vert.

To finish off the meal right, you have to add bacon! The dessert special, the Big Maple Baked Bacon Stuffed Apple, does just that and then some. The title explains it perfectly as a nice big apple, stuffed with smokey apple wood bacon, brown sugar and cinnamon, drizzled with McLure’s Real Maple Syrup and whipped cream. These specials are sure to supply Dad with the energy he needs to attack the big day. If the specials don’t suit your hero’s hunger, be sure to check out the house menu, offering an array of specialty pizzas. Whether it’s our specialty pies or custom made by Dad himself, he’s sure to be pleased with the result!

Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance Saves Energy and Money

By Katelyn | Jun 15, 2015 | in

With the first hot days of the season behind us, we have gotten a taste of what this summer may bring. Residents throughout New England are beginning to think about cranking the AC to make their homes more comfortable during the summer. Most homeowners don't think twice about turning on the air conditioning when it gets hot; however, air conditioning units require yearly maintenance and should be frequently checked to ensure efficiency.

Regular maintenance keeps air conditioners running efficiently, reduces unnecessary energy use and extends the life span of the unit. This summer, Aucella Heating and Cooling is offering all Green Alliance members 50% off their unit maintenance (originally $139.00) when scheduled before June 30. Aucella’s comprehensive checklist used to inspect air conditioning units ensures that the system is in compliance with manufacturers guarantees and is ready to be used throughout the summer.

Keep your Home Cool this Summer with an Energy Audit from Yankee Thermal Imaging

By Katelyn | Jun 15, 2015 | in

Yankee Thermal Imaging works to provide homeowners and businesses with top of the line energy consultations to determine how they can increase their energy efficiency and save money. This summer, YTI is offering Green Alliance members an exclusive incentive for energy efficient upgrades to be implemented in their homes. YTI will conduct an energy audit at the normal price, which will then be refunded to the homeowner when they implement qualifying energy upgrades. In addition, YTI will help residents to access available rebates to help offset the cost of implementing the upgrades.

Heat loss and energy efficiency are major concerns for homeowners during the winter months. These issues are equally important to address in the summer months as well. An energy audit assesses the efficiency of a home and determines the levels of insulation, ventilation, and possible cracks or penetrations within the attic, basement areas and structure of the home. When cool or warm air escapes the home, not only are residents losing money, but they are also wasting energy and creating a larger carbon footprint.

YTI then develops an in depth energy analysis of their findings from the audit and recommends the best and most cost effective ways to stop energy loss. When the homeowner decides to implement the proposed measures suggested by their BPI Certified auditor, YTI works with the customer to help them receive possible rebates.

Become a Sustaining Member and Attend the Best of NH Party for Free!

By Katelyn | Jun 15, 2015 | in

Enjoy all the great food and drinks that the Granite State has to offer with free tickets to New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of NH Party. Become a Sustaining Member of the Green Alliance and you will get two free tickets to the party ($130 value)!

The Best of New Hampshire Party is an annual tasting event where guests sample food and beverage winners from New Hampshire Magazine’s reader’s poll and editor’s picks. All food and drinks, from the more than 60 restaurants, is included with admission to the party. Best of NH winners come from across the state, including Green Alliance Business Partner, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, winner of the 2014 Readers Poll Best Gourmet Pizzeria award.

Guests will have the chance to enter to win prizes and raffles, and one grand prize winner will get an all-inclusive vacation at Squam Lake. This one week vacation includes housekeeping and meals for four people provided by RDC Resort. Live music by Pardon the Spins, winner of the Best Band of NH Contest, New Hampshire celebrity appearances, and a fireworks display at the end of the party are sure to make this an event you don’t want to miss this summer. For those from the seacoast area who may not have heard of the Best of NH, it is similar to Best of Taste, but focuses on the entire state as opposed to the seacoast region.

Green Alliance Summer Cruise a huge success!

By Rich | Jun 15, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance prides itself in bringing businesses and consumers together. This weekend, the GA did just that, and in style! The Green Alliance and NHPTV teamed up with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza for our annual cruise on the M/V Thomas Laighton to promote community involvement, network, and just to have a little well earned fun on the water.

With a terrific turnout of nearly 300 people, we were witness to some amazing weather and a stunning sunset as we toured the Piscataqua River for a great summertime gathering on the water. And what a time it was! With live music, a hopping dance floor, food and libations, members and guests soaked in the last rays of the sun.

“This is the biggest party we have all year,” says Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown. “We’re ecstatic to have NHPTV and 900 Degrees on board with us as well. Not only is it a great party, but it’s a great opportunity for sustainable businesses to meet up with sustainable people”

We would like to thank all of the friends of the Green Alliance, including all of our many business partners for their participation and making the event a huge success.

Green Alliance welcomes new Assistant Director, Rich Collins.

By Rich | Jun 11, 2015 | in

We are happy to have a new Assistant Director on staff here at the GA!

Rich Collins 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.

He is a strong proponent of authentic sustainability initiatives at the business level, and 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.

 

Gundalow Company Sets Sail on a History Crawl

By Sam Lane | Jun 11, 2015 | in

What better way to get a feel for the local environment then aboard an actual piece of history? Since the 1600’s, gundalows have served as cargo ships that proved versatile to the seacoast’s prosperity and functionality. Now you have the chance to gain a deep appreciation for the vessel through a hands-on experience with Gundalow Company.

On Wednesday, June 17th, from 6 to 8 p.m., join Gundalow Company as they set sail on a history crawl abroad the historic gundalow Piscataqua. Come celebrate the seacoast history with some of the locals themselves by joining in on stories, tales and traditional toasts.Enjoy the incredible views of our beautiful coastline from the Piscataqua River and surrounding areas, all while diving in on a unique adventure. The crew at Gundalow Company encourages all to come along as tickets are going for $23 a head ($18 for Strawberry Banke Museum members); an outstanding offer for such an endeavor.

Green Jobs: Redhook Brewery has an open position for Brewer!

By Rich | Jun 9, 2015 | in

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

Redhook Brewery, a Green Alliance Partner and part of the Craft Brew Alliance, has an immediate opening for a Brewer at Redhook in Portsmouth, NH. Reporting to the Lead Brewer, brewers are responsible for crafting and brewing high quality products.

Specific job duties:

-Support the Company's mission statement and Made True values

-Work closely with brewing team to achieve desired quality and production targets

-Oversee Inventory and quality management of raw materials

-Monitor progress of beer through production cycle via brewery information system

-Work with other departments throughout the brewing, racking and packaging process

-Other duties as assigned throughout the brewery to assist other departments as needed 

To learn more about the position, click here. To see other Green Jobs - check out our Green Jobs Board here

Rock the Block at the Kittery Block Party

By Sam Lane | Jun 9, 2015 | in

On June 20th, come be a blockhead in the beautiful seacoast town of Kittery! This all day event is sure to be a party not to be missed, offering an array of entertainment, food, local art displays and much more.

The day will kick off with a daytime festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Live entertainment such as a performance by the US Navy Band and live African Drumming will be in action during the festival. Bring the kids down for barrel train rides, pony rides, a touch tank activity and a lineup of exciting games. Further into the evening, at 5 p.m., the annual 5k race will be held on an entirely new course. The first 100 registrants will receive a runner’s gift bag. At 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. local bands, artists and poets will be rocking and talking out at the Foreside Music Fest in 6 various locations downtown. In addition to the music festival, the local Talent Show begins at 7 p.m. and will be held in the classic Kittery Dance Hall.

A Field Trip to Remember

By Sam Lane | Jun 9, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

A group of Traip Academy sophomores had an eye-opening experience during a recent field trip to Mary’s Dogs Inn.

The students from the Kittery, Maine school worked hands-on in every operational facet at the facility which is a boarding facility and quarantine stopover for rescue dogs from the South.

Mary Doane, who founded Mary’s Dogs in 2011, said she was happy to have the 10 students spend a full school day at the facility. It was the first field trip of its kind to the facility which opened in 2014. The field trip came at the end of a quarantine period for many of the 20 dogs in residence and Doane said the students saw how important and involved canine rescue work can be.

“They brought great energy and curiosity. It was so interesting to have that many young people around the Inn at the same time,” Doane said. “They were all helpful and got to take part in all the activities. They also learned about the mission of Inn and how we are doing what we can to change the culture (of often speedy euthanasia) in the South.”

The idea for the Mary’s Dogs field trip was initiated by Melinda Shofner, a school counselor at Traip Academy. Students take part in a Learning Service Project program which combines real-world experience with community service. Shofner has been a volunteer at Mary’s Dogs since February of 2014 and she thought it would be a great experience for the students.

Green Jobs - Purely Organic seeks Lawn Care Specialist

By Rich | Jun 9, 2015 | in

Our Business Partner, Purely Organic Lawn Care, is looking for a commercial/residential lawn treatment specialist to apply their Organic minded lawn care solutions in New Hampshire/Maine.

Professional licensure is preferred, but training may be provided for interested candidates.

REQUIREMENTS:

· Valid driver’s license with clean driving record

· Professional appearance and attitude

· Excellent oral and written communication skills

· Ability to lift up to 50 lbs.

· Able and willing to work in various weather conditions

Learn more about this position at Purely Organic Lawn Care here

More Green Jobs are listed on the GA Green Jobs page here

Local Businesses Come Together to Host Annual Summer Cruise

By Sam Lane | Jun 9, 2015 | in

 By Katelyn Monroe

The Green Alliance and New Hampshire Public Television are partnering once again to host a summer kick off cruise aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's M/V Thomas Laighton. On June 13, the businesses and guests will sail down the Piscataqua River taking in the sights of the New Hampshire seacoast.

Local rock band, Humble Be, will perform live and 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria will supply complimentary hors d'oeuvres for guests in addition to the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.'s (ISSCo.) two cash bars on the boat.

Admission for the party cruise is free for Green Alliance members, but new members are encouraged to join the Green Alliance to attend. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in attending the party cruise, you can become a member and get a ticket for the cruise in the process.

Those planning to attend can join for the discounted price of $25 then RSVP to katelyn@greenalliance.biz to reserve their spot. Or they can also join at the dock on the night of the cruise.

According to Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown, last year nearly three hundred guests attended the cruise bringing together green-minded citizens and businesses owners alike, many of whom are interested in networking and learning from each other.

"Last year's cruise was a phenomenal success," says Brown. "We sold out the boat and it gave business owners and consumers a chance to meet and talk about sustainable issues."

The Green Alliance, an organization with upward of 100 Business Partners, works to increase the profits of companies, large and small, that have the least impact on the environment. Both NHPTV and Isles of Shoals are Business Partners with the Green Alliance and have been for several years. The collaboration partnership has helped to spread awareness about both businesses and their environmental initiatives.

Meet Anne Twombly, the newest member of the GA Team!

By Rich | Jun 4, 2015 | in

Hello, I’m Anne Twombly, the new Marketing Assistant at the Green Alliance. I just graduated in May from the University of New Hampshire with my Bachelors of Fine Arts degree in Painting and a minor in Business Administration. I studied visual arts in college because I’m interested in the potential for art and design to affect us as individuals, enhance our experiences, and essentially draw emotion from us. I am interested ultimately in applying this aesthetics education to creative business.

While at UNH, I was a member and eventually captain of the Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field teams. I thoroughly enjoyed the community and camaraderie involved in being part of my team under the larger umbrella of the Athletic Department. The experience of Division 1 athletics in college has instilled in me a profound belief in the transformative power of collective focus, integrity and service.

Join Us for the Green Alliance and NHPTV Summer Cruise on the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.

By Craig | Jun 4, 2015 | in

Watch our video below! Make sure to RSVP to katelyn@greenalliance.biz if you plan to attend on June 13!

Become a Green Alliance Business Partner

By Anne | Jun 3, 2015 | in

At the Green Alliance, we believe sustainability should have visibility.

It’s always a great time to join our community of green businesses.With a network of thousands of Green Alliance consumer members, interested in supporting green initiatives, products and services, accessing your target market has never been easier.

Becoming a Green Alliance Business Partner bolsters, compliments and expands the marketing initiatives of your firm. Benefit from increased visibility through Green Alliance social media, email and print channels.

Learn more about all that the Green Alliance can do for your business here.
 

Local Businesses Come Together to Host Annual Summer Cruise

By Katelyn | Jun 3, 2015 | in

By Katelyn Monroe

PORTSMOUTH - The Green Alliance and New Hampshire Public Television are partnering once again to host a summer kick off cruise aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's M/V Thomas Laighton. On June 13, the businesses and guests will sail down the Piscataqua River taking in the sights of the New Hampshire seacoast. Local rock band, Humble Be, will perform live and 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria will supply complimentary hors d'oeuvres for guests in addition to the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.'s (ISSCo.) two cash bars on the boat.

Admission for the party cruise is free for Green Alliance members, but new members are encouraged to join the Green Alliance to attend. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in attending the party cruise, become a member today and you will receive a ticket for the cruise in the process.

Those planning to attend can click here to join now for the discounted price of $25 and then RSVP to katelyn@greenalliance.biz to reserve their spot. Or they can also join for $35 at the dock on the night of the cruise, but the Green Alliance's director, Sarah Brown suggests new members should join and RSVP in advance, as last year the cruise sold out before the event.

6 Tips to Get a Green Lawn, In a Green Way

By John | Jun 3, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – The quest to have a green lawn is a deep-rooted desire for many Americans, growing the lawn care industry into a multi-billion dollar business in the United States.

“As the saying goes, ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’, but we think it’s more important that the grass is healthier on your side,” said Jason Lefebvre of Purely Organic Lawn Care, based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “The beauty is that, with the advancement of organic lawn care practices and products, your healthy lawn can also be gorgeously green.”

Lefebvre shares six tips for getting a naturally green lawn: