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Gundalow Company Sets Sail for Summer

By Corey | May 20, 2015 | in

While summer hasn't officially started yet, it doesn't mean you can't act like it is! Join The Gundalow Company this Memorial Day weekend as their sailing season kicks off. Ride on the gundalow Piscataqua around the stunning sounds of Portsmouth and New Castle, NH and Kittery, ME. Participants can join the crew in raising the sail, help steer the boat, or just sit back and relax on the water. 

The Gundalow Company offers two-hour public sails for up to 42 passengers starting this Memorial Day until the end of October. The daily river tours that depart from Portsmouth are a fantastic way to experience our local rivers. Other offers include a variety of special sails such as concerts, lectures, sunset sails, private charters, free trips for kids on Saturday mornings, and even brunch on Sundays.

Since their founding in 2002, the Gundalow Company has made its main mission to connect residents of the Seacoast and beyond with this historic icon of river commerce, while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship for the Piscataqua region's cherished waterways. In 2011, the Gundalow Company built their floating classroom christened the Piscataqua. Over 2,000 students, scouts, and campers have enjoyed a unique educational experience in 2014 whilst sailing the Seacoast's tidal waters on a traditional wooden vessel.

Eolian creates clean renewable energy while permanently conserving land

By Ken | May 20, 2015 | in

by Ken Johnson

Wind is a vast, natural, and renewable energy. Despite being used as a power source for centuries, it wasn't until 1888 that Charles Brush first harnessed its potential to create electricity.

Eolian Renewable Energy, in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, carries on Brush's work on a much larger scale. Brush's first wind turbine powered one home. Eolian's current project in Antrim, New Hampshire, will power about 12,500 average New Hampshire homes when finished.

Eolian has worked on the nine turbine Antrim project since 2009, doing extensive environmental studies to ensure its implementation has a minimal impact. No harmful emissions will be released and no new transmission lines need to be built, since there is an existing high voltage transmission line at the base of the new facility. And Eolian ensures there are no threatened or endangered species at the site.

Join the Green Alliance and NHPTV for an Unforgettable Party Cruise

By Katelyn | May 19, 2015 | in

Hop aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company vessel, the Thomas Laighton, for an evening of fun with the Green Alliance and NHPTV! Join us for the night as we sail down the Piscataqua River taking in the sights of the New Hampshire seacoast. With live music, food, and drinks, the annual Isles of Shoals Steamship party cruise is a summer event you will not want to miss!

Humble Bee, a local Seacoast band, will provide live music for the night, complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be open serving guests drinks throughout the cruise.

Admission for the party cruise is free for Green Alliance members, but the public is encouraged to attend the event by joining the Green Alliance as a new member. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in attending the party cruise, become a member today and you will receive a cruise ticket and a one year membership.

Kittery Community Market

By John | May 19, 2015 | in

 

To learn more about the Kittery Community Market, click here.

Great Bay Paddle Challenge

By Corey | May 19, 2015 | in

Get out your paddles because the Great Bay Stewards will be hosting the first Great Bay Estuary sprint race for canoes and kayaks of all classes. On Saturday, August 15, this 10 mile race starts at the Oyster River's Jackson Landing and goes into Little Bay, around Goat Island, continues to Adam's Point, and then returns to the Oyster River and Jackson Landing. 

New to paddling? This event will also feature an Open Touring and Solo Recreation class for novice paddlers. A staggered class start will begin at noon. All classes of canoes and kayaks can enter in efforts of raising money for the Great Bay Stewards. The Great Bay Stewards has grown to become one of the region's most steadfast and hard-working environmental and conservation organizations. This organization demonstrates strong commitments to research, supporting projects that focus on issues relating to sedimentation, excess nitrogen loads, habitat loss, and many other problems that occur right in our backyard. 

Call of the Wild: the 11th Annual Spring Auction and Benefit

By Corey | May 19, 2015 | in

Celebrate the greatness of our local wildlife at the York Center for Wildlife's annual spring auction and benefit on Thursday, May 28 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Spring Hill Restaurant in South Berwick. Attendees will get the opportunity to listen to keynote speaker Susan Gallo - an Audubon biologist, researcher, and advocate for native bat species. Gallo's efforts toward researching, educating, and conservation legislation for local bats come at a critical time for local ecosystems and human health. 

In addition to listening to a passionate and experienced wildlife keynote speaker, you will be able to enjoy food, drink, meet live animal ambassadors, and participate in live and silent auctions. Auction items range from a once-in-a-lifetime chance to release an animal back into the wild and even a trip to Africa including hotel and safari! The Call of the Wild event is the Center for Wildlife's biggest fundraising event of the year. All the proceeds are used for funding the Center for Wildlife's work with injured and orphaned wildlife throughout the year. 

Newmarket Dental: Utilizing Green Practices for White Teeth

By John | May 18, 2015 | in

Newmarket Dental is in the business of providing excellent dental care through environmentally sound and responsible practices. The staff at Newmarket Dental have adopted a holistic approach to their work, and do not simply give their patients a diagnosis; once they make a diagnosis, they explain and discuss with the patient how the problem can best be addressed. Newmarket Dental is committed to offering only the treatment which their patients need and are ready to suggest alternative means based on patient concerns, insurance, and finances.

Newmarket Dental owner Dr. Nathan Swanson was inspired to run a green business after he noticed the immense buildup of trash that was being accumulated by local medical offices. Disturbed by such a surplus of waste, Dr. Swanson decided to take steps to become a greener dentist. He replaced the original toothbrushes with 100% recyclable and biodegradable ones, made from recycled Stonyfield Yogurt cups. He also switched from plastic seat covers and cups to biodegradable, corn-based products, and even began using dental floss with recyclable containers.

Cultural Chemistry's Breakfast and Brain Power event

By Sarah Mahoney | May 16, 2015 | in

Cultural Chemistry is hosting a Breakfast and Brain Power event on May 20th at 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. It will be held in their  Manchester Office at 150 Dow St, in Manchester, NH. 

We have all heard that HR needs a seat at the table, but by simply sitting in the board room, we don’t automatically get a voice. How do you become a valuable business partner to the Executive team? This will only be possible when you have are able to design and implement an HR Strategy that will align with business objectives, available talent, and a budget.

The topic will be to develop an HR strategy that works. They will talk about how you can design an HR strategy that works. They will draw the relationship between creating an HR strategy and the HR competency model that has been launched by SHRM. If you would like to increase your understanding of aligning HR objectives to the business goals, then this is the event for you! Attendance is recommended for: VP of HR, head of HR Departments, CEO, CFO, and OD consultants

Bike to Work with EZ Bikes and Scooters

By Ken | May 15, 2015 | in

By John Brescia

The heat and sunlight are on the rise, but so are the gas prices. It's a simple equation of supply and demand: greater gas consumption creates higher gas prices. But in this month, there is a solution to alleviate the burden of increasing gas prices. May is National Bike Month, a time meant to encourage commuters to embrace the mild weather in order to utilize bicycles and other forms of cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to and from work and other nearby locations.

Last week was Bike to Work week; over half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of where they work, making biking a viable mode of transportation. However, 51 percent of Americans say they never ride bikes. In fact, 12 percent of the population living in the northeast say they don’t even know how to ride bikes.

Join the Green Alliance and NHPTV for an Isles of Shoals Summer Cruise

By Katelyn | May 14, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance and New Hampshire Public Television are once again coming together to host a summer cruise aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. vessel, the M/V Thomas Laighton. Join us for a night of fun as we sail down the Piscataqua River taking in the sights of the New Hampshire seacoast. With live music, food, and drinks, the annual Isles of Shoals Steamship party cruise is a summer event you will not want to miss!

Humble Be, a local Seacoast band, will provide live music for the night. They played at the Green Alliance and Redhook Earth Day party, and everyone who attended had a great time enjoying the music of Humble Be. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served to guests and a cash bar will be open serving drinks throughout the cruise.

Admission for the party cruise is free for Green Alliance members, but new members are encouraged to join the GA 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. Click here to join now for the discounted price of $25 and then RSVP to katelyn@greenalliance.biz to reserve your spot. You can also join for $35 at the dock on the night of the cruise, but we suggest new members join and RSVP in advance, as last year the cruise sold old before the event.

Join RiverWoods for a Discussion on Preparing for Retirement

By John | May 13, 2015 | in

The transition to retirement is an exciting lifestyle change, yet it is often a stressful time period for retirees to adjust to their new everyday life. To make the switch a little less stressful, those contemplating retirement are invited to attend an educational seminar on insurance after 65, offered by RiverWoods. This free seminar and luncheon features insurance specialist Lea Freitas of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, who will provide a comprehensive review of insurance plans open to retirees. She will review programs such as Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security, and explain how to plan for healthcare during retirement. Freitas will help attendees understand their options for health care during retirement and answer any questions they may have.

The seminar will be held from 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM, on June 4, at 7 RiverWoods Drive in Exeter, NH. Seating is limited, so RSVP by May 28 to 603-658-3014 or dburch@riverwoodsrc.org to save your seat.

Proposed Antrim Wind Farm Agrees to Additional Land Conservation Funding

By Ken | May 8, 2015 | in

Antrim Wind Energy LLC (“AWE”) has reached an agreement with the New England Forestry Foundation (“NEFF”) to advance conservation in southwestern New Hampshire. The agreement specifies that if AWE’s planned 28.8 MW wind farm in Antrim, New Hampshire gains all necessary approvals and proceeds to construction, AWE will make a payment of $100,000 to NEFF to permanently conserve valuable working forest land in southern New Hampshire. This payment and the resulting land conservation will be in addition to the 908 acres of contiguous forestland that the project has already conserved in the vicinity of the wind project. The additional offsite conservation accomplished through this agreement will make a valuable contribution to conservation interests in the region, and will enhance and sustain the region’s aesthetic character, wildlife habitat, working landscape, and public use and enjoyment.

The project will permanently preserve 800 acres of land and create enough emissions-free energy to serve approximately 13,500 average-sized New Hampshire homes per year while reducing CO2 emissions by almost 60,000 tons per year.

Hit the (Eco-Friendly) Decks

By Craig | May 7, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

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 restaurant-goers enjoying an outdoor meal is a delicious sign that summer is not far away. In celebration of outdoor dining and drinking, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Hit the Decks event on May 8.

“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.

The Sun is Out, Hit the Decks

By Sarah Mahoney | May 6, 2015 | in

It's that time of year again when all anyone wants to do is spend time outside with friends and family. There's no better way to do this than to enjoy great food, drinks, and shopping at the best businesses in town.

On May 8, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Hit the Decks, a celebratory day for enjoying dining on decks and al fresco patios throughout the seacoast.

Restaurants such as 250 Market, British Beer Company, Old Ferry Landing, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Poco's Bow Street Cantina, and many more will be participating in this great day. Poco's decks are a favorite spot amongst local and visitors. As a member of the Green Alliance, Poco's is committed to sustainability. They recycle everything possible including paper, plastic, frying oil, metals, etc. And they compost 100% of their food waste, have installed outdoor motion light sensors to cut down on energy use, and replaced one heating system with an efficient fireplace, and plan to install a new efficient pump system to replace the current, older model.

Integrated Fitness' 10 Weeks to 10K

By Sarah Mahoney | May 6, 2015 | in

Feeling motivated? Ready to be in the best shape you've been in yet? Join Frank on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30a.m. as he gets you ready to run your best 10k! Whether you have never run a 10k before and are looking to give it a try, or you're a running veteran looking to improve your time, this group training program will get you to the start line ready to race your best!

Class is held outdoors rain or shine, and will consist of running, running drills, and specific strength and mobility work to keep your body at its best as you add on the miles.

The program will culminate in the Six03 Summerfest 10k on Sunday, July 26th in Dover, NH where you can put your hard-earned fitness to the test!

The main mission of Integrated Fitness is to provide a comfortable atmosphere to help individuals and groups achieve their fitness goals in an atmosphere that is not intimidating.

Make your commute more sustainable with Seacoast Bike/Walk to Work Week

By Ken | May 6, 2015 | in

Spring is here, gentle breezes abound, and it is a perfect time to get out of the car and enjoy the budding Spring. Seacoast Bike/Walk to work week starts on May 11 and runs through May 15. The weather is great; this is a great opportunity to improve your health; walking and biking helps the environment! Join in as part of this national effort to get people on their bikes and to pull out their sneakers and enjoy their commute while leaving their cars at home.

There will be free breakfasts offered to participants throughout the entire Seacoast region at locations in Dover, Durham/UNH, Exeter, Kittery, Lee, Newmarket, North Hampton, PEASE, Portsmouth, Rye, and Stratham. Visit one or more of the free breakfast sites on your healthy commute.

Green Living Store for Sale

By John | May 5, 2015 | in

Below is a message from Deborah de Moulpied, owner and founder of Bona Fide Green Goods, an earth-friendly department store in Concord, NH. Deborah has been in business since 2007 and has also founded Green Concord, an alliance of local businesses that offer environmentally-friendly products and services. She is a faculty member at the Payson Cancer Center as well, where she teaches about environmental toxins for the Anticancer Lifestyle Program. Deborah’s store leads the retail industry in conscious consumerism, offering high-quality, affordable, and sustainable products.

Even though Bona Fide Green Goods is located in Concord, NH, we have enjoyed a great many customers from the Seacoast area. After being in business for 8 years, we are ready to move forward with new phases of our lives. I will be moving on to write a book, still with the environment in mind - The Cancer Free Home. It is our hope to transfer the business to someone who will continue our passion for green living.

Bona Fide Green Goods started out as Real Green Goods back in 2007 at the peak of the new green living movement. It was an exciting time. Green Concord was formed shortly after that as the first trade association for green businesses. Shortly after that, Green Alliance was formed by Sarah Brown and the rest is history!

Green Alliance Seeking Assistant Director

By John | May 5, 2015 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We actually have a few jobs up at the moment, with an Assistant Director being one of them. For more information, view the Assistant Director Job on Jobscore here.

PRIMARY PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS
The purpose of the Green Alliance Assistant Director is to support all tiers of the company with a special emphasis on Business Partner (BP) story-telling, sales, satisfaction, and service. The Assistant Director works alongside the Director to provide support in different ways when needed. The sales aspect of this position is to generate leads, close business partnerships, and on-board new businesses by familiarizing them with Green Alliance policies and practices and then helping to execute all the GA services. The Assistant Director is instrumental in all aspects of writing, editing, PR and Marketing, social media and technology support. Strong writing and editing skills are required. The ideal candidate understands the realities of working for a growing small business powered by a little budget and a whole lot of entrepreneurial spirit. Computer skills and customer service experience are a must. The perfect candidate is well organized and has a knack for improving the efficiency of business operations. A passion for the environment and social responsibility are also a must. This is not a “punch-the-clock” position but rather, the ideal candidate is self-motivated to go the extra mile.

Green Collar Careers: Eco Sound Builders Co-Owner, Peter Robie

By Ken | May 4, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

When Peter Robie first met Ethan Korpi back in 2004, their shared vision to build structures utilizing sustainable and efficient methods made them bond instantly. Both Robie and Korpi shared a background of being highly trained in building and carpentry. They created a southern division of Eco Sound Builders on the seacoast in 2008, an offshoot of the original business founded by Korpi and his father, Roger, in the Lakes and White Mountain region of New Hampshire.

The goal of Eco Sound Builders' two divisions is to build quality homes and buildings that are durable and sustainable throughout New Hampshire. Wood used for each project is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified forests, super-efficient insulation is used, and the subcontractors Robie works with specialize in using non-toxic paints and source their materials locally whenever possible. Working with sustainable technology, and building materials, is something Robie has specialized in since earning degrees in Civil Technology and Environmental Conservation.

Coastal Home and Garden Show Brings Tips and Tricks from the Experts

By Corey | Apr 30, 2015 | in

Learn about the best ways to build, improve, enhance, and beautify your home all in one convenient setting! This weekend’s Coastal Home and Garden Show will give homeowners the best tips and tricks for great home building, remodeling and landscaping, and ideas for the home of their dreams. This show is family friendly and it’s also an ideal event for Mother’s Day.

This show is a two-day event, occurring on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce and the Kittery Community will be hosting this event held at 120 Rogers Road, Kittery Maine. There will be over twenty vendors expected to attend and give their most savvy advice to homeowners looking to improve their homes. Whether it’s advice on aesthetics or energy efficiency, there will be professionals ready to answer any questions. Some of the vendors expected to attend include Carl’s Water Systems, Evergreen Energy, Make a Difference Landscaping, Urban Tree Service, and Your Kitchen Imagined. The Green Alliance will also be in attendance on Saturday.