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Chloe's Boot Camp Begins May 13th

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 30, 2015 | in

Integrated Fitness is now offering Chloe's Bootcamp beginning May 13th. This program is designed for all fitness levels and Chloe will lead you through effective workouts whether you are new to fitness or have been a gym rat for years.

This program will help you melt the bodyfat you have been wanting to get rid of and tone up your entire body.

By enlisting in this program you will have two challenging, yet fun workouts each week for 12 weeks. Wednesday's at 6:00 p.m. and Saturday's at 9:30 a.m. with classes held outdoors. This class needs a minimum of 5 participants to run.

Stonyfield Goes the Extra Mile with the Earth Day 5K and Fair

By Mike | Apr 30, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

Many people may know Stonyfield Farm for their organic yogurt, but what customers might not be aware of is that Stonyfield puts an equal amount of care into sustainability as well. In 1997, the company became the first in the US to eliminate all greenhouse gases from facility use. In 2006, Stonyfield successfully implemented a waste water treatment system that converts waste into biogas, and in 2010 the company introduced the first yogurt cup made from plant-based materials.

It’s clear that at Stonyfield, every day is Earth Day.

Stonyfield will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, May 16 with a 5K race followed by the company's Earth Day Fair. The Fair will be held at Stonyfield Yogurts Works campus from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is free to the public, and guests are encouraged to arrive at least an hour before hand. A large turnout is expected, with over 1,400 attendees slated to come.

According to Stonyfield’s Community Marketing Manager Fil Kovisars, the company first started the event in 2010 with just 20 vendors. This year, the Earth Day Fair and 5k will welcome over 70 vendors. 

Willem Lange and Windows to the Wild Age with Grace

By Mike | Apr 30, 2015 | in

By Mike Bizier

For many New Englanders, there is no greater joy than being in the outdoors. People of all ages from around the region feel an unbridled sense of freedom and inspiration while on the many mountains, trails, and waters scattered across the Northeast.

One man who enjoys sharing New England’s natural wonders with others is 80-year-old outdoor adventurer Willem Lange. As the host of the New Hampshire Public Television (NHPTV) program Windows to the Wild, Lange is a guide for viewers as he hikes, paddles, and climbs his way across this distinct region. With a gray beard, years of experience, and friendly demeanor, Lange is the embodiment of the classic American folk hero.

NHPTV will celebrate both the 10th anniversary of Windows to the Wild and Lange’s 80th birthday on Saturday, May 30 at the AMC-Highland Center at Crawford Notch. Guests will receive signed copies of Lange’s latest book Words from the Wild, a DVD collection of Lange’s eight favorite episodes, and an orange paisley bandana- a well-known staple in Lange’s hiking attire.

Spend your Spring and Summer with Sagamore Golf

By Corey | Apr 30, 2015 | in

As we warm up to summer, adults and kids alike are eager to spend some quality time outside. Sagamore Golf Club provides families and golf fans with eco-friendly options that are as green as the golf course itself. Founded in 1929, the original Sagamore Spring Golf Club was one of the first public golf courses ever in New England. When the son of the founder, Richard Luff, opened a second location in North Hampton in 1962, he had intended to design and build a golf course using as few chemicals and hazardous materials as possible.

With the school year about to end, Sagamore’s affordable prices keep this club sustainable on the wallet. One of the unique golfing experiences Sagamore has to offer this season is Foot Golf – a twist on golf where the players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible. For beginner golfers who are looking to learn, Sagamore also offers lessons by request. For those who aren’t as fortunate to have a summer vacation, Golf Leagues are a great way to break up the busy work week with friends or colleagues. As long as the greens are clear and the ground conditions are favorable, Sagamore Golf will be open for play.

Hit the Decks with Poco's Bow Street Cantina

By Katelyn | Apr 30, 2015 | in

The decks are open, the margaritas are flowing, and Poco’s Bow Street Cantina is ready for summer! Portsmouth’s longest running restaurant now has, not one, but both decks open for guests to take in the views of the Piscataqua River. They have been voted Best of Portsmouth Deck Dining for four years in a row by Taste Magazine and the decks are sure to be a hit once again this year.

Poco’s provides a comfortable dining experience in Downtown Portsmouth, where residents and visitors enjoy award winning Mexican food and drinks, but it is not your average city restaurant. Poco’s Bow Street Cantina strives to reduce their environmental footprint every day through a continuously growing list of sustainability initiatives. The restaurant has a comprehensive recycling system and recycles everything possible, while also composting 100% of their food waste. In addition, Poco’s has installed motion sensor lights and a more efficient ventilation system to cut down on energy use throughout the building and decks.

Green Alliance Seeking Marketing Assistant

By Sam | Apr 30, 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 a Marketing Assistant being one of them. For more information, view the Marketing Assistant Job on Jobscore here.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title: Marketing Assistant (2-3 days a week) starting hourly wage $10 per hour

PRIMARY PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS
The Green Alliance Marketing Assistant supports all tiers of the company with a special emphasis on Business Partner (BP) promotion, sales, satisfaction, and service and consumer/individual member sales, marketing and growth. The Marketing Assistant works alongside the Director and head of Media to generate leads, close business partnerships, and on-board new businesses and then help to execute all GA services. The Marketing Assistant is instrumental in all aspects of writing, editing, PR and Marketing, social media and technology support. 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 a must. This is not a “punch-the-clock” position but rather, the ideal candidate is self-motivated to go the extra mile.

A Special Thanks from Two Green Alliance Sustaining Members

By Corey | Apr 30, 2015 | in

The following letter is from two Green Alliance Sustaining Members who have participated in the Party for the Planet Earth Day Clean-up and Celebration. The Luchsingers have been incredibly connected with the Green Alliance and have greatly supported events like these that get the community involved with the environment. Members like the Luchsingers help the Green Alliance provide the level of support needed to add more green businesses of diverse industries into our community. Please consider becoming a Sustaining Member. 

Dear Sarah,
      “Thank you” to you and your staff for an amazing Earth Day celebration at Red Hook Brewery. Although it’s a shame there is litter on our planet, we felt so good joining in with others at Pease Tradeport to make a difference by cleaning up. Not only did we enjoy meeting so many other “keep-our-planet”- minded folks at the event, but our bonus was winning two of the raffles! Since we are Sustaining Members, we passed along the one-year membership to a colleague, and the tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival we enjoyed ourselves – amazingly wonderful way to learn more and get further educated/motivated/encouraged to always be “GREEN” in all we do here in our community.
       Thank you, again! We are so happy to be a part of Green Alliance!
Our best, Debbie and David Luchsinger

Beat the Heat with the Dairy Bar's Sweets

By Mike | Apr 30, 2015 | in

Spring is in full swing and the UNH Dairy Bar is excited for its busiest season of the year. The UNH Dairy Bar not only has a long history of helping campus students, faculty, and visitors battle the hot weather with sweet treats, but they also strive to provide the most sustainable sandwiches and ice cream available througout the region.

UNH Dining Services took control of the ice cream parlor by the railroad tracks back in 2008, and has worked quite extensively with the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture to help enhance its sustainable efforts. The mixed greens used in the Dairy Bar's salads and sandwiches come exclusively from the high tunnels located on campus and in just a few months, they will be providing fresh strawberries, carrots, onions, and tomatoes.

Roughly 75 percent of the Dairy Bar's supplies are from local sources. All of their chicken is sourced  from Legacy Farms in Barrington, NH, while their cage and hormone-free eggs are from Pete and Gerry's in Monroe. NH Coffee Roasters in Dover brings in the Dairy Bar's fair trade and organic coffee, and Stonyfield Farms from Londonderry provides the Dairy Bar with all natural, organic yogurt. 

Of course the main attraction to the Dairy Bar is its ice cream. The Dairy Bar's coolest treats are supplied by Gifford's Famous Ice Cream, one of the purest, hormone free products throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Gifford's is so well known and popular that it has been voted "Ice Cream Grand Champion" three years in a row at the International Berry Exposition. 

With a variety of food available, the UNH Dairy Bar has something for everyone.

Green Alliance members get 10% off the entire menu, and UNH community members paying with Dining Dollars get 15% off! Not a member? Join here

Colonial Stoneworks Brings Sustainability to Stonework in New Hampshire

By Katelyn | Apr 30, 2015 | in

After the long winter that New Englanders have endured, homeowners are eager to get outside and get started on their spring cleaning projects. A simple raking of the yard and new mulch in the flower beds can do wonders for the appearance of a home, but new stonework is what really makes an outdoor area pop. Whether it is stone walls, pathways, or patios, Colonial Stoneworks aims to spruce up outdoor spaces with new hardscaping that is sure to bring it to the next level.

Colonial Stoneworks was established in 2010 by owner Adam Bennett, who previously worked in the automotive and landscaping sectors before focusing on stonework. Colonial Stoneworks specializes in stone walls and retaining walls, which when built correctly, are sure to stand the test of time and last for years to come. Additionally, Colonial Stoneworks is a go to for patios, pathways, and stone mailboxes at both residential and commercial properties.

The company strictly utilizes natural stone, such as granite, a far more environmentally friendly choice in comparison to concrete, which must be mined and produced in a factory. Granite is one of the most often requested materials by homeowners for hardscaping projects, which works out in Bennett’s favor due to its abundance in the “Granite State.”

Site Structures Landscape: Now Offering Spring Clean-ups

By John | Apr 29, 2015 | in

A pretty lawn is something nice, but a sustainable lawn is something precious. That's why Site Structures Landscape, Inc. is committed to providing eco-friendly lawn care as part of their Spring Clean-Up service. According to the Kittery-based landscaping company, a sustainable lawn is one which requires less maintenance and reduces its environmental impact. Now that spring has finally arrived, it is time to clean and prepare the yard. Proper lawn care requires a lot of time, care and dedication from the homeowner, but Site Structures takes on the task without complaint. Whether it is raking and mowing or adding new stone pavers, Seacoast residents turn to Side Structures for their outdoor rehab projects. Other services include mulching and edge planting, as well as shrub and planting bed maintenance. Their hardscaping services (stone, pavement, and brick) include installations, water and irradiation features, and low-voltage lighting.

Last Chance to Join the GA for $20 During the Month of April

By Katelyn | Apr 29, 2015 | in

To celebrate the beginning of warmer months and the end of a very long winter, the Green Alliance is offering a reduced membership for new members to join to GA and start the spring season off right! The end of April is coming up on us quick and this is the last week to  join the Green Alliance for only $20 (save $15 off the normal membership) and enjoy a year of discounts with 100+ local green businesses.

A membership with the Green Alliance gives you discounts with local sustainable businesses, access to member exclusive events, such as holiday parties and summer sails on the Gundalow, and is the perfect way to show your dedication to working with local and green businesses. 

On top of the exclusive discounts GA members receive throughout the year, several Business Partners are offering additional specials during the month of April to jump start the season. Click here to see how you can get ready for warmer weather and score a great deal at the same time.

Click here to join the Green Alliance today for only $20!

Welcoming New Hampshire the Beautiful

By Sam | Apr 29, 2015 | in

We’re pleased to announce that New Hampshire the Beautiful is our newest Business Partner!

For decades, NHtB has committed themselves to making New Hampshire a cleaner, more recycle-friendly state. Comprised of local grocers and bottling companies, the organization formed in order to take more responsibility for the disposal of the products they created. Soon, they were producing plastic recycling bins for towns to give out to their residents. Then, they were buying cardboard balers, and then glass crushers, and so on, helping towns one by one establish better recycling programs.

There was another problem: litter. Their solution? Clean it! NHtB’s “Blue Bag” program produces trash bags intended for highway and roadside litter cleanup.

Yankee Thermal Imaging Helps Rescue Dogs While Reducing Energy Expenses

By Ken | Apr 29, 2015 | in

What if it was possible to reduce your carbon footprint, save money every year, and help rescue dogs, all in one action? With Yankee Thermal Imaging's Instant Savings Program, you can. Enrolling in the Instant Savings Program gets you a full energy audit of your home, to help locate energy loss and improve your home's efficiency, from a certified energy efficiency auditor, along with a detailed report on where a home is losing energy dollars and how you can fix the problem.

In addition, right now Yankee Thermal Imaging will take $75 from the cost of the Instant Savings Program, match the money to $150 and donate it to Almost Home Rescue, a 501(c)3 nonprofit canine rescue group working to “rescue for life” stray, abandoned, and surrendered dogs in Arkansas and Mississippi and find them new homes in New England. In its ten years of operation, Almost Home Rescue has rescued over 3,500 dogs.

Local Brewery Offers Unique Venue and One-of-a-kind Events

By Ken | Apr 29, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

Spring marks the beginning of wedding and festival season, and the Seacoast is replete with different locations for newly joined couples to host their reception on "the big day," The region also offers concert-goers spectacular outdoor venues. But one Portsmouth location promises event guests they won't run out of beer or food: Redhook Brewery.

Located at Pease International Tradeport, Redhook's function facilities offer space, food and drinks for wedding receptions and different events all year long. Whether it be for a reception, rehearsal, trade show or concert, Redhook meets the demands of its guests. It's a different take on the more traditional rental hall that has proven successful.

“It's pretty popular,” said Ryan Fleming, the banquet manager at Redhook. “I think it's a really unique venue to have an event.”

Green Alliance Seeking Senior Editor

By Sam | Apr 28, 2015 | in

PRIMARY PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS

The purpose of the Senior Editor is to edit freelance and staff stories, and write journalistic stories, for our Business Partners (BPs). As Senior Editor, you will be responsible for generating compelling, accurate, and engaging copy (typically in the range of 300-1200 words) for a variety of outlets, including online blogs, newspapers, magazines, and social media. Additionally, the Senior Editor will be tasked with myriad other responsibilities, jobs, and tasks relating to broadening both of the Green Alliance and its partnering businesses – social media, email marketing campaigns, sustainability evaluations, developing contacts with members of the local media, overseeing and editing copy from freelance writers, maintaining and editing the website, and more.

 

We do not write press releases. Rather, we produce publish-ready stories that mimic in both quality and approach the style and focus of the publications themselves – newspapers, magazines, online journals, blogs, and the like. As Senior Editor, you will be working closely with the Director, Assistant Director, Director of Media and Community and Member Manager, interns, freelance writers, and over 100 business owners, each of whom possesses their own unique personality, demands, and expectations.

 

Climb to the Clouds with the Mt. Washington Cog Railway

By Corey | Apr 28, 2015 | in

Ride the world's first mountain climbing train to the top of Mt. Washington - the highest peak in New England. Join New Hampshire Public Television for a special celebration on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway on May 16. Those attending this event will receive the opportunity to take a ride on the iconic Cog Railway, have dinner at the Mt. Washington Resort, and attend a screening premiere of NHPTV's new documentary, "The Mt. Washington Cog Railway: Climbing to the Clouds". 

The Mt. Washington Cog Railway has managed to stay in private ownership and in operation consistently for over 144 impressive years. This Cog has been through the Great Depression, the Hurricane of '38, and the challenge of technology to become one of New Hampshire's most successful historical attractions. In 1868, the Cog was referred to as "one of the greatest wonders of all time" by the Boston Transcript at its inauguration. 

This railway is the perfect combination of historic and innovative. In addition to it being the first mountain climbing cog railway in the world, it now has solar-powered track switches and advanced Parker IQAN on-board computer packages. Complete with vintage steam engines and replica coaches, as well as biodiesel locomotives, the Mt. Washington Cog Railway is considered a "must do" attraction while visiting the White Mountains of New Hampshire. 
 

Racing for a Cure

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 28, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance team is lacing up their sneakers and getting ready to run in the 4th Annual Komen NH Race for the Cure. The Green Alliance is a proud sponsor of the race and has created a team to further support Susan G. Komen. Green Alliance members are encouraged to join the team and will receive a free t-shirt to wear on race day. To join the team, click here and register by searching "Green Alliance" under team names. Once you've registered, contact Sarah at sarah@greenalliance.biz to let her know you've signed up.

For the last three years, the Susan G. Komen Race for a Cure in New Hampshire has had a strong run as one of the largest events to bring awareness to survivors and those suffering from breast cancer. With the race returning for a fourth year, there’s no end in sight for its continued success.

The Vermont-New Hampshire Affiliate of the Susan G. Komen organization will hold its fourth annual race on May 9th at the Strawberry Banke Museum on 14 Hancock Street in Portsmouth, N.H. at 9 a.m. To date, the Komen organization’s national race days have become some of the largest and most successful fundraising events for breast cancer around the world.

Meet a Green Business: Proulx Oil and Propane featured in news article

By John | Apr 27, 2015 | in

What: In the last year, Proulx Oil & Propane has acquired another heating company and expanded service into central southern New Hampshire from its headquarters in Newmarket, furthering the growth of BioHeat in the region.

It's not an unfathomable feat for a company that is considered a leader in biofuels and its green sister company, Proulx AutoGas. Proulx Oil & Propane is a successful home heating company that specializes in BioHeat, a renewable-based alternative to standard No. 2 home heating oil, and cleaner burning propane and natural gas, all products that help home owners reduce carbon emissions.

When Joe Proulx founded the company in 1944, the impetus was a changing of the energy guard: from the soot and smoke of coal to something more efficient. Eventually, the next generation of the Proulx family brought propane gas into the company fold, cementing its reputation as a forward-thinking and environmentally minded company. Today, Proulx, still a family-run company, remains a leader in sustainable initiatives and efficient home heating. Some of Proulx’s latest progressive offerings include the Heat Force additive, which helps fuels to burn cleaner, and a transition to paperless billing for all of their fuel customers.

Windows to the Wild 10th Anniversary and 80th Birthday Celebration

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 27, 2015 | in

NHPTV presents a celebration of 10 Wild Years! We're celebrating 10 seasons of Windows to the Wild and the 80th birthday of its host, Willem Lange. The party includes dinner, a special screening of highlights from Windows to the Wild shows, and of course, Will Lange himself!

On Saturday, May 30th, beginning at 5:00p.m. there will be a reception (cash bar), at 6:00pm a Family-style dinner and at 7:15p.m. there is a screening and party.

On Sunday, May 31st, there will be a breakfast beginning at 8:00a.m. with Will, followed by AMC-led hike of Ammonoosuc Lake and Red Bench Trail with Will (space is limited).

The NHPTV Spring Auction

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 27, 2015 | in

The NHPTV Spring Auction is watched live via broadcast and is streamed live online, promoting your products nationally and even internationally!

The NHPTV Spring Auction is live nightly at 6:00p.m. from April 22nd to April 25th and April 29th to May 2nd. It is on NHPTV Prime and always online here.

There are several auction sponsors already signed up, such as Parcel Room, Reeds Ferry Sheds, Lindt & Sprungli (USA) Inc., D.F. Richard Energy, EnviroVantage, Federal Savings Bank and more! By becoming a sponsor, you have the opportunity to receive on-air credits throughout each night that your company sponsors.

Co-brand your organization’s name and reputation with that of NHPTV and PBS, America’s most trusted institution (Roper Public Affairs & Media Poll). Our audience is loyal, high-earning, and highly educated. And our Auction bidders and supporters are more likely to purchase from Auction donors and sponsors. Your employees can show their spirit and your business’s commitment to a vital community resource; up to five of your employees can volunteer per shift.