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Local Businesses Team Up To Reduce E-Waste

By Sam Lane | Jul 15, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

The fast pace of technological change coupled with the short lifespan of modern consumer goods leaves many individuals and businesses with obsolete electronics. These unwanted electronic goods, known as e-waste, are often carelessly discarded, causing an unwitting environmental and health threat. But two local businesses are coming together to bring awareness to this issue and offer a sustainable opportunity for retiring unwanted electronic goods.

On July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local e-cycler, MetalWave, is extending its electronic recycling services to the entirety of Pease Tradeport tenants and their employees mostly free of charge at Redhook Brewery.

To give some perspective as to the scope of this service to the community, the Tenants Association at Pease, or TAP, encompasses just under 100 businesses and approximately 6,000 employees - all of whom are eligible to participate in the July 21st e-cycle fest.

“After last year’s success,” said Jim Jubb, Business Development Manager at MetalWave. “We’re pleased to partner with Redhook and TAP for the second annual event, we know this kind of thing is meaningful on so many levels.”

MetalWave at Redhook, will accept a majority of electronic devices including: PCs, laptops, servers, keyboards, projectors, phones, copiers, PC Boards, cables, cords, wires, CPUs, cell phones, VCRs, DVDs, test equipment, game consoles, fluorescent light bulbs, A/V, metal scrap, car batteries, and small refrigerators.

Scooters Prove Popular Alternative for Seacoast Residents

By John | Jul 15, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

PORTSMOUTH – Any seacoast local will tell you, parking in Portsmouth can be a challenge, especially amongst commuters who also cope with increases in gas prices. And with the city’s recent decision to build a new $23.2 million parking garage with funding in-part from increased parking fees at meters and the Hanover garage, drivers are turning to different forms of transportation.

Local electric bike and scooter dealer, EZBikes and Scooters of Exeter has been meeting this growing demand for alternative transportation on the seacoast.

After nearly 30 years of providing mobile electronic services through his business Autosounds of NH, Tom Hemenway, expanded his business six years ago to include electric bikes. One year later, he and his wife and co-owner Teresa, added gas powered scooters to the mix.

“The electric bikes business has grown, but not as fast as scooters.” Teresa explains, “We found that there really was a need for scooters.”

Demand for the electric bikes rose when gas prices began climbing rapidly. The average electric bike consumes an incredible 1kwh for every 100kms, achieving close to 2,000 mpg, while the average scooter gets 80-100 miles per gallon.

Flexibility and Community Keep Classes Full for Local Fitness Businesses

By John | Jul 15, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

PORTSMOUTH - The record breaking snowfall in New England this past winter makes outdoor summer fun all the more desirable to New Hampshire residents. While beaches, streets and restaurant patios welcome a flood of tourists and locals eager to get outside, Seacoast fitness businesses offer great variety and a welcome break from the summer heat.

Nationally, the fitness industry typically experiences a cyclical wane in class attendance during the summer. Yet three Seacoast businesses, Zev Yoga, Gateway Taiji and Integrated Fitness of Dover, keep their studios busy throughout the summer months with flexible schedules, special seminars and classes complimentary to outdoor summer fun.

Integrated Fitness of Dover, lead by owner Jonathan Arnold, serves the seacoast community by educating and empowering individuals to meet personal wellness goals. The fitness facility offers one-on-one, group and specialized training programs to meet the needs of its clients, with a strong emphasis on nutrition. In the summer, Integrated Fitness makes class cards available to its clients to accommodate client’s availability.

“[For] most of our classes, we allow people to use a punch card, good for ten classes. That works for people’s summer schedules,” says Mandy Lafond of Integrated Fitness.

Summer Gifts for New Sustaining Members from the Green Alliance

By Katelyn | Jul 15, 2015 | in

This year we are celebrating summer by rewarding new Sustaining Members with their choice of tickets or gifts from a variety of local businesses! Become a Green Alliance Sustaining member today and simply email katelyn@greenalliance.biz with gift you would like to collect. Yes its that easy!

A Sustaining Membership is our highest level of individual membership and affords you a lifetime of GA Business Discounts, Green Alliance events and cutting edge environmental information. Sustaining Members never have to renew and are telling us and the world that they believe in the power of a local green economy. What are you waiting for!? Become a Lifetime Member now and choose one of the sweet gifts!

Pet Adoption Day at the Kittery Community Market

By Katelyn | Jul 14, 2015 | in

This year, the Kittery Community Market has been revamped and is better than ever with the addition of new venders and sponsors. The Kittery Community Market is a weekly outdoor farmers market featuring local farmers, food producers, fishermen, and artisans and will be held every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm until October 4.

On Sunday, July 19, Cocheco Valley Humane Society will join the market to promote discounted adoptions and veterinary services for veterans through the national nonprofit Pets for Patriots. "This is a really exciting collaboration for Kittery Community Market, as so many of our community members are part of the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard," said market manager, Kris Bowden.

Pets for Patriots, Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to bringing pets and people together in a lifelong bond of mutual friendship, loyalty and love. Their goal is to make the benefits of shelter pet adoption a reality for military personnel, ensuring many years of friendship, companionship and joy with their honorably adopted dog or cat.

We Have Affordable Office Space for Rent in Portsmouth

By Craig | Jul 14, 2015 | in

Come work with the Green Alliance ... sort of. We're offering a charming downtown Portsmouth office for rent that's affordable!

Approx. 250 sq. foot office drenched in natural sunlight.

The Amenities

  • Located in Portsmouth's historic Franklin Block Building right in picturesque and bustling Market Square.
  • Includes use of spacious conference room and common area outfitted for informal meetings with couches, small refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker.
  • Entire space and all offices boast extra-tall ceilings and large arched windows.
  • Enjoy dynamic and vibrant Green Alliance collaborative atmosphere when you want it and quiet privacy when you need it (just close your office door!)
  • Multiple electrical outlets on wall.
  • Room comes unfurnished.

The Cost

  • Only $300 a month, all inclusive (internet, utilities).
  • Month-to-month. We just need two (2) months notice if you're leaving.
  • Discount available if you pay six months in advance.

Passport Tour 2015 is Right Around the Corner

By Sam Lane | Jul 14, 2015 | in

On Saturday September 19th, Join Smuttynose Brewing Company and New Hampshire Public Television at Strawberry Banke Museum for the Passport Tour of 2015. Come down for this delicious, fun evening with a variety of craft brews and food created by the best chefs in the seacoast area. Chef Evan Hennessey will be holding a number of pairings of a variety of food and craft beers will be featured during the main event, running from 5 – 7:30 p.m. Tickets are limited and you do not want to miss out on this event, as it assured to be a summer hit.

Tickets for the event are running as $75 for the main event, as well as a $30 designated driver pass, including delicious cuisine and non-alcoholic drinks. The rain or shine event is open to adults 21 and older will a tangible ID. Purchased tickets are non-refundable and cannot be repurposed for the museum or NHPTV. All proceeds will benefit NHPTV and Strawberry Banke Museum and will be celebrating all local food, drinks and supporting vendors.

Join Us for the Green Families Celebration and Market

By Katelyn | Jul 13, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance invites all families to come discover the community that has become Green Families on August 23 at the Kittery Community Market. The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market will host a collaborative day of fun for families featuring the traditional farmers market vendors as well as new family friendly vendors. The celebration will include interactive vendors like EZ Bikes & Scooters, the Gundalow Company, the Natural Dog, and York Center for Wildlife.

This day brings together the GA community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, free birthday cake, face painting, scavenger hunt, games, and prizes for the kids.The Kittery Community Market is held Sundays from 10am - 2pm in downtown Kittery and features local produce, foods, and crafts, but on August 23 the market is transformed into a Green Families Fest featuring the regular market vendors and additional Green Alliance businesses.

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created in July 2012 with the goal to inspire younger generations to care about sustainability and value the environment. The creation of the Green Families Club was a natural response of research and trends found by the Green Alliance about our members. We discovered that a large portion of Green Alliance members are parents with young children who care deeply about the environment and shopping locally.

Trails Grand Opening Celebration on July 25th

By John | Jul 13, 2015 | in

As part of an initiative to expand public access on their lands, the Southeast Land Trust of NH (known as SELT) recently completed an extensive trails project at the 589-acre Tucker & French Family Forest in Kingston and Danville. Two parking areas, eight bridges, and more than five miles of interior trails have been created by SELT staff and dozens of volunteers over the last two years. Funding was made possible by way of a $30,000 grant from the NH Recreation Trails Program, a program of the Federal Highway Administration though the NH Bureau of Trails.

On Saturday, July 25th at 9am SELT is celebrating the official opening of this trail network to the public, and acknowledging the partners and volunteers who helped make this project a reality. Trailhead kiosks have been installed at three access points and a recently completed trail map and guide will be freely available to the public. There will be a short presentation at 9:00am followed by guided walks of the trails. To attend, please sign up by noon on Friday, July 24th by emailing register@seltnh.org.

The Tucker & French Family Forest features a diverse mix of upland forests, shrub lands, and wetlands that are being managed by SELT for wildlife habitat, forest products, and passive recreation opportunities. The property also includes more than two and a half miles of shoreline on the Little River and a number of historically significant sites. The Tucker & French Family Forest is owned by SELT subject to conservation restrictions held by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Up-cycle Through TerraCycle

By John | Jul 13, 2015 | in

Josh Denton is a guest blogger who is very active in environmental causes in Portsmouth, as well as a member of the Green Alliance.

By Josh Denton

As individuals, businesses, and communities, we do not have to wait for the City Council to act to make Portsmouth more sustainable. In addition to reusing shopping bags, recycling, or composting, consider up-cycling unwanted products to make them anew again.

Between the Port City's single-stream recycling and Mr. Fox's composting, my monthly trash bag mostly consists of the single-use, thin-filmed, plastic packaging byproducts that often mistakenly contaminate our recycling stream. To landfill less of this solid waste, I recently started up-cycling my large quantities of discarded energy bar wrappers through TerraCycle.

TerraCycle collects post-consumer waste, ranging from diaper packaging, to office supplies, to cigarette butts, and repurposes it into innovative products via different collection programs called Brigades. You simply sign up for a Brigade at http://www.terracycle.com/en-US, mail your unwanted items using free downloadable shipping labels, and then earn points towards repurposed products or charitable gifts.

Local Wind Farm Project Finds Green Partner

By Rich | Jul 9, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

The benefits of the Antrim Wind Energy project continue to grow, and this time the beneficiary is the New England Forest Foundation. It’s good timing for the new collaboration as the Antrim project currently is up for re-review after being tabled in 2013.

Portsmouth-based Eolian Renewable Energy has eliminated one turbine and significantly reduced a second to meet earlier requests presented by the state of New Hampshire. Supporters and opponents alike agree that this project is a bellwether on the future of larger scale wind projects in the state.

Antrim Wind Energy (AWE) recently pledged to make a payment of $100,000 to the New England Forest Foundation (NEFF), which will be awarded once the wind farm project in Antrim receives the remaining necessary approvals and proceeds to construction. The money is earmarked to permanently conserve valuable working forestland in southern New Hampshire. The payment and the resulting land conservation will be in addition to 908 acres of contiguous forestland already conserved in the vicinity of the wind project.

“We saw an opportunity to expand the mitigation,” said Jack Kenworthy, chief executive officer of the seacoast’s Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, the parent company of AWE. “We wanted to reach out to a group that had substantial experience in conservation and NEFF has that.”

Aucella Heating and Cooling scores Reader’s Choice Award for best HVAC 2015!

By Rich | Jul 9, 2015 | in

There certainly is no shortage of HVAC companies here on the seacoast of New Hampshire, just google-map Portsmouth alone and 30 or so grace the local area. Obviously, heating and cooling is near and dear to our challenging New England climate so having a reliable HVAC company is essential.

We are extremely proud to have as a partner with the Green Alliance, the 2015 Seacoast Online Reader’s Choice Award winner – Aucella Heating and Cooling!

Started in 2005, Aucella Heating & Cooling has built itself into one of the top HVAC companies in the greater Seacoast region, and it has done so by using top-of-the-line green products. Run by husband and wife team, Fay and Jay Aucella, the business offers installation and service of a wide range of options from the most standard, yet most efficient oil or propane heating systems to the unique options of ductless split heat pumps, hybrid ducted heat pump systems, solar thermal space heat, and domestic hot water systems and wood pellet boilers. Aucella does more than simply install systems, they look at the whole home. Its small, qualified staff calculates operating cost savings for each installation, comparing overall savings and payback periods to the initial investment. Aucella Heating & Cooling puts environmental and homeowner needs at the forefront of its business.

For more information on Aucella, check out their Green Alliance page here. And remember, Green Alliance consumer members receive 20% off Aucella’s heating and air conditioning services!

Cruise the Piscataqua with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

By Katelyn | Jul 8, 2015 | in

With the month of July well underway, New England residents are flocking to the beach, lake house, favorite river spot, or just about anywhere else they can stay cool. A fun day on the water doesn’t have to come to an end at sunset, thanks to the Isles of Shoals Steampship Company you can cruise down the Piscataqua River in style.

This summer, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company will host Reggae on the River each Wednesday night where guests will enjoy an evening of live reggae music and dancing on the newly renovated M/V Thomas Laighton. This two and a half hour cruise is the perfect way to relax after a stressful day at work, or an equally long day at the beach, and take in the sights of the Piscataqua River and harbor.

In addition to the Reggae Cruise, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers party cruises, Portsmouth Harbor tours, and visits to Star Island and Isles of Shoals. They also offer private charters and event cruises; there truly is something for everything aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton.

M/V Thomas Laighton is the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s largest vessel with a 340 passenger capacity, three decks, ample exterior and interior space, three full-service bars, and the flexibility to host almost any event. The Isles of Shoals’ M/V Thomas Laighton recently underwent a series of sustainable renovations to its interior. They are the first major interior renovations since the vessel was constructed.

Improving New Hampshire Transfer Stations One Town at a Time

By Katelyn | Jul 8, 2015 | in

Residents across New Hampshire recognize improvements made at their town transfer stations, new facility signs, and the iconic blue bags used to pick up liter along roadways, but who is behind these efforts to beautify the State? New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) is a collaborative non-profit organization comprised of members of New Hampshire food and beverage companies who are working to combat littering problems, improve recycling and environmental programs, and educate residents.

NHtB offers recycling grants and signs for municipalities, anti-litter programs, and recycling assistance to towns and schools. Communities in New Hampshire are able to apply for funding to help purchase recycling equipment, including collection bins, balers, crushers, and other equipment that assists them in achieving higher diversion rates.

"Years ago, NHtB realized the poor conditions of New Hampshire transfer stations and resolved to improve both them and town recycling efforts," said John Dumais, a member of NHtB's Board of Directors. This has become one of the main programs administered by NHtB, in which they travel to municipalities throughout New Hampshire and subsidize the costs for recycling equipment and directional signs to improve town transfer stations.