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Nearby Registry Keeps Consumer Dollars in the Local Economy

By Katelyn | Sep 16, 2014 | in

Are you interested in creating a gift registry for your special occasion, but want to support local businesses? Nearby Registry is the perfect way to tell your friends and family exactly what you would like from small local stores that might not usually have a gift registry!

NEARBY is based around the idea of keeping consumer dollars in local economies as opposed to large corporations. The process begins when small businesses establish a “storefront” on the site and a profile with some of the unique gifts that they offer. Consumers are then able to create an account and customize their registry with items from the local stores they love to shop at. Friends and family can use the registry to purchase gifts for the special day- whether it be a wedding, baby shower, birthday or any other occasion, all while supporting hometown businesses.

Inaugural "Plug-In" at Redhook Brewery

By Katie | Sep 15, 2014 | in

Join Redhook Brewery, Public Service of New Hampshire (PSNH) and the Green Alliance for the unveiling of the Seacoast’s newest publicly-available electric vehicle charging station!

Redhook, in partnership with PSNH, has installed this charging station on the grounds of the popular brewery located at the Pease International Tradeport. It’s free of charge and open to the public! Redhook has also purchased Renewable Energy Credits to offset the electricity used by the station as well as the rest of the facility, making the Brewery one of the greenest places to be seen on the Seacoast.

Tuesday’s inaugural “plug-in” celebration, made possible with the help of the Green Alliance, will feature electric vehicles and an electric motorcycle as well as a check presentation to CBA by PSNH.

You're Invited!

By Sam | Sep 15, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Fall Sunset Sail: October 5th 4-6 p.m.

It's an exclusive party sailing along the Piscataqua River, a beer in hand, and interesting conversation opportunities all around you. We hope you'll join us for an evening of live music, free local beer, complimentary appetizers, and socializing with some of the Seacoast's greenest citizens. And all you need to do is become a Sustaining Member to partake.

The sail takes place right as the leaves begin to change (October 5th, 4-6 p.m.), and with a gorgeous sunset to accompany, this will be a night you won't soon forget. You may recall, in July our party cruise guest list reached capacity very quickly. This October 5th, don't miss your chance to join the fun!

Save a spot for you and one guest aboard this Sunset Party Sail by becoming a Lifetime Sustaining Member with the Green Alliance. This membership not only includes two passes to this party (an $80 value), but a lifetime of discounts to 100+ local, sustainable businesses.

BioBlitz!: An Extreme Species Search

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 12, 2014 | in

Interested in learning more about coastal species and ecosystems with your family? The Seacoast Science Center, with support from New Hampshire Public Television, is hosting the 12th annual BioBlitz on Saturday, September 20th from 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. BioBlitz is a day-long species scavenger hunt of Odiorne Point State Park, where the families explore alongside scientists and field naturalists to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day.

BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling and more. You can sign up to participate in all or part of the day.

BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to meet many passionate biologists working together. Odiorne’s 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats make it a unique and fascinating place to explore and learn.

If you’re not up for scouring the park, there is still plenty to explore in the Center’s Gregg Interactive Learning Studio. There, you will see samples of species collected by naturalists and learn about the identification process. You can see amazing images of the plants, animals and activities from past years on the big-screens, observe insects through microscopes, see samples of seaweeds and fungi, and connect with many spirited nature-lovers.

Little Green Homes renews with the Green Alliance

By Sam | Sep 11, 2014 | in

We’re pleased to announce that Little Green Homes has renewed with the Green Alliance!

As we all know, bigger is not always better, especially when it comes to your living space. Little Green Homes specializes in eco-friendly design and build contracts, and they’re as sustainable as they are gorgeous. Check out two of their recent projects, a home in Kittery with reclaimed furniture and a child-safe net on the top floor, and a beautiful enclosed porch on a home in Durham.

Blue Ocean Society Coastal Cleanup

By Madalyn | Sep 11, 2014 | in

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is holding the 28th Annual International Coastal Cleanup on Saturday, September 20 from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Coastal Cleanup will take place at approximately 25 different sites along the New Hampshire coastline focusing on trash removal and maintaining wildlife habitats.

The International Coastal Cleanup is the largest one-day, worldwide volunteering event of its kind. The Blue Ocean Society is thrilled to host the cleanup for another year, and has helped coordinate the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup since 2005. Blue Ocean Society strives to spread awareness about the marine environment and the importance of properly disposing of trash. Blue Ocean Society has strong stance on refuse materials: items such as trash, plastic, and other manmade refuse have a much bigger impact on the coastal envrionment than we can possibly imagine. The trash debris that is removed during the cleanup is potentially harmful to surrounding populations of wildlife and people. 

Save Energy, Cut Costs; Discounted Home Comfort Savings Plan from Yankee Thermal Imaging

By Katie | Sep 10, 2014 | in

Did you know that insulation is what keeps your house warm while air leakage is what drives those temperatures down? Yankee Thermal Imaging (YTI) has just the plan to limit the number of times your furnace turns on as the outdoor temperatures start to drop.

YTI's Home Comfort Savings Plan gives homeowners the maximum savings (a typical savings of more than $500 a year!) on the most common energy and heat loss areas in your home. Now through September 30 ANYONE in the Green Alliance community (you don't have to be card carrying member) gets $150 off this super Home Comfort Savings Plan simply by mentioning the Green Alliance. Send a message to matty.silva@yti.biz or call 603-765-6648 to get your $150 off! Learn more here.

Get it Going Celebrates Newest Gigstar

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 10, 2014 | in

Get it Going is highlighting its newest GiGstar, Josh Andrews! Get it going is a lifestyle brand offering apparel that is responsibly sourced and made in the USA. Their mission is simple- put on your GiG shirt, hop on the bus, and make it happen. GiGstars are people who are living that mission and getting active, turning their dreams into reality in the name of positive change. Josh is one half of the Pedal for Power cycling team that recently completed a 2,000-mile trip down the West Coast.

The goal of the trek from Vancouver, Canada to San Diego, California is to raise $50,000 for a complete installation of a solar electric power system at the nonprofit Cross Roads House, a homeless and transitional living shelter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

Josh is a firm believer in clean energy for our future. He sees conserving the environment as “part of our everyday routine.” “This project is a way to inspire the community that I live in that there are renewable energy sources available,” Josh says.

Redhook Brewery's Electric Car Charging Station Ribbon Cutting!

By Katie | Sep 10, 2014 | in

Redhook Brewery has green on their mind! 

A partnership with PSNH has brought an electric car charging station to the Redhook Brewery. Located in front of the Cataqua Pub, the station, a 30-Amp, 240V station, can provide approximately 30 miles of driving after 1-hour charge to most vehicles. The station will be powered by wind power RECs that the brewery is purchasing (and also implementing for ALL of Redhook's electrical needs). Talk about eleminating carbon emissions! 

In celebration of this green initiative, Redhook and PSNH will be having a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, September 16th at 2 p.m. After the ribbon cutting, there will be a party complete with beers and appetizers in the outdoor dining area. 

Whether you own an electric car (and want to come get a free charge) or are interested in the green efforts of this local business, this will be a great event to stop by. You can learn more about the extensive efforts Redhook has gone through to continue to go green, and to help their customers go green. 

Green Alliance members, receive 10% off all food at Redhook! 

The Green Story: 900 Degrees

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 10, 2014 | in

Green Alliance is a proud partner with 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria, a Pizzeria with strong environmental values. Because of 900 Degrees' commitment to local ingredients and environmental conservation they are ranked Blossom. Green Alliance evaluates businesses' commitment to environmental sustainability through assessments of production and service, supply chain management, employment, investment, community relations and vendors.

There are many reasons for why three in five restaurants fail within five years of throwing open the doors: overly ambitious business plans, tough competition, lack of a coherent marketing strategy. The list goes on.

More often than not, however, it’s the daily margins – how much you’re making on every burger, salad, or sundae – that prove the impossible puzzle. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that going green out of the gate is seen by many a restaurateur as a dangerous luxury, a way to all but guarantee a quick- ticking clock to broke and belly up.

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau never bought into that false equivalency, and her business – Manchester’s famed 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria, which opened a second location in Epping last winter – is about to go to the next level because of it.

Submit Your Work to Portsmouth Short Film Night!

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 10, 2014 | in

Interested in showing your short film to an audience? The next Portsmouth Short Film Night is happening in Thursday October 30 at Portsmouth Public Media, 280 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, NH and they want to show your film! They are looking for shorts of any genre (or un-genre) from independent filmmakers interested in screening their film to an audience. That’s why you made it, right? Particularly, they are looking for films with a spooky feel for our Halloween Special! The night is a free event, open to anyone who enjoys watching shorts and talking film. It’s all about getting filmmakers together to show off their work, have fun, meet like-minded people, and maybe even be inspired. If that sounds like your cup of tea, why not send in your film? To submit, or for more details click here. Deadline is October 10. You can like Portsmouth Short Film Night on Facebook or follow them @PSFN.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Site Structures Landscape, Inc.

By Craig | Sep 10, 2014 | in

Who: Site Structures Landscapes, Inc.

What: Site Structures operates their thriving operation out of Eliot, Maine where crews are specialized – hardscaping (stone, pavement, brick, and the like) and landscaping (lawns, gardens, trees, etc.) for a beautiful looking property. Over the years, Site Structure's operation has grown to include a number of cutting edge sustainable techniques and practices providing a truly green yard space. From sustainable landscape designs to chemical-free alternatives, storm water management to rain garden implementation, sourcing local products whenever possible to powering their fleet vehicles with biodiesel, the folks at Site Structures go to great lengths to assure that no green stone is left unturned.

Where: 113 Government St. Kittery, Maine

Web: www.sitestructureslandscape.com

ENH Power Green Story

By Theresa | Sep 9, 2014 | in

ENH Power, part of the Provider Power family of companies, has incorporated sustainability, community involvement, and affordability into their business model. As a Competitive Energy Supplier (CES), ENH Power purchases electricity from the New England Power Pool. This allows ENH to provide their customers fixed electricity rates at competitive prices. Along with traditionally sourced energy, ENH Power offers Coal Free and “Pure Green” plans. These plans allow environmentally conscious energy users to apply their green ideals to their power choices.

According to Will Fessenden, Director of Media Strategy, ENH Power’s green choices are a reflection of New Hampshire’s sustainability-minded community. “It was evident early on that New Hampshire customers want a green alternative, and we’re glad to provide that for them,” explains Will. Due to electricity deregulation and electricity choice, New Hampshire customers have the opportunity to select their electricity supply company. Consumers keep their electric utility (responsible for the poles, meters, and infrastructure), however consumers can choose who provides their power. 

Jazz Brunch at Historic Oceanic Hotel on Star Island!

By Katie | Sep 9, 2014 | in

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is proud to offer cruises for spectators to view the GoSport Regatta on Saturday, September 20. The infamous M/V Thomas Laighton will be leaving from Portsmouth at 10:25 a.m. and will bring spectators to Star Island to witness this epic race. Spectators will also have the unique opportunity to stay overnight on Star Island, and return the following day on the Isles of Shoals’ final walking tour of Star Island this season.

The September 21 walking tour will include a special brunch accompanied by live jazz music at the Oceanic Hotel on Star Island, and is open to those who opt to stay overnight on Star Island following the regatta, as well as anyone leaving from Portsmouth that morning. The cruise departs at 9:55 a.m. from Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s headquarters on Market Street in Portsmouth. The expertly narrated walking tour dives into the history of the island, including the charting of the Isles in 1614 by Captain John Smith.

After a 30 minute guided tour of Star Island, brunch will be served at the historic Oceanic Hotel accompanied by sweet jazz music. The menu includes a smoked salmon platter, scrambled eggs, various salads, baked pastries, and more. Following brunch, guests will still have plenty of time to explore Star Island themselves.

Sagamore Golf renews with the Green Alliance!

By Sam | Sep 8, 2014 | in

If you’ve been keeping up with us this summer, you’ll know that Sagamore Golf has done awesome things, notably spearheading the FootGolf movement in New England. As always, though, they are the place to go in the seacoast if you want to golf on a course that’s not only affordable, but also guaranteed not to be treated with heavy chemicals.

And now, you’ll be able to get your Green Alliance discount at Sagamore for another year! There’s still plenty of time to use your member card to get 15% off green fees on weekdays, get a free small bucket of balls with a big bucket at the driving range, or play a round of mini-golf with the family (your fourth ticket is free)! Here's to another year of great green golf at Sagamore!