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Integrated Fitness' Sustainability is About More Than Just Exercise

By Craig | Jun 23, 2015 | in

Integrated Fitness is all about whole-body sustainability – from nutrition education to its popular Weight Loss Challenge program, and community giveback. But the local fitness center makes environmentally conscious decisions in each aspect of its operations both big and small.

For its facility on Dover Point Road in Dover, Integrated Fitness purchases repurposed second-hand fitness equipment, their gym and yoga mats are made with recycled materials, CFL lighting is used in the offices, much of their client billing is done electronically, the location is heated with natural gas, and Integrated Fitness uses recycled paper products for printed materials. Traditional membership gyms typically use harsh chemicals to clean equipment, and often use paper towels to wipe down mats and seats. Integrated Fitness, which is not a membership gym, hired a green cleaning company to service their facility once a week. The cleaning company uses eco-friendly products that are just as effective as traditional cleaning products, but reduces clients' exposure to harmful chemicals.

Pursuing sustainable, eco-friendly initiatives helps Integrated Fitness reduce its carbon footprint and provides clients with a sense of comfort during their sessions with trainers. Founder Jon Arnold works with clients to help them lose weight, build muscle, eat healthier and meet personal goals for a more balanced lifestyle. To lead these comprehensive, and sometimes rigorous, classes, Integrated Fitness's trainers are specially certified to help clients reach their individual health goals.

Gundalow Company Kicks Off Summer Sails Schedule

By John | Jun 23, 2015 | in

Now that summer is up and running, it’s the perfect opportunity for Seacoast residents to enjoy some fun outdoor activities. And what better activity is there than sailing on the gundalow? Gundalow Company has kicked off their summer sail schedule, with three sails a day, seven days a week. Half-priced sails are also available for Wednesday evenings. Other upcoming fun events include a presentation by Sherry Godlewski and Steve Miller of New Hampshire Coastal Adaptation Workgroup. They will be speaking on “Climate Change Impacts to the Seacoast.” Held this Wednesday, tickets will be just $15 per person, thanks to the support of the NHCP and RBC Wealth Management. Also, the concert cruise series will begin on Thursday, June 25th, with musicians Kent Allyn and Joyce Anderson performing traditional, R&B standards and fiddle tunes.

Gundalow Company is a charitable nonprofit which aims to show visitors the beauty of gundalow ships, flat-bottomed cargo that were a pillar of trade during the days of commerce upon the river. The educational programs which the GC operates aim to teach the value of environmental stewardship. It provides both a community outreach aimed at raising environmental awareness and an eco-friendly Seacoast tourism option. In addition, Gundalow Company has installed solar panels with the help of Secoast Energy.

Anne Twombly: A Leader With Her Best Foot Forward

By Sam Lane | Jun 23, 2015 | in

In recent news, Anne Twombly, the Green Alliance’s own Marketing Assistant, has been nominated for the NCAA Woman of the Year award. The award is given to a deserving student who shows success during their collegiate career in academics, athletics, service and leadership. With only 10 nominees from each NCAA division, Twombly's nomination reveals her as one of the truly elite in collegiate sports. The award and nominations are set aside for individuals who not only desire to acheive, but naturally acheive as a part of their overall outlook and efforts. A motivated individual, Twombly has proved herself proficient in her collaborative and personal endeavors throughout her years of education. Twombly recently graduated the University of New Hampshire, where she received her BFA in Fine Arts along with a minor in Business Administration. A leader on and off of the track, Twombly shows consistent determination for what she strives for and is being recognized accordingly. 

The Exeter native started her success with the Exeter High School Blue Hawks, where she recieved the inaugural America East Elite 18 Award. Twombly, captain of her university cross-country team, shows an impressive lineup of feats, as she placed first in both the 800-meter race and mile long race during the indoor season, along with a first place position in the 5,000-meter and 800-meter race during the spring season. Undoubtedly an incredible runner, Twombly humbly competes not as an individual, but as a team player of her notably stellar cross country and track teams. A key component in the action undergone season to season, Twombly promoted a winning spirit, further pushing the UNH cross-country team to its currently sterling position.

Franklin ground zero for New Hampshire solar revolution.

By Rich | Jun 18, 2015 | in

By Michael McCordNH Solar Garden

If all goes as planned, the largest municipal solar project of its kind will go online in Franklin later this year.

The agreement between the city of Franklin and NhSolarGarden will lead to the development of portions of 40 acres of currently unused land and generate more than 10 megawatts of power annually. It could go online as early as September.

Franklin city councilor and former mayor Tony Giunta has a unique perspective. Giunta is with Nobis Engineering of Concord and his company is handling the site development of the project which he believes put Franklin at the forefront of municipal energy policy.

“Franklin has constantly been criticized for being a community that’s struggled finding an adequate tax base ever since the booming mill industry left in the 1970s and 1980s,” Giunta explained. “Franklin is showing the region, the state, the country, and the world that large solar installations are economically viable. We don’t have to wait five years from now or ten years from now.”

NhSolarGarden, founded by green entrepreneur Andrew Kellar in 2013, has continued to accelerate the development of municipal and nonprofit solar projects. NHSG has over 40 megawatts currently being developed with 25 project sizes ranging from 200 kilowatts to 10 megawatts, according to Kellar.

Green Jobs: Green Maids is looking for Team Members!

By Rich | Jun 18, 2015 | in

 Green Jobs Board, Green Alliance

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

Our partner at the Green Maids is currently seeking new team members for thier cleaning teams. 

Green Maids, LLC is a professional cleaning company located on the New Hampshire seacoast.

Green Maids’ goal is to provide a superior clean and excellent customer service while using today’s most eco-friendly products and methods. All the products they use are guaranteed to be all-natural, biodegradable and safe for the home and environment. Not only are the products and methods used by Green Maids totally green but impact on greenhouse gas contribution is low as members drive a Toyota Prius.

They are a growing 'green' company and always looking for motivated, hardworking and detail oriented people to join the Green Maids team. Whether you have experience in the industry or looking to start a new career, Green Maids is a great company to work for especially for those that value the environment and want to be part of the green solution.

Kid's Day at Kittery Community Market

By Sam Lane | Jun 18, 2015 | in

This Sunday, take the whole family for an outing to remember at the Kittery Community Market, as they are holding an official Kid’s day! The event will be held from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Post Office Square in Kittery.

Between the games, prizes and vendors with delicious food and drinks, there’s guaranteed to be something special for everyone. Prizes included a Frisbee from Stratham Mitsubishi, an opportunity to enter to win a Green Alliance membership and a chance to win a kayak courtesy of Portsmouth Kayak Adventures.

Don’t fret for a proper Father’s Day celebration, as the event will offer everything dad needs to have some fun and enjoy his day. Live music by Paul Shumway and Fair Tide and fresh, local food are all a dad needs to stay full and happy. In addition to all this, local artisan work will be available and will help further support the weekly markets.

If you’re not quite ready to quit the good times when the event ends at 2, visit the Tributary Brew Company for an excellent offer. In support of the Kittery Community Market, Tributary Brewing Co. will be donating $1 of every one of their delectable Pale Ale to help maintain the thriving weekly markets. The donations will be going on between 1-5 p.m., so be sure to make your way there soon after Kid’s Day. 

Dining Out with Mother Nature

By Katelyn | Jun 17, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

PORTSMOUTH – 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 diners enjoying an outdoor meal is a delicious sign that summer is not far away. Throughout the greater seacoast region, restauranteurs are offering outdoor space with views and atmosphere.

“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.

Close by, The Portsmouth Brewery’s outdoor beer garden has an intimate atmosphere, surrounded by tall brick walls and rooftops, and open to the sky above, with lantern-lit tables and hanging white lights for nocturnal ambiance. “For many, discovering our beer garden is like being let in on a truly terrific secret,” says JT Thompson, official Minister of Propaganda for The Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose Brewery. “It’s a really special place to spend some time.”

New Staff, Better Green Alliance

By Anne | Jun 17, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance is growing and changing to better serve and support our Business Partners as well as our member community. In addition to a series of forthcoming updates to our social media presence, our customer service and community outreach, we have also expanded our staff to include two new team members.

Rich Collins recently joined our staff as the new Assistant Director. Rich 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. A strong proponent of authentic sustainability initiatives at the business level, Rich is 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.

Kittery Community Market and the Green Alliance Support Buying Local

By John | Jun 17, 2015 | in

Attending a farmers market is the perfect way to give back to a community; buying local to support local. And as this movement grows, the popularity and versatility of farmers markets grows with it. But while the farmers market may appear to be a relatively new trend, it has actually existed in various shapes and forms throughout history. From medieval Europe to feudal Japan to colonial America and into the modern day, local citizens from surrounding towns have gathered in an economic center for a market day, to buy and sell food and other goods to and from one another.

The Kittery Community Market is one such gathering, a weekly outdoor farmers market for local farmers, food producers, fishermen, artisans, and citizens in collaboration with the Kittery Maine Improvement Foundation, a nonprofit incorporated in the State of Maine. The market will be held every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm until October 4th. Their goal is to provide local artisan’s work, agricultural products, and healthy, fresh, locally-prepared foods to residents of Kittery and surrounding areas and tourists to southern Maine and Portsmouth, and to encourage commerce, entertainment and trade.

The Portsmouth-based Green Alliance, a union of local and regional businesses that have sustainable initiatives at the core of their business model, and consumer members looking to make smarter, eco-friendly purchasing options, will be a co-sponsor of the market.

Thirty-fourth Annual NRRA Conference: Working Together to Keep New Hampshire Clean

By John | Jun 17, 2015 | in

By John Brescia

MANCHESTER - New Hampshire residents are proud of the place they come from and the natural beauty it holds, but steps must constantly be taken to preserve that reputation. Thankfully, organizations throughout New Hampshire are working to make sure the Granite State remains a clean, scenic place for both residents and visitors.

On Monday, June 8, environmental groups from around New Hampshire and New England held the thirty-fourth Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) Conference in Manchester to share information, honor members, and advance environmental causes. The NRRA is an organization active throughout New England dedicated to providing information and assistance in waste reduction and recycling. It also serves to bring together other organizations and responsible businesses who can work together to achieve each other's green goals.

At the conference, held at the Radisson Hotel, the NRRA and other participating businesses and organizations provided guests with information about their activities throughout the region and upcoming events. Representatives from each group set up displays in the exhibit hall to distribute materials and discuss environmental initiatives they either currently have in place or plan to start in the future.

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.

Socially Responsible Investing reaches new asset high

By Sam Lane | Jun 16, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

The popularity of Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) for investors who want to express their progressive values has reached a new high.

According to the most recent trends report by The Forum on Sustainable & Responsible Investment (US SIF), the total of U.S. assets under management using SRI strategies dramatically increased by 76 percent from the period of 2012 to 2014. Overall, those SRI-strategy assets rose from $3.74 trillion at the beginning of 2012 to $6.57 trillion at the start of 2014.

The explosive growth of SRI-targeted investing does not surprise Mike Smith, the Newmarket-based representative for the Progressive Asset Management Group (PAM Group).

“We’ve been watching this trend for a while and this comprehensive report really puts it into perspective,” Smith said.

Since US SIF began tracking SRI trends in 1995 – the recent report is its 10th edition – SRI assets have grown 929 percent, or an annual growth rate of 13.1 percent.

“The assets engaged in sustainable, responsible and impact investing practices at the start of 2014 represent nearly 18 percent of the $36.8 trillion in total assets under management tracked by Cerulli Associates, ” the report stated. “These assets now account for more than one of our every six dollars under professional management. The individuals, institutions, investment companies, money managers and financial institutions that practice SRI seek to achieve long-term competitive financial returns together with positive societal impact.”

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!