On Friday, April 10th, 2015 there was a webinar discussing the carbon pollution, climate change, and health in New Hampshire. This webinar was presented by Environment New Hampshire and Moms Clean Air Force NH.
Featured in the webinar was Jonathon Levy, professor of Environmental Health: BU School of Public Health. He discussed the results of a first of its kind study that analyzes the air quality, human health and environmental benefits that would occur using three alternatives for carbon emissions standards for power plants and the effect that those emission reductions from power plants would have on reducing human environmental health impacts in New Hampshire, regionally and nationally.
TEDxPiscataquaRiver will be on May 8th from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at 3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan Street in Portsmouth, NH.
TEDxPiscataquaRiver is a community-organized event where big ideas and challenges that affect our community are openly discussed. By bringing together community representatives and showcasing local, regional and national voices, they hope to reflect the rich community of the Seacoast of New Hampshire and broaden its perspective by sharing ideas that will spark new, meaningful and continuing conversations.
There will be several different speakers at this event, such as Meredith Bennett who is currently starting up production for CBS’s Late Show with Stephen Colbert. Meredith is a recipient of two George Foster Peabody Awards for excellence in broadcast journalism, two Emmys for Outstanding Variety Series as well as eight Producer Guild Awards. Sara Curry, the Vice President of SATYA-Seacoast Area Teachers of Yoga in Action, a local, non-profit that brings food and fuel assistance and yoga outreach to our neighbors in need on the Seacoast, will also be speaking, along with many more.
For runners and triathletes who want to bulletproof their bodies, improve efficiency, and get faster through specific strength, drills, and structural fitness...and also for anyone who loves free stuff!
Join Frank from Integrated Fitness of Dover for a free class on Thursday, April 16th at 5:00 p.m. It is located at Integrated Fitness of Dover, 42K Dover Point Road, Dover, NH. This is part of a 12 week indoor program that is focused on making clients a more resilient, balanced, and stronger runner while complementing their existing endurance training. Each class will have a mix of running-specific strength work, balance work, running drills, and core work to set you up for your best season of training and racing yet!
The main mission of Integrated Fitness is to provide a comfortable atmosphere to help new clients get started (about two thirds of the business) or help more advanced people take their fitness and nutrition regimen to the next level.
Summer is the perfect opportunity to go outside and try new things! New this year, the nonprofit Gundalow Company is offering two types of day camps for children ages 9 to 12. It is a week-long River Kids day camp and a Crew for a day camp.
The week-long day River Kids camp, will be held August 3rd through 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Campers will spend their mornings on the water engaging in activities on navigation, the environment and maritime history and their afternoons doing shore based explorations. The Crew for a Day camps will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday July 1, July 15, July 29 and August 12. It will combine dockside activities with hands-on sailing.
Students in both camps will join the crew in setting the sail, steering the vessel, learning to navigate, towing for plankton, analyzing water quality and exploring human impact on our rivers. In addition, children will learn about Piscataqua region’s rich maritime heritage.
Josh Denton is a guest blogger who is very active in environmental activism in Portsmouth as well as a member of the Green Alliance.
The City Council will decide on April 20, whether they bring the single-use, carry-out, plastic bag ordinance for a First Reading. Portsmouth would become the first municipality in New Hampshire to join Newburyport, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine, in enacting ordinances towards a sustainable future of reusable items instead of single-use convenience ones.
The Port City leading the state in this effort will require taking a risk. City Attorney Sullivan does a great job representing Portsmouth and would prefer a specific enabling statute. I agree with McLane Law’s attorney, New Hampshire’s solid waste treatment statutes already grant authority to require all stores to issue recycled paper bags, instead of the traditional, two-handled, plastic grocery bags.
To celebrate the coming 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 season off right! Join anytime during the month of April 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. Speaking of parties...join us for the Redhook and Green Alliance Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22 (members get in for free)!
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!
By Mike Bizier
PORTSMOUTH- The martial art of taiji (pronounced tai-chee) and qigong (pronounced chee-kung) have been practiced for centuries. In Chinese, the word qigong literally translates to “energy work,” a concept that is essential in Taiji. Unlike the hard forms of martial arts, like karate, taiji focuses on using the body’s energy, or qi, to support physical activity. Since 1999, Taiji and Qigong have been celebrated on a global scale as World Taiji Day.
In Portsmouth, GateWay Taiji, Qigong and Yoga will host its own World Taiji Day event on Saturday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m – 4:00 p.m. featuring a range of special classes for attendees as well as student demonstrations.
“The basic concept of World Taiji Day is to try and get as many people involved with this as possible,” says Bill Buckley, GateWay's owner. “It’s kind of like a meditative sit-in. Schools across the country and the world get together and practice on this particular day.”
Believe it or not, spring is trying its hardest to make an appearance (did it really snow this week, or was that just a bad dream?). While the April showers prep our yards for new life, isn't it time you prep your house for the predictably unpredictable weather of New England?
Yankee Thermal Imaging wants to help you with all of your spring home improvement projects. With a hefty incentive program, YTI is making it a no brainer -- get your home insulated and weatherized, and receive a gift card towards any home improvement project you want.
Through the end of April, Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering a $250 Lowe’s gift card for any Green Alliance members who have weatherization and insulation completed within the month. A weatherization and insulation project delivers an airtight and efficient living area, by closing the building envelope. This decreases the amount of times a furnace needs to kick on, by keeping a more constant temperature and eliminating draft, thus saving the homeowner money.
Yankee Thermal Imaging (YTI) has one goal: to make the Seacoast more efficient. Using state-of-the-art thermal cameras and a highly trained staff, YTI has improved the efficiency of scores of homes and buildings throughout the region. YTI prides itself on being a one-stop shop for all efficiency needs, from the diagnostic energy audit, to installation and weatherization.
They'll be coming sooner than you think. Rising from the backwoods and marshes, deer flies, horse flies and green-heads terrorize backyards and beach days, from the Cape up the coast of Maine, throughout the summer. But Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control Services has developed a solution that could finally alleviate one of the summer's biggest backyard woes. He calls it the Fly Cage.
Pray's invention, which mimics the appearance of a four-legged animal, is completely environmentally-friendly. Built with recyclable materials, the Fly Cage is meant for residential and commercial use.
"There are no chemicals or pheromones or anything," said Pray. "Its a visual trap so it will catch the biting flies known as green-heads, deer flies, horse flies; it will catch them without using anything but a visual lure to bring them in."
That visual lure is a buoy, black in color, with a shimmering exterior that attracts the seasonal flies. The flies are drawn in, acting on their natural behavior to attack the underside of large animals like deer and cattle. Once the flies realize their mistake they fly straight up, toward the light coming through the top of the trap, getting caught in its mesh netting and perish. The netting works like a lobster trap allowing the flies to enter, but not exit.
Pray advises erecting the trap near the shaded areas of a property where a majority of the flies spend their day, and are most likely to approach it.
Despite the fact that it is still snowing in April, rising temperatures and extreme heat days are upon us in the next several months. These impending smoggy days exacerbate respiratory illness like asthma and increase allergies. The increased levels of ozone caused by greenhouse gases may also lead to premature death, shortness of breath and chest pain. Climate change related wildfires, floods, and severe weather are putting our health and lives in danger. A study from Stanford University concluded that "each increase of 1 degree Celsius caused by carbon dioxide would result in air pollution that would lead annually to about a thousand additional deaths in the US and about 21,000 deaths worldwide".
Environment New Hampshire and the Moms Clean Air Force NH are hosting a webinar to educate the public on potential health risks of New Hampshire residents due to air pollution and global warming, and the preventative measures we can take. The webinar will feature Dr. Jon Levy of Boston University and he will discuss the results of a first of its kind study that analyzes the air quality, human health and environmental benefits that would occur using three alternatives for carbon emissions standards for power plants. Levy will also cover the effect that those emission reductions from power plants would have on reducing human environmental health impacts in New Hampshire, regionally and nationally.
Of all the associations with spring, "cleaning" is one of the most prominent. It's time to open the windows and fill your house with freshness again. But with all this dog playing and fly catching you have going on, who has time? Why not let Green Maids clean your house with all natural, toxin-free cleaning products, and a reputable staff. The Green Maids are now offering 25% off a full house clean in the month of April. All Green Alliance members are welcome to this great discount and it is valid only on a full house clean, and for first-time Green Maids customers.
Green Maids is a residential and commercial green cleaning company that services Southern Maine and 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, earth friendly, non-toxic and safe for your home or office.
Warm weather also means more time to play with your furry friends! No more hurried laps around the block, it’s time to have some serious fun. Check your garage though – are your chew toys gross and old? Think your pup deserves something new? The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is offering $10 off a purchase of $50 or more on toys and treats, so everyone’s happy, especially your dog! There are plenty of cat toys to choose from too. This discount is available to Green Alliance members in the month of April.
Dawn Price opened the Natural Dog, Inc in Newburyport in 2005. She is a Registered Dietician and pet food industry expert. Now, with consumer demand in its favor and two locations in tow, The Natural Dog stands as a beacon of what’s possible when nutrition, sustainability, and good old-fashioned localism stand at the fore of a business’ ethics.
By Ken Johnson
Efforts to become a more green and sustainable culture proliferate the news these days, but often that information is lost amongst the headlines. Though political coverage of climate change and rampant ecological disasters make the front page, seldom were stories about companies incorporating greener business practices given top-billing. Sarah Brown noticed this lack of attention in the media and decided that it had to change if communities were going to become more sustainable. In response, Brown established the Green Alliance, an environmentally-conscious business union, that raises the awareness of sustainably-minded businesses and helps connect them with green-minded consumers.
“We decided from day one that we wanted an outlet for people, whether they were business owners or consumers, to put their money where their values were,” Brown said. “And we wanted people to realize that going green didn’t have to mean going broke; that going green could actually save you a little of it too and for businesses it could increase their profits.”
Brown, who has worked for CNN at the New York bureau, NBC as a Moscow bureau assignment desk editor, and for Associated Press TV as a Moscow bureau producer, started The Green Alliance in the living room of her Kittery, Maine, home in 2009. When it started, The Green Alliance had two Business Partners, Simply Green Biofuels and Purely Organic Lawn Care. Now, the Green Alliance, headquartered in Portsmouth's historic Franklin Block Building, boasts upward of 100 Business Partners and nearly 4,000 individual community members.
Earth Day is just around the corner on April 22, but why not celebrate our beautiful planet all month long? To honor the great Earth that we live on, we want you to attend the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and enjoy the variety of short films focused on environmental topics, such as renewable energy, land conservation, and wildlife habitat protection. Join the Green Alliance as a Sustaining Member and you will receive 3 free tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival (a $48 value)!
This year, the film festival will be held at the Portsmouth Music Hall on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Aside from enjoying 13 environmental films, guests will also have the opportunity to win donated prizes from local businesses at the free raffle.
The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in North America and works to bring moving environmental documentaries to communities across the country. The Southeast Land Trust has brought the festival to Portsmouth for the last four years, thanks to help from local sponsors including the Green Alliance, who has been a sponsor for the past three years. Several Green Alliance Business Partners are also sponsoring the event such as Ultra Geothermal, Cornerstone Tree Care, Progressive Asset Management Group, Proulx Oil and Propane, and Be Good Branding.