You don’t have to tell a dog twice to act natural. Man’s best friend, by default, is as real of a friend as anyone could ask for. At the Green Alliance, being a dog lover is all but required so it couldn’t be more fitting to welcome The Natural Dog & Holistic Cat as the newest GA Business Partner!
When Registered Dietician and pet food industry expert Dawn Price first opened The Natural Dog, Inc. in Newburyport in 2005, she did so with a truly unique perspective – that of someone committed to providing quality, all natural, and green pet foods and supplies out there. Dawn applies her expertise in pet nutrition to educate customers on the food selection in the store in order to guide pet owners in keeping their four legged companions healthy and happy.
The Natural Dog & Holistic Cat, a family owned and operated business based in Portsmouth, NH and Newburyport, MA, has a mission to sell healthy and holistic pet supplies that are both practical and affordable. Breaking away from the standard pet food industry, The Natural Dog offers the largest selection of frozen raw diets, freeze dried meals, dehydrated meat diets, natural kibble and canned foods on the Seacoast. Dawn and husband, Jeff Price are adamant about working with companies that are either local, family-owned, or do a handful of things well. Dog foot companies owned by multinational mega corporations need not apply!
NEWINGTON — Seacoast-area residents will have a unique opportunity to express opinions on changes to the way energy projects — including renewable energy projects — are sited in New Hampshire.
On Monday, Dec. 9, the N.H. Office of Energy and Planning (OEP) will hold an interactive citizen-input workshop at the Town of Newington Main Hall for residents to suggest how the state could improve the State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Committee (SEC) process. The SEC makes important decisions about the siting of energy facilities, including renewable energy, transmission lines, and pipelines.
This project is a result of Senate Bill 99, which requires the OEP to seek public input on potential changes to New Hampshire’s energy siting process. The workshop will include brief presentations on the current SEC process, challenges and alternatives; discussions with other citizens; and polling on attendees’ option preferences. New Hampshire residents can also provide additional comments directly to the OEP at the end of the workshop, or via email any time.
“This is an important process and having voices in support of continued renewable energy investment would be very valuable,” said Jack Kenworthy, chief executive officer of Portmouth-based Eolian Renewable Energy. “New Hampshire has ambitious renewable energy targets that enjoy broad public support, but without reasonable siting guidelines, we will not be able to build the necessary new capacity to reach those goals. This is an opportunity to support renewables by encouraging the adoption of science-based objective standards for clean energy siting here in New Hampshire.”
The newest Green Alliance Business Partner, The Natural Dog, is all about holistic health and wellness for dogs and providing information to the public about its wide selection of natural foods, whole food supplements and environmentally friendly products.
Located in Newburyport, Mass, the owners Dawn and Jeff Price opened the Natural Dog in 2005 with the intention of increasing consumer awareness in pet food. Now, they have a large consumer demand for their pet foods and supplies and two locations in tow. Along with their sister company, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, (opened in 2013 in Portsmouth), the stores help educate customers about the appropriate foods and supplies for dogs and cats and select the best healthy choices rather than the typical “popular” ones.
This weekend, both stores are holding a holiday shopping event from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 8. This great event includes sales on holiday items, stocking stuffers, packaged treats, toys and other unique gift items. Everything throughout the store will be at least 10 percent off with additional sales, excluding pet food products. During Saturday’s event only, goodie bags will be supplied for customers as supplies last and snacks will be available. The Natural Dog cares deeply for animals and hope to help you select the best and healthiest products for your pet!
PORTSMOUTH — Launched in 2011, Futuro Builders is a sustainable construction company that uses energy-efficient, green-construction techniques for homes and businesses. Two local builders, Craig Briggs of CB Builders, and Jesse Ware of JP Ware Design, decided to combine their years of experience and unwavering commitment to sustainability to offer the best they have for their clients.
Futuro Builders is committed to building healthy, energy independent homes at affordable prices to new homebuyers. It prides itself on being at the cutting edge of green building. Futuro Builders continues its goals of enhancing each commercial and residential project with great environmental methods.
Futuro’s newest development is Brackett Estates, located on a 58-acre setting in Wells, Maine, that creates a unique residential experience because these homes generate their own renewable energy to heat, cool, and power themselves in a concept called “Net Zero.” Co-founder Ware says, “Every aspect of these homes has been designed to provide the highest level of comfort, at the same time allowing owners to benefit from today’s technology to secure a clean, budget-friendly energy future.” The team is working closely with sustainable designs from industry leaders Kaplan Thompson Architects and Keiser homes.
The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation's annual holiday sale and open house is around the corner. Come by the Gov. John Langdon House at 143 Pleasant St. on December 5th from 4-7pm or on December 7th from noon to 4pm in order to get some awesome Blue Ocean Society Merchandise, such as apparel, art, jewelry, books related to local history and more. Additionally, Historic New England is also selling gift memberships for its 36 properties. Free parking is available in the municipal lot on Pleasant Street.
To learn more about the Blue Ocean Society, you can visit their website at www.blueoceansociety.org
When it comes to making improvements the Green Alliance knows best. After all, our 115+ Business Partners lead the way in sustainability improvements and all for the sake of improving our impact on the planet. So, on the cusp of the holiday season and the New Year, why not improve the offerings of the Green Alliance membership?
From now until January 1, 2014, Green Cardholders are offered additional specials from some of our finest local, green Business Partners. From discounted gift certificates to dollar savings on services, the member-only specials are a way for you to shop locally and responsibly during the holidays.
Not a GA member yet? Well, the GA is offering a special, too! Buy 2 Green Alliance or Green Families Club memberships for only $40 ($30 off!) plus a $50 gift certificate to Green Maids. Or, for those who like to go above and beyond, become a Green Alliance Sustaining Member, a membership you never have to renew, for only $125 ($25 off!) plus two tickets to a gundalow cruise with the Gundalow Company in Portsmouth! Visit www.greenalliance.biz/seasons-greenings for these special membership offers.
Read on for a list of the member-only specials being offered Dec. 2 – Jan. 1, 2014. (And remember, your GA membership offers year round savings at 115+ local, green businesses!)
Social media, in the form of Facebook, Twitter, and Email has taken over the Internet. Whether you are a member of one, or all of these websites, their prevalence in undeniable. Why not broaden that interlinked circle of yours, and join LinkedIN.
This webpage provides current trends in business and local commerce. Through the extension of your network, you as a consumer and you as a business owner, will be introduced to different fields and different businesses, that will broaden your knowledge and network even further.
Competition exists, and is increasing all the time. By joining LinkedIN you are entering a whole new domain, where sustainable business networks are blooming, and information is spreading.
Better yet, by ‘Following’ the Green Alliance page, you will be provided with up to date trends and deals that will make you a better consumer or a better business owner.
Recent updates are always occurring, along with employment opportunities. By entering this arena, you are giving your employment options a push, your consuming patterns a jolt, and your business a makeover.
This week’s Green Tips come from Larry Russell, a Financial Representative with Northwestern Mutual. As a Financial Rep, he can help you understand your current financial picture with future goals as well as suggest solutions. Learn more at www.larryrussell-nm.com!
1. Move furniture slightly away from vents, baseboard heaters, registers on the floor or radiators. This helps warm air circulate more freely, meaning you’ll be reducing your winter heating costs.
2. Wrap the water heater in an insulating blanket – a simple solution to help your heater run a little more smoothly.
3. Electrical outlets and light fixtures are notorious for letting cold air leak into your home. Add foam gaskets behind covers and switch plates, and use safety plugs in unused outlets.
Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Come to the Oyster River Holiday Bazaar this Saturday, December 7th, from 10am to 3pm at Oyster River High School in Durham. Not only are you sure to find something for everyone on your list, but you will also be supporting local artists and locally owned businesses. be sure to stop by the Green Alliance table where you can sign up for a Green Alliance Membership or Green Families Membership.
Cultural Chemistry and Ridgeview Construction Work to Reverse ‘Waste of Human Capital’ in Area Building Industry
MANCHESTER — A fortuitous collaboration between two forward-looking, socially responsible New Hampshire companies is improving the access and availability of skilled labor in the residential construction sector in New Hampshire.
Cultural Chemistry is a Manchester company offering a unique service that mimics a traditional human resources department but offers its services at a fraction of the typical cost. And Ridgeview Construction is a Deerfield-based home builder specializing in sustainable building design, construction and materials. Together the two companies are working to create a database of available area workers in the skilled trades and construction so that workers have more access to jobs, and businesses have better access to skilled workers.
“I think the lack of available talent in New Hampshire relative to the skilled trades and construction is a big problem and will only grow bigger,” says Shane Carter, president and owner of Ridgeview Construction.
At its core, the problem stems from a lack of information businesses have about workers they can hire, and from the other perspective, a lack of information workers have about the jobs to which they would apply. This is causing “a waste of human capital,” Carter says, so much so that qualified workers are even forgoing a construction career to follow a different professional track.
“Over the years, we’ve noticed that in the construction industry, when firms are hiring, everybody is looking for the same people,” says Cultural Chemistry owner Mirjam IJtsma. “But not everybody fits in a certain company’s culture. A carpenter, for example, can work OK in one company and not in another. But if a worker is not a good fit in their organization, he or she might be a good candidate in another organization. When someone leaves one company, there’s nothing wrong about the person, instead the situation may reflect a mismatch between the employee and the company culture.”
PORTSMOUTH — The Green Alliance Artist in Residence Program is currently hosting local artist Jasmine Inglesmith and her photography at the Green Alliance Gallery.
Jasmine’s work features stills from music videos that she created for a number of different musical artists. She produces the music videos from photographs taken in rapid succession with her Nikon D-7000 camera. One of the photographs featured at the Green Alliance was taken from the music video “The Farthest Forest.” Employing a slightly blurred camera effect, Jasmine captures the feeling of running through the forest, following a woman in a long yellow dress.
Jasmine’s interest in photography began when she was 9 years old and her grandfather gave her a camera. Her love for photography grew when she attended Sudbury Valley School in Framingham, Mass., where she had the opportunity to develop her own film in the school’s dark room.
The season of giving has arrived and ReVision Energy is at the forefront of it all. In collaboration with the Children’s Museum in Dover, a Toy Drive will be taking place on Friday, Dec. 6 in Dover, NH for the Dover Fire Toy Bank. This is the second year of the toy drive. The toys collected will benefit local kids in need; helping to bringing light, love, and happiness to their holidays.
ReVision Energy is a Business Partner with the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members.
Heather, from ReVision, will be standing outside the museum awaiting the arrival of new, unwrapped toys. If you do not come with a toy in hand, the Museum Shop will be open from 5:30- 8:00 p.m. at just $1 per person, where great items can be purchased.
While the weather is still bearable, take your family out on the town in Dover, NH. It will be a night full of festivities. The Museum’s Dollar Deal Night, and the City of the Dover’s annual Tree Lighting will be taking place as well. Henry Law Park, located just outside the museum will be full of holiday spirit with caroling and appearances by both Mr. & Mrs. Claus.
The Green Alliance is a growing community of over 100 green businesses and thousands of eco-conscious consumers connecting to build a sustainable local economy.
We authenticate local green businesses through a rigorous sustainability certification process that makes the Green Alliance a trusted brand among consumers who care about the Earth. We promote our Partnering Businesses via a mix of guerilla and traditional and online marketing, PR, and our popular Green Card program. Additionally we generate journalistic-style stories about the green issues surrounding our sustainable partnering businesses.
To help the Green Alliance achieve our vision for growth, we are seeking a part time:
Director of Media: 24-32 hours per week // $12 an hour
As a the Director of Media, 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 Director of Media will be tasked with myriad other responsibilities, jobs, and tasks relating to broadening both of the GA and its partnering businesses – social media, email marketing campaigns, sustainability evaluations, developing contacts with members of the local media, overseeing and editing copy from volunteer writers, maintaining and editing the website, and more.
We are looking for an outgoing, energetic, and optimistic individual who both works well independently and thrives in a team environment. The ideal candidate will also understand the realities of working for a growing small business powered by a little budget and a whole lot of entrepreneurial spirit. Being able to work quickly, multi-task, change gears at the flip of a hat, and ability to produce timely content are all musts.
We cannot stress enough how important this position is to the daily functioning of the GA. As Director of Media, you will be working closely with the Director, Assistant Director, Community and Member Manager, volunteers, and over 100 business owners, each of whom possesses their own unique personality, demands, and expectations.
We have become used to the clever names of the special shopping days like Black Friday, Cyber Monday, where discounts and savings are glorified. But in the case of the Green Alliance membership, those special shopping holidays are just called days.
Since we couldn't resist joining the fun this holiday savings season, the GA is offering a special $20 Green Alliance or Green Families Membership through Monday, Dec. 2, 2013! With a Green Alliance membership, you save over 100 local, green businesses that believe in being gentle on the planet.
The year round discounts at over 115+ local, green businesses is just one of the many perks of the GA membership. In addition to the savings, the GA membership also means you are part of the GA community, with member-only events like the Green Alliance Holiday Party at the Portsmouth Brewery on Monday, December 23rd!
To join the Green Alliance for only $20 here!
BY JENNIFER BARRETT
Green Alliance Writer
PORTSMOUTH — In this season of giving, two local organizations dedicated to good deeds are collaborating to help children in need.
ENH Power is hosting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast Holiday Social, which takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Green Alliance Atrium, 75 Congress Street, Suite 304, Portsmouth. Everyone is invited!
ENH Power approached Big Brothers Big Sisters with the idea of hosting a holiday event that would help the greater community, and the folks at BBBS are appreciative.
“The event not only creates visibility for potential BBBS volunteers but also gives people the opportunity to save on their electricity bill while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters financially,” says BBBS Executive Director Stacy Kramer.
Attendees who bring an item from the Big Brothers Big Sisters wish list will be entered into a raffle to receive free electricity —donated by ENH Power — for one year. Wish list items include bedding, warm clothes, toys, gift cards, hygiene and stocking stuffers, and non-perishable food items. To see the complete wish list, visit http://enhpower.com/power-to-help/big-brothers-big-sisters-holiday-social.aspx
“Every year we use items from the wish list to make food, gift, and hygiene baskets for local families in desperate need during the holiday season,” Kramer says.