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Calling For Climate Change

By Sam Lane | Jul 7, 2015 | in

On July 30 at 5:30 p.m., the city of Portsmouth, its community members, local businesses and the Green Alliance are calling for a day of action against climate change. The event will take place right in the heart of the city, in Market Square at the North Church. Participants gathered will draw attention to the immediate need for action against climate change across the globe. By taking the necessary steps, the community can make a concentrated effort toward successfully reaching a solution to the issue through education.

Those participating can also call their Senator, issue a press statement, submit an LTE, use #MaketheCall on social media or be vocal at local events to help spread awareness.

The day of action will further support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which is intended to be the greatest action our country has taken toward extinguishing climate change. The CPP will help decrease the effects of climate change, protect public health and encourage the development of clean energy. Although this plan will soon be put into action, further support is needed to maximize its success and to help keep it alive in public forums.

Celebrate Summer with Tickets from the Green Alliance

By Katelyn | Jul 6, 2015 | in

This year we are celebrating summer by rewarding new Sustaining Members who join by July 14 with their choice of one of the following gifts from local seacoast businesses:

 

  • 4 tickets to The Beach Boys at Hampton Casino 7/10 ($120 value!)
  • 4 tickets to Zappa Plays Zappa at the Hampton Casino 7/23
  • 4 tickets to The Fab Four at the Hampton Casino 7/24
  • 4 tickets to use for any of the Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series shows at the Seacoast Science Center throughout the month of July
  • 4 tickets to ANY show of the Lowell Summer Music Series, including Lyle Lovett or Melissa Etheridge (up to a $300 value!)
  • 5 tickets to Santa’s village ($150 value!)
  • 2 tickets to Sagamore mini golf AND 2 coupons for Sagamore driving range balls
  • 4 tickets for a reggae party cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
  • 4 tickets for a sail with the Gundalow Company
  • Fly Cage from Ecotech Pest Control to keep your yard naturally fly free all summer ($150 value!)

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Proulx Oil and Propane

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

For Newmarket's Proulx Oil and Propane, the goal was simple: offer an alternative fuel source to commercial vehicle operators to help reduce carbon emissions. Through Proulx Autogas, the company now converts vehicles to run on propane, a byproduct of natural gas processing that burns 70 percent cleaner than standard gasoline.

As more gasoline-powered vehicle's become propane-compatible, Proulx is determined to become the leading Autogas supplier in the region. Using the PRINS conversion system for vehicles, Proulx Autogas utilizes the same propane distributed through its home heating business.
To date, Proulx has helped outfit medium duty vehicles such as limousines and taxis, police cruisers, school buses, service vans and commercial lawn mowers and propane/diesel injection systems. The PRINS system, often referred to as the bi-fuel system, allows vehicles to run on both standard gasoline as well as propane, and allows drivers to switch between the two fuels while in operation without interruption.
Because of its ability to burn cleaner than regular liquid gasoline, propane fuel for vehicles was certified as an alternative fuel by the federal government in 1992. The conversion can also extend the life of a vehicle's engine. Autogas is gaining market share as a viable alternative fuel domestically and it is used in more than 18 million vehicles worldwide.

2015 Recycler of the Year Loudon Veteran Goes Above and Beyond for Recycling Success

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

By John Brescia

MANCHESTER- Every year, the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) presents one recipient the Recycler of the Year award, in honor of Sami Izzo, a late member who was both known and loved by the organization for her contributions to recycling and waste management. The NRRA is an organization working throughout New England to provide information and assistance in waste reduction and recycling. It also serves to bring organizations and responsible businesses together to achieve each other's green goals.

According to the NRRA, “this award is given to an individual who best combines the qualities of commitment, leadership, and enthusiasm in developing and sustaining an environmentally and financially sound solid waste management program.” On Monday, June 8th, Steve Bennett, manager of the Loudon, N.H transfer station, was honored with the award at the NRRA’s 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Making Sustainability Work at 900 Degrees

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau grew up on what she calls a “gentleman’s farm” in New Ipswich. It was there that she says she learned firsthand about the importance of sustainability and locally-sourced agriculture – long before they became trendy concepts.

“We had five pigs, eight goats, and five lambs, different animals all the time. I learned so much even if I didn’t realize it at the time,” said Lane-Rondeau, the owner of 900 Degrees, the Neopolitan pizzerias in Manchester and Epping. She learned habits about keeping waste to a minimum and practicing conservation as a way of life.

Lane-Rondeau chose to go as green and sustainable as possible when she opened the first 900 Degrees in the Manchester Mill District in 2007. It’s an industry, according to the National Restaurant Association, that sees 60 percent of restaurants fail in the first few years due to small margins and shifting market trends. Choosing a green approach for a new restaurant was a risk but she had no doubt it was the smart route to take.

Sweet Summer Surprise for New Sustaining Members

By Anne | Jul 2, 2015 | in
 
Happy Independence Day! This year, we are celebrating by rewarding new Sustaining Members who join during the month of July with their choice of one of the following gifts from local seacoast events and businesses:
 
  • 4 tickets to The Beach Boys at Hampton Casino 7/10 ($120 value!)
  • 4 tickets to Zappa Plays Zappa at the Hampton Casino 7/23
  • 4 tickets to The Fab Four at the Hampton Casino 7/24
  • 4 tickets to use for any of the Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series shows at the Seacoast Science Center throughout the month of July
  • 4 tickets to ANY show of the Lowell Summer Music Series, Including Lyle Lovett or Melissa Etheridge (up to a $300 value!)
  • 5 tickets to Santa’s village ($150 value!)
  • 2 tickets to Sagamore mini golf AND 2 coupons for Sagamore driving range balls
  • 4 tickets for a cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
  • 2 tickets for a sail with the Gundalow Company
  • Fly Cage from Ecotech Pest Control to keep your yard fly free all summer ($150 value!)
Become a Green Alliance Sustaining member today and simply email Katelyn@greenalliance.biz to let her know which 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 above!

 

Social Media Guidance With the Green Alliance

By Sam Lane | Jul 1, 2015 | in

We’ve all heard the frustration on how social media integrates (or doesn’t integrate) with small business. It’s an ever changing cycle of new technology and new complex technical issues that most of us don’t have time to understand.

The Green Alliance team has a handle on the Social Media promotion market. Our facebook presence is nearly 4,000 people and our reach is strong.

Are you confused about Google Plus or the new Google "Mobile Optimization" hype?

Here at the Green Alliance, we coach our Business Partners along on Social Media issues – do’s and don’ts, ways to promote and publicize each business, links to stories and ideas, and tools that can be utilized to keep your content fresh. We also have a team of web savvy writers and marketers at our disposal, and great partners and resources in the Alliance like Social Kitchen to help along the way through the dark forest of social media.

HR for Non-HR Professionals, Hosted by Cultural Chemistry

By Katelyn | Jul 1, 2015 | in

Human resources can be a difficult area to grasp, especially for those who are not experts in the field. Small business owners often don’t have the time or knowledge to be faced with the tasks of hiring, managing, and terminating employees; however, human resource companies offer step by step plans and guidance to help businesses better understand the process.

To educate businesses on the current trends and issues, Cultural Chemistry will host a Breakfast & Brain Power event, HR for Non-HR Professionals, on July 15, from 7:30 - 9:30 a.m. The discussion will include the ten most common violations found by the New Hampshire Department of Labor, how to manage the new generation in the workplace, and how to attract workers that want to work with great benefits. Cultural Chemistry will have human resources consultants, employment attorneys, and an insurance benefits specialist available to answer any questions guests may have.

Cultural Chemistry takes a unique approach to increase business dynamics and efficiency at a fraction of the cost of a traditional HR business. The sustainable company helps businesses improve their structure with environmentally friendly approaches catered to specific business types and sizes. Offering a variety of workshops and individual business appointments, Cultural Chemistry can help improve everything from a company’s hiring approach to communication within the business community.

Come Work with the Green Alliance...Sort of.

By Craig | Jul 1, 2015 | in

One of our charming downtown Portsmouth offices is for rent - AFFORDABLE!

Located in Portsmouth's historic Franklin Block Building right in picturesque and bustling Market Square, the available office is approx. 250 sq. feet. With a large arched window, the office is often drenched in natural sunlight. The space is perfect for the indpendent business person looking to move their business out of their home and into a professional office setting. Work in the creative and business-focused hub of the seacoast.

The Amenities:

  • Includes use of spacious conference room and common area outfitted for informal meetings with couches, small refrigerator, microwave, coffee/tea maker.
  • Multiple electrical outlets on wall.
  • 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)!
  • 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.

Redhook Brewery x Metal Wave eCycle 'fest 2015

By Anne | Jun 30, 2015 | in

The fast pace of technological change coupled with the short lifespan of modern consumer goods leaves many of us with obsolete electronics. The components of these products often contain hazardous contaminants such as lead, cadmium, mercury and brominated flame retardants which pose a great deal of risk to human health and the environment when this material is sent to landfills. It’s paramount that as citizens of the world, we consume, but especially dispose of, our consumer goods responsibly.

Since 2010, local e-cyler, MetalWave, has been serving businesses in New England and beyond with transparent, domestic, and cost-effective end-of-life recycling services for a variety of e-waste.

Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market to Host Collaborative Families Celebration

By John | Jun 30, 2015 | in

KITTERY, Maine - 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 for local farmers, food producers, fishermen, artisans, and citizens and will be held every Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm until October 4th.

One new sponsor is the 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 shop with eco-friendly businesses. While the Green Alliance will be present at several markets this summer, the highlight is the August 23 Green Families Club Celebration and Farmers 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 activities and a scavenger hunt, electric scooters and bikes from EZ Bikes, animals visiting from the York Center for Wildlife, and cake to celebrate the 3rd birthday of the Green Families Club.

As a sponsor, the Green Alliance, along with its Business Partners, Aucella, Kennebunk Savings Bank, and WXGR 103.5, will have booths in the market on the last Sunday of every month, in addition to the Green Families Club Celebration on August 23.

New England's Biggest Summertime Pest Meets Its Match

By Craig | Jun 30, 2015 | in

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 in Eliot, Maine, developed a solution that could finally alleviate one of the summer's biggest backyard woes. He calls it the Fly Cage, and he is giving one away this month to the first Sustaining Member of The Green Alliance.

“With the Green Alliance community, I’m essentially preaching to the choir,” says Pray about the like-minded businesses and individuals that make up the sustainable business and consumer union. “The Green Alliance has given a lot to my business in the form of education and exposure around issues of pest management in a safe and non-toxic way, and I want to give back with a free 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.

A Journey Home

By John | Jun 29, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

NORTHWOOD - One snowy, slushy and rainy afternoon in late-March, Rob and Julia Moreau made the three hour trek from their North Adams, Massachusetts, home to Mary's Dogs Rescue & Adoption in Northwood, New Hampshire. Upon their arrival they were warmly met by Mary Doane, the owner of Mary's Dogs, who brought the Moreau's into a side room so that they could meet their new family member: Little Man, a corgi.

“We have three rescues," Julia Moreau said. “To me, most important is to help an animal. There are so many animals that need a good home and need a chance.”

The ASPCA estimates that 3.9 million dogs enter shelters nationwide yearly and that 31 percent of dogs that enter shelters nationwide are euthanized each year. Doane runs a rescue adoption for dogs in that she started in February 2011 due to the lack of support for dog adopters, vowing to start a community for them to connect with. Mary's Dog's seeks to find new permanent homes for dogs who have gone into shelters. Southern shelters are often overcrowded, raising the amount of dogs euthanized in that region. Doane works with several high-kill shelters in the south to help alleviate the overpopulation and reduce euthanizations.

“We are committed to a group of rescues in the south who we work with routinely,” Doane said. “We build relationships with particular [shelters].”

Keep Your Home Cool this Summer with Yankee Thermal Imaging and Aucella

By Katelyn | Jun 29, 2015 | in

Yankee Thermal Imaging (YTI) and Aucella Heating and Cooling have teamed up to offer summer discounts for Green Alliance members only! Don’t miss this opportunity to get a great deal and save money all summer long. As a GA member you get exclusive discounts with local, sustainable businesses throughout the year, but as an added bonus here are two specials to keep your home cool and comfortable this summer and cozy and tight next winter.

Building inefficiencies waste money and energy. Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering GA members an incentive to conduct upgrades to increase home energy efficiency. YTI will conduct an energy audit at the normal price, which will then be refunded to the homeowner when they implement qualifying energy upgrades. YTI will also help residents to access available rebates to help offset the cost of upgrades. Click here for more information.

Regular maintenance keeps air conditioners running efficiently, reduces unnecessary energy use and extends the life span of the unit. Aucella Heating and Cooling is offering all GA members 50% off unit maintenance (originally $139.00). Aucella’s comprehensive checklist ensures that the system is in compliance with manufacturers guarantees and is ready to be used throughout the summer. Click here to learn more.

The Green Families Club Celebrates Three Years of Bringing Families Together

By Katelyn | Jun 29, 2015 | in

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. This August, the Green Alliance is celebrating the 3rd birthday of the Green Families Club! On Sunday August 23, from 10 a.m - 2 p.m the Green Alliance will host the Green Families Club Celebration in conjunction with the Kittery Community Market.

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.

“After looking more closely at who our members were, we realized that many of them were moms and dads - people who had a very real vested interest in safer, greener, more local products and services,” said GA Director Sarah Brown. “We realized pretty quickly that bringing families together , helping them learn from one another, would be a great way to help bring more attention to the green-certified businesses in the Green Alliance.”