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Celebrate Christmas in July at 900 Degrees!

By John | Jun 29, 2015 | in

Now that it’s June-going-on-July, we’ve got about a six month wait until Christmas rolls around. But it’s hard to resist the allure of the holiday season, so 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza is giving their customers a taste of the yuletide celebration now, with their Christmas in July gift card special. Throughout the month of July, customers can purchase a $25 gift card and receive a $5 dollar coupon, purchase $50 in gift cards and receive a $10 dollar gift card, or purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $25 gift card. Other upcoming events at 900 Degrees include a Pint Night and Dough Raiser at the Epping location, as well as beer promotions at both the Epping and the Manchester locations.

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza in Epping and Manchester, NH is a re-creation of the pioneer pizzas produced in Naples, Italy hundreds of years ago. 900 Degrees complements daily-made dough with fresh ingredients before cooking it in a wood-fired brick oven. In addition to pizza, the restaurant offers an enticing variety of soups, salads, pasta dishes, and more, all crafted with local ingredients.

Local Golf Course Engages in Groundbreaking Stormwater Management Lessening Environmental Impact To Great Bay

By Rich | Jun 25, 2015 | in

NORTH HAMPTON - A joint conservation effort between Sagamore-Hampton Golf, the NH Department of Environmental Services, and UNH has put one NH golf company at the forefront of conservation of Great Bay.

Though it appears at times as no more than a mere trickle of water, Cornelius Brook is a small stream that flows quietly through the Sagamore-Hampton Golf course. Its significance lies in the fact that its ultimate destination is New Hampshire’s Great Bay, which has been succumbing to pollution pressures in recent times. The Great Bay is one of the most important estuaries in the country, and named as one of 28 US EPA, Estuaries of National Significance.

Cornelius Brook is perhaps no more important than any of the numerous tributaries that feed into the Bay, but thanks to a new joint project that is underway, the water that flows into the Brook will be that much cleaner and free of dangerous fertilizers as it enters the larger Winnicut River on its way toward Great Bay and ultimately the Atlantic ocean.

According to the NH DES website, seven rivers in total carry pollution from 42 New Hampshire and 10 Maine communities into the Great Bay watershed, which comprises of 1,023 square miles. A 2013 State of Estuaries report shows the Bay is in trouble, resulting in 12 of 16 environmental indicators with negative or cautionary trends.

Quite simply, the healthier the small feeder streams are, the healthier the Bay itself will be, and Sagamore-Hampton Golf is leading the way in pollution control both setting an example of business stewardship and hopefully a trend in how all land owners surrounding the Bay can assist in this fragile ecosystem’s recovery.

Join the Green Alliance for Free Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series Tickets

By Katelyn | Jun 24, 2015 | in

For many New Englanders, summer means concert season and this summer marks the 20th year of the Music-by-the-Sea concert series to benefit the Seacoast Science Center. The concerts are family friendly events featuring music, dancing, food, and are all put on to support a great cause.

The concert series, held every Thursday during the month of July, will highlight some of the best bands in New England to benefit the Seacoast Science Center’s ocean education mission and Marine Mammal Rescue Program. The season will kick off on July 2 with Joshua Tree, a U2 tribute band reproducing music by the legendary rock band and on July 9, the local party band, Jumbo Circus Peanuts will hit the stage. The Seacoast Science Center invites music lovers of all ages to enjoy great tunes by the sea, and the Green Alliance has free tickets for you to join in on the fun!

Join the Green Alliance as a new member and you will get two free tickets ($12 value each), good for any of the concerts in July, or join as a Sustaining Member for four free tickets. These tickets can be used for children or adults at any of the five concerts.

Half Price Sailing Wednesdays With Gundalow Company

By Sam Lane | Jun 24, 2015 | in

If you’re in search of an afternoon adventure that won’t break the bank, Gundalow Company has you covered. Starting today, June 24th, the long time local business is offering a deal for an evening sale that’s almost irresistible, running at $15 a head. The sail sale will be every Wednesday until the end of the sailing season, so be sure to catch it while they’re still setting sail!

Those who come aboard are encouraged to bring a picnic or snack for the two-hour excursion. The actual vessel will be passing by highlighted spots along the Piscataqua region coastline that all come along with a unique story and vast history. Special guests Sherry Godlewski and Steve Miller of the New Hampshire Coastal Adaption Workgroup will be holding an open discussion regarding climate change and the impact it has on the regional coast.

Become a Member of the Green Alliance for Four Free Tickets to Blue Oyster Cult and Robby Krieger

By Katelyn | Jun 23, 2015 | in

Join the Green Alliance with a two year membership or as a Sustaining member and get four FREE tickets to Blue Oyster Cult and Robby Krieger at the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom! Become a new member of the Green Alliance with a two year membership for $50 or with a Sustaining Membership and you will receive four tickets to the show on Thursday, June, 25 at 8:00 p.m. ($120 value), courtesy of New Hampshire Public Television.

The Hampton Beach Casino has been a staple of the New Hampshire seacoast area for more than one hundred years and continues to attract some of the most popular names in music and entertainment. The Ballroom brings in artists and fans during its extended concert season spanning from April to November and recently landed in the top thirty for worldwide ticket sales in venues under 3,000 seats. On June 25, the Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom will welcome Blue Oyster Cult and Robby Krieger for an exciting music filled night.

Blue Oyster Cult originated in Long Island, NY, and for the past forty years the band has put out a unique mix of rock music. They will perform a variety of classics and new songs, sure to be a hit among the guests in attendance. The band will share the stage with Robby Krieger, guitarist from the Doors, who is coming to the Ballroom with his own band. To catch both bands while they are in New Hampshire, join the Green Alliance and take your friends along for a night of great performances.

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.