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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!

Regular Air Conditioner Maintenance Saves Energy and Money

By Katelyn | Jun 15, 2015 | in

With the first hot days of the season behind us, we have gotten a taste of what this summer may bring. Residents throughout New England are beginning to think about cranking the AC to make their homes more comfortable during the summer. Most homeowners don't think twice about turning on the air conditioning when it gets hot; however, air conditioning units require yearly maintenance and should be frequently checked to ensure efficiency.

Regular maintenance keeps air conditioners running efficiently, reduces unnecessary energy use and extends the life span of the unit. This summer, Aucella Heating and Cooling is offering all Green Alliance members 50% off their unit maintenance (originally $139.00) when scheduled before June 30. Aucella’s comprehensive checklist used to inspect air conditioning units ensures that the system is in compliance with manufacturers guarantees and is ready to be used throughout the summer.

Keep your Home Cool this Summer with an Energy Audit from Yankee Thermal Imaging

By Katelyn | Jun 15, 2015 | in

Yankee Thermal Imaging works to provide homeowners and businesses with top of the line energy consultations to determine how they can increase their energy efficiency and save money. This summer, YTI is offering Green Alliance members an exclusive incentive for energy efficient upgrades to be implemented in their homes. YTI will conduct an energy audit at the normal price, which will then be refunded to the homeowner when they implement qualifying energy upgrades. In addition, YTI will help residents to access available rebates to help offset the cost of implementing the upgrades.

Heat loss and energy efficiency are major concerns for homeowners during the winter months. These issues are equally important to address in the summer months as well. An energy audit assesses the efficiency of a home and determines the levels of insulation, ventilation, and possible cracks or penetrations within the attic, basement areas and structure of the home. When cool or warm air escapes the home, not only are residents losing money, but they are also wasting energy and creating a larger carbon footprint.

YTI then develops an in depth energy analysis of their findings from the audit and recommends the best and most cost effective ways to stop energy loss. When the homeowner decides to implement the proposed measures suggested by their BPI Certified auditor, YTI works with the customer to help them receive possible rebates.

Become a Sustaining Member and Attend the Best of NH Party for Free!

By Katelyn | Jun 15, 2015 | in

Enjoy all the great food and drinks that the Granite State has to offer with free tickets to New Hampshire Magazine’s Best of NH Party. Become a Sustaining Member of the Green Alliance and you will get two free tickets to the party ($130 value)!

The Best of New Hampshire Party is an annual tasting event where guests sample food and beverage winners from New Hampshire Magazine’s reader’s poll and editor’s picks. All food and drinks, from the more than 60 restaurants, is included with admission to the party. Best of NH winners come from across the state, including Green Alliance Business Partner, 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, winner of the 2014 Readers Poll Best Gourmet Pizzeria award.

Guests will have the chance to enter to win prizes and raffles, and one grand prize winner will get an all-inclusive vacation at Squam Lake. This one week vacation includes housekeeping and meals for four people provided by RDC Resort. Live music by Pardon the Spins, winner of the Best Band of NH Contest, New Hampshire celebrity appearances, and a fireworks display at the end of the party are sure to make this an event you don’t want to miss this summer. For those from the seacoast area who may not have heard of the Best of NH, it is similar to Best of Taste, but focuses on the entire state as opposed to the seacoast region.

Green Alliance Summer Cruise a huge success!

By Rich | Jun 15, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance prides itself in bringing businesses and consumers together. This weekend, the GA did just that, and in style! The Green Alliance and NHPTV teamed up with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza for our annual cruise on the M/V Thomas Laighton to promote community involvement, network, and just to have a little well earned fun on the water.

With a terrific turnout of nearly 300 people, we were witness to some amazing weather and a stunning sunset as we toured the Piscataqua River for a great summertime gathering on the water. And what a time it was! With live music, a hopping dance floor, food and libations, members and guests soaked in the last rays of the sun.

“This is the biggest party we have all year,” says Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown. “We’re ecstatic to have NHPTV and 900 Degrees on board with us as well. Not only is it a great party, but it’s a great opportunity for sustainable businesses to meet up with sustainable people”

We would like to thank all of the friends of the Green Alliance, including all of our many business partners for their participation and making the event a huge success.

Preventing Cross-Contamination on the Seacoast

By John | Jun 15, 2015 | in

Josh Denton is a guest blogger who is very active in environmental causes in Portsmouth, as well as a member of the Green Alliance.

By Josh Denton

The education campaign surrounding the plastic bag ordinance successfully raised awareness of the collective harms from such single-use convenience items. Everyone shops, so attempting behavioral change led to a spirited debate, consumers reconsidering their shopping habits, and as a plastic bag alternative, Market Basket offering reused cardboard boxes.

The residents that worked since 2012 on this initiative are understandably disappointed City Councilors did not take positions and vote on their ordinance. The City Council’s letter of support to the State House delegation is welcomed, but going to the State House was always Plan B if Councilor Lown’s motion for a First Reading was voted down due to a desire for more specific enabling legislation. Not bringing that motion forward is a missed leadership opportunity and years may pass before the next legislative session enacts a more specific statute.

Great Bay Stewards signs on for another year with the GA!

By Rich | Jun 11, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance is pleased to provide our friends at Great Bay Stewards another great year of our sustainable media services. Having partnered on numerous articles and projects over the years, we are happy to continue working with them to better promote the health of our local treasure that is the Great Bay.

The Great Bay Stewards has grown to become one of the region's most steadfast and hard-working environmental and conservation organizations on the Seacoast, and just last year hosted the first annual Great Bay estuary Race – a 10 Mile competitive paddling competition for kayakers and canoeists. The stewards have also been involved with the organization of the Great Bay 5K Road Race and the “Art of Great Bay Show,” a local art showing which has been running annually for over a decade.

The organization itself demonstrates strong commitments to research, supporting projects that focus on issues relating to sedimentation, excess nitrogen loads, habitat loss, and many other problems that contribute to the overall health of the Great Bay Estuary.

For more information, check out the Great Bay Stewards page and look forward to some exciting new developments coming up soon at the Great Bay Discovery Center. Located directly on the bay at 89 Depot Road in Greenland, NH, the Discovery Center offers a glimpse into the importance of the Estuary system.

Remember that as a GA member, you are entitled to a 10% discount on a Great Bay Stewards membership! More information here.

Green Alliance welcomes new Assistant Director, Rich Collins.

By Rich | Jun 11, 2015 | in

We are happy to have a new Assistant Director on staff here at the GA!

Rich Collins 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.

He is a strong proponent of authentic sustainability initiatives at the business level, and 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.

 

Gundalow Company Sets Sail on a History Crawl

By Sam Lane | Jun 11, 2015 | in

What better way to get a feel for the local environment then aboard an actual piece of history? Since the 1600’s, gundalows have served as cargo ships that proved versatile to the seacoast’s prosperity and functionality. Now you have the chance to gain a deep appreciation for the vessel through a hands-on experience with Gundalow Company.

On Wednesday, June 17th, from 6 to 8 p.m., join Gundalow Company as they set sail on a history crawl abroad the historic gundalow Piscataqua. Come celebrate the seacoast history with some of the locals themselves by joining in on stories, tales and traditional toasts.Enjoy the incredible views of our beautiful coastline from the Piscataqua River and surrounding areas, all while diving in on a unique adventure. The crew at Gundalow Company encourages all to come along as tickets are going for $23 a head ($18 for Strawberry Banke Museum members); an outstanding offer for such an endeavor.

MetalWave: Electronic Recycling Pioneers

By Sam Lane | Jun 9, 2015 | in

Unfortunately, because a global market exists for e-waste components and broken down electronic devices, the United States often sends theirs to developing nations, where lax environmental standards of toxic substances lead to significant environmental degradation. However, MetalWave, Inc. stands out among the rest in the recycling game. No short road is taken to properly process and reclaim products brought to their facilities, supported by experienced product knowledge provided by MetalWave staff. Based out of Amesbury, Massachusetts, Metalwave serves as an ideal end-of-life waste recycling resource, utilizing a multitude of cost effective, domestic and transparent practices and management solutions to get rid of your electronic waste.

Computers, printers, televisions and cell phones are just a few of the products taken in by MetalWave. When disposed at landfills, electronic waste corrodes over time along with the hazardous materials inside. These contaminants include lead, cadmium, mercury and many more. At MetalWave facilities, these products will eventually be disassembled and recycled without compromising human health throughout the process.