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Ultra Geothermal Seeks Donations to Benefit Travis Aho Leukemia Fund

By Craig | Jul 1, 2014 | in

To support her brother Travis' battle with Leukemia, Ultra Geothermal owner, Melissa Aho, and the Green Alliance are bringing together local businesses to put on a yard sale for his benefit. The yard sale will take place on July 26 at 358 Route 4 in Barrington, N.H. (just off the the Lee traffic circle) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any yard sale appropriate donations - clothing, sports equipment, DVDs, books, etc. - or baked goods are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at Ultra Geothermal.

Travis was diagnosed with Leukemia in December 2013 and has since struggled with the physical and financial burden of the disease. In order to help alleviate some of his financial stress, Melissa organized a large-scale community yard sale. Melissa came up with the idea to use her business and its connection with the Green Alliance to help promote and support the yard sale.

A dedicated advocate for the environment, Travis Aho graduated as an Environmental Studies major and currently works in Florida as a law enforcement officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect the Ocala National Forest.

Ultra Geothermal was one of the first twenty Business Partners to join the Green Alliance, an organization that connects environmentally conscious consumers with local sustainable businesses. The Green Alliance was inspired by Travis’s story and his sister’s efforts to support his battle, and was excited to help out in any way they could.

“I was very excited when Melissa reached out to the Green Alliance for our support," said Green Alliance founder and Director, Sarah Brown. "Our job is to promote our Business Partners to the community, which makes our involvement in the yard sale the perfect way to maximize donations and attendance. I’m glad we can use our resources and connections to support such a good cause.”

In addition to promoting the fundraising event the Green Alliance has brought together its 114 additional business partners to donate items to the yard sale in hopes to strengthen the outcome of the event. Local environmentally-friendly business partners including the Portsmouth Brewery, Prelude and Get it Going are looking forward to this recycling opportunity that benefits a great cause. With the support of all these local businesses the Green Alliance hopes this yard sale will be full of donations to benefit Travis’s cause. Some proceeds will also support the Green Alliance Non-Profit Fund in efforts to keep our communities green.

Families See a Different Side of Portsmouth on a Gundalow Company Sail

By Craig | Jul 1, 2014 | in

By Kyle Bonus
Green Alliance Writer

In an area rich in history, it’s important to have opportunities to take a step back from the present and learn from the past. The Gundalow Company offers school children and the public a chance to use their vessel as a time machine to sail back in time and learn the importance these unique transports had on the region's maritime industry.

In the 1650s gundalows, a shallow drafted type of cargo barge, were specifically designed for the region. Their unique flat-bottom design allowed for the vessel to rest on the muddy river-bottom when the tide went out, and evenly rise with the incoming tide. Gundalows made it possible for cargo to be shipped upstream from Portsmouth to towns such as Durham, Newmarket and Dover, expanding trade and developing Portsmouth into a successful port town. Because of their key role in developing the area's economy, the gundalow is often referred to as the tractor-trailer of its time.

However, as new means of land transportation were developed, including the growth of the railroad, the gundalow became obsolete and nearly forgotten. In 2002 a group of individuals concerned with both the preservation of the gundalow’s history and the well-being of the seacoast's waterways started The Gundalow Company, a non-profit, to share their concerns with the public.

For Chiropractic Office, Community’s Health Inextricably Intertwined With its Own

By Amanda | Jul 1, 2014 | in

By Heikki (Herb) Perry
Green Alliance Correspondent

Coinciding with an office expansion that further strengthens his ties to the community and the history of the Berwicks, a local chiropractor celebrated an important milestone for his successful and growing practice just this week.

On July 1, Dr. Seth LaFlamme — known to his patients as “Dr. Seth” — and his wife, Dr. Briana Duga — aka “Dr. Bri” — celebrated the third anniversary of the opening of Great Works Chiropractic & Health with a Hawaiian luau, replete with South Pacific decorations, surf music and tropical fruit. Dr. Seth and staff wore Hawaiian shirts and leis “just to make it a little fun party in the midst of a regular business day,” he said. Current and potential patients attended the event which was held during normal business hours.

The day celebrated not only the success of the practice, but also the people who support it.

“We haven’t done it alone; the community helped us get there,” said Dr. Seth, adding that the public was welcome to check out the celebration, (and they did!).

After graduating valedictorian of his class in 2010, Dr. Seth moved home to Maine to start his practice. For him, chiropractic care is not only about simply treating symptoms, but also about treating the overall wellness of a person to the optimal level possible.

Jenaly IT Item of the Month

By Clay | Jul 1, 2014 | in

Jenaly Technology Group, Inc. helps businesses reach their goals by saving time and money through efficient environmental practices. Jenaly creates green IT services, such as providing remote assistance to customers. They also eliminate waste through digital online backup, and near zero packaging.

Jenaly's Green IT Item of the Month is the Kindle. “It can pack literally hundreds or thousands of books into a compact, lightweight personal portable library.” This technology is truly amazing and can go a long way to saving trees that would otherwise be cut down in order to make paper to have books printed on.

Along with the saving of trees and potential paper waste, the Kindle can also help you save fuel and money. “You may not realize it, but whether you are flying or driving, you’re also using less fuel when carrying a Kindle instead of all those books as the reduction in weight also translates to a reduction in fuel use.”

If you are an avid reader than you should consider looking into purchasing a Kindle to help keep waste out of the environment and safe you from the hassle of having hundred up books taking up space in your home!

Green Alliance members can save 10% on all Jenaly Technology Group, Inc. services.

Not a member? Join here!

Climate Counts Works to Get Businesses Thinking About Climate Change

By Kelly | Jul 1, 2014 | in

Does the impact a business has on the environment interest you? Does it determine which brands you buy regularly? Or does it motivate you to switch brands when you learn they are focused on the climate problems facing our planet? Climate Counts, a nonprofit created by Stonyfield Co-Founder, Gary Hirsburg, works hard to address possible solutions regarding global climate change by scoring the world's largest companies on their impact. Launched in 2007, Climate Counts' hope is to increase corporate climate responsibility and mindful consumption.

“We believe it’s necessary to develop tools that help consumers vote with their dollar and reward the companies who are doing their part,” said Mike Bellamente, Climate Counts Director.

To reach a wider range of consumers, Climate Counts currently has an app for your smartphone available on iTunes that sort’s corporate climate responsibility by company and industry and also breaks down Climate Counts' scoring system. It's a great way to view a business' corporate climate responsibility on the go and helps Climate Counts in their goal to inform the general public about the steps certain businesses take toward a better planet. Climate Counts' app is especially helpful when customers are in the store deciding on a purchase and can pull up the app to make comparisons between products. This allows customers to support the businesses that address climate change, while shying away from the companies that don’t. To download the app click here.

Developing a Sustainable Masterpiece

By Ali | Jul 1, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

One of the more spectacular green development projects in downtown Portsmouth should be completed later this year.

Simply known as 233 Vaughan Street, the $15 million project in the city’s northern tier is being developed and built by Chinburg Properties and will establish a high standard of sustainable development. It will combine 9,000 square-feet of first-floor commercial space and nine luxury condominiums including two luxury penthouses overlooking the Portsmouth skyline and harbor.

“The steel started going up in May and you can see the project’s progress on a day to day basis,” said Jen Chinburg, marketing director of Chinburg Properties which is one of the project’s principal partners. “The core and shell will be complete in the fall of 2014 with occupancy in spring 2015.” Carla Goodknight, of Portsmouth’s CJ Architects, is the project architect.

Summer Cruise aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton

By Ali | Jun 30, 2014 | in

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Green Alliance are working together all summer long to give away tickets to island and steamship adventures. Tuesday July 1st the Green Alliance will put up a trivia question that can be found on the GA Facebook page. The first person to correctly answer the question will receive a free ticket to the Steamship event on July 10!

This event is team hosted by the Green Alliance, and NHPTV to give guests a night filled with food, drinks, and live music. Hop on board the M.V. Thomas Laighton as it cruises Portsmouth Harbour on Thursday the 10th of July. Green Alliance members can attend for FREE! To RSVP simply email katie@greenalliance.biz with your membership number. Not a member? Join today at a discounted price of $25 (normally $35) and attend the event for free! 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

By Clay | Jun 30, 2014 | in

June 30, 2014 2:00 AM
Who: Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

What: Located in the former Button Factory mill building in Portsmouth, Gateway recently underwent a large-scale renovation that focused on sustainability. The renovation included the addition of a solar energy system, through Seacoast Energy, which generates 100 percent of the building's electricity needs.

Part of the renovation included the addition of efficient foam and rubber insulation in the walls and roof to reduce heating costs in the winter. Gateway also incorporated light-emitting diodes throughout the studio, in addition to opening up the clearstory (formerly used to vent heat from the button factory ovens) to fill the space with natural light. Gateway's green renovation was designed to save energy costs and protect the planet, while creating an inviting, sunlit space where students can learn the practices of taiji (tai chi), qigong (chi kung) and yoga.

Where: 875 Islington St., Portsmouth

Web: www.gatewaytaiji.com

Aucella is offering 20% on select services for Green Alliance Members

By Sam | Jun 30, 2014 | in

As you may know, Aucella Heating & Cooling is one of our newest Business Partners here! You may know a little bit about how geothermal HVAC systems, but do you know about all the other things you can put in your home to maximize efficiency and comfort?

Aucella can install things like high efficiency boilers, furnaces, and water heaters, solar thermal hot water and space heating. Choosing radiant flooring means not only no more cold tiles in the morning, but no more dusty vents either. Or how about the Ecobee Internet Thermostat, which allows you to control your house’s climate anywhere you go, directly from your smartphone or tablet? Take a look at some of these products Aucella offers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Little Match Up

By Ali | Jun 27, 2014 | in

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the seacoast area have devoted themselves to matching children to volunteers, fund raising, and giving the children that come to their facility the attention and education that they need. They have school based programs in over twelve school districts throughout New Hampshire’s coast. BBBS promises to never charge a fee to the families in need. All of their fundraising goes immediately into making more matches, and providing for the matches they already have.

Since just last year BBBS has expanded and are serving 20 percent more children. As a result of their hard work and dedication they have been nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to receive Agency of the Year! Because of the BBBS community of volunteers, donors, families and friends they are making a difference in the lives of children—for the better, forever.

Cultural Chemistry’s Interview Workshop; Hire the Best Fit for You!

By Magill | Jun 26, 2014 | in

It is nearly impossible for small business owners to take the time to structure their company and increase efficiency when faced with the task recruiting, terminating and managing staff. Whether structuring a local restaurant or small energy company, HR companies offer a successful plan for managing businesses.

On July 3 Cultural Chemistry, an HR consulting company, will host an interview workshop to teach employers the most effective methods to use during the interview process. The discussion includes how to develop interview conversation techniques and how to determine if a candidate is right for your culture. The event is geared toward business owners who want to learn how to simplify the hiring process and be confident in their decisions.

Durham App Developer Competes, Even Bests, Overseas Business App Options

By Kyle | Jun 26, 2014 | in

It may seem hard to believe, but there's a shortage of mobile app developers in the United States. It's a troubling fact for small business owners looking to create a mobile app for their company. The trouble starts with the need to satisfy a country with growing consumer demand, a lack of resources in IT departments and the large price tags domestic app developers charge. These limitations force many business owners to seek services outside the U.S. where app creation can be done cheaply.

In 2011 local entrepreneur Alex Bakman launched SnAPPii - a Durham-based company that has created a visual mobile app creation system - in hopes of helping small businesses make apps easily and affordably for iPhone, iPad and Android systems. SnAPPii offers a platform that can dramatically speed up mobile app creation and therefore lower the cost of custom apps.

“My motivation was to solve some of the problems of mobile app development. I realize that people need about a gazillion apps because, as the Apple commercial goes, ‘there is an app for that’— we now live in a world where there is a growing sense that each of us does indeed need an app for everything. Businesses that can meet this demand are finding handsome rewards in profits,” says Bakman.

SnAPPii provides customers with the ability to simply pick the needed features of their app and either SnAPPii or the client themselves will assemble the app visually using a drag and drop approach. Building apps with SnAPPii is done by simply “drawing” a picture of your app. SnAPPii then takes the picture and turns it into a native app for Android, iPad and iPhone.

 

Poco’s Now Offering Expanded Menu, Sustainable Options

By Ali | Jun 25, 2014 | in

How many Mexican restaurants do you know that can say they exclusively use locally caught fresh lobster, scallops and haddock every night? Everything at Poco’s Bow Street Cantina is homemade and often organic and locally sourced, including the extensive variety of soups and chowders, veggie burgers, salsas and hot sauces, down to every last dressing and queso dip. Marlisa Geroulo, owner and founder of Poco’s Bow Street Cantina, guarantees to never sacrifice quality for the sake of profits.

When Poco’s made the decision to partner with the Green Alliance, they began to expand their business even further. Right from the start, Poco’s began to take steps towards a sustainable future by composting left over food, recycling, using efficient heating systems, and using corn-based alternatives to plastic for cups to reduce waste. Geroulo is also working towards a “zero waste” policy, which is exactly what it sounds like - using the power of composting and recycling to drastically minimize waste until it is no longer existent. Currently, they are seeking LEED certification, making them the only deckside establishment in the area to achieve such a status.

Sail Away with Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company This Summer

By Amanda | Jun 25, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company are teaming up this summer to get Seacoast area residents out on the Piscataqua River. Become a member of the Green Alliance (for only $35) and get a free ticket aboard one of the Gundalow Company’s sails! With sail tickets valued up to $40, there is no better time to join the Green Alliance Community! The membership pays for itself instantly!

The Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company are also giving away two tickets weekly, all summer long. Thursday, June 26, the Green Alliance will put up a question that can be found on our Facebook page. The first person to correctly answer the question will receive two tickets for any of the Gundalow Company’s public sails!

The Gundalow Company is a business partner of the Green Alliance, working to bring sustainability to the Seacoast Area. This non-profit strives to connect community members with the historic icon of river commerce, while simultaneously working to encourage a sense of environmental stewardship for the region’s waterways.

The Gundalow Company offers private charters that depart right from Prescott Park in downtown Portsmouth. Private charters are perfect for all sorts of special occasions from company retreats to family reunions. For those who wish to have food and drinks aboard there is plenty of space for trays, coolers, and tables. There is also available space for live music to accompany your cruise if you so desire. Plenty of seating allows for a smooth cruise, whatever your special event may be.

For more information on private charters and the Gundalow Company, click here.

To join the Green Alliance and receive your FREE ticket for a Gundalow Company Sail, click here.

The Isles of Shoals turn 400

By Craig | Jun 24, 2014 | in

On June 25, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company will join in the 400th Anniversary of Captain John Smith first chartering the Isles of Shoals - a group of islands nine miles off the New Hampshire and southern Maine coast - as part of his exploration of the New England coast.

To celebrate the storied history of the islands, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Star Island Corporation has a full day of activities planned aboard the flagship vessel, the M/V Thomas Laighton and on Star Island. As an extra celebratory measure, ISSCo. is offering a joint ticket to with Star Island Corp. that buys passage to and from Star Island onboard the M/V Thomas Laighton, lunch at the island's historic Oceanic Hotel and access to the day's scheduled events. In partnership with the Star Island Corporation, the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People, Historic Star Conference, the University of Southern Maine and the Isles of Shoals Historical & Research Association, the scheduled events feature hands-on experiences that look back into the Isles deep history, their present and future.

Even before Smith first took note of the islands, they played a crucial role in the fishing and trade industries on New Hampshire's coast. After Smith set foot on their rocky shores, dubbing the nine islands Smythe Isles, they became embedded in the lore and history of the area. From shipwrecks, to ghost stories, rumors of pirate's gold, murder, poets to a strong tourist industry, the Isles of Shoals have remained a source of intrigue for locals and visitors alike. Though no longer the bustling center for trade they once were in the days of Gosport Harbor on Smuttynose, nor the respite for weary patrons of Appledore and Star Island's hotels, the Isles still serve as a living museum and center for conferences at the historic Oceanic Hotel.