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Spend your Spring and Summer with Sagamore Golf

By Corey | Apr 30, 2015 | in

As we warm up to summer, adults and kids alike are eager to spend some quality time outside. Sagamore Golf Club provides families and golf fans with eco-friendly options that are as green as the golf course itself. Founded in 1929, the original Sagamore Spring Golf Club was one of the first public golf courses ever in New England. When the son of the founder, Richard Luff, opened a second location in North Hampton in 1962, he had intended to design and build a golf course using as few chemicals and hazardous materials as possible.

With the school year about to end, Sagamore’s affordable prices keep this club sustainable on the wallet. One of the unique golfing experiences Sagamore has to offer this season is Foot Golf – a twist on golf where the players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible. For beginner golfers who are looking to learn, Sagamore also offers lessons by request. For those who aren’t as fortunate to have a summer vacation, Golf Leagues are a great way to break up the busy work week with friends or colleagues. As long as the greens are clear and the ground conditions are favorable, Sagamore Golf will be open for play.

Hit the Decks with Poco's Bow Street Cantina

By Katelyn | Apr 30, 2015 | in

The decks are open, the margaritas are flowing, and Poco’s Bow Street Cantina is ready for summer! Portsmouth’s longest running restaurant now has, not one, but both decks open for guests to take in the views of the Piscataqua River. They have been voted Best of Portsmouth Deck Dining for four years in a row by Taste Magazine and the decks are sure to be a hit once again this year.

Poco’s provides a comfortable dining experience in Downtown Portsmouth, where residents and visitors enjoy award winning Mexican food and drinks, but it is not your average city restaurant. Poco’s Bow Street Cantina strives to reduce their environmental footprint every day through a continuously growing list of sustainability initiatives. The restaurant has a comprehensive recycling system and recycles everything possible, while also composting 100% of their food waste. In addition, Poco’s has installed motion sensor lights and a more efficient ventilation system to cut down on energy use throughout the building and decks.

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By Mike | Apr 30, 2015 | in

  

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Green Alliance Seeking Marketing Assistant

By Sam | Apr 30, 2015 | in

 

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We actually have a few jobs up at the moment, with a Marketing Assistant being one of them. For more information, view the Marketing Assistant Job on Jobscore here.

JOB DESCRIPTION

Position Title: Marketing Assistant (2-3 days a week) starting hourly wage $10 per hour

PRIMARY PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS
The Green Alliance Marketing Assistant supports all tiers of the company with a special emphasis on Business Partner (BP) promotion, sales, satisfaction, and service and consumer/individual member sales, marketing and growth. The Marketing Assistant works alongside the Director and head of Media to generate leads, close business partnerships, and on-board new businesses and then help to execute all GA services. The Marketing Assistant is instrumental in all aspects of writing, editing, PR and Marketing, social media and technology support. The ideal candidate understands the realities of working for a growing small business powered by a little budget and a whole lot of entrepreneurial spirit. Computer skills and customer service experience are a must. The perfect candidate is well organized and has a knack for improving the efficiency of business operations. A passion for the environment and social responsibility are a must. This is not a “punch-the-clock” position but rather, the ideal candidate is self-motivated to go the extra mile.

A Special Thanks from Two Green Alliance Sustaining Members

By Corey | Apr 30, 2015 | in

The following letter is from two Green Alliance Sustaining Members who have participated in the Party for the Planet Earth Day Clean-up and Celebration. The Luchsingers have been incredibly connected with the Green Alliance and have greatly supported events like these that get the community involved with the environment. Members like the Luchsingers help the Green Alliance provide the level of support needed to add more green businesses of diverse industries into our community. Please consider becoming a Sustaining Member. 

Dear Sarah,
      “Thank you” to you and your staff for an amazing Earth Day celebration at Red Hook Brewery. Although it’s a shame there is litter on our planet, we felt so good joining in with others at Pease Tradeport to make a difference by cleaning up. Not only did we enjoy meeting so many other “keep-our-planet”- minded folks at the event, but our bonus was winning two of the raffles! Since we are Sustaining Members, we passed along the one-year membership to a colleague, and the tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival we enjoyed ourselves – amazingly wonderful way to learn more and get further educated/motivated/encouraged to always be “GREEN” in all we do here in our community.
       Thank you, again! We are so happy to be a part of Green Alliance!
Our best, Debbie and David Luchsinger

Beat the Heat with the Dairy Bar's Sweets

By Mike | Apr 30, 2015 | in

Spring is in full swing and the UNH Dairy Bar is excited for its busiest season of the year. The UNH Dairy Bar not only has a long history of helping campus students, faculty, and visitors battle the hot weather with sweet treats, but they also strive to provide the most sustainable sandwiches and ice cream available througout the region.

UNH Dining Services took control of the ice cream parlor by the railroad tracks back in 2008, and has worked quite extensively with the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture to help enhance its sustainable efforts. The mixed greens used in the Dairy Bar's salads and sandwiches come exclusively from the high tunnels located on campus and in just a few months, they will be providing fresh strawberries, carrots, onions, and tomatoes.

Roughly 75 percent of the Dairy Bar's supplies are from local sources. All of their chicken is sourced  from Legacy Farms in Barrington, NH, while their cage and hormone-free eggs are from Pete and Gerry's in Monroe. NH Coffee Roasters in Dover brings in the Dairy Bar's fair trade and organic coffee, and Stonyfield Farms from Londonderry provides the Dairy Bar with all natural, organic yogurt. 

Of course the main attraction to the Dairy Bar is its ice cream. The Dairy Bar's coolest treats are supplied by Gifford's Famous Ice Cream, one of the purest, hormone free products throughout New Hampshire, Vermont, and Massachusetts. Gifford's is so well known and popular that it has been voted "Ice Cream Grand Champion" three years in a row at the International Berry Exposition. 

With a variety of food available, the UNH Dairy Bar has something for everyone.

Green Alliance members get 10% off the entire menu, and UNH community members paying with Dining Dollars get 15% off! Not a member? Join here

Colonial Stoneworks Brings Sustainability to Stonework in New Hampshire

By Katelyn | Apr 30, 2015 | in

After the long winter that New Englanders have endured, homeowners are eager to get outside and get started on their spring cleaning projects. A simple raking of the yard and new mulch in the flower beds can do wonders for the appearance of a home, but new stonework is what really makes an outdoor area pop. Whether it is stone walls, pathways, or patios, Colonial Stoneworks aims to spruce up outdoor spaces with new hardscaping that is sure to bring it to the next level.

Colonial Stoneworks was established in 2010 by owner Adam Bennett, who previously worked in the automotive and landscaping sectors before focusing on stonework. Colonial Stoneworks specializes in stone walls and retaining walls, which when built correctly, are sure to stand the test of time and last for years to come. Additionally, Colonial Stoneworks is a go to for patios, pathways, and stone mailboxes at both residential and commercial properties.

The company strictly utilizes natural stone, such as granite, a far more environmentally friendly choice in comparison to concrete, which must be mined and produced in a factory. Granite is one of the most often requested materials by homeowners for hardscaping projects, which works out in Bennett’s favor due to its abundance in the “Granite State.”

Cleaning Up Hodgson Brook... How Many Cigarette Butts Are Too Many?

By Katelyn | Apr 30, 2015 | in

Candace Dolan is a guest blogger for the Green Alliance and the Watershed Coordinator of the Hodgson Brook Restoration Project. The Hodgson Brook Watershed spans 2,135 acres in Portsmouth and the brook itself, which is often hidden from view, is visible throughout the Pease Tradeport. Land use and pollution have degraded the freshwater stream and due to these the problems the brook is not listed as an impaired waterway.

Hodgson Brook collects stormwater from 20% of the City of Portsmouth. This seven mile brook is polluted from stormwater, which as it travels to storm drains, washes over lawns, roads and parking lots. On its way to the brook, it picks up excess fertilizer, bacteria from pet waste, oil and grease from vehicles, trash and the cigarette butts that eventually make their way to local beaches.

Last week, two groups of Earth Day volunteers on the Pease Tradeport collected over a pound and a half of cigarette butts from the stream banks and road side near storm drains leading to Hodgson Brook. These remains translate to over 183 packs of cigarettes!

Cigarette butts are the most commonly discarded piece of waste worldwide. It is estimated that 1.69 BILLION pounds of butts wind up as toxic trash each year, creating an enormous environmental, health, and economic burden. Contrary to popular belief, cigarette butts are NOT biodegradable! Cigarette butt waste is a huge environmental issue, with a global impact -- it is both unsightly and unhealthy.

Site Structures Landscape: Now Offering Spring Clean-ups

By John | Apr 29, 2015 | in

A pretty lawn is something nice, but a sustainable lawn is something precious. That's why Site Structures Landscape, Inc. is committed to providing eco-friendly lawn care as part of their Spring Clean-Up service. According to the Kittery-based landscaping company, a sustainable lawn is one which requires less maintenance and reduces its environmental impact. Now that spring has finally arrived, it is time to clean and prepare the yard. Proper lawn care requires a lot of time, care and dedication from the homeowner, but Site Structures takes on the task without complaint. Whether it is raking and mowing or adding new stone pavers, Seacoast residents turn to Side Structures for their outdoor rehab projects. Other services include mulching and edge planting, as well as shrub and planting bed maintenance. Their hardscaping services (stone, pavement, and brick) include installations, water and irradiation features, and low-voltage lighting.

All Politics are Local

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 29, 2015 | in

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

All politics are local. The environment, climate change, and America’s energy independence are not just big intangible ideas for only state, federal, and foreign governments to address. Portsmouth’s City Council can contribute by enacting the single-use, carry-out, plastic bag ordinance.

Harm to marine life, or the greenhouse gas emitted for a plastic shopping bags’ single use, is why many support the ordinance. I advocate for it because our reliance on the fossil fuels that these convenience items derive from continually sends our service members into combat. An Iraqi infantry battalion combat advisor teammate of mine eight years ago, is back at the same Iraqi base today, doing almost the same exact thing. Part of breaking this cycle of oil dependence and war is Americans consciously and collectively using less single-use plastics.

Last Chance to Join the GA for $20 During the Month of April

By Katelyn | Apr 29, 2015 | in

To celebrate the beginning of warmer months and the end of a very long winter, the Green Alliance is offering a reduced membership for new members to join to GA and start the spring season off right! The end of April is coming up on us quick and this is the last week to  join the Green Alliance for only $20 (save $15 off the normal membership) and enjoy a year of discounts with 100+ local green businesses.

A membership with the Green Alliance gives you discounts with local sustainable businesses, access to member exclusive events, such as holiday parties and summer sails on the Gundalow, and is the perfect way to show your dedication to working with local and green businesses. 

On top of the exclusive discounts GA members receive throughout the year, several Business Partners are offering additional specials during the month of April to jump start the season. Click here to see how you can get ready for warmer weather and score a great deal at the same time.

Click here to join the Green Alliance today for only $20!

Welcoming New Hampshire the Beautiful

By Sam | Apr 29, 2015 | in

We’re pleased to announce that New Hampshire the Beautiful is our newest Business Partner!

For decades, NHtB has committed themselves to making New Hampshire a cleaner, more recycle-friendly state. Comprised of local grocers and bottling companies, the organization formed in order to take more responsibility for the disposal of the products they created. Soon, they were producing plastic recycling bins for towns to give out to their residents. Then, they were buying cardboard balers, and then glass crushers, and so on, helping towns one by one establish better recycling programs.

There was another problem: litter. Their solution? Clean it! NHtB’s “Blue Bag” program produces trash bags intended for highway and roadside litter cleanup.

Green Collar Careers: Progressive Asset Management Investment Adviser Mike Smith

By Ken | Apr 29, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

Robert F. Kennedy once said that, “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better." These words ring true at Progressive Asset Management Group (PAM Group) the socially responsible investment division of Financial West Group, a company working to make a difference through socially responsible investing. For many, the idea of being sustainable is limited to recycling, using biofuel for home heating, buying an eco-friendly vehicle and participating in environmental events, like neighborhood clean-ups. But few people know that they can also go green by making their investments (IRAs, individual accounts, 401Ks etc.), socially and environmentally responsible as well through a firm like the PAM Group.

One of the PAM Group's core beliefs is that companies which don't follow socially and environmentally responsible practices have a greater overall potential for liabilities and hidden costs which are eventually passed on to their investors. But companies which manage pollution, which have an eye towards being energy efficient, which treat their employees well, are better managed than those which don’t address these factors. And better managed companies in turn tend to outperform.

Yankee Thermal Imaging Helps Rescue Dogs While Reducing Energy Expenses

By Ken | Apr 29, 2015 | in

What if it was possible to reduce your carbon footprint, save money every year, and help rescue dogs, all in one action? With Yankee Thermal Imaging's Instant Savings Program, you can. Enrolling in the Instant Savings Program gets you a full energy audit of your home, to help locate energy loss and improve your home's efficiency, from a certified energy efficiency auditor, along with a detailed report on where a home is losing energy dollars and how you can fix the problem.

In addition, right now Yankee Thermal Imaging will take $75 from the cost of the Instant Savings Program, match the money to $150 and donate it to Almost Home Rescue, a 501(c)3 nonprofit canine rescue group working to “rescue for life” stray, abandoned, and surrendered dogs in Arkansas and Mississippi and find them new homes in New England. In its ten years of operation, Almost Home Rescue has rescued over 3,500 dogs.

Local Brewery Offers Unique Venue and One-of-a-kind Events

By Ken | Apr 29, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

Spring marks the beginning of wedding and festival season, and the Seacoast is replete with different locations for newly joined couples to host their reception on "the big day," The region also offers concert-goers spectacular outdoor venues. But one Portsmouth location promises event guests they won't run out of beer or food: Redhook Brewery.

Located at Pease International Tradeport, Redhook's function facilities offer space, food and drinks for wedding receptions and different events all year long. Whether it be for a reception, rehearsal, trade show or concert, Redhook meets the demands of its guests. It's a different take on the more traditional rental hall that has proven successful.

“It's pretty popular,” said Ryan Fleming, the banquet manager at Redhook. “I think it's a really unique venue to have an event.”