It may be approaching September, but some New Hampshire students are still heading for the beach. Students from all over the state will gather at Hampton Beach, Rye Harbor State Park, Wallis Sands State Park, and North Beach in Hampton on September 18th to participate in the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup.
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation coordinated the cleanup and is still seeking schools to participate. Students will pick up trash on the beach and record their findings on data cards for further study by Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and the Ocean Conservancy as part of their efforts to learn more about marine pollution, both locally and internationally.
This is no ordinary day at the beach. Before heading out to the cleanup, students will learn about the environmental problems related to marine debris, including the dangers to marine mammals, fish, and birds from entanglement or ingestion. Through their participation in the cleanup, students will have a hands-on experience with scientific data collection. Their tally sheets will contribute important data to ongoing research concerning the worldwide sources of marine debris. Ultimately, the trash that these students collect will help us to learn how we can prevent more from showing up in its place.
The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation will participate in the 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup, on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The cleanup will be conducted at approximately 25 sites along the New Hampshire coast and Great Bay, and volunteers are needed to assist from roughly 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Blue Ocean Society, based in Portsmouth, has been coordinating the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup since 2005 and strives to spread awareness about the marine environment and the importance of proper trash disposal. During the cleanup, each piece of trash collected is recorded, and the data is used to implement city and state projects to lessen waste on our beaches.
Last year’s cleanup in New Hampshire was a great success, with more than 1,120 volunteers coming together to clean 26 miles of New Hampshire’s coastlines and waterways. Volunteers collected 37,085 pieces of debris, which amounted to 2,207 pounds of trash. The number one item collected was cigarette butts, of which more than 25,000 were collected. Blue Ocean Society hopes that this year’s cleanup will involve more volunteers to create the most successful New Hampshire cleanup yet.
Mark your calendars for the Spooktacular Kids Festival at Stratham Hill Park on October 10, from 10 am to 4 pm. The day will feature a spooky fun run, music, magic, train ride, face painting, games, crafts, a toy flea market, food trucks, and promises to have a little something for everybody.
The Spooktacular Kids Festival will benefit Rett's Roost, a sanctuary for families with a child affected by cancer. Rett's Roost is a non-profit organization established by Jim and Deana Cavan in memory of their son Everett "Rett" Cavan who passed away from pediatric cancer at just 10 months old.
Jim Cavan worked as the Director of Media at the Green Alliance for five years, and although he continues to write for publications in the area, Jim and Deana have made it their mission to honor Rett. In memory of Rett, the Cavans launched Rett’s Roost in early July. Families attend these “Roosts” free of charge and to cover expenses, Deana and Jim plan to conduct regular fundraisers to supplement individual donations.
At Rett's Roost, the Cavans provide retreats for families with children affected by cancer and have created a loving and supportive community to ease their experience with the disease. Guests enjoy nutritious meals and daily classes in art, yoga, meditation, healthy habits, therapeutic play and learning, and mindfulness towards the natural and spiritual world–holistic means of healing that treat the body and soul.
The Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests (Forest Society) will host a free field day to explore the Creek Farm Reservation on Little Harbor Road on Sunday, Sept. 13.
The Creek Farm Reservation is a 35-acre conservation area with frontage on the tidal Sagamore Creek, kayaking access and a loop trail system well suited for family outings.
The field day event begins at 9 a.m. with a guided bird walk, followed by a nature hike at 10:30. At noon, kayaks will be available for tours of Sagamore Creek. Snacks will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Afternoon activities include a local history talk about Creek Farm, an invasive plant species walk at 2 p.m. with local naturalist Skye Maher, and an archaeology talk at 3 p.m. by local archaeologist Martha Pinello.
The Forest Society conserved Creek Farm in 2000 thanks to a generous bargain sale and gifts from numerous donors. The property includes Goose Island and 1,125 feet of shoreline on Sagamore Creek. It is open to the public for passive recreation, and hosts part of a 1.5-mile loop trail that also crosses state and city-owned land.
When Steve and Cary Bowman launched Social Kitchen in 2010, their goal was to leverage various social media platforms in a way that helped businesses connect with their clients and customers. The Bowmans dove into the ever-changing social media landscape headfirst, learning effective and creative strategies along the way, eventually becoming some of the top professionals in the field.
From the start, the business was committed to helping businesses grow by using technology platforms that could have the largest impact on sales and the smallest impact on the environment. As the company helps businesses more effectively use technology, so it reduces their reliance on higher footprint marketing like print media.
Five years later, Social Kitchen whole-heartedly understands that for the small business owner, running social media campaigns and strategy can be confusing, but it is crucial for growth. Having grown up with parents who were small business owners themselves, the Bowmans remain committed to the idea that their service must suit the needs of small business owners first and foremost. In any home the kitchen is the hub of conversation.
As social media shapes and informs those conversations, Social Kitchen ensures that everyone at the table has a voice. Using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, Social Kitchen helps their clients set-up accounts, present an up-to-date online presence, plan postings that work, and review metrics for improvement.
September is Hunger Action Month and the Feeding America nationwide network has united to urge businesses and individuals to support their local food bank, and therefore their local community. The New Hampshire Food Bank needs your support to help families across New England who have come across hard times and are not about to provide enough nutritious food for their family.
900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria and Stoli Vodka have partnered for the month of September to raise money and awareness for the New Hampshire Food Bank. This month, 900 Degrees and Stoli Vodka will each donate $1 to the NH Food Bank for every Salted Karamel Martini sold.
To support Hunger Action Month, 900 Degrees will also host a Raising Dough event where a portion of sales on September 21, from 5:00 - 9:00 will go to the NH Food Bank. Individuals can support the organization when they dine in at the Manchester or Epping location and mention to their server that they are there to Raise Some Dough!
Take your editing skills to the next level! Join the Sustainable Superstars that are the Green Alliance and take on a number of editing projects all related to journalistic style, sustainable media stories.
Work with the Seacoast's Sustainability Superstars! If you are into media, organized, slef directed and able to juggle many balls on deadlines - we want you! Must be able to maintain an editorial calendar flawlessly to ensure all deadlines are met continously, be able to write, edit and pitch stories, manage freelance writers and keep media contacts in check.
By John Brescia
Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance (PAI) is an independent insurance agency operating throughout most of New England, and serves 2,000 clients in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. PAI offers localized experience with options to suit their client’s specific needs, such as life, auto, health, and home and renter’s insurance, as well as financial services. The company recently celebrated its 10th anniversary this past June.
PAI not only covers costs, but also sustainability. As an insurance agency, PAI acts as an intermediary by purchasing policies from larger insurance companies, for their clients. While some believe they would spend less money by forgoing the insurance agency and buying the policy directly from the company, most save through working with PAI. This is because PAI gains the majority of their clients through word-of-mouth referrals, so their costs for customer acquisition are very low. However, their efforts to be green are very high
Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance utilizes a paperless agency management system, uses 100% recycled paper products and biodegradable plastic bags, and recycles all printer and toner cartridges. The business also digitizes all documents as PDFs, and uses 7th Generation products, which are environmentally-safe cleaning products. On Earth Day, PAI employees are given the day off to instead work for an environmental concern of their choice. In the future, PAI plans to incorporate soy-based inks, Energy Star office equipment, and chlorine-free paper.
But PAI is not limited by their own sustainable responsibility; they have chosen to work with insurance companies who also incorporate environmentally-conscious practices. And that is why PAI partners with Hanover Insurance, a business that is taking its own strides to stay green.
The goal of Rett’s Roost is, at its core, a simple one: to be a sanctuary—a source of rest, respite and repose—for families with children fighting cancer.
After a wildly successful inaugural retreat, held two weeks ago in Western Massachusetts, the young organization is setting its sights on a trio of events closer to their Seacoast roots.
First up: another retreat at Shilo Farm and Eco B&B in Eliot, Maine, slated for the weekend of September 11. The second “Roost” will include many of the hallmarks of the first: home-cooked meals, creative activities for kids, educational workshops, games and—perhaps most important of all—a chance for families to share and connect with one another in a relaxing, peaceful setting.
Shilo Farm will once again be at the fore on September 27, when Rett’s Roost will host their Harvest Moon Gala dinner, the organization’s first official fundraiser.
With the purchase of a $75 ticket ($60 for Green Alliance members), attendees will enjoy a four-course meal rife with local fare, including beer from Smuttynose and Great Rhythm Brewing Cos., wine from Andrew Bevan Wines and meat from Kittery-based Maine Meat (MEat).
Additionally, Rett’s Roost will be auctioning off a slew of items—a list that includes everything from locally made goods and services to an all-inclusive African Safari—to help raise money for future retreats and programming.
“While we hope Rett’s Roost will reach families all over the country, we want it to be an organization that values its local roots,” says Deana Cavan, the organization’s Executive Director. “That’s why the Gala is such a big deal for us. We love our local community, and want it to be an integral part of who we are and what we do.”
By Ken Johnson
Efforts to become a more green and sustainable culture proliferate the news these days, but often that information is lost amongst the headlines. Though political coverage of climate change and rampant ecological disasters make the front page, seldom were stories about companies incorporating greener business practices given top-billing. Sarah Brown noticed this lack of attention in the media and decided that it had to change if communities were going to become more sustainable. In response, Brown established the Green Alliance, an environmentally-conscious business union, that raises the awareness of sustainably-minded businesses and helps connect them with green-minded consumers.
“We decided from day one that we wanted an outlet for people, whether they were business owners or consumers, to put their money where their values were,” Brown said. “And we wanted people to realize that going green didn’t have to mean going broke; that going green could actually save you a little of it too and for businesses it could increase their profits.”
Brown, who has worked for CNN, at the New York bureau, NBC, as a Moscow bureau assignment desk editor, and for Associated Press TV, as a Moscow bureau producer, started The Green Alliance in the living room of her Kittery, Maine, home in 2009. When it started, The Green Alliance had two Business Partners, Simply Green Biofuels and Purely Organic Lawn Care. Now, the Green Alliance, headquartered in Portsmouth's historic Franklin Block Building, boasts upward of 100 Business Partners and nearly 4,000s individual community members.
By Michael McCord
Ray Dube of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England likes to call sustainability innovations “no-brainers,” because one never knows how even a small act can evolve into something special.
But Dube knows. As the sustainability manager at Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CNNE), he’s seen it happen many times and never takes it for granted. CCNNE is known throughout the region and in the industry for the depth and breadth of its sustainability initiatives including recycling, energy efficiency and better resource management.
The widespread sustainability measures at CCNNE’s state-of-the-art bottling plant in Londonderry, its 10 distribution centers (in New England and upstate New York), and its fleet of more than 500 vehicles have added up.
But sometimes it’s the little things that give one pause. During an educational event at a Vermont middle school, Dube, who’d logged over100 similar presentations in 2014, discussed the value of the half-dozen syrup barrels he brought with him.
Looking to make a transition to a more healthy lifestyle that goes beyond just dieting or a boring and endless gym workout? Check out Integrated Fitness at the Grand Opening of their new Epping Location on September 12, from 9 - 2. Integrated Fitness offers a unique and holistic exercise program that builds both strength and community!
Driving to work each day, it is hard not to notice the countless gyms that keep popping up in each town. While large, corporate fitness facilities offer cheap monthly memberships, there is no personal connection and very little focus on customer service. However, Integrated Fitness of Dover was launched in 2010 with exactly that in mind. The team of personal trainers helps clients live a more sustainable lifestyle by working with them one-on-one and in a group setting to lose weight, build muscle, and eat healthier for a more balanced lifestyle.
The Integrated Fitness holistic health model has been so successful and well received that they are expanding with another location in Epping. On September 12, IF of Epping opens its doors with fun fitness activities from 9 - 2; all are invited. Find out whats on offer with the personalized and community based Integrated Fitness approach at the September 12 Grand Opening.
In addition to strength training, body building and dietary programs, Integrated Fitness also offers its widely popular Weight Loss Challenge. This fall, the popular Weight Loss Challenge starts anew at their Dover location, as well as the new Epping location. The Epping facility will provide the same customer focus and a comfortable atmosphere dedicated to personal training and group classes
The ten week Weight Loss Challenge will begin at both the Dover and Epping locations on September 14, right after the Epping facility is set to open. Classes are taught with a mixture of cardiovascular and resistance training to help tone the body and build muscle, no matter the current fitness level. In addition to the exercise regimen, the program includes nutrition education for overall whole body health. Since the program began, Integrated Fitness has helped participants lose more than 4,250 pounds!
By Michael McCord
When Rick and Wendy Lang of Highland Hardwoods saw their new solar systems go on line at their facility, they watched with a feeling of accomplishment, checking off another sustainable goal for their company.
“We have always appreciated nature’s wonderful resources and tried to be environmentally responsible business owners,” said Rick Lang about the specialized lumber supply company he started in 1986 on Route 125 in Brentwood. “Going solar reinforces our commitment to manage our natural resources, not only for ourselves but for future generations as well.”
Seven months in the making, Anne Holliday, the lumberyard’s CFO of 20 years, working with Highland Hardwoods to expand its sustainability, first conceived the installation project. After researching state grants, rebates, and looking for local solar installers, Holliday chose Jack Bingham of Seacoast Energy in Barrington for the project.
Bingham installed solar panels on the Highland’s two roofs covering large lumber storage areas in April. Bingham and his crew finished installing the last of the 550 panels a few months later.
It was important to Holliday to reduce the company’s dependence on fossil fuels.
“Fossil fuel is running out,” said Holliday, “and we sell a product that must be sustainably harvested. Any way you look at it, green is important.”