NextGen Climate Presents "Local Everything" at Throwback Brewery

By Anne | Sep 22, 2015 | in
A core philosophical pillar behind the Green Alliance is that buying locally is ultimately more sustainable for the economy, environment and community. Spending hard earned wages and salaries locally, patronizing small businesses and most influentially, small farms, makes a huge impact on reducing environmental footprint. According to GRACE Communications Foundation, “conventional food is estimated to travel typically between 1,500 and 3,000 miles to reach the consumer”. Buying food locally, dramatically reduces fossil fuel use in transport – a chief perpetrator of climate change. 
In light of the direct impact of daily consumer food choices on climate change, our friends at NextGen Climate cordially invite the greater community to attend their “Local Everything” event at Throwback Brewery on October 11th from 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  This event will explore the relationship between climate change, local food production, and sustainability, and will culminate in an exciting and engaging panel discussion on the topic at hand. The panel will be comprised of local experts on farming, business, policy, and education focusing on how climate change and our agriculture system are inherently connected, and what we, as consumers and voters, can do to alleviate the impacts agriculture has on climate and vice versa. This panel will include special guest Lorraine S. Merrill, Commissioner of the NH Dept. of Agriculture.
In addition to being a hub for the green community and collaborative sustainability discussion, there will also be beer specials sponsored by NextGen, and provided by Throwback Brewery (local) ! Time has also been allotted both before and after the discussion for tabling and networking. It will be an outdoor event, rain or shine, with a large tent in case of the former.

Art of Reuse to Benefit the Post-Landfill Action Network

By Katelyn | Sep 22, 2015 | in

Join the Post-Landfill Action Network for an evening benefit of art, hors d'oeuvres, and community as they celebrate reuse. The Art of Reuse will feature local and nationally recognized artists who incorporate found objects, recycled materials, or messages about consumption and waste into their work.

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is a New Hampshire-based nonprofit working with student leaders across the country to build a world where landfills and incinerators are obsolete. The organization was founded by the creators of the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which helps students combat waste on their college campuses.

In 2011, University of New Hampshire students created Trash 2 Treasure after noticing mounds of perfectly useable items from spring move out, only to see them reappear when students moved back in that fall.

To end the cycle of waste, they collected items discarded by students in the spring, cleaned and organized those items over the summer, and sold them to students moving back to campus in the fall.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: The Gundalow Company

By Craig | Sep 22, 2015 | in

Who: One of the draws to the city of Portsmouth is its embrace and exhibition of local history. The Gundalow Company, located near Strawbery Banke, offers a unique living history experience along the Piscataqua River. Gundalows, unique to the area, were once the primary mode of transportation for importing and exporting goods up the river to locations like Dover and Exeter.

Their uncommon design allowed gundalows to navigate the Great Bay estuary’s shallow waters. With the invention and rise in popularity of the locomotive, gundalows vanished from Portsmouth’s trade industry in the early 1900s. In 1982, the Piscataqua Gundalow Project built a replica gundalow, dubbed Capt. Edward H. Adams after the last gundalow captain to sail during its heyday, and an environmental steward, using traditional methods to educate residents and visitors about the Great Bay Estuary’s fragile ecosystem. The Gundalow Company formed in 2002 using the replica vessel to continue and expand those educational programs.

Today, the Gundalow Company offers 300 sails for up to 46 passengers on board its newest vessel, the Piscataqua, including students, visitors and residents. Tours include discussions on the history of the gundalow, its service to the trade industry that helped grow the Seacoast’s early economy, and how visitors can ensure the environmental longevity of the area through education and service. The Gundalow Company is an advocate for greener practices supporting initiatives from the New Hampshire chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and other local nonprofit organizations.

Making Sure Your Investments Match Your Values

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

By Anne Twombly

As we all know, busy mom’s do everything, including keeping a pulse on household finances and retirement savings. There is a growing interest in the consumer community around the social responsibility of investment portfolios, in particular, the company selections that comprise various mutual funds. Individuals want to be sure their family’s nest egg is not unwittingly investing money into companies whose products and services diverge from their own personal values.

Enter the concept of impact investing, investments made into companies with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact along with an overall financial return. There are now ways for your investments to follow family values and still be financially competitive, following a strategy that seeks to maximize both financial return and social good.

According to the most recent trends report by The Forum on Sustainable and Responsible Investment (US SIF), the total U.S. assets under management using SRI strategies dramatically increased by 76 percent from 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 socially and responsibly targeted investing does not surprise Mike Smith, the Newmarket, New Hampshire based representative for the Progressive Asset Management Group (PAM Group), the first independent brokerage firm to specialize in socially responsible investing. The PAM Group is committed to serving as a socially responsible business, offering diverse investment options all with some aspect of social or environmental concern.

Making New Hampshire Beautiful Through Classroom Education and Outreach

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

School is back in session, but students aren’t the only ones returning to the classroom this fall. New Hampshire the Beautiful and the Northeast Resource Recovery Association are also heading back to schools across the state to teach students the importance of recycling and to implement lasting programs.

Through the School Recycling Club (the CLUB), both New Hampshire the Beautiful and the Northeast Resource Recovery Association work with students and educators to start and maintain new recycling programs or help improve existing programs to reduce waste and save energy in schools.

“What we really like about the program is that it’s an ongoing education that trains future generations to be more conscious of the environment and their actions,” said John Dumais, President and CEO of the N.H. Grocers Association and long-time member of New Hampshire the Beautiful's Board of Directors.

New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) is a non-profit organization supported by members of the NH Soft Drink Association, the Beverage Distributors of New Hampshire Association and the New Hampshire Grocers Association. The collaboration between food and beverage companies has led to an array of programs to address litter and recycling issues and improve environmental awareness and education.

Cleaner Beaches Thanks to Blue Ocean Society

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

On Saturday, September 19, volunteers from across the seacoast hit the beach with Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation for the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup.

Blue Ocean Society is a non-profit organization, based in Portsmouth, working to protect marine animals in the Gulf of Maine through research, conservation, and education to both adults and students. Blue Ocean Society organizes the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup now in its 30th year.

This year’s cleanup was conducted at sites along the New Hampshire coastline, where volunteers collected trash which as recorded and the data used to implement city and state projects to reduce waste on New Hampshire beaches. 

As part of the NH Coastal Cleanup, Blue Ocean Society also held a school cleanup on Septmeber 18 for students to participate in the 30th Annual International Day of Cleanup. Students from Portsmouth, Nottingham, and Milton gathered on Rye and Hampston beaches to help beautify the New Hampshire coast. Fifth and sixth graders from Nottingham picked up 35 pounds of debris, including 12,130 cigarette butts from Hampton Beach. On the second day, employees from Waste Management and volunteers cleaned North Hampton State Park and removed 25 pounds of debris. 

Last year the event was successful with more than 1,120 volunteers cleaning 26 miles of New Hampshire’s coastlines and waterways. Volunteers collected 2,207 pounds of trash and the most common item collected was cigarette butts, of which more than 25,000 were collected.

Strike Out Hunger with 900 Degrees

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

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.

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.

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!

Lace Up Your Sneakers to Support the Great Bay Stewards

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

Get outdoors and enjoy all that fall in New England has to offer at the Great Bay 5K! The Great Bay 5K is a popular race in the seacoast area and boasts a fast pace, mostly downhill course. This race serves as an annual fundraiser for the Great Bay Stewards to support their research and education programs.

Registration is only $25 until October 21, and not only includes one race, but a race within the race, costume contest, and post-race treats and massages. Click here to register today and get a free shirt if you register before September 24!

This year, the Green Alliance is sponsoring a prize for a lucky runner of the Great Bay 5K. While the fastest runners are usually the ones to take home the trophy, we want to thank everyone for running and raising money to support the Great Bay Stewards; therefore, the GA environmental gift basket will go to a randomly drawn runner in the bottom tier of overall finishers.

CCNNE and NHtB at the Hollis Old Home Days

By Katelyn | Sep 21, 2015 | in

This past weekend, Hollis residents and visitors from across the state headed to Nichols Field for the biggest town event of the year- Old Home Days. Guests enjoyed great food like the chicken barbeque and apple pie contest, rides, games, a silent auction, and a spectacular fireworks display.

The field was filled with something for everyone including craft vendors, demonstrations, and educational displays, like that of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) and New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB).

NHtB is a nonprofit founded in 1983, working to combat litter issues, recycling challenges, environmental awareness, and education. NHtB offers municipal recycling grants and signs, anti-litter programs, and technical assistance to any New Hampshire community that applies for funding. This includes funds to purchase curbside collection bins, balers, crushers, roll-off containers and other equipment that will help a community achieve higher diversion rates.The organization is comprised of New Hampshire food and beverage companies including CCNNE, Hannaford Supermarket, and the NH Grocers Association.

See yourself working for the Green Alliance!

By Rich | Sep 17, 2015 | in


Check out our two openings (Director of Media and Senior Editor) as well as partner positions on our Green Jobs Board.

The Blue Ocean Society to Host Beach Clean-Ups Throughout the Seacoast

By Katelyn | Sep 16, 2015 | in

Fall is approaching quickly, but there’s still plenty of time to get outdoors and hit the beach. On Saturday, September 19, join Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and volunteers from across the seacoast for the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup.

Blue Ocean Society is a non-profit organization, based in Portsmouth, working to protect marine animals in the Gulf of Maine through education, research, and conservation to both adults and students. Blue Ocean Society organizes the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup in conjunction with the International Coastal Cleanup now in its 30th year.

This year’s cleanup will be conducted at approximately 25 sites along the New Hampshire coastline, and volunteers are needed to assist from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the cleanup, each piece of trash collected is recorded, and the data is used to implement city and state projects to reduce waste on New Hampshire beaches.

Last year, the event was successful with more than 1,120 volunteers cleaning 26 miles of New Hampshire’s coastlines and waterways. Volunteers collected 2,207 pounds of trash and the most common item collected was cigarette butts, of which more than 25,000 were collected. Jen Kennedy, Director of Blue Ocean Society said she is hoping for a larger volunteer turn out to make this year the most successful New Hampshire cleanup yet.

Harvest Moon Gala to Benefit Rett's Roost

By Katelyn | Sep 15, 2015 | in

Join the Green Alliance at the Harvest Moon Gala to benefit our newest Business partner Rett's Roost, a non-profit sanctuary for families with children battling cancer.

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.

Durham Celebrates National Drive Electric Week with New Charging Station

By Anne | Sep 15, 2015 | in
The town of Durham Energy Committee has been actively working to reduce energy use across the town, directly in municipal operations and indirectly through facilitating sustainable and efficient personal decisions for citizens. As a function of these efforts, and with the financial support of the NH Department of Environmental Services, the University of New Hampshire and the Durham Town Council, the Energy Committee is please to announce the installation of two dedicated Level 2 EV charging parking spots in the Pettee Brook Municipal Lot, Pettee Brook Lane, Durham, NH 03824. 
The installation and opening of the charging station comes just in time for National Drive Electric week. In 2011, National Plug-In started to celebrate, encourage and raise awareness for electric vehicle use. Since this first one-day celebration, the movement has expanded to an entire week-long campaign taking place in over 100 cities nationwide; National Drive Electric Week. The charging station will be available for public use after the ribbon cutting ceremony this Saturday at 1 p.m.. Although there is already an electric car charging station in Durham at the public library, it is only available to library patrons. Gas powered vehicles are one of the largest sources of emissions and fossil fuel consumption that consumers have direct control over. The Energy Committee hopes that in making charging stations more available, they can encourage the widespread use of more efficient vehicles.

Sail Down the Piscataqua with the GA on Our Fall Foliage Sunset Sail

By Katelyn | Sep 15, 2015 | in

On October 15 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., sail the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor with the Gundalow Company and Green Alliance. Join the Green Alliance as a new Sustaining Member and get four free tickets aboard the Fall Foliage Sunset Sail!

A Sustaining Membership is a lifetime individual membership and gets you unlimited GA Business Discounts, Green Alliance events and cutting edge environmental information. Sustaining Members never have to renew and are telling us and the world that they believe in the power of a local green economy.

Since the Green Alliance’s creation in 2009, Sustaining Members have provided unwavering support to the mission to grow the local, green economy. This sail will not only provide views of Portsmouth amidst watercolor-foliage, but a picturesque sunset and great networking with those who are equally as committed to the conservation of the local environment and economy.

For this exclusive event, the GA has partnered with the Gundalow Company of Portsmouth. The GA Foliage Sail is an excellent opportunity to enjoy autumn on a genuine replica of a gundalow, a historic vessel used to navigate the New Hampshire coastline. Complementary appetizers and beers will be served, and guests will enjoy live music aboard the boat.

Join today as a Sustaining Member and email to save your tickets.

NH CleanTech Council to Sponsor Tour and Tasting at Redhook Brewery

By Katelyn | Sep 14, 2015 | in

Join the New Hampshire CleanTech Council for a New England Women in Energy and the Environment (NEWIEE) event at Redhook Brewery on the evening of Thursday, October 1st. Guests will enjoy a tour of the new cogen facility at Redhook and a tasting in their event room.

The New Hampshire CleanTech Council represents the State’s clean technology and energy business sector and focuses on the economic benefits that can come from vibrant clean industries. Their goal is to promote a more innovative and clean energy policy, attract new investment, and provide opportunity for growth in New Hampshire.

NH CleanTech Council will sponsor this event for NEWIEE, a group comprised of women across the public and private sectors, and from various age groups, who work to promote public interest in the energy and environmental sectors.

Attendees will receive a tour of Redhook Brewery, which is well known for its sustainability initiatives. While the Portsmouth-based craft brewery might be known for their famous line of bold and flavorful brews, their growing list of green initiatives and policies are going a long way in setting Redhook even further apart from the competition.