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Meet a Green Business: Yankee Thermal Imaging

By Madelaine | Mar 18, 2014 | in

Who: Yankee Thermal Imaging

What: Yankee Thermal Imaging uses an advanced thermal imaging system that can detect heat loss and cold influxes in homes and commercial properties. If an issue is detected, it can offer efficient solutions to fix the problem. Correcting these issues can help its clients save money on their energy, heating and cooling expenses. It specializes in scoping assessments, energy audits, consulting and full implementation to make sure your home, rental property or commercial space is running as efficiently as possible.

Where: 75 Allen St., Rochester

Web: www.yankeethermalimaging.com

What makes them green: Yankee Thermal Offers comprehensive, affordable energy audits, which can help reduce your home or business' carbon footprint.
Offers a municipal audit program that allows towns the opportunity to become energy efficient with a payment plan.
Educates customers on how they can take advantage of utility rebates and credits for efficiency measures

Conservation Law Foundation Hosts UNH Watershed Speaker

By Patrick | Mar 17, 2014 | in

The Conservation Law Foundation will be hosting speaker James Houle of the UNH Stormwater Center tonight (March 17) at the Roundabout Diner at the Portsmouth traffic circle.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear Mr. Houle discuss the importance of stormwater management in controlling nutrient and other pollutant discharges into the Great Bay.

Managing this pollution is something taken very seriously by the Great Bay Piscataqua Waterkeeper program. They aim to preserve the habitats of numerous types of fish, birds and mammals that call the Great Bay home.

Anyone interested in attending should RSVP to Jeff Barnum, Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper at JBarnum@cfl.org.

To learn more about the Waterkeeper program, click here.

 

Support for Clean Water Outlined in Recent Great Bay Current Newsletter

By Patrick | Mar 17, 2014 | in

The latest edition of Great Bay Currents has been released highlighting news and updates directly from Great Bay-Piscataqua Waterkeeper, Jeff Burnham.

This issue of the newsletter focuses on the importance of strong public support for clean water in the Bay area. A related activist group, Clean Water Advocates for Great Bay, will be holding a meeting at 7 P.M. at the Roundabout Diner in Portsmouth on March 19. The group hopes to build upon a very productive first meeting that was held back in February. Don’t miss your chance to bring your ideas to the table while playing an active role in the protection of our fragile watershed areas.

The newsletter also commends David O’Hearn in this edition’s “Faces of Great Bay” for his love of the Great Bay and its amazing recreational opportunities. A true “Bayman” at heart, O’Hearn has witnessed the detriment of pollution on the ecosystem and recognizes the need to take action.

Alpaca Farm Owner Chooses Revision Solar Energy

By Mary | Mar 14, 2014 | in

Retired engineer Steve Rowley owns Blueberry Fields Alpaca Farm with his wife Hope in York, Maine. Steve loves the ocean about as much as he does alpacas, and we caught up with him to talk about how his love of the ocean was linked to his household’s investments in solar energy.

REVISION: Why did you go solar?

STEVE: Growing up my favorite TV shows wereSea Hunt and The Under Seas Adventures of Jacques Cousteau. At the age of 15 I received my SCUBA certificate and quickly learned that the beautiful beaches above water were littered with trash on the seabed just out of sight beneath (and still are). I have studied marine biology and ocean engineering and quickly learned that the oceans are not as big as we thought. Global changes are now measurable. The solid trash problem I saw as a kid was replaced with the ones you cannot see. Now when I look at the beach I see global warming, ocean acidification, rising sea levels and warm water marine organisms moving north as water temperatures increase. We know burning fossil fuels are to blame and so my wife and I are doing what we can to stop using them.

REVISION: How did you choose ReVision Energy?

Five Green Tips from Favorite Foods

By Mary | Mar 14, 2014 | in

This week’s Green Tips come from Favorite Foods, a locally-oriented food distributor which recently installed the state’s largest roof-top solar array! Learn more about Favorite Foods at www.favoritefoods.com.

1. Conduct a Water Audit. A water audit analyzes a facility’s water use and identifies areas where homes and offices can be more efficient. Google the American Water Works Association for tips on finding the best auditors in your area.

2. Upgrade to more efficient appliances and fixtures. Faucets, showers and toilets can all be made more efficient, saving you water and money. The U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Efficiency and Renewable division even offers rebates for efficiency upgrades!

The Green Alliance brings businesses together

By Sam | Mar 13, 2014 | in

"Hi Sarah. I just wanted to let you know that the Green Alliance is by far the BEST marketing/advertisement investment we have ever made. We just landed another project thanks to you. We will be working with Chinburg Builders for the first time and are very excited!" - Candace Lord, The Green Cocoon.

These are the kinds of messages we love to receive. It reminds us that the work we are doing can not only bring green-minded consumers to green businesses, but connect green businesses together as well!

We're having a party!

By Sam | Mar 12, 2014 | in

Hey Green Alliance friends!

As you all know, we love our members. You make us who we are, and we love giving back to you in any way we can. It's been a while since we've had a GA concert, but don't worry, the wait is soon over. On Thursday, April 10th we'll be having a blast at Redhook Brewery with two up-and-coming local acts, New Hampshire's Humble Be and Boston's AJ Edwards.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Ocean Society: Top Contender in Patagonia Crowdrise Challenge

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

BY MARY DEMPSEY
Green Alliance Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH — Are you passionate about protecting the environment and marine wildlife? Blue Ocean Society presents the perfect opportunity for you to show just how much you care.

The Blue Ocean Society is a Green Alliance Business Partner that recently got involved in an amazing opportunity to raise money for its organization. Patagonia and Moosejaw are offering a challenge on Crowdrise.com, a Web site through which people can donate money, for charities to compete in raising funds. The organization that raises the most funds by noon on March 13 will receive an additional contribution courtesy of Patagonia. The winner with the most donations on Crowdrise will receive a $5,000 donation. Second and third place charities will also get a monetary reward.

Jen Kennedy, BOS executive director and co-founder, was delighted to be a part of the challenge. “We were so excited when Crowdrise contacted us to let us know we were one of the selected charities it picked to participate in the challenge.”

Crowdrise hand-picked 20 of their favorite charities to be included in the “Patagonia x Moosejaw Charity Challenge Thing.” Crowdrise is giving away $10,000 to the charities their customers love the most.

Blue Ocean Society is asking the Seacoast community for support with this challenge so that it can continue to protect marine mammals such as the humpback whale. The Blue Ocean Society’s mission is to educate people about the Seacoast’s unique marine environment and to protect its treasured sea life for generations to come. Blue Ocean Society is driven by its desire to turn science into a call to action for ocean protection.

Calling all Writers Grades K-3!

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

New Hampshire Public Television is hosting a writing contest for kids! Children in kindergarten and first through third grade are welcome to participate. This contest will accept one submission per child. Their writing piece can be a story, fiction or non-fiction. Or it can be a poem or prose. These loose guidelines leave room for your child’s creativity! Stories must be accompanied by 5 pieces of original artwork by the writer. This could include drawings, collages, and 3-D created by the author or photographs taken by the author.

A winner will be selected from each grade. First place winners will be rewarded with a tablet computer or electronic learning device. Second place winners will receive an e-reader or electronic learning materials. Third place winners will receive an e-reader, electronic learning device, or a sponsor-specified $75 gift certificate.

Each entrant must fill out an official entry form signed by a parent or guardian. To read the full list of rules, click here.

Wild & Scenic Film Festival at The Music Hall

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

ReVision Energy is the lead sponsor in bringing the largest environmental film festival in North America to Portsmouth this spring! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will consist of a collection of short films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. This year the festival’s theme is “emPOWERment,” it will have a special focus on the topic of energy. This theme also refers to the positivity and inspiration that the festival embodies and promotes.

Every year filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, and social innovators from all around the nation are drawn to this festival. It combines high quality cinematography, story-telling, and exquisite filmmaking to ignite inspiration and enthusiasm in the audience. The films will expose shots from beautiful, remote areas of our planet that the audience has never seen before. It will introduce them to rare magnificent animals, and social activists who are working to protect these exotic environments.

Attending this event is an incredible opportunity to learn more about environmental justice, energy concerns, adventure, wildlife and more. These eye-opening films can instill a great sense of wonder and appreciation for our natural world.

Redhook 10% Tuesdays

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

Last year, the Redhook Ale Brewery created the “10% Tuesday” give-back program to show support for 12 local charities. General Manager Ryan Colwell thought this program was the best way to build closer relationships with neighboring non-profits.

Part of Redhook’s mission is to provide support for the local Seacoast community. This past year, it donated 10 percent of its profits every Tuesday night to a particular New Hampshire non-profit organization. Redhook wanted all of the money from “10% Tuesdays” to go towards the farmers and local community who deserve it. Hosting “10% Tuesdays” was simply another green initiative Redhook decided to tackle.

Green Alliance Fact

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

New patients holding a Green Card receive free exam and bitewing x-rays with a cleaning at Newmarket Dental! To join the GA, click here.

Meet a Green Business: Zev Yoga

By Madelaine | Mar 11, 2014 | in

Who: Zev Yoga, Portsmouth, Dover and Exeter

What: Owner and instructor Jonas Amberger has been practicing yoga since 1993 and opened Zev Yoga in 2006. Amberger has been teaching the ancient traditions of Ashtanga yoga — a method that involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures — to Seacoast residents for more than 10 years. Ashtanga detoxifies muscles and organs, resulting in improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Where: 16 Market Square in Portsmouth; 175 Water St. in Exeter; 1 Webb Place in Dover.

Web: www.zevyoga.com

What makes them green: Emphasizes a traditionally rooted, holistically minded approach to yoga that promotes overall health — the "sustainability" of the individual.
Uses studio as community space, offering it for gatherings, educational events, workshops and fund-raisers.
Uses and promotes eco-friendly yoga mats and uses all natural cleaners in the studios.

Green Card holders pay only $5 for the first 5 classes at Zev! To join the Green Alliance, click here

The Green Alliance seeks part-time Community & Member Manager!

By Sam | Mar 10, 2014 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? Keep up with who's hiring in the seacoast and feel good about the work you do!

Sometimes we list jobs on the Green Jobs Board, too. This one is a part-time position as GA's Community & Member Manager. Click through to read the job description and apply through Jobscore!

Zev Yoga Art Opening with Drift Gallery Tonight

By Mary | Mar 7, 2014 | in

Zev Yoga Studio is hosting an art opening for Drift Gallery tonight at their Portsmouth location! The artists reception will take place from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at 16 Market Square. This will be one of the first exhibits for the Art ‘Round Town series.

Bess Cutler is the featured artist for the month of March. She has worked in the international and national contemporary art scene for many years. Cutler will display her mixed media works titled “Abstract Figures” at Zev Yoga Studio tonight. The art showing is open to the public, so community members are encouraged to come show support.

A large majority of Cutler’s work is focused around the female body. “The female figure has long intrigued me,” Ms. Cutler notes, “so it is to be expected that the figure is the theme of the majority of my work now. My main interests are compositional dynamics and spatial tension as structured primarily through the figure’s relationship to itself and to the page.” All of Cutler's artwork will be available for purchase through Drift Gallery. Her modern paintings and other artforms can be viewed during the artists reception, by appointment, or during any of the yoga classes offered by Zev Yoga.