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Loon Echo Trek

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 19, 2014 | in

Looking for a chance to get out and enjoy the fall weather? Come to the 14th Annual Loon Echo Trek on September 20th from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.! The Echo Trek is a perfect opportunity to hop on you bike or lace up your boots and enjoy some quality time outdoors. The best part is, its for a good cause! 

This event allows you to choose from six different challenges. The first two options are 4.5 and 6 mile hikes. The last four options are 25, 50, 75 or 100 mile cycle through the northern Sebago lakes region. These beautiful trails include rest stops and spirited volunteers along with breath taking scenery. 

The Loon Echo Trek benefits the Loon Echo Land Trust. This trust protects and preserves 4,000 acres of land and 22 miles of trails in the mountains of the Northern Sebago Region. This event is the largest fundraiser for the trust each year so your participation is greatly valued. The more participants the better!

Ridgeview Construction Hopes to Change View on Prefabricated Homes with Build in Salisbury

By Craig | Sep 18, 2014 | in

Tours of Ridgeview's net-zero home in Salisbury are open to the public now through October 5. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit Boston Children's Hospital! Purchase your tickets here.

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when considering home design – what's attractive to one person may not be to another. Perceptions are changing, however, when it comes to prefabricated and modular home building. At least, that's what Ridgeview Construction owner Shane Carter hopes to achieve with a build in Salisbury, Mass.

Ridgeview, a Deerfield, N.H. based building company, is the general contractor for Boston magazine’s tenth Design Home project. Each year, Boston seeks a new location in the greater Boston area that focuses on a new perspective of living. For Design Home 2014, the theme is a modular home build with minimal waste and completely net-zero in design.

A Worthy Conversion with NH company Leading the Charge

By Madalyn | Sep 18, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord

What does the Mount Washington Auto Road have in common with a school transportation company in Brentwood? Both organizations are either planning to convert or have converted vehicles to run on Autogas, or propane fuel. It’s an energy efficient and cleaner-burning trend that is taking place all over the country, including right here at home in NH.

Proulx Oil and Propane in Newmarket is the driving force behind the slow but steady growth of Autogas in the region. Company president Jim Proulx has become an Autogas evangelist in part because he tested out a conversion on his personal vehicle and has converted almost 75 percent of his company’s service fleet. He believes “the numbers don’t lie” that Autogas makes sound business sense as a reliable alternative fuel.

“The market is still evolving and it’s my job to educate people and get the word out about the economic benefits of Autogas conversions,” said Proulx who recently spoke to the Raymond Rotary Club. “It has made financial sense for us to do it (conversions) to the point of replacing diesel vehicles before the end of their useful life with Autogas platforms to take advantage of the economic benefits as soon as possible.”

Garrett Scholes of Provider Bus Company in Brentwood, which provides transportation for special needs students for school districts throughout Southern New Hampshire, said Provider has begun a nine-vehicle pilot program after conversions earlier this year. The 14-passenger yellow buses will serve the Londonderry School District which approved the conversions as part of its contract with Provider.

Inaugural "Plug-In" at Redhook Brewery

By Madalyn | Sep 18, 2014 | in

New Hampshire residents are getting charged up this week in Portsmouth. That is, drivers of electric vehicles (EV) are getting charged up because they now have access to a brand new charging station. The station is located at the Redhook Brewery at the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth, N.H. Even more exciting, Redhook is able to offer this amenity to the public free of charge!

This wonderful service for EV drivers was made possible by the partnership between Redhook Brewery and Public Services of New Hampshire (PSNH). PSNH is presenting Redhook with a $3,000 rebate for their charging station in the hope that it will help grow the EV market in N.H.

The electric vehicle market is growing. Facilities that offer charging stations like the one located at the Redhook are instrumental in maintaining that growth in N.H. An important player at the event was Watson Collins, EV Project Manager for PSNH parent company Northeast Utilities. He commented on the importance of developing the EV movement further for the future of N.H. and for N.H. residents energy consumption.

Our Town Energy Alliance Offers Big Savings

By Katelyn | Sep 18, 2014 | in

With the winter season fast approaching, New Hampshire residents are preparing for another long stretch of cold and snowy months. Most residents have secured heating fuel to keep them warm until spring, but no need to worry if you have been holding out because Our Town Energy Alliance still has great pricing for the upcoming season.

Our Town Energy Alliance began as a cooperative to save senior citizens money on heating fuel when it was established in 1999 by the Barraford family. Since it was launched, the business has expanded from 75 members to more than 15,000 in 2013 and now offers a range of services to maximize energy efficiency and savings. Our Town Energy Alliance launched Our Town Electricity enabling them to purchase electricity through the New England Power Pool, which includes energy from alternative sources. Using energy created from wind, bio-mass, and hydroelectric plants, in addition to other energy outlets, allows consumers to reduce their carbon footprint, in comparison to providers that use mostly coal alone.

Balance Your Body and Mind, Balance for Life

By Katie | Sep 18, 2014 | in

At less than a year of age, children start to find their balance. Everything becomes a stabilizer; a tool to pull themselves up and see the world from a few inches higher. Soon after finding their balance, they’re off running. Throughout one’s life, all sorts of aspects can alter one’s balance—usually for the worst. When balance starts to get compromised, freedom can go with that, while fear of falling may increase. Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga Studio recognizes that maintaining balance is essential for health and safety, and offers classes to restore balance.

Since introducing Taiji classes focusing on bettering balance in 2012, Gateway has helped a slew of participants find their equilibrium. The classes were started after the New Hampshire Fall’s Risk Reduction Task Force offered a specialized training session to Taiji students/masters, as a way to reduce the incredibly serious threat that falls pose to the elderly. The task force required that all participants go on to teach the class themselves.

QA Cafe Teams with MetalWave, Green Alliance and More for eCycling Event in Portsmouth

By Craig | Sep 18, 2014 | in

On Monday, September 29, QA Cafe will team with MetalWave, Inc., Green Alliance, Axis Business Solutions and Alpha Loft. The event will take place at 55 Green Street in Portsmouth, N.H. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Located at QA Cafe's offices, a recycling station will be set up in the parking lot and will be open to family and friends of our partners as well as all Business Partners and consumer members of the Green Alliance.

Items to bring include cell phones, mice, keyboards, speakers,toner, cables, wire, Laptops, PC’s, Servers, includes: Asset tag removal, Data erasure, U.S Dept of Defense Standards: 5220.22M and NIST SP 800-88. These devices will be recycled at no charge. Other items include CRT/LED Monitors Flat Screen ($5 each), CRT ($10 for less than 25″; $20 for less than 25″), batteries ($2/lb.), fluorescent lamps ($5 each), printers, scanners, or copiers ($5 each), office phones ($1 each) and refrigerators, air conditioners, microwaves, etc. ($5-$25 each).

As a business partner with the Green Alliance, MetalWave offers recycling services and Solid State Drive (SSD) Data Sanitation Solutions, leaving consumers of electronic equipment feeling safe and secure in knowing that their information, and waste, is not sitting in a landfill.

Enter for your chance to win the NHPTV Car Raffle

By Anna | Sep 18, 2014 | in

Looking for a new set of wheels? Want to help New Hampshire Public Television provide the entertaining, educational and enriching programs you love? NHPTV is holding a raffle for four great prizes on October 15. Win $25,000 toward a brand-new Ford, Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, or Scion donated by Grappone Automotive Group. Second prize is a two night stay in a suite at the Exeter Inn plus breakfast at Epoch Restaurant. Third prize is an Apple iPad 2 donated by DYN.

Buy your tickets for theNHPTV Car Raffle from September 10 - October 14. Winner(s) will be selected in a random drawing on Wednesday, October 15 and announced on nhptv.org/raffle and on air. Tickets are $50 each, or triple your chances of winning by getting three tickets for $100! Be sure to purchase your tickets by midnight, October 1 to be entered into the early-bird special drawing for $1,000 donated by Lake Sunapee Bank!

Poco's New Heated Deck Stays Warm Through Fall

By Sam | Sep 18, 2014 | in

Though they may crowd the restaurants, sidewalks, and parking lots, tourists bring millions of dollars to Portsmouth’s community. After summer’s tourist season is over, however, there are only a few fleeting weekends for locals to enjoy some of the town’s hallmark features, notably Bow Street’s string of restaurants with outdoor decks. Poco’s Bow Street Cantina is extending harborside dining and drinking on its deck well into “sweater season” with a newly-installed heating system.

Poco’s is now fully equipped with a high-efficiency natural gas furnace, which will heat the entirety of the deck. Poco’s co-owners John Golumb and Marlisa Geroulo expressed their excitement to keep the outdoor seating warm throughout the fall.

Green Story: Harbor Eyecare Center

By Craig | Sep 18, 2014 | in

Every Green Alliance business undergoes a Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show everyone what each business has accomplished and what they are still working to accomplish when it comes to green business practices. The final part of the evaluation is the Green Story. Check out Harbor Eyecare Center’s Green Story below.

Harbor Eyecare Center Has an Eye for Sustainability

Vision Source Harbor Eyecare Center has found a way to integrate environmentalism into the optometry industry. Founded in 1998 by Dr. Amy Pruszenski, Harbor Eyecare has grown into a successful practice with three doctors and several full and part time employees. As time went on, both Harbor Eyecare and the environmentalism movement grew. With the addition of Dr. Hudson and the expansion of their practice (both in customers and with a significant remodeling), Harbor Eye Care became interested in finding a way to “go green.” According to Office Manager Debbie Tufts, the choice was simple. “We wanted to take care of the planet, and do our part,” she explains. “We knew that it was becoming a popular movement, and we were excited to find ways be a part of it.”

Harbor Eyecare offers two notable products that combine fashion and sustainability. Modo glasses, frames that are sourced from recycled materials, offer a sustainable alternative to customers interested in the environment. The company plants a tree for every pair that is sold. Modo also features a “Buy a Frame Give a Frame” program that pledges to provide a free pair of spectacles to someone in need for each pair that is sold.

Final Greenland Farmers' Market of the Season

By Katelyn | Sep 18, 2014 | in

As the weather begins to change and we transition into another New England fall, everyone looks forward to the fresh apples, pumpkins, and other goods that are signature items of the autumn season. The Greenland Farmers’ Market is still in full swing, bringing the freshest fruits and vegetables from the farm to your table.

The Greenland Farmers’ Market in Greenland, New Hampshire offers a diverse array of farm fresh products from local farms, as well as locally sourced prepared foods. The variety of goods allows customers to find produce, prepared foods, and unique crafts that they know are locally grown and made, while also supporting small businesses in the New Hampshire Seacoast area. The last farmers market of the season will be held on September 30, 2014 and will feature additional vendors who are Business Partners of the Green Alliance. This is a unique opportunity to learn about green, local businesses while shopping for your home’s essentials.

Green Earth Baby Works Launches Laundry Service!

By Katie | Sep 17, 2014 | in

For years Green Earth Baby Works (GEBW) has been providing cloth diaper services to the Seacoast; delivering fresh, clean linen diapers and picking up dirty ones. GEBW not only provides families with door-to-door service but it has kept numerous disposable diapers out of landfills, waterways, and our natural environment. 

Now, Kim Leo, the owner of GEBW is building upon her green credentials. 

Green Earth Laundry Works (GELW) has officially launched, and is providing linen service to all hotels, restaurants, spas, gyms, and cleaning companies. The sister company to GEBW will be continuing their door-to-door service, picking up dirty linens and cleaning them with green-certified detergents on energy efficient machines. 

Kittery PTA Seaside 4 Miler

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 17, 2014 | in

Come join the Kittery PTA on Sunday, September 21st for the annual Seaside 4 miler at Fort Foster for a morning of fun for the whole family. Participate in the 4-mile road race at 8:30 a.m., or simply enjoy the 2.5 mile walk or free kid’s fun run at 9:30 a.m. The course is relatively flat with one hill after the first mile. For a course map click here.

Proceeds from the race help support the efforts of the Kittery PTA including funding for their kid's field trips, educational programs, teacher initiatives and classroom supplies. They have kept the registration fee very cost effective so that the entire family can participate!

In addition to the race, there will be a raffle with over 15 gift certificates from local businesses available to win. Tickets will be sold at open house as well as the morning of the race.

Don't want to run or walk but want to participate? They are always looking for volunteers. Please email Sybil Carven if interested at sybil.carven@comcast.net.

For more information about the event click here. To register click here.

Foliage Sunset Sail for Sustaining GA Members

By Anna | Sep 16, 2014 | in

Sadly, summer has set sail. The good news is, autumn is on its way and bringing with it vibrant colors, crisp weather and pumpkin flavored everything.  With the changing of the seasons comes the changing of the leaves and tons of fun ways to enjoy New England’s most reputable season. The fall foliage is at its peak for only a few short weeks, and the Green Alliance wants to get its members on the water to take advantage of this short lived beauty. 

On October 5, sail Portsmouth Harbor with the Gundalow Company, Green Alliance, 900 Degress Pizzeria, and Redhook Brewery! To earn two sail tickets for this private charter, simply join the Green Alliance as a Sustaining Member here. The Sustaining Membership is a lifetime membership to the GA and includes elite access to events, promotions, and networks. Since the GA’s creation in 2009, Sustaining Members have provided unwavering support to the GA’s mission to grow the local, green economy. This sail will not only provide magnificent 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. All new Sustaining Members will receive two passes onto this one-time GA Foliage Sunset Sail.

Meet a Green Alliance Business

By Madalyn | Sep 16, 2014 | in

Who: Simply Green Biofuels

What: Since 2007, Simply Biofuels has grown to become one of the Seacoast's top, green-feuling companies, offering locally harnessed, 100 percent waste vegetable Bioheat as alternative to standard No. 2 home heating oil and petroleum diesel. Not only do the company's biofuels help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants; they're also biodegradable and nontoxic. A typical household using Bioheat can reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by close to 15 percent and particulates pollution by 20 percent- emitting 3,200 pounds less carbon dioxide annually.

Where: 63 Atlantic Ave., North Hampton

Web: www.simplygreenbiofuels.com