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Acorn School on New Hampshire's Seacoast

By Ali | Jun 13, 2014 | in

Acorn School is an early childhood education center in the Seacoast area of New Hampshire. Young children, ages three to six, develop and learn together in an atmosphere that is consistent, encouraging, and cheerful.

Acorn School opened its doors in 1975 after Rebecca Shepard purchased a small plot of land in Stratham, NH. It wasn’t long until this special school gain support and interest in the community and filled with eager, energetic students.

This warm and nurturing environment has small classroom sizes, allowing a one to six teacher-to-child ratio. Creating an atmosphere that better fits each individual’s unique learning experience.

Ron April, Real Estate Expert

By Emily | Jun 12, 2014 | in

Finding someone passionate about bringing you the best money can buy in the real estate business can be hard. That is, unless you’ve worked with Ron April. With 17 years of real estate practice under his belt, Ron knows what it takes to find or sell the perfect home for his clients.

Since the beginning of his career in real estate, Ron has grown to become one of the highest producing agents in the region. These credentials have not gone to his head, as all of his various encounters in the field have done nothing but humbled him and allowed him to hone his skills in the field. Over the years, Ron has seen it all, and is an expert at careful negotiations on behalf of his clients, doing what he can to save them money and make their home buying/selling experience positive.

Seacoast Energy Offers Customers Variety for Energy Efficiency

By Magill | Jun 12, 2014 | in

Seacoast Energy wants to tackle the ever growing climate challenge head-on by offering an array of sustainable, energy saving products. Jack Bingham, owner of Seacoast Energy, specializes in almost every energy saving option available. From solar heated hot water to composting toilets, Bingham aims to provide locals with access to energy efficient products. It's a challenge in a time of serious environmental degradation as large corporations offer solutions that appear easier, but contain harmful fossil fuels. It's true that we are in the middle of an energy crisis.

"New England in particular has got a serious energy problem and there are only so many options," said Bingham. "And solar hot water and electric are clearly two of those options."

Are You Overpaying on Your Insurance Plan?

By Amanda | Jun 11, 2014 | in

Recently a couple, who are Green Alliance Members, saved $1,798 on their home, auto and umbrella insurance when they switched from GEICO to Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance. The couple had been overpaying for years and Portsmouth Atlantic was able to quote them the same or better coverage saving them a sizable amount!

Portsmouth Atlantic is an independent insurance agency, servicing Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts. Owner Jon Merwin started the agency shortly after graduating from the University of New Hampshire and, as of June 1, has operated the business for nine years. Since opening a second office in Durham, Jon has worked extensively within the UNH and Durham community. Portsmouth Atlantic is one of the only agencies in New Hampshire that offers a discount on home and auto insurance to all UNH employees. They also offer a Bachelor's and Master's degree discount for alumni. Well over 300 UNH graduates are insured by Portsmouth Atlantic, and that number continues to grow.

Portsmouth Atlantic also strives to be the greenest insurance agency in the state. They use a paperless management system and email as much as possible to reduce paper waste. When Portsmouth Atlantic does use printed materials, they print with soy-based inks and recycle all appropriate products. The business also uses green cleaning products throughout the office. Jon has many green dreams for Portsmouth Atlantic's future and hopes to incorporate other sustainability initiatives into the business and community.

Make sure you're not overpaying on your insurance plan by contacting Portsmouth Atlantic for a quote today!

Green Alliance Members receive a FREE tote bag for every policy purchased by GA Green Card holders! Also, any GA member who purchases a policy will have a tree planted on their behalf through plantabillion.org. If you are not already a Green Alliance member, click here to sign up!

Green Alliance and Ultra Geothermal Benefit Yard Sale

By Magill | Jun 11, 2014 | in

In support of Travis Aho's battle with Leukemia, the Green Alliance is working with Ultra Geothermal to put on a yard sale.  Travis Aho, brother of Ultra Geothermal owner Melissa, is originally from Sullivan NH and is a graduate of Keene State.  His career as a firefighter has taken him all over the United States and has placed him in Florida for the past ten years.  He currently works as a law enforcement officer for the U.S. department of Agriculture in the Ocala National Forest. Aho has been battling Leukemia since December 2013 and is currently struggling with the financial burden of the disease. 

Take a Holistic Approach to Your Pet Care with The Natural Dog

By Amanda | Jun 10, 2014 | in

There's no better way to keep your dog or cat healthy and happy this summer than with a holistic approach from The Natural Dog. With a large selection of natural foods, supplements and environmentally friendly products your dog or cat is bound to walk out a satisfied customer.

In 2005, Dawn Price opened The Natural Dog in Newburyport, Mass. with the aim of increasing awareness of pet food ingredients. Dawn is not only an expert in her field, but is also a registered dietician whom wanted to bring a sustainable and holistic approach to the pet food industry. To say Dawn succeeded would be an understatement. In 2013, with eight years of experience behind her, Price was able to expand on that goal and open a second location in Portsmouth, N.H. This secondary location, named The Natural Dog & Holistic Cat, operates on the same principles and philosophies that govern the flagship store with the highest quality products for both canine and feline family members.

Dawn and Jeff Price strive to find the most natural and environmentally friendly products available for dogs and cats. All products are thoroughly researched before chosen, and selected based on quality not popularity. Dawn and Jeff avoid the marketing hype by selecting products based on ingredients, production and company values. Further, the Prices buy from local, small businesses as much as possible, with the hope of working with companies who share their values for holistic products.

Great Bay Stewards

By Kelly | Jun 10, 2014 | in

Great Bay Stewardhas a mission to protect and preserve the Great Bay estuarine system through education, land protection, research and care of the Great Bay. They have established a National Estuarine Research Reserve as a place to educate, research, and provide resource protection. This reserve includes the Great Bay Estuary (4,500 acres of tidal waters and wetlands) and about 12,000 additional acres of multi-use land. Great Bay Stewards has also converted former Pease Air Force base land into a National Wildlife Refuge. Also, they developed the Great Bay Discovery Center for Great Bay education programs. They attain these goals through working with other organizations, educational programs and holding recreational/cultural events and informing current members.

Great Bay Stewards are currently holding a kayak raffle for a 2014 Wilderness Systems Kayak Pungo 120, provided by Eastern Mountain Sports. You can purchase tickets here or at the Great Bay Discovery Center! Tickets are $5 each or 5 for $20. This drawing will be held on June 26th.

Soak Up the Rain is an event being held on June 21 at the Discovery Center. This storm water program protects and restores clean water to local lakes, streams, and estuaries. More information about Soak Up the Rain can be found here. Participants that attend this event can view a nearby rain garden installation.  This will allow for better understanding of stormwater runoff management.  Are you a Do-It-Yourselfer?  This project, can reduce your stormwater foot print at your property!  The Soak Up the Rain event runs from 10 a.m. to noon.

Join the Green Alliance and save 10% on Great Bay Stewards membership!

 

Green Alliance Summer Party Cruise

By Kelly | Jun 10, 2014 | in

Its the event of the summer; the Endless Summer Party Cruise with NHPTV and your friends at Green Alliance.  We've teamed up with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company for a summer event you won't want to miss!  July 10 join us as we cruise Portsmouth Harbour to the sounds of Humble Bee, an eclectic, local, alternative rock band.  Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres, and intelligent and fun company (including green business leaders and the folks from NHPTV). FREE FOR ALL GA MEMBERS! 

Join the GA now for only $25, and get your summer cruise ticket and a 1-year membership with the Green Alliance.  The Green Card gets you great discounts at 115 local, green businesses who care about our community.  The membership pays for itself almost the first time you use it.  Don't you think it's time you became a card carring member?  

To save your spot for the GA/NHPTV Summer Party Cruise RSVP to katie@greenalliance.biz after you've joined. 

Have a friend who you would like to attend?  Send friends this link to join (remind them to RSVP to katie@greenalliance.biz after they have joined).  

Olympic Green Cleaning

By Kelly | Jun 10, 2014 | in

Olympic Green Cleaning uses healthy environmentally friendly products when cleaning residential homes and commercial facilities. They use products that are EPA approved, such as, “Envirox,” the only EPA registered stabilized hydrogen peroxide sanitizer-virucide. This allows for sustainable cleaning practices with affective environmental protection.

Olympic Green Cleaning Products are also, USDA Bio-Preferred, and Green Seal Certified. The USDA Bio-Preferred program was created to promote the increased purchase and use of biobased products. The purchase and use of these products will reduce the nations reliance on petroleum, increase the use of renewable agriculture resources, and contribute to the reduction of adverse environmental and health impacts. Green seal certified is a standard that develops life cycle based sustainability standards for products, services and companies. Green Seal works with businesses to achieve these criteria.

Olympic Green Cleaning understands the importance of environmental, economic and social initiatives. Economically, they will continue to purchase locally, create jobs, and have a commitment to research and development. Their social impact creates programs that benefit the local communities, volunteering services to those in need and providing quality service at all time. Recently, Olympic Green Cleaning ran as a company in a 5k race benefiting Krempels. They also, gave to breast cancer awareness month and made a brain tumor foundation donation. They have plans to start a charity fund for families that struggle to pay their medical bill, and donate to non-profits monthly. Environmentally, Olympic Green Cleaning will utilize products and conduct business that benefits the environment, prevent pollution, and promoting and educating clients on environmental management.

 

Community Toolbox Grand Opening Sale!

By Ali | Jun 10, 2014 | in

Community Toolbox is a non-profit in Portsmouth, New Hampshire that accepts donations of new and used home building supplies that they then sell at their outlet store. They take used home goods from homeowners who would normally have furniture hauled away during renovations. 

In addition to selling the furnishings and working on small home repairs, their volunteer team will help local homeowners remove kitchen and bathroom cabinets, sinks, appliances and countertops as part of their deconstruction service. Rather than pay for the labor, homeowners are asked to make a small financial donation to the program and receive a tax write off for donating their useable materials.

Typically, all Green Alliance members receive a ten percent discount on all purchases at their store. Recently, Community Toolbox has achieved their goal of becoming a non-profit and is giving a 20 percent discount to all GA members to celebrate!

Site Structures Keeps Sustainable Goals in Mind

By Kyle | Jun 10, 2014 | in

Site Structures aims to create sustainable landscapes that are designed to be both attractive and in balance with the local climate and environment. In creating these carefully crafted sustainable landscapes Site Structures has three goals; reduce inputs, reduce waste and utilize local suppliers and local materials.

Site Structures is well aware of the negative impacts lawn care chemicals have on the health of the soil, larger aspects of the environment and the health of those in contact with the lawn. Site Structures goal to reduce inputs aims to avoid applying non-organic fertilizers and pesticides. By avoiding the application of these chemicals supports the biology of the soil that maintains the soils overall health and reduce the amount of maintenance needed in the future. Therefore, the inputs of time and money are also reduced.

Green Alliance Welcomes Aucella Heat & Cooling as a Business Partner!

By Craig | Jun 10, 2014 | in

It's summer, what a perfect time to welcome Aucella Heating & Cooling to the Green Alliance!

As we turn on our AC systems seeking relief from the heat, many don't know that an efficient cooling system can help save money and lessen their impact on the environment. Aucella does more than just installations and repair work. They spend time diagnosing a home and find the right system that fits the needs of both the homeowner and the home itself. Aucella even offers customers the opportunity to manage their home's efficiency while they soak up the sun with the Ecobee Internet Thermostat, which allows users to manage energy levels from their laptop, iPhone or iPod Touch.

Isle of Shoals Teams Up With Green Alliance

By Ali | Jun 9, 2014 | in

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Green Alliance are working together all summer long to give away tickets to island and steamship adventures. Tuesday June 10 the Green Alliance will put up a question that can be found on the GA facebook page. The first person to correctly answer the question will receive a ticket to the Steamship event on July 10!

The Isle of Shoals Steamship Co., Green Alliance, and NHPTV are all teaming up to bring you a fun night of food, drinks and live music aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton as it sails the Piscataqua River on the July 10.

The Isle of Shoals Steamship Company is hosting a sunset wine tasting on June 22, July 20, August 17, and September 7. Step on board the M.V. Thomas Laighton to sample various wines and appetizers while cruising along the river. Relax to live acoustic entertainment. Top it off with a sunset overlooking the harbor. A great way to end your week!

Martha Stone Becomes a GiGStar

By Ali | Jun 9, 2014 | in

Get it Going has discovered yet another GiGStar, Martha Stone! A leader in the seacoast community for several reasons. Stone first caught GiG’s attention when she successfully led a campaign that raised $5 million for Cross Roads House, a local homeless shelter in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Stone didn’t stop there, next she donated one of her kidneys to a neighbor in need and acts as a role model for anyone who meets her.

When Stone applied for the position as the Cross Roads House Director of Development she realized that more must be done for the shelter. “I knew that if I was going to be fundraising, it would have to be for a cause that I felt 100% committed to and passionate about. Having grown up here, it was a way for me to give back and leave a lasting mark in the community.”

Redhook Brewery and WXGR Present Hookfest 2014

By Clay | Jun 9, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Community get 25% off Hookfest tickets with promo code 'Green'! (exp. 8/1) 

Redhook Brewery and WXGR’s 18th annual Hookfest 2014 is right around the corner! The all-day outdoor music and beer festival takes place on August 16 and promises a day of great music, delicious beer & food and plenty of good times. Just last week, redhook and WXGR announced the full musical lineup, featuring a fantastic lineup of national touring artists and local bands.

Brooklyn's finest seven-piece old school funk band Lettuce will headline the festival. Lettuce has toured venues and festivals the country for the past year, from The Fillmore in California to Terminal 5 in New York City. Lettuce celebrated their 20th anniversary this year by releasing their third studio album, Fly.

Along with Lettuce, the lineup also includes Bim Skala Bim, a ska rock band from Boston, MA, ska musician and producer King Hammond, soul band The Nth Power, Massachusetts-based Americana roots reggae band Michael Bernier & Freevolt, and The Spittin' Vinnies, performing originals and a wide span of covers.

Sound good? It is. Head to Hookfest's website, where you can look at a number of different ticket options, ranging from general admission tickets to swanky VIP packages, including hotel and transportation. Psst, here's a hint though: get 25% off your ticket purchase when you use the promo code 'GREEN.'