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Tom Steyer visits Green Alliance

By Sam | Nov 5, 2014 | in

Last Friday, Green Alliance headquarters had a very special visitor!

For those who aren’t familiar, Tom Steyer, billionaire philanthropist and environmental advocate, is the founder of NextGen Climate, an organization that supports candidates who take interest in environmental issues. He is traveling across the country speaking about the importance of environmental legislation, and the importance of people’s votes, especially in the upcoming elections. 

Steyer spoke to a full room of business owners and non-profits. Many of our Green Alliance business partners were there, including but not limited to: Seacoast Energy, Blue Ocean Society, Progressive Asset Management, Newmarket Dental, Great Bay Stewards, Eolian Energy, and more. The discussion ranged from the impending transition to renewable energy as the dominant source of power, to the small steps people can take in their local community to make positive changes for the environment. 

Acorn School's Fall Fundraiser Features Comedy, Food, and Drink!

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 5, 2014 | in

To purchase tickets for the Back to School Comedy Night email info@acornschoolnh.com or call 603-778-8285.

Smuttynose Opens Arizona Market With Arizona Beer and Cider Company

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 5, 2014 | in

Smuttynose Brewing Co, New Hampshire’s leading craft brewer, is adding Arizona to its distribution footprint, continuing its 2014 expansion by entering business upstart distributor, Arizona Beer and Cider Company.

While both the state and wholesaler may seem new and uncharted, this business relationship actually began in Chicago in 2009. Arizona Beer and Cider Company is owned by Jim and Jason Ebel, the two brothers behind Two Brothers Brewing Company and previous owners of Windy City Distribution, to whom Smuttynose sells beer in Illinois. That previous experience with an Ebel-managed distributor left a strong impression and when Jim and Jason approached Smuttynose Founder and President Peter Egelston about signing on to their upstart business in Arizona, it was a very easy “yes.” “If the Ebels had asked us two years ago, we would have had to say ‘no’ to such a unique opportunity,” said Egelston, “but the capacity and efficiency of our new brewery means we can now say ‘yes’ to excellent opportunities like this one. These guys really know how to sell and care for craft beer, so I’m sure we’ll make good use of our new equipment.” In addition to Arizona, Smuttynose has entered Texas and Tennessee this year.

ABC is starting strong thanks to 13 years of experience. Initial sales have already begun while 15,000 sq ft of refrigerated warehouse space is online and ready to be filled with the finest beers and ciders. “It’s rare to see such a large cold room right out of the gate with a new operation,” said Smuttynose’s Egelston, “if that’s not a signal of intentions, I’m not sure what is.”

Acorn School is seeking preschool teachers!

By Sam | Nov 4, 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!

Join Acorn's team for the 2014-2015 school year! Candidates will be considered to fill their morning and afternoon openings. Continuing education and retirement benefits. Mail your resume & cover letter to: Acorn School, PO Box 570, Stratham NH 03885 or email to: info@acornschoolnh.com.

Ladder the Inflatable Fin Whale Visits Little Harbour School

By Madalyn | Nov 4, 2014 | in

The Little Harbour School is excited to host an interactive program for their students, thanks to the Clews family, who won a contest sponsored by Blue Ocean Society. The School will be visited by Ladder, an inflatable fin whale. Students will not only visit with and learn about the biology, anatomy, and behavior of whales, but also have the chance to go inside of Ladder!

Earlier this year, Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation welcomed a new addition to the family, a 65-foot model inflatable whale, named Ladder, for educational programs and events. Fin whales are the second largest animals to ever live on the planet reaching lengths of 60-70 feet long, so Ladder is an authentic representation of the size of fin whales. The whale is modeled after a real fin whale, who Blue Ocean Society has been studying since 1996.

The model is available for indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) programs at schools, libraries, Scout meetings, and other events. Blue Ocean Society is excited to begin giving presentations with Ladder throughout New England.

Green Alliance Holds Forum to Help Small Progressive Businesses with Social Media and Staffing

By Madalyn | Nov 4, 2014 | in

By Katie Seraikas

Running a business is a lot like solving a puzzle. There are so many pieces that need to come together to get you to that final product or vision. You can work tirelessly at the puzzle, arranging the mish mashed shapes into a cohesive unit, only to find you’re missing a piece. With a lot of focus and attentiveness, the puzzle will eventually come together but most small business owners need help.

“One of the things we have found that most of our partnering businesses struggle with, is using the ever-changing social media landscape to help grow a business or a brand and the other common problem area for many small biz owners is hiring, firing and managing existing employees,” explains Sarah Brown, GA Director and founder. “So we thought we’d bring folks together with experts in these fields and help to get them educated on strategies that work!”

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Green Earth Baby Works

By Katelyn | Nov 4, 2014 | in

Who: Green Earth Baby Works

What: Green Earth Baby Works, is a storefront and online cloth diaper retailer, offering a wide-range of cloth diaper products, accessories, and services in an industry known to produce an abundance of waste that threatens the environment. The average child uses 6,000 to 8,000 disposable diapers in their first three years, much of which sits in a landfill for decades. Disposable diapers also expose children to toxic chemicals that act as irritants and can cause severe rashes. Green Earth Baby Works offers a number of different monthly service plans for a cost-effective alternative to disposable diapers. The company provides diaper delivery and pickup service to Rockingham and Strafford counties in New Hampshire as well as southern Maine and northern Mass.Green Earth Baby Works will wash the cloth diapers for customers, or customers can purchase 100 percent natural compound detergents in store or online to safely and effectively clean soiled laundry at home. Green Earth Baby Works is the only cloth diaper service in the state of New Hampshire and recently opened a sister operation, Green Earth Laundry Works, offering local businesses green laundry services.

Where: 285 Calef Highway, Unit 4, Epping

Web: www.greenearthbabyworks.com

Call: (603) 292-6500

Progressive Asset Management Moves Equality Forward, Calms Market Correction Woes, Takes on Big Banks

By Craig | Nov 3, 2014 | in

Progressive Asset Management (PAM), an independent full-service investment brokerage firm specializing in environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing, is doing their part for women's equality in the business sector. Local PAM Group members Michael Smith and Hunter Brownlie recently attended a luncheon put on by leading ESG fund family Pax World Funds to promote the recently created Pax Ellevate Global Women's Index Fund.

Pax World partnered with Sallie L. Krawcheck, considered one of the nations most respected and knowledgeable financial executives, as well as the owner and chair of Ellevate, a growing professional women's network dedicated to the economic engagement and advancement of women worldwide, to create a fund which promotes women's advancement in the workplace. The fund chooses companies from the arena of global stocks that meet environmental, social and sustainability measures as well as their commitment to women’s equality in the workplace.

PAM is also focusing on alleviating customer’s market correction worries. With the media declaring the financial market over-saturated, over-valued and rising so high that the only direction for it to go next is down, many customers fear another crash. However, PAM is quick to note that this is not Newton's law of motion, but the world of finance which follows the forces of profit, population and productivity and thereby a different set of rules. According to PAM, while markets have ups and downs, if you follow a set of time-tested investment rules such as being clear about and sticking to your risk tolerance, diversifying your investment with the proper asset allocation, including rebalancing, allowing for time in the market – not market timing, and dollar-cost averaging, you can turn the tables on corrections and actually take advantage of them.*

MetalWave eCycling event with QA Cafe

By Sam | Nov 3, 2014 | in

Watch how our local community came together to responsibly recycle their old electronics! Big thanks to MetalWave, Inc. and QA Cafe for making this happen. Did you know you can recycle batteries for free and receive up to 50% off other items if you have a Green Alliance card? Sign up here.

Thinking Globally, Succeeding Locally

By Sam | Nov 3, 2014 | in

Has anyone ever asked you what it is we do here at the Green Alliance? This video breaks it down.

Fall Designer Event

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 31, 2014 | in

In the market for fresh new glasses? Come by Harbor Eyecare Center for the Fall Designer Event! The event be on Saturday, Nov 1 from 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and will feature professional designer Chelsea Coull. Chelsea will be showcasing all the latest styles from GUESS, Sawrovski and Timberland as well as fresh new styles from Tom Ford, Kate Spade, Fysh & Kliik and many more! This is the perfect opportunity to add some new styles to your fall look. 

Ridgeview Construction Honored at Cornerstone Awards

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 31, 2014 | in

MANCHESTER- The Annual Cornerstone Awards was recently held at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, N.H. The Cornerstone Awards are produced by the New Hampshire Home Builders Association Sales & Marketing Council and are presented yearly to recognize excellence in all areas of the building industry including design, remodeling, new construction, landscaping and special features. Ridgeview Construction was one of the companies honored at the ceremony, receiving three awards for their commitment to sustainable construction.

Ridgeview was a Gold Winner for the Modern Lake Home category, which highlighted the best complete teardown and build of a modern lakefront home and Historical Farmhouse Modernization, which focuses on the updating and modernizing of a historical farm. Ridgeview was also given the Silver Winner award in the net-zero Home category.

NextGen Climate Action Hosts Climate Change Discussion at GA Headquarters

By Madalyn | Oct 30, 2014 | in

Green Alliance Members, make time tomorrow (10/31) for this exciting informative event! Check out the Green Alliance office while also listening and discussing current issues with notable environmentalist Tom Steyer! A GA Membership exclusive event, register now!

Join Tom Steyer, philanthropist and founder of NextGen Climate Action, for coffee and a discussion on climate change issues and the effects on small businesses with other Green Alliance members at the GA Headquarters at 75 Congress Street, Suite 304 in Portsmouth. The event is on Friday, October 31 at 10:30 a.m. This event is exclusive to the GA community, and is a great opportunity for folks to discuss climate change (and hang out in the GA office) with a reputable environmental activist.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

By Madalyn | Oct 30, 2014 | in

Who: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

What: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric, part of the Rockingham Electric family of companies, carries the largest selection of efficient lighting products in northern New England. In-house lighting specialists offer lighting solutions that provide both a high level of function and maximum efficiency, while also factoring in budget and aesthetics. Green lighting options include all variations and styles of CFLs, LEDs and Energy Star certified products. The company's unique Lighting Lab allows customers to simulate a variety of home lighting applications. Almost all of The Lighting Center’s green lighting products can be purchased online, providing customers the added benefit of reduced travel. A family-owned company started in 1951, The Lighting Center has always made efficiency education a cornerstone of its business.

Where: 437 Shattuck Way, Newington

Web: www.RockinghamLightingCenter.com or online showroom www.lightingrockingham.xolights.com

Performance Business Solutions Joins the Green Alliance

By Craig | Oct 30, 2014 | in

We're happy to welcome Performance Business Solutions as the latest Business Partner with the Green Alliance!

Founded by Jeff Hiatt in 1995, Performance Business Solutions (PBS) has helped businesses start, or grow, their sustainability initiatives. At its core, PBS is about saving green - that includes saving the environment as much as saving money. Hiatt works with clients to reduce costs and save money by changing the way they purchase different services for their business. One way in which his clients go green is by upgrading buildings with energy efficient systems to reduce their carbon footprint and lower energy costs. In doing so, Hiatt is able to help large companies grow or expand their sustainability operations.

With a comprehensive business model that includes researching and implementing tax credit eligible programs, utility company rebates, LEED certification, reducing a client's reliance on fossil fuels and more, PBS is a leading resource for businesses looking to become more environmentally conscious.

Hiatt was a member of the New Hampshire chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council, and was voted onto the board of directors for several years. Today, Hiatt's focus is on vetting the sustainable proposals that solar installers, green power companies and similar businesses claim to offer his clients. Hiatt reviews and evaluates each proposal from different providers to ensure that the expectations are well understood by the client. He then validates each of these green businesses output against their cost for the client.

"I'm not the one banging the nails, putting in the solar panels myself," said Hiatt. "Where I'm involved is helping the client make sure that the vendors the client is dealing with are legitimate, qualified and reputable in their assumptions, proposals and deliverables."