Blog

Hit the (Eco-Friendly) Decks

By Craig | May 7, 2015 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

A sure sign that Old Man Winter has finally abandoned the seacoast is when the outdoor decks and al fresco patios of local restaurants reopen for the season. To many, the sight of restaurant-goers enjoying an outdoor meal is a delicious sign that summer is not far away. In celebration of outdoor dining and drinking, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce is hosting its annual Hit the Decks event on May 8.

“There’s nothing quite like enjoying dinner and drinks while being caught up in a view that’s purely Portsmouth,” says John Golumb, co-owner of Poco’s Bow Street Cantina and Two Ceres Street. Poco’s outdoor deck in downtown Portsmouth faces the Piscataqua River, and offers guests a right-there view of many local landmarks, from the fleet of tugboats to area bridges.

Poco’s downstairs lounge, Two Ceres Street, throws open its river-facing NanaWall window in season, so its guests can also savor the delights of calm breezes and toast-worthy views.

Sustainability Success for NHBSR

By Corey | May 7, 2015 | in

Tammy Jordan of The Employee Engagement Group (credit: Annie Card Creative Services)The New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) brought together over 200 people representing 115 companies and organizations to learn new sustainable business best practices, address stakeholder engagement and discuss their opportunities and challenges. As the number of businesses is ever growing, business owners are discovering the integral link between social responsibility and the bottom line. NHBSR is the business organization driving the social responsibility agenda in New Hampshire.

Their "Think Bigger and Dig Deeper" event featured a combination of expert panels on Energy Efficiency, Metrics to Marketing, Culture and Community Connections allowing participants to "Think Bigger" and facilitated Huddle Up sessions to "Dig Deeper". The panels were lauded for their truth in sharing challenges and discussing opportunities at a feasible level. 

The Sun is Out, Hit the Decks

By Sarah Mahoney | May 6, 2015 | in

It's that time of year again when all anyone wants to do is spend time outside with friends and family. There's no better way to do this than to enjoy great food, drinks, and shopping at the best businesses in town.

On May 8, the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Hit the Decks, a celebratory day for enjoying dining on decks and al fresco patios throughout the seacoast.

Restaurants such as 250 Market, British Beer Company, Old Ferry Landing, Ri Ra Irish Pub, Poco's Bow Street Cantina, and many more will be participating in this great day. Poco's decks are a favorite spot amongst local and visitors. As a member of the Green Alliance, Poco's is committed to sustainability. They recycle everything possible including paper, plastic, frying oil, metals, etc. And they compost 100% of their food waste, have installed outdoor motion light sensors to cut down on energy use, and replaced one heating system with an efficient fireplace, and plan to install a new efficient pump system to replace the current, older model.

Integrated Fitness' 10 Weeks to 10K

By Sarah Mahoney | May 6, 2015 | in

Feeling motivated? Ready to be in the best shape you've been in yet? Join Frank on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:30a.m. as he gets you ready to run your best 10k! Whether you have never run a 10k before and are looking to give it a try, or you're a running veteran looking to improve your time, this group training program will get you to the start line ready to race your best!

Class is held outdoors rain or shine, and will consist of running, running drills, and specific strength and mobility work to keep your body at its best as you add on the miles.

The program will culminate in the Six03 Summerfest 10k on Sunday, July 26th in Dover, NH where you can put your hard-earned fitness to the test!

The main mission of Integrated Fitness is to provide a comfortable atmosphere to help individuals and groups achieve their fitness goals in an atmosphere that is not intimidating.

Make your commute more sustainable with Seacoast Bike/Walk to Work Week

By Ken | May 6, 2015 | in

Spring is here, gentle breezes abound, and it is a perfect time to get out of the car and enjoy the budding Spring. Seacoast Bike/Walk to work week starts on May 11 and runs through May 15. The weather is great; this is a great opportunity to improve your health; walking and biking helps the environment! Join in as part of this national effort to get people on their bikes and to pull out their sneakers and enjoy their commute while leaving their cars at home.

There will be free breakfasts offered to participants throughout the entire Seacoast region at locations in Dover, Durham/UNH, Exeter, Kittery, Lee, Newmarket, North Hampton, PEASE, Portsmouth, Rye, and Stratham. Visit one or more of the free breakfast sites on your healthy commute.

Local Business Pitching in to Help Shelter

By John | May 5, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

PORTSMOUTH – When the people at the Cross Roads House decided to hire Site Structures Landscape, Inc. during their renovations five years ago they probably had no idea what they were going to get for their money.

They paid Site Structures to do the original work, but since then the company based in Eliot, Maine, has been maintaining the grounds free of charge and this week they're there for an annual makeover.

“We're very, very appreciative of the support we receive from Site Structures,” said Martha Stone, executive director at Cross Roads House. “We've had the privilege of working with them ever since they did our renovations five years ago.”

Site Structures is donating 20 cubic yards of mulch on Wednesday and three workers there to help spread it. They will have two workers there on Thursday and volunteers from Liberty Mutual will be there both days.

Green Living Store for Sale

By John | May 5, 2015 | in

Below is a message from Deborah de Moulpied, owner and founder of Bona Fide Green Goods, an earth-friendly department store in Concord, NH. Deborah has been in business since 2007 and has also founded Green Concord, an alliance of local businesses that offer environmentally-friendly products and services. She is a faculty member at the Payson Cancer Center as well, where she teaches about environmental toxins for the Anticancer Lifestyle Program. Deborah’s store leads the retail industry in conscious consumerism, offering high-quality, affordable, and sustainable products.

Even though Bona Fide Green Goods is located in Concord, NH, we have enjoyed a great many customers from the Seacoast area. After being in business for 8 years, we are ready to move forward with new phases of our lives. I will be moving on to write a book, still with the environment in mind - The Cancer Free Home. It is our hope to transfer the business to someone who will continue our passion for green living.

Bona Fide Green Goods started out as Real Green Goods back in 2007 at the peak of the new green living movement. It was an exciting time. Green Concord was formed shortly after that as the first trade association for green businesses. Shortly after that, Green Alliance was formed by Sarah Brown and the rest is history!

Green Alliance Seeking Assistant Director

By John | May 5, 2015 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We actually have a few jobs up at the moment, with an Assistant Director being one of them. For more information, view the Assistant Director Job on Jobscore here.

PRIMARY PURPOSE AND FUNCTIONS
The purpose of the Green Alliance Assistant Director is to support all tiers of the company with a special emphasis on Business Partner (BP) story-telling, sales, satisfaction, and service. The Assistant Director works alongside the Director to provide support in different ways when needed. The sales aspect of this position is to generate leads, close business partnerships, and on-board new businesses by familiarizing them with Green Alliance policies and practices and then helping to execute all the GA services. The Assistant Director is instrumental in all aspects of writing, editing, PR and Marketing, social media and technology support. Strong writing and editing skills are required. The ideal candidate understands the realities of working for a growing small business powered by a little budget and a whole lot of entrepreneurial spirit. Computer skills and customer service experience are a must. The perfect candidate is well organized and has a knack for improving the efficiency of business operations. A passion for the environment and social responsibility are also a must. This is not a “punch-the-clock” position but rather, the ideal candidate is self-motivated to go the extra mile.

Adopt a Beach

By John | May 5, 2015 | in

Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is a non-profit environmental organization dedicated to inspiring people to help conserve the marine environment from pollution. Founded by whale watch naturalists Jen Kennedy and Dianna Schulte, Blue Ocean also seeks to protect marine mammals and document important whale habitat and threats to whales.

As way to reduce marine pollution, Blue Ocean maintains their Adopt-a-Beach program, a volunteer initiative which involves a group of people selecting a particular beach at which to go and clean once a month, by picking up trash. Available beaches can be found throughout New Hampshire and into Massachusetts and Maine.

Be Loyal To Your Soil: Compost!

By Sarah Mahoney | May 4, 2015 | in

International Compost Awareness Week (ICAW) is the largest and most comprehensive education initiative of the compost industry. It is celebrated each year in the first full week of May, this year being May 3rd to May 9th.

ICAW is a multi-media publicity and education event that showcases composting and compost products. It features everything from composting in your backyard to large-scale commercial composting facilities and businesses serving entire communities.

This year’s theme is Be Loyal To Your Soil: Compost!

As the US Representative of the composting industry, USCC has signed onto the International Year of Soils, a project of the Global Soils Partnership and the Food and Agriculture Office of the United Nations.

Our US Theme will center on the need for compost as a component of healthy soil here in our country, in infrastructure development, agriculture and food production – compost’s role in everything from mitigation of brownfields, stormwater management and erosion control, and water conservation.

Spray Foam Insulation Offers a Reputable Career

By Sam | May 4, 2015 | in

Mike Materkowski grew up in Amesbury, Mass. and has lived there for 25 years. He was given an opportunity to try his hand at insulation with Green Cocoon when his brother Jim started the company in 2006; this initial foray has led to a productive and fulfilling career installing spray foam insulation in homes across New England.

Spray foam insulation isn’t your average contractor’s job. It’s hot, sweaty, and takes precision. The installer must work quickly, as insulation is just one of a whole line of fundamental work that must be done before other aspects of construction can move forward.

Mike takes it all in stride.

“Sometimes we have roofers who come in thinking they can handle the heat, and they have a lot of respect for what I do after,” he laughs. “It’s a tough job, but very rewarding.”

Installing spray foam is a crucial element to building a house. Those who work with spray foam work in high heat and on a tight schedule, but knowing that a tightly sealed home can save families money is a motivating factor for employees.

Green Collar Careers: Eco Sound Builders Co-Owner, Peter Robie

By Ken | May 4, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

When Peter Robie first met Ethan Korpi back in 2004, their shared vision to build structures utilizing sustainable and efficient methods made them bond instantly. Both Robie and Korpi shared a background of being highly trained in building and carpentry. They created a southern division of Eco Sound Builders on the seacoast in 2008, an offshoot of the original business founded by Korpi and his father, Roger, in the Lakes and White Mountain region of New Hampshire.

The goal of Eco Sound Builders' two divisions is to build quality homes and buildings that are durable and sustainable throughout New Hampshire. Wood used for each project is sourced from Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certified forests, super-efficient insulation is used, and the subcontractors Robie works with specialize in using non-toxic paints and source their materials locally whenever possible. Working with sustainable technology, and building materials, is something Robie has specialized in since earning degrees in Civil Technology and Environmental Conservation.

Student apartments save, in more ways than one, with geothermal

By Ken | May 4, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

From the outside, the Rivers Edge Apartments, an off-campus student apartment building located on Main Street in downtown Durham, looks like other similar residences. However, the apartment building, on the north west side of the University of New Hampshire's campus is vastly different from other student apartments; Rivers Edge Apartments was the first campus building, and in Durham, to utilizes geothermal system technology for heating and cooling. It's an alternative energy source that provides the familiar comfort of traditional heating and cooling systems, according to Melissa Aho, president of Ultra Geothermal, Inc.

“Geothermal heating and cooling systems – also called geoexchange or ground-source heat pumps – provide all-season comfort by tapping the energy that is naturally stored in the earth,” Aho said. “This energy isn't just renewable: it's constant. Conventional furnaces burn fossil fuels, depleting precious resources and polluting the air. A geothermal system draws the earth's natural warmth into the home, through the use of a geothermal ground source heat pump.”

Green Alliance Seeking a Senior Editor

By Sarah Mahoney | May 1, 2015 | in

Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We actually have a few jobs up at the moment, with a Senior Editor being one of them. For more information, view the Senior Editor Job on Jobscore here.

Senior Editor: 16-24 in office hours per week, $10 per hour

The Green Alliance is a growing community of over 100 green businesses and thousands of eco-conscious consumers connecting to build a sustainable local economy.

We authenticate local green businesses through a rigorous sustainability certification process that makes the Green Alliance a trusted brand among consumers who care about the Earth. We promote our Partnering Businesses via a mix of guerilla and traditional and online marketing, PR, and our popular Green Card program. Additionally we generate journalistic-style stories about the green issues surrounding our sustainable partnering businesses. Consumers who join receive exclusive discounts on eco-friendly products and services.

Our small but dedicated staff operates out of our headquarters located in historic downtown Portsmouth, NH. Our core mission is to encourage the use of sustainable products and services, while promoting businesses that are doing their part to protect the environment.

To help the Green Alliance achieve our vision for growth, we are seeking a part time:
Senior Editor: 16-24 in office hours per week, $10 per hour

Coastal Home and Garden Show Brings Tips and Tricks from the Experts

By Corey | Apr 30, 2015 | in

Learn about the best ways to build, improve, enhance, and beautify your home all in one convenient setting! This weekend’s Coastal Home and Garden Show will give homeowners the best tips and tricks for great home building, remodeling and landscaping, and ideas for the home of their dreams. This show is family friendly and it’s also an ideal event for Mother’s Day.

This show is a two-day event, occurring on Saturday and Sunday, May 2 and 3, from 10 AM to 4 PM. The Greater York Region Chamber of Commerce and the Kittery Community will be hosting this event held at 120 Rogers Road, Kittery Maine. There will be over twenty vendors expected to attend and give their most savvy advice to homeowners looking to improve their homes. Whether it’s advice on aesthetics or energy efficiency, there will be professionals ready to answer any questions. Some of the vendors expected to attend include Carl’s Water Systems, Evergreen Energy, Make a Difference Landscaping, Urban Tree Service, and Your Kitchen Imagined. The Green Alliance will also be in attendance on Saturday.