The Green Alliance is proud to welcome Lenka Flaherty Photography!
Flaherty first fell in love with the medium of photography as a child in the Czech Republic. Watching her parents snap photos as they traveled inspired a life-long passion within Flaherty to try and capture the beauty of the nature with her camera lens.
"Nature to me is what is important, it's the place where we live, the place we enjoy, and to me mountains and woods and rivers give me satisfaction to be in and around," said Flaherty.
Flaherty earned her Masters in Environmental Engineering before moving to the United States in 2003 where she pursued her passion for photography at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester. She studied with some of the top names in the wedding photography industry including; Kevin Focht, Doug Gordon and David Ziser.
Today Flaherty is one of the most requested photographers in the area. Her portraits and wedding portfolio gorgeously capture her clients' happiest moments. With her travel and environmental photography, Flaherty hopes to inspire all those who view her work to recognize the beauty of our planet's natural landscapes and wildlife and work to preserve it.
Six years ago, Acorn Organic Salon opened with a single mission in mind: to provide customers with a multitude of animal-friendly, sustainable products and services that spoke to the Seacoast region’s ever-greening sensibilities. Today that mission is still very much alive, just in a different place. Situated neatly underneath Dover Natural Marketplace, the move seems fitting.
Though the new location is smaller than Acorn’s flagship location, owner Laura MacKay is embracing its charm.
“People like the new location a lot better,” she said. We have more sunshine here, a better view, we’ve had people come in before that have lived in Dover their whole lives and never new we existed because we were hidden in our old location.”
Downsizing in space unfortunately also meant downsizing in services. Due to lack of space and demand, Acorn Salon no longer offers manicures and pedicures.
“We still sell the nail polish, but we did have some customers who were bummed out because nail salons are such a toxic environment, however were focusing on what we do best and love to do, and that’s hair,” she said. The new space has also enabled them to cut down on energy costs. “We rewired this location to provide us with just the amount of energy we needed, no more, and no less.” By doing so, they are saving hundreds of dollars monthly on utilities, according to MacKay.
Some things really are just as good as they seem and Our Town Energy Alliance is one of them! For over a decade the OTEA has prided themselves on being able to help their members save money all while helping them to also reduce their lasting impact on the environment.
When Dan and Cate saw that the price of heating oil, propane and kerosene was on the rise they wanted to start the OTEA to help people find energy and fuel at cheaper costs. The OTEA was started in 1999 with the primary idea of helping senior citizens save on heating cost in the cold winter months. However, since then the OTEA has grown to help all types of families and commercial and non-profit businesses.
For a small membership fee, the OTEA works as a third party to research pricing plans and find the optimal amount of savings for their members. The OTEA works only with trusted oil-vendors that have proven track records in the past.
The way you save comes from strength in numbers. OTEA members pool their purchasing power and are able to negotiate lower prices with the energy vendors. They takes all of the needs of their members and seek out and talk to the vendors for them. From there, the vendors make an offer to the members and they can either accept or deny the offered price. If they accept the members work with the vendor directly like they normally would and if they choose to deny the offer, they will have to wait to the next round of bidding.
Zev Yoga of Exeter NH is putting on a Women's Self Defense Workshop "Grace under Pressure". Are you ready to unlock your inner warrior? Attend this class for $25 per person, or $40 for a combined mother/daughter fee. If you are interested in this great informational class attend it on Saturday, August 9 from 9 - 10:30 a.m. at the Zev Yoga studio. Some of what you will learn in this class includes; what to do if you are being assaulted, the key to mastering control of your emotions and energy, how to find composure in chaos and how to handle your attacker regardless of your strength or size. Attend this class to learn about these topics and more!
Seacoast resident Chris Yonker will be teaching this class and is a 7 degree Black Belt in Sanchin Ryu Karate. He has been instructing this American/ Okinawan style of karate since 1990, and holds weekly classes through Exeter Parks and Recreation. Chris takes a fun, dynamic, and grounded approach to Self Defense and Personal Mastery.
To view more information about Zev Yoga, and their class schedule visit their website here!
Green Member card holders can purchase a one month trial membership at any Zev Yoga studio for $25! Annual memberships start at $25/month for new members and $40/month for returning members as well!
In the beginning of 2013, the Redhook Ale Brewery kicked off their community give-back program. The program was designed to help local nonprofits raise extra funds and give them the opportunity to increase awareness of their cause. For the year of 2013, the brewery donated ten percent of its total restaurant sales on Tuesdays to various local charities, choosing one charity for each month of 2013. A year and a half later, the program is still going strong.
The goal of the program is to build relationships with local charities so that the brewery and the local community have more opportunities to give back. The requisites of the program were that the charities were local and meaningful to the brewery so that the program could have the most impact to our community.
This month’s recipient is Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity. Southeast NH Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that works to build and renovate decent, affordable homes to those in need. Their mission is simple, to eliminate poverty housing in Southeast New Hampshire. SENH Habitat for Humanity ReStore raises money through donations and programs such as Redhook’s as well as through SENH Habitat for Humanity ReStore. SENH Habitat for Humanity ReStore offers donated, new and reusable building materials.
The Green Alliance prides itself in bringing businesses and consumers together under one sustainable roof. On Thursday, July 11th, that roof will be on the Piscataqua River, as the Green Alliance and NHPTV will team up with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company for a cruise on the M/V Thomas Laighton.
“This is probably the biggest party we have all year,” says Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown. “We’re ecstatic to have NHPTV on board with us as well. Not only is it a great party, but it’s a great opportunity for sustainable businesses to meet up with sustainable people, which is our greatest goal and achievement.”
NHPTV Manager of Community Relations Bryn Burns was excited for the station to collaborate with the Green Alliance in putting on the event.
“The Green Alliance does so much good for the local business community, ourselves included,” says Burns. “This a great opportunity for us to let everyone know about our environmental programming; nature gives us such opportunities for education, which has always been a priority for us.”
The cruise, exclusive to Green Alliance business and consumer members, promises a full night of drinks, dancing, live local music, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Those who wish to attend may sign up for a membership at www.greenalliance.biz.
It has been nine years since Shane Carter founded Ridgeview Construction, a sustainable building and remodeling company. Ridgeview knows how to transform any customer’s standard, inefficient house into a sustainable home. From blueprints and preparation to construction and finishing touches, Carter and his team consider every small detail. Ridgeview doesn't operate according to the “more, cheaper, faster" philosophy of other building companies, instead paying careful attention to design and precision.
Ridgeview Construction works on small-scale renovations, large scale customized homes, and everything in between. By discussing priorities and expenses with customers, Ridgeview can determine the right plan of action that is cost-efficient and offers clients the aesthetics and green options they desire. Each job is done in a sustainable manner and incorporates Low Impact Development strategies when dealing with road and driveway construction, storm water drainage and hydrology management, all while protecting the surrounding environmental resources.
Many companies today strive to be international or corporate, and model their business around a “bigger is better” mentality. However, for Favorite Foods, the sentiment is more quality over quantity.
Owners Chris and Jeff Barstow pride themselves on their company’s strictly local business policy. Favorite Foods focuses on helping support local independently run schools, markets, restaurants and other small New Hampshire seacoast businesses by efficiently providing them with fresh food and competitive prices.
In 2012, Favorite Foods installed a system of 572 solar panels to their roof. The energy generated runs their industrial size coolers and freezers that take up space of seven Olympic sized swimming pools. Their use of LED and CLF light bulbs, sensors that detect movement and shut of lights and machines not in use are only a handful of things the company is doing to follow their green dreams. Compared to national competitors, Favorite Foods’ carbon footprint is significantly lower and is continuing to drop.
Today, families across New Hampshire are watching their favorite shows on New Hampshire Public Television; people everywhere are streaming Nova, Frontline, and American Experience on nhptv.org. Teachers utilize NHPTV materials to expanding learning opportunities for their students. While technology shifts and television changes, it is comforting to many knowing that NHPTV remains committed to the programming its viewers have come to know and love. The commercial free programming is engaging minds, connecting communities, and celebrating the region in an educational and entertaining way.
Since becoming an independent nonprofit in 2011, NHPTV is now fueled solely by its viewers and donations. Each donation goes towards keeping the system running smoothly and programs playing consistently. Many of NHPTV’s educational resources and workshops are offered free of charge to educators, parents and children. Their station offers a wide range of topics: literacy, health care, childhood obesity, bullying, aging, and the environment. NHPTV is partnering with New Hampshire communities and organizations to spread the word of these important topics.
The UNH Dairy Bar has stayed the same in size but grown considerably in sustainability since UNH Dining reopened the Dairy Bar with a green image in mind. With the heat of the summer in full swing there is no better time to enjoy some famous Gifford’s Ice Cream at the UNH Dairy Bar. With almost six years of experience under their belt the Dairy Bar knows how to make a great lunch with taste and the environment in mind.
The Dairy Bar is located at the Durham Train Station on the UNH campus. They have taken sustainability to the next level in recent years through recycling and composting programs, carefully researched and chosen products, produce grown on campus, approximately 75% of food sourced locally, and countertops made from recycled glass.
In recent years as part of an effort to increase sustainability UNH Dining invested in two high tunnels for the use of the UNH Dairy Bar and other dining locations. The high tunnels allow UNH Dining to grow produce right on campus. This not only decreases food miles but also enhances taste and freshness. The high tunnels have been a collaborative effort between UNH Dining and the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture at UNH. This program has also enabled students to get involved through a class called Food Production Field Experience. In this class students get a hands on approach to food production as well as offers labor assistance to high tunnel manager.
Smuttynose Brewery is excited to announce their newest distribution partner, Carter Distributing! Smuttynose has been brewing some of the New England region's finest craft beer out of their Portsmouth, New Hampshire location since 1994. However they were unable to take on new distributors until moving to a larger facility this spring in Hampton. Carter Distributing of Chattanooga and Cleveland, Tennessee is the first, new distibutor to partner with Smuttynose since the move. The first shipments of Smuttynose arrived at Chattanooga’s Heaven and Ale craft brew house on July 1.
Peter Egelston, the President and Founder of Smuttynose Brewery is very excited about signing with Carter Distribution. “Carter has some strong craft brands but their roster isn’t too big," he explained. Egelston also understands that Carter Distribution has a strong knowledge of the craft beer market in Eastern Tennessee and that they have the drive and enthusiasm to represent Smuttynose and promote them in the area.
Tony Giannasi, Carter Distribution’s Craft Brands Manager, was just as excited to partner with Smuttynose. “Smuttynose has an all-star lineup of beers that reads like a greatest hits album. From beer geek prize Baltic Porter and best-selling Finestkind IPA to new releases Vunderbar Pilsner and Bouncy House IPA, these guys offer something for everyone at a high level of quality,” said Giannasi. He went on to comment that Chattanooga’s craft beer market is continuing to grow and Smuttynose partnership with Carter Distribution came at just the right time.
The Green Alliance Summer Party Cruise aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton is just around the corner, with only ONE more day to receive a free ticket! Tuesday July 8th will be the last day to answer the trivia question posted on the GA facebook page. The first person to correctly answer the question correctly will receive a free ticket to the Isle of Shoals Steamship Company event on July 10! This event is team hosted by the Green Alliance, and NHPTV to give guests a night filled with food, drinks, and live music.
Who: Ecotech Pest Control Services LLC
What: With a bachelor of science in entomology, Tom Pray, owner of Ecotech, offers more than just another pest control business. He is also a well of information about how insects think, act and thrive. Pray guides homeowners on how they can naturally prevent the threat of pests to properties, families and pets. Pray founded his business on the principle that pest control doesn't have to be an additional hazard to the environment. To avoid these risks, Pray uses his education to find the best solution for a property using environmentally friendly treatments and integrated pest management, which looks at the life cycle and habits of each pest and how to best disrupt them. He also installs environmentally friendly long-term treatment systems, such as tick boxes that don't require spraying a yard or garden.
Where: P.O. Box 54, Eliot, Maine.
Jenaly Technology Group is here to handle all of your IT needs. Knowing that the business that they are in uses a large amount of resources, Jenaly pride themselves on being able to offer their services while keeping the health of the environment in mind and all at affordable rates. While they consider themselves a small business, they are able to provide their IT services to both small and large businesses alike.
Jenaly’s ideals and practices are the reason that they joined the Green Alliance. They offer “Green IT Items” to the Green Alliance community every month and which are posted on their website as well as the GA Blog for the community to read.
Whether you’re buying for yourself or as a gift, Prelude is the place the go when looking for jewelry, bath, and/or body products. Nestled in downtown Portsmouth, Prelude offers a unique arrangement of products.
This little boutique shop specializes in locally made, organic, and timeless jewelry, bath and body products, and other accessories. Prelude also carries a large selection of products from local soaps to internationally distinguished jewelry along with bath and body products.
Some of the most prominent products on the shelves of Prelude are the bath and body products featuring such brands as: Crabtree and Evelyn bath and body products (made in the US), Dr. Hauschka Skin Care products (made in Germany, but also certified organic in Europe).