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.
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.
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!
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.”
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.'
Who: Cornerstone Tree Care
What: Owner Micum Davis says he likes to channel the Lorax, Dr. Seuss' environmentally friendly character, when he says he speaks for the trees. In many ways, Davis does provide the trees a voice, working within the natural environment on job sites to ensure that pruning is not just for the sake of the customer, but also for the health of the trees. Cornerstone looks to employ the least invasive approach, including not wearing boot spikes when climbing (which can damage tree bark and eventually kill a tree), using non-toxic, biodegradable lubricants for equipment and offering an organic blend of mulch made from recycled tree waste. Cornerstone recognizes that traveling from job to job can have harmful effects on the environment and thus limits work to a 20-mile radius of the Seacoast.
Where: P.O. Box 4505, Portsmouth
What makes them green:
• Educates about the many benefits of trees to both people and ecosystems.
• Advocates for tree preservation over removal.
• Uses 2-cycle gasoline oil mix created from waste tallow which reduces toxic airborne pollutants by 48 percent.
• Compost processes and recycles tree waste into lumber, firewood or mulch.
• No-idling policy for all trucks and equipment.
• Biodegradable chain lubricants and hydraulic fluids.
• Never wear spikes when pruning trees to avoid tree injury.
• All diesel equipment runs on biodiesel.
All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Cornerstone Tree Care's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at www.greenalliance.biz.
The Green Alliance is happy to announce that Great Bay Stewards is renewing their membership for the third year! Great Bay Stewards is a non-profit environmental group that is constantly busy caring for the New Hampshire seacoast. From converting the former Pease Airforce Base into a National Wildlife Refuge to educating children at the discovery center, the organization is a strong supporter of the environment. Great Bay Stewards began saving our seacoast 40 years ago by stopping the development of an oil refinery.Today, they continue to push for the seacoast's wellbeing by renewing their membership with the Green Alliance!
With education programs, research, and conservation projects this environmental organization attacks seacoast issues from all angles. They have shown a deep commitment to all the environmental problems that arise along Great Bay and help get the community involved in environmental activism.
Get it Going is thrilled to reveal their new website! Check out their GiG shop, that’s filled with race t-shirts, hooded sweatshirts, V-Neck style T-shirts, and more for any occasion! You can even purchase in bulk and customize the shirts for your own company or event. Proudly wear the apparel and show off what gets you going.
The following upcoming races will be officially sponsored by Get it Going apparel: Celebrate Pink 5K, SASS’ 5K to Keep Kids Safe, Great Bay 5K. Each race t-shirt is made in the USA and has environmental as well as economic benefits. Register for a race and receive an American made GiG race tee and show your support for local non-profits!
GiG is also supporting local beach cleanups. Their upcoming cleanup at Pirates Cove in Rye, NH is June 8 at 9:30 a.m. So put on a GiG t-shirt and help keep your local beaches clean and pollution free.
By Magill Smith
Green Alliance Writer
HAMPTON BEACH- In celebration of our beautiful home along the seacoast, Blue Ocean Society is launching their first formal event for World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day began in 2002 and is a growing event that honors the marine environment. To celebrate this event, Blue Ocean Society has a weekend filled with beach clean ups and an award ceremony recognizing groups and individuals who have made efforts to protect the ocean.
As a advocate for the environment and a Green Alliance Business Partner, Blue Ocean Society works to protect our seacoast waters through research and public action. The Green Alliance is an organization that connects green-minded consumers with businesses that work to lessen their impact on the environment. One of the ways in which Blue Ocean Society involves the public in their efforts, is through organized beach clean ups. To recognize World Oceans Day, the society is hosting the Aquarion Water Company Environmental Champion Awards followed by a clean up of Hampton Beach on June 7.
People helping people. That's what Community Toolbox, a newly minted 501c3 nonprofit in Portsmouth, N.H., does best. As a nonprofit business, Community Toolbox operates on three platforms that give back to the community and the environment. From the organization's Fix-It program, to its Outlet Store, to its DeConstruction program, Community Toolbox has made itself into a force for good in the Seacoast. So why does Community Toolbox work so hard? Simple: they saw a community in need.
Cheryl Van Allen, Executive Director of Community Toolbox, of her experience with Board President Tom Boisvert. "When we were with Habitat for Humanity, we got phone calls regularly from people who would ask us to come and help them fix things in their homes," she said. "While they may have owned their own homes, they could not afford to do the repairs to keep them safe and healthy."
Based on this experience, Boisvert and Van Allen knew firsthand just how important developing a nonprofit like Community Toolbox would be to the community.
Get it Going is recognizing Melanie Sachs, child advocate and SASS 5K participant as their latest GiGStar! Mel had a life changing interview at a young age that inspired her to make the best of a bad situation and “Get it Going” by becoming deeply involved in child advocacy and charity work. After being sexual abused, Mel was interviewed by a woman named Kristie P. who helped her through the traumatizing experience and taught her that the abuse did not define her. This meeting changed Mel’s life and sparked a desire to help other victims so they too could overcome their nightmares. Mel is a recent graduate from Keene State and her work at the Child Advocacy Center has led her to become a certified member of the AmeriCorps Victim Assistance Program. She is currently supporting survivors at A Safe Place, in Salem NH.
Recently, her dedication to community involvement has pushed her to run her first ever 5K! Prior to training Mel had never run a full mile without stopping but for abuse survivors she was willing to literally go the extra mile. On June 8th she will be running the SASS’ 5K to Keep Kids Safe. One of Mel’s closest friends who has been training with her for the 5K says, “She does so much for so many different causes. Mel motivated me to sign up for the SASS 5K, and now I’ve discovered that I love running. She is such a positive and uplifting person.” Get it Going is inspired by Mel’s story of hope and her positive impact on the community and they hope her advocacy work will encourage others to get involved.
Come sail with us on the Green Alliance Summer Party Cruise!
On July 10, Isles of Shoals Steamship Co., the Green Alliance and NHPTV are 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.
By purchasing your $25 ticket in advance online, you will also receive a Green Alliance Membership (tickets can be purchased day of, on-site for $35 that also include membership) good for one year. The Green Alliance Membership offers discounts with our various Business Partners - for example, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. discount allows Green Alliance members to buy one adult ticket and get a free ticket for one child, or buy one "Party Ship" ticket and get the second one free. Also, members save 15% on private charter bookings. These discounts do not apply to the July 10 event.
Already a Green Alliance Business Partner or individual member? Then you're all set. Make sure to have your Green Alliance Green Card with you when you arrive on July 10. All members and Business Partners must RSVP with Katie Seraikas at email@example.com. There will be complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and live music provided by Humble Be.
Marine animals are constantly affected by human activities such as pollution, and commercial fishing. It is important for these animals to have a safe and healthy habitat. This is where the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is tasked with regulating ocean fishing and protecting the nation's ocean resources.
For many decades, New England waters have been closed to various types of fishing gear. These restrictions were set in place to encourage the return of healthy populations of ground fish. However, the region does not have a plan for habitat management, which is required by federal law.
Various action plans for habitat management will be presented to the public later this year. These include a reduction in the size of the area currently protected. This is geared toward short-term interests of the commercial fishing industry over the long-term needs of the ecosystem. Recent work done by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute found "older cod-critical to the reproductive success of the species-are far more abundant inside protected areas, making these places crucial to the recovery of depleted cod populations."
Due to our undeniable dependence on electronics and the pressure to always buy the newest models, electronic waste is becoming one of the most serious environmental issues of our time. When electronic waste, more commonly known as e-waste, is not properly disposed of the waste breaks down releasing harmful chemicals and toxins into the atmosphere, water, and soil. The issue of improperly disposed e-waste is difficult to combat due to the global market for electronic components. Most e-waste is shipped to third world countries as a way for corporations to avoid paying for the disposal. In addition those countries encourage this illegal action as the breakdown of e-waste provides jobs for low-income families.