Trails Grand Opening Celebration on July 25th

By John | Jul 13, 2015 | in

As part of an initiative to expand public access on their lands, the Southeast Land Trust of NH (known as SELT) recently completed an extensive trails project at the 589-acre Tucker & French Family Forest in Kingston and Danville. Two parking areas, eight bridges, and more than five miles of interior trails have been created by SELT staff and dozens of volunteers over the last two years. Funding was made possible by way of a $30,000 grant from the NH Recreation Trails Program, a program of the Federal Highway Administration though the NH Bureau of Trails.

On Saturday, July 25th at 9am SELT is celebrating the official opening of this trail network to the public, and acknowledging the partners and volunteers who helped make this project a reality. Trailhead kiosks have been installed at three access points and a recently completed trail map and guide will be freely available to the public. There will be a short presentation at 9:00am followed by guided walks of the trails. To attend, please sign up by noon on Friday, July 24th by emailing

The Tucker & French Family Forest features a diverse mix of upland forests, shrub lands, and wetlands that are being managed by SELT for wildlife habitat, forest products, and passive recreation opportunities. The property also includes more than two and a half miles of shoreline on the Little River and a number of historically significant sites. The Tucker & French Family Forest is owned by SELT subject to conservation restrictions held by the U.S. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Up-cycle Through TerraCycle

By John | Jul 13, 2015 | in

Josh Denton is a guest blogger who is very active in environmental causes in Portsmouth, as well as a member of the Green Alliance.

By Josh Denton

As individuals, businesses, and communities, we do not have to wait for the City Council to act to make Portsmouth more sustainable. In addition to reusing shopping bags, recycling, or composting, consider up-cycling unwanted products to make them anew again.

Between the Port City's single-stream recycling and Mr. Fox's composting, my monthly trash bag mostly consists of the single-use, thin-filmed, plastic packaging byproducts that often mistakenly contaminate our recycling stream. To landfill less of this solid waste, I recently started up-cycling my large quantities of discarded energy bar wrappers through TerraCycle.

TerraCycle collects post-consumer waste, ranging from diaper packaging, to office supplies, to cigarette butts, and repurposes it into innovative products via different collection programs called Brigades. You simply sign up for a Brigade at, mail your unwanted items using free downloadable shipping labels, and then earn points towards repurposed products or charitable gifts.

Local Wind Farm Project Finds Green Partner

By Rich | Jul 9, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

The benefits of the Antrim Wind Energy project continue to grow, and this time the beneficiary is the New England Forest Foundation. It’s good timing for the new collaboration as the Antrim project currently is up for re-review after being tabled in 2013.

Portsmouth-based Eolian Renewable Energy has eliminated one turbine and significantly reduced a second to meet earlier requests presented by the state of New Hampshire. Supporters and opponents alike agree that this project is a bellwether on the future of larger scale wind projects in the state.

Antrim Wind Energy (AWE) recently pledged to make a payment of $100,000 to the New England Forest Foundation (NEFF), which will be awarded once the wind farm project in Antrim receives the remaining necessary approvals and proceeds to construction. The money is earmarked to permanently conserve valuable working forestland in southern New Hampshire. The payment and the resulting land conservation will be in addition to 908 acres of contiguous forestland already conserved in the vicinity of the wind project.

“We saw an opportunity to expand the mitigation,” said Jack Kenworthy, chief executive officer of the seacoast’s Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, the parent company of AWE. “We wanted to reach out to a group that had substantial experience in conservation and NEFF has that.”

Aucella Heating and Cooling scores Reader’s Choice Award for best HVAC 2015!

By Rich | Jul 9, 2015 | in

There certainly is no shortage of HVAC companies here on the seacoast of New Hampshire, just google-map Portsmouth alone and 30 or so grace the local area. Obviously, heating and cooling is near and dear to our challenging New England climate so having a reliable HVAC company is essential.

We are extremely proud to have as a partner with the Green Alliance, the 2015 Seacoast Online Reader’s Choice Award winner – Aucella Heating and Cooling!

Started in 2005, Aucella Heating & Cooling has built itself into one of the top HVAC companies in the greater Seacoast region, and it has done so by using top-of-the-line green products. Run by husband and wife team, Fay and Jay Aucella, the business offers installation and service of a wide range of options from the most standard, yet most efficient oil or propane heating systems to the unique options of ductless split heat pumps, hybrid ducted heat pump systems, solar thermal space heat, and domestic hot water systems and wood pellet boilers. Aucella does more than simply install systems, they look at the whole home. Its small, qualified staff calculates operating cost savings for each installation, comparing overall savings and payback periods to the initial investment. Aucella Heating & Cooling puts environmental and homeowner needs at the forefront of its business.

For more information on Aucella, check out their Green Alliance page here. And remember, Green Alliance consumer members receive 20% off Aucella’s heating and air conditioning services!

Cruise the Piscataqua with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company

By Katelyn | Jul 8, 2015 | in

With the month of July well underway, New England residents are flocking to the beach, lake house, favorite river spot, or just about anywhere else they can stay cool. A fun day on the water doesn’t have to come to an end at sunset, thanks to the Isles of Shoals Steampship Company you can cruise down the Piscataqua River in style.

This summer, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company will host Reggae on the River each Wednesday night where guests will enjoy an evening of live reggae music and dancing on the newly renovated M/V Thomas Laighton. This two and a half hour cruise is the perfect way to relax after a stressful day at work, or an equally long day at the beach, and take in the sights of the Piscataqua River and harbor.

In addition to the Reggae Cruise, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company offers party cruises, Portsmouth Harbor tours, and visits to Star Island and Isles of Shoals. They also offer private charters and event cruises; there truly is something for everything aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton.

M/V Thomas Laighton is the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s largest vessel with a 340 passenger capacity, three decks, ample exterior and interior space, three full-service bars, and the flexibility to host almost any event. The Isles of Shoals’ M/V Thomas Laighton recently underwent a series of sustainable renovations to its interior. They are the first major interior renovations since the vessel was constructed.

Improving New Hampshire Transfer Stations One Town at a Time

By Katelyn | Jul 8, 2015 | in

Residents across New Hampshire recognize improvements made at their town transfer stations, new facility signs, and the iconic blue bags used to pick up liter along roadways, but who is behind these efforts to beautify the State? New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) is a collaborative non-profit organization comprised of members of New Hampshire food and beverage companies who are working to combat littering problems, improve recycling and environmental programs, and educate residents.

NHtB offers recycling grants and signs for municipalities, anti-litter programs, and recycling assistance to towns and schools. Communities in New Hampshire are able to apply for funding to help purchase recycling equipment, including collection bins, balers, crushers, and other equipment that assists them in achieving higher diversion rates.

"Years ago, NHtB realized the poor conditions of New Hampshire transfer stations and resolved to improve both them and town recycling efforts," said John Dumais, a member of NHtB's Board of Directors. This has become one of the main programs administered by NHtB, in which they travel to municipalities throughout New Hampshire and subsidize the costs for recycling equipment and directional signs to improve town transfer stations.

Sail Portsmouth Weekend With Gundalow Company

By Sam Lane | Jul 8, 2015 | in

Gundalow Company is holding a Sail Portsmouth Weekend, offering a number of great deals accommodating for all ages. The highlighted event is the Parade of Sails, where those attending will welcome El Galeon Andulucia and the privateer Lynx, while abroad the gundalow Piscataqua. The historic gundalows will be the setting for a number of fun activities from morning to evening, beginning with the 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. excursion where kids will be sailing for free. The whole family is sure to enjoy perusing around the Piscataqua River and nearby regions, holding unmatchable views and character. If the two-hour excursion can’t fit into the schedule, short sails will be held at 12:30 p.m. on the 25th and 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. on the 26th. The shortened sails will last for an hour and fifteen minutes at a rate of $20 for adults and $10 for children 13 and below.

In addition to these offers, Gundalow Company is hosting music sails aboard the Piscataqua with the acapella group, The Overtones. This offer will be running from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the 25th and all proceeds will go toward the non-profit Portsmouth Pro Musica. On the 26th, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there will be a free dockside tour of the gundalow ships. At 6 p.m., Random Acts of Harmony will be singing and playing traditional and contemporary folk music. The group is comprised of a 3-part harmony along with acoustic instrumentation. 

Calling For Climate Change

By Sam Lane | Jul 7, 2015 | in

On July 30 at 5:30 p.m., the city of Portsmouth, its community members, local businesses and the Green Alliance are calling for a day of action against climate change. The event will take place right in the heart of the city, in Market Square at the North Church. Participants gathered will draw attention to the immediate need for action against climate change across the globe. By taking the necessary steps, the community can make a concentrated effort toward successfully reaching a solution to the issue through education.

Those participating can also call their Senator, issue a press statement, submit an LTE, use #MaketheCall on social media or be vocal at local events to help spread awareness.

The day of action will further support the EPA’s Clean Power Plan (CPP), which is intended to be the greatest action our country has taken toward extinguishing climate change. The CPP will help decrease the effects of climate change, protect public health and encourage the development of clean energy. Although this plan will soon be put into action, further support is needed to maximize its success and to help keep it alive in public forums.

Celebrate Summer with Tickets from the Green Alliance

By Katelyn | Jul 6, 2015 | in

This year we are celebrating summer by rewarding new Sustaining Members who join by July 14 with their choice of one of the following gifts from local seacoast businesses:


  • 4 tickets to The Beach Boys at Hampton Casino 7/10 ($120 value!)
  • 4 tickets to Zappa Plays Zappa at the Hampton Casino 7/23
  • 4 tickets to The Fab Four at the Hampton Casino 7/24
  • 4 tickets to use for any of the Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series shows at the Seacoast Science Center throughout the month of July
  • 4 tickets to ANY show of the Lowell Summer Music Series, including Lyle Lovett or Melissa Etheridge (up to a $300 value!)
  • 5 tickets to Santa’s village ($150 value!)
  • 2 tickets to Sagamore mini golf AND 2 coupons for Sagamore driving range balls
  • 4 tickets for a reggae party cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
  • 4 tickets for a sail with the Gundalow Company
  • Fly Cage from Ecotech Pest Control to keep your yard naturally fly free all summer ($150 value!)

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Proulx Oil and Propane

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

For Newmarket's Proulx Oil and Propane, the goal was simple: offer an alternative fuel source to commercial vehicle operators to help reduce carbon emissions. Through Proulx Autogas, the company now converts vehicles to run on propane, a byproduct of natural gas processing that burns 70 percent cleaner than standard gasoline.

As more gasoline-powered vehicle's become propane-compatible, Proulx is determined to become the leading Autogas supplier in the region. Using the PRINS conversion system for vehicles, Proulx Autogas utilizes the same propane distributed through its home heating business.
To date, Proulx has helped outfit medium duty vehicles such as limousines and taxis, police cruisers, school buses, service vans and commercial lawn mowers and propane/diesel injection systems. The PRINS system, often referred to as the bi-fuel system, allows vehicles to run on both standard gasoline as well as propane, and allows drivers to switch between the two fuels while in operation without interruption.
Because of its ability to burn cleaner than regular liquid gasoline, propane fuel for vehicles was certified as an alternative fuel by the federal government in 1992. The conversion can also extend the life of a vehicle's engine. Autogas is gaining market share as a viable alternative fuel domestically and it is used in more than 18 million vehicles worldwide.

2015 Recycler of the Year Loudon Veteran Goes Above and Beyond for Recycling Success

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

By John Brescia

MANCHESTER- Every year, the Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) presents one recipient the Recycler of the Year award, in honor of Sami Izzo, a late member who was both known and loved by the organization for her contributions to recycling and waste management. The NRRA is an organization working throughout New England to provide information and assistance in waste reduction and recycling. It also serves to bring organizations and responsible businesses together to achieve each other's green goals.

According to the NRRA, “this award is given to an individual who best combines the qualities of commitment, leadership, and enthusiasm in developing and sustaining an environmentally and financially sound solid waste management program.” On Monday, June 8th, Steve Bennett, manager of the Loudon, N.H transfer station, was honored with the award at the NRRA’s 34th Annual Northeast Recycling Conference and Expo at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester.

Making Sustainability Work at 900 Degrees

By John | Jul 6, 2015 | in

By Michael McCord

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau grew up on what she calls a “gentleman’s farm” in New Ipswich. It was there that she says she learned firsthand about the importance of sustainability and locally-sourced agriculture – long before they became trendy concepts.

“We had five pigs, eight goats, and five lambs, different animals all the time. I learned so much even if I didn’t realize it at the time,” said Lane-Rondeau, the owner of 900 Degrees, the Neopolitan pizzerias in Manchester and Epping. She learned habits about keeping waste to a minimum and practicing conservation as a way of life.

Lane-Rondeau chose to go as green and sustainable as possible when she opened the first 900 Degrees in the Manchester Mill District in 2007. It’s an industry, according to the National Restaurant Association, that sees 60 percent of restaurants fail in the first few years due to small margins and shifting market trends. Choosing a green approach for a new restaurant was a risk but she had no doubt it was the smart route to take.

Sweet Summer Surprise for New Sustaining Members

By Anne | Jul 2, 2015 | in
Happy Independence Day! This year, we are celebrating by rewarding new Sustaining Members who join during the month of July with their choice of one of the following gifts from local seacoast events and businesses:
  • 4 tickets to The Beach Boys at Hampton Casino 7/10 ($120 value!)
  • 4 tickets to Zappa Plays Zappa at the Hampton Casino 7/23
  • 4 tickets to The Fab Four at the Hampton Casino 7/24
  • 4 tickets to use for any of the Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series shows at the Seacoast Science Center throughout the month of July
  • 4 tickets to ANY show of the Lowell Summer Music Series, Including Lyle Lovett or Melissa Etheridge (up to a $300 value!)
  • 5 tickets to Santa’s village ($150 value!)
  • 2 tickets to Sagamore mini golf AND 2 coupons for Sagamore driving range balls
  • 4 tickets for a cruise with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company
  • 2 tickets for a sail with the Gundalow Company
  • Fly Cage from Ecotech Pest Control to keep your yard fly free all summer ($150 value!)
Become a Green Alliance Sustaining member today and simply email to let her know which gift you would like to collect. Yes its that easy! A Sustaining Membership is our highest level of individual membership and affords you a lifetime of GA Business Discounts, Green Alliance events and cutting edge environmental information. Sustaining Members never have to renew and are telling us and the world that they believe in the power of a local green economy. What are you waiting for!? Become a Lifetime Member now and choose one of the sweet gifts above!


Social Media Guidance With the Green Alliance

By Sam Lane | Jul 1, 2015 | in

We’ve all heard the frustration on how social media integrates (or doesn’t integrate) with small business. It’s an ever changing cycle of new technology and new complex technical issues that most of us don’t have time to understand.

The Green Alliance team has a handle on the Social Media promotion market. Our facebook presence is nearly 4,000 people and our reach is strong.

Are you confused about Google Plus or the new Google "Mobile Optimization" hype?

Here at the Green Alliance, we coach our Business Partners along on Social Media issues – do’s and don’ts, ways to promote and publicize each business, links to stories and ideas, and tools that can be utilized to keep your content fresh. We also have a team of web savvy writers and marketers at our disposal, and great partners and resources in the Alliance like Social Kitchen to help along the way through the dark forest of social media.