Not everyone in the world is blessed with eyesight. According to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness, approximately 285 million people in the world are affected by low vision and blindness. Even with these numbers, 80 percent of visual impairment is readily treatable and/or easily prevented.
October was World Sight month. As a way to help encourage support for those without eyesight, Harbor Eyecare Center offered a matched percentage discount on glasses based on donations made towards helping the blind by up to $35. For example, donating $20 would net you a 20 percent discount on glasses, while donating $35 or more would get you 35 percent off on glasses. Additionally, Harbor Eyecare holds this special every October, so that you can take advantage of this awesome deal next year. All proceeds from this event go towards the Optometry Giving Sight charity.
Harbor Eyecare is involved in a number of other charity events related to giving a leg up to the blind. It participates in the Special Olympics event Opening Eyes, giving free eye exams to athletes in the event every June. Starting this month, Harbor Eyecare will also be giving free eye exams to patients with diabetes-related sight issues in honor of diabetes month in November. These are just some of the many ways that Harbor Eyecare gives back to the community.
Harbor Eye Care is Business Partner of the Green Alliance. Green card holders can receive 20% on any complete prescription eyewear purchase. To learn more about the Green Alliance or to become a member, visit www.greenalliance.biz.
TASTE Magazine, a Green Alliance member, has put together a list called The Best of TASTE Restaurants of 2013. The Portsmouth Brewery, also a Green Alliance member, has been awarded Best Bar and Bar Food for 2013 for their 10 home brews on tap, hearty bar food, burgers, and daily specials. Check out their delicious recipe for Alehouse Mussels by clicking read more!
Climate Counts was launched in 2007 with the goal of bringing consumers and high profile companies together to address solutions to global climate change. Motivated by the idea that halting climate change can only happen with action taken by an informed public, Climate Counts is out to prove that engaged citizens around the world have the power to make long-lasting change. The organization has scored some of the world’s most recognizable companies – from restaurants to software companies and everything in between – in an effort to provide consumers a transparent look into what the world’s biggest employers are doing to curb their environmental footprints.
In Director Mike Bellamente, 37, the organization has a leader as committed to unearthing our shared climate challenges as he is coming up with tangible solutions. He’s also bringing the Climate Counts message to students through collaboration with the University of New Hampshire’s Sustainability Institute as a way of inspiring the next generation of sustainability leadership.
“With how political the climate change debate has become, we’ve found that the most productive way forward is to drive change in the private sector by highlighting companies that are truly ahead of the curve on sustainability,” says Bellamente. “We believe it’s necessary to develop tools that help consumers vote with their dollar and reward the companies who are doing their part.”
ELIOT, Maine — In the renewable energy realm, Eliot, Maine, may be at the forefront. With help from ReVision Energy, a renewable energy contractor serving northern New England, this small town is seeing the sunny side of energy production. A total of 150 solar panels were installed on the roof of a town garage on Route 236. Today, the panels are working to power the town garage, transfer station, with excess energy supplying a portion of the police station.
ReVision Energy is a Business Partner of the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members.
Since installation of the solar panels, in July 2013, and with three months worth of energy generation data and thorough extrapolation of this data, the town expects the panels to produce a total of 51,700 kilowatt-hours of energy per year. That is enough energy to provide the garage with the necessary 20,000 kilowatt-hours, and the 15,000 kilowatt-hours needed at the transfer station, with excess power supplying a portion of the police station’s energy needs.
The Eliot Energy Commission has dedicated years to the project, and to see it through to the end has brought many — commission member Charlie Case included — pure joy. After the town signed a contract with ReVision Energy, the plan became reality.
ELIOT, Maine — Americans’ passion for growing verdant lawns and lush gardens is not always fulfilled by employing our best “green” options. When we apply chemical fertilizers and pesticides to create a backyard oasis, these chemicals can harm people, pets and waterways, sometimes seriously.
But other options to treat our yards do exist. In fact, a local landscaping company, Site Structures, conceived to practice sustainability, offers chemical-free alternatives in lawn care and garden maintenance that achieve good, safe results.
Since 1996, Site Structure Landscape’s operation has grown to include a number of cutting-edge green techniques and practices, from sustainable landscape designs to chemical-free alternatives, storm water management to rain garden implementation, sourcing local products whenever possible to powering its fleet vehicles with biodiesel. It prides itself on balancing aesthetic beauty with the health of the environment.
Harmful to Pets and Humans
Michele Lowry of Dover, N.H.-based Nikoe Natural Therapies, employs holistic healing for both people and pets, providing them with choices for healing and preventative health care. These include Reiki, Shamanism, improved nutrition, essential oils and gem stones. In August, a friend’s dog became sick with unusual symptoms, and Lowry worked to get the pet healthy again.
The owner wondered if the Roundup she had used on her property could have caused the symptoms. Lowry conducted research that linked these symptoms to the use of Roundup — some of which this dog had, including diarrhea and vomiting.
Guest Blog: New Hampshire Environmental Community Calls for Study of Underground Alternatives in Federal Review of Northern Pass
By: Christophe Courchesne, Conservation Law Foundation
To find out more about the partnership between Green Alliance and Conservation Law Foundation, click Here!
Earlier this week, seven leading New Hampshire environmental organizations, including CLF, sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) calling for a truly comprehensive and fair environmental review of the Northern Pass transmission project, including a complete analysis of underground transmission alternatives in New Hampshire and other states. To read the whole document click here.
Yesterday’s announcement of the New England Clean Power Link project in Vermont confirms that underground alternatives are reasonable, economic, and likely to have significant advantages over a project like Northern Pass. It has never been clearer that DOE must carefully analyze these alternatives and weigh them in deciding whether the current Northern Pass proposal is consistent with the public interest. Contrary to the misleading arguments in Northern Pass’s flawed amended permit application, advanced underground transmission technology and potential underground routes warrant detailed study in DOE’s environmental impact statement.
The brainchild of Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and Chairman of Stonyfield Farm – a company renowned for their incredible efforts in the world of sustainable business – Climate Counts was launched in 2007 as a nonprofit organization committed to bringing consumers and high profile companies together to address solutions to global climate change.
Motivated by the idea that halting climate change can only happen with action taken by an informed public, Climate Counts seeks to foster within citizens the world over that they have the power to make long-lasting change. To that end, Climate Counts has scored some of the world’s most recognizable companies – from restaurants to software companies and everything in between – in an effort to provide consumers a transparent look into what the world’s biggest employers are doing to curb their environmental footprints.
On a drizzly, dark Halloween night, the fire-lit dining room at the new 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Epping seemed to beckon passers by. If not for the packed house and delicious smell of wood-fired pizza, the official grand opening of the second 900 Degrees Pizzeria was nothing short of a grand success.
Proudly displaying their Green Alliance Partnering Business window sticker, the newest location of the famed 900 Degrees Pizzeria exemplifies green dining. With refurbished furniture, counter tops, and curtains, there environmental gleam is only magnified by the recycled wine bottle wall that separates the bar from the dining room.
The room-length pizza bar in the back of the room offered patrons the opportunity to sit up close and personal to the signature wood-fire ovens. And for those who enjoy a more private dining experience, the back of the restaurant offers a banquet room that can be rented out by large parties at no additional cost!
Whether it’s the warming ambiance, sustainable decor or the intoxicating smell of award-winning pizza, the new 900 Degrees Pizzeria in Epping has it all. Located just off Route 101, Exit 7, learn for yourself how much you never knew you could love pizza (and this coming from an adamant pizza lover).
For the Green Alliance, sharing the stories of sustainable businesses to community members is essential to advancing the local, green economy. Since the GA’s launch in 2008, the organization has evolved to engage the community in both outreach and scope. It should only be so fitting that in this day and age of smart phones and social media, the unique work of the GA can extend the catch phrase, “there’s an app for that.”
The Green Alliance app – available on the iPhone – is easily searchable through the Apple App Store, and feature’s the organization’s trademark yellow sunflower logo. While the app is available for anyone to download, only Green Alliance members or “Green Card holders” can activate their digital Green Card. But non-members can make the convenient decision to join right through the GA app (or online at www.greenalliance.biz/join.)
Once downloaded, users will be prompted to enter a username and password, along with their four-digit Green Alliance number. At that point, app users will be able to show a digital version of their Green Card at GA businesses, making “going green and saving green” easier than ever.
The app will also feature a comprehensive Business Partner Directory, complete with contact information, map, Green Card discount, as well as their Sustainability score, derived from the comprehensive 30-question evaluation given to every business that joins the GA. Users will also be able to use the app to connect to the GA’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages, as well as recent stories involving the organization and its business partners.
ELIOT, Maine — Dogs, like humans, get hungry. Whilst playing in the grass, they will most likely do the inevitable: chewing, eating, and enjoying the wonderful grass, flowers, and other green items that make up your front lawn. This parcel of land that you have fed, watered, and trimmed is now part of your dog’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. Such innocuous activities as eating grass should never result in the dangers that some have unfortunately encountered.
Michele Lowry, the creator and owner of Nikoe Natural Therapies, a human and pet therapy clinic that offers individual Reiki healing sessions, recently learned of a sad story about a dear friend’s dog. Lowry’s friend began noticing strange symptoms coming from the dog, and could not find a reason for these symptoms.
After a few therapeutic and rejuvenating days at the Nikoe facility in Eliot, Maine, the dog began to recuperate from the debilitating effects that some claim Roundup has on the health of dogs. This potentially dangerous chemical that is all too often used on our perfectly manicured lawns may be showing awful impacts on pets.
The time has arrived to begin transitioning from our “want” for a green lawn, to a “need” for a chemical free lawn. The need has become a reality through the availability of local landscape companies that are dedicated to providing high quality service, using sustainable designs and chemical-free alternatives. Site Structures Landscape, Inc., operating out of Eliot, Maine, has a crew of highly specialized landscapers who utilize their obsession of detail and highly honed expertise to create the yard of your dreams.
The New Hampshire branch of Power Provider, ENH Power, has just become a Green Alliance Business Partner. Power Provider has become 250,000 proud customers strong, climbing to the top 20 Competitive Energy Supplies in just two years! It works to change the way the energy business works, one state at a time. It does this by finding the best deals straight from the New England Power Pool and passing these savings on to the customer at a fixed rate. The people at ENH Power provide the most competitive prices for your home or business. They also provide a Coal-Free plan and a Pure Green plan for those looking for a greener alternative to traditional power.
ENH Power doesn’t just work to power your home and business, but also your community. It is working with community planners raising money and awareness of for a range of causes, such as school departments and towns to church communities to animal welfare agencies. ENH has developed a Power to Help Fund in order to help promote these groups.
In this day and age, electricity is a necessity. This being said, don’t you feel you should have a say in which power company you use? Why not get this much-needed resource from a company you know has strong community values and commitments?
The dynamic team at Starry Brook Natural Medicine is excited to welcome Certified EFT Specialist & Energy Healer, Cheri Valentine!
Cheri’s specialty in Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a psychological acupressure technique that Starry Brook founder, Dr. Giard highly recommends to optimize emotional health. Although often overlooked, emotional health is believed essential to physical health and healing. The Emotional Freedom Technique and energy healing services aim to break down the emotional barriers that cause or influence physical symptoms or conditions.
Through EFT, Energy Healing services, and Relationship Coaching Cheri has helped hundreds of people discover their own source of love, spirit, and strength. Her intimate approach combined with a strong, intuitive nature supports the healing journey to wisdom and authentic expression, while strengthening physical health and total body wellness.
Want to see what EFT is all about? Cheri offers a group tapping (EFT) experience, “Tappy Hour™ twice a week that is open to everyone and only $15. Cheri also offers private sessions by phone, Skype and at Starry Brook Natural Medicine.
As part of Starry Brook Natural Medicine, a Green Alliance Business Partner, GA members receive 20% off Cheri's private sessions! Not a GA member? Join here!
Call 603.583.5181 for an appointment or visit www.starrybrook.com to learn more!
The following is a guest blog written by Jenaly Technology Group, one of our business partners, about an event they'll be hosting next Thursday, November 7th. To learn more about Jenaly, you can visit them at www.jenaly.com
I recently read that over 12,000 laptops were left behind at airports - every day. And an estimated 113 cell phones are lost or stolen every MINUTE. There’s no doubt in our mind that you, or one of your employees, WILL lose a company device at some point. WHEN you do, what’s your risk That’s just ONE of the key items we’ll be covering in our upcoming executive briefing on cloud and mobile computing.
The Green Alliance is always looking for new ways to bring green practices into peoples' daily lives. One of their most recent endeavors has been into the artistic community with the Artist in Residence program. This program is designed to spotlight artists in the Seacoast community who not only possess considerable talent, but also show commitment to going green. The first artist to receive this honor was Suzie Goodwin, a photographer from Maine. The current featured Artist in Residence is Jasmine Inglesmith.
Several great examples of Jasmine's works can be found in the Green Alliance's own office. Located at 75 Congress Street, Suite 304 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The "GA Guerilla Gallery" is open to the public on Monday through Friday from 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. Jasmine is also involved with filmography shown below is one of the excellent examples of her work: a Halloween-themed music video "Pingree the Prowler" performed by Dr. Gasp and the Eeks/Dan Blakeslee.
The GA is currently searching for the next Artist in Residence, and encourages all local artists to apply. Through their program artists receive promotion, gallery space, an artist profile, a business page on the GA website, and exposure through various media outlets. Interested artist or art group should contact the GA Director, Sarah Brown for more information, Sarah@greenalliance.biz or call 603-817-4694.
PORTSMOUTH — Are your child’s diapers eco-friendly? Single-use diapers have been causing considerable environmental damage since they became popular in the 1970s. An average child will go through 6,000 to 8,000 diapers in their first three years. That adds up to a construction dumpster’s worth of toxic plastic and human waste, all of which is doomed to spend from 250 to 500 years in a landfill.
Cloth diapers are a greener alternative to disposable plastic diapers. There’s only one cloth diaper service in New Hampshire: Green Earth Baby Works (GEBW).
GEBW offers a wide variety of environmentally friendly baby products, including different types of cloth diapers, accessories, and delivery services.
GEBW serves many New England communities; along with towns in the Seacoast and Greater Manchester regions, GBEW has recently expanded their service areas north to Portland, ME and south to Gloucester, MA.
Since they fell out of fashion in the 1970s, cloth diapers have been considered to be more time intensive, inconvenient, and dirtier than disposable alternatives. To help eliminate the negative stigmas and bring cloth diapers back into the market, GEBW offers different monthly service plans, a variety of products, and great customer support. GEBW even washes used diapers for their clients at a green facility that uses eco-friendly detergents and machines that minimize energy and water usage.