On Wednesday, September 23, join members of the NH Businesses for Social Responsibility, Environmental Business Council of New England, and the NH Clean Tech Council for presentations and discussions with EPA Region I to learn more about the Clean Power Plan and the economic opportunities it presents.
The Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) recently released the Clean Power Plan, designed to reduce carbon pollution from existing power plants 32 percent by 2030. Each state has considerable flexibility to meet this goal; in New Hampshire this incudes developing additional renewable energy capacity and increasing efficiency.
What does the Clean Power Plan it mean for New Hampshire?
How do existing state policies relate to the Clean Power Plan?
Should resilience to our shifting weather patterns be part of the discussion?
The discussion will provide opportunities to share information about the Clean Power Plan and to reflect upon the New Hampshire Weathering Change report, generated from comments concerns and ideas of more than 100 business leaders who met in Concord last fall.
Presenters will include Lisa Grogan-McCulloch of the EPA Region I Energy and Climate Unit, Steve Duprey, Host Committee, New HampshireWeathering Change, and Jack Kenworthy, CEO of Eolian Renewable Energy.
What: Smuttynose Brewing Company’s roots are firmly planted in the Seacoast, shipping the first kegs of Shoals Pale Ale in 1994 from a small warehouse in Portsmouth. 14 years later, Peter Egelston and partner Joanne Francis purchased the 17-acre Towle Farm in Hampton to be build a brand-new, larger, sustainable brewing facility and company headquarters. The new Smuttynose facility, which is currently in review for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification with the US Green Building Council, opened Memorial Day weekend, 2014.
Its design is aimed to reduce Smuttynose’s demand for electricity, water and natural gas while minimizing effluent and site impacts. The most-significant energy-saving feature is a tested, verified and overly insulated tight building envelope that maintains a consistent internal environment, reducing heating and cooling needs. Large banks of windows and solar tubes capture substantial amounts of natural light while other lighting needs are met by on-demand LEDs. The facility includes an ambient vaporizer for its CO2 system that captures waste cooling for the warehouse, while reducing the need for electrical heat found in conventional vaporizers.
Smuttynose Brewing Co. in Hampton has long been known locally, regionally, nationally and internationally for producing award-winning craft beers. Many of there favorite selections are part of a limited release series. But now the Big A Double IPA, one of those limited releases, joins the ranks of Smuttynose's full-time line up as a 4-pack.
After a year long hiatus from production, Big A Double IPA will join Smutty's Big Beer Series graduates, Baltic Porter and Really Old Brown Dog. It will also be available in kegs. This time around, Big A is a little bit different than before. The brew is now lower in alcohol, by about 1.25 percent to a target of about 8.5 percent. This will make the beer more drinkable for some. There have also been changes to the dry hopping schedule and hop blend, which is now a blend of Falconer’s Flight, Bravo, Saphir and Citra (a popular variety amongst brewers and drinkers).
Big A debuted in 2002 and was quickly recognized in a New York Times IPA tasting as one of the best IPAs in the country. It has since been recognized by Men’s Journal magazine and by the judges at the 2010 Great British Beer Festival where it won the Michael Jackson Award for “Best American Beer.”
Jose Lezcano, two time Grammy nominee, guitarist, composer, and professor of Music at Keene State College will take the stage in Portsmouth on Wednesday, September 16.
Join the Green Alliance and receive two FREE tickets ($25 value each) to see Jose Lezcano perform at the Seacoast Repertory Theater!
Jose Lezcano will come to Portsmouth thanks to Cuzin Richard Entertainment and the Seacoast Repertory Theater! The Rep is committed to the culture and arts of the seacoast and brings live shows, programs, and musicians to the area throughout the year.
Lezcano presents a variety of musical styles: Flamenco-inspired pieces by Spanish nationalist composers, European parlor waltzes from Venezuela, Afro-Cuban popular dances, Haitian Creole Dances, and Afro-brazilian samba-pagode. He plays original Latin-flavored compositions, and has composed four concertos for guitar, both solo and in duo combinations with orchestra accompaniment. He has showcased his works with professional orchestras in New York City, Ecuador, Peru, Colombia, and New Hampshire.
It may be approaching September, but some New Hampshire students are still heading for the beach. Students from all over the state will gather at Hampton Beach, Rye Harbor State Park, Wallis Sands State Park, and North Beach in Hampton on September 18th to participate in the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup.
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation coordinated the cleanup and is still seeking schools to participate. Students will pick up trash on the beach and record their findings on data cards for further study by Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and the Ocean Conservancy as part of their efforts to learn more about marine pollution, both locally and internationally.
This is no ordinary day at the beach. Before heading out to the cleanup, students will learn about the environmental problems related to marine debris, including the dangers to marine mammals, fish, and birds from entanglement or ingestion. Through their participation in the cleanup, students will have a hands-on experience with scientific data collection. Their tally sheets will contribute important data to ongoing research concerning the worldwide sources of marine debris. Ultimately, the trash that these students collect will help us to learn how we can prevent more from showing up in its place.
The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation will participate in the 30th annual International Coastal Cleanup, on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The cleanup will be conducted at approximately 25 sites along the New Hampshire coast and Great Bay, and volunteers are needed to assist from roughly 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Blue Ocean Society, based in Portsmouth, has been coordinating the New Hampshire Coastal Cleanup since 2005 and strives to spread awareness about the marine environment and the importance of proper trash disposal. During the cleanup, each piece of trash collected is recorded, and the data is used to implement city and state projects to lessen waste on our beaches.
Last year’s cleanup in New Hampshire was a great success, with more than 1,120 volunteers coming together to clean 26 miles of New Hampshire’s coastlines and waterways. Volunteers collected 37,085 pieces of debris, which amounted to 2,207 pounds of trash. The number one item collected was cigarette butts, of which more than 25,000 were collected. Blue Ocean Society hopes that this year’s cleanup will involve more volunteers to create the most successful New Hampshire cleanup yet.
Mark your calendars for the Spooktacular Kids Festival at Stratham Hill Park on October 10, from 10 am to 4 pm. The day will feature a spooky fun run, music, magic, train ride, face painting, games, crafts, a toy flea market, food trucks, and promises to have a little something for everybody.
The Spooktacular Kids Festival will benefit Rett's Roost, a sanctuary for families with a child affected by cancer. Rett's Roost is a non-profit organization established by Jim and Deana Cavan in memory of their son Everett "Rett" Cavan who passed away from pediatric cancer at just 10 months old.
Jim Cavan worked as the Director of Media at the Green Alliance for five years, and although he continues to write for publications in the area, Jim and Deana have made it their mission to honor Rett. In memory of Rett, the Cavans launched Rett’s Roost in early July. Families attend these “Roosts” free of charge and to cover expenses, Deana and Jim plan to conduct regular fundraisers to supplement individual donations.
At Rett's Roost, the Cavans provide retreats for families with children affected by cancer and have created a loving and supportive community to ease their experience with the disease. Guests enjoy nutritious meals and daily classes in art, yoga, meditation, healthy habits, therapeutic play and learning, and mindfulness towards the natural and spiritual world–holistic means of healing that treat the body and soul.
The Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests (Forest Society) will host a free field day to explore the Creek Farm Reservation on Little Harbor Road on Sunday, Sept. 13.
The Creek Farm Reservation is a 35-acre conservation area with frontage on the tidal Sagamore Creek, kayaking access and a loop trail system well suited for family outings.
The field day event begins at 9 a.m. with a guided bird walk, followed by a nature hike at 10:30. At noon, kayaks will be available for tours of Sagamore Creek. Snacks will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Afternoon activities include a local history talk about Creek Farm, an invasive plant species walk at 2 p.m. with local naturalist Skye Maher, and an archaeology talk at 3 p.m. by local archaeologist Martha Pinello.
The Forest Society conserved Creek Farm in 2000 thanks to a generous bargain sale and gifts from numerous donors. The property includes Goose Island and 1,125 feet of shoreline on Sagamore Creek. It is open to the public for passive recreation, and hosts part of a 1.5-mile loop trail that also crosses state and city-owned land.
When Steve and Cary Bowman launched Social Kitchen in 2010, their goal was to leverage various social media platforms in a way that helped businesses connect with their clients and customers. The Bowmans dove into the ever-changing social media landscape headfirst, learning effective and creative strategies along the way, eventually becoming some of the top professionals in the field.
From the start, the business was committed to helping businesses grow by using technology platforms that could have the largest impact on sales and the smallest impact on the environment. As the company helps businesses more effectively use technology, so it reduces their reliance on higher footprint marketing like print media.
Five years later, Social Kitchen whole-heartedly understands that for the small business owner, running social media campaigns and strategy can be confusing, but it is crucial for growth. Having grown up with parents who were small business owners themselves, the Bowmans remain committed to the idea that their service must suit the needs of small business owners first and foremost. In any home the kitchen is the hub of conversation.
As social media shapes and informs those conversations, Social Kitchen ensures that everyone at the table has a voice. Using social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram, Social Kitchen helps their clients set-up accounts, present an up-to-date online presence, plan postings that work, and review metrics for improvement.
September is Hunger Action Month and the Feeding America nationwide network has united to urge businesses and individuals to support their local food bank, and therefore their local community. The New Hampshire Food Bank needs your support to help families across New England who have come across hard times and are not about to provide enough nutritious food for their family.
900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria and Stoli Vodka have partnered for the month of September to raise money and awareness for the New Hampshire Food Bank. This month, 900 Degrees and Stoli Vodka will each donate $1 to the NH Food Bank for every Salted Karamel Martini sold.
To support Hunger Action Month, 900 Degrees will also host a Raising Dough event where a portion of sales on September 21, from 5:00 - 9:00 will go to the NH Food Bank. Individuals can support the organization when they dine in at the Manchester or Epping location and mention to their server that they are there to Raise Some Dough!
Take your editing skills to the next level! Join the Sustainable Superstars that are the Green Alliance and take on a number of editing projects all related to journalistic style, sustainable media stories.
Work with the Seacoast's Sustainability Superstars! If you are into media, organized, slef directed and able to juggle many balls on deadlines - we want you! Must be able to maintain an editorial calendar flawlessly to ensure all deadlines are met continously, be able to write, edit and pitch stories, manage freelance writers and keep media contacts in check.
By John Brescia
Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance (PAI) is an independent insurance agency operating throughout most of New England, and serves 2,000 clients in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Vermont. PAI offers localized experience with options to suit their client’s specific needs, such as life, auto, health, and home and renter’s insurance, as well as financial services. The company recently celebrated its 10th anniversary this past June.
PAI not only covers costs, but also sustainability. As an insurance agency, PAI acts as an intermediary by purchasing policies from larger insurance companies, for their clients. While some believe they would spend less money by forgoing the insurance agency and buying the policy directly from the company, most save through working with PAI. This is because PAI gains the majority of their clients through word-of-mouth referrals, so their costs for customer acquisition are very low. However, their efforts to be green are very high
Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance utilizes a paperless agency management system, uses 100% recycled paper products and biodegradable plastic bags, and recycles all printer and toner cartridges. The business also digitizes all documents as PDFs, and uses 7th Generation products, which are environmentally-safe cleaning products. On Earth Day, PAI employees are given the day off to instead work for an environmental concern of their choice. In the future, PAI plans to incorporate soy-based inks, Energy Star office equipment, and chlorine-free paper.
But PAI is not limited by their own sustainable responsibility; they have chosen to work with insurance companies who also incorporate environmentally-conscious practices. And that is why PAI partners with Hanover Insurance, a business that is taking its own strides to stay green.