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IT Recycling Company Finds Success at Portsmouth eCycling Event

By Craig | Dec 3, 2014 | in

On September 29, MetalWave, Inc., an IT recycling company located in Amesbury, Mass., partnered with the Green Alliance, QA Cafe, Axis Business Solutions and Alpha Loft for a multi-town eCycling event at the QA Cafe office's parking lot in Portsmouth. The event was designed to provide a space for businesses and individuals to safely recycle their old or broken IT equipment and personal computing devices such as laptops, tablets and smart-phones.

The event proved a success as residents and businesses brought large quantities of recyclable materials of unwanted office and home IT products. After the event, each item was cataloged and disseminated throughout at the MetalWave facility for refurbishment, data erasing or destruction. As part of the recycling process, MetalWave generates a report card for the total number of items received at events such as the collaboration with QA Cafe.

Known as a Certificate of Recycling, the document breaks down how much product was received at the event in each category. For example, MetalWave received 85 scrapped printers, seven laptops, eight AC adaptors, nine stereos and VCRs and varying amounts of other electronic devices and wired items.

The certificate for the amount of recycled material is one of three offered by MetalWave, according to Jim Jubb, MetalWave's Business Development Manager. Jubb says that the Recycling Certificate is the most common and is made available to all customers. Other documents include a certificate for data destruction, data security and data privacy.

Food Drive Bin at Green Alliance

By Katie | Dec 2, 2014 | in

As a community-centric organization, we strive to make our community a pleasant, safe, happy, and green place for all to enjoy. This community encompasses a lot of people, from all walks of life. Some of whom are less fortunate, and could really use some generosity this holiday season.

We know our GA community is full of giving, caring individuals. That is why the GA is setting up a food donation bin at our headquarters in downtown Portsmouth. All food donations will go to Footprints Food Pantry in Kittery, which serves families without the financial means to provide meals and necessary goods to their family on a consistent basis. 

Items that are always in high demand at Footprints include: peanut butter, canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, pasta sauce, macaroni and cheese, cereal (low sugar please!), oatmeal, canned tuna fish, dog and cat food, first aid supplies, and more. A bin will be set up in GA headquarters at 75 Congress St., Suite 304 in downtown Portsmouth from December 2 to December 23. We will also be exchanging a drink ticket (good for one free beer) at our December 23 Holiday Party at the Portsmouth Brewery (5:30 - 8 p.m.; RSVP to katie@greenalliance.biz now)! 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Two Ceres Street

By Madalyn | Dec 2, 2014 | in

Who: Two Ceres Street

What: Two Ceres Street owners Marlisa Geroulo and John Golumb, use their business as an extension of their own sustainable lifestyle. The martini bar and restaurant was originally created via an extensive renovation, which incorporated as many eco-friendly and sustainable options as possible. Kieri board, a material made from wound discarded sorghum straw, was used for the paneling of the bar. Tabletops and shelving were made from PaperStone, a composite material created from 100 percent recycled paper and resin. Geroulo and Golumb also added LED lighting throughout the restaurant, Energy Star appliances and reclaimed materials, like Forest Stewardship Council certified tree stumps for seating and a fireplace made of scrap wood from Moran towing, the neighboring tugboat company. Two Ceres' floor is made from recycled plastic milk bottles and the restaurant has an extensive composting program for food waste. Adjacent to Two Ceres, and also owned by Geroulo and Golumb, is Poco's Bow Street Cantina, with its popular decks now with natural gas fueled outdoor heaters for chilly nights overlooking the river. Both restaurants boast many local and natural ingredients.

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance Offers Special UNH Graduate Discount

By Katelyn | Dec 2, 2014 | in

After commencement ceremonies in May, herds of recent graduates flock to Boston for career opportunities, night-life, and the big-city feel close to home (or school). The majority of UNH students are originally from New Hampshire or Massachusetts and hope to stay in the area after they are finished with school. For this reason, Boston is one of the top post-graduation destinations for UNH alumni to start the rest of their lives. 

Another thing that bodes well for Boston, and draws recent graduates to the city, is the ease of transportation thanks to the MBTA. While you can "pahk you cah in Havahd yahd", you can just as easily catch the "T" and have access to all of Boston, or take the commuter rail to Worcester, Haverhill, Rhode Island, and more. 

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance has come to the same realization and agrees that if Boston residents are driving their cars less than non-city residents they should not have to face the same insurance rates. The company has recently been working with University of New Hampshire graduates who have moved to Boston and is able to offer the alumni a Public Transit Discount. Although they are now living in Boston, Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance works with the new residents and is able to save customers about $300 a year on their auto insurance. Through the Public Transit Discount, Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance brings their customers hefty savings for relying on public transportation as opposed to individual automobile use.

Riverworks Printing Introduces Special Holiday Discount

By Katelyn | Dec 2, 2014 | in

With the holiday season upon us, we often find ourselves stuck in trying to find a special gift for those on our list. We struggle to pick out unique gifts for our loved ones that we know they will truly love and enjoy for years to come. This year, take a different approach to your holiday shopping and check out how Riverworks Printing can help you create a one-of-a-kind gift.

Riverworks Printing offers a wide variety of photography prints and decals and is now offering a special discount through the end of the year for $15 off of their 2’ x 3’ Wallshots! These customized photos are regularly priced at $40, but with the special discount will only be $25 each: a perfect price for everyone on you holiday shopping list! The wall decals from Riverworks'' are eco-friendly, easy to apply, and leave no marks on walls, making them the ideal wall décor for any space.

Local Company Helps Independent Restaurants - And Their Customers - Avoid a Landfill Legacy

By Katelyn | Nov 26, 2014 | in

By Kristyn Lak Miller

SOMERSWORTH — Leftovers from a restaurant dinner last only a few days in the refrigerator, yet the take-out container they’re in might last lifetimes in the landfill. Not if Favorite Foods has anything to do with it.

Founded nearly 30 years ago, community-based, environmentally-responsible Favorite Foods is fully committed to sustainable, local, and ethical food services. The family-owned company serves independent restaurants throughout New Hampshire and along the Maine seacoast, supplying each with quality products and innovative solutions. Part of the Favorite Foods mission is to enhance the communities it serves—one way is by educating restaurants on the benefits of using compostable products, and encouraging the switch from conventional paper or Styrofoam.

“We started offering compostable products six years ago, and we now stock compostable trash bag liners, cutlery, several sizes of hot drinking cups and cold drinking cups, cup lids, drinking straws, soup containers, various sizes of plates, and take-out containers,” said Kelly Donohue, of Favorite Foods. “Over the years, it’s become easier to find these types of products, and the costs have gotten much better. We use vendors that give us the best value. Products are starting to be made in the USA—we’ve even gotten some from Maine.”

Ease into an Active Lifestyle with EZ Bikes & Scooters

By Patrick Haigis | Nov 26, 2014 | in

Transitioning to a more active lifestyle takes commitment and endurance. EZ Bikes & Scooters is making the transition easier with their scooters and electric bicycles. Scooters and electric bicycles are a great alternative for those looking to save money and get moving.

Electric bicycles are great for people interested in cycling but who may not be prepared for the rolling New England landscape. They offer three options: ride like a regular bike and just pedal, pedal with the assistance of the motor, or let the motor do all of the work. This makes them perfect for riders of all experience levels.

Here's an interesting idea: owners of electric bikes get more exercise than those with pedal bikes, because electric bike owners use their bikes more! It has also been found that electric bikes pay for themselves in 1-2 years with savings in fuel, vehicle maintenance and the other costs associated with owning a vehicle.

Jenaly Technology Group Green IT Item of the Month

By Madalyn | Nov 25, 2014 | in

Jenaly Technology Group, Inc. is not you average IT company. They are dedicated to providing affordable IT solutions for businesses big and small while also providing much needed commitment to sustainability and environmentally friendly choices.

The IT industry is notorious for needing a large amount of resources and energy for their products. Jenaly is striving to control and shrink its environmental impact. They accomplish this by providing systems management services which drastically reduce the amount of energy computers use and also provide effective document management skills which reduces the amount of paper required by an individual or a professional office. Jenaly themselves hope to one day be 100% digital.

Updated Green Story for Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

By Madalyn | Nov 25, 2014 | in

All Green Alliance Business Partners are green certified by the GA and their evaluation can be found on the individual Green Alliance pages. Each Business Partner is given a transparent evaluation with a report card that shows the rating of the entire business. Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga has undergone a number of renovations which significantly imporved their overall green score- they are now in blossom status, the highest status given to GA Business Partners. Read the full green story below:

Gateway: ancient theory, growing green practice

There are good reasons why the ancient arts of taiji (tai chi), qigong (chee kung) and yoga have been practiced by millions of people throughout the world for many centuries: they help people feel better, move more freely, breathe easier and connect with their spiritual selves. They condition the body, improve circulation, develop energy and promote mindfulness – a powerful cocktail for health and wellbeing.

Gateway Taiji, Qigong and Yoga, which opened in October 2012, is a center for practicing and exploring these ancient arts. Its two large studios provide a spacious, sunlit, inviting environment for daily classes and special seminars. The founder, Bill Buckley, intended to create a welcoming, non-judgmental and fun atmosphere where people of all ages and fitness levels can explore, get fit and connect with other like-minded seekers. And, in just one year, he’s done exactly that. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Get It Going, LLC

By Madalyn | Nov 25, 2014 | in

Who: Get It Going, LLC

What: Jill Spring uses her lifestyle and apparel company, Get It Going, to spread a message of positive living and environmental stewardship. Since 2009, Get it Going has designed and sold T-shirts, hoodies, stickers and more, promoting positivity and an awareness of health, wellness and environmental issues. The company prides itself on creating products made with locally and sustainably sourced materials that have a low-impact on the environment. Get it Going works with people in the local community on the product's overall design and message. All of the company's products are made in the United States with organic materials when available. Get it Going gives back $1 on each item sold to an organization, team, school or group of the designer's choice that is active in bettering the local community. Spring believes that by working with community members on her product's designs and statements, Get it Going will inspire a greener and more rewarding way of life.

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance Referral Program

By Madalyn | Nov 25, 2014 | in

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance has been steadily growing to increase their coverage of home, auto and other types of insurance. They are also expanding from their base in New England, mainly New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine, to include greater coverage in Massachusetts.

One of the greatest accomplishments that Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance (PAI) is now offering to Green Alliance members is a referral program. If a Green Alliance member refers a friend or family member to PAI for any type of insurance quote, they will receive a $20 gift card to the Green Alliance Business of their choice.

Blue Ocean Discovery Center Receives Unusual Lobsters

By Anna | Nov 25, 2014 | in

The Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation was the recipient of two unique marine creatures this week – rare calico and partial blue lobsters. The lobsters were donated by Newick's Lobster House in Dover Point, NH, who contacted the Society after the lobsters were caught off the Isles of Shoals and had spent a few days in Newick’s tank for public viewing.

The calico lobster, which is colored blackish brown and bright orange, is one of the most unusual lobster colorations - the Lobster Institute estimates that only 1 in 30 million lobsters are this color. In addition, Newick's had a partial blue lobster (thought to number 1 in 2 million) which they also donated to the Society. Both are males, and they are now housed in separate tanks at our Blue Ocean Discovery Center in Hampton Beach. The Center is open by special appointmet, for events, group visits and birthday parties at this time of year. Those who wish to see the lobsters and explore the touch tanks are invited to contact the Society at 603-431-0260 or info@blueoceansociety.org.

Out on a Limb

By Anna | Nov 25, 2014 | in

By Barbara Perkins

PORTSMOUTH - Micum Davis has been shinnying up trees for more than seventeen years. A certified arborist, the 38-year old describes his line-of work as 'aerial yoga meets circus act'. It definitely offers a jaw-dropping perspective, says Davis. And there's an artistic element as well. Each tree is like a canvas to Davis, Cornerstone Tree Care's founder. Because every tree has a unique form, Davis studies their basic structure before making his first move.

Trees can cause serious and life-threatening problems; limbs interfering with power lines, trees blocking roads and walkways, injuries and property damage are just a few. Pruning eliminates existing hazards while preemptive work – removing dead or weak limbs, can stave off potential damage from storms. A tree care job well done, turns out a better tree - safer, healthier and good looking.

While those concepts are easy to grasp, wrapping one's mind around how climate change is affecting trees can be confounding. As New Englanders struggle to redefine what 'normal' weather means, unpredictable describes it best. Ticking off a handful of recent weather events which caused massive destruction isn't difficult. There was Hurricane Irene, which touched down in August of 2011, Super-storm Sandy in the fall of 2012 and an unnamed storm in February of 2010. That one packed 91mph winds, enough to toss around trees which were firmly rooted in a foot of frozen soil. As cold weather crept in during the fall of 2014, parts of coastal Maine made the record books, reporting massive power outages and snow accumulations of up to 12 inches. That was only October, says Maine born and bred Davis.

Green Collar Careers: Larry Russell, Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative

By Anna | Nov 25, 2014 | in

When most people think about sustainability, insurance is not the first thing that comes to mind. Larry Russell is not like most people. For Russell, a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual, insurance and finance are at the center of sustainability.

Russell works with his clients to ensure they have well thought out objectives, clear action steps, and a realistic timetable to achieve their financial goals, while protecting the people and things they care about most.

The Massachusetts native prides himself on helping a diverse selection of families, businesses and individuals reach their fiscal goals and plan for the long term while remaining both environmentally and financially sustainable. Part of that comes from Russell's desire to provide people with a sense of security.

Russell is proud to be a part of a company that considers people and sustainability. Northwestern has been around since 1870. The company has survived two World Wars, the Great Depression and countless struggles. Russell loves helping people make smart, holistic decisions that have a seamless, positive and sustainable impact as time goes on.

Dreaming of A Green Alliance Christmas!

By Katie | Nov 25, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance sure knows how to throw a party. If you were able to attend any of this year's festivities, from the Spring Music Bash to the sold-out Isles of Shoals Summer Party, the GA Community has made all events a truly special experience. With such great celebrations in 2014 under our belts, we expect the Holiday Bash to be the best yet! 

Celebrate the holidays with the GA Community of green business leaders and individuals who are powering our local green economy. Long-time GA Business Partner, the Portsmouth Brewery, has graciously offered to host this year's party for a second year in a row. On Tuesday, December 23 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. the Brewery will be opening the La Ponza lounge to the GA community. The event is free for GA members and Business Partners, and includes appetizers, great beer (the first one is on us!), and the most spirited company you can find on the seacoast.