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Jazz Brunch at Historic Oceanic Hotel on Star Island!

By Katie | Sep 9, 2014 | in

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is proud to offer cruises for spectators to view the GoSport Regatta on Saturday, September 20. The infamous M/V Thomas Laighton will be leaving from Portsmouth at 10:25 a.m. and will bring spectators to Star Island to witness this epic race. Spectators will also have the unique opportunity to stay overnight on Star Island, and return the following day on the Isles of Shoals’ final walking tour of Star Island this season.

The September 21 walking tour will include a special brunch accompanied by live jazz music at the Oceanic Hotel on Star Island, and is open to those who opt to stay overnight on Star Island following the regatta, as well as anyone leaving from Portsmouth that morning. The cruise departs at 9:55 a.m. from Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s headquarters on Market Street in Portsmouth. The expertly narrated walking tour dives into the history of the island, including the charting of the Isles in 1614 by Captain John Smith.

After a 30 minute guided tour of Star Island, brunch will be served at the historic Oceanic Hotel accompanied by sweet jazz music. The menu includes a smoked salmon platter, scrambled eggs, various salads, baked pastries, and more. Following brunch, guests will still have plenty of time to explore Star Island themselves.

Sagamore Golf renews with the Green Alliance!

By Sam | Sep 8, 2014 | in

If you’ve been keeping up with us this summer, you’ll know that Sagamore Golf has done awesome things, notably spearheading the FootGolf movement in New England. As always, though, they are the place to go in the seacoast if you want to golf on a course that’s not only affordable, but also guaranteed not to be treated with heavy chemicals.

And now, you’ll be able to get your Green Alliance discount at Sagamore for another year! There’s still plenty of time to use your member card to get 15% off green fees on weekdays, get a free small bucket of balls with a big bucket at the driving range, or play a round of mini-golf with the family (your fourth ticket is free)! Here's to another year of great green golf at Sagamore!

People's Climate March in NYC

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 5, 2014 | in

World leaders will be gathering at the UN for a summit on the climate crisis at the end of September. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is urging governments to support an ambitious goal to dramatically reduce global warming pollution. With many leaders in in the city the attention of the global media will be on New York. The People's Climate March is our chance to put public pressure on policy makers and show them that the public supports putting an end to climate change. Trains and buses will be bringing people from across the country to the march. The event will host over 1,000 businesses, unions, faith groups, schools, social justice groups, environmental groups and more as well as thousands more individuals gathering to peacefully flood the streets in historic numbers. 

The People's Climate March is part of a larger People's Global Mobilization to prove that the entire world supports the fight against climate change. It is a demand for action to create a world with an economy that works for the people and the planet - now. Rallys, marches and events will be taking place across the globe to take action towards creating a world safe from the dangers of climate change.

Meet a Green Alliance Business

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 5, 2014 | in

Who: Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England

What: The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE), a franchise of its parent company, is leading the way in sustainable practices for a large-scale manufacturing and distribution facility. Based in Londonderry, CCNNE works to reduce their carbon footprint in the creation and delivery of their products. The plant boasts a 93 percent recycling diversion rate and in 2013 sold over 12 million pounds of recycled commodities, working closely with Hampton, New Hampshire's Foss Manufacturing to process its recycled bottles and turn them into usable material. Its unique Energy Management Systems installed in the company's coolers and used in stores and restaurants, reduces clients' energy use by 35 percent. The company also invests in the community, such as sponsoring a full recycling station at the Special Olympics and spreading awareness about the impact recycling has both locally and globally.

Little Green Homes Increasingly Popular

By Craig | Sep 4, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord

A recent trend in sustainable housing is also one of the most obvious – building smaller from the beginning.

A case in point is a recently completed home on Kittery Point designed and built by Greenland-based Little Green Homes. “The family had a home in Portsmouth but they wanted to downsize quite a bit,” said Jeff Stacy, business partner at Little Green Homes.

Late in 2013, the Portsmouth couple approached Stacy and fellow business partner Chris Redmond with their vision and goals for their new home for the two-adult, one-child family. The result is a comfortable two-story, two-bedroom home totaling 1,150 square feet built with as much recycled and reused material as possible – which included parts from an old barn.

The new structure has a cupola, sliding glass door for a wide natural view, and a durable metal roof. It also maximizes space utility and leverages insulation to create a comfortable, energy efficient home.

“They (the family) were big part of the collaboration and it was exciting to bring their ideas to life,” Stacy said. “Part of their goal was to simplify and they are very happy with the outcome.” Construction began in the spring and the home was ready to occupy in early August.

“We haven’t had the opportunity to build a house like this,” he explained. “The homeowners had so many original ideas and details to incorporate like reclaimed barn boards walls, built-ins and a suspended cargo net that doubles as a family size hammock, to name a few, and it was a challenge budget-wise to pull it all together, but it was an exciting project and a cool experience.”

Charting the Ocean: Blue Ocean Society Discover NH Sea Life

By Sam | Sep 4, 2014 | in

By Ali Plankey

The ocean is a vast mystery. Marine naturalists Jen Kennedy and Dianna Schulte watched as the ocean – which makes up 70 percent of the Earth - was polluted and littered, overfished, and slowly degraded, until they could no longer sit back and consciously let the destruction continue. In 2001, they set out to raise awareness about local ocean life.

Kennedy and Schulte founded the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and made it their own personal missions to protect marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine. With the power of education they have slowly, but steadily, increased research and conservation efforts in the Gulf of Maine.

“We wanted to start the Blue Ocean Society so we could produce our own data, and have an outreach component, really try to get that data to the public in as close to real time as possible,” says Kennedy.

Proulx Oil & Propane Offers Price Protection Plans to Customers

By Craig | Sep 4, 2014 | in

New England winters are often long and cold. That's not a secret. With The Old Farmer's Almanac calling for a colder season than usual, including above-normal snowfall in the northeast, many New Hampshire residents are thinking about their fuel costs early. To help homeowners prepare, Proulx Oil & Propane is offering different fixed-rate plans for their selection of home heating options including oil, biofuel and propane, an environmentally friendly option that is growing in popularity.

"Our goal is to get our customers prepared for the winter months with flexible payment plans and capped rates so they aren’t getting hit with a large heating bill during the three or four coldest months of the year,” said Maribeth Girard, Proulx's Marketing Assistant.
“Propane prices last winter went higher than usual, due to the weather demands and the significant corn harvesting and drying that was done last fall by Midwest farmers using propane to fuel their machinery,” Girard added.

The rise in propane prices were also a result of the fuel's popularity overseas where it is sold by the U.S. However, off-season prices have driven up the demand for propane in New England. Proulx offers a fixed-rate program that allows customers to buy propane and oil at this lower cost. The company also offers budget plans covering 12-months of payments.

“Many of our customers who bought into one of our fixed-rate programs saved some serious money with some saving up to $600 over the course of the season," Girard said.

Green Olives: Two Ceres Street Cocktail Lounge Specializes in Sustainable Design

By Sam | Sep 4, 2014 | in

It’s just before 8:00 p.m. on a Friday, and the decks of Poco’s Bow Street Cantina are quickly filling up. Inside, the soft glow of the sunset melts into the warm LED lamplight at Two Ceres Street, a cocktail lounge nestled inside Poco’s. Guests can sit in low chairs and gaze out at the waterfront, feeling the breeze blow in through the opened glass wall. During the winter months, Two Ceres Street is its own, separate entity, but between mid-May and September, the two establishments combine.

Two Ceres Street is transformative; it literally changes shape with the seasons. During the cold months, it’s a cozy hideout to snuggle up next to a martini in front of a roaring fireplace, complete with deep leather chairs and corner nooks. When late spring comes around, the glass doors open to a deck; the high-top martini tables and large leather couch are removed, and Two Ceres merges with Poco’s Bow Street Catina, giving its intimate lounge atmosphere some space to breathe.

Drafty House? Yankee Thermal Imaging Can Help

By Katie | Sep 4, 2014 | in

Our region is filled with the oldest properties in the country and while we enjoy the charm and appeal of our homes, we also find ourselves cranking up the heat or feeling embarrassed having people into our drafty house.

Yankee Thermal Imaging’s Home Comfort Savings Plan gives homeowners the maximum savings on the most common energy and heat loss areas in their home. Now through September 30 ANYONE in the Green Alliance community (you don't have to be card carrying member) gets $150 off this super Home Comfort Savings Plan simply by mentioning this post. Just email matty.silva@yti.biz to get your $150 off! Learn more here.

So what is the Home Comfort Savings Plan (Instant Savings Program)?

Within the six hour process of delivering you a more comfortable home, Yankee Thermal Imaging completes a full energy audit (to diagnose problem areas), air sealing of your home, LED light bulbs, a programmable thermostat, weather stripping around windows and doors, aerators, insulating hot water lines, and a carbon monoxide detector. The savings for each year surpass $500 while contributing to less wear and longer life of your heating system and hot water heaters.

To learn more email matty.silva@yti.biz and mention the Green Alliance to receive $150 off Home Savings Plan! 

Thank You, Coppal House Farm!

By Katie | Sep 4, 2014 | in

From the moment we arrived at Coppal House Farm, we were smitten. As soon as you make the turn from Route 155 into the drive of the farm, you are swept away by the beauty. Cascading branches block the sun as your car inches up the dirt road, forming dust clouds behind you as you leave your worries behind--if only for a few minutes.

We were greeted by impossibly beautiful (and gigantic) horses, happily neighing in their stalls. After marveling at the horses for a few moments the incredibly friendly staff came over to chat and tell us all about the horses, goats, pigs, chickens, and more who call Coppal House Farm their home.

GateWay Taiji Celebrating Two Years In Business

By Sam | Sep 4, 2014 | in

Two years ago, Bill Buckley brought his dream yoga studio to life in the historic Button Factory of Portsmouth. On September 27th, GateWay Taiji, Qigong & Yoga has a full day of free classes planned for the public in celebration of two years of business.

GateWay Taiji has given Portsmouth a unique opportunity to embrace several different styles of meditative, restorative, and self-defense practices, and with a strong base of local business, they have continued to spread the message of inner well being and teach the practice of enhancing balance, health, and mindfulness.

Environmental Recycling Event in Brentwood Open to 10 New Hampshire Communities

By Craig | Sep 4, 2014 | in

Each year there's a new electronic device we're itching to buy, whether its a smartphone, TV, tablet or computer, we're inundated with messages telling us to upgrade. So what happens when we do upgrade? Where does an old iPhone or laptop end up? Some consumers wipe the memory from their devices and donate their old equipment to charities that refurbish the technology. But sadly, many people throw their electronics out with the household trash, which can lead to both environmental and personal data issues.

On September 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, MetalWave, Inc. will support a large-scale recycling event located at the Brentwood Highway Shed on Middle Rd (Rte 111A) neighboring the Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Items to bring include any end-of-life IT products, from laptops, servers and PCs, to keyboards, mice, printers, hand-held electronics such as smart-phones, tablets, PDAs and household items like telephones and televisions. The event is open to New Hampshire residents living within the Southeast Regional Refuse Disposal District including; Brentwood, Fremont, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, New Castle, North Hampton, Rye, Sandown and South Hampton. Due to the popularity of the event, residents from outside these areas might risk being turned away.

GA Sustaining Member Foliage Sunset Sail on Gundalow

By Katie | Sep 4, 2014 | in

Much to our dismay, summer has come and gone. While the air crisps and the landscape turns a beautiful medley of oranges, reds, and yellow, it’s clear; New England’s most reputable season is on its way. There’s so much to enjoy about fall – the refreshing, comfortable temperatures, the smells of pumpkin and apple spice coming from nearly every kitchen (and coffee shop, brewery, bakery), and the vibrant colors that make every inch of New England postcard worthy. Foliage is at its peak for only a few weeks, and the Green Alliance wants to get members on the water to take in the beauty in its prime.

To sail into the most scenic season of the year, join the GA as a Sustaining Member, a GA membership that you never have to renew, and receive two tickets to the GA Foliage Sail on October 5! The Sustaining Membership is a lifetime membership to the GA and includes elite access to events, promotions, and networks. Since the GA’s creation in 2009, Sustaining Members have provided unwavering support to the GA’s mission to grow the local, green economy. This sail will not only provide magnificent views of Portsmouth amidst watercolor-foliage, but a picturesque sunset and great networking with those who are equally as committed to the conservation of the local environment and economy. All new Sustaining Members will receive two passes onto this one-time GA Foliage Sunset Sail. 

BioBlitz!: An Extreme Species Search in Odiorne Point State Park

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 3, 2014 | in

The Seacoast Science Center will hold its 12th annual BioBlitz on Saturday, September 20th from 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. BioBlitz is a daylong species scavenger hunt of Odiorne Point State Park, where the families explore alongside scientists and field naturalists to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day.

BioBlitz offers exciting opportunities for all ages to gain knowledge and skill in their favorite area of nature. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, tracking mammals, identifying plants and seaweeds, tide pooling and more. You can sign up to participate in all or part of the day.

BioBlitz is a great way to excite children about science and a rare opportunity to meet many passionate biologists working together. Odiorne’s 135 acres and seven distinctly different habitats make it a unique and fascinating place to explore and learn.

STAR Theatre Lecture Series Presents: An Inside Look at the Mount Washington Observatory

By Patrick Haigis | Sep 3, 2014 | in

Join Scot Henley, Executive Director of the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory, and get an intimate look into the workings of this great scientific institution and home to "the world's worst weather." Mount Washington Observatory is a private, non-profit scientific and educational institution. Its mission is to advance understanding of the natural systems that create the Earth's weather and climate, by maintaining its mountaintop weather station, conducting research and educational programs and interpreting the heritage of the Mount Washington region. In April 1934, observers measured a wind gust of 231mph, which remains the highest wind speed ever observed by man.