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Join the Green Alliance and NHPTV for an Unforgettable Party Cruise

By Katelyn | May 19, 2015 | in

Hop aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company vessel, the Thomas Laighton, for an evening of fun with the Green Alliance and NHPTV! Join us for the night as we sail down the Piscataqua River taking in the sights of the New Hampshire seacoast. With live music, food, and drinks, the annual Isles of Shoals Steamship party cruise is a summer event you will not want to miss!

Humble Bee, a local Seacoast band, will provide live music for the night, complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served, and a cash bar will be open serving guests drinks throughout the cruise.

Admission for the party cruise is free for Green Alliance members, but the public is encouraged to attend the event by joining the Green Alliance as a new member. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in attending the party cruise, become a member today and you will receive a cruise ticket and a one year membership.

Green Story: Newmarket Dental Sets Green Trends in Unlikely Industry

By Corey | May 19, 2015 | in

Every Green Alliance business undergoes a Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show everyone what each business has accomplished and what they are still working to accomplish when it comes to green business practices. The final part of the evaluation is the Green Story. You can read the full certification documents for all of our business partners on their indivdual pages. Check out Newmarket Dental's Green Story below.

Describing how he came to be a “green dentist,” Dr. Nathan Swanson’s analogy is, for a lack of a better term, quite cinematic: “I started noticing how much garbage was piling up in the back of the medical complex just between a few offices,” Swanson explains. “And then I multiplied that out by the fact that there are 5 similar complexes in the city of Exeter alone. Then I multiplied that out by how many there were in the state, the country, the world. Basically it was like one of those scenes in the movie where the camera pans out Google Earth-style super far and you recognize and appreciate the true scope of the scene.”

Kittery Community Market

By John | May 19, 2015 | in

 

To learn more about the Kittery Community Market, click here.

Great Bay Paddle Challenge

By Corey | May 19, 2015 | in

Get out your paddles because the Great Bay Stewards will be hosting the first Great Bay Estuary sprint race for canoes and kayaks of all classes. On Saturday, August 15, this 10 mile race starts at the Oyster River's Jackson Landing and goes into Little Bay, around Goat Island, continues to Adam's Point, and then returns to the Oyster River and Jackson Landing. 

New to paddling? This event will also feature an Open Touring and Solo Recreation class for novice paddlers. A staggered class start will begin at noon. All classes of canoes and kayaks can enter in efforts of raising money for the Great Bay Stewards. The Great Bay Stewards has grown to become one of the region's most steadfast and hard-working environmental and conservation organizations. This organization demonstrates strong commitments to research, supporting projects that focus on issues relating to sedimentation, excess nitrogen loads, habitat loss, and many other problems that occur right in our backyard. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: New Hampshire the Beautiful

By Corey | May 19, 2015 | in

What: Composed of a team of grocers and beverage companies, New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) came together to expand recycling efforts across the state. The 501(c)(3) nonprofit has poured millions of dollars into helping towns and cities clean up litter and expand their recycling programs, and has made landmark achievements in making New Hampshire more environmentally friendly.

For small towns, the biggest hindrance to a successful recycling program is the lack of startup money. NHtB organizes fundraising efforts to cover startup costs for materials such as plastic recycling bins, cardboard balers, glass crushers, storage containers, and just about anything else a town might need to start its recycling program.

In addition, NHtB's popular "Blue Bag" program provides plastic bags to towns and nonprofit groups to organize town and highway litter cleanup efforts. NHtB will also design, build and install signs at transfer stations to help residents sort their recycling.

NHtB recently began a collaboration with the Northeast Resource Recovery Association, an organization that provides networking and educational opportunities about recycling and sustainability, to further their outreach. NHtB is supported by members of the N.H. Soft Drink Association, the Beverage Distributors of New Hampshire Association and the New Hampshire Grocers Association.

Call of the Wild: the 11th Annual Spring Auction and Benefit

By Corey | May 19, 2015 | in

Celebrate the greatness of our local wildlife at the York Center for Wildlife's annual spring auction and benefit on Thursday, May 28 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. at the Spring Hill Restaurant in South Berwick. Attendees will get the opportunity to listen to keynote speaker Susan Gallo - an Audubon biologist, researcher, and advocate for native bat species. Gallo's efforts toward researching, educating, and conservation legislation for local bats come at a critical time for local ecosystems and human health. 

In addition to listening to a passionate and experienced wildlife keynote speaker, you will be able to enjoy food, drink, meet live animal ambassadors, and participate in live and silent auctions. Auction items range from a once-in-a-lifetime chance to release an animal back into the wild and even a trip to Africa including hotel and safari! The Call of the Wild event is the Center for Wildlife's biggest fundraising event of the year. All the proceeds are used for funding the Center for Wildlife's work with injured and orphaned wildlife throughout the year. 

Newmarket Dental: Utilizing Green Practices for White Teeth

By John | May 18, 2015 | in

Newmarket Dental is in the business of providing excellent dental care through environmentally sound and responsible practices. The staff at Newmarket Dental have adopted a holistic approach to their work, and do not simply give their patients a diagnosis; once they make a diagnosis, they explain and discuss with the patient how the problem can best be addressed. Newmarket Dental is committed to offering only the treatment which their patients need and are ready to suggest alternative means based on patient concerns, insurance, and finances.

Newmarket Dental owner Dr. Nathan Swanson was inspired to run a green business after he noticed the immense buildup of trash that was being accumulated by local medical offices. Disturbed by such a surplus of waste, Dr. Swanson decided to take steps to become a greener dentist. He replaced the original toothbrushes with 100% recyclable and biodegradable ones, made from recycled Stonyfield Yogurt cups. He also switched from plastic seat covers and cups to biodegradable, corn-based products, and even began using dental floss with recyclable containers.

The Kittery Community Market Seeks Volunteers for the Summer

By Katelyn | May 18, 2015 | in

The Kittery Community Market is a weekly outdoor farmers' market for local farmers, fishermen, artisans, food producers and citizens in collaboration with the Kittery Maine Improvement Foundation; a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in the State of Maine. Their the goal to provide healthy, fresh foods, horticultural products, local prepared foods and local artisans' work to Kittery, Maine and surrounding areas, and to encourage commerce, entertainment, and trade.

This summer, the Kittery Community Market will be held each Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. from June 7 to October 4 at 10 Shapleigh Rd, Post Office Square in Kittery. In order to make the market a success and impact as many people as possible, the Kittery Community Market is seeking volunteers to help with all aspects of making the day run smoothly.

Tips to be more Sustainable

By Sarah Mahoney | May 16, 2015 | in

The National Restaurant Association’s Conserve program is challenging restaurateurs to make their businesses more sustainable. It doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult to deploy, just something environmentally responsible and efficient. Following are four suggestions from industry experts on easy practices to implement:

  1. Recycle your cardboard to help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill, says Jeff Clark, program director for the NRA’s Conserve initiative. Cardboard takes up about 25 percent of the space in your trash dumpster, so this one practice can eliminate the need for a large receptacle. Also, if the material isn’t contaminated, it could have significant value and a second life as something else, like paper cups.
  2. Conserve water by establishing a baseline to understand how you’re using water, says Jim Hanna, director of environmental impact for Starabucks Coffee Co. Don’t just look at your water bill. Take a look at all of the water components in your restaurant. Learn where the most significant usage is and tackle that immediately.
  3. Reduce your food waste at the source by tracking and monitoring how much is produced, says Andrew Shakman, founder and CEO of food-waste prevention company LeanPath Inc. Get your employees to record what goes into the trash, and meet regularly to review the data and discuss ways to prevent that waste from occurring in the future.
  4. Some companies are interested in converting your used fryer oil into biodiesel, which could result in extra revenue. Negotiate rates and services with your local grease haulers or biodiesel production companies. Also, there are haulers who will provide storage containers and clean grease traps as part of your contract. In some cases, they will clean the grease traps for you. When sewer lines get clogged with a buildup of fats, oil and greases, sewage back-ups can occur.

Cultural Chemistry's Breakfast and Brain Power event

By Sarah Mahoney | May 16, 2015 | in

Cultural Chemistry is hosting a Breakfast and Brain Power event on May 20th at 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. It will be held in their  Manchester Office at 150 Dow St, in Manchester, NH. 

We have all heard that HR needs a seat at the table, but by simply sitting in the board room, we don’t automatically get a voice. How do you become a valuable business partner to the Executive team? This will only be possible when you have are able to design and implement an HR Strategy that will align with business objectives, available talent, and a budget.

The topic will be to develop an HR strategy that works. They will talk about how you can design an HR strategy that works. They will draw the relationship between creating an HR strategy and the HR competency model that has been launched by SHRM. If you would like to increase your understanding of aligning HR objectives to the business goals, then this is the event for you! Attendance is recommended for: VP of HR, head of HR Departments, CEO, CFO, and OD consultants

Great Bay Stewards Nearing Their Goal

By Sarah Mahoney | May 16, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

GREENLAND – By this time next year the boardwalk at the Great Bay Estuary will be gone. Or at least that's the hope of the Great Bay Stewards, and they're close to accomplishing their goal. Now that the boardwalk is nearing the end of its life the Great Bay Stewards (GBS) have set out to raise the almost $350,000 needed to restore it.

It's their intent to replace the existing boardwalk with a new, more functional, environmentally-friendly one. And after a lengthy fund raising campaign, they only need to raise another $8,000 to match federal grant money before the Stewards hand the money over to the state. Then the New Hampshire Fish and Game, which manages the Great Bay Reserve, can put the project out to bid.

Peter Wellenberger, the executive director of the Great Bay Stewards, said he hopes to have the rest of the money raised by June 1 so they can start the contract process at that point. Wellenberger hopes to begin construction in November and have the project completed by next spring.

Local Painting Company Leads Green Revolution

By Sarah Mahoney | May 16, 2015 | in

It's time to start your spring and summer painting projects! This story is re-posted to give you some incentive to start those up.

By Mark Quirk

PORTSMOUTH - During the infancy of the American colonies, a grassroots militia calling themselves the Minutemen spearheaded the American Revolution and fought for the change that lead to the formation of the United States. Today, Sean Sturk and Chris Tufts lead a revolution of their own on the same soil those colonial men and women did centuries ago, even borrowing the revolutionist's name.

Tufts and Sturk are the owners of Minute Men Painters, a green painting company ushering in a revolution in the industry with environmentally-friendly paints and lacquers for their residential and commercial projects. Minute Men Painters use latex-based, waterborne paints and lacquers, a change from the oil-based paints commonly used in homes. However their biggest obstacle isn't the size of the project, but people's resistance to change. That's why Tufts said part of the Minute Men process is to educate their customers to the advantages of waterborne products.

Bike to Work with EZ Bikes and Scooters

By Ken | May 15, 2015 | in

By John Brescia

The heat and sunlight are on the rise, but so are the gas prices. It's a simple equation of supply and demand: greater gas consumption creates higher gas prices. But in this month, there is a solution to alleviate the burden of increasing gas prices. May is National Bike Month, a time meant to encourage commuters to embrace the mild weather in order to utilize bicycles and other forms of cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to and from work and other nearby locations.

Last week was Bike to Work week; over half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of where they work, making biking a viable mode of transportation. However, 51 percent of Americans say they never ride bikes. In fact, 12 percent of the population living in the northeast say they don’t even know how to ride bikes.

Join the Green Alliance and NHPTV for an Isles of Shoals Summer Cruise

By Katelyn | May 14, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance and New Hampshire Public Television are once again coming together to host a summer cruise aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. vessel, the M/V Thomas Laighton. Join us for a night of fun as we sail down the Piscataqua River taking in the sights of the New Hampshire seacoast. With live music, food, and drinks, the annual Isles of Shoals Steamship party cruise is a summer event you will not want to miss!

Humble Be, a local Seacoast band, will provide live music for the night. They played at the Green Alliance and Redhook Earth Day party, and everyone who attended had a great time enjoying the music of Humble Be. Complimentary hors d'oeuvres will be served to guests and a cash bar will be open serving drinks throughout the cruise.

Admission for the party cruise is free for Green Alliance members, but new members are encouraged to join the GA to attend. If you are not yet a member, but are interested in attending the party cruise, become a member today and you will receive a ticket for the cruise in the process. Click here to join now for the discounted price of $25 and then RSVP to katelyn@greenalliance.biz to reserve your spot. You can also join for $35 at the dock on the night of the cruise, but we suggest new members join and RSVP in advance, as last year the cruise sold old before the event.