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Protecting The Stratham Trails

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 16, 2015 | in

On Monday, February 9th at the Public Hearing, The Stratham Board of Selectmen voted in favor of the Warrant Article. This Short Property is a 38-acre piece of land loacted off Scramman Road and adjacent to the back of the Barker Farm and near the Gordon Barker Town Forest. This property has many trails that connect with locations on town land, such as Stratham Hill Park. The next step is for Stratham's traditional Town Meeting to vote on it on March 13th at 7:00 pm.

There are several reasons why we shold vote to conserve this land. The Short Property is located near and adjacent to the other town-owned properties, one being Stratham Hill Park, which entails an extensive trail system. This proposal will confirm that continued public access will be granted now and in the future for the several hikers, bikers, cross country skiers, and others who enjoy this land. The conservation easement on this property ensures that the land would be forever conserved, as well as prevent new access right being granted for the development of the adjoining parcels. By conserving this land now, the town will restraint the costs associated with community services that would result from development of the property as well as be consistent with the Town's Master Plan. Also, protection of the land will preserve the existing wildlife and the area identified by New Hampshire Fosh and Game as the "Highest Ranking Habitat in the State". 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Climate Counts

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 16, 2015 | in

Who: Climate Counts

What: Originally germinated as an idea from Stonyfield Farm's co-founder Gary Hirschberg in 2007, Climate Counts has become an internationally recognized nonprofit committed to bringing consumers and high-profile companies together to address the negative effects of climate change.

The founding principle behind the cutting edge organization has always been the concept of an informed and engaged public. Because climate change is widely debated politically, Climate Counts decided the best way to bring change to the private sector was to showcase those companies that make a focused effort to be more environmentally conscious. To that end, Climate Counts scores some of the world's largest, most recognizable companies, like Coca-Cola, Nike, Amazon and more, to bring the consumer a transparent look at the efforts these companies make to offset their carbon footprints.

RiverWoods joins Green Alliance to encourage sustainability

By Ken | Feb 16, 2015 | in

One of the goals of the RiverWoods Environmental Sustainability Committee is to continually learn about new ways to maintain a healthy environment for generations to come. In light of that, RiverWoods became an official business partner of the Green Alliance (GA).

This means that RiverWoods will will undergo a sustainability certification, a process that evaluates how eco-friendly a business is. This independent analysis will give the Environment Sustainability Committee and staff a baseline, and an in-depth look at where RiverWoods excels in sustainability, and where more attention needs to be paid. The end result will be a Sustainability grade on a scale of 1-10, which will be published as part of a report.

Happy home away from home for your dog

By Ken | Feb 13, 2015 | in

Do you love dogs? So does Mary Doane! Doane runs Mary's Dogs Rescue & Adoption and Mary's Dogs's Inn. Mary's Dogs Inn is currently bustling with 31 dogs in residence. Right now, the inn has a skiing special offering skiers, who are going on skiing trips, 15% off when they have their dogs stay at the inn.

Mary's Dogs Inn, located in rustic Northwood, New Hampshire, offers day and overnight care for dogs. At the inn, your dog will stay in a spacious antique home with lots of free roaming space and shaded outdoor areas, making them feel at home during their time away from home. Doane caters to dogs who may not be used to being away from home, giving them lots of love and patience. Older dogs and dogs who are recovering from surgery are welcome at Mary's Dogs Inn. A limited number of dogs can stay at the inn, ensuring that all the dogs in residence get all the undivided attention that they need. As a result, reservations are needed to ensure there is space available for your dog and that your dog can be accommodated at the inn.

Put Your Business on the Map

By Katie | Feb 13, 2015 | in

Learn more about the benefits of becoming a Business Partner here

Obama Limits Drilling in the Arctic, Opens It Up in the Atlantic

By Corey | Feb 12, 2015 | in

A writer for the Green Alliance, Corey takes current environmental issues that are occurring in the news and breaks it down for our readers to summarize the problems. Her goal is to explain how these issues can affect our country, our environment or you as an individual.

It has only been less than 16 years since the Exxon Valdex oil spill in Alaska and 5 years since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill – the largest spill in US waters and one of the most devastating environmental disasters caused by humans. Therefore, it may shock some people that the Obama administration is already outlining another coastal energy development plan involving offshore oil and gas drilling in order to appease a soaring demand for domestic energy production.

A proposed five-year plan, known as the OCS Oil and Gas Leasing Program, is defended by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell as a “balanced” proposal that allows for nearly 80% of the undiscovered technically recoverable resources, while protecting areas that are simply too special to develop. Not surprisingly, the plan isn’t pleasing either sides of the issue. Environmental advocates are stating that the Atlantic Coast drilling is exposing the Eastern Seaboard to the hazards of drilling, putting oceans, wetlands, and coastal communities in potential risk of accidents and spills. Unsafe seismic activity could potentially harm whales and other marine animals, and the presence of the oil rigs themselves can cause detrimental displacement and destruction of marine life. Conservationists would rather see this time and money to be invested in renewables rather than in the direction of fossil fuels.

Prelude Offers All Green Alliance Members 10% Off Everything In Store

By Corey | Feb 12, 2015 | in

 

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Fancy a Trip to Great Britain?

By Corey | Feb 12, 2015 | in

New Hampshire Public Television's President and CEO, Peter Frid, wants to take your sights of Great Britain off the TV and into reality. Frid is offering an invitation to travel with him on a customized tour of Oxford, London, Cambridge, and other settings of your favorite NHPTV shows. Ever heard of a little show called Downton Abbey? The show’s village green Bampton is just one of the many sights visited on this nine day adventure, designed by experts at Milne Travel American Express.

This exploratory opportunity is co-sponsored by NHPTV, New Hampshire’s only statewide, locally owned television network. NHPTV is dedicated to broadcasting programs that engage minds, connect communities, and celebrates the region that entertains and educates. They offer a wide range of environmentally-themed programming, while emphasizing commitment to supporting local economy. NHPTV has also instituted a comprehensive recycling program, showing their support of sustainability both on and off the screen. 

RAM brings Green Practices to Printing

By Mike | Feb 12, 2015 | in

RAM Printing has been paving the way for environmental sustainability in the printing industry long before the current green trend. With its long history of eco-friendly practices and efforts to educate the local community, RAM Printing is a major leader in New England energy efficiency.  

RAM’s green practices started back in 1989. Unlike most printing companies which use toxic, oil-based inks, RAM specializes in vegetable-based inks. These unique inks eliminate any kind of toxins that standard inks release into the environment, and they even have the same color quality as the more main-stream brands. The printing plates themselves are water-based and recyclable, making them equally safe for the environment.

RAM is also a fully active member of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), an organization that promotes responsible forest management and certifies sustainable paper manufacturing processes. All of the paper RAM uses is FSC certified, with most paper products coming from local companies such as Mohawk and Monadnock Papers.

Rochester Company Paves Way for Local App Market

By Mike | Feb 12, 2015 | in

It’s estimated that more than 90 percent of all Americans own a smartphone, a massive consumption that has created a strong demand for mobile technology, and it's easy to see why. Mobile apps offer businesses an advantage in a variety of ways, ranging from analytics to customer-relations management, and even easing collaboration and human resource services. Gartner Inc., a leading technology and advising company, predicts by late 2015, there will be 4.9 billion devices connected to the Internet, an increase of 30 percent from 2014.

New Hampshire entrepreneur Alex Bakman started up his company SnAPPii in 2011 to bring Android and iOS apps to the local business level and help smaller businesses compete in the 21st century.

“My motivation was to solve some of the problems of mobile app development,” Bakman says. “I realize that people need about a gazillion apps because, as the Apple commercial goes, ‘there is an app for that.' We now live in a world where there is a growing sense that each of us does indeed need an app for everything. Businesses that can meet this demand are finding handsome rewards in profits.”

Share Your Green Story with the GA Community

By Katelyn | Feb 11, 2015 | in

The Green Alliance has created a new column focusing on our individual members and their efforts towards a more sustainable lifestyle: Meet a Green Alliance Member. We want to hear from our members and learn about how they shop local and make more environmentally friendly decisions every day. Our first story featured Josh Denton, who has worked on sustainability initiatives both here in Portsmouth and beyond, check out his column on the GA Blog and in the January 2015 Green Families Club Newsletter.

As a member based organization, we not only care about, but rely on, how our members choose to shop locally and be more environmentally conscious. It benefits the GA to know more about our members so we can better meet their needs and tailor what we do to best fit what they are looking for in the GA. The background of individual members and what they do in the community is important to us and we enjoy learning how members make choices to live more sustainably. If you are a member interested in sharing more about yourself and interested in being featured on our blog and in a GA newsletter then we would love to hear from you!

Futuro Breaks Ground in Newmarket

By Ken | Feb 11, 2015 | in

For Futuro Builders, green construction is not just a lofty thought. “Green is good for all,” is one of the motto's at Futuro Builders, a green building company launched in 2011 by Jesse Ware. The name is a combination of “future” and “zero,” which is the type of construction that Ware would like to see for all constructions, net zero.

Futuro Builders just recently completed building a net zero home in Rye Harbor, which features a porch ceiling and rafters crafted from beautiful Maine White Cedar, and they have now broken ground on a new net zero home in Newmarket. Net zero homes ultimately utilize no fossil fuels. For projects that aren't net zero, Ware tries to limit the use of fossil fuels and in all building projects uses environmentally safe materials. Ware is LEED AP certified and stays up-do-date on new environmentally sustainable products on the market.

Proulx Expands Service Area through Merger

By Mike | Feb 11, 2015 | in

Proulx Oil & Propane has officially merged with Manchester-based company J.A. Bourque & Sons. The merger will extend Proulx’s service area from the southern Maine and Seacoast region all the way through the central New Hampshire and White Mountain areas. The expanded company will provide such services as fuel delivery, heating and air conditioning system installation, and 24-hour service.

“We are very pleased to be joining together with a company that takes customer service as seriously as we do,” said Proulx President and CEO James D. Proulx. “Proulx is all about making people comfortable at home, and we look forward to bringing an expanded choice of products and services to Bourque customers and other homeowners throughout the Manchester area.”

Established in 1944, Proulx has always been a forward-thinking company. Shortly after its inception, the company led the charge away from sooty coal to propane gas, an alternative that is cleaner even to this day. The company went on to pioneer BioHeat, a renewable alternative to standard heating oil grown domestically on U.S. farms, and today Proulx is a strong supporter of Heat Force, an additive that ensures cleaner burning and fewer emissions.

Yoga for Equestrians at Zev Yoga

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 10, 2015 | in

Starting on February 22nd and running every Sunday until March 30th, Zev Yoga will be providing yoga classes specifically designed by an Equestrian for Equestrians. During these classes, students will learn to quiet their mind with breathing and centering, find heightened body awareness, alignment and focus, as well as improving balance, flexibility, strength, and endurance. These classes will be help at the Portsmouth studio from 5:00p.m. - 6:00p.m and they are $75.00 for the 6 week series, or $15.00 per class.

Green Alliance has been working with Zev Yoga for several years now and they have been making great strides to keep themselves green. They emphasize a traditionally-rooted, holistically-minded approach to yoga which promotes overall health – the “sustainability” of the individual. They have made quality yoga affordable to all with a monthly unlimited rate that is roughly half that of all other Portsmouth-based studios, as well as use their studio as community space, offering it for gatherings, educational events and workshops.

The First Business Makes a Difference Volunteer Fair

By Sarah Mahoney | Feb 10, 2015 | in

Volunteer NH in partnership with NHBSR is presenting the first Business Makes a Difference Volunteer Fair on February 17th at Timberland (200 Domain Drive, Stratham, NH) from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. This fair is to offer the community an opportunity to meet 20 area nonprofits and learn about their efforts and volunteer needs. Learn how to access several volunteer opportunities online with VRecruiter. There is also the opportunity to meet with Timberland's Senior Manager of Community Engagement at 3:00 p.m. to learn how to make employee volunteer programs work for you!

New Hampshire Business of Social Responsibility (NHBSR) focuses on people, principal, and profit. Their mission is to build and support businesses who are committed to adopting socially responsible business practices. They believe that businesses can do well while doing good, social responsibility begins locally, with each of us, and businesses can be financially successful while bringing out the best in the human spirit, enriching the community and being respectful of the natural environment.