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Climate Counts Works to Get Businesses Thinking About Climate Change

By Kelly | Jul 1, 2014 | in

Does the impact a business has on the environment interest you? Does it determine which brands you buy regularly? Or does it motivate you to switch brands when you learn they are focused on the climate problems facing our planet? Climate Counts, a nonprofit created by Stonyfield Co-Founder, Gary Hirsburg, works hard to address possible solutions regarding global climate change by scoring the world's largest companies on their impact. Launched in 2007, Climate Counts' hope is to increase corporate climate responsibility and mindful consumption.

“We believe it’s necessary to develop tools that help consumers vote with their dollar and reward the companies who are doing their part,” said Mike Bellamente, Climate Counts Director.

To reach a wider range of consumers, Climate Counts currently has an app for your smartphone available on iTunes that sort’s corporate climate responsibility by company and industry and also breaks down Climate Counts' scoring system. It's a great way to view a business' corporate climate responsibility on the go and helps Climate Counts in their goal to inform the general public about the steps certain businesses take toward a better planet. Climate Counts' app is especially helpful when customers are in the store deciding on a purchase and can pull up the app to make comparisons between products. This allows customers to support the businesses that address climate change, while shying away from the companies that don’t. To download the app click here.

Developing a Sustainable Masterpiece

By Ali | Jul 1, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

One of the more spectacular green development projects in downtown Portsmouth should be completed later this year.

Simply known as 233 Vaughan Street, the $15 million project in the city’s northern tier is being developed and built by Chinburg Properties and will establish a high standard of sustainable development. It will combine 9,000 square-feet of first-floor commercial space and nine luxury condominiums including two luxury penthouses overlooking the Portsmouth skyline and harbor.

“The steel started going up in May and you can see the project’s progress on a day to day basis,” said Jen Chinburg, marketing director of Chinburg Properties which is one of the project’s principal partners. “The core and shell will be complete in the fall of 2014 with occupancy in spring 2015.” Carla Goodknight, of Portsmouth’s CJ Architects, is the project architect.

Summer Cruise aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton

By Ali | Jun 30, 2014 | in

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Green Alliance are working together all summer long to give away tickets to island and steamship adventures. Tuesday July 1st the Green Alliance will put up a trivia question that can be found on the GA Facebook page. The first person to correctly answer the question will receive a free ticket to the Steamship event on July 10!

This event is team hosted by the Green Alliance, and NHPTV to give guests a night filled with food, drinks, and live music. Hop on board the M.V. Thomas Laighton as it cruises Portsmouth Harbour on Thursday the 10th of July. Green Alliance members can attend for FREE! To RSVP simply email katie@greenalliance.biz with your membership number. Not a member? Join today at a discounted price of $25 (normally $35) and attend the event for free! 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

By Clay | Jun 30, 2014 | in

June 30, 2014 2:00 AM
Who: Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

What: Located in the former Button Factory mill building in Portsmouth, Gateway recently underwent a large-scale renovation that focused on sustainability. The renovation included the addition of a solar energy system, through Seacoast Energy, which generates 100 percent of the building's electricity needs.

Part of the renovation included the addition of efficient foam and rubber insulation in the walls and roof to reduce heating costs in the winter. Gateway also incorporated light-emitting diodes throughout the studio, in addition to opening up the clearstory (formerly used to vent heat from the button factory ovens) to fill the space with natural light. Gateway's green renovation was designed to save energy costs and protect the planet, while creating an inviting, sunlit space where students can learn the practices of taiji (tai chi), qigong (chi kung) and yoga.

Where: 875 Islington St., Portsmouth

Web: www.gatewaytaiji.com

Aucella is offering 20% on select services for Green Alliance Members

By Sam | Jun 30, 2014 | in

As you may know, Aucella Heating & Cooling is one of our newest Business Partners here! You may know a little bit about how geothermal HVAC systems, but do you know about all the other things you can put in your home to maximize efficiency and comfort?

Aucella can install things like high efficiency boilers, furnaces, and water heaters, solar thermal hot water and space heating. Choosing radiant flooring means not only no more cold tiles in the morning, but no more dusty vents either. Or how about the Ecobee Internet Thermostat, which allows you to control your house’s climate anywhere you go, directly from your smartphone or tablet? Take a look at some of these products Aucella offers.

Big Brothers Big Sisters Little Match Up

By Ali | Jun 27, 2014 | in

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the seacoast area have devoted themselves to matching children to volunteers, fund raising, and giving the children that come to their facility the attention and education that they need. They have school based programs in over twelve school districts throughout New Hampshire’s coast. BBBS promises to never charge a fee to the families in need. All of their fundraising goes immediately into making more matches, and providing for the matches they already have.

Since just last year BBBS has expanded and are serving 20 percent more children. As a result of their hard work and dedication they have been nominated by Big Brothers Big Sisters of America to receive Agency of the Year! Because of the BBBS community of volunteers, donors, families and friends they are making a difference in the lives of children—for the better, forever.

Cultural Chemistry’s Interview Workshop; Hire the Best Fit for You!

By Magill | Jun 26, 2014 | in

It is nearly impossible for small business owners to take the time to structure their company and increase efficiency when faced with the task recruiting, terminating and managing staff. Whether structuring a local restaurant or small energy company, HR companies offer a successful plan for managing businesses.

On July 3 Cultural Chemistry, an HR consulting company, will host an interview workshop to teach employers the most effective methods to use during the interview process. The discussion includes how to develop interview conversation techniques and how to determine if a candidate is right for your culture. The event is geared toward business owners who want to learn how to simplify the hiring process and be confident in their decisions.

Durham App Developer Competes, Even Bests, Overseas Business App Options

By Kyle | Jun 26, 2014 | in

It may seem hard to believe, but there's a shortage of mobile app developers in the United States. It's a troubling fact for small business owners looking to create a mobile app for their company. The trouble starts with the need to satisfy a country with growing consumer demand, a lack of resources in IT departments and the large price tags domestic app developers charge. These limitations force many business owners to seek services outside the U.S. where app creation can be done cheaply.

In 2011 local entrepreneur Alex Bakman launched SnAPPii - a Durham-based company that has created a visual mobile app creation system - in hopes of helping small businesses make apps easily and affordably for iPhone, iPad and Android systems. SnAPPii offers a platform that can dramatically speed up mobile app creation and therefore lower the cost of custom apps.

“My motivation was to solve some of the problems of mobile app development. 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,” says Bakman.

SnAPPii provides customers with the ability to simply pick the needed features of their app and either SnAPPii or the client themselves will assemble the app visually using a drag and drop approach. Building apps with SnAPPii is done by simply “drawing” a picture of your app. SnAPPii then takes the picture and turns it into a native app for Android, iPad and iPhone.

 

Poco’s Now Offering Expanded Menu, Sustainable Options

By Ali | Jun 25, 2014 | in

How many Mexican restaurants do you know that can say they exclusively use locally caught fresh lobster, scallops and haddock every night? Everything at Poco’s Bow Street Cantina is homemade and often organic and locally sourced, including the extensive variety of soups and chowders, veggie burgers, salsas and hot sauces, down to every last dressing and queso dip. Marlisa Geroulo, owner and founder of Poco’s Bow Street Cantina, guarantees to never sacrifice quality for the sake of profits.

When Poco’s made the decision to partner with the Green Alliance, they began to expand their business even further. Right from the start, Poco’s began to take steps towards a sustainable future by composting left over food, recycling, using efficient heating systems, and using corn-based alternatives to plastic for cups to reduce waste. Geroulo is also working towards a “zero waste” policy, which is exactly what it sounds like - using the power of composting and recycling to drastically minimize waste until it is no longer existent. Currently, they are seeking LEED certification, making them the only deckside establishment in the area to achieve such a status.

Sail Away with Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company This Summer

By Amanda | Jun 25, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company are teaming up this summer to get Seacoast area residents out on the Piscataqua River. Become a member of the Green Alliance (for only $35) and get a free ticket aboard one of the Gundalow Company’s sails! With sail tickets valued up to $40, there is no better time to join the Green Alliance Community! The membership pays for itself instantly!

The Green Alliance and the Gundalow Company are also giving away two tickets weekly, all summer long. Thursday, June 26, the Green Alliance will put up a question that can be found on our Facebook page. The first person to correctly answer the question will receive two tickets for any of the Gundalow Company’s public sails!

The Gundalow Company is a business partner of the Green Alliance, working to bring sustainability to the Seacoast Area. This non-profit strives to connect community members with the historic icon of river commerce, while simultaneously working to encourage a sense of environmental stewardship for the region’s waterways.

The Gundalow Company offers private charters that depart right from Prescott Park in downtown Portsmouth. Private charters are perfect for all sorts of special occasions from company retreats to family reunions. For those who wish to have food and drinks aboard there is plenty of space for trays, coolers, and tables. There is also available space for live music to accompany your cruise if you so desire. Plenty of seating allows for a smooth cruise, whatever your special event may be.

For more information on private charters and the Gundalow Company, click here.

To join the Green Alliance and receive your FREE ticket for a Gundalow Company Sail, click here.

The Isles of Shoals turn 400

By Craig | Jun 24, 2014 | in

On June 25, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company will join in the 400th Anniversary of Captain John Smith first chartering the Isles of Shoals - a group of islands nine miles off the New Hampshire and southern Maine coast - as part of his exploration of the New England coast.

To celebrate the storied history of the islands, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Star Island Corporation has a full day of activities planned aboard the flagship vessel, the M/V Thomas Laighton and on Star Island. As an extra celebratory measure, ISSCo. is offering a joint ticket to with Star Island Corp. that buys passage to and from Star Island onboard the M/V Thomas Laighton, lunch at the island's historic Oceanic Hotel and access to the day's scheduled events. In partnership with the Star Island Corporation, the Cowasuck Band of the Pennacook-Abenaki People, Historic Star Conference, the University of Southern Maine and the Isles of Shoals Historical & Research Association, the scheduled events feature hands-on experiences that look back into the Isles deep history, their present and future.

Even before Smith first took note of the islands, they played a crucial role in the fishing and trade industries on New Hampshire's coast. After Smith set foot on their rocky shores, dubbing the nine islands Smythe Isles, they became embedded in the lore and history of the area. From shipwrecks, to ghost stories, rumors of pirate's gold, murder, poets to a strong tourist industry, the Isles of Shoals have remained a source of intrigue for locals and visitors alike. Though no longer the bustling center for trade they once were in the days of Gosport Harbor on Smuttynose, nor the respite for weary patrons of Appledore and Star Island's hotels, the Isles still serve as a living museum and center for conferences at the historic Oceanic Hotel.

Young Players Practice Year Round With Sagamore Golf

By Clay | Jun 24, 2014 | in

From the tee to the green, Sagamore Golf has something to offer all young golfers, from those looking to improve their drive at the Sagamore Golf Center to those looking to spend the day playing 18 holes at the Sagamore Hampton Golf Club. Sagamore's two facilities, just minutes away from each other, are designed for golfers of all levels, and are just a few good driver swings away from the University of New Hampshire or a 7 Iron away from Portsmouth.

Everybody knows that practice makes perfect, and in New England, that time is limited. At the Sagamore Golf Center, weather isn't a problem. For students home on winter break or younger golfers living in the area, the golf center offers year round access to the driving range.

“Our covered semi-indoor driving range ports include overhead heaters and southern exposure to provide heat from the sun,” said Richard Luff, Sagamore's owner and operator.

Besides the many driving range mats, the indoor range also includes eight “power tees." This state of the art system automatically re-tees a player's practice ball from the ball-well after each swing.

“Some say they are the ultimate in laziness,” said Luff, who noted that the technology is popular amongst younger golfers who find the system "cool to use." But the "power tees" have also proven popular amongst older golfers, as it helps alleviate some of the strain on a player's back from bending over to tee up a ball.

When the weather warms and the snow melts, Sagamore Golf Center has multiple areas designated for practice that offer grass tees. Public grass-ranges are often tough to find and sought after by golfers looking to practice. Many public ranges turn to artificial turf mats.

“Places that do have it are limited and are usually at private clubs and even there the grass gets eaten up pretty quickly", said Luff. “People will come from far away to hit off of well maintained grass.”

Isles of Shoals Teams Up With Green Alliance

By Amanda | Jun 24, 2014 | in

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company and the Green Alliance are working together all summer long to give away tickets to island and steamship adventures. Tuesday, June 24, the Green Alliance will put up a question that can be found on our Facebook page. The first person to correctly answer the question will receive a ticket to our party on July 10!

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Co., Green Alliance, and NHPTV are all teaming up to bring you a fun night of food, drinks and live music aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton as it sails the Piscataqua River on July 10.

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is hosting a Family Fireworks Cruise on July 5 at 7:30 p.m. Climb aboard the M.V. Thomas Laighton to watch the York Harbor fireworks display, by far the best seat in town. A great way to wrap up your Fourth of July weekend!

Email our Community and Member Manager Katie for more information about our cruise and how you can join in on the fun!

Redhook Brewery and WXGR Present Hookfest 2014

By Clay | Jun 23, 2014 | in

Red Hook Brewery and WXGR’s 18th annual Hookfest 2014 is right around the corner! The August 16 one day outdoor music and beer festival promises to be filled with great music, delicious beer & food and plenty of good times. The festival will feature many great bands and will be headlined by Lettuce.

Tickets for the festival can be purchased in different formats and quantities. Ticket types range from general admission tickets, VIP tickets to ticket packages that include hotel and transportation and a package with 10 discounted general admission tickets. For a limited time, ending 8/1, the Green Alliance Community can purchase tickets at a 25% discount! To see all the discounted ticket types and to purchase tickets click here!

For more information about directions & transportation, suggested things to bring to the festival and things that should be left at home please visit the Hookfest 2014’s info page.

And as always, don't forget about the great discounts that Green Alliance members get with Redhook and WXGR:

WXGR - Green Card holders receive exclusive access to monthly prizes, including ski passes, museum passes, movie passes, local concert tickets, and VIP access to station events! Also, Green Alliance Business Partners save 20% on underwriting rates!

Redhook - Green Card holders recieve 10% off all food!

Green Alliance Community receives 25% off Hookfest tickets by ordering here!

Not a member? Join here! 

Mary's Dogs Inn!

By Clay | Jun 23, 2014 | in

After an 18-month search, Mary Doane of Mary’s Dogs has finally found a new location for “Mary’s Dogs Inn”. “It took us awhile but this is the best place that we can be in”, said Doane. The Inn will serve many purposes from quarantining adoptable dogs to boarding dogs that already have homes. 

New Hampshire has a law that requires all dogs that are being brought from out of state must be quarantined away from other dogs for 48 hours. This process is to ensure that the dogs are healthy and safe before they can be placed in their new homes. Prior to the Inn, the dogs had to be quarantined at a vet and not on site. With the new Inn Mary will be able to quarantine the dogs herself on site helping to streamline the adoption process. 

The Inn will also be able house dogs that do not have homes set up for them yet. Dogs that will be brought into the shelter will be able to go through their initial quarantine and then will become available for adoption. If you are interested in adopting one of these dogs first you must fill out a questionnaire with Mary’s Dogs. Once your questionnaire is reviewed and approved you will be able to schedule an appointment to go to the Inn and visit with the adoptable dogs. 

Another new feature that will be starting this month is doggy daycare and boarding. “We will have the capacity of 15 dogs. We are keeping it very small but it will be very similar to a home environment”, said Doane. At the Inn the dogs will be given lot of personalized attention from the staff. Doane has hired a staff that has been working in dog care for many years and will be able to give the dogs the proper attention and care that they need.