Guest Blog: New Hampshire Environmental Community Calls for Study of Underground Alternatives in Federal Review of Northern Pass
By: Christophe Courchesne, Conservation Law Foundation
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Earlier this week, seven leading New Hampshire environmental organizations, including CLF, sent a joint letter to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) calling for a truly comprehensive and fair environmental review of the Northern Pass transmission project, including a complete analysis of underground transmission alternatives in New Hampshire and other states. To read the whole document click here.
Yesterday’s announcement of the New England Clean Power Link project in Vermont confirms that underground alternatives are reasonable, economic, and likely to have significant advantages over a project like Northern Pass. It has never been clearer that DOE must carefully analyze these alternatives and weigh them in deciding whether the current Northern Pass proposal is consistent with the public interest. Contrary to the misleading arguments in Northern Pass’s flawed amended permit application, advanced underground transmission technology and potential underground routes warrant detailed study in DOE’s environmental impact statement.
The brainchild of Gary Hirshberg, co-founder and Chairman of Stonyfield Farm – a company renowned for their incredible efforts in the world of sustainable business – Climate Counts was launched in 2007 as a nonprofit organization committed to bringing consumers and high profile companies together to address solutions to global climate change.
Motivated by the idea that halting climate change can only happen with action taken by an informed public, Climate Counts seeks to foster within citizens the world over that they have the power to make long-lasting change. To that end, Climate Counts has scored some of the world’s most recognizable companies – from restaurants to software companies and everything in between – in an effort to provide consumers a transparent look into what the world’s biggest employers are doing to curb their environmental footprints.
On a drizzly, dark Halloween night, the fire-lit dining room at the new 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria in Epping seemed to beckon passers by. If not for the packed house and delicious smell of wood-fired pizza, the official grand opening of the second 900 Degrees Pizzeria was nothing short of a grand success.
Proudly displaying their Green Alliance Partnering Business window sticker, the newest location of the famed 900 Degrees Pizzeria exemplifies green dining. With refurbished furniture, counter tops, and curtains, there environmental gleam is only magnified by the recycled wine bottle wall that separates the bar from the dining room.
The room-length pizza bar in the back of the room offered patrons the opportunity to sit up close and personal to the signature wood-fire ovens. And for those who enjoy a more private dining experience, the back of the restaurant offers a banquet room that can be rented out by large parties at no additional cost!
Whether it’s the warming ambiance, sustainable decor or the intoxicating smell of award-winning pizza, the new 900 Degrees Pizzeria in Epping has it all. Located just off Route 101, Exit 7, learn for yourself how much you never knew you could love pizza (and this coming from an adamant pizza lover).
For the Green Alliance, sharing the stories of sustainable businesses to community members is essential to advancing the local, green economy. Since the GA’s launch in 2008, the organization has evolved to engage the community in both outreach and scope. It should only be so fitting that in this day and age of smart phones and social media, the unique work of the GA can extend the catch phrase, “there’s an app for that.”
The Green Alliance app – available on the iPhone – is easily searchable through the Apple App Store, and feature’s the organization’s trademark yellow sunflower logo. While the app is available for anyone to download, only Green Alliance members or “Green Card holders” can activate their digital Green Card. But non-members can make the convenient decision to join right through the GA app (or online at www.greenalliance.biz/join.)
Once downloaded, users will be prompted to enter a username and password, along with their four-digit Green Alliance number. At that point, app users will be able to show a digital version of their Green Card at GA businesses, making “going green and saving green” easier than ever.
The app will also feature a comprehensive Business Partner Directory, complete with contact information, map, Green Card discount, as well as their Sustainability score, derived from the comprehensive 30-question evaluation given to every business that joins the GA. Users will also be able to use the app to connect to the GA’s Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube pages, as well as recent stories involving the organization and its business partners.
ELIOT, Maine — Dogs, like humans, get hungry. Whilst playing in the grass, they will most likely do the inevitable: chewing, eating, and enjoying the wonderful grass, flowers, and other green items that make up your front lawn. This parcel of land that you have fed, watered, and trimmed is now part of your dog’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. Such innocuous activities as eating grass should never result in the dangers that some have unfortunately encountered.
Michele Lowry, the creator and owner of Nikoe Natural Therapies, a human and pet therapy clinic that offers individual Reiki healing sessions, recently learned of a sad story about a dear friend’s dog. Lowry’s friend began noticing strange symptoms coming from the dog, and could not find a reason for these symptoms.
After a few therapeutic and rejuvenating days at the Nikoe facility in Eliot, Maine, the dog began to recuperate from the debilitating effects that some claim Roundup has on the health of dogs. This potentially dangerous chemical that is all too often used on our perfectly manicured lawns may be showing awful impacts on pets.
The time has arrived to begin transitioning from our “want” for a green lawn, to a “need” for a chemical free lawn. The need has become a reality through the availability of local landscape companies that are dedicated to providing high quality service, using sustainable designs and chemical-free alternatives. Site Structures Landscape, Inc., operating out of Eliot, Maine, has a crew of highly specialized landscapers who utilize their obsession of detail and highly honed expertise to create the yard of your dreams.
The New Hampshire branch of Power Provider, ENH Power, has just become a Green Alliance Business Partner. Power Provider has become 250,000 proud customers strong, climbing to the top 20 Competitive Energy Supplies in just two years! It works to change the way the energy business works, one state at a time. It does this by finding the best deals straight from the New England Power Pool and passing these savings on to the customer at a fixed rate. The people at ENH Power provide the most competitive prices for your home or business. They also provide a Coal-Free plan and a Pure Green plan for those looking for a greener alternative to traditional power.
ENH Power doesn’t just work to power your home and business, but also your community. It is working with community planners raising money and awareness of for a range of causes, such as school departments and towns to church communities to animal welfare agencies. ENH has developed a Power to Help Fund in order to help promote these groups.
In this day and age, electricity is a necessity. This being said, don’t you feel you should have a say in which power company you use? Why not get this much-needed resource from a company you know has strong community values and commitments?
The dynamic team at Starry Brook Natural Medicine is excited to welcome Certified EFT Specialist & Energy Healer, Cheri Valentine!
Cheri’s specialty in Emotional Freedom Technique, or EFT, is a psychological acupressure technique that Starry Brook founder, Dr. Giard highly recommends to optimize emotional health. Although often overlooked, emotional health is believed essential to physical health and healing. The Emotional Freedom Technique and energy healing services aim to break down the emotional barriers that cause or influence physical symptoms or conditions.
Through EFT, Energy Healing services, and Relationship Coaching Cheri has helped hundreds of people discover their own source of love, spirit, and strength. Her intimate approach combined with a strong, intuitive nature supports the healing journey to wisdom and authentic expression, while strengthening physical health and total body wellness.
Want to see what EFT is all about? Cheri offers a group tapping (EFT) experience, “Tappy Hour™ twice a week that is open to everyone and only $15. Cheri also offers private sessions by phone, Skype and at Starry Brook Natural Medicine.
As part of Starry Brook Natural Medicine, a Green Alliance Business Partner, GA members receive 20% off Cheri's private sessions! Not a GA member? Join here!
Call 603.583.5181 for an appointment or visit www.starrybrook.com to learn more!
The following is a guest blog written by Jenaly Technology Group, one of our business partners, about an event they'll be hosting next Thursday, November 7th. To learn more about Jenaly, you can visit them at www.jenaly.com
I recently read that over 12,000 laptops were left behind at airports - every day. And an estimated 113 cell phones are lost or stolen every MINUTE. There’s no doubt in our mind that you, or one of your employees, WILL lose a company device at some point. WHEN you do, what’s your risk That’s just ONE of the key items we’ll be covering in our upcoming executive briefing on cloud and mobile computing.
The Green Alliance is always looking for new ways to bring green practices into peoples' daily lives. One of their most recent endeavors has been into the artistic community with the Artist in Residence program. This program is designed to spotlight artists in the Seacoast community who not only possess considerable talent, but also show commitment to going green. The first artist to receive this honor was Suzie Goodwin, a photographer from Maine. The current featured Artist in Residence is Jasmine Inglesmith.
Several great examples of Jasmine's works can be found in the Green Alliance's own office. Located at 75 Congress Street, Suite 304 in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, The "GA Guerilla Gallery" is open to the public on Monday through Friday from 10:00a.m. to 7:00p.m. Jasmine is also involved with filmography shown below is one of the excellent examples of her work: a Halloween-themed music video "Pingree the Prowler" performed by Dr. Gasp and the Eeks/Dan Blakeslee.
The GA is currently searching for the next Artist in Residence, and encourages all local artists to apply. Through their program artists receive promotion, gallery space, an artist profile, a business page on the GA website, and exposure through various media outlets. Interested artist or art group should contact the GA Director, Sarah Brown for more information, Sarah@greenalliance.biz or call 603-817-4694.
PORTSMOUTH — Are your child’s diapers eco-friendly? Single-use diapers have been causing considerable environmental damage since they became popular in the 1970s. An average child will go through 6,000 to 8,000 diapers in their first three years. That adds up to a construction dumpster’s worth of toxic plastic and human waste, all of which is doomed to spend from 250 to 500 years in a landfill.
Cloth diapers are a greener alternative to disposable plastic diapers. There’s only one cloth diaper service in New Hampshire: Green Earth Baby Works (GEBW).
GEBW offers a wide variety of environmentally friendly baby products, including different types of cloth diapers, accessories, and delivery services.
GEBW serves many New England communities; along with towns in the Seacoast and Greater Manchester regions, GBEW has recently expanded their service areas north to Portland, ME and south to Gloucester, MA.
Since they fell out of fashion in the 1970s, cloth diapers have been considered to be more time intensive, inconvenient, and dirtier than disposable alternatives. To help eliminate the negative stigmas and bring cloth diapers back into the market, GEBW offers different monthly service plans, a variety of products, and great customer support. GEBW even washes used diapers for their clients at a green facility that uses eco-friendly detergents and machines that minimize energy and water usage.
AutoBeGreen is having a special sale that offers discounts up to 50% off on marine products! Keeping our waterways clean is important to AutoBeGreen and they offer a full line of environmentally safe marine products that also help to keep your boat clean and running well.
Since opening its doors in March 2011, AutoBeGreen has serviced dozens of well-known businesses and institutions, colleges and academies throughout the region and around the country. The establishment provides a number of green alternatives for all things automotive. Most Americans depend on their vehicles—AutoBeGreen is doing their part to help all car owners become more environmentally aware.
The fall is an ideal boat cleaning time to prepare for winter and AutoBeGreen is offering a great deal on their bio-based and biodegradable marine products. Their products are grown and made in the U.S.A. and Ultimate Biodegradable, which means the products meet ASTM’s highest biodegradability standards while not sacrificing performance, value or polluting the waterways. The company’s G-MARINE bottles are 100% recyclable and labels are printed with water-based inks on recycled paper.
AutoBeGreen is a Business Partner in the Green Alliance. Regular Green Card Holders save 10% off on all products and receive a $10 Manufacturer’s Rebate on “Green” Synthetic Motor Oil through 2013!
Sarah Brown, Director and Founder of Green Alliance, gives a first person account of using Green Alliance Business Partner, Mirror Image Automotive, as a Green Card Holder.
Yup, that’s right the official Green Alliance Mobile, the green Honda Civic with the crazy bumper stickers got into a tangle this week at the Portsmouth traffic circle. This is my main family vehicle, the car that gets me to and from the GA and ferries my 3 beautiful daughters around from soccer games to piano practices to basketball practices to Seapoint Beach and everything in between.
While it might not be of dream car caliber, that Honda Civic is my main ticket to ride and getting rear-ended threatened to slam the breaks on it’s reliability. But after the dust cleared, when I needed to take the steps to call the insurance company and bring it into a body shop, boy was I glad to know that our friends, Green Alliance Business Partners, Mirror Image Automotive were there for an honest estimate and guidance through the unpleasant insurance claims process.
And guide me they have! Knowing that there was a body shop that I could trust has completely lessened the blow of this accident. Instead of being herded to the shop the insurance company wants me to go to – one they have cut a deal with that sees their bottom line and that of the shop’s financial benefit as priority – I knew I was the priority at MI , not the insurance company! Mirror Image Automotive saw me the very next day, gave me a swift and fair estimate and immediately began advocating on my behalf with the insurance company for full coverage!
Every business that joins the Green Alliance goes through a comprehensive Evaluation. Designed to give consumers and community members a first-hand look at where the business is excelling -- and more importantly, where they need to improve -- the Evaluation has become an indispensible tool in educating the public about who these companies are, where they are, and where they're going.
Vector5, the region's premier trade show display company, is just the latest business to go through our Evaluation. Click on the first page of the Evaluation below to learn more about Vector5, their score, and what they're doing to help push the green conversation forward in their industry!
There are all sorts of reasons to go to Shawnee Peak to ski or ride this winter. One of them is for the multitude of deals to be made on tickets.
The 11th annual online ticket sale is here, which means that you can get a pair of lift tickets for only $99. This deal provides a $17 savings on tickets that are good any day of the season, whether it be Christmas week, MLK weekend, President's week or even just when you've got your buddies up for a weekend in Maine. No catch, no blackout dates, just two tickets for any day of the season.
When you purchase these specially priced tickets online, you'll receive two vouchers valid for any day of the 2013-2014. To use them, simply redeem them at the ticket window or SnowSports School desk in order to receive your tickets. This deal won't last forever though. The offer is only good until midnight on the Friday of November 8th. Even so, quantities are limited, so don't delay. Get your tickets here today!
Shawnee Peak is a business partner of the Green Alliance. Green card holders can save 20 percent on a lift ticket, 25 percent on an appetizer at Blizzard's Pub, and 50 percent on a rental package! To learn more about the Green Alliance or to become a member, click here!
Wouldn't you like to know exactly where your food comes from? Wouldn't you like to know whether your food was organically grown or modified extensively in a lab? This is exactly what several people in New Hampshire, including Dr. Angela Lambert of Ancient Traditions Natural Medicine, are petitioning to do: make labeling of genetically modified food mandatory. As a doctor, Angela is dedicated to promoting the availability of healthy foods, and believes that GMO foods with unknown health risks should be labeled as such.
Many foods these days are genetically modified for a number of reasons: to protect crops from being destroyed by pests, give foods a longer shelf life and to prevent them from carrying viruses. Although proponents of genetic modification claim that GMO foods have no detrimental health effects compared to regular foods, that is not an absolute certainty, since the risks have not been accurately identified and managed. Currently, GMO foods are not required to be labeled, so the average consumer has no way of knowing whether the food they are buying is genetically modified or not.
With the practice of labeling GMO foods being mandatory in 64 other countries, it is rather strange that the United States is the odd country out. However, if this bill is passed, consumers in New Hampshire will be able to enjoy the freedom of choosing whether or not to purchase GMO foods. If you want to let the state of New Hampshire know that you want GMO foods to be labeled, you can sign the petition here.
To learn more about Ancient Traditions Medicine, you can visit their website at www.naturalmedicinenh.org.
Ancient Traditions Medicine is a business partner of the Green Alliance. Green Alliance members save 20% on all naturopathic services. To learn more about the Green Alliance or to become a member, you can visit their website at www.greenalliance.biz.