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On Sunday September 14, Open Streets Portsmouth will be transforming a mile of neighborhood streets into a public park for people to walk, bike, stroll, skip, whatever. Seacoast Velokids will have cycling skills for kids at Lafayette playground, plus a Strider bike test area for little kids and a Trek Demo trailer for the adult kids. Seacoast United will have skills clinics and more at Clough Field. And, there will be a few yoga locations along the route.
We can not get enough of these essay contest submissions! We have another preview for you of some of our great entries!
This one comes from Nicole Allen, age 11. She has a hilarious anectdote of how an annual week with her Grandmother has taught her to go green!
We go to the movies, buy popcorn, a soda, and maybe a box of candy. When we’re done, we throw it out, to be carted away to a landfill. But, who cares. These landfills won’t hurt our generation; let the next generation deal with the results of our family activities. Back in the olden days, people didn’t do that; they saved things and reused things. Leftover food! It never happened. Unused objects? Just the thought of buying something then not using it was a shock. If they wanted to do a family activity they wouldn’t just go to the store, but some colorful paper, sparkly stickers and glue and make a scrapbook. They would use things they already had and make things like cornhusk dolls and daisy chains. They were better at being green then us. But we can still try and sometimes, the people who are the greenest will be found in unexpected places. My grandma is one of those people and I figured that out the first time I went to her house. Her house is a place where I'm pretty sure sweating should be a family activity because without any air conditioner it happens a lot in the summer. (And in the winter you should probably bring your footie pajamas because a she rarely turns on the heater.) My sister and I spend a week at her house every summer, just my Grandma, Grandpa, Great Grandma and us, and the experience we have there. . . let’s just say that it doesn’t happen to many people!
Thank you, Nicole for sharing your green experiences with us! The drawing also comes from Nicole, who said her Grandmother drives so infrequently (often opting to ride her bike around town) that seeing her grandmother's car should be a game, comparable to "Punch Buggy".
Join the People's Climate March on September 21 for an all day event to walk through the canyons of Manhattan in the world's largest demonstration yet about climate change. September 23rd Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders to come to the UN to talk about global warming. With many world leaders attending this summit, the spotlight will no doubt be on New York. This walk offers a chance to show important world leaders that “the people” support the climate movement.
Sierra Club Maine has also arranged for buses to bring people to and from this event. Buses will leave from Pease Tradeport at a $30 roundtrip cost. The Sierra Club Maine asks that people sign up for the buses as soon as possible, to assist them in knowing how many buses are needed. For more information on buses and to reserve your spot, click here.
We have been so thrilled to receive a number of great responses to our children's essay question, "What activities did your family do this summer to better the environment"? If your kids are interested in sharing their thoughts with us (and winning great prizes just for submitting), please note the deadline is tomorrow, August 23rd at midnight.
Below is an excerpt from Eben, age 10, who has been very busy this summer helping his family go green!
"For starters we recycle. Every Wednesday we drop our recycling off at the end of our driveway so the recycling truck can come and pick it up. The main materials that get recycled are paper, plastic, and metal. To recycle basically means to reuse, so the paper, plastic, and metal can be made into other items. Sometimes recyclables get placed into the trash, where the recyclables eventually gets stuck in a landfill. Not only will the recyclables stink, but when the rain falls on top of the landfill the water will drain into the ground collecting chemicals. The chemicals can then poison habitats. Recycling is great for the environment and is a very smart thing to do.
Aucella Heating and Cooling has been dedicated to offering clients the most efficient, and green HVAC systems since 2005. Aucella specializes in top-of-the-line green products and equipment installations including hybrid duct heat pump systems, solar thermal space heat and domestic hot water systems - just to name a few. By keeping up with the latest technology, owners Fay and Jay Aucella are able to offer customers the most energy efficient products that will lead to the greatest savings for your home in the long run.
Aucella is excited to offer three new air source heat pump systems—Mitsubishi, Daikin Altherma and American Standard. These three systems operational costs can be up to 50% lower than oil or propane. They are also able to provide heating as well as cooling by using environmentally friendly R410A refrigerant with zero ozone depletion potential. Aucella is particularly excited about Mitsubishi source heat pump system which is both smart for your wallet and your home.
I visited the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) where I received a tour of their distribution facility in Seabrook, New Hampshire. Walking the premises with CCNNE's Director of Capabilities, Mike Elmer, and Sustainability Manager, Ray Dube, I was given a comprehensive insider look into the company's great recycling initiatives.
CCNNE is the fourth largest, independent Coca-Cola bottler; a franchise authorized by CCNNE's parent company, but owned individually carrying Coca-Cola's iconic name and branding while remaining a locally operated New Hampshire business. The business' employees, from those at their desks to the drivers of the CCNNE's distribution trucks, care about the environment and consider working for CCNNE more than just a job; to them it's a lifestyle choice. The employees are aware of the impact CCNNE has on the environment and the state.
In 2012 6,000 truckloads of recyclable materials were brought to the Londonderry production facility, emptying the center's dumpster nine times. That equates to over 60 trailer loads of materials recycled in 2012. They explained that during the summer months. A large truck gets filled in the Seabrook facility with empty bottles to recycle about every two weeks. However, it is not only the cans and plastic bottles that Coca Cola recycles. Other materials include: shrink film, cardboard, syrup barrels, cooler gliders, water and more.
On August 20, the Green Alliance hosted a round table discussion with New Hampshire First District Congresswoman Carol Shea Porter to discuss the future of alternative transportation in the state including, rail systems, additional commuter transport, bicycle and walking routes and lower gas taxes.
"New Hampshire is moving forward, but there is still work to be done," said Shea Porter.
Congresswoman Shea Porter was joined by Congressman Earl Blumeneur of Oregon's Third District as well as many local businesses and companies such as: COAST, Gus' Bicycles, N.H. Bike-Walk Alliance, East Coast Greenway Alliance, Portsmouth Public Works, C&J Trailways, Memorial Bridge Designer HNTB, Pike Industries, Rockingham Planning Committee, N.H. DOT, Portsmouth Planning Department, Southern N.H. Planning Committee and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) N.H. Division.
Though the discussion ranged from building a bike trail from the northern corner of Maine to the Florida Keys, to the poor infastructure of the state's roadways and transportation, it also broached topics like keeping New Hampshire's recent graduates to live and work in New Hampshire by providing them the opportunities for less expensive and alternative commuting options.
The roundtable format gave representatives of each attending business the chance to voice their concerns regarding the state's approach to improve roadways, reducing emissions and connecting different parts of the state with alternative transportation options. From business leaders to the workers on the job site, the day's discussion covered nearly every point of view. Congressman Blumeneur shared his experience working with the city of Portland, Oregon and how, by adding rail cars for local commuters, the city has blossomed economically and creatively.
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 will also be giving away FOUR tickets this week. Thursday August 21 the Green Alliance will put up a trivia question that can be found on the GA facebook page. Simply comment on the post with the answer you think is correct! We will choose one winner at random.
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 an array of public sails daily as well as evening concert sails as part of a concert series throughout the summer. This unique concert series offers entertainment from bluegrass to jazz trios that are sure to enhance your sailing experience. On Thursday, September 25 The Sylvan Roots, a contemporary and traditional folk band, will be performing aboard the Gundalow. Concert sails take place on most Thursday nights throughout the summer, and depart at 5:30 pm. Guest may wish to pack a picnic dinner and beverages to bring aboard these entertaining sails.
When one thinks of a marketing company the words sustainability and green might not come to mind. Marcom4 however is bringing sustainability to the world of marketing, right here on the Seacoast.
Marcom4 is a strategic branding, messaging, and content marketing company headquartered in Greenland, NH. This small business was founded by four varying business partners who shared the common goal: to help clients conceptualize, develop, and implement branding and messaging strategies that best suit their businesses.
In an effort to bolster its green credentials, Marcom4 places special emphasis on working remotely. Marcom4 has sourced materials from RiverWorks Printing, a fellow GA Business Partner renowned for their cutting edge, sustainable products and practices. Additionally, the team actively encourages clients to take advantage of all digital media when and where appropriate, in the process helping them reduce their carbon footprint.
Marcom4 also places an emphasis on allowing their team to work remotely, in order to help lower their carbon footprint. Marcom4 has a comprehensive recycling program put in place, at business headquarters. Having joined the Green Alliance, Marcom4 is eager to continue broadening its business base to include even more green-oriented local companies.
Protecting New Hampshire infants and the environment Green Earth Baby Works makes it easier for locals to employ reusable diapers without having to worry about the mess. Many parents are drawn to the sustainable and chemical free option of cloth diapers, but eventually become discouraged with the time-consuming aspect of cleaning. Green Earth Baby Works is an online retailer that provides parents with a variety of cloth diaper options for their child in addition to a cleaning service up to once a week. Consumers will prevent 6 to 8,000 diapers from entering landfills and at the reasonable cost of $25 a week for cleaning, Green Earth will save them money too.
With the summer coming to an all too quick close, this is the time to stop by Pocos Bow Street Cantina to enjoy the remainder of deck season with great food and delicious drinks. Pocos is one of the prime destinations in Portsmouth, with a spectacular location that offers two outdoor decks and two indoor dining areas.
Pocos has recently expanded their menu to include non-typical Mexican food. It continues to include all natural meats in their famous burgers and quesadillas, but has now welcomed vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Additionally, its kid’s menu has also been modified to offer healthier options.
Everything at Pocos 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.
Pocos is one of the oldest running restaurants in Portsmouth and is always working to set themselves apart. From expanding their menu and incorporating healthier and more sustainable options. Pocos has also incorporated a variety of sustainable initiatives within the restaurant through extensive recycling, composting 100% of food waste, members of Seacoast Eat Local, and lowering energy consumption through a variety of initiatives. Pocos through extensive deck renovations will be seeking LEED certification, making them the only deck-side establishment to achieve such a status.
On Wednesday, August 20, author James Browning will read from his novel "The Fracking King" at the Rice Public Library in Kittery, Maine starting at 6 p.m. The public is welcome and can register through the library's website.
Fracking, while a debated and hotly contested issue throughout the country, is also point of contention here in New England. Hydraulic fracturing (fracking) is the process of injecting pressured liquid, composed of water and sand with added chemicals, into the ground to break up shale rocks in order to release oil and natural gases. The idea behind fracking is to open untapped fossil fuel resevoirs with the potential to boost the economy in states where it is approved. Debate surrounds fracking's negative effects on the environment - such as contaminating natural water sources - and its impact on human health.
James Browning lives in Pennsylvania and is the co-author of “Deep Drilling, Deep Pockets,” a series of exposés about the political expenditures of the fracking industry. "The Fracking King" is his first novel and explores boarding school, hardcore Scrabble fanatics and fracking.
Publishers Weekly says, “Browning effortlessly translates his passion for environmental change into a rousing, witty, and enlightening tale about outsiders and Scrabble."
Learn more about the novel here.
Hate spending so much money on gas? Why not save money and arrive in style on a scooter or an electric bike from EZ Bikes and Scooters. They have a wide variety of bikes and scooters at great prices!
Tom Hemenway started EZ Bikes and Scooters many years ago after he had a health scare. He knew that it was time to get back into shape and decided bike riding would be a good idea. Hemenway soon remembered that some of the terrain that he encountered was more difficult to navigate on and made his rides less enjoyable. Hemenway later came across a style of bike known as the EZ Electric Bike. This model of bike had a motor that the operator could switch on that would power the bike through tough hills and climbs. Hemenway loved this bike so much that he decided to add on to his already existing car audio business and start EZ Bike and Scooters.
EZ Bike and Scooters has grown over the years and they now offer over 50 different scooters and electric bikes to choose from! No matter what option you choose, you are doing your part to help the environment. Their bikes are able to charge quickly and efficiency using a minimum amount of electricity and have long battery lives. Their gas-powered scooters get amazing mileage and cut down on the amount of emissions being released. Choosing to ride a scooter or a bike helps keep more cars off the road and keeps their harmful emissions out of the environment.