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An Insulation Boom

By Katie | Oct 2, 2014 | in

By Michael McCord

A Durham family got a pleasant summer surprise following the installation of spray foam insulation in their home.

“We expected to see a heat reduction this winter but we won’t know just how much for a while,” says Jeanne Wishengrad. “One thing we didn’t expect though was the impressive cooling effects of this insulation in the summer months. We were very pleased that the house, especially the second floor, has been significantly cooler this summer.”

Wishengrad says the project – which was designed and completed by The Green Cocoon – in the attic space of their home, included the removal of old insulation, the addition of new vents, and spray foam with 25 percent recycled plastic material. Wishengrad says the insulation application in June was part of a major energy efficiency plan that she and her husband began a few years ago. They have a long-term goal of becoming net zero in energy use even with the addition of air conditioning.

Harbor Eyecare Center Participate in World Sight Day Challenge

By Madalyn | Oct 2, 2014 | in

Take part in the World Sight Day Challenge with GA Business partner Harbor Eyecare Center in Portsmouth! The event takes place on October 9 and will go on an all day. Stop by Harbor Eyecare Center located at 161 Deer St during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.) to participate!

World Sight Day Challenge is the largest international optometry fund raising event of the year. The Challenge is an international event that is recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO). The event is coordinated by Optometry Giving Sight, an organization dedicated to 'transforming lives through the gift of vision'.

The World Sight Day Challenge, in partnership with Optometry Giving Sight, focuses on bringing the importance of eye and vision health to the public. Donations online are used to give those in need comprehensive eye exams as well as glasses. Also, donations are given to supporting optometry students' education.

This is a one day event, but the mission of the World Sight Day Challenge is to raise awareness about the importance of eye health year round. Each year, Optometry Giving Sight establishes a specific goal to focus on during the World Sight Day Challenge; for 2014 the call to action is for 'No More Avoidable Blindness'.

Green Alliance Members Save on Construction & Home Projects

By Katelyn | Oct 2, 2014 | in

 

Click here for more information about the discount Green Alliance members receive from Chinburg Properties.  

Green Story: 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

By Craig | Oct 2, 2014 | 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. Check out 900 Degrees' Green Story below.

900 Degrees Turns Up Heat for Green

There are many reasons for why three in five restaurants fail within five years of throwing open the doors: overly ambitious business plans, tough competition, lack of a coherent marketing strategy. The list goes on.

More often than not, however, it’s the daily margins – how much you’re making on every burger, salad, or sundae – that prove the impossible puzzle. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that going green out of the gate is seen by many a restaurateur as a dangerous luxury, a way to all but guarantee a quick-ticking clock to broke and belly up.

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau never bought into that false equivalency, and her business – Manchester’s famed 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, which opened a second location in Epping last winter – is about to go to the next level because of it.

“It’s not like I’m alone on this – customers really do want it,” Lane-Rondeau exclaims. “People go out of their way to tell us how supportive they are of our practices. I even had one woman call me and ask whether any of our ingredients used GMOs. I appreciate that. People are coming here because it’s a green restaurant – because it’s the right thing to do.”

The Green Alliance Seeks to Hire a Community & Member Manager

By Katelyn | Oct 2, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is hiring!

Are you interested in environmentally friendly businesses and working to develop public awareness about sustainability? The Green Alliance is looking for a Community & Member Manager! If you have the skills and passion to work with the Green Alliance, we encourage you to learn more about the position and apply to be our Community and Member Manager! Applicants must apply via this Jobscore link

Green Collar Careers: Jesse Ware

By Craig | Oct 2, 2014 | in

By Theresa Conn

Jesse Ware is the founder of Futuro, an environmentally friendly construction company. The company takes pride in building healthy, energy independent homes at affordable prices. For Ware, becoming a sustainable builder came naturally; it runs in the family. Ware credits his father for passing down his interest in green construction. “It’s something I grew up with,” according to Ware, “and something I’m excited to spread.”

Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job?

Jesse Ware (JW): I love my job! I love everything about it. I like building clean, energy-efficient spaces for people to live or work in. I also really like learning about new developments can be applied to my business; the sustainable construction field is booming right now. It’s a good place to be.

TC: Where did you go to college? Does your college education help with your current job? What skills from college most prepared you for the work you do now?

JW: I spent some time at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. I was a little lost down there; I took some Liberal Arts classes, but I wasn’t sure that was what I wanted to do. I came home after a year and spent the summer working with my father. I’m a second-generation builder. Dad was a builder, a real visionary. He was out there in the 70’s and 80’s building energy efficient homes during the energy crisis. I grew up in a household where my father was keeping up on all the new building technologies. That rubbed off on me. I ended up thriving in the construction industry, and I still love it today.

I think the most important skill you can learn in college is how to communicate effectively. In order to run a successful business, you have to be able to connect with your customers. Even if you’re not a business owner, you can be the face of your company at any given moment. Keeping lines of communication open with customers and your own employees is vital.

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, Still Going Strong and Going Green

By Katie | Oct 1, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance is happy to announce that 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria has opted to join the GA for another year. With two locations, in Manchester and Epping, 900 Degrees is making the restaurant industry greener, a feat that is remarkable in itself. 

900 Degrees owner, Priscilla Lane-Rondeau has said that it’s not just the restaurant's desire to be green that has led to their success, but that the customers are also looking for that kind of quality in their food. Lane-Rondeau has even said that she once had a customer call to ask if they used genetically modified crops in any of their ingredients. The support is clear; with six years of awards under their belts and a second restaurant opening in 2013, the passion for producing great food keeps the customers coming back for more.

A Watershed Moment

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 1, 2014 | in

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy and the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will be celebrating their merger at the 12th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser with the theme “A Watershed Moment.” The event will take place on Friday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center (100 Deer St, Portsmouth).

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting and conserving the natural resources, beauty and character of the land throughout the Strafford County region of New Hampshire. The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire’s mission is to protect and sustain the land in our community for clean water, fresh food, outdoor recreation, healthy forests and wildlife. The organization has acquired more than 150 properties, totaling in excess of 9,300 acres of land. Both organizations achieve their missions through the promotion and acceptance of conservation easements, education and the acquisition and stewardship of land.

Redhook 10% Tuesdays to Benefit Blue Ocean Society

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 1, 2014 | in

Part of Redhook Brewery's mission (aside from making bold and flavorful beers) is to provide support for the local Seacoast community. This past year they have taken that mission to the next level with their 10% Tuesdays program. Every Tuesday Redhook donates 10 percent of its profits to a particular New Hampshire non-profit organization, with the focus being on a different organization each month. For the month of October Redhook is happy to provide its support to one of Green Alliance's partners, the Blue Ocean Society.

Founded in 1996, Blue Ocean Society has become an indespinsible resource for researchers, environmental advocates and citizens of all ages thanks to a bevy of engaging and educational outreach programs. In 2012 alone, Blue Ocean Society headed 219 beach cleanups - all in an area extending from York, Maine to Salisbury, Massachusetts - in the process collecting 12,477 pounds of trash.

Coca-Cola Co. of Northern New England Receives Visit from N.H. Environment and Agriculture Committee

By Craig | Oct 1, 2014 | in

Last week The New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee toured several state businesses to look at their environmental policies and practices. One of their stops included a tour of the Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE) facility in Londonderry. Eight committee members were in attendance including Rep. John O'Connor, R-Derry, and Rep. Lisa Whittemore, D-Londonderry, who were impressed with CCNNE's extensive recycling and sutainability initiatives.

"This has been very eye-opening for us to see the breadth and depth of the efforts they are making," said Rep. Whittemore in an interview with the Eagle-Tribune newspaper.

Lawmakers, said Rep. O'Connor, make regular trips like these to keep abreast of the work New Hampshire businesses do to help maintain a healthy environment in addition to offering advice on animal and food issues.

Led by sustainability manager Ray Dube, director of capabilities, Mike Elmer and general manager Rick Neal, the tour showcased CCNNE's recycling programs for their plastic and aluminum containers. The tour also highlighted CCNNE's work with Polartec Fabrics, who took 6.5 million pounds of CCNNE's recycled PET bottles to make fleece jackets for companies like The North Face and Patagonia. CCNNE also collects empty aluminum cans in 600 to 700 lb bales which are smelted into 70 lb ingots that are then resold to companies to manufacture new beverage cans. CCNNE also reuses water and has changed their delivery routes for efficiency saving an estimated 250,000 gallons of fuel.

The Londonderry plant boasts a 93% recycling diversion rate and in 2013 sold over 12 million pounds of recycled commodities, working closely with Hampton, New Hampshire's Foss Manufacturing to process its recycled bottles and turn it into usable material. Its unique Energy Management Systems installed in the company's coolers and used in stores and restaurants, reduces clients' energy use by 35 percent.

NHPTV's 10th Season of Windows to the Wild Premieres TONIGHT!

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 1, 2014 | in

The 10th season of NHPTV's popular show Windows to the Wild premieres tonight at 7:30 p.m. Follow Will Lange and his hiking companions this season as they journey up the White Mountains, explore Boston's Emerald Necklace, and even visit Iceland!

In tonight's program Will and his crew are hiking Mt. Willard with the folks in On Belay, a NH-based nonprofit that offers adventure programs for youths who have a family member with cancer. This is a great opportunity to learn more about a great NH organization and see some great shots of scenic New Hampshire.

If you miss tonight's show, you can still watch it online. All episodes of the program are posted on video.nhptv.org the day after they premiere.

To check out a preview of tonight's show click here

Sponsor a Student Today!

By Patrick Haigis | Oct 1, 2014 | in

The Gundalow Company's floating classroom brings a new perspective to their mission to protect the Piscataqua region's maritime heritage and environment through education and action, as students of all ages experience our rivers and bays from the deck of a historically significant vessel. The programs engage students in onboard, hands-on learning while under sail. 

The nonprofit Gundalow Company hosts over 100 field trips each year for over 2,000 students. The company charges each class a nominal fee which covers less than 50% of the actual costs of the programs. The remaining costs must be raised through sponsorships and individual donors, like you. 

Please consider sponsoring a student for just $25 or a whole class for $500 (or any amount of your choosing) to ensure that this important can continue. With your support Gundalow can implement their outstanding programs to connect students of all ages to the rivers and waterways throughout the watershed.

Fall Sunset Party Sail This Sunday!

By Katie | Oct 1, 2014 | in

If you've taken a drive, gone for a walk, or even looked out your window lately, its clear that the peak foliage season is upon us. With a promising weather forecast, we are thrilled to be hosting the Foliage Sunset Party Sail on the Gundalow this Sunday! The sail is only open to Sustaining Members. Save your spot by becoming a Lifetime Member today! 

On October 5, sail Portsmouth Harbor with the Gundalow Company, Green Alliance, 900 Degress Pizzeria, and Redhook Brewery! To save your spot for this private charter, simply join the Green Alliance as a Sustaining Member here. The Sustaining Membership is a lifetime membership to the GA and includes elite access to events, promotions, and networks. Since the GA’s creation in 2009, Sustaining Members have provided unwavering support to the GA’s mission to grow the local, green economy. This sail will not only provide magnificent views of Portsmouth amidst watercolor-foliage, but a picturesque sunset and great networking with those who are equally as committed to the conservation of the local environment and economy. 

The Fall Science Cafés in Portsmouth at Portsmouth Brewery

By Madalyn | Sep 30, 2014 | in

The Portsmouth Brewery is hosting the Portsmouth Science Café on October 8th and 29th in the Brewery’s Jimmy LaPanza Lounge. Both events are hosted by UNH faculty member Cameron Wake, research associate professor in Climatology and Glaciology.

The topic of discussion on the 8th is- Space Weather: Radiation with a chance of solar flares. The discussion features astrophysicists and UNH faculty members, Harlan Spence and Antoinette Galvin, who will share their expertise on solar weather. They will discuss how solar flares, and more particularly, solar weather are much more than a beautiful visual phenomenon.

Solar weather can have a significant impact on everyday life. Solar weather is marked by extreme bursts of energy which can negatively effect satellites, radio waves, and even airplane traffic control. The magnitude of the effect that solar weather events can have and our developing understaning of the universe, will absolutely lead to interesting discussions. 

Green Story: Aucella Heating and Cooling

By Craig | Sep 30, 2014 | 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. Check out Aucella’s Green Story below.

Aucella Heating and Cooling: Fueling a Smarter Home

Aucella Heating and Cooling is more than the average HVAC company. Not only do they offer a wide range of unique options for your heating and cooling needs, such as a smartphone-controlled thermostat, they won’t install anything into a home that functions at under 95% efficiency. A family business, founded by Fay and Jay Aucella, sells some of the highest efficiency heating and cooling systems on the market.

The business is accredited by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America as a residential service, installation contractor and a quality assured contractor. Aucella is ACCA certified as an Energy Star partner company. A majority of the systems they install qualify for utility rebates and energy tax credits. Aucella truly works for their customers, guiding them through the rebate process to ensure that it goes smoothly.

Eco-friendly heating and cooling may seem expensive, but the reality is the consumer consistently pays less over time because of reduced operating costs. “It’s simple: the more efficient the system, the lower the operating cost,” said Jay. Aucella calculates operating cost savings for each installation, comparing overall savings and payback periods, to the initial investment. With tax rebates, reduced operating costs, and superior products and services, Aucella’s customers always save money over time.