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Webinar on Carbon Pollution, Climate Change and Health in NH

By Corey | Apr 9, 2015 | in

Despite the fact that it is still snowing in April, rising temperatures and extreme heat days are upon us in the next several months. These impending smoggy days exacerbate respiratory illness like asthma and increase allergies. The increased levels of ozone caused by greenhouse gases may also lead to premature death, shortness of breath and chest pain. Climate change related wildfires, floods, and severe weather are putting our health and lives in danger. A study from Stanford University concluded that "each increase of 1 degree Celsius caused by carbon dioxide would result in air pollution that would lead annually to about a thousand additional deaths in the US and about 21,000 deaths worldwide".  

Environment New Hampshire and the Moms Clean Air Force NH are hosting a webinar to educate the public on potential health risks of New Hampshire residents due to air pollution and global warming, and the preventative measures we can take. The webinar will feature Dr. Jon Levy of Boston University and he will discuss the results of a first of its kind study that analyzes the air quality, human health and environmental benefits that would occur using three alternatives for carbon emissions standards for power plants. Levy will also cover the effect that those emission reductions from power plants would have on reducing human environmental health impacts in New Hampshire, regionally and nationally. 

Put a Little Spring in Your Step!

By Sam | Apr 8, 2015 | in

 

April is the best time to join the GA. Want to know why? Look above, below, or in between this email. Anywhere, really (hint: join for $20).

In the month of April, four of our business partners are offering extra big discounts for our members, all geared towards springtime activities - from dog toys to fly traps to house cleaning, we've got you covered. Plus, if you want to prepare your house now for next winter, Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering a huge gift card to Lowe's, so you can get started on your next home improvement project early!

Join the Green Alliance or the Green Families Club now for only $20. Or, become a Sustaining Member and get three free tickets to the amazing Wild & Scenic Film Festival in Portsmouth on Friday, April 24. What are you waiting for? It's time to get some spring in your step!

Another reason to join our community is for our great parties! April 22nd is our big Earth Day celebration with the Party for the Planet, 6-9 at Redhook. Enjoy tons of food, awesome live music, and of course, delicious, sustainably produced beer.
PS - while you don't HAVE to be a Green Alliance Member to party with us, members get in for free, so join now. RSVP to sarah@greenalliance.biz. See you there!

 

 

Green Maids Savings This Month

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 8, 2015 | in

Of all the associations with spring, "cleaning" is one of the most prominent. It's time to open the windows and fill your house with freshness again. But with all this dog playing and fly catching you have going on, who has time? Why not let Green Maids clean your house with all natural, toxin-free cleaning products, and a reputable staff. The Green Maids are now offering 25% off a full house clean in the month of April. All Green Alliance members are welcome to this great discount and it is valid only on a full house clean, and for first-time Green Maids customers.

Green Maids is a residential and commercial green cleaning company that services Southern Maine and the New Hampshire Seacoast. Green Maids’ goal is to provide a superior clean and excellent customer service while using today’s most eco-friendly products and methods. All the products they use are guaranteed to be all-natural, biodegradable, earth friendly, non-toxic and safe for your home or office.

The Natural Dog Discount in April

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 8, 2015 | in

Warm weather also means more time to play with your furry friends! No more hurried laps around the block, it’s time to have some serious fun. Check your garage though – are your chew toys gross and old? Think your pup deserves something new? The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is offering $10 off a purchase of $50 or more on toys and treats, so everyone’s happy, especially your dog! There are plenty of cat toys to choose from too. This discount is available to Green Alliance members in the month of April.

Dawn Price opened the Natural Dog, Inc in Newburyport in 2005. She is a Registered Dietician and pet food industry expert. Now, with consumer demand in its favor and two locations in tow, The Natural Dog stands as a beacon of what’s possible when nutrition, sustainability, and good old-fashioned localism stand at the fore of a business’ ethics.

Green Collar Careers: Green Alliance Director, Sarah Brown

By Ken | Apr 8, 2015 | in

By Ken Johnson

Efforts to become a more green and sustainable culture proliferate the news these days, but often that information is lost amongst the headlines. Though political coverage of climate change and rampant ecological disasters make the front page, seldom were stories about companies incorporating greener business practices given top-billing. Sarah Brown noticed this lack of attention in the media and decided that it had to change if communities were going to become more sustainable. In response, Brown established the Green Alliance, an environmentally-conscious business union, that raises the awareness of sustainably-minded businesses and helps connect them with green-minded consumers.

“We decided from day one that we wanted an outlet for people, whether they were business owners or consumers, to put their money where their values were,” Brown said. “And we wanted people to realize that going green didn’t have to mean going broke; that going green could actually save you a little of it too and for businesses it could increase their profits.”

Brown, who has worked for CNN at the New York bureau, NBC as a Moscow bureau assignment desk editor, and for Associated Press TV as a Moscow bureau producer, started The Green Alliance in the living room of her Kittery, Maine, home in 2009. When it started, The Green Alliance had two Business Partners, Simply Green Biofuels and Purely Organic Lawn Care. Now, the Green Alliance, headquartered in Portsmouth's historic Franklin Block Building, boasts upward of 100 Business Partners and nearly 4,000 individual community members.

Attend the Wild & Scenic Film Festival with Free Tickets from the GA!

By Katelyn | Apr 7, 2015 | in

Earth Day is just around the corner on April 22, but why not celebrate our beautiful planet all month long? To honor the great Earth that we live on, we want you to attend the Wild and Scenic Film Festival and enjoy the variety of short films focused on environmental topics, such as renewable energy, land conservation, and wildlife habitat protection. Join the Green Alliance as a Sustaining Member and you will receive 3 free tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival (a $48 value)!

This year, the film festival will be held at the Portsmouth Music Hall on Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. Aside from enjoying 13 environmental films, guests will also have the opportunity to win donated prizes from local businesses at the free raffle.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival is the largest environmental film festival in North America and works to bring moving environmental documentaries to communities across the country. The Southeast Land Trust has brought the festival to Portsmouth for the last four years, thanks to help from local sponsors including the Green Alliance, who has been a sponsor for the past three years. Several Green Alliance Business Partners are also sponsoring the event such as Ultra Geothermal, Cornerstone Tree Care, Progressive Asset Management Group, Proulx Oil and Propane, and Be Good Branding.

Otter Art Contest

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 6, 2015 | in

A new nature preserve in Kittery, ME, Brake Boat Headwaters is looking for a mascot! Children in grades K-8 are encouraged to submit a drawing of a river otter on an 8 x 11 white peice paper. Put your name and contact information on the back of the paper in pencil. 2 Winners will be chosen from each age group (K - 2, 3 - 5, 6 - 8) by a panel of local artists. Winners will be announced at noon at the Kittery Block Party (June 20th) and will receive a stuffed otter and a $20 gift certificate to Barnes and Noble. The winners will be chosen according to the most realistic otter and the otter with the most personality.

A selection of otter art will be on display in The Morgan Gallery of the Kittery Community Center in June. When the drawing is completed, deliver it to one of the designated boxes at Shapleigh, Mitchell, or outside the KLT Office (Rm A105, East Wing of the Kittery Community Center). The deadline for this contest is May 15th at 5:00 p.m. Winners will be announced at the Kittery Block Party, at 12:00 p.m. on June 20th. Winning otters will be used on signs for the preserve, on Kittery Land Trust’s website, in KLT brochures and other material supporting the protection of Brave Boat Headwaters.

Start Spring With Some Serious Savings!

By Katie | Apr 3, 2015 | in

$20 off an EcoTech Fly Cage
So you’re excited for warm weather, and we don’t want to rain on the parade, but guess what else comes with warm weather? That’s right, flies, and lots of them. Tom Pray of EcoTech Pest Services has a new invention called the Fly Cage. It’s pretty simple, but incredibly powerful; built to resemble a four-legged animal, the cage attracts flies simply by sight – no chemicals whatsoever! It’s great for backyards, barns, fields, anywhere you want to keep pest-free and chemical free.

$10 off a $50 purchase at The Natural Dog
Warm weather also means more time to play with your furry friends! No more hurried laps around the block, it’s time to have some serious fun. Check your garage though – are your chew toys gross and old? Think your pup deserves something new? The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is offering $10 off a purchase of $50 or more on toys and treats, so everyone’s happy, especially your dog! There are plenty of cat toys to choose from too.

25% off a full house clean with Green Maids
Of all the associations with spring, "cleaning" is one of the most prominent. It's time to open the windows and fill your house with freshness again. But with all this dog playing and fly catching you have going on, who has time? Why not let Green Maids clean your house with all natural, toxin-free cleaning products, a reputable staff, and at a full 25% off to boot! This offer is valid only on a full house clean, and for first-time Green Maids customers.

$250 Lowe’s gift card from Yankee Thermal Imaging
Lastly, you probably have some home improvement plans for this year – planting some shrubs, rebuilding your walkway, or maybe buying that industrial weed puller you’ve been eyeing for months. What would you say to a $250 gift card to Lowe’s Home Improvement? Probably something like “oh, heck yes!” right? Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering gift cards to any Green Alliance Members who have weatherization and insulation completed in the month of April. That means by next winter, you could have a warm, tightly sealed house, and by the end of the month, you could have a head start on your next home improvement project!

Also during the entire month of April, you can join the Green Alliance for just $20! Click here to join at the discounted rate.

Surprising Move from the House Finance Committee

By Craig | Apr 2, 2015 | in

Last week, the House Finance Committee began to raid the Renewable Energy Fund. The money was allocated to Eversource Energy after their purchase PSNH's coal and hydroelectric power plants. Selling the plants, and closing them, was thought to save at least $300 million for New Hampshire customers.

According to a release from Eversource Energy, the sale agreement stipulated that employees losing their jobs would be protected, stating: "Eversource commits to work in good faith with the union regarding enhancements to employee protections." The Renewable Energy Fund, which allows the state to invest in new energy efficient projects, was to support PSNH employees for the next 18 months while they close down the plants. That funding is now in jeopardy.

Read an official statement from NHSEA below.

"Today’s [Wednesday, April 1, 2015] 219-161 vote in favor of the amended HB 2 to raid $51 million, along with a second amendment (210-170) to take another $1.3 million from New Hampshire’s dedicated renewable energy fund is abhorrent, short-sighted and will hurt thousands of towns, businesses and citizens across the state. This raid, and others, will go on record as one of the largest takings in state history. This is not a budget our elected officials can be proud of, nor is it likely in accordance with our state constitution.

This raid on the dedicated renewable energy fund will have devastating effects on our economy, threatening thousands of jobs and depriving towns and businesses much-needed assistance to lower their energy costs, lower local property taxes, and keep our energy dollars here in NH’s economy.

Gundalow Company's Children's Programs Continue to Grow

By Corey | Apr 2, 2015 | in

 

With the snow finally melting, the emergence of grass and warm weather of spring is highly anticipated. Another great emergence this spring is the addition of new programs by the Gundalow Company. This year, the Gundalow Company is debuting their River Kids Day Camp, allowing for even more summer adventures on the gundalow. The first campers at this new program will spend their mornings on the water doing interactive activities on navigation, environmental science and history. Their afternoons will be spent doing shore based explorations. The Day Camp ($240 per child) will run from 9 AM to 3 PM and is the perfect way to educate kids on the importance of our great Seacoast, all while being outside in the fun summer sun!

If your child is ready to take the reigns of the gundalow, they can participate in Crew for a Day, which runs on Wednesdays 10 AM to 2 PM on July 1, 15, 29, and August 12 ($30 per day). Children will be able to play leader and work as part of a team through dockside activities with hands-on sailing. 

NHSEA Addresses $52 Million Dollar Raid on Renewable Energy Funds

By Corey | Apr 2, 2015 | in

The following is a guest blog from Kate Epsen, executive director of the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association (NHSEA). 

Yesterday the NH House of Representatives voted 219-161 in favor of the amended biennium budget bill (HB 2) to raid $51 million, along with a second amendment (210-170) to take another $1.3 million from New Hampshire’s dedicated Renewable Energy Fund. This move is abhorrent, had no public hearing, and will hurt thousands of towns, businesses and citizens across the state.

This raid, and others, will likely go on record as one of the largest takings in state history. This is not a budget our elected officials can be proud of, nor is it likely in accordance with our state constitution.

Should a similar version of the budget also pass the Senate and the Governor's office, this raid on the dedicated renewable energy fund will have devastating effects on our economy, threatening thousands of jobs and depriving towns and businesses much-needed assistance to lower their energy costs, lower local property taxes, and keep our energy dollars here in NH’s economy.

House leadership has turned its back on its own public pledge to create a sensible budget for NH without raiding dedicated funds, using accounting gimmicks, or by raising new taxes. Raiding the dedicated renewable energy fund will strip ratepayer funds intended for cost-saving and job-creating energy projects, thereby creating a hidden energy tax.

Solarfest Brightens UNH's Campus

By Corey | Apr 2, 2015 | in

As part of the Solarfest team, this will be my fourth year participating in Solarfest; the first year as an attendee, the second as a student organization representative, the third being the Volunteer Coordinator, and I am excited to reprise that role again this year. Solarfest provides the community with a day of pure happiness and attendees will be able to feel the energy from both the solar panels and the joyful crowd.  

Fueled by fun and the sun, the University of New Hampshire's Student Environmental Action Coalition (SEAC) will hold their annual Solarfest on April 26. This free and public event is a full day of 100 percent solar powered music, art, community, sustainability, and activitites for all ages. Held on the campus' Boulder Field, all the energy used for this event is powered through nearby solar panels days before, and utilized throughout the entire festival powering everything from the stage's sound system to vendor tents. And the Green Alliance will be on-site promoting our green and sustainable businesses, and educating the community on making more sustainable choices.

SEAC is a group of students dedicated to bringing an awareness of sustainable issues to the UNH campus. Solarfest is one of their biggest and most popular events of the year amongst students and seacoast residents. 

For 22 years, attendees dance through the morning and afternoon to great live music and local environmental vendors. Other activities and performances at this year's event include the Kraft Korner for Kids, hoop performances from the area's most intricate and flexible hula hoopers, henna tattoos, painting, and the stories of Penn Johnson, a new-age folksinger who tells stories of divestment.

Party for the Planet: Redhook Brewery and the Green Alliance to Host Earth Day Celebration

By Katelyn | Apr 1, 2015 | in

PORTSMOUTH - Two seacoast businesses, Redhook Brewery and the Green Alliance, are coming together to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, at the Redhook Brewery located at 1 Redhook Way at the Pease International Tradeport. Guests will enjoy an evening of live music from local seacoast band, Humble Bee, and a selection of raffle prizes. Redhook will provide complementary all natural and local foods from their kitchen at the Cataqua Public House restaurant and a cash bar featuring their sustainable brews. $2 from every beer purchased will be donated to the Hodgson Brook Association. 

The Party for the Planet will take place from 6 - 9:00 p.m. with a $5 admission. However, Green Alliance members receive free admission to the party. Those who wish to attend the party, but are not members, can join today to get in for free and receive discounts at local green businesses, and exclusive stepped up discounts offered to members during the month of April. Members planning to attend the party should RSVP by email to sarah@greenalliance.biz.

Not only is Redhook a staple in the seacoast's craft brewing scene, and nationally, but the brewery also surges ahead of the competition in terms of environmental practices among craft breweries. Redhook has instituted an extensive facility-wide recycling and composting program, reuses water from the brewing process for cleaning and sends spent grains to local farmers for animal feed. Starting this year, Redhook purchases wind energy credits for every kWh used in the production facility and restaurant. Throughout the facility, Redhook has taken countless small steps to reduce their energy consumption such as installing high-efficiency light bulbs, implementing motion sensor lighting and using EnergyStar appliances. It is part of the facility's effort offset their carbon footprint and is led by the head of Redhook's Sustainability Committee, and Operations Project Engineer, Tietjen Hynes.

Spring Into Spring with a $20 Membership During the Month of April

By Katelyn | Apr 1, 2015 | in

To celebrate the coming of warmer months and the end of a very long winter, the Green Alliance is offering a reduced membership for new members to join to GA and start the season off right! Join anytime during the month of April for only $20 (save $15 off the normal membership) and enjoy a year of discounts with 100+ local green businesses. 

A membership with the Green Alliance gives you discounts with local sustainable businesses, access to member exclusive events, such as holiday parties and summer sails on the Gundalow, and is the perfect way to show your dedication to working with local and green businesses. Speaking of parties...join us for the Redhook and Green Alliance Party for the Planet to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22 (members get in for free)! 

On top of the exclusive discounts GA members receive throughout the year, several Business Partners are offering additional specials during the month of April to jump start the season. Click here to see how you can get ready for warmer weather and score a great deal at the same time. 

Click here to join the Green Alliance today for only $20!

Art for a Cause

By Sarah Mahoney | Apr 1, 2015 | in

By Sarah Mahoney

PORTSMOUTH - The natural landscape has long been an inspiration to creative people. Artisans have worked for centuries to try and capture its beauty through a variety of mediums. Today, with nature's splendor at risk of degradation, local artists are inspired to use their craft to bring awareness to its protection.

Great Bay Stewards (GBS) is one of several well-known organizations dedicated to spreading awareness to protect New Hampshire's environment using art to spark conversation. For over a decade, the Stewards have hosted the annual Art of Great Bay fundraiser to help raise money for the Great Bay Discovery Center. Local artists are encouraged to contribute to the show by submitting paintings, pottery, glass, sculptures and other forms of art.

The 11th annual Art of Great Bay will take place from April 17 - 19 at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland. The event is to be open to the public throughout the weekend.