BY HEIKKI (HERB) PERRY
Green Alliance Correspondent
NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. — A company founded by two local entrepreneurs conducts its business by conscientiously leading and helping others to embrace their better selves, a synergy that has the potential to help more than just the company and those involved.
“Get it Going is a way of life. We are a company inspiring people to take action. We believe everyone has a ‘GiG’ something they are passionate about doing. Our message is simple, go for it, Get it Going,” says co-owner, Jill Spring of Get it Going, a lifestyle and apparel company. “Our GiG is this company. And we’re having a great time getting it going.”
“In addition to spreading the vibe of Get it Going,” adds co-owner Natasha Goyette, “we encourage conscious consumerism with products made here in the U.S.”
Community Toolbox has reason to celebrate! Aside from the great work they have done for the community (entirely as volunteers), their 501(c)3 status has been approved, officially making them a non-profit organization!
Community Toolbox operates on three platforms that give back to the community and the environment. From the organization's Fix-It program, to its Outlet Store, to its DeConstruction program, Community Toolbox has made itself into a force for good in the Seacoast. All profits made from the Outlet Store are used to run the Fix-It program, which involves Community Toolbox volunteers completing maintenance projects in homes of those in need.
To celebrate their non-profit status they are throwing a Grand Opening Party in their store. What more? They’re also bumping up their discount to 20% off all purchases on June 12th for all Green Alliance members! 20% off of deeply discounted prices on all home supplies means your restoration projects you’ve been putting off can now come to fruition, for a great price. The best part of it all is that your purchase allows Community Toolbox to also complete a restoration project, but for someone in need who is financially unable to do the project themselves. It’s a win-win!
So join us in celebrating this great non-profit organization! RSVP by calling 603-294-0479 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Melissa Aho of Ultra Geothermal, a Green Alliance Business Partner, is putting on a stand-up comedy night benefiting Travis Aho's Leukemia Fund. Travis, originally from Sullivan NH, currently lives in Travares FL. His career as a firefighter has allowed him to travel all around the U.S. His current work is a law enforcement officer for the U.S department of Agriculture in the Ocala National Forest.
Travis attended Keene State College receiving a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. After college, he found a passion in fighting forest fires and helping with natural disasters. Travis used his skills to assist with hurricane Katrina and the 911 attacks. He was also sent to the Midwest and California to help fight forest fires.
Travis, Melissa's brother, was diagnosed in January with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML). Today, Travis wants to point out, “That cancer can attack anyone at anytime, even me at the age of 37 I had not imagined my everyday life would ever change so drastically in a few weeks time.”
Had it not already developed a strong following in the Seacoast, and even beyond, the Portsmouth-harbor-staple the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company could pass as a new business in Portsmouth. From the company’s fresh, new logo, with its recognizable flagship the M/V Thomas Laighton, to the debut of a smaller passenger boat, the M/V Celia Thaxter, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is gearing up for a summer that promises to be better than any other.
As a member of the Green Alliance, a union promoting over one hundred local, sustainable businesses, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company has raised the bar for the industry. They work to conserve energy in every avenue possible, from incorporating recycling into the operation and encouraging “telecommuting” of their employees during the winter months.
The catalysts behind such changes are the new owners, Captain Jeremy Bell and Captain Jerod Blanchette, who have been with the company since 1997. When the two began, they were both summer interns from Maine Maritime Academy. They haven’t missed a summer with ISSCo since.
ENH Power aims to use upfront and transparent business practices while providing citizens of New Hampshire affordable electricity. It’s a common practice for electrical companies to use variable rate plans to charge more in times of high-energy use. As thermostats are cranked high in the cold winter months, with variable rates customers experience a spike in their monthly electric bill. However, ENH strays away from this trend by purchasing power upfront for the duration of their customers contract. With this method, ENH customers aren’t subject to the 300 percent increase in energy rates typically experienced during months of extreme weather.
The morally sound business practices of ENH cause one problem; disbelief.
Many stray away from renewable energy systems because of their high costs in comparison to conventional energy systems. What these homeowners may not realize is the savings renewable energy systems provide in the long-term. With Utra Geothermal’s custom geothermal heating and cooling systems you can reduce your monthly energy bill and environmental impact. With Ultra, homeowners can reduce heating and cooling bills by 30-70%. Avoid the constant rise in your energy bill as oil prices continue to increase—geothermal constantly taps the energy that is naturally stored in the earth. The Federal government also offers a significant tax break to homeowners who invest in geothermal heating and cooling systems. Though it’s always great to save money, it’s even more important for the future of our planet to reduce ones impact on the environment.
Who: Ron April, ReMax On the River real estate agent
What: Since 1997, Ron April has succeeded in the volatile real estate industry. As part of it, he learned how important it is for real estate to integrate sustainability. April's eco-conversion began with a 43-mile-per-gallon hybrid Lexus. Now he is working toward becoming an EcoBroker — a coveted environmental and energy designation awarded by the Association of Energy and Environment Real Estate Professionals. He also focuses on providing clients with details on what makes a house green. April has moved to digital paperwork and an interactive Web site that helps prospective clients scan for area properties without paper-heavy packets.
Where: 11 Market Square, Newburyport, Mass.
What makes him green:
- Drives hybrid vehicle to properties.
- Educates co-workers on the benefits of eco-friendly practices.
- Digitized book-keeping and paperwork for office and clients.
- Scans area properties without paper-heavy packets.
- Applied for EcoBroker certification.
All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Ron April's full certification documents and learn more about his sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at www.greenalliance.biz.
Another weekly giveaway is upon us! This week we're mixing it up, and will be posting a trivia question on our Facebook page; the answer can be found within this blog. All you'll have to do is simply be the first person to post a comment with the correct answer on the Facebook Post. It's that easy!
Speaking of mixing it up, The Steamship Company is excited to announce the arrival of their new, little girl, the M/V Celia Thaxter! Though Celia is a boat, The Steamship Company could not be more excited about the new life she will bring to the company. For those unfamiliar with her namesake, Celia Laighton Thaxter was an American poet and author, who was born in Portsmouth to a lighthouse keeper, named Thomas Laighton (sound familiar?). The new ship will carry up to 50 passengers for late morning runs to the Isles of Shoals.
Have you marked your calendar? July 10th is the GA/NHPTV Summer Party Cruise aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton complete with live musics, drinks, and appetizers! The event is FREE for all GA members! You are a member, right? If so, email email@example.com to reserve your spot. If not, what are you waiting for?! Join now then email firstname.lastname@example.org! You will not want to miss this party!
Enjoy the historic excellence of Strawbery Banke this season while also receiving $5 off the ticket price. By showing a printed copy of your Gundalow Company sailing ticket at the entrance, experience Strawbery Banke at a discount.
Open from May 1-October 31, Strawbery Banke gives the public the opportunity to travel back in time. Four centuries of history are depicted in this little neighborhood found in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. Through restored homes, featured exhibits, historic landscapes, historic gardens, and interpretive programs, visitors are given the chance to experience and imagine how people lived centuries ago.
Green Alliance members enjoy 10% off sailing tickets and10% off private charters. Not a member? Click here to join
Drift Contemporary Art Gallery has announced their June/July exhibition located at the Zev Yoga Studio above Breaking New Grounds in downtown Portsmouth. Along with Bini, the gallery will feature a collaboration of local, national and international artists whose work will rotate through the studio. The public artist receptions will coincide with Portsmouth's Art 'Round Town gallery walk.
Bini describes the focus of his work as an exploration of a human figure's expressive nature in different scenarios, invoking a narrative and creating a dynamic between the figure's relationship with the ground.
"I generate these images through a rhythm of mark-making and reductive processes. Figures and figure groups emerge from a continual layering of paint and glazes and the scraping and scratching into the surface reveal, embellish and enhance the image," said Bini. "By cutting and working into these accumulated layers of pigment, I am able to create a surface that is complex and visually unpredictable. In each piece, I strive to connect with and crystallize the tension and mystery of contemporary life."
There is nothing better than a great slice of pizza. Especially when it is hand crafted with care and only the best ingredients. That is why 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is the place to go for the best high quality standards and service.
This high quality service includes bringing great deals to its customers. For a limited time, enjoy some deliciously authentic food for 50 percent off. Bring the coupon with you to 900 Degrees and receive half off of brick oven pizza, entrees, appetizers, and martinis. With a value of $25, you only have to pay $12.50. Tax and gratuity is not included in the deal and it is not valid with other offers or the 2 for 1 Tuesday promo. There is also no cash value to this coupon and a 1 per table limit.
This weeks green tips come from Dr, Nathan Swanson of Newmarket Dental, a green-minded dental practice. Learn more about Newmarket Dental here
1. Turn off the water! Between wetting our toothbrush and rinsing, a lot of us leave the tap water running while we brush. If you brush the recommended two minutes, this could be wasting gallons of water per day.
2. Recycle your floss dispenser. It may not be as obvious as #1 plastics, like soft drink bottles, or #2 plastics like milk jugs, but most floss dispensers are #5 plastics and are very often accepted by curbside recycling programs. Before recycling pop the case open, remove the floss wheel, and pull out the small metal "tooth" that tears the floss.
There are many perks to living near the water. One of those is sailing. Being able to travel over the water and take in the many beauties bestowed before you is something everyone should be able to experience. That is why the Gundalow Company is where you should turn for all of your sailing needs.
When working with the Gundalow Company, there are many different sailing options you can explore. From Memorial Day until late-October, the Gundalow sails seven days a week and offers seven sail types, along with two special sunset sails.
Over the years, the term development has evolved to mean far more than just the addition of cookie-cutter compounds and skyscrapers. As the world becomes more attentive to the environmental impacts of construction, sustainability and efficiency initiatives emerge as priorities for the industry’s future. For business owner Jesse Ware, the future of sustainable building is called, Futuro Builders.
Ware used his experience from JPWare Design to form Futuro in 2011. Having grown up in the thick of the building trade – his father was one of the first to emphasize energy efficient homes back in the 1970s – Ware is more than attuned to the challenges and the potential posed by green building in the 21st century, having received LEED AP accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).
From commercial projects to residential homes, Futuro is a building firm that doesn’t promote environmental sustainability as the future, but rather as the standard. And Ware remains true to the green direction of his business.
“We approach our work the way we do for many reasons. The biggest reason, though, is we believe in it. It is at the core of our values,” said Ware. “Creating something that is healthier, more efficient, and has less impact on the Earth is always going to be the right thing to do.”