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Great Works Chiropractic Renews with Green Alliance

By Sam | Feb 18, 2014 | in

We are pleased to announce that Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness has renewed their partnership with the Green Alliance! For over two years, Great Works has served the seacoast with its holistic healing practices and intimate patient relationships. Dr. Seth has cured hundreds of their ailments and prevented further damage from others, including our very own Jim Cavan. Here's to another year of telling the Great Works story!

Don't forget that Green Alliance members can get their first Chiropractic consultation with Great works for just $49!

Bowl for Kids' Sake 2014

By Madelaine | Feb 18, 2014 | in

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast has been serving our community for 35 years. It believes that every child can benefit from the attention and understanding of a caring adult. It matches at-risk children with carefully screened volunteers to mentor them. It believes that all children can succeed, and it provides the tools to help them along the way. Mentors provide support for kids to do better in school, avoid risky behaviors, and professional guidance.

BBBS provides the community with many opportunities to get involved and help its cause. One of its signature fundraising campaigns is Bowl for Kids Sake. This year it is adding even more dates, times, and locations to choose from. Teams, individuals, donors, and sponsors are all welcome to get involved. Groups can include up to six participants. Once you get your group together, you can register online and start raising money. After you’ve registered your team and begun raising funds, you will be invited to a bowling party as a thank you. The celebratory party will include free bowling, food, beverages, and a Bowl for Kids’ Sake t-shirt.

Green Collar Careers: Laura MacKay, Owner of Acorn Organic Salon

By Theresa | Feb 17, 2014 | in

With locations in Dover and Exeter N.H., Acorn Organic Salon has proven that it’s possible for a beauty salon to “go green.” Laura MacKay, 37, became interested in creating an eco-friendly salon after discovering the negative impact toxic hair products can have on the environment and on our bodies.

“It’s incredible, the amount of chemicals we put on ourselves every day,” said MacKay. “Some of those toxic chemicals are flushed down the drain as well, and end up in the water supply.”

Every product at Acorn is vetted for toxicity and naturalness. Along with only carrying environmentally friendly products, Acorn has found other ways to operate sustainably. The salons feature sustainable cork flooring, energy efficient light fixtures and water conservation measures. Acorn also provides cut hair for mats that naturally soak up oil spills. MacKay has found a niche in the beauty industry, which has not quite caught on to the “green” fad. However, “going green” is now trending along the Seacoast, partly due to the influence of her two salons. Acorn recently moved to share a space in the same building as Dover Naturals, a health food store that makes the perfect sustainable neighbor.

Smile.Amazon.com helps out Big Brothers Big Sisters

By Mary | Feb 15, 2014 | in

Do you use Amazon.com on a weekly or perhaps daily basis? You probably do given the fact that they sell everything you could ever want and then some. And now, the whole Amazon gig just got that much better because you can help out Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast with every purchase you make.

Smile.Amazon.com is a new Web site that allows you to receive your favorite Amazon items at a low-cost all while benefiting BBBSGS! For every purchase you make, Smile.Amazon.com will donate 0.5 percent of the price to Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast, one of the Green Alliance’s Business Partners. Only a small portion of the cost will be donated to BBBS, but the profits will add up quickly because Amazon is known for having consistent business.

Celebrating Storytelling: A Recap

By Sam | Feb 14, 2014 | in

 

This Wednesday we celebrated Green Alliance storytelling! We bid farewell to the great Jim Cavan, and our business partners came together to give their testimonials about how the Green Alliance has benefited them over the years. It was truly great to see everyone come out and enjoy themselves while learning about each other's businesses. Business Partners and Sustaining Members also got to meet Business Partner and Media Manager Sam Ueda, the newest addition to the GA staff. 

It's events like these that remind us the Green Alliance is bigger than just business, it's a community of individuals who come together under one green roof. We are all working together to bring sustainble and green options to consumers, but most importantly, we're doing it for the earth!

GateWay - Out With the Old, In With the New

By Patrick | Feb 14, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH – The centuries-old arts of taiji (tai chi), qigong (chee kung), and yoga are practiced by an ever-increasing number of people. Participants quickly catch on to the benefits they can derive from simply setting aside a portion of the day to relax and enjoy themselves. After only an hour you could leave feeling better, moving more freely, and sensing a deeper energetic connection within. It just may be the best morning investment since the cup of coffee.

Bill Buckley was a strong advocate of these benefits when he opened Gateway Taiji, Qigong and Yoga back in October of 2012. Buckley set out to provide his clientele with a warm and inviting judgment-free atmosphere – and he has delivered. Gateway’s large and sunlit studio, and unusual array of classes encourage people of all ages and skillsets to express themselves freely while exploring something new – or familiar.

Brixham Montessori Friends School Makes Eco-Friendly Improvements

By Mary | Feb 14, 2014 | in

YORK -- It’s quite unusual to find a school as unique in curriculum as it is in sustainability. The Brixham Montessori Friends School teaches a greener way of living to its youth in addition to offering all students an exploratory learning experience.

In 2001, the Brixham Montessori Friends School was founded in York, Maine, as a result of Alica Johnson-Grafe’s innovative idea to transform the Grange Hall. With the assistance of parents in the local community, Grafe successfully started a preschool and elementary school staffed with 18 teachers. The mission of BMFS is to provide children with the special attention they need to thrive. Students are able to express themselves freely and equally rather than having a forced curriculum typical of structured school settings. Brixham Montessori is designed to make kids feel at home while they learn enriching material in the areas of math, art, music and foreign languages.

Save the Date! Wild & Scenic Film Festival coming to Portsmouth

By Madelaine | Feb 13, 2014 | in

ReVision Energy is the lead sponsor in bringing the largest environmental film festival in North America to Portsmouth this spring! The Wild & Scenic Film Festival will be held at The Music Hall Historic Theater on April 25th.

The festival will consist of a collection of short films that speak to the environmental concerns and celebrations of our planet. This year the festival’s theme is “emPOWERment,” it will have a special focus on the topic of energy. This theme also refers to the positivity and inspiration that the festival embodies and promotes.

Every year filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, and social innovators from all around the nation are drawn to this festival. It combines high quality cinematography, story-telling, and exquisite filmmaking to ignite inspiration and enthusiasm in the audience. The films will expose shots from beautiful, remote areas of our planet that the audience has never seen before. It will introduce them to rare magnificent animals, and social activists who are working to protect these exotic environments.

Attending this event is an incredible opportunity to learn more about environmental justice, energy concerns, adventure, wildlife and more. These eye-opening films can instill a great sense of wonder and appreciation for our natural world.

I Heart Estuaries

By Mary | Feb 12, 2014 | in

In honor of Valentine’s Day this upcoming Friday, Great Bay Stewards, a Green Alliance business partner, is hosting a campaign to raise money for local estuaries. The Board of Trustees at GBS would appreciate your help with their “I Heart Estuaries” campaign which will call upon Congress to give back to estuaries instead of cutting federal funding. Great Bay Stewards is hoping that the “I Heart Estuaries” proposal will stop the government from cutting funds for the National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERR). Great Bay Stewards and Green Alliance urge you to contribute to this great cause which will not only save wildlife, but prevent the destruction of estuaries. Help us “keep the door open” for further research that will in turn benefit the estuaries of our future. Here’s what you need to do:

First, send three emails using this template letter, to tell your local congressmen:

Vital Essential's Raw Food Seminar

By Mary | Feb 12, 2014 | in

Have you tried adapting a new, healthy life style for 2014? Did you forget about your dog’s health or the well-being of your cat? Don’t overlook the healthy food options available to your household pet. Give your dog or cat the natural fuel it needs to play all day long. Green Alliance business partner The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is hosting an event on raw pet food alternatives next month.

If you’re curious about feeding your furry friend a raw food diet make sure to attend the Vital Essential’s seminar on March 4 or March 5. The first presentation on raw food diets will take place at the Natural Dog and Holistic Cat’s newest location in Newburyport, Mass on March 4. The same seminar will be presented at their Portsmouth location the very next day. Both presentations will last from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Riverworks Eco-Fabric Printing

By Mary | Feb 12, 2014 | in

GREENLAND, N.H -- Riverworks Printing is an eco-friendly production studio that uses biodegradable Photo Tex posters and stream-lined procedures. It transforms the average photograph into a life-like masterpiece. The images have a sticky adhesive backing which allows buyers to reapply the posters onto the walls of their house or office as many times as they’d like.

Together founder Jeff Cutter and Print Manager Danis Chamberlin have greatly impacted the format print industry with their green thumbs. Riverworks began its journey with the idea that individual passions, like Cutter’s own for fly-fishing, should be displayed and stored in photo form. Wall Shotz were the original frame-able works of art that resulted. The environmentally friendly fabric was designed to reflect the hobbies of customers in a clear, eye-catching manner.

Enjoy a Romantic Valentines Dinner at 900 Degrees

By Madelaine | Feb 11, 2014 | in

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria is offering a special dining experience for Valentines Day! Their will be a prix fixe menu with special dishes that are not available on its regular menu. The dining rooms will be decorated with candles and other accents to create a romantic atmosphere. The dinner will consist of three courses; your choice of appetizer, entrée, and dessert, for only $35 per person. You can also add a bottle of wine from a select menu for $15.

It is currently taking reservations for the Valentines menu only. Some tables will still be held for walk-ins and the regular menu will also be available.

Its Manchester and Epping locations are offering different specialized menus. Some of their courses include a lobster bisque, pan-seared halibut with potato au gratin, stuffed haddock with crabmeat, warm bread pudding, and decedent chocolate cake.

Local Geothermal and Solar Companies Collaborate for Super-Efficient Homes

By Sam | Feb 11, 2014 | in

Geothermal HVAC energy systems are increasingly breaking into the home construction mainstream. According to a Wall Street Journal article published in 2013, net-zero homes are on the rise, and some building companies are even making geothermal systems a staple of their building practices. Two New England businesses, Ultra Geothermal and ReVision Energy, are already successfully bringing that dream to the East Coast.

If you're an eco-conscious consumer or homeowner, a low- or no-carbon footprint home may be seen as a luxury investment, reserved for the wealthy. While it's true that a geothermal HVAC system is an investment up front, the eventual savings more than make up for it, while also increasing the value of your home. One thing that isn't widely known is that homeowners also don't have to completely replace their current HVAC system; Barrington N.H.'s Ultra Geothermal can meet you in the middle.

Think of it like a hybrid car. A hybrid will run on electricity or biofuel until the power needed to run the engine exceeds what the electric motor can handle. Ultra Geothermal can install a partial geothermal system alongside your Energy Star or other compatible furnace that functions the same way. If you don’t have a newer furnace, such as a forced hot water baseboard furnace, Ultra Geothermal can come up with a plan to integrate ducting into the home. And when it’s finished, you also end up with central A/C.

Poco's Bow Street Cantina - Comfortable Atmosphere with a Mexican Flare

By Patrick | Feb 10, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH -- Valentines Day is fast approaching. If you haven’t made plans yet, why not try something new?

Poco’s Bow Street Cantina in Portsmouth offers fine Mexican dining and an unbeatable atmosphere. Take in the beautiful view of the Piscatuqua River from the dining room while you enjoy a full menu of traditional Mexican classics made right. If you’re looking for a more intimate environment, head down stairs to the Cantina lounge and share drinks by the warmth of the fireplace.

For a limited time, Poco’s is offering a great deal. Spend $50 in a visit and receive a $10 gift card, redeemable at either Two Ceres or Poco’s. Spend $75 and receive a $15 gift card or spend $100 and receive a $25 gift card.

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