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Sign Up Today for 12th Annual NOFA Winter Conference

By Mary | Jan 29, 2014 | in

CONCORD — This Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 1 and 2, the Northeast Organic Farming Association of New Hampshire will celebrate its 12th Annual Winter Conference at Rundlett Middle School in Concord. Doors open at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and close at 6:30 p.m., but the fun continues afterwards with a Farmer Mixer at 15 Rumford St. in Concord from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Registration is open until the end of the day today, but walk-ins are also welcome.

NOFA is New Hampshire’s largest organic food and farming event. It’s a place where like-minded people can gather and learn how to create sustainable, healthy communities. The theme of this year’s conference is “We Are Farmers: Seeding a Common Soil,” since the demand for healthy, organic food is on clearly on the rise.

Several keynote speakers include authors Ben Hewitt and Gary Paul Nabhan and organic-farmer Jack Lazor. Congresswoman Ann McLane Kuster will also say a few words about her efforts to protect New Hampshire’s farms and organic food programs.

Simply Green and Lamprey Energy Join Forces

By Mary | Jan 29, 2014 | in

Simply Green Biofuels previously of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Lamprey Energy of North Hampton, New Hampshire, today announced their newly-formed partnership. “Our customers have been asking us for 24-hour service and propane gas, and we didn’t have the experience or background to provide either,” said Joel Bobbett, CEO of Simply Green. “By partnering with Lamprey Energy, we can provide both those things and more.”

Guy Marshall, President and Owner of Lamprey Energy said, “We offer heating oil and propane as well as energy consulting, service, repairs, and installations for heating, hotwater, and air conditioning. We also work hard to ensure our customers get the most energy-efficient, progressive solutions available. Our partnership with Simply Green enables us to offer all that and the best bio-heat and bio-diesel in the region.” 

Green Businesses in the Building Trades

By Mary | Jan 29, 2014 | in

 

Join the Green Alliance to receive 25% off a design and build contract with Little Green Homes

Compelling Stories About Business Partners His Legacy, Cavan to Bid GA Farewell

By Herb | Jan 29, 2014 | in

PORTSMOUTH — Jim Cavan, wordsmith extraordinaire, the Green Alliance’s outgoing director of communications, started a story titled “Pest Control, Naturally” this way:

“Chances are we’ve all had the experience: It’s the first truly warm day of the year — early April, let’s say — and you’ve just gotten back from an unseasonably balmy walk in the woods. You come through the front door, take off your shoes, head to the kitchen to start preparing the night’s dinner, and happen from the corner of your eye upon a trail of slowly moving black specks on the counter.

“Carpenter ants. Dozens of them — and that’s just in plain view. Here in New England, ant infestation constitutes one of the most common pest problems, affecting some tens of thousands of households in New Hampshire alone and causing millions of dollars of damage nationwide.

“Enter Tom Pray, founder of the Eliot-based Ecotech Pest Control and a degreed entomologist with over 25 years of experience in the field. Settling on the trade as much for the science as sheer insect fascination, Pray launched Ecotech in 2000 with the aim of helping homeowner’s beat back pest problems not through hard-hitting chemicals, but rather by managing the environment responsible for fostering that very infestation.”

The story, written to promote Green Alliance Business Partner Ecotech Pest Control, appeared during spring and early summer 2013 in several media outlets, including the Exeter and Portsmouth Patch local-news Web sites; The Green Energy Times; Foster’s Daily Democrat; and Coastal Home Magazine.

Pray was pleased, to say the least, not only because Cavan wrote a story good enough to be published in several media outlets, but also because of the time of year when Cavan reached out to him, representing a conspicuously diligent, professional, and nuanced manner by which to serve a Business Partner.

Sustainable Homes By Eco Sound Builders

By Mary | Jan 28, 2014 | in

Eco Sound Builders, LLC is a Green Alliance business partner passionate about creating energy efficient buildings and homes. It was built from the ground up by father and son duo, Roger and Ethan Korpi. In 2008, after their first full year in business, the Korpis decided to extend their cliental all the way from the Lakes and White Mountain Region to the Seacoast of New Hampshire and Maine. Peter Robie, the third partner of Eco Sound oversees the newest, most Southern branch on the Seacoast.

12th Annual Seacoast Home & Garden Show Comes to Durham

By Mary | Jan 28, 2014 | in

The 12th Annual Seacoast Home and Garden Show is coming to the UNH Whittemore Center on March 29 and 30. Hundreds of local vendors will showcase their latest products and services. This type of trade show is an extremely helpful marketing tool for any home-related business because of the large amount of attendees who will take part. This is an ideal place to come brainstorm ideas if you are in the process of remodeling your house, designing your kitchen, planting a beautiful garden or all of the above. Come shop for flowers, garden supplies and tools or just stop by to meet some of the area’s best culinary chefs. The show will include seminars to educate guests on home improvement. The Green Alliance will have a booth set up, so be sure to come find them! GA Business Partner Eco Firebox is one of the many other vendors who will also have a table at the show.

Chinburg Properties' Green Building Philosophy Proves Successful

By Mary | Jan 28, 2014 | in

Chinburg Properties, a Green Alliance Business Partner, is the largest builder of energy efficient homes on the Seacoast. Not only is it known for high quality property development, general contracting and innovative construction, but also for its excellent customer service. Chinburg Properties has been in business for more than 25 years, and continues to thrive thanks to its large network of relationships with New Hampshire’s best designers, architects and engineers.

What makes Chinburg Properties special is its green building strategies. Recycling run-down buildings is what it does best. In 2002, President Eric Chinburg started to incorporate Energy Star standards when he was developing houses. In 2011, he decided to make Energy Star standards mandatory for all new home constructions. Building “cluster communities,” a frequently used building style, features greener living spaces. Chinburg Properties also uses many eco-friendly technologies, including demand water heaters, solar hot water and geothermal heating and cooling.

Little Tree Education's Sustainability Report Card

By Madelaine | Jan 28, 2014 | in

Did you know that every business/organization in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? We want to be sure that everyone knows what each business has accomplished and what they are still working toward when it comes to green business practices. Check out Little Tree Education's Report Card below to see how they scored!

To read Little Tree Education's full Sustainability Evaluation, click here

Green Alliance members save $50 off their child's first month of tuition at Little Tree! To join the Green Alliance, click here

Tar Sands Exposed: UNH Student Environmental Action Coalition to Host Tour Stop

By Madelaine | Jan 28, 2014 | in

The UNH Student Environmental Action Coalition will be speaking about the current, highly controversial, tar sands issue that is affecting us locally and people internationally. In New England, the issue of tar sands is on the rise because of the looming possibility of the reversal of the Portland-Montreal pipeline with intentions to pump tar sands from Canada to Maine.

Canadian tar sands are currently the biggest tar sand threat to our environment. Tar sands are made up of heavy crude oil mixed with sand, bitumen, and clay. In order to extract the oil, enough natural gas must generate heat and steam to melt the oil out of the sand. Up to five barrels of water are required to obtain one barrel of oil. Tar sands oil produces three times the greenhouse gas emissions of conventionally produced oil.

This presentation will go more in depth about the nature of tar sands. Coalition members will speak about their personal experiences from travelling along the Portland-Montreal pipeline. They will expose the audience to the truth about how tar sands are threatening our ecosystems, cultural heritage, and health.

Award-winning photographer Garth Lenz will be sharing photographs that he has captured during the past several years of the destruction this issue has caused.

This will be a great opportunity to become aware of the current threats to our environment, and learn what you can do to help stop them. The event will take place at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in the MUB theatre at University of New Hampshire. 

To learn more about this event, click here.

When the Polar Vortex Pushes Seacoast Residents, Simply Green Pushes Back

By Patrick | Jan 27, 2014 | in

NORTH HAMPTON -- If you haven’t been outside recently, you are not to blame.. Winter, and more specifically, the “polar vortex” are upon us in impressive force. So when you finally complete that treacherous trek from your car up the front steps to the warm embrace sealed behind your front door -- take notice of how great it feels.

This winter, add to that feeling with the knowledge that the fuel you burn is much better for the environment -- and do so at a discount! North Hampton company Simply Green is one of the biggest names in the biofuels game.

As an original member in 2008, Simply Green helped in the foundation of the Green Alliance, which has since grown into a community of 115 green businesses. However, the family-owned and operated biofuels business has also had great success of its own since it began in 2007.

Among the worldwide list of “Hottest Companies in BioEnergy,” Simply Green was also commended by the governor of Maine, and was awarded “Environmental Hero of Maine” in 2008.

Compliment Your Valentine’s Day With Something Sweet

By Patrick | Jan 27, 2014 | in

STRATHAM — Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re looking to impress your date by showing up with a plate of delicious brownies or a tray of chocolate chip cookies, you might be in luck.

The Acorn School of Stratham is holding its 40th Annual Bake Sale and Raffle from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Feb. 14 inside of Citizen’s Bank on Water Street in Exeter. So whether you’re in the area or just a baked-goods enthusiast, stop by to claim your Valentine’s Day goodies, personalized heart cookies, and other traditional baked goods.

Remember that all proceeds will go directly to support the Becky Shepard Scholarship Fund. This fantastic scholarship makes it possible for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children to enjoy the vital experience of preschool and kindergarten. So be sure to swing by and purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win one of several prizes, including an incredible gift basket.

ENH Power Proving Energy Choice Can Be Sustainable

By Jim Cavan | Jan 27, 2014 | in

As Americans, we’ve adopted as gospel the freedom to “shop around” – to compare and contrast product prices and bona fides and make choices that appeal to conscience and wallet alike.

When it comes to electricity, however, the tendency is to assume that there simply is no alternative to whatever’s surging through our fridges and flat screens.

Electricity is electricity, the thinking goes. How can one option be better than any other?

Now, thanks to companies like ENH Power, New Hampshire residents are finally becoming privy to a mantra most never even considered: You have a choice.

A 2012 story published in Business NH magazine details the complex, often contentious history of energy deregulation in New Hampshire. For years, commercial and residential customers were limited to choosing from a handful of large-scale providers.

And while the wheels for reform were set in motion almost two decades ago, it was only in the past few years that a slew of small-scale competitors finally began to break through the public utility stranglehold.

According to the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission, as of the end of 2013, more than 98,000 residential customers of PSNH have elected to get their power from a third party supply company. With more than 54,000 customers, ENH Power is the largest of these providers,

“Most people are so busy, they simply don’t have time to sit down and try to study up on the ins and outs of the state’s energy landscape,” explains Julie Lapham, ENH’s New Hampshire Community Outreach Coordinator. “But once you sit them down and explain to them what happens when you choose ENH, they get it.”

Along with Electricity Maine and Provider Power Mass, ENH Power is part of the Provider Power family of companies. Their business model is different from many other supply companies.

Northwestern Mutual of Portsmouth seeks Associate Financial Representative

By Patrick | Jan 27, 2014 | in

Did you know the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We post information about job openings within the Green Alliance business partner community. Open the door to your green career today.

Northwestern Mutual of Portsmouth seeks an Associate Financial Representative. Don’t miss your opportunity to join the ranks of what was voted one of the “World’s Most Admired” life insurance companies by Fortune magazine’s annual survey in 2012. The position involves assistance in daily administrative support as well as client service support. To review the full list of qualifications and further responsibilities, click here. Contact Larry Russell with a cover letter and resume at larry.russell@nm.com.

Acorn Organic Salon Photo Tour

By Sam | Jan 27, 2014 | in

If you're walking through downtown Dover and wondering where Acorn Organic Salon went, the answer is: not far! Now located underneath Dover Natural Marketplace, Acorn is the perfect stop for a cut, wash, or color before grocery shopping or a bite to eat.

Organic food nourishes the body without pesticides and chemicals. Why wouldn't you want to give your hair the same love? Stocked with all natural and organic haircare products, Acorn can give you that brand new 'do you wanted without the unhealthy chemicals, so you can feel as good about what you put in your hair as what you put in your body.

Here's a quick virtual tour of Acorn Organic Salon's adorable new spot:

Click for the whole tour!