Published on the Patch news Web sites in Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton-No.Hampton and Salem.
BY HEIKKI (HERB) PERRY
Green Alliance Staff Writer
Well-known are the start-up problems with Obamacare — aka the Affordable Care Act. However, government officials are telling us that once the initial bugs in the system were solved, people seeking affordable comprehensive health-care coverage would be able to find it.
But is that really the case in New Hampshire and Maine? For a naturopathic doctor in New Hampshire that has not been true. And for a Maine chiropractor, it’s too early to tell.
People who do not have health insurance, are looking to change insurance policies or do not have access to coverage through their employer can sign up for health insurance during open enrollment until March 31. Federally funded subsidies to help people pay for the cost of their insurance are also still available, according to a joint press release by Covering New Hampshire, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s office, the N.H. Dept. of Insurance, and Anthem Insurance.
Published in New Hampshire Business Review
By Michael McCord
Co-founder of the Green Alliance, Kellar is no stranger to innovative green ventures
‘The key to supporting a growing infrastructure and distributed solar generation across the state is to use the grid at a local level,’ says Andrew Kellar, founder of NhSolarGarden. ‘We don’t need a large $10 million project to kickstart widespread development.’
PHOTO BY GINGER KELLAR
When it comes to spreading solar power generation in New Hampshire, green entrepreneur Andrew Kellar believes that waiting for solutions from government or large corporations won't work.
For the past two years, he has formulated an ambitious and potentially game-changing plan to create Stratham-based NhSolarGarden, which has a goal of making solar energy plentiful in the state by going small, one community at a time.
The plan involves a decentralized and entrepreneurial approach that taps into grassroots support by connecting small to medium-sized solar installations on farms, other property and suitable rooftops throughout the state to members who sign up for service and get a twice-yearly rebate – while paying nothing extra for solar energy.
Using the little-known group metering law passed by the New Hampshire Legislature in 2013, Kellar believes NhSolarGarden will have a dramatic multiplier impact on local economies while bolstering greater land conservation and local agriculture.
“The key to supporting a growing infrastructure and distributed solar generation across the state is to use the grid at a local level,” Kellar says. “We don’t need a large $10 million project to kickstart widespread development.”
To read the full story from NHBR, click here.
Published in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online
Zev Yoga, Portsmouth, Dover and Exeter
What: Owner and instructor Jonas Amberger has been practicing yoga since 1993 and opened Zev Yoga in 2006. Amberger has been teaching the ancient traditions of Ashtanga yoga — a method that involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures — to Seacoast residents for more than 10 years. Ashtanga detoxifies muscles and organs, resulting in improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.
Where: 16 Market Square in Portsmouth; 175 Water St. in Exeter; 1 Webb Place in Dover.
What makes them green:
Emphasizes a traditionally rooted, holistically minded approach to yoga that promotes overall health — the "sustainability" of the individual.
Uses studio as community space, offering it for gatherings, educational events, workshops and fund-raisers.
Uses and promotes eco-friendly yoga mats and uses all natural cleaners in the studios.
To read the full article on Seacoast Online, click here.
Published on Seacoastonline Blogs
BY MARY DEMPSEY
Green Alliance Staff Writer
PORTSMOUTH — Are you passionate about protecting the environment and marine wildlife? Blue Ocean Society presents the perfect opportunity for you to show just how much you care.
The Blue Ocean Society is a Green Alliance Business Partner that recently got involved in an amazing opportunity to raise money for its organization. Patagonia and Moosejaw are offering a challenge on Crowdrise.com, a Web site through which people can donate money, for charities to compete in raising funds. The organization that raises the most funds by noon on March 13 will receive an additional contribution courtesy of Patagonia. The winner with the most donations on Crowdrise will receive a $5,000 donation. Second and third place charities will also get a monetary reward.
Jen Kennedy, BOS executive director and co-founder, was delighted to be a part of the challenge. “We were so excited when Crowdrise contacted us to let us know we were one of the selected charities it picked to participate in the challenge.”
Published in Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online
By Madelaine Swymer
“There is confusion about energy supply choices, a lot of headlines about energy markets in the news, and people are wondering if they should switch to a competitive supplier. The answer is that switching makes a lot of sense for many consumers.”
— Christophe Courchesne, Conservation Law Foundation
RYE — Christophe Courchesne of Conservation Law Foundation and Julie Lapham of ENH Power will be making a presentation, “The Power to Choose: Your Options for Electricity” on Thursday March 6th at the Rye Public Library, starting at 6:45 p.m. Sponsored by the Rye Energy Committee, the presentation will aim to help attendees make choices about their energy use and suppliers with information regarding how they can save money and take advantage of new, cleaner options.
Courchesne is an attorney at Conservation Law Foundation. CLF has been working to protect New England’s environment since 1966, using law, science, policymaking and the business market to create innovative solutions to our region’s most pressing environmental challenges.
Published in Portsmouth Patch
By Madelaine Swymer
PORTSMOUTH — Coalescing grace of human form with beauty in craftsmanship and expression, two local concerns are synergizing their respective strengths to feature local artistry.
The Drift Gallery now has exhibition space at Zev Yoga.
The idea seemed a suitable fit for both organizations’ principals. A few months ago, Jonas Zev Amberger, owner and teacher of Zev Yoga, contacted Ali Goodwin, the director and curator of Drift Gallery in Portsmouth, with an idea to collaborate. Jonas Zev and his wife Amylyn wanted to take further advantage of Zev’s beautiful studio space. It seemed fitting as the studio in a past life was once an Art Gallery. The partnership brings a new installment each month to Zev’s studio space. Public artist receptions will coincide with Portsmouth’s First Friday Art ‘Round Town gallery walk.
The Drift Gallery, an internationally recognized contemporary art gallery, exhibits artwork from various mediums such as painting, jewelry, photography, and sculpture. It also offers art classes and workshops and hosts public and private special events. Just last year the gallery moved from its Kittery location to the historic Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site in Portsmouth.
To read the complete story on Portsmouth Patch, click here.
NH Solar Garden, a Green Alliance Business Partner, was recently featured on New Hampshire Public Radio for its unique solar power techniques. NH Solar Garden combines the fields of electricity and power with farming and agriculture. Several other New Hampshire businesses and consumers have adapted the same method for distributing electricty. These businesses participate in "group net metering" which allows small groups of people to utilize solar pannels provided by the business. Companies are permitted to do this thanks to the new state law for "net-metering." New Hampshire locals can fill out a form to see if they qualify to receive electricity from NH Solar Garden's farm sites. The idea is that Seacoast residents will visit the NH Solar Garden local food garden and purchase electricity from them as well.
Published in The Portsmouth Patch and The Exeter Patch
BY PATRICK MARTIN
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 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. He set out to provide his clientele with a warm and inviting judgment-free atmosphere – and he delivered. Gateway houses two large sunlit studios and an unusual array of classes that encourage people of all ages and skill sets to express themselves freely while exploring something new – or familiar.
Published in High Profile
By Sam Ueda
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.
To read the full story on High Profile, click here.
Published in The New Hampshire, Portsmouth Patch, and Exeter Patch on February 28th.
Green Cocoon offers eco-friendly and energy efficient insulation products for clients around New England. Launched in 2007, Green Cocoon found a niche in an industry not known for being kind to the environment. By offering innovative insulators such as soy-based spray foam, cellulose and denim, Green Cocoon has gained a loyal following. Their high-performance products offer supreme moisture protection, are long-lasting and have been proven to be safe for people, animals and the environment.
General Manager Candace Lord, 29, started work with Green Cocoon in 2011. Lord is passionate about the work her company does. “I love that we can help people and the environment,” Lord said. “Our products save our clients money by reducing their heating costs, which softens their impact on the planet. It’s a win-win for everyone.”
Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job?
Candace Lord (CL): I love meeting people and building relationships with our clients. I also like that every day is so different. I get bored quickly, but luckily my job keeps me on my toes. On any given day, I could be doing accounting in my office, pitching our product over the phone or networking at mixers. I do 50 different things all the time, and I cherish that.