This article was written by Brian Early and first appeared in Seacoast Online on Sunday, January 3rd
PORTSMOUTH – The Seacoast’s environmental sustainability marketing firm, Green Alliance, has changed ownership as ofthe first of the year and is no longer led by founder Sarah Brown.
After six years of building a clientele of businesses and helping environmentally minded consumers connect to those businesses, Brown sold the company to Mike Bellamente and three other partners who hope to expand the brand of Green Alliance beyond the bounds of the Seacoast. Brown will remain a consultant to the business for the next six months to assist with the transition.
For Brown, leaving was based on two main reasons. One was family. She wants to spend more time with her three daughters who range in age from 12 to 16 before they finish high school and leave home. The other was that she started losing the drive that brought her to work every day. It starting becoming more of a job than a passion.
“It was time for me to move on,” she said. “I don’t just want to punch a clock.”
She knows other small business owners who continue to work for a business they are no longer passionate about, and she didn’t want to join their ranks.
Sarah Brown, Director of the Green Alliance recently completed her second story on the rising popularity of the 'Christmas Goose' for National Geographic's 'The Plate'.
A hundred years ago, a golden-browned goose was a familiar delicacy on December 25th. Scrooge thought it essential to add to poor Bob Cratchet’s table in A Christmas Carol, and a goose who lays golden eggs was a prize in the Jack In the Beanstalk story. But good luck finding one at your average American supermarket today.
The Christmas goose actually traces its roots back to the medieval European feast of Martinmas. St. Martin was revered in Roman times as a spiritual leader and patron of children and the poor. As legend goes, one evening, having learned of his consecration as Bishop, he hid in a barn to avoid what he saw as a title above his humble station, only to be revealed by the loud squawking of geese. Their punishment? Feast fare for centuries to come. But as farming life waned, so did the goose—an animal that requires a long maturation time, much grazing area and time and effort to cook. One New Hampshire farmer is working to bring them back.
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Originally published in the New Hampshire Business Review
The terms sustainability and golf don’t easily mix well. Golf courses have been known for decades for their excessive use of water and pesticides to create pristine green playing conditions. But Richard Luff, the president and co-owner of Sagamore Hampton Golf Club in North Hampton, is part of a family tradition stretching back to the late 1920s that set itself part – so much so that Luff co-authored book on using ecologically sound methods pioneered by his father Peter.
Sarah Brown, Director of the Green Alliance recently completed a story on climate change and its impact on the maple syrup industry in the Northeast for National Geographic's 'The Plate'. Check out the full story on 'The Plate'.
The polar bear is a powerful symbol of the effects of climate change in the Arctic. Here in New England, our symbol may soon be the sugar maple tree. Tapped for syrup for centuries and famous for its fall foliage, the sugar maple is stressed to the point of decline and many scientists studying this beloved tree believe rising temperatures are the cause.
Maple syrup’s use as a food was first recorded in the early 1600s, when French writer Marc Lescarbot noted that Native American tribes “get juice from the trees and distill it down into a very sweet and agreeable liquid.” The syrup lore goes like this: A chief threw a tomahawk at a tree and noticed the rich syrup dripping from it. His wife cooked that evening’s venison in the sweet syrup, and the rest is history.
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Originally Published on Patch.com and Seacoast Online
By Kristyn Lak Miller
NEWMARKET – “For many years, people built their homes on two or more acre lots,” says Steve Fournier, Newmarket Town Manager. “People wanted privacy and green space around them. The problem is that, by doing so, people did not know their neighbors. Rockingham Green creates the neighborhood atmosphere again.”
A few miles from downtown Newmarket, adjacent to Rockingham Country Club, Rockingham Green is a lifestyle community designed and built by Chinburg Properties, the 30-year-old development and construction firm based in Newmarket.
Set on 25 acres, with 40 acres of conservation land, this expansive space might have become a Wal-Mart if the town hadn’t stepped in. “We wanted to preserve our natural resources and wetlands,” says Diane Hardy, Newmarket Town Planner. “We asked Chinburg if they’d be interested in working on a community. Thankfully, the answer was ‘yes’.”
Comprised of 52 lots, none bigger than .47 acre, Rockingham Green’s custom homes are inspired by classic craftsman style; each, sized up to 2,300 square feet, is conceived in collaboration with project architect Wendy Welton of Art Form Architecture.
Originally published on Seacoast Online and Patch.com
By Michael McCord
Since its founding in 2008, Yankee Thermal Imaging has helped hundreds of residential and commercial clients reap maximum benefits from energy efficiency efforts. Recently the New England based company has been working on compiling hard numbers to quantify their financial and environmental effectiveness.
The numbers are in, and the carbon footprint reduction they have helped their customers achieve is impressive. “Collectively, we’ve saved our customers about 1.6 million pounds of CO2 emissions annually since we’ve been in business and counting,” said Cara Eisele, Yankee Thermal Imaging’s business development manager. “We started compiling the data about six months ago, and we are really excited to let our customers know the impact they are making.”
Eisele said the money savings for their customers who follow through with enhanced insulation upgrades and energy saving measures have also been significant. Depending on current fuel prices, she explained, “we estimate customers have saved on average $850 annually on their utility bills, some are higher, some lower.” Translated into a pollution saving metric, Yankee Thermal Imaging estimates the combined CO2 savings achieved is the equivalent of taking between 220 and 240 automobiles off of the road each year.
Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald and Foster's Daily Democrat.
By Michael McCord
EPPING – The award-winning 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria restaurants in Epping and Manchester have already gained recognition for consumer popularity and for its leadership in green business practices.
But owner Priscilla Lane-Rondeau said giving back to the community has been a core of the business she started in 2007 and the program of Raising Dough has been success that has benefited hundreds of large and small organizations.
“The main reason we started it is that it’s wonderful to connect with people who support 900 Degrees every day,” Lane-Rondeau said. “It’s one of the cool things about owning a restaurant, the ability to give back to the community on a whole new level.”
Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald
By Kristyn Lak Miller
“For many years, people built their homes on two or more acre lots,” said Town Manager Steve Fournier. “People wanted privacy and green space around them. The problem is that, by doing so, people did not know their neighbors. Rockingham Green creates the neighborhood atmosphere again.”
A few miles from Newmarket’s downtown and next to Rockingham Country Club, Rockingham Green is a lifestyle community designed and built by Chinburg Properties, the 30-year-old development and construction firm based in Newmarket.
Set on 25 acres, with 40 acres of conservation land, the land might have become a Walmart if the town hadn’t stepped in.
“We wanted to preserve our natural resources and wetlands,” said Newmarket Town Planner Diane Hardy. “We asked Chinburg if they’d be interested in working on a community. Thankfully, the answer was ‘yes.’”
Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald.
In an industry progressively moving toward chemical-free products, Minute Men Painters leads the charge in using environmentally friendly paints, varnishes and finishes. Co-owners Sean Sturk and Chris Tufts made the decision to switch when a co-worker started to lose his sense of smell after being exposed to the harsh chemicals in oil-based paints.For Sturk, it was an eye-opening experience and one he didn’t want to subject his customers to.
According to the EPA, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) can cause eye, nose and throat irritation, frequent headaches, nausea and can also damage the liver, kidney and the central nervous system. With little difference in cost to the homeowner, Minute Men Painters uses water-based, no or low-VOC paints as a default.
Read the full column on Seacoast Online.
Originally Published on Seacoast Online and Patch.com
By Craig Robert Brown
On a small lot in Rye Harbor, not far from the rocky shoreline and the swell of the sea, sits a recent residential project that pushes the boundaries of sustainable design. The 2,400 square-foot home is replete with energy efficient technology that reduces heating and electricity bills, generates home energy credits, is environmentally-friendly and looks good doing it, too.
But are net-zero homes the way of the future, or just another trend in home building?
It is true that sustainable additions and renovations, to homes both old and new, have recently become popular in design just as stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops came into vogue a few years ago. But these energy efficient technologies have been around for years, according to Jesse Ware, founder of Futuro Construction, the builder of the Rye Harbor home.
“The technologies have been around for a while but were not economically feasible until the last five to eight years,” said Ware.