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Net Zero Potential Becomes Reality in Rye

Sep 19, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

RYE – “Green is good for all” is one of the practicing mantras at Futuro Builders. And in the case of a nearly-completed residential project in Rye, founder Jesse Ware and his company are truly practicing what they preach.

The net-zero home nearing completion in Rye Harbor may not be the first of its kind but Ware believes it will raise the bar for imaginative, cutting-edge sustainability design in the region.

Futuro Builders' net zero home build in Rye is projected to eliminate the homeowners energy bills.
When completed, the owners of this 2,400 square-foot home will not have a heating or electricity bill and are expected to actually generate energy credits. Due to a custom designed solar racking panel array, SIGA tapes to air seal the slab vapor barrier, and state-of-the-art Intus Windows that allow for superior insulation without sacrificing quality air ventilation, Ware said the home is an example of seamlessly merging smart sustainability and economics.

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A Worthy Conversion with NH company Leading the Charge

Sep 18, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch

NEWMARKET - What does the Mount Washington Auto Road have in common with a school transportation company in Brentwood? Both organizations are either planning to convert or have converted vehicles to run on Autogas, or propane fuel. It’s an energy efficient and cleaner-burning trend that is taking place all over the country, including right here at home in NH.

Proulx Oil and Propane in Newmarket is the driving force behind the slow but steady growth of Autogas in the region. Company president Jim Proulx has become an Autogas evangelist in part because he tested out a conversion on his personal vehicle and has converted almost 75 percent of his company’s service fleet. He believes “the numbers don’t lie” that Autogas makes sound business sense as a reliable alternative fuel.

Isles of Shoals Steamship Company Sponsors Gosport Regatta, Wraps Seasonal Walking Tours

Sep 16, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online and Portsmouth Patch

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is proud to offer cruises for spectators to view the GoSport Regatta on Saturday, September 20. The infamous M/V Thomas Leighton will be leaving from Portsmouth at 10:25 a.m. and will bring spectators to Star Island to witness this epic race. Spectators will also have the unique opportunity to stay overnight on Star Island, and return the following day on the Isles of Shoals’ final walking tour of Star Island this season.

The September 21 walking tour will include a special brunch accompanied by live jazz music and is open to those who opt to stay overnight on Star Island following the regatta, as well as anyone leaving from Portsmouth that morning. The cruise departs at 9:55 a.m. from Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s headquarters on Market Street in Portsmouth. The expertly narrated walking tour dives into the history of the island, including the charting of the Isles in 1614 by Captain John Smith. 

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Meet a Green Alliance Business

Sep 16, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Herald 

Who: Simply Green Biofuels

What: Since 2007, Simply Biofuels has grown to become one of the Seacoast's top, green-feuling companies, offering locally harnessed, 100 percent waste vegetable Bioheat as alternative to standard No. 2 home heating oil and petroleum diesel. Not only do the company's biofuels help reduce carbon dioxide emissions and other pollutants; they're also biodegradable and nontoxic. A typical household using Bioheat can reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by close to 15 percent and particulates pollution by 20 percent- emitting 3,200 pounds less carbon dioxide annually.

Where: 63 Atlantic Ave., North Hampton

Web: www.simplygreenbiofuels.com

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Brewery to Unveil Charging Station

Sep 16, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Herald

Redhook Brewery, Public Service of New Hampshire and the Green Alliance will unveil the Seacoast's newest publicly available electric vehicle charging station at the brewery on Tuesday, Sept. 16. Redhook, in partnership with PSNH, installed the charging station, which is free to use, at the Pease Internatinal Tradeport brewery. Redhook also purchased renewable energy credits to offset the electricity used by the station as well as the rest of the facility. Tuesday's plug-in celebration, made possible with the help of the Green Alliance, will feature electric vehicles and an electric motorcycle as well as a check presentation to Redhook by PSNH

To see the full press release, pick up a copy of today's Herald.  

Proulx Fuels Change in Transportation

Sep 16, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

What does the Mount Washington Auto Road have in common with a school transportation company in Brentwood?

Both are either planning to convert or have converted vehicles to run on autogas, or propane fuel. It's an energy-efficient and cleaner-burning trend taking place all over the country, including in New Hampshire.

Proulx Oil and Propane in Newmarket is the driving force behind the slow but steady growth of autogas in the region. Company President Jim Proulx has become an autogas evangelist in part because he tested out a conversion on his personal vehicle and has converted almost 75 percent of his company's service fleet. He believes "the numbers don't lie" and that autogas makes sound business sense as a reliable alternative fuel.

"The market is still evolving and it's my job to educate people and get the word out about the economic benefits of autogas conversions," said Proulx, who recently spoke to the Raymond Rotary Club. "It has made financial sense for us to do it (conversions) to the point of replacing diesel vehicles before the end of their useful life with autogas platforms to take advantage of the economic benefits as soon as possible."

Garrett Scholes of Provider Bus Co. in Brentwood, which provides transportation for special needs students for school districts throughout southern New Hampshire, said Provider has begun a nine-vehicle pilot program after conversions earlier this year. The 14-passenger yellow buses will serve the Londonderry School District, which approved the conversions as part of its contract with Provider.

Scholes had a chance meeting with Proulx at an alternative fuel conference in Massachusetts in early 2013. Scholes began doing extensive research to determine if conversion was the right financial move for his company. He estimates Provider will save $1.50 to $2 a gallon for vehicles using autogas.

Read the full story on Seacost Online

Purely Organic Ahead of Lawn Care Curve

Sep 16, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

PORTSMOUTH — Purely Organic Lawn Care was started in 2003, when owner Jay Palladino made an unfortunate connection between his golden retriever getting sick and the newly applied fertilizer on the lawn at his Kensington home.

"I was an early investor in the organic fertilizer company Cockadoodle Doo but hadn't thought much about the chemicals on my lawn until my 6-week-old puppy passed out on the kitchen floor," Palladino said.While organic lawn care clicked as a business model, Palladino admits he was in unchartered territory. "I knew nothing about using organics and growing grass," he said.

Palladino said early challenges for his small company were due to a marketplace unprepared for Purely Organic's brand and not fully ready to embrace sustainability."We were ahead of our time," he said. "Most people preferred using chemicals and didn't give much thought to what it was doing to the water supply or the health of their family."

Consumer awareness about chemicals on lawns has changed dramatically in the past few years. Palladino said the shift has led to major growth in residential and commercial demand for safer and greener lawn care.

Read the full story at Seacost Online

 

Environmental Recycling Event Opens to Residents of 10 New Hampshire Communities

Sep 10, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online

Need to make room for the new iPhone 6? Each year there’s a new electronic device we’re itching to buy, whether its a smartphone, TV, tablet or computer, we’re inundated with messages telling us to upgrade. So what happens when we do upgrade? Where does an old iPhone or laptop end up? Some consumers wipe the memory from their devices and donate their old equipment to charities that refurbish the technology. But sadly, many people throw their electronics out with the household trash, which can lead to both environmental and personal data issues.

On September 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, MetalWave, Inc. will support a large-scale recycling event located at the Brentwood Highway Shed on Middle Rd (Rte 111A) neighboring the Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Items to bring include any end-of-life IT products, from laptops, servers and PCs, to keyboards, mice, printers, hand-held electronics such as smart-phones, tablets, PDAs and household items like telephones and televisions. The event is open to New Hampshire residents living within the Southeast Regional Refuse Disposal District including; Brentwood, Fremont, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, New Castle, North Hampton, Rye, Sandown and South Hampton. Due to the popularity of the event, residents from outside these areas might risk being turned away.

Located in Amesbury, Mass., MetalWave offers recycling services and Solid State Drive (SSD) Data Sanitation Solutions, leaving consumers of electronic equipment feeling safe and secure in knowing that their information, and waste, is not sitting in a landfill.

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch or Seacoast Online

NH Company Helps Others A Make Worthy Conversion

Sep 10, 2014

Published in Business NH Magazine

By Michael Mccord

What does the Mount Washington Auto Road have in common with a school transportation company in Brentwood? Both organizations are either planning to convert or have converted vehicles to run on autogas, or propane fuel. It’s an energy efficient and cleaner-burning trend that is taking place all over the country, including right here at home in NH.

Proulx Oil and Propane in Newmarket is the driving force behind the slow but steady growth of autogas in the region. Company president Jim Proulx has become an autogas evangelist in part because he tested out a conversion on his personal vehicle and has converted almost 75 percent of his company’s service fleet. He believes “the numbers don’t lie” that autogas makes sound business sense as a reliable alternative fuel.

“The market is still evolving and it’s my job to educate people and get the word out about the economic benefits of Autogas conversions,” said Proulx who recently spoke to the Raymond Rotary Club. “It has made financial sense for us to do it (conversions) to the point of replacing diesel vehicles before the end of their useful life with autogas platforms to take advantage of the economic benefits as soon as possible.”

Garrett Scholes of Provider Bus Company in Brentwood, which provides transportation for special needs students for school districts throughout Southern New Hampshire, said Provider has begun a nine-vehicle pilot program after conversions earlier this year. The 14-passenger yellow buses will serve the Londonderry School District, which approved the conversions as part of its contract with Provider.

Read the full story on Business NH Magazine

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England

Sep 8, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald.

Who: Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England

What: The Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CCNNE), a franchise of its parent company, is leading the way in sustainable practices for a large-scale manufacturing and distribution facility. Based in Londonderry, CCNNE works to reduce their carbon footprint in the creation and delivery of their products. The plant boasts a 93 percent recycling diversion rate and in 2013 sold over 12 million pounds of recycled commodities, working closely with Hampton, New Hampshire's Foss Manufacturing to process its recycled bottles and turn them into usable material. Its unique Energy Management Systems installed in the company's coolers and used in stores and restaurants, reduces clients' energy use by 35 percent. The company also invests in the community, such as sponsoring a full recycling station at the Special Olympics and spreading awareness about the impact recycling has both locally and globally.

Where: 1 Executive Park Drive, Suite 330 Bedford, N.H. 03110

Web: www.ccnne.com