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Dover Cultivates Good (Green) Health

Aug 27, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By Kristyn Lak Miller

DOVER – It’s easy being green, and being healthy, in Dover, New Hampshire. About a dozen fitness companies are members of the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce; several restaurants in the city serve local, seasonal, organic fare; and wholesome events are commonplace, from road races and farmers’ markets to Apple Harvest Day.

But the city of Dover also appreciates its green spaces and the active lifestyles of its residents.

“Dover has a lot of open park space, indoor and outdoor pools, an indoor hockey arena, and other recreational activities for children and adults,” said Katie MacKinnon, Membership and Business Resource Manager for the Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce.

In addition, The Dover Community Trail and Cocheco River Walk encourage outdoor fun, and WalkDover.org is making Dover more walkable through signs showing the distance from that point to the next landmark.

“The majority of our clients are from Dover, and we’ve found that the Dover community is very health-conscious, with a big demand for what we’re doing,” said Jon Arnold, owner and CEO of Integrated Fitness of Dover LLC.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Green Alliance, Kittery Market Plan Families Celebration

Aug 24, 2015

Originally published in Fosters

By Katelyn Monroe

KITTERY - The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market come together to host a Green Families Celebration and Market, and a Green Beer Social afterwards on Sunday, August 23.

The Green Families Fest and Market from 10-2 will be a day of fun featuring the traditional farmers’ market vendors and new family friendly vendors and activities from the Green Alliance and surrounding community.

The event is focused on bringing together the local community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, face painting, a scavenger hunt, games and prizes for the kids. As its own weekly summer event, the Kittery Community Market is held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Kittery at Post Office Square. On August 23 the market will expand with the addition of sustainable vendors from theGreen Alliance, along with a post celebration meet-up at nearby Tributary Brewing Company.

Read the full story on Fosters Online.

Meet a Greet Alliance Business: Taste of the Seacoast Magazine

Aug 24, 2015

Originally Published in the Portsmouth Herald.

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Since successfully launching Taste of the Seacoast magazine in 2003, publisher Keith Lemerise has watched the publication grow from a once-a-year local menu guide found in hotels into a sophisticated bi-annual magazine with feature-length articles, extensive recipes, cooking tips and reviews.

Taste of the Seacoast is now the region’s go-to resource for diners, wine and craft beer enthusiasts, and foodies. Anchored by editors Lisë Stern and Jo Donoghue DeCenzo, it was important to Lemerise that the publication be committed to environmental stewardship and offset its carbon footprint. To achieve this, he uses Cummings Printing – a local, Forest Stewardship Council printer – to print each issue on recycled, post-consumer paper.

The magazine is also printed with eco-friendly soy-based ink, which degrades more completely than petroleum-based ink and is easier to remove during the process of paper recycling. In addition to its food and restaurant coverage, the magazine features green-related stories from across the industry. These stories cover restaurants and restaurateurs who have taken strides to ensure their business runs sustainably, from energy-efficient kitchen equipment, to on-site composting, recycling and working with local farmers.

Read the full story on the Portsmouth Herald online.

Green Homes Built on a Budget

Aug 19, 2015

Originally published on Patch.com

By Joshua Rosenson

GREENLAND - Little Green Homes is heading up construction of an all-electric house in Kittery, Maine for partners Ann Grinnell and Marge Pelletier. It is the fourth home Grinnell has had built, and it’s being done on a modest budget of $300,000 to $350,000. When complete, the sustainable project will be Grinnell and Pelletier’s retirement home.

Chris Redmond and his business partner, Jeff Stacy, started Little Green Homes, located in Greenland, in 2007. Redmond says that since the beginning each house his team builds is unique and budgets vary, so wise choices are key. For Grinnell and Pelletier, Redmond said the goal is a durable house for retirement, with low utility costs and great energy efficiency.

“You always have to make decisions on, what are the important things for this house,” Redmond said. “[What] they spent money on were really all the things that are going to help in that respect.”

Read the full story on Patch.com.

The Buzz: 5 Steps for a Bee-utiful Lawn

Aug 18, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online

By Kristyn Lak Miller

PORTSMOUTH – Honeybees are dropping like flies. According to Greenpeace, wild and domestic honeybees pollinate about 90 percent of the world’s nutrition, yet – despite their vital role in helping create much of the food we eat – the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports American honeybee keepers lost 42 percent of their colonies for 2014-2015, with losses of 34 percent for 2013-2014, 45 percent for 2012-2013, 28 percent for 2011-2012, and 36 percent for 2010-2011.

“Simply put, we need honeybees and we need to do something about their dramatic decline,” said Jason Lefebvre of Purely Organic Lawn Care, based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “The good news is that every one of us with a lawn can take a few simple steps to look after the pollinators. In turn, bee-friendly landscaping is inherently safer for our kids, our pets, and ourselves.”

Here are Purely Organic’s five steps for a bee-utiful lawn.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market to Host Families Celebration

Aug 17, 2015

Originally Published on Seacoast Online.

By Katelyn Monroe

The Green Alliance and Kittery Community Market come together to host the Green Families Celebration and Market, a day of fun featuring the traditional farmers market vendors and new family friendly vendors and activities. Discover the Green Families community on Sunday, August 23.

This year, the Kittery Community Market added new venders and sponsors. One new sponsor is the Green Alliance, a union of local and regional businesses that have sustainable initiatives at the core of their business model, and consumer members looking to shop with eco-friendly businesses.

The event is focused on bringing together the local community, especially families, as well as the regular market crowd with live music, face painting, a scavenger hunt, games and prizes for the kids. As its own weekly summer event, the Kittery Community Market is held Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in downtown Kittery at Post Office Square featuring local produce, foods, and crafts. On August 23 the market will expand with the addition of sustainable vendors from the Green Alliance, along with a post celebration meet-up at nearby Tributary Brewing Company.

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created with the goal to inspire younger generations to care about sustainability and value the environment. Its formation was a natural response of research and trends found by the Green Alliance about members.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Renewable Energy Policies Had a Tough Year in the New Hampshire House and Senate

Aug 12, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By Craig Robert Brown

A series of amended bills that would repeal the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) and the Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), statute RSA 362-F, went before the New Hampshire House and Senate earlier this year. In July, the bill was vetoed leaving the funding programs virtually unchanged. While this may be good news to some, the life of the bill and the discussion it raised amongst politicians, business owners and New Hampshire residents could have far reaching effects into the future.

Back in February, the Republican led committee voted to amend HB-208 presented by State Rep. Richard Barry, R-Merrimack, who originally brought the same concept to the table in 2011 and again in 2012. The amendment was designed to keep New Hampshire in RGGI, but would rebate all RGGI auction proceeds to ratepayers instead of using part of the rebates, as it currently does, to invest in low-income and municipal energy efficiency projects.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Are Your Dogs Ticked Off? Natural Repellents May Be the Answer

Aug 11, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By Rich Collins

PORTSMOUTH – New England is graced with somewhat unusual climate conditions – harsh winters often followed by beautiful, somewhat dry spring. But with these weather patterns come an onslaught of biting insects – ticks in particular – that target pets and their owners across the East. It’s well known that ticks carry Lyme and other types of debilitating diseases, as they lie in wait on tall grasses readying themselves to hitch a ride on cats and dogs. Pet owners often have their dogs and cats vaccinated against ticks; however, the nightmarish insects can still travel into our homes via pets and feed on humans.

So what can homeowners do to protect their dogs and cats, as well as themselves? The first solution is to avoid grassy or wooded areas entirely. But during the summer months, it’s not feasible to avoid the outdoors throughout the seacoast and the Great Bay (a known tick hotbed) area.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

A Portsmouth Maritime Favorite Gets A Green Make-over

Aug 4, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

During the summer season, the M/V Thomas Laighton is a common sight plying the waters in and around Portsmouth harbor. This bright white, 340-passenger vessel celebrates the natural beauty of the New Hampshire seacoast; so it’s only fitting that it took a green approach to its recent renovations.

“The first eco-element of the renovation was the demolition of the vessel interior,” says Captain Jeremy Bell, co-owner of the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, which runs the M/V Thomas Laighton. “We were able to recycle, reuse, or donate about 50 percent of all the demolition materials, including several hundred pounds of steel from the old railing.”

For the renovation itself, all interior lighting was replaced with high-efficiency LEDs that use less mercury and lead than traditional lighting. The new interior carpet is made from recycled content and, along with the new ceiling tiles and ceiling grid, is recyclable. Additionally, when planning the renovations, Bell thought long-term about the ship’s sustainability.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Local Golf Course Engages in Groundbreaking Stormwater Management Lessening Environmental Impact To Great Bay

Aug 4, 2015

Originally published in Seacoast Online.

By Rich Collins

A joint conservation effort between Sagamore-Hampton Golf, the NH Department of Environmental Services, and UNH has put one NH golf company at the forefront of conservation of Great Bay.

Though it appears at times as no more than a mere trickle of water, Cornelius Brook is a small stream that flows quietly through the Sagamore-Hampton Golf course. Its significance lies in the fact that its ultimate destination is New Hampshire’s Great Bay, which has been succumbing to pollution pressures in recent times. The Great Bay is one of the most important estuaries in the country, and named as one of 28 US EPA, Estuaries of National Significance.

Cornelius Brook is perhaps no more important than any of the numerous tributaries that feed into the Bay, but thanks to a new joint project that is underway, the water that flows into the Brook will be that much cleaner and free of dangerous fertilizers as it enters the larger Winnicut River on its way toward Great Bay and ultimately the Atlantic ocean.

Read the full story in Seacoast Online.