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Meet a Green Alliance Business: EcoSound Builders

Jul 21, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

Who: EcoSound Builders LLC

What: Originally started by father-and-son team Roger and Ethan Korpi in 2007, EcoSound Builders specializes in Eco-concious home building and long-term durability. With the addition of green building specialist Peter Robie, the company soon stretched itself to become one of the foremost sustainability builders in both the Lakes Region and on the Seacoast. Utiliziing the latest in green resources, technology and waste-eliminating building methods, EcoSound has built sustainably throughout New Hampshire. From timber-framed barns, to residential homes, to office space retrofits, EcoSound specializes in using local materials, sourcing wood from FSC and SFI certified forests and using low to no VOC paints, stains and finishes. EcoSound also builds projects that are suited for environmental conditions, such as long winters and exposed building sites, and believes in the preservation of older buildings with high performance renovations.

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Ridgeview Construction Spreads its Roots in the Lakes Region

Jul 17, 2014

Published in the Citizen and on Patches (Portsmouth, Londonderry, Concord, Merrimack, Exeter, Hampton, N. Hampton, Salem, NH Patch sites)

By Craig Robert Brown

ASHLAND - Ridgeview Construction doesn't just build a home, they build a sustainable peace of mind. With projects throughout New Hampshire and New England, owner Shane Carter offers quantity without sacrificing quality.

The Deerfield-based company has done extensive work throughout the Lake's Region already with builds in Gilmanton, Wolfeboro and Ashland. But Ridgeview's next big project in the area is a build off Squam River Landing in Ashland.

"That's a great community and we're really proud to be a preferred builder on that project," said Carter.

All homes at Squam River Landing will be built Energy Star compliant and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and National Association of Home Builders Green eligible. Each home will feature appliances that conserve water and energy use. The homes are designed to be affordable as other, expensive lakefront builds, many secondary homes for wealthy buyers, have priced-out large portions of the local community.

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch, or on the Citizen

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Cultural Chemistry

Jul 15, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Harold and on Seacoast Online  

Who: Cultural Chemistry

What: For Cultural Chemistry it’s all about efficiency. Mirjam IJtsma, launched Cultural Chemistry in 2011 with the desire to help businesses run a more positive and dynamic work place. Part of Cultural Chemistry’s success depends on its sustainable in-office environment as well as passion for working to help the natural environment.

Originally from the Netherlands, where environmental responsibility is a crucial community pillar, IJtsma brings her country’s environmental concerns to the work place, educating both her employees and her clients on the value of executing a sustainable company culture. This includes not wasting resources, building green teams and integrating sustainability and responsible practices to make a company more successful, resourceful and more desirable to work for.

IJtsma’s unique services mimic what a traditional human resources department might be tasked with, but a fraction of the cost. The result is an affordable, unique, dynamic look into your company’s most complex inner workings, and the strategies and solutions that can help take it to the next level.

Where: 150 Dow St., Manchester, with satellite space in downtown Portsmouth.

Web: www.culturalchemistry.net

What makes us green:

  • Office includes geothermal system, efficient lighting and EnergyStar appliances.
  • Uses refillable office products like pens and tape dispensers to reduce waste.
  • Offers affordable human resources alternative helping businesses save money that can be spent on sustainable in-office efforts.
  • Online and electronic methods to transfer documents, eliminating paper waste.
  • Educates about environmental awareness in the office to grow productivity and efficiency.

All GA businesses are green certified. Read Cultural Chemistry’s full certification documents and learn more about tis sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 others businesses at www.greenalliance.biz
 

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Seacoast Energy and Aucella Heating & Cooling Showcase WoodMaster Boilers on July 19

Jul 15, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online and Patches (Portsmouth, Hampton, N. Hampton, Exeter, Merrimack, Nashua, Bedford, Salem, NH Patch sites)

By Magill Smith

BARRINGTON – Some might say we’re blessed to have seasons in New England. From the heat of the summer to the bitter cold of the winter, the region’s weather runs the gamut. But that doesn’t mean people have to suffer. Two seacoast area companies focused on energy alternatives are coming together to present the newest, cleanest heating technology to get you through the coming winter. On July 19 Seacoast Energy, a local alternative energy distributor, and Aucella Heating and Cooling, a full service HVAC company, will showcase two of the most affordable and efficient WoodMaster wood boilers on the market.

The latest boiler models to be showcased at the event include a WoodMaster mini-boiler and a Flex Fuel Boiler. These WoodMaster indoor models are the most affordable and efficient options available from Northwest Manufacturing, a company with a long history making clean outdoor wood burning appliances. The boilers utilize cordwood and/or pellets to heat homes with hot water or hot air heat The Flex Fuel model is a combination of a cordwood and pellet boiler that is 92.5 percent efficient and can heat an entire home at a cost much less than that of propane, natural gas or electrical energy sources. The Flex Fuel Boiler is considered the cleanest, most efficient wood appliance available.

Jack Bingham, founder of Seacoast Energy, is constantly searching for the latest in alternative energy technology with the hope to make greener options not only appealing to home owners, but also their best choice. He was personally selected by Northwest Manufacturing to represent their WoodMaster line for his knowledge and enthusiasm regarding energy alternatives.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Is Wind Energy for the Birds?

Jul 10, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

By Patrick Martin
Green Alliance Writer

PORTSMOUTH – With so much powerful opposition, wind energy has little time for unnecessary speed bumps like the outdated correlation between wind farms and bird mortality.

There is continued debate about bird deaths from wind turbines.
In January, New Hampshire wind energy advocates, including Portsmouth wind energy firm Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, dodged a bullet. The N.H. House of Representatives struck down a bill that would have placed a moratorium on wind development in the state. This would have been a major blow to New Hampshire’s progression towards brighter future in renewable energy.

Having temporarily dispatched of this more looming issue, it may be time to correct a misconception that has detracted so much support from the alternative energy source.

Groups opposed to wind farm development often cite the droves of unlucky dead birds littering the floor beneath turbines. However, grim statistics thrown at wind energy proponents may not be entirely forthcoming.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Community Toolbox Celebrates Newly Received Non-profit Status

Jul 9, 2014

Published on Patch (Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton, N.Hampton, Nashua, Merrimack, Salem, NH, and Bedford Patch sites)

By Emily Norloff
Green Alliance Writer

PORTSMOUTH - A safe and healthy home. That is what Community Toolbox offers their customers. With their three-tier business model, and team of volunteers, Community Toolbox is a non-profit that works like none other.

“We do something special here,” said Cheryl Van Allen, Community Toolbox's Executive Director. “There is a gap in the community's need for affordable repair work and we're here to fill it.”

In June, Community Toolbox celebrated the approval of their 501c3 nonprofit status from the state of New Hampshire with an open house at their Retail Outlet.

The event served as an opportunity for the public to see first-hand how Community Toolbox approaches a project. Dressed in matching light-blue t-shirts, Community Toolbox's team of volunteers were on-hand to answer the public's questions regarding how the Retail Outlet receives the products it sells and the type of work the volunteers do on home projects.

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch

Foot golf gaining popularity at Seacoast club

Jul 9, 2014

Video segment on WMUR-TV

By Jennifer Crompton

NORTH HAMPTON - It started in Europe in 2009, moved to California two years later and has officially hit the Northeast.

It's a unique merger in the sports world -- foot golf.

With this new sport, players use a soccer ball instead of a golf ball. Instead of playing with clubs, players use their feet.

Just as their traditional counterparts do at Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club, foot golfers make tee times, though they tee off between orange markers. Then, they follow the rules of golf etiquette through 18 holes laid out alongside nine traditional ones, from 50-190 yards long.

“It’s definitely more forgiving and the learning curve for foot golf is much less than trying to take on 14 golf clubs, small white ball and hours of practice at the driving range,” said Richard Luff, the president of the Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club. Watch the full video on wmur.com.

Acorn Salon Downsizes but Perseveres in Difficult Economic Climate

Jul 9, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch

By Amanda Taitel

DOVER-Six years ago, Acorn Organic Salon opened with a single mission in mind: to provide customers with a multitude of sustainable products and services that spoke to the Seacoast region’s ever-greening sensibilities. Today that mission is still very much alive, just in a different place. Situated neatly underneath Dover Natural Marketplace, the move seems fitting.

Though the new location is smaller than Acorn’s flagship location, owner Laura MacKay is embracing its charm.

“People like the new location a lot better,” she said. We have more sunshine here, a better view, we’ve had people come in before that have lived in Dover their whole lives and never new we existed because we were hidden in our old location.”

Downsizing in space unfortunately also meant downsizing in services. Due to lack of space and demand, Acorn Salon no longer offers manicures and pedicures.

“We still sell the sustainable and non-toxic nail polishes, but we did have some customers who were bummed out because nail salons are such a toxic environment and we had been one of the only places to get that service done safely, however we are focusing on what we do best and love to do, and that’s hair,” she said. The new space has also enabled them to cut down on energy costs. “We rewired this location to provide us with just the amount of energy we needed, no more, and no less.” By doing so, they are saving hundreds of dollars monthly on utilities, according to MacKay.

Read the full story on the Portsmouth Patch

Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. adapts for success

Jul 8, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online.

By Katie Seraikas

July 08, 2014 2:00 a.m. 

PORTSMOUTH — From its fresh, new logo with its recognizable flagship the M/V Thomas Laighton to the debut of a smaller passenger boat, the M/V Celia Thaxter, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. is aiming for a summer season better than any other.

The catalysts behind the changes are new owners Capt. Jeremy Bell and Capt. Jerod Blanchette, who have been with the company since 1997. The two began as summer interns from Maine Maritime Academy and haven't missed a summer with Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. since.

"We've been there for a long time, so we definitely wanted to make change," Blanchette said. "We saw it shrink over the last few years. Now we'd like to expand it back up, maybe do some catering events, obviously get the second boat, kayak tours ... a lot more."

NHPTV and Green Alliance team up for summer cruise

Jul 7, 2014

Published on Foster's Daily DemocratSeacoast Online and NH Patch 

PORTSMOUTH - The Green Alliance prides itself in bringing businesses and consumers together under one sustainable roof. On Thursday, July 11, that roof will be on the Piscataqua River, as the Green Alliance and N.H. Public Television partner with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. for a cruise aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton.

"This is probably the biggest party we have all year," said Sarah Brown, Green Alliance director. "We're ecstatic to have NHPTV on board with us as well. Not only is it a great party, but it's a great opportunity for sustainable businesses to meet up with sustainable people, which is our greatest goal and achievement."

"The Green Alliance does so much good for the local business community, ourselves included," Bryn Burns, NHPTV manager of community relations, said. "This a great opportunity for us to let everyone know about our environmental programming; nature gives us such opportunities for education, which has always been a priority for us."

See the full story on Foster's