News : June 2009
From a recent article in Maine's Exception Magazine:
Brown Encourages Seacoast to Go Green
By Jessie Sawyer | June 26, 2009
The Biz: Sarah Brown, Simply Green Biofuels and Purely Organic Lawncare founded the Green Alliance just over one year ago as an environmental advocacy network for the Seacoast Region of Southern Maine and New Hampshire. Brown was researching individual energy use and personal environmental impact in Portsmouth and Kittery at the time.
The company is now a green business union of 54 businesses that have full certifications for environmental sustainability. Individuals also may be a part of the Green Alliance by paying an annual fee of $35, which entitles them to a "Green Card" that offers discounts at many green businesses. There are currently 400 Green Card holders...
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The Green Alliance business union brought together nonprofits and businesses from the Seacoast together at Haley Farm Gallery in Kittery, Maine, on Saturday for its first Green Expo.
From household cleaners to lawn care services, businesses showcased and promoted their environmentally conscious products and services.
Sarah Brown, project director of the alliance, said the expo was a trial run to see what needed to be tweaked for the businesses' future.
"This is just a trial balloon and we'll go forward from here," said Brown.
KITTERY, Maine — The Green Alliance, in conjunction with Haley Farm Art Gallery, will host its first Green Expo, "Green Business in the Community," from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday on the gallery grounds.
The free event is open to the public and will showcase local green businesses, from biofuels to solar and geothermal energy, to sustainable clothing merchants, a local green information technology company, sustainable foods and more. Eco-art will be on display, and the event will include workshops on green energy systems like solar, geothermal, biofuels and composting. To read more click here
Green Companies help trees grow in Portsmouth
by Chloe Johnson
From The Wire, April 29, 2009
Portsmouth Mayor Tom Ferrini read an Arbor Day proclamation during a brief ceremony on the morning of April 24 in Haven Park, where local companies had already begun volunteer tree-trimming as part of the national observance on the last Friday of April.
Tree maintenance at the grassy park on Pleasant Street began before 8 a.m. and continued throughout the day. Workers trimmed trees from bucket trucks nearly 65 feet high to remove dead and diseased wood from some of the oldest trees in Portsmouth...
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An new star in the local blogosphere has arisen. Meet Virginia, host of the wonderful Living the Local Life blog. A native Seacoaster, Virgnia's site is dedicated to providng the latest in green local events, recipes, and more. She recently featured a wonderful blurb on the GA, touting the unbelievable benefits of the Green Card.
From The Wire:
Green Expo comes to Kittery
Eco-friendly business and art will unite at the inaugural Green Expo on Saturday, June 13. Organized by the Green Alliance, a business union composed of 57 area businesses, the event takes place at the Haley Art Gallery in Kittery, Maine.
The free event, similar to the Sustainability Fair in Portsmouth, will showcase local green businesses ranging from renewable energy companies to sustainable clothing merchants and food vendors. The expo will include workshops on green energy systems like solar, geothermal, biofuels and composting...
The Green Alliance was recently highlighted in the Accent Magazine blog:
Save Green While Being Green!
June 8th, 2009 at 07:28am Jamie
I am glad that there are so many green options available these days. From food to clothing, recreation to home products, it seems like every area of our lives have gone green. Although that is a very good thing, it can be a bit overwhelming to sort through all of the choices available, and finding good deals can be even more difficult.
That’s where the Green Alliance comes in. Based in Portsmouth, the Green Alliance promotes local businesses that are committed to sustainability, fostering a community of like-minded businesses, consumers, and activists. Businesses can become a partner of the Green Alliance, and individuals can join their Green Co-Op. The Co-Op not only offers great savings from local green businesses, but also it is a way for the average consumer to get involved in the green community.
By Christopher Peake
Corporate growth and the environment too often find themselves unable to coexist, especially these days. But an established Portsmouth company is moving to Hampton and its goal is for its new building to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certified.
Peter Egelston, president of Smuttynose Brewing Company, is a home brewer who has been in the craft beer business since 1987, when he and his sister opened the Northampton (Mass.) Brewery. They opened the Portsmouth Brewery in 1991, followed by Smuttynose Brewing in 1994.
The Hampton brewery site will be on Towle Road on the Towle Farm site, and Egelston plans to break ground sometime in the first half of 2010.
CP: What makes Smuttynose unique from other beers?
PORTSMOUTH — U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter, D-N.H., said she remembers well the first Earth Day in 1970. Many people, she said, thought it was "cute," a celebration by back-to-the-earth folks and not to be taken too seriously. "The oceans were so deep, there were no worries. The smoke stacks were so high, there were no problems," she said Thursday, standing in a nearly-completed city home that will become the state's first owner-financed platinum LEED-certified house....Read more
I woke up a little after midnight to what sounded like pouring rain, but mysteriously the noise seemed to be coming from inside the house. I looked in the bathroom to discover water gushing out from the overhead light. Downstairs, I found water pouring out from vents and lights in the living room, half bath, and dining room, where it flowed down from the chandelier onto the table and floor. My water heater, which was unfortunately placed in the attic due to my townhouse’s lack of a basement, had sprung a major leak, damaging walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture in its self-destruction. Now, in the middle of an unplanned renovation, I’m using this mess as an opportunity to make some energy-efficient upgrades in my home....Read more
PORTSMOUTH — Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter saw what going green is all about Thursday during a tour of Marc and Cheryl Batchelder's dream home on Lawrence Street. She not only got a chance to speak with several of the contractors involved in making the green home a reality but also had an opportunity to tour the inside of what has been deemed the state's first owner-financed Platinum LEED residence and only the 28th in the nation......Read more
DOVER — It's not just an elite idea anymore. Green businesses are taking hold in regular neighborhoods and offering regular services, from filling up your gas tank and grabbing a cup of coffee to picking up some paint or supplies for a home repair job — two concepts U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter learned are taking off locally. Shea-Porter visited the Simply Green biodiesel gas station and Habitat for Humanity ReStore Thursday during a "green small business" tour and said the emergence of environmentally conscious businesses mark "a new time." Read more
You might have seen the big orange Fresh Local truck parked down by the South Church or at the Prescott Park Arts Festival events. Heck, you might have even had the privilege of trying one of their tender pulled pork sandwiches or the heavenly fries covered in fresh cheese sauce (made with four cheeses). But if you didn't catch the truck this summer, don't fret. Now, from the same folks in the truck, there's Fresh Local Bayside for breakfast or lunch and beyond....Read more