News : July 2009

Growing a Greener Economy

Jul 29, 2009

Featured in Portland Press Herald

Maine's evolving vision of an economy powered by energy efficiency and sustainable development could get a boost from President-elect Barack Obama's energy policies, business owners, interest groups and government officials say.

A comprehensive energy plan promoted during Obama's campaign set a goal of creating 5 million "green collar" jobs over 10 years by investing $150 billion in clean energy ventures.

Strategies include weatherizing 1 million homes a year, generating 10 percent of the nation's electricity from renewable sources by 2012, and a national program to reduce emissions linked to climate change.

When Its Mood Is Green, So Are You

Jul 29, 2009

Featured in the New York Times

Most homeowners have a general sense of whether or not they are being energy efficient, a hunch confirmed or disproved when the monthly bills arrive. But occupants of a prefabricated house designed by Kaplan Thompson Architects, a firm in Portland, Me., will receive real-time feedback through a system Phil Kaplan, one of the architects, describes as “an update on the mood ring.”

The super-insulated, solar-heated BrightBuilt Barn is equipped with a device that analyzes electricity use and communicates that data to a skirt of LEDs affixed to the base of the home’s exterior. If the house is on track to create more energy than it uses, the lights turn green; yellow is a borderline condition, and red means the owners should shut off appliances or turn down the heat.  To read more click here.


Habitat For Humanity Builds "Green" Home

Jul 29, 2009

PORTLAND (NEWS CENTER) -- Habitat For Humanity has taken a big step forward in building its first ever LEED certified home. Homes that are LEED certified meet strict standards for environmentally friendly design and energy efficiency.

Revision Energy installed a solar hot water system on the Habitat house in Portland Sunday. Habitat has been planning and bulding this house for about 2 years. To read more at WCSH6 click here!

Carrot vs. Stick

Jul 28, 2009

The GA was recently mentioned in the well-known Fast Company blog. Contributing blogger Chris Jarvis, in an article which delt heavily with issues of getting businesses to become more sustainable, had this to say:

....The tough part is that it puts – once again – the responsibility onto consumers to be thoughtful in where we shop and do business. There are groups throughout the country that make it easier to find such gems – The Green Alliance is here in my local corner of the world. They help companies communicate their efforts and impact to consumers and other stakeholders, so we can make informed purchasing decisions. It’s also time for me to start telling my kids why we DO shop places rather than just why we DON’T shop in others.

To read the entire blog, and to read Fast Company's wealth of interesting content, click here!

Simple Gifts Podcast!

Jul 28, 2009

'Green' business owners see customer growth

Jul 28, 2009

Featured in the Portsmouth Herald

By Jennifer Feals
July 26, 2009 6:00 AM

Despite a struggling economy, local businesses offering green products and sustainability initiatives say they are tapping into what consumers are looking for and thriving.

"You're hearing it straight from the horse's mouth," said Sarah Brown, who created the Green Alliance just under two years ago, with just two businesses. "We set up this organization right smack dab in the middle of the recession and yet the Green Alliance just exploded. I think that right there is an incredible testament to the strength of green."...

To read the entire article from this last Sunday's Portsmouth Herald, click here!

It's Pretty to be Green

Jul 24, 2009

Featured in Business NH Magazine

Acorn Organic Salon in Dover is on a roll. The recent winner of the NH Business Resource Center and WGIR's Innovation Rocks! award is celebrating its one-year anniversary. It won the award for its green business practices including recycling hair clippings to make mats to clean up oil spills. Soon the salon will offer non-toxic nail services to clients. Read more here.

Acorn Organic Salon Named "Innovation Rocks!" Winner

Jul 24, 2009

Featured in Business NH Magazine

For some people, the thought of a “green” haircut conjures up visions of Halloween or punk music. However, the type of “green” hairstyling that takes place at a local business has led to Acorn Organic Salon in Dover being named the “Innovation Rocks!” Award winner by the NH Division of Economic Development’s Business Resource Center for the month of July. To read more go here.

Acorn Organic Salon Featured on MPBN

Jul 22, 2009

Featured on MPBN

New Hampshire has its first green hair salon. Don't worry: stylists won't dye your hair green, unless you ask. But a Dover hair salon is working to be the most environmentally-friendly salon in the state. And as New Hampshire Public Radio's Amy Quinton reports, it's not an easy undertaking. Inside Acorn Organic Salon in Dover, co-owner Allie Degan chats about hair color with a new customer. "Okay, let's talk hair, you want it to be lighter right?"When Degan dyes hair, the usual foul smell isn't there. And the customer isn't tearing up. Degan says that's because Acorn Salon doesn't use hair dye products with the most common ingredient, caustic ammonia. To read more and listen to the interview click here

SCE's Renewable Energy Credit program featured in Exception Magazine

Jul 14, 2009

From Maine's Exception Magazine:

Seacoast Engineers' Subsidiary, the Better Earth Energy Company, Runs Maine's Only Local REC Program

by Jessie Sawyer

The Biz: As the world’s oil resources become scarcer and as American technology advances, many are stressing the importance of finding alternate sources of energy. This includes the Seacoast Consulting Engineers, LLC.

The SCE firm is composed of licensed and soon-to-be licensed engineers that offer services in mechanical, electrical and plumbing system design...

To read the entire article, Check out Exception Magazine by clicking here!

Exception Magazine features SCE's effort to help local couple green their wedding

Jul 14, 2009

From Maine's Exception Magazine:

Planning a green wedding

by Jessie Sawyer

This year, Sarah Stevens and Chris Smith met on, fell in love and five weeks later they were engaged. In addition to their love for each other, Stevens and Smith share another love – the environment.

Interested in how to reduce their carbon footprint and that of their wedding guests, the couple has incorporated renewable energy credits (RECs) as a part of their wedding registry with the help of two Maine organizations: the Seacoast Consulting Engineers (SCE) and the Green Alliance, a green business consortium serving the Seacoast Region of Maine and New Hampshire...

To read the entire article and read Exception's great contect, click here!

Ridgeview Construction featured in NH Magazine, wins Cornerstone Gold Award!

Jul 9, 2009

From NH Magazine's latest issue:

2009 Cornerstone Awards

The Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire, through its Sales and Marketing Council, recognize excellence in the building industry through their annual July Cornerstone Awards. New Hampshire Magazine is proud to present this portfolio of winning residential entries in interior design, new construction, remodeling, community service and more.

New Construction >> Single Family Detached $450K — $650K

Spacious and Warm in Northwood

An elegant creation of post-and-beam accents, stone pillars and wainscoting, this dream home stands proud above the lake. The structural cupola and hip roof design create soaring interior ceilings. Geothermal-powered radiant heat echoes the warmth of the natural wood interior and glowing room colors. An heirloom for many generations to enjoy has been born.

Ridgeview Construction Inc., GOLD

To read more, check out NH Magazine by clicking here!