News : September 2009

Biomass Manufacturing Facility Planned for Central Maine

Sep 28, 2009

From ExpansionManagement.com

The facility will have the capacity to produce 100,000 tons of locally sourced wood pellets annually, and will create up to 35 new jobs, according to the company.

“These new green jobs will allow the facility to produce approximately 100,000 tons of clean-burning wood pellets made from sustainably harvested whole logs, annually displacing nearly 12 million gallons of heating oil and effectively eliminating 133,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions,” WoodFuels President Steven Mueller said.

Groundbreaking for the facility is scheduled for late summer.

Festival Getting Greener

Sep 28, 2009

From Seacoast Online

HAMPTON — This year Hampton Beach and, particularly, the Hampton Beach Seafood Festival set for Sept.11-13, will be the "greenest" it has ever been, officials said. The Hampton Beach Precinct Commission, the Hampton Area Chamber of Commerce, the state Division of Parks and Recreation and Waste Management have teamed up to increase recycling efforts at the popular tourist destination.

Seaport Becomes First U.S. Hotel to Implement Cutting-Edge ‘Green’ Water Technology

Sep 25, 2009

From Hospitality Industry Online

BOSTON, Nov. 19 - The Seaport Hotel today announced the implementation of an innovative, chlorine-reducing water treatment system to its indoor pool, making Seaport the first hotel in the United States to utilize this green technology.

“At Seaport, we believe in providing guests with a safe and healthy, luxury experience while minimizing our impact on the environment,” said Matthew V. Moore, Seaport director of rooms and environmental programs. “With that in mind, the latest addition to our property’s extensive green program will reduce our use of chemicals and provide a superior pool experience.”

Indoor pools, such as Seaport’s, especially benefit from this system provided by Grander(R) Technology given that reduced chlorine consumption is directly related to improved indoor air quality. This technology reduces skin and eye irritation and improves water taste and appearance. Consistent with Seaport’s focus on sustainable products, the Grander equipment is made from 100 percent high-grade, recyclable materials.

HVAC dealers hope more people use tax credit

Sep 22, 2009

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Robert M. Cook
Monday, September 21, 2009

DOVER — Seacoast businesses that sell energy-efficient heating and cooling systems hope more people will take advantage of a federal tax credit rolled out a year ago as part of the economic stimulus package.

So far, Jack Bingham, owner of Seacoast Energy Alternative in Dover, said he is pleased with the number of sales the credit has generated.

"Huge," is how he described the program's impact on his business. He said the company's sales were up by more than 50 percent over the last year because the credit made it easier to buy solar hot water and heating systems...

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Powerhouse of a home: Platinum-certified house takes 'green' building to new level

Sep 22, 2009

From Foster's Daily Democrat

September 21

by Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH – When Marc and Cheryl Batchelder decided to build a home that was as energy-efficient as possible, they didn't just go for the gold – they went for the platinum.

In late July the Batchelder home, located on Lawrence Street in Portsmouth, was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design's (LEED) Platinum certification, the organization's highest mark. The home will be one of a number of Seacoast properties on display for the upcoming New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Resources Green Homes Open House on Saturday, Oct. 3.

The home is the 218th nationwide to achieve such recognition.

Marc Batchelder knew from the get-go that he wanted his home to be a trendsetter. "We weren't really considering LEED when the project began, but we knew we wanted the home to be as green and efficient as possible," said Batchelder, a civil engineer...

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Seacoast's First Platinum LEED Home

Sep 22, 2009

Featued in Exception Magazine Online

When Marc and Cheryl Batchelder decided to build a home that was as energy-efficient as possible, they didn’t just go for the gold – they went for the platinum.

In late July the Batchelder home, located on Lawrence Street in Portsmouth, was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design’s (LEED) Platinum certification, the organization’s highest mark. The home, which was visited by Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter in June, will be one of a number of Seacoast properties on display for the upcoming New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Resources (NHSE) Green Homes Open House on Saturday, October 3rd.

While the home was the 218th nationwide to achieve such recognition, when the project began there were only 28 Platinum certified homes throughout the country. Still, Marc Batchelder knew from the get-go that he wanted his home to be a trend-setter.

“We weren’t really considering LEED when the project began, but we knew we wanted the home to be as green and efficient as possible.” says Batchelder.

Re-Enhabit makes move in Portsmouth

Sep 10, 2009

From the Portsmouth Herald

May 22, 2009

by Toby Hatchett

PORTSMOUTH — Re-Enhabit has re-enhabited a new Daniel Street location. After being open one year on State Street, owner Jodie Curtis made another move.

"State Street was a great location," Curtis said, "but due to the ongoing construction that will last two years, this was a good move for me. I also wanted increased foot traffic."
At a glance

Curtis said business was tough over the winter even though she never saw one "negative" day. She is optimistic about the increased visibility her new location will provide.

"This is really taking up the gauntlet and spending more," Curtis said, "but I believe in what we have to offer and what Portsmouth is all about."

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Peace Day Exeter Festival set for Swasey Park Sept. 20

Sep 3, 2009

Press Coverage for this month's Exeter Peace day is rolling in! The event, which will feature GA Director Sarah Brown as a keynote speaker and will be hosted by Brie DeLisi, owner of Serendipity of Exeter, is expected to draw a huge crowd, and will feature more than 10 GA Business Partners! Here's the most recent press release:

From SeacoastOnline.com

The Peace Day Exeter festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 20, 2009 in Swasey Parkway. Activities include workshops and games for children, music and poetry, guest speakers, panel discussions on peace and sustainability issues, and other events at the Swasey Parkway gazebo and surrounding green.

GreenPoma's Peter Ellinwood: "Introducing a New Flavor of Energy-Efficient Light Bulbs"

Sep 1, 2009

From Intent.com

by Peter Ellinwood, GreenPoma.com

The pros and cons of energy-efficient light bulbs have been much debated over the last decade. The main focus of the discussion has been CFL light bulbs. Introduced in the '80s, these electricity sippers have been greatly improved over the years. CFL light bulbs are enthusiastically endorsed by the Energy Star program and are the most popular green light bulbs among consumers, businesses and even public institutions looking to reduce lighting costs and shrink their carbon footprint.

Among the various energy-efficient light bulbs, CFL light bulbs have notable drawbacks when compared to traditional incandescent bulbs, their higher purchase price, slower start-up time and inferior dimmability among them. CFLs also contain a small amount of mercury and must be recycled at the end of their life. On the plus side, these energy-efficient light bulbs pay for themselves in energy savings quickly when used for three or more hours per day. The best CFL light bulbs also cast a flattering light, much better than when they were first offered. CFLs are a solid choice for consumers seeking more eco-friendly lighting, but there's a new option to consider.

A Legislative and Regulatory Foundation for Energy Efficiency: More than Just CFL Light Bulbs...

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