News : March 2010

Alternative energy advocate: Force people to "pay true cost of fossil fuel"

Mar 29, 2010

 Featured in the Portsmouth Herald

RYE — According to Seacoast business owners like Rich Pettigrew of Seaport Fish Wholesale and Retail in Rye, an oil spill off New England's coast would affect more than just what's living in the ocean; its inky cloud would also cast a shadow on the tourism and fishing industries.

Pettigrew participated in a discussion Wednesday at Saunders at Rye Harbor restaurant about the Spill of National Significance exercise being conducted off the coast of Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts this week. Green Alliance project director Sarah Brown and area businesses with a vested interest in alternative energy also spoke on the need for legislation that would support a move toward clean energy sources like wind, solar and biodiesel.

Wednesday marked the 21st anniversary of the Exxon Valdez oil spill that dumped 10.8 million gallons of crude oil into Alaska's Prince William Sound.

Oil spill drill asks, "What if?"

Mar 29, 2010

Featured in Newburyport News

Imagine this: It's been a brutal winter, and in early March, New England is expecting a delivery of crude oil into Portland, Maine, to feed the Portland Pipeline with sufficient quantities of crude to keep up with demand.

As a snowstorm reaches its peak and white-out conditions persist, the Tetra, carrying 2.3 million gallons of Mayan crude oil passes through the Gulf of Maine toward Casco Bay and Portland Harbor.

With visibility at near zero, a fully loaded car carrier, the Axis Moonlight, appears out of the storm, striking the Tetra broadside on the port side. The impact at normal cruising speed embeds the Axis Moonlight in Tetra's hull, spilling its crude into a raging sea with gale-force winds.

Petersen Engineering featured on NHPR

Mar 24, 2010

Last Friday James Petersen was the subject of a spot on NHPR which chronicled the rennovation of Petersen Engineering's new Maplewood digs in downtown Portsmouth. The house, an early 19th century Federal style building, was the definition of a fixer-upper when the crew at Petersen decided to purchase it and make it their firm's new home. Petersen and his crew are using the opportunity to apply a number of retrofits and new features to make the building one of the most energy-efficient anywhere on the Seacoast.

To hear the NHPR spot on Petersen's project, click here.

Click here to learn more about the project.

New Pixels & Pulp commercial goes on 92.5 The River's website!

Mar 24, 2010

Always at the forefront of style and sophistication, the girls at Pixels & Pulp have just recorded a minute-long advertisement currently being housed at 92.5 The River's website. The GA's Green Card even gets a heavy showcase. Check it out!

2nd New Hampshire Chronicle video featuring the GA!

Mar 22, 2010

A few weeks back we posted the first of two videos featuring the GA on WMUR's New Hampshire Chronicle. This, the second video, features GA Business Partners Minute Men Painters, SEA Solar Store, and Little Green Homes, who teamed up to build one of the first LEED-certified homes in New Hampshire. Click here to see the video!

Premium Brands makes three different services cleaner and greener

Mar 22, 2010

Featured in the Portsmouth Herald

It's that time of year again: spring cleaning, a time when the mops and brooms come out of hiding, the dust flies, the dirt flees and most guys schedule weekend casino getaways.

But for Chris Culcasi, it means another busy season making the cleaning rounds.

Culcasi is the owner of Premium Brands, a combination of three separate products and services, each providing unique and healthy alternatives to home cleaning and maintenance.

But while he's proud of all his services, one in particular elicits the most excitement: His unique and green carpet cleaning service.

Culcasi owns two Oxi-Fresh carpet cleaning franchises — one in New Hampshire, and one in Massachusetts. What sets Oxi-Fresh apart from traditional carpet cleaning companies? In short: everything. Read the full story here!

Redhook's 'spent grains' become farm feed

Mar 19, 2010

Featured in Seacoast Online

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — Chances are the last time you enjoyed a beer at breakfast was probably in college. But if you ask Doug MacNair, head brewer at Redhook Ale Brewery, you might have had a little in your cereal this morning.

That's because Redhook diverts close to 150,000 pounds of "spent grain" from its brewhouse to a number of New England dairy farms every week.

The grain — which would have otherwise ended up in a landfill — includes leftover hops, protein by-products and yeast, and is given to cows as feed.

For the farmers, it's cheap and as nutritious as traditional forms of feed, including grass. And Redhook can rest assured its famed brew's organic refuse isn't going to waste. Read the full story here!

Cleaner and greener carpets

Mar 18, 2010

Featured in Newburyport Biz

It’s that time of year again: spring cleaning, a time when the mops and brooms come out of hiding, the dust flies, the dirt flees, and most guys schedule weekend casino getaways. But for Chris Culcasi, it means another busy season making the cleaning rounds.

Culcasi is the owner of Premium Brands, a combination of three separate products and services, each providing unique and healthy alternatives to home cleaning and maintenance. But while he’s certainly proud of all of his services, one in particular elicits the most excitement: his unique -- and decidedly green -- carpet cleaning service. Read the full story here!

Students dig trash to learn about recycling, composting

Mar 10, 2010

Courtesy of The Portsmouth Herald

By Abbie Hackett

PORTSMOUTH — Sporting plastic gloves and aprons, students in Bryan Mascio's science class picked through soggy lettuce, Styrofoam trays smeared with ketchup and leaky coffee cups in the lunchroom at Robert J. Lister Academy recently, as they sought to reduce waste from the school.

They succeeded.

It was the kickoff to a study unit focusing on achieving zero waste with guest demonstrators Rian Bedard, Marcel Miranda and Karina Quintans from The Zero Waste Portsmouth Group. ZWP was founded by the Islington Creek Neighborhood Association in 2009 and partners with Tim Gaudreau Studios and Eco Movement to promote zero waste policies and programs in the city.

"It's just a matter of us knowing what can be recycled," Miranda said. "Every one of us has the ability to make a difference."

Bedard agreed, adding people don't have "to get solar panels on your roof" to help the environment.

Bedard and Miranda, co-owners of Eco Movement, a local zero waste consulting and hauling firm, emptied two trash bags on either side of a tarp on the lunchroom floor. They challenged the class to distribute the waste into three color-coded trash cans lined with compostable bags made from corn. The cans were labeled compost, recyclables and landfill, and their purpose was to demonstrate that 19 pounds of waste does not need to end up in a landfill, and that single-source recycling and composting can be easy....

To read the entire article, click here!

Businesses Going Green

Mar 8, 2010

Featured in the New Hampshire Chonicle

We're all trying to live greener these days, and here in NH there are many individuals and companies that are doing all they can. But often those efforts go unnoticed. That's not the case anymore thanks to business activist Sarah Brown of Portsmouth. She founded "The Green Alliance".

Sarah devised a system where member companies go through a 60 question sustainability evaluation. They're graded on their environmental impact and are expected and encouraged to make strides toward even better practices. We'll see how it's done tonight. Read the full story here!

To see the video, just click here!

EARTHTEC and the University of New Hampshire Partner on Green Hat Giveaway

Mar 4, 2010

Featured in Earth Times

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - (Business Wire) EARTHTEC, an innovative eco-conscious company that turns recyclable plastic bottles into lifestyle apparel, is partnering with the University of New Hampshire (UNH) for a green giveaway at one of the most exciting men’s hockey games of the year. Fans attending the highly-anticipated March 5th face-off between the UNH Wildcats (Ranked #1 in Hockey East) and Boston College (Ranked #2 in Hockey East) will receive complementary eco-friendly fleece hats sporting their true team colors – blue, white…AND green.

These earth-friendly hats, made entirely out of recycled plastic bottles, will not only give hockey fans something of value – a practical, reusable item – but also an opportunity to do something for the environment - fewer plastic bottles sitting in landfills. EARTHTEC is able to convert plastic bottles into functional apparel and accessories, as described in a recent segment on WMUR’s NH Chronicle. Read the full story here!

Living Green- Tips for leading a better, cleaner life from NH families

Mar 3, 2010

Featured in Parenting NH

By Susan Nye

Concern for the environment and interest in living green has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years. Many New Hampshire families are adopting healthy, green habits. If going green seems daunting, don’t despair. You don’t need to do a complete overhaul and go green all at once. Let a healthy lifestyle be your guide and adopt new habits over time.

Mike Turcotte, energy and environmental consultant, grew up green. His mother, Paula, started Nashua’s first volunteer recycling program. Mike has vivid memories of going house-to-house with his mother and brother passing out big yellow recycling bins. Mike urges all families to develop a recycling mindset. He encourages families to not only recycle bottles, cans and paper, but to also recycle kitchen and garden waste into compost.

Given his upbringing, it’s not surprising Mike now consults with families to help them live greener and reduce their energy usage. His company, Turn Cycle Solutions provides environmental consulting services, including audits to track down energy leaks and advice to reduce consumption and weatherize homes. Among his many cost-effective, energy-saving quick tips, Mike advises families to:
1. Always turn out the lights when leaving room;
2. Insulate pipes;
3. Install a programmable thermostat;
4. Have boilers and furnaces serviced every year and
5. Replace ordinary lights with compact florescent or LED bulbs.

Read the full story here!

Taliesin Mod.Fab TM

Mar 2, 2010

Featured on

The Taliesin Mod.FabTM is an example of simple, elegant, and sustainable living in the desert. The one-bedroom, 600-square-foot prototype residence relies on panelized construction to allow for speed and economy on site or in a factory. It can be connected to utilities or be "unplugged," relying on low-consumption fixtures, rainwater harvesting, greywater re-use, natural ventilation, solar orientation, and photovoltaics to reduce energy and water use. The structure is dimensioned and engineered to be transportable via roadway.

The Taliesin Mod.FabTM was designed and built by graduate and undergraduate students at the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture with the faculty guidance of Michael P. Johnson and Jennifer Siegal, project manager Christian Butler, recent M.Arch graduate, and assistant project manager Nick Mancusi, current BAS student.

The structure can be visited on the student-led Taliesin West Desert Shelter Tour, Saturdays at 1:30, mid-November through mid-April. See the full story here!

Familiarity Leads to Love for Rival Restaurants' Children

Mar 1, 2010

Featured in Foster's Daily Democrat

EXETER — Blue Moon Market & Cafe and the Loaf and Ladle would appear to be bitter rivals to the common walkers-by on Water Street.

Several characteristics of the cafes contribute to this conclusion: the restaurants cater to the hungry hankering for a bowl of soup or sandwich, both provide wholesome original recipes and they happen to be situated directly across the street from each other.

But the rivalry is mere conjecture. In reality Blue Moon and the Loaf and Ladle are the site of an across-the-street romance.

Andrew Ulery of the Loaf and Ladle, and Meadow Ulery of the Blue Moon had been working across the street from each other for 12 years before getting married in June of 2007. What makes them seem like perfect rivals makes them the perfect couple. Read the full story here!