News : April 2010

Big spin for Earthtec: Green clothing manufacturer sees breakout year ahead

Apr 27, 2010

Featured in Foster's Daily Democrat

PORTSMOUTH — This could be the year that Earthtec outerwear makes a name for itself, and helps save landfill space in the process.

It's been three years since the offshoot of parent firm Trailtex started creating clothing out of recycled plastic. It estimates each fleece jacket, for instance, is made from 12 used water bottles that won't be sent to a landfill.

After gradually adding styles each year, a full collection of Earthtec vests and jackets is available and on display in its showroom on West Road. The firm plans an aggressive marketing campaign.

It will continue to sell to retailers such as the Kittery Trading Post, but hopes to focus on direct online sales to customers through its website.

"We were making very little noise with this but now we're ready to launch it in a big way," said Dennis Randall, Trailtex CEO. Read the full story here!

Fair showcases mix of 'green' vendors

Apr 27, 2010

Featured in the Portsmouth Herald

HAMPTON — The sophomore appearance of the town's Earth Day Awareness Fair showcased a variety of vendors and exhibitors aimed at educating community members on ways to live a more sustainable lifestyle, conserve energy and work toward becoming more "green."

Hosted by the town's Recycling Education Committee, the fair was held at the Hampton Academy Junior High.

Jane Ansaldo-Church, of the Recycling Education Committee, said the success of last year's event managed to attract an increase in the number of vendors promoting everything from rain gardens to geothermal heating and wind energy.

To promote the town's mandatory recycling policy, organizers were giving away free recycling bins to guests in addition to providing them with a comprehensive list of what items can be recycled and where reusable items could be recycled. Read the full story here!

Regeneration Park, 'Simply Green' idea: Firm to craft Zero Energy Building

Apr 26, 2010


By Dave Choate

You'd never suspect while driving by that the red and white building at 3612 Lafayette Road will soon be green all over.

Regeneration Park, the brainchild of Simply Green Biofuels, is slated to be one of the first facilities of its kind in the area, a Zero Energy Building (ZEB) that strives to consume zero net energy and emit zero net carbon.

The ambitious project will bring together the world of business with an eco-friendly mind-set involving solar panels and energy-use monitoring, all set against the backdrop of the busy corridor connecting Portsmouth and the southern New Hampshire Seacoast.

Andrew Kellar, founder and owner of Simply Green, said his firm has long sought a visible location like this one, which had the space to be shared with like-minded businesses. Though it will be connected to the electrical grid, there is a hope the building will generate enough of its own energy to offset any energy uses.

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Businessman, fundraiser has green outlook

Apr 21, 2010

From the Nashua Telegraph


By Kathleen Callahan

The 1,600-mile Bike for Peace ride was more than two decades ago, but when Paul Keegan remembers the camaraderie among the cyclists, he still gets choked up.

In 1986, Keegan and 31 other cyclists rode 800 miles from Russia to Czechoslovakia and another 800 from Montreal to Boston, all to raise funds and awareness for peace and environmental issues.

As they crossed the border into Czechoslovakia, they hit the Carpathian Mountains.

“It was uphill every day, all day,” said Keegan. “But since some riders were from the region and familiar with the terrain, they offered assistance to the others.”..... Read the whole story in the Nashua Telegraph by clicking here!

Blue Moon Celebrates 15th Anniversary and Earth Day

Apr 7, 2010


What do you do that's a bit different to celebrate Earth Day and your 15 year anniversary after feeding the community local, organic fare since before it was the ‘in’ thing to do? You expand on the idea, stay open late, and serve them a gourmet dinner with a menu full of everything that has helped you stick around this long and you donate part of the proceeds to a good cause. Blue Moon Market and Café will celebrate the 15 year anniversary of the earth-conscious market and café and the 40th anniversary of Earth Day with Earth Dinner on Saturday, April 24th, a four course, simply elegant gourmet meal that is organic and locally sourced and that will benefit the non-profit Chefs Collaborative.

“We’re the only restaurant in NH taking part in this Chefs Collaborative initiative in honor of Earth Day this year,” says Kathy Gallant, owner of Blue Moon Market & Café. “Hosting a gourmet dinner is something we’ve wanted to do for a long time. All of the stars aligned with Earth Dinner to celebrate Earth Day and our 15th anniversary with our inaugural evening event. Finding new ways to promote local and organic food sources is a great way for us to honor the Earth- which is part of our mission at Blue Moon.”.... To read the whole story, click here!

TVC Systems: Doing essential 'down and dirty' work

Apr 5, 2010

From the Portsmouth Herald

By Michael McCord

PORTSMOUTH — For the folks at TVC Systems, glamour is a relative concept.

"We do the down and dirty work," said Linda Tyring, TVC president. "It's not glamorous." On the other hand, the company's "down and dirty" control and information integration system projects are crucial for a globally diverse client base focused on saving money and energy.

Located on Constitution Avenue in the old Portsmouth Industrial Park, TVC is, more often than not, the quiet subcontractor in control system projects large and small, local and global — from a solar power system in a remote area of Africa to an international airport in Connecticut, from a factory in Ireland to being a vital partner in the sustainability program for the University of New Hampshire.

Editorial: Sen. Fuller Clark right to oppose solar project funds

Apr 5, 2010

March 26 — To the Editor:

We are writing to express our support and appreciation for the stand that Sen. Martha Fuller Clark has taken to support small businesses and sustainable energy in the state of New Hampshire.

On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Senate passed SB 334, which would earmark $5 million of our hard-earned money for a solar energy project in Manchester that they know precious little about. Fuller Clark made a strong statement on the floor of the Senate about why the earmark was a bad idea.