News : May 2010

Earth-Tec blazing trail for eco-friendly business

May 18, 2010

From the Portsmouth Herald

by Michael McCord

Intentionally or not, many companies eventually ask questions about who they are, what they do and what they can do to make a difference in their market or the world. At the eco-focused apparel company Earth-Tec, the questions provide an ambitious foundation from which to take small steps on a larger journey to a sustainable planet.

At Earth-Tec those small steps equal the estimated 12 plastic bottles that are recycled and remade into polyester yarn for a garment in the company's expanding line of soft shell and fleece jackets, jersey shirts, vests and pants....

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Sun shines on Green Alliance: Environmental group eyes expansion, possible franchises

May 18, 2010

From Foster's Daily Democrat

by Jeremiah Turner

KITTERY, Maine — The Green Alliance has been busy since it began 18 months ago, connecting customers with businesses in the Seacoast that practice and support good environmental choices.

Soon it will cap its number of business members and focus on growing Green Card customers, who use the credit card to get discounts at member firms. It also plans to take its model national.

Founder and Project Director Sarah Brown has been in talks with a group in Arlington, Va., that wants to replicate its success in the Washington, D.C., area.

From there, Brown foresees Green Alliances forming in other spots nationally.

"This model can be plopped down in other areas, but it has to be a very local focus," said Brown from the one-room office in downtown Kittery she shares with one paid worker and occasional interns from the University of New Hampshire....

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Gov. Lynch, UNH President Huddleston announce companies chosen for Green Launching Pad

May 7, 2010

From Democracy for New Hampshire

CONCORD Gov. John Lynch and University of New Hampshire President Mark W. Huddleston today announced the first five businesses selected to participate in the Green Launching Pad, which will help innovative companies bring new products to market and create jobs.

The Green Launching Pad is a partnership between the State and the University that will provide intensive support to New Hampshire companies working to bring clean new energy products to market.

“My first priority remains helping our businesses grow and create jobs. Even though we are seeing signs of recovery, we must remain vigilant and focused on helping our businesses and getting our people back to work,” Gov. Lynch said.... Read the full story here!

Teaming up to save energy: Local firms get funds to forge unions, find investors

May 7, 2010

From Foster's Daily Democrat

by Adam D. Krauss

DOVER — The renewable energy revolution has come to Exeter schools. Now Dover-based Revolution Energy LLC is looking to help schools and towns fund energy-saving projects across the state thanks to a new partnership between the state and University of New Hampshire.

The company has been awarded $60,000 through the Green Launching Pad, which has $750,000 in stimulus funds to provide companies creating or helping deliver clean-energy products. The companies will be able to pick the brains of business, science and engineering faculty and be connected with angel investors and private sector business mentors.

Revolution Energy's award will cover salary and professional services as the company looks to expand and clear a wait list of projects caused by limited resources, said Mike Behrmann, a graduate of UNH Vermont Law School and one of the company's three principals... Read the full story in Foster's here!

Green Launching Pad names 5 winners

May 7, 2010

From Portsmouth Herald

by Dave Choate

Five environmentally conscious companies are getting a boost from New Hampshire's Green Launching Pad.

Teams from Durham to Hudson who applied for up to $90,000 in start-up capital and an in-depth summer business course were awarded by GLP, a partnership between the University of New Hampshire, the state and the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation. The goal is to infuse money into a burgeoning green economy in the state.

The five companies whose projects were selected for the award were Green Clean Heat LLC of Newton, EnerTrac Smart Metering of Hudson, Revolution Energy LLC of Dover, Innovacene of Durham and Compressor Energy Solution Inc. of Bedford.

Seventy-one businesses and entrepreneurs submitted applications in hopes of receiving the funding and connections with business, science and engineering faculty at UNH. The five chosen will receive a combined $230,348..... Read the full story here!

2 Ceres Street strives to protect natural resources

May 5, 2010

Featured in the Portsmouth Herald

She's been a mechanical engineer, a speech-language pathologist and went to culinary school, then became a pastry chef. She studied textile and design in Philadelphia and then well, how about going for an MBA in Sustainability?

When Marlisa Geroulo says, "I like to learn new things," she follows through, mastering whatever she sets out to learn. Right now, that's designing the restaurants she owns with husband John Golumb — Poco's Bow Street Cantina and 2 Ceres Street both right next to each other in Portsmouth. In each, she's creating environments people can feel good about being in using natural elements, sustainable practices, and plenty of lovely, welcoming touches.

2 Ceres Street opened two years ago and the cozy yet elegant martini bar has become a popular place to start or end a Portsmouth evening. With its warm, living-room feel, it's welcoming and a good place for a sip, a dish and some chat.

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Earthtec partners with Tough Mudder

May 3, 2010

Featured in Foster's Daily Democrat

PORTSMOUTH — Earthtec is partnering with Tough Mudder as the official apparel provider of the Tough Mudder team at its May 2 extreme sports challenge.

Earthtec turns recyclable plastic bottles into lifestyle apparel, high-performance clothing that's tough enough for any athlete. The partnership is the latest in a series of sports sponsorships for the Portsmouth firm.

Dennis Randall, owner and CEO, said, "Our product line performs tremendously well in extreme conditions like the athletes will face on race day." Read the full story here!

Crescent Snow and Ice Management Services featured in: Environmentally Friendly Snow and Ice Services presented By Fisher

May 3, 2010

Crescent Snow and Ice Management Services was recently featured in a video posted on abetterwaycommnity.com. The video highlights Crescent's sustainable practices including using biofuel from Simply Green in all of the company's trucks, using EPA Certified "Magic Salt" to offset sodium chloride use, as well as using "Fluid Film" a product used to coat and protect all of Crescent's equipment, prolonging its life. The film discusses how deciding to be a green snow and ice management company has helped to grow Crescent's business. Check out the film by clicking below!

http://abetterwaycommunity.com/episode_view.php?video_id=215