News : August 2010

Green Launching Pad Having an Impact

Aug 30, 2010

 From the Portsmouth Herald

By Michael McCord

August 30, 2010

DURHAM — For entrepreneur Mike Behrmann of Revolution Energy in Dover, the potential of a new program designed to help small alternative energy companies make it in the marketplace is bearing fruit.

"Things are going great," said Behrmann about the crash course his young business has taken since it was chosen in May as one of the five original companies taking part in the University of New Hampshire-based Green Launching Pad. "We have received a number of different resources from the GLP, and the mentoring has played a big role in helping us develop."

The Green Launching Pad, a partnership between the state of New Hampshire and the University of New Hampshire, was unveiled earlier this year with much fanfare and bolstered by $750,000 in federal stimulus funding.

The goal of the initiative was to help innovative clean energy companies succeed in the marketplace and jump start the creation of green economy jobs while lessening the economic dependence and environmental harm of fossil fuels. The template was to give established and start-up companies extensive financial, operational, technical, and managerial support to launch and commercialize green energy products and services to enhance energy efficiency and renewable energy.... To read more click here

These greens really are: Sagamore golf course embraces environmental management

Aug 30, 2010

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

Ever since the environmental movement started to gain recognizable steam in the 1970s, a few select industries have enjoyed their fair share of the greater green scorn. Some of them you can probably name without much thought: oil companies, logging outfits, factory farms, auto manufacturers. And golf courses.

Environmentalists have long seen golf courses as antithetical to their core values. They're big, expansive, chemical-dependent, require copious amounts of water to properly maintain, and change the nature and course of the ecosystems in and around them.

While much of that criticism remains palpable and relevant, one course in particular is changing the way some think about the links. Sagamore Golf Club, located on North Road in North Hampton, has long been known ... 

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Greenovations puts all things green under one roof

Aug 30, 2010

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Jim Cavan

As in many other respects, the Seacoast is unique in its offering of green-minded businesses.

Whether restaurants, construction firms, alternative energy companies or even gas stations, the last few years have seen an explosion of green businesses from across industries and sectors pepper the Seacoast. But rarely has there been a business that offers as many sustainable products as Greenovations, Portsmouth's new green kid on the block.

Greenovations, which opened in May, and its owner, Christopher Ring, are as green as it gets. A catch-all building and remodeling depot, Greenovations offers everything from super efficient wall radiators to insulation, floors to countertops, cabinets to wood stoves, paints and coatings to solar tubes, attic fans, plywood and tiles.

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NH media company takes green message to many platforms

Aug 25, 2010

From Newburyport Business

By Jim Cavan

In a media landscape where the internet has become as indispensible as it is convenient, trying to find the most effective means of keeping someone’s attention has become as crucial as grabbing it in the first place.

And while that’s easy if you’re going for the cheap thrills – toddler music prodigies, drunken injuries and anything involving household pets seems to work as YouTube eyeball glue – the more serious the topic, the more important it is the interest be immediately piqued.

 

One Seacoast media company seems to have figured it out. Based in a second story office on Court Street in Portsmouth, Now Or Never Media is changing the way one important issue – global climate change – is not only transmitted, but also how it can ultimately bring us together... Read the full story in Newburyport Busines by clicking here!

North Hampton golf course drives for "green"

Aug 23, 2010

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Jim Cavan 

Ever since the environmental movement started to gain recognizable steam in the 1970s, a few select industries have enjoyed their fair share of the greater green scorn.

Some you can probably name without much thought: oil companies, logging outfits, factory farms, auto manufacturers. And golf courses. Though certainly not the subject to the degree of scorn seen by the previously listed, environmentalists have long seen golf courses as antithetical to their core values. They’re big, expansive, chemical-dependent, require copious amounts of water to properly maintain and change the nature and rse of the ecosystems in and around them.

But one course in particular is changing how you may think about the links.

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Going green, saving green don't have to clash

Aug 23, 2010

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

Albeit farfetched (unless, of course, you're a college student) let's say your entire diet consists of Ramen noodles, canned or microwaveable foods, and soda. Say what you will about the contents – and how hard most of them are to pronounce – one thing is clear: these foods are cheap, meaning even the thinnest wallets have change to spare.

On the opposite end of the culinary spectrum you have your farmers market set. You know the type: they spend more on vegetables in a given month than most of us spend on rent; they look for taglines like "free range, "hormone-free" or "grass-fed" and their idea of "fast food" is a $6 microwaveable meal – all organic, of course.

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Green Cruise

Aug 19, 2010

Click the following link and learn all about our Green Cruise aboard the Thomas Leighton! 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KLNuICfLYU

Thanks to Now or Never Media for creating this great video! The cruise was a great time, and now you've got a 2nd chance! In conjunction with our friends at WXGR 101.5 FM, the Green Alliance is co-hosting a Funky Fall Foliage Cruise on Sunday, October 3, from 3:30 - 7:00 PM aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamships Co's victorian style, 348 passenger M/V Thomas Laighton.

While the event charge is $25, Green Alliance members can register for free! Just RSVP to scott@greenalliance.biz with your name and Green Card #, and we'll secure a spot for you.

Green Alliance's Message to Washington Generates Response

Aug 17, 2010

Published in Business NH Magazine

By Jim Cavan

Two weeks ago, a group led by Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown took the Seacoast region's green message national.

Comprised of green business leaders and government officials from both New Hampshire and Maine, the group spent the better part of a week in Washington, D.C., lobbying both Congressional delegations on the significance of climate change and green jobs legislation. On Wednesday, D.C. returned the favor, visiting NH.

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Seabrook alternative energy company erects largest solar system in New Hampshire

Aug 16, 2010

Published in Newburyport Business

By Jim Cavan

When it comes to investing in solar energy, the Granite State just keeps raising the bar. Yesterday North Conway became the latest in an ever-growing list of New Hampshire cities to invest in renewable energy. Waterline Alternative Energies, the Seabrook, NH, company that installed the solar array, is part of Waterline Industries, the contractor for the first phase of renovations at the Newburyport wastewater treatment plant on Water Street.

With the help of funding made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the New Hampshire Revolving Loan Fund, the North Conway Water Precinct was able install a solar photovoltaic system that will supply energy to cover a significant portion of the plant’s annual electricity usage.

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Driving to the "green": one family's three generation journey to change the way you think about golf

Aug 16, 2010

Published in Newburyport Business

By Jim Cavan

Ever since the environmental movement started to gain recognizable steam in the 1970s, a few select industries have enjoyed their fair share of the greater green scorn. Some of them you can probably name without much thought: oil companies, logging outfits, factory farms, auto manufacturers. And golf courses.

Alhough certainly not the subject to the degree of scorn seen by the previously listed, environmentalists have long seen golf courses as antithetical to their core values. They’re big, expansive, chemical-dependent, require copious amounts of water to properly maintain, and change the nature and course of the ecosystems in and around them.

To read the full story, click here!

Hotel in Concord Goes Green

Aug 12, 2010

Published in Business NH Magazine

By Jim Cavan

Whether it's bakeries, clothing outlets, or energy companies, green businesses are popping up everywhere and, chances are, you probably have a favorite in the area.

But a green hotel? Unless we're talking about a White Mountain bed and breakfast, greening a hotel seems about as likely a prospect as a green football stadium.

The folks at Courtyard Marriott and Grappone Conference Center in Concord beg to differ.

To read the full story, click here.

Green firms walk the walk

Aug 9, 2010

Published in the New Hampshire Union Leader

August 5, 2010

PORTSMOUTH — United States Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis called developers of an eco-friendly commercial business part “risk takers” in the green movement during a visit to the site yesterday.

Regeneration Park, located in an old Toyota dealership on Route 1 near the North Hampton line, is designed to reutilize 90 percent of pre-existing building material and will feature what is believed to be the state’s largest solar station on its roof.
 

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SEA Solar store and Energy Audits Unlimited Video

Aug 9, 2010

Paul Button of Energy Audits Unlimited conducts an energy audit of Jack Bingham's home. This video provides a great demonstration of how home owners, even those using renewable energy already, can benefit from implementing energy efficiency measures. Watch as these green entrepreneurs pick apart various aspects of the house and detail viable sustainable solutions.

The best part? The whole thing was filmed entirely with an iPhone!

To watch the video, click here.

Greenerpalooza to Get a Style Makeover

Aug 9, 2010

Published in NH Business Resource Center blog

This year’s Greenerpalooza concert goers will be more stylish, coiffed and manicured than ever before…guaranteed. That’s thanks to Acorn Organic Salon who are donating their “green” hairstyling services to ensure that this eco-friendly show is the social event of the year. 

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Subaru Plans Solar Project

Aug 9, 2010

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Melanie Gray

STRATHAM, NH - Exeter Subaru is looking to install solar panels at its Portsmouth Avenue dealership.

The proposal calls for a pole-mounted array of six solar panels at the front of the property. After reviewing the plan Wednesday night, members of the Stratham Planning Board and Zoning Board of Adjustment expressed concern the solar panels would be too close to the road.

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Labor Secretary gives praise to Portsmouth green project

Aug 5, 2010

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By Roni Reino

PORTSMOUTH — Green-focused Regeneration Park was surprised earlier this week when it heard it was getting a visit from like-minded Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Congresswoman Carol Shea-Porter.

"It's a great honor for us," Founder and owner of Simply Green Andrew Kellar said. "What it does is show the support in what we're doing. It's been scary in a tough economy."
 

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Nearing 90, Young's Restaurant Discovering "Green" Fountain of Youth

Aug 3, 2010

Published in the Business NH Magazine

By Jim Cavan

Kenny Young has a saying. Well, actually it's his coffee mug that has the saying emblazoned on its side. But it's the Young's Restaurant owner himself who has learned to impart it every day at the downtown Durham staple.

It reads: "Going green is just the right thing to do."

It's a mantra that the inheritor of the 89-year-old eatery had to learn over time. "For me, it's all about the learning curve," says Young. "I'm 53, and I grew up in a time where we threw everything away without really thinking about it. So I like having the mug as a daily reminder."

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Szycher new asst. director at Green Alliance

Aug 3, 2010

Published in the Foster's Daily Democrat

Scott Szycher has joined the Green Alliance as its new Assistant Director. He will support the Portsmouth-based "green business union" in connecting consumers with Seacoast businesses that are integrating sustainability into their operations.

In addition to his background in marketing and sales, Szycher possesses a broad familiarity with many issues facing New Hampshire businesses, including energy efficiency, carbon management, and resource conservation.

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The Path to Greener Purchasing: Seven ways your company can go green and save money

Aug 2, 2010

By Jim Cavan and Sarah Brown
Published in Business NH Magazine

From recycling and composting to solar power and hybrid cars, going green has become part of the daily lexicon. What's less discussed-and equally accessible- are the green purchasing practices offices can employ to do their part yo reduce the nation's carbon footprint. Conventional wisdom says such changes are costly, particularly in this sluggish economy. But that's not necessarily true. The following are seven ways you can help your office go green, and even save money along the way.

To read the full article, visit your local newsstand to purchase the August 2010 edition of Business NH Magazine.