News : October 2010

Exeter High School Tests Solar Panels

Oct 25, 2010

From WMUR

Exeter, N.H. -- Solar energy is becoming a bright reality at Exeter High School.

Michael Behrmann and Clay Mitchell, of Revolution Energy, helped put up 369 solar panels outside the school yard to generate energy.
"The beauty of the solar energy is it just sits here and generates energy," Behrmann said. "Despite it being cloudy today it's actually generating energy."

And that's good news for the school.

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Ridgeview Offers Promising Glimpse of Green Homebuilding Horizons

Oct 20, 2010

From Granite State Builder

by Jim Cavan

If you ask any builder, chances are that almost everyone will tell you that he or she has seldom seen a worse time for his or her industry. With the economy still in a lag and homeowners still reluctant to invest in new abodes, it would seem like brighter days are around far too many corners to see.

But for Shane Carter of Deerfield-based Ridgeview Construction, every corner – from the ceiling-spanning cherry beams of the
latest completed home to the concrete framing of the next – is promising and bright.

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'Green' Buildling is Really 'Quality' Building

Oct 18, 2010

From Granite State Builder

by Sarah Brown

True there is lots of noise about “ green building” and most individuals will say its something they would take into consideration. But how far have we come? Is sustainable construction really something the consumer is knowledgeable about and
considers a priority? As Director and owner of the Green Alliance I have interaction
with both consumers and the green builders that service them. And, while we have
come a long way in the past few years in terms of greater consumer awareness around
sustainable building products and practices, we still have a ways to travel to fully
arrive. The recession has not helped of course – often times, in a short-term cost
analysis the sustainable options are going to cost more and with money tight and lending
even tighter, its still a major hurdle for most looking to remodel or build to commit to
spending “ extra” . From my perspective, in the hot-seat, it all comes down to two things,
consumer education and a true long-term cost analysis.

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Cultivating Art and Science in Newburyport Rail Trail's New Alchemical Garden

Oct 13, 2010

From Daily News

By Katie Farrell Lovett

In the months since the Clipper City Rail Trail in Newburyport opened, the pedestrian path has become a destination for walkers, joggers and bicyclists. And, if the Green Artists League has its way, it will also become a destination for an alchemical garden, an edible garden and art park designed to strengthen the public's relationship with nature.

The environmental artists collective began work on its alchemical garden last summer, shortly after the rail trail opened. Through a partnership with the city's Planning Office, the artists intend to transform a section along the paved path into their vision over the next couple of years. 

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Project E-cycle In Newmarket

Oct 11, 2010

From Portsmouth Herald

By Kiva Stephens-Ladd

NEWMARKET — Dr. Nate Swanson of Newmarket Dental is sick of seeing old computers and televisions sitting on the side of the road labeled as "free."

That's because he knows potential problems the electronics can cause the environment. With the help of the Newmarket Business Association, of which he is president, Swanson came up with a solution.

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Getting the Green to 'Go Green'

Oct 11, 2010

From Portsmouth Herald

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — From a distance, it must have been a sight to behold: two youngish, professional men, one clad in a black three-piece suit, heaving wood pallets and other refuse into a Dumpster outside a high school.

Strangely enough, it was probably the second time that day the two had sweated through their suits.

Earlier that day, Mike Behrmann and Clay Mitchell met with Gov. John Lynch at the University of New Hampshire during an event touting its Green Launching Pad, a grant program to help aid entrepreneurs in the green energy and products sector. Mitchell and Behrmann's Revolution Energy was one of five startups in May to receive a GLP grant, designed to help each business take the "next step" forward in developing, producing, distributing or marketing their respective green products or services.

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EARTHTEC adds touch of 'green' to Colonial Clash

Oct 7, 2010

From Portsmouth Herald

PORTSMOUTH — EARTHTEC, a sustainable lifestyle apparel brand, and the University of New Hampshire will partner with Gillette Stadium to promote green practices at the inaugural Colonial Clash between UNH and UMass at the home of the New England Patriots at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23... Click here to read more!

After 230 years, York restaurant combines history, scener and green outreach

Oct 7, 2010

By Jim Cavan

The Seacoast is known for a lot of things: history, tourism, natural beauty and renowned cuisine being chief among them. But while many places might fit one or even a few of these descriptions, there aren’t many that encompass nearly all of what makes the region unique.

York’s Clay Hill Farm can claim just that.

Originally built in 1780 as a working farm, today Clay Hill stands as a 220-seat restaurant and special events venue nestled in acres of rolling lawns, protected coastal woodlands and lush gardens. From atop their garden-view decks can be seen charming waterfalls, a gleaming pond, vibrant flowers and birds and a majestic gazebo any bride would be thrilled to stand beneath.

Inside, a modern, locally-derived cuisine is prepared in a classic, distinctly New England setting – just a few of the qualities that led them to be voted #1 for weddings in romantic dining by the Seacoast Media Group....Click here to read the full story in Newburyport Business!