News : November 2010

Green Alliance celebrated by members

Nov 30, 2010

Publihsed in the Portsmouth Herald

If the Green Alliance needed confirmation of its success, it received it loud and clear from the more than 300 guests and business partners in attendance at its recent inaugural Growth Party hosted by EarthTec Outfitters on Nov. 18.

Founded by Seacoast native Sarah Brown, the Green Alliance establishes partnerships with businesses that make environmentally conscious choices. Starting with a marketing idea to co-promote green businesses to the local eco-conscious community, the alliance has steadily grown to represent more than 85 businesses and 1,700 card-carrying alliance consumer members in its two years.

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Serendipity of Exeter celebrates its 40th anniversary

Nov 29, 2010

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Alison Ladd

EXETER — Serendipity recently celebrated 40 years in business and 25 years in Exeter.

When Brie DeLisi bought Serendipity from her mother, Carole Tropf, in 2006 she decided to change the store into a place customers could find Earth-friendly items.

Her mother began the store in a garage in downtown Henniker. She started by embroidering blouses and jeans for college students to make a living. The store then bloomed into a women's boutique, offering unique and quality goods....To read the rest of the story click here!

Business, arts group team for recycling project

Nov 29, 2010

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

PORTSMOUTH — 1 World Trading Co. on Congress Street is serving as a collection site for used ink jet cartridges and old cell phones to raise money for Arts In Reach, a nonprofit organization that builds self-esteem and resiliency in teenage girls through art and performance workshops in Rockingham and Strafford counties.

"Our mission is to empower teenage girls through mentoring and the arts," Leanne Stella, AIR executive director, said. "In our art, theater, poetry and dance workshops, we talk about good choices and being a positive part of our communities. Partnering with Paul and Karen Keegan, owners of 1 World Trading Co., is a small example of how the community can support our youth and come together to affect change."

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UNH Professor Furnishes Entire Home for $1,000

Nov 29, 2010

Published in Portsmouth Herald

Less than a year ago, University of New Hampshire professor and Durham resident Kelly Cullen was in a state of limbo. Newly divorced, with a young child in tow, and no savings, equity or belongings to speak of, she pushed the reset button.

Cullen decided to try an experiment: Shortly after purchasing a home, she made it her goal to furnish it with only second-hand items, absolutely nothing new. Every piece of furniture, spoon, towel — all of it would be reused. She told friends and family she was doing a sort of "reverse yard sale," and would accept any dormant or otherwise neglected belongings they no longer had use for. Cullen had only one stipulation: They weren't allowed to use their donations as an excuse to buy new things for themselves.

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Local printer claims going 'green' doesn't decrease quality

Nov 17, 2010

From Portsmouth Herald

November 17, 2010

By Jim Cavan

EAST HAMPSTEAD — Many area companies see the benefits of bringing sustainability to the fore of their operations, both economically and in terms of public relations.

Take Ram Printing Inc., an East Hampstead-based, all-purpose printing company specializing in environmentally conscious products and services. Self-described "early adopters" of many now-standard green practices, Ram was launched in 1981 with approaches that quickly positioned it as a company ahead of its time.... read the full story here!

Green Alliance celebrates two years of growth, bringing together green consumers and commerce

Nov 16, 2010

Published in Newburyport Business

It’s 5:00 on a Thursday afternoon, and Sarah Brown hasn’t even gone through her emails. She has to leave in an hour, but her Outlook Express inbox isn’t in the mood to cooperate.

Brown, Project Director for Green Alliance (GA), a self-described “green business union” which seeks to raise the profile of sustainability-minded companies throughout the region, is visibly frustrated.

“Another day of getting nothing accomplished,” she quips with not a little trepidation.

If only it were true. In reality, Brown’s organization is booming, and has accomplished more in a recessionary economy than most business owners could dream of.... Read the rest here!

NH's Green Alliance Celebrates Two Years of Doing Business

Nov 15, 2010

Published in Business NH Magazine

By Jim Cavan

It's 5 p.m. and Sarah Brown hasn't even gone through her emails. She has to leave in an hour, but her inbox isn't in the mood to cooperate. As project director for the Green Alliance, a self-described "green business union," which seeks to raise the profile of sustainability-minded companies throughout the region, Brown is visibly frustrated.

"Another day of getting nothing accomplished," she quips.

If only it were true. In reality, Brown's organization is booming and has accomplished more in a recessionary economy than many other businesses. Since opening its doors in the fall of 2008, the Green Alliance has grown into a formidable and recognizable local organization representing almost 80 businesses in and around the Seacoast. With a full-time staff of two and a rotating stable of part-time, unpaid interns, the workload can be overwhelming. But Brown says she wouldn't have it any other read the full story click here!

Green Alliance Businesses Team Up for Energy Efficiency Workshop

Nov 15, 2010

Published in The Forum

These days, any strategies to save money are welcome. And with winter right around the corner many families are anticipating even higher energy bills as they prepare to turn on the heat. If only there were a way to reduce energy costs while still keeping warm in the frigid New England winter. Well, it turns out there is, and you can learn how on Saturday, November 20th at 10:00 am at 599 Lafayette Road in Portsmouth!

Every Year, Clean Air Cool Planet and New England Carbon Challenge present Button Up New Hampshire, a workshop inspired by Vermont’s Button Up Vermont event, where homeowners learn how to weatherize their houses and reduce their energy consumption. All across New Hampshire experienced energy auditors host workshops that are open to the public so they can learn tips and tricks to reduce their energy bill and keep their homes warmer through the upcoming read the whole article click here!

Going green a growing priority for Concord Hotel

Nov 15, 2010

Published in High Profile

By Jim Cavan

Whether we’re talking about bakeries, clothing outlets, or energy companies, it seems like green businesses are popping up everywhere these days. 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.

After being approached last year by the New Hampshire Restaurant and Lodging Association (NHRLA) to take part in their Sustainable Lodging Program, Chef Trish Taylor and her newly-anointed “Green Team” were excited by the prospects of remaking the sizable hotel, which includes the sprawling Grappone Conference Center....To read the full story click here!

Gear Guide: An Ingenious Afterlife for Water Bottles

Nov 15, 2010

Published by

By Su Reid-St. John

As anyone who knows me will tell you, I’m all about recycling. (Yep, I’m the gal following you into the office kitchen to make sure that soda can goes into the right bin!) But you don’t have to be a super-greenie like me to love EARTHTEC’s line of recycled clothing, designed for active outdoor types.

Get this: The manufacturer shreds recycled plastic bottles (an average of a dozen per garment) and turns them into thread, which is then made into fabric. Doesn’t sound like a recipe for comfy clothes you’d actually want to wear, does it? But it is—I’m talking cozy hoodies, soft-as-butter pullovers, fleecy pants, even sleek windproof shells and cold-busting insulated jackets. You’d never know what this stuff was made of if no one told read the full article click here!

York County businesses honored

Nov 15, 2010

Published in The Portsmouth Herald

By Casey Sullivan

WELLS, Maine — Several local entrepreneurs were recognized for their resilience and ability to thrive in the face of today's tough economy at the sixth annual Entrepreneur Awards Celebration Nov. 4.

Robert's Maine Grill, a restaurant out of Kittery owned by Michael Landgarten, was recognized and received the Employer of the Year award. Other companies including Atlantic Holdings LLC of Kennebunk and Feile of Wells were among those receiving awards at the event, which was hosted by York County Community College at The Coastal read more click here!

Local Energy Purveyors Offer Alternative Home Heating Options

Nov 15, 2010

From Coastal Home

By Jim Cavan

Winter is almost here. Rest assured that your furnace will soon be running full tilt, and a refill probably isn’t much farther down the snowy road.

Given the dread that many people on the Seacoast feel with the arrival of Old Man Winter, one cannot help but wonder if there is a better way to fill the tank—one that is efficient, clean and doesn’t require cutting big checks with every visit of the oil truck.

Not only is there a better way, there are plenty of them. In the last few years, the Seacoast has asserted itself as a hotbed of home heating options that are cheaper, cleaner and as reliable as oil. Whether we choose biofuel harvested from America’s heartland, wood pellets from logs felled in New England forests or innovative insulation techniques, this is an opportune time for Seacoast residents to look at heating alternatives.

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Earthtec adds line at downtown retail shop

Nov 4, 2010

From Portsmouth Herald

PORTSMOUTH — Earthtec, a sustainable lifestyle apparel brand, will sell its eco-friendly apparel beginning Saturday, Nov. 6, at Body & Soul, a holistic, all-natural bath and body boutique at 24 Market St.

Earthtec's expansion into the retail store offers consumers another shopping option in addition to its existing two retail locations at 140 West Road in Portsmouth and at 1675 White Mountain Highway in North Conway.... Read the full story in the Herald here!

Seacoast hardware challenges big box competitors with more green products

Nov 3, 2010

From Newburyport Business

By Jim Cavan

When John and Mel Ozberak first decided to leave the hospitality industry and buy a small hardware store in Portsmouth, NH, they knew two things: that they wanted to maintain their years-honed sense of customer service, and that they were determined to forge a strong niche with an overarching commitment to local commerce and community.

So far, so good.

The Ozberaks have owned the Seacoast Ace Hardware – located on Heritage Avenue off of Route 1 – since 2006. While neither boasted retail experience, John Ozberak knew that, more important than expertise, forging lasting relationships with customers would be paramount to his young business’ success.

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Solar Jobs on the Rise

Nov 1, 2010

From the Union Leader

By Gretyl Macalaster

HAMPTON FALLS- Across the nation, solar jobs are on the rise - and New Hampshire is no exception. 

Employees of ReVision Energy installed solar panels on the roof of a home at 68 Exeter Road on Thursday and talked about solar expansion into the Granite State.

The Maine-based company is opening an office in Brentwood next week, and it expects to add 10-14 more New Hampshire jobs.

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First Ever U.S. Solar Jobs Census Shows Growth in Solar Workforce

Nov 1, 2010

From Environment New Hampshire

Hampton Falls, NH – Environment New Hampshire today released a new report from the Solar Foundation, a nonprofit solar education and research organization. Environment New Hampshire was joined by Dan Clapp of ReVision energy, who employs solar workers right here in Dover, NH. The report is a first-of-its-kind review of the solar workforce in the United States, titled, “National Solar Jobs Census 2010: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce.” According to the census, hiring in the solar workforce is on the rise. More than half of solar employers nationally plan to increase their workforce in the next year.

Report shows boom in solar jobs

Nov 1, 2010

From Foster's Daily Democrat

HAMPTON FALLS — Environment New Hampshire has released a new report from the Solar Foundation that shows hiring in the solar workforce is on the rise and more than half of solar employers nationally plan to increase their workforce in the next year.

Environment New Hampshire is a nonprofit solar education and research organization based in Hampton Falls. The report is a review of the solar workforce in the United States, titled, "National Solar Jobs Census 2010: A Review of the U.S. Solar Workforce."

"The sun generates more energy in an hour than all the coal mines and oil wells in the world do in a year. This report shows we are on the way to tapping the sun's potential, generating pollution-free energy and a tremendous number of good, green jobs along the way," said Jessica O'Hare, Program Associate of Environment New Hampshire. "Strong leadership from our state's elected officials and our leaders in Washington will be critical to turning this solar opportunity into a solar reality."

Subaru solar panel project approved in Stratham

Nov 1, 2010

From Portsmouth Herald

By Alexis Macarchuk

STRATHAM — The Planning Board recently approved Exeter Subaru's plan to install a six-panel solar array near the dealership's Portsmouth Avenue entrance.

According to the project's site plan, the panels will be affixed to an 11-foot pole mounted in a landscaped isle visible from the street. Exeter Subaru owner David Yanofsky said he hopes the estimated $20,000 project will be complete by January. "I believe we're the first dealership in the area to install a solar (panel) system, and there will likely be more to follow," he said.

According to Jeffrey Haydock of Waterline Alternative Energies of Seabrook, who presented the project to the board, the array will offset 2 to 3 percent of the building's energy bill.

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