News : January 2011
Published in the Portsmouth Herald
By Kelly Hearn
Good news for New Hampshire residents mulling over the idea of buying solar powered hot water systems: a new mix of federal and state rebates and tax credits.
The state's Public Utilities Commission has expanded its maximum rebate to $2,900.
Broken down, that's a maximum $2,000 from federal stimulus money (which was raised from $750) plus a maximum $900 available from New Hampshire's renewable energy program. And another piece of good news: folks getting the maximum $2,900 rebate can also get a 30 percent federal tax credit...Click here to read the rest of the story!
By JIM CAVAN
Coastal Home Winter 2011
With so many big box stores housing aisle upon aisle of composite cabinetry, seldom do you encounter a kitchen motif older than a decade. Like many other products, furniture and cabinetry are fast-becoming mere consumables, often disposed of without a second thought. The quintessential Yankee (and "green") philosophy of making the most out of what you have, while creating something as beautiful as it is enduring, is continually being buried deeper in the modern consciousness. Jewett Farms & Co. Cabinetmakers intends to resurrect the concept of green and custom cabinetry, and along the way help to define green for the woodworking industry itself. To get the full story, visit Coastal Home Magazine and find page 95!
By JIM CAVAN
The Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)
January 23, 2011
NEWINGTON — As far as local icons go, there aren't many that can tout the visible recognition of Rockingham Electric. Indeed, if one were to provide directions in, around, or past Newington on Route 16, referencing the "gigantic red barn next to the bridge" would ring familiar to just about anyone.
But while the near 70,000-square-foot Rockingham Electric building seems as sturdy and indestructible as any, a look at the company shows it's survival wasn't always a sure thing. To read the full story, visit Seacoast Online.
By: JIM CAVAN
Foster's Daily Democrat
January 16, 2011
PORTSMOUTH — Normally, Paul Keegan wouldn't be one for iconic titles.
The owner of 1 World Trading Company on Congress Street appears humble and accessible. And while his store — a catch-all for green and eco-friendly gifts, clothing, housewares and cleaning products — can't help but reflect an aura of idealism, a short conversation with Keegan is anything but pretentious.
Keegan branched out from his retail business to partner with local radio station WXGR 101.5 on a series of "green tips," to be broadcast regularly on the world music-oriented channel. Keegan and WXGR director Rob Connelly knew they needed a persona who eco-friendly Seacoast listeners could easily identify with. After some thought, Keegan settled on a winner. Say hello to the "Green Guru. To continue reading the story follow the link to Seacoastonline!
By TESSA MANDRA
Foster's Daily Democrat
CAPE NEDDICK, Maine — Clay Hill Farm recently announced it is accepting applications for their third annual Green Wedding Giveaway. The contest, already a green hallmark on the Seacoast, this year has broadened its scope, with more winners and community outreach a more central focus.
For Clay Hill Farm owner Jennifer Lewis-McShera, sustainability is a fundamental building block of her restaurant and event center and the Green Wedding Giveaway provides the perfect opportunity to highlight this commitment. Indeed, Lewis-McShera believes that going green is a journey, that all of us are a different "shade" of green, and -- most importantly -- that there is potential for everyone to increase his or her greenness.
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By JIM CAVAN
Since its inception nearly 15 years ago, craigslist has helped countless millions worldwide find everything from picnic tables to jobs to relationships. But anyone who’s gone on the massive classifieds site looking for moldings, painting supplies, or used lumber, may have found themselves trolling around longer than it would have taken to drive to the nearest Home Depot and back.
Enter the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, which specializes in recycled and re-used construction, building, and home improvement materials. Partnering with California-based Diggerslist and Green Alliance (GA), a Seacoast-based green business union, starting in February the ReStore will be posting large swaths of its inventory of used building and home improvement supplies on the growing “construction classifieds” site.
Visit Coastal Home to read more.
TMS Architects has been working with The Provident Bank since 2002 when the firm transformed an old Friendlys Resturant in Newburyport into a branch bank that evoked the area's rich historic historic architectual heritage. To preview the article flip to page 18 of High Profile Monthly: December Issue
Fosters Daily Democrat
PORTSMOUTH — Normally, Paul Keegan wouldn't be one for dramatic or iconic titles. Indeed, the owner of Portsmouth's 1 World Trading Company tends to strike those who meet him as equal parts humble and accessible. And while his store is a catch-all for green and eco-friendly gifts, clothing, housewares and cleaning products he can't help but reflect an unmistakable aura of idealism, a short conversation with Keegan himself is anything but pretentious.
But that was before local Portsmouth community radio station 101.5 WXGR decided to partner with Keegan on a series of "green tips," to be broadcast regularly on the world music-oriented channel. That's not to say Keegan's new gig suddenly turned him into Howard Stern, quite the contrary. However, accepting the personality-driven nature of the medium for what it is, Keegan and WXGR director Rob Connelly knew they needed a persona that the eco-friendly Seacoast listener could easily identify with. To continue reading this story follow the link to Fosters......
Check out this great new video from Now Or Never's Bill Rogers as he follows SEA's Jack Bingham on a solar installation project!
Petersen Engineering recently completed the bulk of a massive rennovation product which helped render their Maplewood space 80 percent more efficient, without sacrificing any of the early 1800s home's charm. Check out the below video, produced by Now Or Never Media, highlighting the project and its unique and impressive rennovation techniques!
Series focuses on helping people succeed in eco-friendly projects
PORTSMOUTH — When one thinks cityscape, the first thing that comes to mind is not usually "green."
Luckily, there are people like Christopher Ring to make sure "green" becomes the term you think of when you consider the built environment. Ring is the owner of Greenovations, a retail building and construction equipment store where, according to Ring, "every single one of the products is manufactured at the highest standards of sustainability."
Green building has been Ring's passion since he started building green houses with a friend in New York State. Through this experience Ring learned about the positive impact one could have by changing the man-made world. He decided the best way to help advance the cause of green building was to provide a catch-all source for everything a truly green home would ever need, and Greenovations in Portsmouth was born.
Buildings and cities can be part of the catalyst for change toward an environmentally sustainable world, rather than blight to it. To spread this idea, Ring is organizing five seminars to help educate the area community on the principles and benefits of creating a sustainable, eco-friendly built environment. Continue reading this story at SeacoastOnline......
By JIM CAVAN
Granite State Builder
The Green Alliance has done it again. Jim Cavan's story on Petersen Engineering's eco friendly and progressive approach to preservation and renovation was recently published in this winters edition of the Granite State Builder Magazine. Petersen's practices exude a strong commitment to energy efficiency and historical housing preservation. To preview this article follow the link and scroll to page 18, and be sure to pick up a copy of Granite State Builder at your local news stand.
By KELLY HELAN
Monday, January 3, 2011
NORTH HAMPTON — Sagamore Golf's wind turbine installation was mentioned in the Business section of the Portsmouth Herald. The wind turbine will be racking up energy credits for the golf course over the winter for use during the peak summer season when demand increases. Read the full interview with Jeff Goodman, owner of Wind Guys USA who installed the wind turbine at Sagamore Golf, in the Portsmouth Herald here.