News : February 2011

Creativity for a cause

Feb 28, 2011

By Jennifer Feals

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

PORTSMOUTH - From a pig wrapped in a blanket to a chicken roasting on a radiator, Portsmouth Middle School students have created some eye-catching designs that will be displayed throughout downtown to raise awareness of a good cause.

About 50 sixth- and seventh-grade visual arts students partnered with Seacoast Local's (H)EAT campaign to spread community awareness of the program, which raises money for fuel and food assistance on the Seacoast, their own awareness of the needs in the community, and to see the ways that art can make a difference. The project was funded through a $2,000 New Hampshire State Council on the Arts grant provided to the city of Portsmouth's cultural commission, Art-Speak, and the middle school. Students worked with visiting artists and graphic designers from Pixels and Pulp in Portland, Maine, to create their works of art.

"For me, it's all about the kids being empowered, getting invested in their community, learning how to communicate through images and learn about careers in art — advertising, graphic design in this case," said visual arts instructor Anna Nuttall, who is a former board member of Seacoast Local. "And even better, applying it with a socially relevant and charitable intensions."

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Alliance is not only eco-friendly, it boosts business, too

Feb 28, 2011

By ANDREW LEIBS

Porsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

KITTERY, Maine — Not long ago, businesses promoting green products and practices gave a small number of eco-conscious consumers reason to buy.

Now, a growing number of mainstream customers have reason to join in, too.

In 2009, this tipping point inspired Sarah Brown to launch the Green Alliance — an organization that markets member businesses to a public seeking to make better buying decisions.

"We want to make it so a business can't afford to ignore green," said Brown, a former Kittery Town Council and zoning board member.

Brown got active in environmentalism after returning from Russia — where she'd spent five years as a journalist — in 2001. She formed community action groups, but found meetings only went so far.

"At a certain point, I felt we were preaching to the choir," Brown said. "I wanted to reach more people, and saw business as a way to do that." To keep reading, visit the Seacoast Online Website!

Portsmouth Hotel Shows a Greener Way

Feb 28, 2011

By JIM CAVAN

Business New Hampshire Magazine

When downtown Portsmouth's new Residence Inn and Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center opened in May 2010, they became the first Residence Inn hotel in the country–and the first conference center in the state–to be certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED).

No small feat for a hotel that features five floors, 128 rooms, and a 4500-square-foot adjacent conference and event space.

While it's only been open a short time, the new Residence Inn - located on Deer Street - is already making plenty of green waves. When they tore down the existing building to make room for the new hotel and conference center, 80 percent of the waste materials from the previous building ended up being reused in the new hotel, in the process saving 81 tons of debris from going to a landfill. To read the rest of the story, visit the Business New Hampshire Magazine website!

Money available to install solar hot water systems

Feb 14, 2011

By KELLY HEARN

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

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. To read more, visit Seacoast Online's website.

Beach Pea puts 'green' twist on tasty

Feb 14, 2011

By JIM CAVAN

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

KITTERY, Maine — It's close to noon on a chilly Saturday and Beach Pea Baking Company is slammed. A line of cars waits patiently to turn off State Road and into the jammed parking lot of the popular eatery.

Inside, a line of customers extends into the seating area, as patron after patron strolls out the wooden front door and back into the biting cold — some with loaves of the bakery's signature breads, others with sandwiches from Beach Pea's popular deli menu. Meanwhile, those just finishing toss their remnants and scraps — forks, knives, and deli paper included — into the four-foot high wooden bins near the door.
At a glance

All of the Beach Pea's food fodder — everything from plastic ware to napkins to boxes and yes, even the coffee cups — are made of 100 percent biodegradable and compostable materials. To read more, visit Seacoast Online's website.

Repealling RGGI would hurt NH businesses

Feb 14, 2011

By JIM CAVAN

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

As an organization that deals very closely with New Hampshire businesses of all sizes and across industries and sectors, we strongly believe that pending repeal of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative through House Bill 519 will prove detrimental to our state's long-term economic opportunities, while negatively affecting our environment, human health and the businesses already invested in the green economy of the future. Read more on the Seacoast Online Website.

Now Or Never films GA Advisory Board member Cameron Wake as he testified before members of Congress

Feb 11, 2011

Back in 2008, Now Or Never Media's Bill Rogers tagged along with GA Advisory Board member Cameron Wake as he testified before members of the U.S. Congress on the consequences of climate change on New Hampshire's economic future. Check it out! And be sure to check out more videos at our GA Video Page!

Laugh out loud: Mike McDonald's Comedy Xxtravaganza returns to the Music Hall

Feb 10, 2011

From The Portsmouth Herald

Mike McDonald's 10th Annual Comedy Xxtravaganza returns to the Music Hall on Saturday, Feb. 12, an event that lets you know that if you haven't yet gotten a Valentine's Day present, there is a last-minute solution.

In association with Cuzin Richard Entertainment, The Music Hall is hosting McDonald's show the weekend before Valentine's Day, and McDonald is proud of having provided self-centered men with a self-centered last-minute reprieve....

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Earthtec's partnerships continue to raise awareness

Feb 7, 2011

By MICHAEL MCCORD

Portsmouth Herald

PORTSMOUTH- Dennis Randall spent this weekend multi-tasking and savoring every minute of it. 

Randall played hockey at the popular Pond Hockey Classic Tournament, held Friday, Saturday, and today, on Lake Winnapesaukee in Meredith, and of equal importance, spread the good news and gospel about sustainability, taking care of the planet, and his company EARTHTEC. 

"We've created a better business platform," said Randall, chief executive officer of EARTHTEC, the Portsmouth-based company that makes apparel from recycled or renewable fabrics like plastics, organic cotton, and natural wool. "We're gonna be proud of our business and protect the planet at the same time. I would feel shallow at the end of the day if we didn't do everything we could, and we have found that customers reward us with their dollars because of what we stand for." Read more at Seacoast Online

High on fitness: Indoor Ascent gym in Dover offers options for climbers

Feb 7, 2011

By TESS MANDRA

Foster's Daily Democrat

DOVER — Chad Murphy, owner of Indoor Ascent climbing gym, wants to inspire people to explore a new form of exercise this winter. Indoor rock climbing is a fun way to stay fit during the cold months when the hibernation bug sets in, and you might feel like you may need something novel to get you off the couch.

Rock climbing is a great way to stay in shape over the winter, working on all of the core body areas and all the while having a blast.

University of New Hampshire climbing team co-captain Emily Troisi can vouch for indoor climbing as a great winter activity. "If you find a good climbing gym, with a fun atmosphere and challenging climbs, there is no better way to stay in shape."