News : March 2011

Sustainable Servings: Local establishments shun foam

Mar 31, 2011

By: Jim Cavan

Taste Magazine

Living in New England, it's hard to drive more than a few miles without seeing the declaration "America Runs on Dunkin'" on an orange-and-pink sign. And chances are a lot of us heed that message. 

Since its founding in 1950, Dunkin' Donuts has become one of America's most popular fast food establishments, and one of its most recognizable brands. And while donuts are the namesake, the eatery is also known for its coffee, serving close to 3 million cups a day. That's close to a billion annually, and more than 30 per second nationwide.

Given these statistics, it's clear that America may indeed run on Dunkin'. But what does Dunkin' run on? More than anything, it's expanded polystyrene foam, those white cups many people call "Styrofoam" (see sidebar). Add in coffee to go served from fast food chains like McDonalds, Tim Hortons, Krispy Kreme, and every other donut maker, and that's a lot of coffee, and a lot of foam cups. To continue reading, click here and turn to page 98!

Rockingham Electric prepares for 2012 lighting laws with green push

Mar 30, 2011

By Jim Cavan

From The Portsmouth Herald

NEWINGTON — On Jan. 1, the U.S. Department of Energy will begin rolling out a series of regulations to curb the use of traditional incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs in lieu of more efficient alternatives.

The Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 broadened the 2005 Energy Policy Act's efforts to create a comprehensive energy strategy for the 21st century. Starting Jan. 1, production of 100-watt light bulbs — standard in most American homes — will not be permitted. Instead, incandescent bulbs, which emit an average of 1,550 lumens, must use less than 72 watts to achieve the same radiance. The result is a threshold whereby all light bulbs must be at least 30 percent more efficient than current standards require.... read the full story in the Herald by clicking here!

Local green business owner takes recycling for a spin

Mar 29, 2011

By Jim Cavan

From Foster's Daily Democrat

PORTSMOUTH — His store has earned a reputation as one of the greenest retailers anywhere. He's been featured in Green America's National Green Pages. His environmental tips, aired weekly on WXGR (101.5 FM), have helped earn him the nickname "Green Guru."

But beyond the plethora of green accolades and accomplishments, Paul Keegan's true passion -- unlike the eco product-stacked shelves lying in plain view throughout his 1 World Trading store on Congress Street in downtown Portsmouth -- rests in a place largely out of site to most. In the basement, to be more specific. That's where dozens of bike frames and requisite fodder line the walls, beams and floors like so many lifeless metal skeletons. But unlike their more organic brethren, these bones will one day walk, or ride, as it were, again.

Keegan is taking recycling to new heights. What might be worthless handlebars, wheels or brakes to most of us, are jewels ripe for re-use.... read the full story in Foster's by clicking here

Sustainable, safe woodwork Cabinetworks embraces 'green' offerings

Mar 28, 2011

By Scott Szycher

Foster's Daily Democrat

It almost sounds like a cliché to suggest that Green Cabinetworks has something for everyone, but it comes with the territory when your specialties range from custom millwork to specialty storage to green cabinetry to exquisite home furnishings.

The Dover-based company, which is a division of Vigilant Woodworks, can easily boast of its prowess in woodworking and cabinetry, as their staff includes tradesmen with years of experience under their belts. And while the company is known for producing exceptional woodwork for its commercial clients, homeowners can now beautify their own dwellings by tapping into Green Cabinetworks' expertise.

To read the full story, click here!

Shane Carter and Ridgeview Construction featured in latest episode of theGreenScreen

Mar 28, 2011

This past Sunday, theGreenScreen had its second episode air on My TV New England. This week's episode features the GA's own Ridgeview Construction and their committment to sustainable building.

TheGreenScreen airs every Sunday 11:30am on My TV New England. For more info, go to


GA Assistant Director Scott Szycher makes it to the Green Screen!

Mar 21, 2011

Two weeks ago, Now Or Never Media's Bill Rogers set up camp at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association's (NESEA) annual conference in Boston, filming much of the week's happenings. That Wednesday, Now Or Never shared a booth with our very own Assistant Director, Scott Szycher.

The footage aired this past Sunday on, which airs every Sunday 11:30am on My TV New England. For more info, go to


Portsmouth developer touts value of LEED certification

Mar 21, 2011

By Kelly Hearn

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

Mark Stebbins is a principal owner and developer of the downtown Marriott Residence Inn and Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center that opened in May 2010. He spoke with Business Monday about the value of LEED certification.

The hotel and conference center are certified by the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. What is LEED?

Stebbins: It's a green building process that substantially reduces the negative impact of building construction by utilizing high-performance construction and operating practices. The added benefit is reduced operating costs. It also enhances building marketability, increases workers' productivity and supports a healthier building environment for the occupants. To continue reading, check out the Seacoast Online website!

Branching into N.H.: Kennebunk Savings Bank sees big potential in Portsmouth

Mar 18, 2011

From The Portsmouth Herald

By Tom Cocchiaro

For more than 30 years, 111 Maplewood Ave. in Portsmouth was filled with newsroom hustle and bustle, and the deafening din of presses cranking out the Portsmouth Herald's revelation of the day — but times change. What was once was the heart of the region's award-winning journalism crew is now home to Kennebunk Savings Bank, a Maine-based community bank that recently chose to cross the river to test the waters in the Port City.

The move to explore new opportunities in New Hampshire was more about better serving existing customers in the Seacoast area than just being in Portsmouth, according to Brad Paige, Kennebunk Savings' president and chief executive officer, although he admits the vibrant business climate in the region also "turned his head.".. Read the full story here!

Community radio stations find niche on Seacoast

Mar 14, 2011

By Jim Cavan

In a relatively small city like Portsmouth, two community radio stations might seem like one too many.

Not so, said Rob Connelly, director of WXGR 101.5 FM. Connelly, who launched the world music-focused station in 2004, thinks both WXGR and Portsmouth Community Radio 106.1 FM have succeeded because of two different, though mutually beneficial, formulas.

"So far, I think everyone is happy with how it turned out," Connelly said. "There's been a perfect symbiosis, because while we're more like a commercial radio station, at least as far as format, WCSA definitely takes up more of a community radio mantle."... read the full story in the Herald by clicking here!

Local green-focused media company taking Web-honed message to TV

Mar 7, 2011

By Jim Cavan

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

PORTSMOUTH — When it comes to mobilizing media to advance a message, Portsmouth-based Now or Never Media seems to have done it all.

Since launching in 2007, Now or Never principals Bill Rogers and Melissa Paly have done everything from feature-length documentaries to live-streaming interviews to three-minute commercials for local businesses, all with the aim of raising awareness about climate change. Now it is trying its hand at commercial television. Starting Sunday, March 6, Now or Never will broadcast "," a half-hour weekly show on MyTV New England. The show, which will air at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays, will focus on local businesses and citizens working to advance environmental activism, particularly with respect to climate change. To read more, visit the Seacoast Online website!

Kennebunk Savings Opens Portsmouth Branch

Mar 7, 2011

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

PORTSMOUTH — Kennebunk Savings, an independent, mutual community bank and full-service financial institution, opened its first New Hampshire branch office last month at 111 Maplewood Ave.

The Portsmouth office, which opened Feb. 22, employs seven people and offers business banking, retail banking as well as investment, residential mortgage and commercial insurance services.

"Seacoast New Hampshire is a natural extension of Kennebunk Savings' existing footprint in southern Maine and will allow us to better serve our existing and expanding New Hampshire customer base," said Brad Paige, president and chief executive officer of Kennebunk Savings. To continue reading, visit the Seacoast Online website!

Free lessons for kids at Powderhouse Hill

Mar 3, 2011

Portsmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine - The Friends of Powderhouse Hill Ski Area announce the return of Shawnee Peak Ski School to Powderhouse Hill, with a night of free equipment use and ski or snowboard lessons for children, from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, March 4. 

"We have just over 100 spots to fill and expect to hit full capacity before the event," said Friends President Josh Allen. "It's a good thing. I just wish we could accommodate every child who wants to participate. We're taking the positive response as a sign there's high demand for ski lessons and rental equipment on the Seacoast. We get a lot of requests for rentals throughout the year but we just don't have the space to provide the service." To keep reading, visit the Seacoast Online website!

Study Confirms Economic Benefits of RGGI While States Threaten to Pull Out

Mar 3, 2011

By Clean Economy Capital Staff

Clean Energy Capital

On Monday, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI) released a report confirming that the three-year old program has boosted participant state economies, created new jobs, and lowered energy bills. This announcement arrives in the midst of speculation that some of the participating states--Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, and Vermont--may choose to leave RGGI, the first mandatory, market-based cap and trade program in the United States. To read more, visit the Clean Economy Capital website!

Volunteers buoy city pool

Mar 3, 2011

By Charles McMahon

Portmouth Herald (Seacoast Online)

PORTSMOUTH — The community is continuing to support its indoor pool.

Whether it be through local doctors advocating for its healthy benefits, or through area business-people helping devise a suitable operating budget, Seacoast residents appear willing and unrelenting when it comes to keeping the aged pool afloat.

Local organizers of Save the Indoor Portsmouth Pool appear unwilling to stop the push for progress in one day making the facility self-sustaining. To read more, check out the Seacoast Online website!