News : October 2011

Locally-owned Middleton Building Supply inspires community loyalty

Oct 31, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

HAMPTON - Andy Carberry, manager at Middleton Building Supply in Hampton, says community loyalty to his store is a two-way street.

“It’s a conversation I have every day with our customers, why they do business with us,” he says. “I had a customer just the other day go out of his way to tell me he’s going to buy as much as possible from us because he believes in local and he believes in the quality of products that we offer.”

Click here to read the full story in Foster's!

Earthtec Lands in Downtown Portsmouth

Oct 31, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch, Exeter Patch, and Foster's Daily Democrat, and Businessweek

Known for its out-of-this-world softness and the fact that it’s made from recycled plastic bottles, Earthtec apparel has finally returned to its roots in downtown Portsmouth.

Located at 76 Congress Street right in the heart of Market Square’s main retail district, Earthtec's new store is focusing on its own brand of apparel, including jackets, pullovers, hoodies, blankets, and socks. And if you can take your eyes off the colorful clothing inside the store that seems to beckon patrons, the store itself is an attraction to downtown’s many visitors.

Befitting a company that’s known for outdoor clothing, a rustic yet modern look dominates the décor, with original wood flooring, brick walls, and a bamboo butcher block top used as the checkout area. The renovation of the retail space entailed Randall reaching out to local contractors and retailers, including Portsmouth-based Greenovations and Newington-based Rockingham Electric, to support the local economy, and integrate their green building concepts into a location which merges style and sustainability.

To read the full story in Portsmouth Patch, click here! To read the full story in Exeter Patch, click here! To read the story in Foster's, click here! For Businessweek, click here!

Efficiency Maine Home Energy Savings ends, but with encouraging verdict

Oct 28, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

A little more than a year after its initial launch, the Efficiency Maine Home Energy Savings Program – the stimulus-funded initiative which provided cash incentives to Mainers who undertook various energy efficiency measures – has officially invested 100% of its money.

Overall, 4,931 homes received comprehensive energy audits through the program. 3,184 of those homes – about 65% of those audited – received substantial upgrades, resulting in an average savings of 40% per home. That works out to about a $1,400 per home savings annually, or $4.5 million statewide...

Click here to read the full story in Foster's!

Efficiency Maine Home Energy Savings Program Ends With Encouraging Verdict

Oct 28, 2011

From Portsmouth Patch

By Jim Cavan

A little more than a year after its initial launch, the Efficiency Maine Home Energy Savings Program – the stimulus-funded initiative which provided cash incentives to Mainers who undertook various energy efficiency measures – has officially invested 100 percent of its money.

An impressive number on its face, to be sure. But it certainly isn’t the only such one.

Overall, 4,931 homes received comprehensive energy audits through the program. 3,184 of those homes – about 65 percent of those audited – received substantial upgrades, resulting in an average savings of 40 percent per home. That works out to about a $1,400 per home savings annually, or $4.5 million statewide...

Read the full story in Portsmouth Patch here!

Looking beyond the bottom line with Visions Kitchens

Oct 28, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — They're not superheroes. They might never trend on Twitter. Their profession – while certainly beholden to flairs of the artistic – is workmanlike. Their manner is unassuming; their demeanor, as friendly as it is humble.

But catch a glimpse of what occupies Nathan Johnson and Ernest Proper's spare time – to say nothing of their encouraging business ethic: it might surprise you.

Co-owners of the Portsmouth-based Visions Kitchens & Design, Johnson and Proper can both trace their lineages back to Native American roots. Lakota, to be exact. Johnson is Hunka – or adopted – Lakota, while Proper is Lakota Oglala and Miq Mac)...

Read the full story in Foster's here!

Green Alliance dominates Foster's "Going Green" section

Oct 26, 2011

Over the past few years, the GA has been fortunate enough to have a number of their Business Partner stories featured prominently in Foster's Daily Democrat's annual "Going Green" inset magazine.

This year is no exception.

Pretty much the entire insert is made up of steallar GA content, and includes stories on Coughlin, Murphy, Rainboth & Lown, Children's Museum of New Hampshire, Nicely Done, Habitat For Humanity ReStore, and Zero Waste Portsmouth (a recycling initiative involving Tim Gaudreau Studios, Middleton Building Supply,and EcoMovement Consulting & Hauling).

We weren't kididng!

Click here to check out Foster's "Going Green"!

Q&A with GA Business Partner and Portsmouth City Council Candidate Brad Lown

Oct 26, 2011

From Portsmouth Patch

By Jim Cavan

On November 8th, Portsmouth residents will choose nine City Council Members to represent the city for the next two years. Brad Lown, partner in Green Alliance Business Coughlin, Rainboth, Murphy & Lown, is one of ten candidates vying for a seat on Portsmouth’s governing board. Lown, who has served on both the City Council and School Board in years past, is eager to bring his unique perspective and expertise to bare, and is looking forward to the challenges and opportunities confronting our fair Port City.

I had a chance to speak with Brad via telephone, to get a better sense for both his motivation for giving public service another go-at-it, as well as the chief issues he intends to tackle if elected...

Click here to read the full interview at Portsmouth Patch!

Black Thunder Singers Win 2011 Native American

Oct 24, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch and Foster's Daily Democrat

By Dave Anderson

When Visions Kitchens & Design co-owners Nathan Johnson and Ernie Proper aren't busy designing green kitchens for their customers, the two friends celebrate their Native American roots by hitting the road with the Black Thunder Singers, performing at Pow Wows all over New England.  

The duo just got back from the 2011 Native American Music Awards, held on October 7th at the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in New York's Niagara Falls, where the Black Thunder Singers won “Best Pow Wow Recording” for their album Black Thunder.  

“This is the Native American equivalent to the Grammy’s,” said Johnson. “For Pow Wow groups, this is the highest award you can get."

To read the full story in Portsmouth Patch, click here! To read the full story in Foster's, click here!

Pepperell Mill Campus: An incubator for the “work-live” model

Oct 24, 2011

From Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online Blogs

By Jim Cavan

Russell Caron wakes up in his upstairs apartment at Biddeford’s Pepperell Mill Campus. Once ready for work, the professional photographer’s commute involves little more than a casual walk down a few flights of stairs, where Russell Caron Wedding Photography resides.

His busy day of emailing or meeting with clients and editing wedding photos begins. Before long, a young couple arrives. Caron walks them through various photography options, taking them down to his ground floor photo studio – also in the mill – to showcase his extensive, well-honed portfolio. He listens to them excitedly describe their special day’s grand vision. All the while, the couple marvel at the window view of the mighty Saco River, along with the myriad 30”x40” canvas prints on Caron’s wall, accumulated over 10 years in the trade.

Click here to read the rest of the story in Portsmouth Patch. Click here for the Seacoast Online Blogs story!

Clippings to Cash

Oct 20, 2011

From Turf magazine

By Don Dale

Wade Landscaping's extensive compost program was recently highlighted in Turf. Click here to read the story!

Green Builder Brings Work Home – Literally

Oct 20, 2011

From Portsmouth Patch

By Jim Cavan

When builder Peter Robie decided to build a new, energy efficient house on his family’s rolling North Hampton property, he didn’t have to stray far for inspiration.

Together with Ethan Korpi, Robie runs EcoSound Builders, a company specializing in high performance homes as well as green-conscious design and materials.

After initially focusing on the Lakes and White Mountain regions of New Hampshire, in 2008 Eco Sound launched their Southern branch, which primarily services clients in and around the New Hampshire-Maine Seacoast.

Read the full story in Portsmouth Patch here!

Creative Visions: Looking Beyond the Bottom Line with Visions Kitchens

Oct 20, 2011

From Exeter Patch, Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online Blogs

By Jim Cavan

They’re not superheroes. They might never trend on Twitter. Their profession – while certainly beholden to flairs of the artistic – is nothing if not workmanlike. They’re manner is unassuming; their demeanor, as friendly as it is humble.

But catch a firsthand glimpse of what occupies Nathan Johnson and Ernest Proper’s spare time – to say nothing of their encouraging business ethic – chances are what you see might surprise you.

Click here to read the full story in Exeter Patch! Click here for Portsmouth Patch! Click here for Seacoast Online Blogs!

Energy-aware consumers, meet the new light bulb

Oct 20, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Dave Anderson

NEWINGTON — For more than a century, the light bulb has stood as a symbol of innovation and human ingenuity.

Today, the light bulb is living up to that reputation by taking energy efficiency to a whole new level.

Sitting on the counter of The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric is a display reading, “The new LED lighting from Philips is here, and it can change everything.” It contains Philips brand LED replacement light bulbs that use just a fraction of the energy of the traditional incandescents they replace...

Read the full story in Foster's here!

'Zero Waste,' but plenty of gumption!

Oct 20, 2011

From CleanSpeak

By Steve McGrath

Karina Quintans tipped the trash can toward her and looked inside: paper coffee cups, tin foil, fast food sacks and, curiously, the pruned leaves of somebody’s indoor plant. At least 80 percent of the trash in this can – clearly labeled “landfill” – was suitable for a second can a few inches to its left, the one labeled “recycling.”

We may not get our waste in the right hole, but at least now, thanks to Quintans and her friends, if you stroll the downtown area of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, you have a 50-50 chance. Until Sept. 27, you had only one option: landfill.

To read the full story (and see a great video on the day's events) click here!

Children's Museum of NH Launches "Alzheimer's Cafe"

Oct 19, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch

By Jim Cavan

For over 20 years, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire has prided itself on being a place where memories are made. Now, they’re doing their part to help those struggling with Alzheimer’s hold onto them longer.

On October 20 the Museum - located in Dover - will launch "Alzheimer's Cafe", a monthly event designed to help those living with the disease relax and socialize in a friendly, non-clinical setting.

The first of its kind in the Eastern United States, the Cafés will be held on the third Thursday of each month.

To read the full story, click here!

Barrington firm specializes in geothermal power

Oct 17, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat and Portsmouth Patch 

By Dave Anderson

Ultra Geothermal of Barrington was one of just six Granite State businesses honored at last month’s New Hampshire Business Magazine’s 2011 Lean & Green Awards in Portsmouth. For company President Melissa Aho, the award is just the latest milestone in a journey that began a little more than three years ago.

In 2008, Ultra Heating & Cooling changed its name to Ultra Geothermal and completed its transformation from a traditional HVAC company to a cutting edge clean energy firm specializing in geothermal installation.

“In 2006, when I joined Ultra Heating & Cooling as an employee, we did about 30-50 percent of our business in geothermal,” according to Aho.

Read the full story on Fosters.com or Portsmouth-NH.patch.com

Meet the New Light Bulb

Oct 17, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch and Fosters

By Dave Anderson

For more than a century, the light bulb has stood as a symbol of innovation and human ingenuity. Today, the light bulb is living up to that reputation by taking energy efficiency to a whole new level.

Sitting on the counter of The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric is a display reading, “The new LED lighting from Philips is here, and it can change everything.” It contains Philips brand LED replacement light bulbs that use just a fraction of the energy of the traditional incandescents they replace. A 60-watt incandescent light bulb can now be swapped out for a12-watt LED. A 40-watt incandescent can be replaced with an 8-watt LED.

TheGreenScreen Season 2 premier with the GA's own Scott Szycher!

Oct 17, 2011

This past Sunday, TheGreenScreen.tv launched its second season with an episode centered around the Occupy Wall Street movement, and what it means for the citizens of New Hampshire.

Among those interviewed was GA Assistant Director Scott Szycher (around the 2:47 mark). Scott -- along with New Hampshire native and NYU student Brett Chamberlin and UNH Political Science Professor Melvin Dubnick -- take turns lending their unique insight into the state of the economy, the OWS movement, and what role Granite Staters are playing to help influence both.

You can check out Part I of the episode by clicking here.

Also be sure to tune in to TheGreenScreen.tv on WBIN every Sunday morning at 11!

 

Jumpin' into solar

Oct 17, 2011

From Portsmouth Herald / Seacoast Online

By Michael McCord

PORTSMOUTH — Restaurant owner Jay McSharry is thinking long term when he considers the recently completed solar hot water project that sits on top of building where Jumpin' Jay's Fish Café is located.

The nine flat solar panels and the 400 gallons of solar storage are set to provide Jumpin' Jay's with more than 50 percent of its hot water needs for the next few decades.

"Solar is a nice fit for us. We have a great, flat, 8,000-square-foot roof that gets sun all day long," said McSharry, who also owns the building at 150 Congress St. "The numbers fell into place, and it made financial sense."

Serious planning began in January, when McSharry and Jack Bingham, the president of Seacoast Energy Alternatives in Dover, were able to make "the numbers work" for the project, Bingham said. Those numbers include a 30 percent federal tax credit and a state tax rebate that reduced the cost of the $34,000 investment.

To read the full story, click here!

From Olympic to Financial Achievement

Oct 14, 2011

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat and Portsmouth Patch

By Scott Szycher

STRATHAM — Dedication. Work ethic. Achievement. All these attributes can easily be applied to those who have achieved the glory of winning Olympic medals.

But sometimes it’s not easy applying that same passion to more sedentary careers, especially once the bright lights emanating from the Olympic torch have dimmed through the passage of time.

But for Eric Flaim - New England native, current Stratham resident, and winner of two Olympic speed skating medals – the key to his transition from athletics to financial planning was to apply the same determination he demonstrated when he became the first U.S. athlete to win medals in two different Winter disciplines...

Read the full story in Foster's by clicking here. For Portsmouth Patch, click here.

Isles of Shoals’ Thomas Laighton Receives First Biodiesel Fill-up

Oct 13, 2011

From Portsmouth Patch and Exeter Patch

Since joining the Green Alliance two years ago, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company has gone a long way in rendering its operations more sustainable. From instituting a more rigorous recycling program to investing in compostable plastic cups, theirs is a business increasingly invested in doing their part to protect the environmental heritage on which so much of their tourism-based business depends.

Starting now, it’s a philosophy they plan to run on – literally.

Last Wendesday, the company’s famed Thomas Laighton received its first fill-up of B5 biodiesel from Simply Green, making its trial run later that same evening.

Read the full story in Portsmouth or Exeter Patch!

Visions Kitchens, ZESstudio Show The Barter Side Of The Green Alliance

Oct 13, 2011

From Portsmouth Patch

By Scott Szycher

Many know the Green Alliance for our community co-op, designed to bring green businesses and sustainability-minded consumers together.

Somewhat lesser known, however, is how the Green Alliance businesses themselves have used our organization to foster unique partnerships and barters which benefit both parties and help foster a greater sense of community within our ranks.

Take ZESstudio and Visions Kitchens. While the two companies – the former an all-purpose graphic design firm; the latter a green-focused kitchen design company – might seem to fall on different ends of the business spectrum, they do have one important thing in common: a desire to grow...

Read the full story in Portsmouth Patch here!

Pining for Beauty in Wine Storage Options

Oct 10, 2011

Published in Portsmouth Patch, Exeter Patch, and Foster's Daily Democrat

By Scott Szycher

Mahogany is revered for its versatility, richness, and beauty, but that quality can come at a high price. It must also be transported from forests thousands of miles away, making mahogany one of the less “green” options when it comes to wood species.  

New Englanders are fortunate; we’ve got an abundance of pine, another type of wood that grows naturally across our forests. It also provides a similar level of beauty at a far lower cost.

It’s because of pine’s beauty, workability, and affordability that led Green Cabinetworks, a premier design/build firm specialziing in high-end wine and cigar storage, to integrate this venerable wood as an option in their wine racking product lines.

To read the full story in Portsmouth Patch, click here! To read the full story in Exeter Patch, click here! To read the full story in Foster's, click here!

EcoMovement Consulting & Hauling: a Seacoast recycling, composting innovator

Oct 7, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

Taking out the trash has long been a weekly American ritual. Albeit not a particularly enjoyable one.

Efforts by certain cities in recent years to begin charging residents for trash bags have made gathering household refuse even less enjoyable.

Here on the Seacoast, one grassroots company is taking a stab at transforming a traditionally maligned task into one about which residents can feel good – and green.

Starting this past spring, EcoMovement Consulting &Hauling launched an innovative new residential compost hauling program...

Read the full story in Foster's by clicking here!

Going Green is Child's Play at the Children's Museum of New Hampshire

Oct 7, 2011

Published in High Profile

by Scott Szycher

Located in historic downtown Dover, the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire is known for their outstanding learning exhibits for kids, and the great time that families experience during their visits. But while the focus of the museum is on young minds, the Children’s Museum has instituted an impressive number of sustainability measures to ensure they’re protecting the communities they serve.

First and foremost, the Children’s Museum has partnered with Portsmouth-based Earthtec Outfitters – a clothing manufacturer and retailer specializing in clothing made from recycled plastic – to take the museum’s plastic recycling to a new level. Earthtec has provided the Children’s Museum with several eye-catching recycling containers for plastic bottles, and all plastic collected will be upcycled into fabric for shirts or other wearable items the Children’s Museum’s staff can use.

Nicely Done opens window to energy savings

Oct 3, 2011

Published in Fosters Daily Democrat

By David Anderson

When Brian Burris talks about "R" ratings, he's not talking about the latest blockbuster movie. The owner of the Hampton-based sustainable building company Nicely Done has made it his mission to provide homeowners with high quality energy efficient windows.

"The greater the R-value, the greater the insulating value of any new window," Burris explains. "It means a window is good or not good in terms of keeping out the weather. Winter, you have cold drafts coming through old windows," he says. "New windows can solve the problem and also help to keep air conditioning nice and cool during the summertime."

The resulting savings on energy and heating add up, good news in a state where the typical household spends between two or three thousand dollars on heat each winter.  To read the full story, click here!

 

Portsmouth home a Green Alliance stronghold

Oct 3, 2011

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — Being Green Alliance members, Chris & Alison Pyott knew they wanted to incorporate as many local and sustainable features as possible when they began renovating their mid-19th century carriage house earlier this year.

The Pyotts chose the Middle Street abode in 1998 for its unique space, compact size, affordability and location. But after nearly 13 years, even the most beloved home will tend to present its fair share of overhaul demands.

Five rounds of architectural drawings and one near addition ground-breaking later, the couple finally decided that more space wasn’t nearly as important as the right space, and the freedom it provided....

Read the full story in Foster's by clicking here!

ReStore finds new home in restored Newington roller rink: All proceeds benefit Habitat for Humanity

Oct 3, 2011

NEWINGTON — Just as the clock struck 9 a.m. the disco balls went on and more than 30 people streamed into the building that did not hold dancers from the '70s or roller skaters, but instead building materials and appliances.

Saturday was not only a celebration of the third birthday of Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity's ReStore, but also the grand opening of its move to 29 Fox Run Road in Newington...

Read the full article in Fosters by clicking here.