News : October 2012

Tree damage 'minimal'

Oct 31, 2012

From Portsmouth Herald

By Heikki Perry

Seacoast landscaping companies were out in force Tuesday following Hurricane Sandy, and several indicated the damage was relatively minor.

“The damage that I’m seeing is minimal,” said Micum Davis of Portsmouth-based Cornerstone Tree Care. “The trees that were damaged had structural flaws or were trees that had been neglected. Compared to the storm that we had last Halloween, and the storm in February 2010, at least on the seacoast, this was less damaging.”

The call volume from businesses and homeowners had not been significant- about a half dozen, Davis said.

“I don’t know what’s going on inland, so I can’t speak to that,” he said.

Ash trees suffering from a leaf blight the last couple of years received the most damage, Davis said. “They’ve really been stressed,” he said, “and the other trees that still had their leaves on, like Bradford pear trees, and evergreens like pine and spruce, have sustained the most damage.”

Amazing tabletops will raise funds for Arts in Reach

Oct 31, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH -- A showcase of “over-the-top designer tabletops” to benefit Seacoast teenage girls will also shine a spotlight on a company committed to social and environmental responsibility.

The event, called “Tablescapes: The Art and Design of Entertaining,” is the premier designer tabletop showcase in support of Arts in Reach (AIR), a non-profit organization that empowers local teenage girls through mentoring and arts programs. The fundraiser will take place Nov. 2 through 4 at Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle St., Portsmouth, the former library building across from Jumpin’ Jay’s Fish Café.

Power partnership lets customers buy renewable energy

Oct 31, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Heikki Perry

LACONIA -- Somewhat lost in the shuffle of businesses and governments trying to reduce energy costs, a government-initiated program that allows electricity customers to buy renewable energy and save money is gaining traction locally with the help of a company dedicated to green power.

The Green Power Partnership, a free, voluntary program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, assists organizations in procuring electricity generated from renewable resources and promoting their green power leadership.

Through the purchase of Green-E certified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs), customers can purchase 100 percent renewable energy. Glacial Energy has helped many customers participate in this program by purchasing and retiring RECs on the customer’s behalf through its Glacial Green Product offering.

For Jewett Farms & Co, Patience Pays Off

Oct 29, 2012

From The Graite State Sentinel

DOVER - It's been two years since Jewett Farms & Co. - a Dover-based company renowned for their commitment to sustainable woodworking practices - decided to expand its operations to include a reclaimed flooring operation.

But, in business as in life, when it comes to relationships, sometimes it's important to never settle.

Now, Jewett Farms can claim with clear confidence that they have, in fact, finally found "the one."

Last month, Jewett Farms & Co announced a new partnership with Olde Wood Ltd of Malvern, Ohio.  Founded by Tommy and Many Sancic in 1997, Olde Wood has since grown to become one of the largest reclaimed wood operatin anywhere in the country. 

For the full article in the Sentinel, pick up an October 26th edition at your local newsstand!

Audubon Partnership the Latest in Local Golf Course's Green Push

Oct 29, 2012

From The Granite State Sentinel

By Jim Cavan

NORTH HAMPTON – Way back in 1929, when R.E. Luff first founded Sagamore Golf Club in Lynnfield, Massachusetts, “green” wasn’t merely an industry fad or maintenance buzzword; it was, quite simply, the way things had always been done.

By the time the family opened its second location in North Hampton, New Hampshire in 1962, all-natural lawn care and links treatment had become an integral part of the Sagamore fold. Over the years, the Luff family charges have become a beacon of sorts for public courses—most of which don’t have the luxury of tapping into country club coffers—looking to eliminate as many chemical-heavy pesticides and fertilizers as possible.

To read the full article in the Granite State Sentinel, pick up an October 19th copy at your local newsstand!

Green Lotus Yoga celebrates survival with open house weekend Nov. 3

Oct 29, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

DOVER -- Launching a yoga studio – any business for that matter – in the midst of the worst economic downturns in generations is one thing. But opening your shala mid-recession in a region boasting one of the nation’s highest yoga-studios-per-capita?
Talk about high risk.

But three years after cutting ribbon on Dover’s Green Lotus Yoga Studio, owner Lona Kovacs isn’t looking back. To the contrary, Kovacs says the decision to make good on long-held dream was the product of a confidence honed in large part through her own yoga practice.

“I just knew it was the right time to open an Ashtanga studio, and Dover seemed like a great fit,” recalls Kovacs. “Dover has a very unique cross section of old and young, experienced practitioners and people who are newer to the tradition, which makes for great class dynamics.”

The studio will celebrate its Three Year Anniversary with a two-day celebration featuring free yoga classes, workshops, film showings, art installation, and a potluck dinner the weekend of November 3rd.

For the full story in Foster's, click here!

Gateway Taiji Qigong & Yoga Opens in Portsmouth

Oct 29, 2012

From The Granite State Sentinel

PORTSMOUTH - A new center for practicing the ancient energy arts of taiji (tai chi), qigong (chee kung) and yoga opened recently in Portsmouth's historic Button Factory.  The 875 Islington Street building has been extensively renovated as a "green" space, with a rooftop solar project planned for later this fall.

Taiji, qigong, and yoga have been practiced by millions of people throughout the world for many centuries.  They help people feel better, move more freely, breathe easier and connect with their spiritual selves.  They condition the body, improve circulation, develop energy and promote mindfulness.  Taiji and qigong classes will be taught by Gateway founder Bill Buckley, who has been studying and teaching the martial arts for more than twenty years.  Yoga classes will be offered by Ocean Spirit Yoga, which has made Gateway its new home.  For more information, visit www.gatewaytaiji.com.

For the original article, pick up a copy of October 26th's Sentinel at your local newsstand!

Gateway offers path to better wellness

Oct 29, 2012

From The Portsmouth Herald

By Toby Hatchett

PORTSMOUTH — The newly renovated and custom-designed former Button Factory studio just opened to the public as Gateway.

"Gateway is the new home of taiji, qigong and yoga, as well as other wellness-oriented businesses," said owner and teacher Bill Buckley. "This beautiful room used to house the ovens that cooked the buttons. You can see the alcoves where the ovens were located."

Lily Sibley, of Ocean Spirit Yoga, is enthusiastic about this new location.

"Bill was the inspiration for all of this," Sibley said. "No detail was overlooked to make this a very special place for study and practice of martial arts, yoga and well-being."

For the whole story in the Herald, click here!

Green Tips: Joel Bobbett of Simply Green Biofuels

Oct 29, 2012

From The Portsmouth Herald

This week's Green Tips come from Joel Bobbett, general manager of Simply Green Biofuels.

1. Insulate your pipework. Most people don't think about the way heat and hot water are delivered throughout the home. By manually insulating the piping from your hot water heater, a quick visit to the hardware store for 1-inch pipe insulation can save you in the long run.

2. Keep your furnaces tuned up. A neglected furnace can mean declining heating efficiency. If the thermostat stays the same, your furnace is going to have to make up the difference by going through more fuel. An annual tune-up to your furnace can keep that at bay.

To read the full story in the Herald, click here!

Local Loyalty: When Put To The Test, A Company Takes A Stand

Oct 29, 2012

From Taste Magazine

By Jim Cavan

If one of the most successful restaurant chains in America came knocking at your door, eager to contact your services, would you turn them away? For an independent food supplier, this would be a golden opportunity, right?

This was the situation Chris Barstow, president of Favorite Foods in Somersworth, New Hampshire, faced in 2004 when Applebee’s approached his company.

Launched in 1987 with a little more than “a van and a plan,” Favorite Foods aims to provide local, independent restaurants with everything from paper products and cleaning chemicals to prepared appetizers and desserts, meats, dairy products, and produce. The company also offers comprehensive consulting services on restaurant business development strategies. Its client list includes over 20 New Hampshire school districts, along with area eateries like Jumpin’ Jack’s Java in Hampton, Robert’s Maine Grill in Kittery, and The Riverworks in Newmarket.

To read the full story and many other compelling articles Taste Magazine offers, pick up a copy of the Fall Edition at your local newsstand!

Green Tips: Dr. Seth LaFlamme

Oct 29, 2012

From The Portsmouth Herald

This week's Green Tips come from Dr. Seth LaFlamme of Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness.

1. Wash your hands with regular soap, not antibacterial. The point of washing is physical removal anyway, and you will be doing your part to keep bacteria's resistance to antibacterials — and the superbugs that can result — at bay.

2. Join a Community Supported Agriculture. Not only are you supporting sustainable social structure by supporting your local farmers, but you are helping keep toxins out of the environment and your body. Not only that, but the per-pound cost often ends up being less than conventional produce bought at the grocery store.

Click here to read the full story!

Data Equals Energy in Internet World

Oct 26, 2012

From Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

While the emails you collect and the other data you store online may seem to reside in the ether somewhere — out of sight, out of mind, as the saying goes — they actually require energy to power the servers and networks that house them all.

A simple equation encapsulates how environmentalists should think about how they use their computers: data = energy. And lots of data equals lots of energy.

“Only store what is really necessary,” says Brian Yurick, proprietor of Portsmouth-based Home Town Technology Consultants. “A large problem is that the effect we have on energy usage with “the cloud” and data is that it is essentially invisible to us. The average person really doesn't have a way to measure his footprint from the emails he sends or the amount of time he spends surfing the web and chatting online.”

Click Here to read the full story in Portsmouth Patch!

‘Green’ alliance of tech company and recycler proves its mettle

Oct 23, 2012

From Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

A collaboration between two green-focused companies is yielding profits to each while also helping the environment here and abroad in unique and exciting ways.

MetalWave Inc. recycles electronic products, and Jenaly Technology Group provides IT service. The two companies met about a year ago through the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices, and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members.

At the time, Jenaly was looking for help with an IT customer who wanted to recycle obsolete electronic equipment, and the relationship has grown from there.

For the full story in Portsmouth Patch, click Here!

ReStore's Birthday Month Will See It's Shoppers Getting Great October Deals

Oct 23, 2012

From Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

Nobody looks forward to their birthday more than the Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Well, except for maybe the members of the Green Alliance. October is the month for celebration because the ReStore is offering a 15% discount on everything in the store for card-carrying members of the Green Alliance for the entire month.

But this isn't the first time that the ReStore has had this awesome sale. Every October since it's first birthday three years ago, the ReStore has showed it's dedication to the Green Alliance by increasing their members discounts to 15%. The business started in Dover, in 2008, as a store that sold new and used products donated to them by local communities and businesses. The founders of the ReStore wanted to give things a second chance to find a good home before they were tossed into the garbage.

Click Here to read the full story in Exeter Patch!

Green Stride Half Marathon Takes Full Advantage of Autumn in Newburyport, MA

Oct 23, 2012

From Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

If you're in Newburyport, MA on October 21, you'll be able to catch the roaring sound of thousands of footsteps coasting along the Merrimack River on a beautiful autumn afternoon. Those footsteps belong to the runners of the Green Stride Newburyport half-marathon, an event setting eco-friendly standards and promoting a healthy and green lifestyle.

Newburyport has always been considered a “green city”, a label that the locals certainly take pride in. The Newburyport Half Marathon, created by race director and local runner Eli Bailin, has generated a lot of hype from the New England community about having one of the most scenic race trails in New England. And with the race reaching fourteen-hundred runners in it's first year alone, and an estimated registration of between two-thousand and twenty-three hundred people this year, this race certainly lives up to it's expectations.

To read the full story in Exeter Patch, click Here!

Laconia Based Environmental Center Runs Family-Friendly Programs, Autumn Style

Oct 23, 2012

From Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

Prescott Farm Environmental Education Center (PFEEC) knows how important living a healthy, green lifestyle is to families and their values. It is essential for parents to teach their children, the future adults of our world, about the importance of respecting our planet and understanding how to treat it a little gentler.

Because of this, PFEEC has been running a series of Fall Programs for families to learn about the importance of a green lifestyle by participating in fun, engaging activities. Some of these programs include Campfire Storytelling, a Spiders & Webs Puppet Show, and a interactive lesson on how to preserve your fruit and veggie harvest with hot water bath canning, freezing and drying. PFEEC also has an upcoming winter program which will host activities adapted for the change in season, while still retaining the same amount of excitement and fun as the fall programs.

Click Here for the full story in Exeter Patch!

Smuttynose Brewing Co. and Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership Unite For The Greener Good

Oct 23, 2012

From Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

The relationship between the Smuttynose Brewing Co. and the Piscataqua Region Estuaries Partnership (PREP) was inevitable. Smuttynose beers consist of about 90% of water in all twenty plus styles that they brew, so having the best local water available is of paramount importance.

PREP is an organization which monitors, protects, and restores the health of the Seacoast's rivers, lakes, marshes, Great Bay and Hampton-Seabrook estuaries. PREP raises awareness about pollution and encourages the local community to take action in making our water cleaner. By bringing in Smuttynose's loyal fan base, the two companies can easily support each other and help engage the Seacoast community to help prevent pollution and protect the places where we can enjoy kayaking, fishing, and swimming.

Click Here to read the full story in Exeter Patch!

Atlantic Green Energy Hosts Open House For Solar Savings Demonstrations

Oct 23, 2012

From Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

Have you ever been curious about the proper way to approach a sustainable solar energy system? Atlantic Green Energy has the answer you've been looking for! On October 27th, AGE will be hosting an open house in which they will have ongoing demonstrations of some of the “green” technologies that will save you money while also save the planet.

Atlantic Green Energy is an alternative energy provider that specializes in everything from small-scale green retrofitting materials to full Solar (PV) projects. Starting out in 2009, owners George Hurley and Jack Haritas saw the construction industry was diminishing as a result of the recession. They wanted to create a business that would help people reduce their energy costs while reducing the amount of energy used in order for their customers to operate on a more sustainable level. The company has, since, adopted a motto that people who are still skeptical about switching to alternative energy might find more reassuring: Go Green Gradually.

Local Woman Works Overtime to Save Endangered Dogs

Oct 17, 2012

From The Granite State Sentinel

By:Heikki Perry

DEERFIELD - The phrase "man's best friend" is not necessarily so, depending on where you live in the United States, especially in the South where unwanted dogs ending up in shelters are more likely to be killed than adopted.

So says Mary Doane, owner of Mary's Dogs Rescue & Adoption, in Deerfield.  Ninety percent of the dogs Mary rescues are from a "high-kill" shelter in Aiken County, S.C., an area that borders Georgia.  She points to a cultural difference between the southern U.S. and the northeast and what it means to keep a dog as a pet and whether that dog should be spayed or neutered.

"Bottom line, many people treat animals only as property without inherent worth, and this happens a lot in the south," she says.  "It also happens in the north.  However, in our rescue we are looking for people who consider dogs family members.  In the south, many dogs don't come inside at all.  Not everybody in Aiken feels that way and they treat their animals well, but others' animals just keep breeding."

Dogs are also coming from a lot of rescues in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Mississippi, all of which are high-kill states.  That is so, again because many of these folks don't spay and neuter.

The Sentinel does not post its articles online, so to read the full article, pick up an October 12th edition at your local store!

Seeing the Green Light

Oct 16, 2012

From Coastal Home

By Jim Cavan

When Congress passed the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which spurred the phasing out of incandescent light bulbs beginning in 2012, it prompted plenty of questions. How much more expensive would compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) or light-emitting diodes (LEDs) really be? Are they safe? Can they be purchased as easily as standard bulbs?

In the past few years, as these green alternatives have had the spotlight turned on them, there have been affirmative answers to these mostly scientific questions. With shelf lives far exceeding those of incandescent bulbs, CFLs and LEDs are becoming more popular for both commercial and residential applications, with the resulting boom making their once steep price tags less expensive.

As for aesthetics- that is, how well energy efficient alternatives can mimic the warmth, glow, and appeal of incandescent bulbs- many still wonder whether true lighting beauty rests squarely in the eyes of the beholder.

But if Cynthia Regnier has anything to say about it, those eyes should not be able to tell the difference. A certified lighting designer at Rockingham Electric in Newington, New Hampshire, Regnier has worked for 15 years in the field. She spent the last five at the family-owned business, one of the Seacoast’s foremost specialists in lighting products and design for more than six decades.

Begun by Louis Porrovecchio in 1951, Rockingham was sold seven years later, quickly growing under its new ownership. Rockingham’s steady growth and increased recognition was dealt a devastating blow on the night of December 28, 1968, when, during a particularly harsh blizzard, a fire broke out at the company’s Portsmouth headquarters. Within hours the building, along with the inventory, company records, cash, and accounts, were gone.

Desperate for a new place from which to start fresh, Jim Pender- Rockingham's former president, current woner, and father of current president Jim Pender Jr.- soon settled on a five-acre farm plot in Newington, right next to the General Sullivan Bridge, where the company resides, and thrives, today.

To read the full article, pick up the autumn edition of Coastal Home at local newsstands.

Green Idea: Reclaimed Flooring

Oct 16, 2012

From New England Home

Dover, New Hampshire–based Jewett Farms and Co., known for creating beautiful custom-cabinetry, recently announced an eco-friendly business expansion. The company has partnered with Olde Wood Ltd., of Malvern, Ohio to offer reclaimed wood flooring to its customers in New England and beyond. The planks and beams are sourced from all sorts of unique places, including old tobacco barns and early Western settlements.

To read the full article, click here!

Green Tips: Mirjam IJtsma of Cultural Chemistry

Oct 15, 2012

From The Portsmouth Herald

This week's Green Tips come from Mirjam IJtsma of Cultural Chemistry, a company committed to helping make business workplaces more efficient, positive and dynamic.

1. Eliminate disposables. Instead of throwaway pens and tape dispensers, purchase ones that are refillable.

2. Ensure your staff is properly trained, especially in workplaces that require things like printing and copying, to make sure no materials or resources are wasted.

To read the rest of the tips from today's Portsmouth Herald, click here!

Historic building’s energy-efficient remodeling shows what can be done

Oct 15, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat.

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH -- Two years after undertaking major structural overhauls on their 1804 Federal style office, Portsmouth’s Petersen Engineering put its impressive energy efficiency improvements on full display Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) Green Buildings Open House Sept. 13.

Owner James Petersen conducted tours of his 335 Maplewood office during the Open House, which showcased both residential and commercial spaces that have adopted significant green measures.

While a number of the space’s improvements will be showcased, Petersen says he’ll place particular emphasis on two years of data detailing the building’s marked improvements, as well as the company’s new condensing gas boiler.

Largely due to the improvements to the building enclosure – the walls, windows and roof were all overhauled in 2010 – the architectural engineering firm’s headquarters currently uses half the energy per square foot as the typical office, according to data put forth by the U.S. Department of Energy.

Petersen Engineering showcasing improvements at Green Homes Tour

Oct 12, 2012

From the Seacoast Online

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH — Two years after overhauling its 1804 Federal style office, Petersen Engineering will show off its energy efficiency improvements Saturday at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association Green Buildings Open House.

James Petersen will host tours of his 335 Maplewood Ave. office from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 13. He will share details about the building's improvements and its new condensing gas boiler, which he said should further reduce energy use.

The architectural engineering firm's headquarters uses half the energy per square foot than the typical office, according to U.S. Department of Energy data.

To read the full story in the Seacoast Online, click Here!

RAM pushes ‘green’ envelope

Oct 11, 2012

From Salem Patch

By Heikki Perry

EAST HAMPSTEAD — Never resting on its laurels, a cutting-edge New Hampshire printing company continues to push the sustainability bubble while also partnering with other companies to help them do so, too.

RAM Printing, an environmentally conscious company out of East Hampstead, N.H., has been following sustainable printing practices since 1989, well ahead of the curve. As “early adopters,” RAM set the standard in New England and nationally for the greening of the print industry. Before sustainable business practices were mainstream, RAM was on the cutting edge of creating a product and service that was different than anything else on the market. It felt it was important to raise the company standard and has been doing so ever since to provide the consumer
with a better product, while minimizing its footprint and succeeding financially.

To read this article in its entirety, click here.

Conservation Law Foundation Joins Green Alliance

Oct 9, 2012

From The Granite State Sentinel

By Tricia Dinkel

PORTSMOUTH- Whether the snow-capped White Mountains, the fiery glow of autumn foliage or the distinct rocky shores along the coast, New Hampshire’s environment has long been an attraction for tourists and a source of pride for residents. With so much natural beauty to admire, protecting the quality and the integrity of the state’s environment is no small feat. For Conservation Law Foundation (CLF), the challenge is well worth it.

Founded in 1966, CLF has long been a defender of New England’s environmental heritage, helping shape the decisions that lead to a higher quality of life and future for our region. Through its extensive work in law, policy, science, and outreach, CLF has for decades contributed to a healthy, clean future for New England and New Hampshire. A leader in environmental initiatives and advocacy, CLF is a non-profit organization committed to advancing solutions that address the challenges of climate change, cleaning up our air and water, protecting the ocean, promoting sustainable agriculture, and wisely managing our natural resources by working with businesses, organizations, and policy-makers to achieve its goal of a thriving New England. CLF established a New Hampshire office in 1997.

The organization’s recent decision to join Green Alliance – a Portsmouth-based “green business union”- reflects CLF’s intention to collaborate with the environmentally- conscientious members and businesses within the Green Alliance community.

To read the full story pick up a free copy of the Granite State Sentinel at any newsstand or any number of local businesses!

Green Business Learning Series Plans New Seminars

Oct 9, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

PORTSMOUTH -- Back in the spring, the Green Alliance broadened its community and business outreach efforts by hosting a Green Business Learning Series at the company’s downtown Portsmouth headquarters.

Marshalling the expertise of myriad partnering businesses, the GA hosted seminars on topics ranging from effective green branding to brand development, marketing, and effective social media strategies. The events were a resounding success, with dozens of other businesses and community members in attendance.

This fall, the self-described “green business union” is poised to roll out a second Green Business Learning Series featuring a new host of topics.

The series kicks off Thursday, October 18 with “Using Mobile Apps to Grow Your Business.” The forum will be headlined by Alex Bakman, founder of Snappii, a company specializing in mobile phone applications for businesses of all sizes, and across industries and sectors.
According to numerous recent studies, nearly 500 million people worldwide own smart phones, and that number is expected to double in the next few years.

Bakman, a serial technology entrepreneur who founded three businesses that have gone from zero to over $10 million in revenue, says he plans to discuss how these hand-held wonders represent not only a revolution for individual consumers, but for business development strategies and growth as well.

To read the entire story from Foster's Daily Democrat, click here. This story is also published in its entirety in the Exeter Patch, click here to read.

Simply Green Set For Expansion

Oct 9, 2012

From The Portsmouth Herald

By Jim Cavan

NORTH HAMPTON — Five years after being founded in a Stratham farmhouse, Simply Green Biofuels — already millions of gallons to its ever-growing credit — is poised to roll out its latest game-changer.

The company this past week announced it would soon open a retrofitted storage operation in North Hampton, the first of its kind in the Granite State. Featuring two tanks totaling 193,000 gallons of storage space, the new facility at 227 Atlantic Ave. will significantly expand the Seacoast's supply of biofuels. And 100 percent waste vegetable oil biodiesel will come from within 150 miles of Portsmouth, making the product as local as it is environmentally friendly.

"It's a huge announcement for us," said Simply Green General Manager Joel Bobbett. "No one stores that amount — not even close to that amount — of locally manufactured biodiesel anywhere in the state. This new facility gives us the ability to cover the entire state. It's a whole different ballgame."

While the product itself will only be made available for wholesale through other, mostly local retailers, Bobbett said the facility's capacity to custom blend the green fuel should help make it more readily and easily available.

"Basically, any conceivable percentage of biofuel blend that a customer wants, they can get now," Bobbett said. "What this does is it takes away the excuse that it's not available in the quantity or the ratio that people want. And we think this is going to help grow the market here in New Hampshire exponentially."

To read the full article from The Portsmouth Herald, click here.

Green Tips: Riverworks Printing

Oct 9, 2012

From The Portsmouth Herald

This week's Green Tips come from Riverworks Printing, a Greenland company specializing in green large-scale printing options.

1. Design a creative way to repurpose hard-to-recycle items. For example, certain plastics could become jewelry or a home decor item. Or, bring your hard-to-recycle items to Poly Recovery, a company based at Pease International Tradeport specializing in transforming unwanted materials into new products.

2. Create labeled bins or boxes to store hard-to-recycle items and make a bulk trip to Poly Recovery or fellow Green Alliance Business Partner Metal Wave, depending on items. You could even work together with your neighbors in collecting the materials.

Click here to read the full article in The Portsmouth Herald.

Portsmouth Democrats Present Green Alliance with Jim Horrigan Community Service Award

Oct 4, 2012

From The Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

Election season is upon us and the Portsmouth Democrats are bringing the community together for one of their biggest social events of the year.

At their 10th Annual Banquet on September 28th at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center, local Democrats will have the opportunity to discuss politics with each other, to meet with many of their candidates that will be on the November 6th general election ballot, and to enjoy a delicious meal with a a cash bar that offers a variety of beer and wine, as well as a signature “Blue Hawaiian” drink (in honor of our president). Attendees will also welcome a surrogate speaker for President Obama as their Special Guest.

To read the full story in The Exeter Patch, click Here.

Children's Museum of New Hampshire Celebrates Twenty-Nine Years In A Big Way

Oct 4, 2012

From The Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

Even at twenty-nine years old, the Children's Museum of New Hampshire in Dover is still acting young. But the celebration that's taking place at the Museum on September 23rd will be attracting all kinds of people, old and young. It's their annual birthday-bash.

The Children's Museum throws an event every year to commemorate their birthday. The parties have always been open to the public, and the Museum warmly extends their invitations out to any family that wants to come and celebrate with them.

“Even though it's our birthday, we want the kids to feel like it's their party,” says Heidi Duncanson, the Director of Marketing at the Children's Museum, “We enjoy throwing fun parties for our whole community.”

Click Here to read the full story in The Exeter Patch.

Revolution Energy Wins Prestigious Green Award

Oct 4, 2012

From The Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

Revolution Energy's popularity has grown substantially since it's inception in 2008. But after winning Business NH Magazine's 2012 Lean and Green Award, there's a chance that the resulting publicity could help them grow even faster.

Business NH conducts their annual sustainability awards every August, with five businesses being highlighted in that month's issue. This year's ceremony—to be held on September 27th—will see Revolution Energy receive the Green Service Award, in recognition for their servicing the installation, funding, and maintenance of alternative energy systems, while providing businesses and municipalities alike with an alternative, affordable form of payment.

To read the full story in The Exeter Patch, click Here.

Company Joins Together For Walk

Oct 4, 2012

From The Concord Monitor

By Heikki Perry

Impelled by the death of a co-worker's husband, employees at a community-minded business walked in his honor Sunday, raising money to help cure the illness that felled him.

Eric Cross passed away on June 30 at age 37. He was the husband of Becky Cross, the operations manager at Checkmate Work Management Solutions, a Concord payroll services company that helps small- and mid-sized businesses. Checkmate employees established a goal of raising $2,500 for New Hampshire's NAMIWalks participatory event, which was held Sept. 30 at the state hospital campus in Concord. With 44 donors, Checkmate employees exceeded that goal, raising $3,107.

To read the full article in The Concord Monitor, click Here.

Helping business, green jobs on agenda

Oct 1, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat.

By Heikki Perry

An open house is slated tomorrow to discuss policies President Obama has advocated to help small businesses and to talk about energy independence. Small-business owners and other citizens who would like to learn more about the president's plan to help grow the local green economy are invited to attend the event, which will host a speaker from the national Obama campaign.

The small-business forum takes place at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 1, at the offices of the Green Alliance, 75 Congress St, Suite 304, in downtown Portsmouth.

It's cliché to say the "stakes are high" in the coming presidential election. But they are. And conventional wisdom says business owners should stay out of politics. But how then does a business owner decide to participate in the political process?

The Oct. 1 event is one way.

For the full length article, check out Foster's Daily Democrat!

Favorite Foods Conducts Vendor Audit to Align with Sustainability Standards

Oct 1, 2012

 From The Granite State Sentinel.

By Tricia Dinkel

SOMERSWORTH--In business, the gap between what is said and what is done can vary drastically.  The marketing of ethical or sustainable business practices sometimes overshadows the validity of each initiative.  The effort to create a wholesome, sustainable business model is important to promote but the question remains, how does a business build a model that is both contientious and inspiring?

For Julie Cole, of Favorite Foods, the answer is not found in the business alone but in each contributing part of the business from the roots on up.  Since 1987, Favorite Foods, based in Somersworth, has provided food distribution services for independent restaurants.  A family-owned and operated business themselves, Favorite Foods is committed to the support of sustainable, local food services.  In 2002, Favorite Foods established the Favorite Independent Restaurant Association, a non-profit to organize and empower independently owned restaurants in New Hampshire.  

To ensure a complete value-laden business model, Favorite Foods, has taken the initiative to evaluate each partner, vendor, and distributor by the same ethical and sustainable standards founded at Favorite Foods.  Despite the challenge, Cole understands the need to align the mission of Favorite Foods with their external business vendors. 

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Chiropractic Wellness Clinic Opens in Portsmouth

Oct 1, 2012

 From The Granite State Sentinel.

PORTSMOUTH--Healing Hands Community Chiropractic is bringing wellness to the masses, and its business model will revolutionize the industry.

On September 5, Healing Hands Community Chiropractic opened its first-of-its-kind wellness center, which provided services on a sliding-scale fee system with no income verification.  This model, based on similar ones within other holistic health industries, has not occured in the chirpractic field, until now.

"Our goal at Healing Hands Community Chiropractic is to provide wellness services to people throughout the community, and do not want income to be a barrier to this," says Dr. Jessica Caruso, co-owner of Healing Hands with her husband, Brian Caruso.  "We have seen this model work in acupuncture and now we want to bring it to chiropractic care.  This is truly a first-of-its-kind clinic, and I am thrilled that we are doing it in Portsmouth.  Since we want to immerse ourselves with the community, we became proud members of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, official chiropractor for the NH Roller Derby as well as members of the Green Alliance."

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Green Tips from SEA Solar Store

Oct 1, 2012

 From The Portsmouth Herald.

This week's Green Tips come from Jack Bingham, owner of SEA Solar Store.

1. Consider buying a hybrid vehicle. We went from getting 16 miles per gallon to nearly 50 — that's big bucks. Plus, they're getting more affordable all the time.

2. Invest in window quilts and storm windows. Windows are great to let light in but they also bleed heat. Quilts and storms are a simple and practical option to replacing old windows and can even improve new high-performance windows.

3. Rinnai propane water heaters have optional remote controls that allow you to set the shower temperature to what you want, without using cold water to temper it. Why use 120-degree water when 104 will do nicely?

For the rest of the tips, check out the Herald!