News : November 2012

Ridgeview Construction out to show net-zero more than zero-sum game

Nov 28, 2012

From Seacoast Online

By Jim Cavan

While we’re still waiting on the age of flying cars and robot maids, the future of home building is coming into sharper and sharper focus.

Though many might feel the “net-zero” or hyper-efficient home option is still years away, manufacturers are quickly making these technology more readily available, proving that such a high standard of housing stock need not necessitate breaking the bank.

Owing to a unique melding of professional knowledge and innovation, one of the state’s greenest building companies is poised to prove that net-zero is hardly a zero-sum game.

It began with a chance meeting at the Manchester Home Show last March, where the Deerfield’s Ridgeview Construction had staked out a weekend table. It was here that Peter and Pauline Schulter – eager to learn more about green building – approached Ridgeview’s Director of Marketing, Matt Silva.

For the full story on Seacoast Online, click here!

Jewett Farms + Co. Launches New Website with Open House

Nov 27, 2012

From Portsmouth Patch

DOVER — Jewett Farms + Co., a company dedicated to finely crafted cabinetry and inspired design, will hold an open house Thursday, Dec. 6th, to celebrate the launch of its new Web site.

“We are officially launching the Web site the morning of Dec. 6th and celebrating with an open house that evening,” said Olivia Lord, marketing director. The company decided it was time for a fresh look and a Web site that would accurately represent the brand that Jewett Farms + Co. has become. “We are so proud of the beautiful work that we are producing and the addition of Soapstone Countertops as well as New and Reclaimed Flooring to our offerings.”

Jewett Farms + Co. worked with Portland, Maine, graphic design and marketing company 50 Fish to completely re-work its logo and custom design the new Web site. “It was a labor of love, heavy emphasis on the labor!” said Lord. “But as each element was completed we became more and more excited with the site. It shows how far we’ve come over the last 13 years and points the way forward for our company.”

To read the full article, click here!

Green Tips: EcoFirebox

Nov 27, 2012

From Portsmouth Herald

This week's Green Tips come from EcoFirebox, an Eliot, Maine, company that specializes in hyper-efficient, green radiant heat for your home.

1. Heat reflectors are an affordable way to help keep the heat in your home. These thin sheets fit behind your radiators and reflect heat away from the wall and into the room, maximizing each radiator's efficiency.

2. Consider bringing a living tree into your home this holiday season. These trees will usually have their roots tucked neatly beneath, meaning you can keep it outside until you're ready to use it. Be sure to dig a nice-sized hole before the ground gets too cold. That way, when you're done using the tree, you can plant it in your yard to enjoy for years to come.

3. Maximize your fireplace's efficiency by making sure the seal on the flue damper is as tight as possible.

4. Reduce heat loss through the fireplace by opening the damper in the bottom of the firebox, or by opening the nearest window slightly and closing all doors into the room.

5. Better yet, why not invest in an EcoFirebox? Using a combination of centuries-old know-how and 21st century technology, the EcoFirebox provides virtually emissions-free radiant wood heat, endless design flexibility and down-the-road savings.

To read the entire article, click here.

Big bounces, no water hazards for Sagamore winter golfers

Nov 27, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

NORTH HAMPTON -- With Old Man Winter lying in frosty wait, November is typically the month when a golfer’s wares get stashed away for hibernation in the closet or garage rafter.

But one local golf course is eager to remind links lovers the region over that it’s OK to keep the bag and spikes in the car trunk, just in case.

Located in North Hampton, Sagamore-Hampton Golf Course offers year-around golfing – from dawn to dusk and mother nature permitting, of course – along with all-weather driving range availability at the nearby Sagamore Golf Center.

Sagamore Owner Richard Luff says the course will begin offering reduced winter rates, including an “After 2pm Special” of $12 of unlimited golf (before sundown).

When asked whether he looked forward to the occasional winter round – a nice 45-degree day with manageable winds, perhaps – Luff admits that that peace, quiet, and practice aren’t the only benefits.

“A lot of people don’t realize that when the ground’s rally frozen, you can get quite the roll on your shot,” Luff says with a laugh. “Between that, the tranquil setting, and the less fearsome frozen-water hazards, it makes the game really interesting.”

The Golf Center – recently voted one of the country’s Top-100 – offers 16 heated hitting bays with automated tee stations, the latter of which were installed just this past year and remain the only of their kind anywhere on the Seacoast.

To read the entire article, click here.

GA welcomes community members and businesses to renewable energy forum

Nov 21, 2012

From Seacoast Online

Back in the spring, the GA broadened its community and business outreach efforts by hosting a unique 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.

On Thursday, November 29th, the self-described “green business union” invites both business and consumer members to a new Learning Series installment focusing on renewable energy options and including presentations by Glacial Energy, Eco Firebox, SEA Solar, Simply Green Biofuels, and Ultra Geothermal.

To read the full article, click here.

Kitchen Design Company Ties Lakota Heritage to ‘Green’ Practices

Nov 20, 2012

From Portsmouth Patch

“Much of what we do is with the intent to limit, as much as possible, the negative impact we have on the earth,” says Nathan Johnson, co-owner of Portsmouth-based Visions Kitchens & Design. “We also think of community and families first.”

Launched in late 2010 by business partners Johnson and Ernest Proper, Visions Kitchens & Design is a kitchen design company specializing in cabinets, countertops, and closet systems. Its approach encompasses every step of the design process, assuring that a new kitchen, bath, library, fireplace or home office fits seamlessly within the overall feel of the room and home.

Johnson and Proper bring a unique perspective to their work. Both can trace their lineage back to Native American roots. Lakota, to be exact: Johnson is Hunka — or adopted — Lakota, while Proper is Lakota Oglala and Mi’kmaq. November being Native American Heritage Month, Johnson and Proper’s unique journey is one on which both are proud to reflect.

Checkmate's Josh Robinson Nominated For Community Award

Nov 20, 2012

From Concord Patch

By Austin Sorette

It should not have come as a surprise when Josh Robinson was nominated for Concord Young Professionals Network “Young Professional of the Year Award”; on the contrary, it was much deserved.

Being the director of sales and marketing at Checkmate Payroll Services in Concord already gives Robinson a positive reputation in the community. The business is one of the most successful local payroll services in the state.

But Robinson is also an active, dedicated member of his community, serving on the board or volunteering for many local organizations such as the Greater Concord Chamber of Commerce, the Capitol Center for the Arts, and most recently, Bow Rotary.

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

Cyber security a worsening concern for businesses

Nov 20, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

PORTSMOUTH — “Computer intrusions and network attacks are the greatest cyber threat to our national security,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III told a U.S. Senate homeland security panel in September.

And, according to MJ Shoer, president of Jenaly Technology Group, cyber crime and cyber terrorism are about to be named the No. 1 threat to our nation.

Shoer issued the warning to a group of 25 owners and staff members of small- and mid-size businesses during a lunchtime seminar about cyber security. The event, sponsored by Jenaly, a Portsmouth-based IT provider, took place Wednesday, Nov. 14, at the Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center.

The gist of the 90-minute seminar was that businesses are not as safe as they think they are. Shoer explained what businesses need to do to be safe online and in their office, and he offered practical action steps to that end.

Shoer founded Jenaly in 1997. He is an expert in cyber security, having authored two books and testified before Congress about the topic. In an interesting – but somewhat disturbing – aside, Shoer said, “The most fascinating thing about Congress is how clueless it is about cyber security.”

Besides excellence as an IT provider, Jenaly has also been recognized for its environmental practices as a business partner of 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.

To read the full article, click here!

Futuro Green Tips

Nov 20, 2012

From Portsmouth Herald

This week's Green Tips come from Futuro, a green-focused building and design company based in Portsmouth.

1. When planning a major project around the house that involves demolition, talk to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore (located in Newington in the former roller skating rink). They often offer free deconstruction in exchange for the used building materials they salvage from your home.

2. Sealing up the house for winter can contribute to containing indoor pollutants, which makes it all the more important that you consider a fresh air ventilation system such as an energy recovery ventilator. If something like this is not in the budget, cracking a few windows in the bedrooms for 20 to 30 minutes a day and running the bathroom fans will help to clear out the indoor pollutants and freshen your home.

3. When it comes to space in the home, less is more. Before you decide to add on, look at what you have for square footage in your home and find ways to reconfigure to achieve your goals without adding excessive space.

To read the full article, click here.

Green Tips: Futuro

Nov 19, 2012

From The Portsmouth Herald

This week's Green Tips come from Futuro, a green-focused building and design company based in Portsmouth.

1. When planning a major project around the house that involves demolition, talk to the local Habitat for Humanity ReStore (located in Newington in the former roller skating rink). They often offer free deconstruction in exchange for the used building materials they salvage from your home.

2. Sealing up the house for winter can contribute to containing indoor pollutants, which makes it all the more important that you consider a fresh air ventilation system such as an energy recovery ventilator. If something like this is not in the budget, cracking a few windows in the bedrooms for 20 to 30 minutes a day and running the bathroom fans will help to clear out the indoor pollutants and freshen your home.

For the rest of the tips, click here!

Green energy company conduit to EPA program that saves electricity customers money

Nov 19, 2012

From The Citizen of Laconia

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, 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 behalf through its Glacial Green Product offering.

Founded in 2005, Glacial Energy is one of the fastest growing retail energy marketers, selling electricity and natural gas in deregulated markets throughout the United States, where it serves residential, commercial, industrial and institutional customers in more than 20 states and 50 utility markets. Its expertise, quality of service and wide range of products make it one of the most competitive, flexible and cost-effective providers in the industry. Glacial Energy serves 4,500 commercial customers in New Hampshire, while also purchasing RECs for the towns of Troy and Meredith.

If you are a subscriber of The Citizen, follow this link for the whole story.  If you are not, be sure to pick up a copy at your local newsstand!

The W.I.L.D. Center on CNBC's Squawk Box

Nov 14, 2012

This past week, on Nov. 12th, The W.I.L.D. Center's Curator Nicole Monkiewicz and "Conan" their Northern Bobcat got to appear on “CNBC's Squawk Box” with Dave Salmoni of Animal Planet and David Zaslav, the President & CEO of Discovery Communications. Watch the video by following this link!

http://video.cnbc.com/gallery/?video=3000128138

This is just one of the many TV appearences that The W.I.L.D. Center has had over the years to educate the general public on our planet's wonderful biodiversity.  

Designers Discuss The Importance of Web Sites & Social Media

Nov 14, 2012

From Kitchen & Bath Design News

Kitchen & Bath Design recently posed the following question to dealers and designers in the kitchen and bath industry: "How important are interactive and social media platforms to your business?"

"I think in this day and age Web sites and social media are pretty crucial. People do most of their introductory research online nowadays, so having a nice Web site is very important. It certainly helps get your foot in the door and makes a good first impression.

As far as social media- Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, all of those - I find them to be great tools to help reach out to potential clients and clients of the past to keep a closer relationship with them. We've gotten jobs through social media outreach."-Nathan Johnson, Senior Designer, V.P. Vision Kitchens + Design, Hampton, NH

To read this full article, click here (it's on page 8).

GA businesses hope overtures on climate change don’t amount to lip service

Nov 14, 2012

From Seacoast Online

By Jim Cavan

It may have taken one of the most devastating and costly natural disasters in American history to key them in, but acknowledgement by political leaders of the imminent risks posed by climate change is being met with a common refrain from business leaders here on the seacoast:

Better late than never.

The chorus of questioning began in the immediate wake of Hurricane Sandy, when Michael Bloomberg leveraged podium and paper to pinpoint President Barack Obama’s stance on global warming as the impetus for the New York City Mayor casting his vote for the incumbent over Republican Mitt Romney – a noted climate change skeptic – in last Tuesday’s election.

Click Here to read the full article.

Harvard professor’s ‘Handprinter’ shows us how humans can have positive impact

Nov 13, 2012

From Seacoast Online

By Austin Sorette

As a presenter at the upcoming Green Alliance Business Learning series on Thursday, November 29th 5:00pm – 7:00pm at the GA office in Portsmouth, Professor Greg Norris of Harvard University will discuss his nationally recognized, “Handprinter” concept. Norris’ presentation will preceed the featured presentations on biofuels, masonry heating, and Renewable Energy Credits.

Professor Greg Norris, who teaches Life Cycle Assessment at Harvard University, wanted to do something about the reality—and the widespread feeling—that humans were trampling the planet. To do so, he created the “Handprinter” concept, contrasting the far more negative concept of an environmental “footprint”.

To read the full article in Seacoast Online, click here!

Atlantic Green Energy Helps Customers Ease into Green

Nov 13, 2012

From Granite State Sentinel

By Heikki Perry

SEABROOK- "Go Green Gradually" is George Hurley's motto when he talks to customers visiting his Atlantic Green Energy Solar Store about the various alternative energy products he sells that not only sustain the environment but also help customers save money.

The phrase is transparent: Every single thing an individual, family or business can do to transform wasteful habits and practices into green ones contributes to sustainability, the effect cumulative and synergistic. But like the proverbial journey of a thousand miles, "one small step," take step after step, will get you where you want to go. And Atlantic Green Energy is there to help you begin the journey.

To read this full article from Granite State Sentinel, click here (it's on page 9).

Glacial Energy and CLF on today's WSAC Environment Radio Show

Nov 13, 2012

Today's WSAC Environment show featured Rich Seeley from Glacial Energy and Christophe Courchesne from The Conservation Law Foundation! The show discussed Glacial's energy credits offerings as well as CLF's coal-free campaign, and more.  To hear the whole show's audio clip, click on the following link!

http://audio.wscafm.org/hourlies/WSCA_11-13-2012_09-00.mp3

The Environment Show is a monthy radio show hosted by Tim Stone on 106.1FM WSCA Portsmouth Community Radio. The show features Green Alliance Business Partners as they address and discuss various environmental issues, topics, and iniatives. Visit www.wscafm.org for more information about the upcoming guests and features.

At Sagamore, Golf Truly a Year-Round Pastime

Nov 13, 2012

From The Portsmouth Patch or The Exeter Patch

By Jim Cavan

With Old Man Winter lying in frosty wait, November is typically the month when a golfer’s wares get stashed away for hibernation in the closet or garage rafter.

But one local golf course is eager to remind links lovers the region over that it’s OK to keep the bag and spikes in the car trunk, just in case.

Located in North Hampton, Sagamore-Hampton Golf Course offers year-around golfing – from dawn to dusk and mother nature permitting, of course – along with all-weather driving range availability at the nearby Sagamore Golf Center.

Sagamore Owner Richard Luff says the course will begin offering reduced winter rates, including an “After 2pm Special” of $12 of unlimited golf (before sundown).

When asked whether he looked forward to the occasional winter round – a nice 45-degree day with manageable winds, perhaps – Luff admits that that peace, quiet, and practice aren’t the only benefits.

To read the full story, check out either The Portsmouth Patch or The Exeter Patch!

adaptDESIGN team prides itself on collaborative dynamic

Nov 8, 2012

From Seacoast Online and Exeter Patch

By Jim Cavan

What does an architect do, exactly? Even the topically disinclined can probably paint a cursory mental picture – lots of designing, lots of graphs and charts and, of course, a heavy premium on detail.

That’s essentially the expectation Eliza Bird had when she and her husband, David Huot, commissioned adaptDESIGN’s Bob Cook and Paul Fowler to create their York dream home.

Once the process began, however, the Birds noticed that the adaptDESIGN duo – who launched their Portsmouth-based firm in 2011 – didn’t exactly impart the kind of exacting demeanor one might expect.

“I’ll never forget first day they came out to the site, there was an electricity that was tangible – everyone running around with all these wonderful ideas,” recalls Bird, who says the team is targeting an April 2013 completion date for the project. “We realized very quickly how creative they are and how fun they are to work with. Ever since that day we’ve had a blast collaborating."

Client “Manifesto” Becomes Bellwether for Riverworks Printing

Nov 8, 2012

From Portsmouth Patch

By Jim Cavan

In their three-plus years of producing eco-friendly products for clients throughout the Seacoast, the team Riverworks Printing has fancied itself fortunate to work with companies as committed as they are to minimizing their environmental footprint.

But nothing could have prepared Founder Jeff Cutter and Print Manager Danis Chamberlin for the call they received August 14th, the day one of the country’s fastest growing green companies called on Riverworks to help bolster their touchstone calling card.

Truth told, Holstee, which specializes in uncannily sustainable products (tee shirts to greetings cards, accessories, and the like), had been on Chamberlin’s radar screen for months, a blip she’d long felt could be the ideal partner for the growing business.

“I found them on Facebook through a friend, and I remember being impressed with how well Holstee aligned with my own personal beliefs,” recalls Chamberlin. “They just seemed really ahead of the curve in terms of not only the products they sold, but also the mission they believed in.”

To read this article in its entirety, click here! This story can also be found in the Exeter Patch, click here to read!

Three Years On, Green Lotus Finds Success and Strength in Practice

Nov 8, 2012

From Portsmouth Patch

By Jim Cavan

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, an art installation, and a potluck dinner the weekend of November 3rd.

SECUSOL Caught the Island Fever: Solar Hot Water by Wagner Solar on Star Island

Nov 7, 2012

From Alterenergy Magazine

New England is famous for the Indian summer, renowned universities such as Harvard and MIT and stylish quiet little towns with a more leisurely lifestyle. Generally this rather cool corner of North America does not convey images of solar energy supply. However, thanks to the latest solar technology from Wagner Solar Inc. this is about to change. Through the tireless efforts of managing director Joerg Gaebler and his team of the German solar pioneer’s Boston based subsidiary, the advantages of solar energy are gradually taking a foothold even here, in the northeastern United States.

Since 1915, the non-profit corporation Star Island operates a family retreat and conference center with a spiritual, artistic and socio-ecological orientation, stressing the harmony between man and nature. Sustainable water and energy are important aspects of the green initiatives spearheaded by this award-winning retreat off the coast of Rye, New Hampshire. Electricity is generated on site, and the required fresh water comes from a rainwater cistern and a sophisticated reverse osmosis plant for seawater desalination.

To read the entire article, click here.

Environment Plays Huge Role in Health

Nov 6, 2012

From Seacoast Online and Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

A National Public Radio story indicates that people respond more favorably to issues framed in a health context rather than an environmental one, connecting our health to the environment. And there is much to be concerned about, according to three local experts.

The fall NPR story, titled “When Heat Kills: Global Warming As Public Health Threat,” cites emerging science that ”shows that people respond more favorably to warnings about climate change when it’s portrayed as a health issue rather than as an environmental problem.” Health officials carry special credibility, the story says, “far more so than politicians, journalists, environmental activists and other widely heard voices on this topic.”

What do two local health-care providers, and a small-business owner whose company helps protect the environment, say about how local environments affect Seacoast residents’ health?

Favorite Food exec Barstow: Beat the 'monsters' with service

Nov 6, 2012

From Portsmouth Herald

Chris Barstow just wanted to take a Maine vacation. But his leisurely trip led him to a new career.

Barstow, 53, is president and chief executive of Favorite Foods in Somersworth. The 50-employee firm provides supplies to local, independent restaurants (no national chains) as well as some state prisons, private schools and food manufacturers.

Question: What was your first job?

Barstow: My first job was at Texas Instruments in Silicon Valley. I was 22 and selling semiconductors to high-tech businesses. I was there 5 ½ years.

Q: Did you enjoy it?

Barstow: I became frustrated by corporate America. I realized it wasn’t for me. The biggest issue was inflexibility and response time to go through levels of management to change things or reach a decision.

Q: So you quit?

Green Tips: Smuttynose Brewing Company

Nov 6, 2012

From Portsmouth Herald

This week's Green Tips come from Smuttynose Brewing Co.

1. When home brewing, make sure to compost all your organic materials. Trub and spent grains can be easily composted. Compost starting to pile up? Contact EcoMovement Consulting & Hauling.

2. Better yet, turn your spent grains into dog cookies. Simply Google "spent grain dog biscuits," and bake a healthy treat for your pooch.

3. Drink local beer. The more local the beer, the less distance it has to travel, and the lower the carbon footprint. I hear Smuttynose is a great local option.

4. Stock up on growlers from the Portsmouth Brewery for your fall party. Growlers — glass jugs with handles that usually run around a gallon each — can be re-filled again and again, reducing the number of glass and aluminum in your recycling bin.

5. Dining out? Order beer on tap instead of in a bottle or can and save on resources. The Portsmouth Brewery has 10 beers on tap — many of them local.

A New Net-Zero Community

Nov 6, 2012

From Green Building Advisor

Two southern Maine builders have teamed up with Kaplan Thompson Architects on a subdivision that will include as many as 26 houses built to net-zero standards.

The first of the houses in a Wells, Maine, subdivision called Brackett Estates, is a 1750-sq. ft., three-bedroom model called the Appledore, which was completed in mid-June. The two-story, all-electric house includes double-stud walls insulated to R-40, triple-glazed windows, and a roof insulated to R-60 with dense-pack cellulose. It's on the market for $429,000, or just under $250 a sq. ft.

Among its other energy features:
•Mitsubishi ductless mini-splits for heating and cooling.
•A heat pump water heater for domestic hot water.
•Passive whole-house ventilation with wall-mounted air inlets and timed bathroom fans.
•A 4.3 kilowatt, grid-tied photovoltaic array mounted on the roof.

The subdivision is the work of Futuro, a partnership of builders Jesse Ware and Craig Briggs, and Kaplan Thompson Architects of Portland, Maine.

Net Zero community goes green in Wells

Nov 6, 2012

From Seacoast Online

A new 26 lot subdivision in Wells is paving the way with green living that starts at home.

"Net Zero" homes, which have a net energy consumption and net carbon emission of zero over a span of a year, are built to be more energy-efficient and more environmentally-friendly than most traditional homes.

And conveniently located between I-95 and 9B on Littlefield Road, Brackett Estates is already getting plenty of attention from the local community as realtors at RE/MAX Realty One prepare to sell the 25 lots.

Realtor Abigail Douris said there are five types of "net zero" homes that can be built starting at $319,000, and on the 26th lot in the subdivision there is a model home for interested buyers and green enthusiasts to preview the new home designs.

"From an environmental viewpoint, rather than burning fossil fuels to heat and cool these homes, these homes are harnessing energy through alternative sources thus reducing their carbon footprint upon the environment," Douris said.

Betting on extreme efficiency

Nov 6, 2012

From Portland Press Herald

WELLS - Buyers these days expect hardwood floors, granite counters and oversized windows in an architecturally designed house, and the model home in the new Brackett Estates subdivision doesn't disappoint.

The space is bright and beautiful. But beyond the amenities, the house is so energy-efficient, it will be able to produce more energy than it consumes over the course of a year.

Do mainstream buyers want that energy independence? How much extra will they spend to get it? And is there enough demand in southern Maine for zero-energy homes, as they're called, to build 26 of them in a stylish subdivision?

Those will be the key questions today at an open house for what's being called Maine's first net-zero ready community.

Brackett Estates is the culmination of the vision of two well-regarded builders in York County, a green-leaning Portland architect and a manufactured-housing innovator in the Oxford Hills. In an era of volatile oil prices, the developers are gambling that the local market is ready for a suburban community of zero-energy homes.

Futuro talks about their brand new green development in Wells

Nov 5, 2012

The GA's newest Business Partner, Futuro, prides itself on being at the cutting edge of green building. Check out Co-Founder Jesse Ware as he talks about the growth of net-zero and what it means for Seacoast residents!

Somersworth food distributor turns solar power into refrigeration system

Nov 5, 2012

From Union Leader

By John Quinn

SOMERSWORTH - After installing 572 solar panels last month, a commercial food distributor is using the sun to keep things fresh and crisp while saving on its electric bills.

Favorite Foods, headquartered at 29 Interstate Drive, is using a 140-kilowatt system, which is the largest in the state, to power its industrial cooler and freezer, which use the same amount of power as 24 homes, according Julie Cole, vice president of marketing.

"That's enough panels to power a neighborhood," Cole said, adding the panels will produce about 170,000 kilowatt-hours annually, representing about 17 to 18 percent on the electric bills.

While this doesn't offset the cost to keep the freezers running, Cole said the savings can be re-invested into the company, which could help encourage growth or job production.

For the full article in Union Leader, click here!

Favorite Foods goes solar in big way

Nov 5, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

SOMERSWORTH -- Imagine being able to power your most oft-running appliance – the refrigerator, in the case of many a household – on nothing but energy from the sun, harvested with a panel or two.

Not too shabby, right?

Now imagine using solar energy to run an industrial cooler and freezer which combined take up nearly seven Olympic sized swimming pools of space.

That’s precisely what Favorite Foods intends to do when the Somersworth commercial food distributor put online a 140-kilowatt, 572-panel roof-mounted solar PV system last month.

Good luck fitting that in your kitchen.

Favorite foods, along with system financer Revolution Energy, will host a ribbon cutting celebration for the system at the former’s Somersworth headquarters at 10 a.m. on November 5.

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

Green Lotus Thrives Despite Tough Economic Times

Nov 2, 2012

From The Granite State Sentinel

By Jim Cavan

DOVER—Launching a yoga studio—any business for that matter—in the midst of the worst economic downturn 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 the 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 a 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.”

To read the full story, pick up a copy of The Granite State Sentinel at a store near you.  To learn more about The Granite State Sentinel, visit www.granitestatesentinel.com!

Second Annual Tablescapes Unites Designers & Arts in Reach

Nov 2, 2012

From The Granite State Sentinel

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 Friday, November 2, through Sunday, November 4, at the Discover Portsmouth Center, 10 Middle St., in Portsmouth, the former library building across from Jumpin' Jay's Fish Cafe.

Free e-waste recycling at Green Alliance office

Nov 2, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Tricia Dinkel

PORTSMOUTH -- From cell phones to laptops to battery-powered gadgets, technological innovations have advanced rapidly over the years. Given the continuous improvements in technology, the turnover for old electronics has experienced a high increase. The growing amount of electronic waste, also known as e-waste, brings to light the importance of proper e-waste disposal, as the toxic materials in electronics have extremely harmful environmental and health effects.

By ensuring proper sorting and disposal of electronics, Metalwave prevents harmful toxic waste from entering landfills or being shipped overseas where safety and/or environmental regulations are reduced or dismissed altogether.

To read the full article in Foster's Daily Democrat, click Here!

Contractors, landscapers report modest damage from Sandy

Nov 1, 2012

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — Despite fears, the damage Hurricane Sandy caused to Seacoast-area homes and businesses proved relatively minor, creating slightly more business for area contractors but certainly not as much as previous storms.

On Tuesday afternoon, Brian Wade of Dover-based Wade Landscaping said he saw damage to trees, including broken branches on the ground, and damage to two roofs.

“The roof was the biggest thing this morning,” Wade said Tuesday.” Otherwise, the effects of the storm were not super substantial. There’s minor damage out there, but enough to impede people.”

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