News : March 2013

Governor recognizes Gundalow Company’s work

Mar 29, 2013

From Fosters Daily Democrat

HAMPTON BEACH -- On Wednesday, the Gundalow Company received a proclamation from Governor John Lynch in recognition of the new programs on the sailing classroom Piscataqua, and for being a nonprofit with a diversified program and business model. He also recognized the Gundalow Company’s success in fulfilling its mission to protect the region’s maritime heritage and environment.

Gundalows were once the primary mode of transporting cargo to tidewater towns in the Piscataqua Region. Now, the Gundalow Company operates two of these vessels, both historically accurate replicas of the original cargo ships. Both vessels serve as floating classrooms in different capacities.

The Captain Adams, which was built in 1982, serves as a dockside program vessel, and has served as the primary program venue since the Gundalow Company’s inception in 2002. The Piscataqua was built and launched in 2011, and serves to provide public sailing trips as well as educational opportunities while under sail.

Molly Bolster, the Gundalow Company’s Executive Director, received the proclamation presented by Governor Lynch by saying: “We are truly honored to accept this award – which goes to hundreds of people who are the Gundalow Company –starting with staff, board, volunteers and members as well as donors, foundations. Special recognition goes to the boat builders who built the Piscataqua and the Captain and crew who have done more than 200 trips this season with locals and tourists and hundreds of students from all over NH who have participated in our programs.

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New gundalow plans special sailing to mark 150th trip

Mar 29, 2013

From Fosters Daily Democrat

PORTSMOUTH — The non-profit Gundalow Company announced the 150th sail on the new gundalow Piscataqua on Friday, August 31 from 5:30-7:30pm.

During the Piscataqua's first season she has hosted 614 students on field trips and 200 teachers, 1,477 local residents and visiting tourists on public sails as well as several private corporate charters. The season continues through October with trips for school groups and the public.

To celebrate the 150th sail, Barbara Benn and Jeff Warner will perform live music during the sunset sail. From minstrel to gospel, Barbara and Jeff exuberantly sing and play music from many American traditions, layering their instrumental backing with strong vocal harmonies. This is toe-tapping, back-porch music that invites the audience into the circle ¿ bring a picnic, come sing along with the choruses, or just sit back and enjoy the sail!

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Local students learn hands-on science

Mar 29, 2013

From Fosters Daily Democrat

WAKEFIELD — This spring students from the headwaters communities of Wakefield, NH and Acton, ME connected to the sea with visits to the Gundalow Company's new boat Piscataqua. Both schools were blessed with perfect weather on May 23 for the sixth grade from Wakefield's Paul School and June 8 for Acton Elementary's fifth and sixth grades.

With support from the Dorr Foundation, AWWA enriched the schools' science curriculum by engaging the students in a series of classroom activities focused on watershed science, biodiversity and animal adaptations through the "AWWA in the Schools - Watershed Science for Our Future Community Leaders" program. Of particular interest to the students were the live macroinvertebrates brought into the classroom for hands-on study.

According to Kelly, "Even though it did kind of creep me out a little, it still was achully [sic] pretty cool."

Meagan wrote "I really loved seeing my friend Jenna's face when she pulled out the crayfish. She named him Bob."

The culminating event included setting sail on the Piscataqua to learn about marine communities and human impacts to the Great Bay estuary where waters of Wakefield and Acton flow, experience the history of gundalows, and to investigate the inhabitants of the tide pools along the river's edge. The excitement and engagement of the students was palpable and all went home with a new appreciation of the connections between the headwaters and downstream.

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Exeter Leads the Way in Region’s New Sustainable Economy

Mar 29, 2013

From Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

There is something about Exeter that has been capturing the attention of green-minded people all over New Hampshire.  Distinguished from the surrounding coastal towns, Exeter is a town committed to building a local economy where local businesses thrive over major conglomerates and chains.

“Exeter has increasingly had more businesses integrate sustainability into their business operations,” says Laura Mackay, owner of Acorn Organic Salon. “We love the chance to inspire other businesses to make the changes and to come to us with questions about the environmental initiatives we have at Acorn.”

The network of sustainability has a broad range in Exeter; everything from a nail salon to a yoga studio, a bicycle shop to a green vehicle supply store each can be found operating on a paradigm that is focused on treating our planet a little more gently.

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Yoga gains popularity among the student body

Mar 29, 2013

From The New Hampshire

By Austin Sorette

It’s no surprise that one of today’s most popular trends is also one of the greenest forms of exercise. With more and more people being drawn in by this ancient tradition, yoga is starting to feel the pulse of mass interest.

“There is definitely something cool about yoga and how it looks and feels challenging,” said Lona Kovacs, owner of Dover-based Green Lotus Yoga Studio. “It’s interesting to hear all of the things that make people walk through our door.”

Yoga’s stimulation of the mental, physical and spiritual aspects of oneself appeals to the growing minds of future generations and seems to provide structure for the development of a positive mental attitude.

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Wage Sustainable Fight Against Ticks and Pests

Mar 29, 2013

From Seacoast Online

By Tricia Dinkel

You don't have to be a native to New England to understand the need for proper storm preparation nor to understand concerns with rising tick and pest populations, but those from the Northeast are likely to be among the most interested in learning how to properly address these issues.

The Green Alliance will host a Sustainable Pest Mitigation, Landscaping & Insulation Roundtable on Thursday, March 28. The event will feature a collaboration of presentations from local sustainability experts on how to keep an environmentally-safe and healthy home.

With the mission to grow environmentally and socially responsible businesses, the Green Alliance has achieved successful partnerships with more than 100 local green businesses and is engaging thousands of consumers in making greener choices. The Green Citizens Learning Series offers community members the opportunity to learn from and network with the industry's local green leaders and field experts.

"It is important to continue to establish the Green Alliance as an effective resource for the community to learn about local, green businesses," said Green Alliance founder and Director Sarah Brown. "The Green Citizens Learning Seminars offer a forum for education, networking, and community building."

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Green Collar Jobs: Petersen Engineering, Mechanical Engineer James Petersen

Mar 27, 2013

From The New Hampshire

By Austin Sorette

James Petersen, 49, began his career in engineering in 1986. Six years later, he founded the Portsmouth-based Petersen Engineering, Inc. Passionate about energy and the environment, Petersen has expanded his expertise from his roots in HVAC and plumbing design to include building science, enclosure design and integrated design.

A broad view of buildings, energy and the environment has significantly changed Petersen’s practice, and the success of the sustainable design movement has created new opportunities and has elevated his role on projects as the mechanical engineer.

Petersen is a trailblazer in pushing the importance and viability of sustainable building design, having mastered the art of the kind of cross-collaboration required to get all of the players in a building team to prioritize efficient building techniques and materials. By constantly making the low-waste argument and professionally proving the superiority of mechanical systems that do this well, Petersen often can contribute to other sectors of a project that traditional engineers don’t have a part in.

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Petersen Engineering is a corporate partner of the Green Alliance. James Petersen began his career in engineering in 1986, and founded Petersen Engineering, Inc. six years later. Passionate about energy and the environment, James has expanded his expertise from his roots in HVAC and plumbing design to include building science, enclosure design and integrated design. A broad view of buildings, energy, and the environment has significantly changed James’ practice, and the success of the sustainable design movement has created new opportunities and has elevated his role on projects as the mechanical engineer.

To learn more, visit Petersen's page here!

Green Tips from B&C Floor Store

Mar 27, 2013

From Seacoast Online

By Brett and Carol Burgard

This week's Green Tips come from B&C Floor Store, a family-owned, Portsmouth-based business specializing in residential and light commercial flooring sales and installation.

1. Switch to green floor cleaners. Companies such as Green Works and Seventh Generation offer a wonderful line of products that are both non-toxic and just as effective as any name-brand. When it comes to going green, it doesn't get much easier than this.

2. Have bamboo flooring? (A great green option, by the way.) Be sure to use a fine fiber broom for cleaning, so as not to scratch the surface.

To read the full story from Seacoast Online, click here!

The B&C Floor Store is a business partner of the Green Alliance. It is located in Portsmouth and specializes in both residential and light commercial flooring sales and installation. Over the last nine years, Brett and Carol Burgard -- who boast 30 years of combined experience -- have incorporated a growing array of green and sustainable products, including cork, bamboo, polyester carpet, 30% recycled carpet, wool carpet, jute pad, low VOC vinyl and wood – many of which are allergen-free.

To learn more, visit their page here!


Saving the servers on the Seacoast

Mar 25, 2013

From The Portsmouth Herald

By Heikki Perry

While the e-mails and data you store online may seem to reside in the ether somewhere — out of sight, out of mind — they actually require energy to power the servers and networks that house them all.

Data equals energy. And lots of data equals lots of energy.

"Only store what is really necessary," said Brian Yurick, proprietor of Home Town Technology Consultants in Kittery, Maine. "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 e-mails he sends or the amount of time he spends surfing the Web and chatting online."

Cloud technology allows clients to store information on remote servers. Moving to the Cloud can help a business better organize its information, and help it save money on energy by reducing its dependence on on-site servers, which can be a waste of both physical resources and energy: running the servers, paying for air conditioning to cool an office with multiple servers, etc.

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Newmarket Dental Uses Green to Leverage Growth

Mar 25, 2013

From Secoast Online

By Jim Cavan

I’d only been sitting in the patient’s chair for five or ten minutes – an eye’s blink in the world of dentistry. Right as I found myself getting lost in the serene wall-mounted Tuscan panorama directly facing me, Dr. Nathan Swanson, owner of Newmarket Dental, entered the room.

“Thanks for seeing me on such short notice, Nathan,” I said, just two days after hurriedly booking my appointment with Pauline, the office receptionist.

“Thank Pauline,” replied Swanson. “I just show up – she fills the chairs.”

If you’d never met Swanson, such deflection might come off as equal parts humbleness and humor. Truth told, Dr. Swanson dishes both in equal measure.

To truly grasp what Swanson means, however, one need look no further than the office appointment book, where digital ink fills hour blocks for weeks on end. It’s been this way for a while now – the steady stream of patients, endless referrals, and non-stop bouts beneath the overhead lamps...

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Medical Names & Faces

Mar 22, 2013

From Seacoast Online

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness recently welcomed Dr. Briana Duga to its practice.

Duga, D.C., is a 1999 graduate of Marshwood High School and graduated cum laude from Life University in Marietta, Ga., with a focus on chiropractic care for women and children.

She and Dr. Seth LaFlamme, D.C., are also pursuing advanced certification in pediatric chiropractic care. They have been married for six years and have three children.

Duga will be accepting patients on Tuesday and Thursday mornings as well as Thursday afternoons beginning Feb. 5.

For more information, call (207) 704-0298, e-mail or visit

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Scoop on Sustainability: For divestment, the time is now

Mar 22, 2013

From The New Hampshire

By Alex Binder

On Monday, March 4, many UNH community members gathered to discuss, in a democratic fashion, the vital issue of divestment from fossil fuels. It is an issue that has spurred some conflicting views throughout campus.

For months, my SEAC co-members and I have been trying hard to get the administration to listen to us, and not just through one ear and out the other. We wanted to be intensely listened to, and acknowledged and respected. We wanted the fact that we are students at this university, who pay money to go here, and who love going here because it is a leader in environmental sustainability, to be enough for the administration to want to listen. From this event, put on by NH Listens and the Discovery Program, we now know their ears may finally be tuned to hear what we have to say.

I sat anxiously at my assigned table looking over my prepared notes, skimming over the packet we were provided, and going over in my head how important and exciting this opportunity was.

Each round table discussed the complicated and sensitive issues surrounding divestment.

My table talked about the cut in funding coming from the state and the transitioning economy from fossil fuels to safer and healthier alternatives like wind and solar. A faculty member in my group voiced his strong concern about funding his children’s college education, and his concern that if we do divest, there may not be enough financial aid. A professional investor in my group conceded that there is no cost to divesting, that anyone can find studies that either show positive outcomes or negative outcomes and that it’s all about timing. Julie Laudon, a SEAC member who was in my group, said “the time is now.”

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Ancient Traditions Treats Causes of Illness, Not Merely Symptoms

Mar 22, 2013

From The Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — Taking time to understand a patient fully, discovering his or her habits, stresses and diet, sets Naturopathic Dr. Angela Lambert apart from practitioners of traditional medicine, offering hope and health where before there was only sickness.

Dr. Lambert’s thriving practice, Ancient Traditions Natural Medicine on Islington Street, offers a wide range of services, including naturopathic medicine, Five Elements acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, and the influence of music therapy, working with adults and children of all ages.

Among the most common ailments she treats are allergies, chronic pain, digestive issues, hormonal imbalances, obesity, respiratory conditions, heart disease, fertility problems, menopause, adrenal fatigue, cancer, fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome.

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Green Cocoon Helps Homeowners Green at the Source

Mar 22, 2013

From The Exeter Patch

By Jim Cavan

The rapid growth of green consumerism over the past decade hasn’t lacked in motivational factors; be it acknowledging humankind’s environmental impact, or the green sector’s increasing price competitiveness, the sustainability sell is becoming ever easier to make.

But for as crucial as life’s littler wares are to the overall green movement, people forget that the biggest source of waste – by a large margin – just so happens to be their important asset: the home.

Enter Green Cocoon, a Salisbury company specializing in green insulation for both residential and commercial applications. Despite embarking at the outward limits of the housing bubble, Green Cocoon has managed to survive – and thrive – based on the idea that going deep green doesn’t have to bust the bottom line.

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Bailey ready to mush with the best

Mar 21, 2013

 March 17, 2013

From Foster's Daily Democrat

by Ryan Dunfee

DOVER — With the Iditarod, the world’s most watched long distance sled dog challenge, recently completed in Alaska, dog mushing is front and center. But, while sled dog racing is most often associated with the 1,000-plus mile Iditarod, the North American and World sled dog championships happen around the same time and in the same snowy part of the world; if the Iditarod is a marathon, the North American and World sled dog championships are sprints. And one local woman has helped prepare a competitive team for these top level competitions.

Lis Bailey of Strafford is raising money for the traveling expenses of her K-Teris dog sled team, one of the world’s fastest, to Alaska for the North American and World sled dog championships.

UNH Dairy Bar Offers Cream of Sustainability’s Crop

Mar 20, 2013

From the Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

DURHAM, N.H. — “Sustainability is one of the UNH’s core values,” says Andrew Porter, the university’s retail manager of dining services. And diners are the beneficiaries of an embodiment of those values, a university sustainability program that grows fresh greens locally for consumption at the UNH Dairy Bar.

UNH is practicing sustainability in a substantive and beneficial way, taking advantage of its status as a land grant institution with a cooperative extension program to grow vegetables on its campus farm, supplying the UNH Dairy Bar with fresh, tastier greens, recycling 90 percent of the Dairy Bar’s food waste, while also teaching students about horticulture in a hands-on way.

Located at the Durham train station, the Dairy Bar has always been an asset for the Durham community, and now it’s taking its efforts to the next level, along the way showcasing its ability to be sustainable in an ever-growing variety of ways.

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Redhook completes 'Recycling Trifecta'

Mar 18, 2013

From Seacoast Online

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — Redhook Brewery is well-known for its sustainability practices, partnering with EcoMovement Consulting & Hauling of Dover, for example, on a top-to-bottom composting program, picking up Redhook's food scraps and taking the refuse to compost farms, where it is mixed with carbon sources and made into nutrient-rich soil.

But it took a visit from representatives of a recycling company, Poly Recovery, based at Pease International Tradeport, to prompt the brewery to take a second look at the tons of plastic it was throwing out, resulting in Redhook's sustainability program ascending to a higher level.

Redhook now collects what was formerly plastic refuse — green strapping made from polyethylene terephthalate (PET), LDPE keg caps, and grain bags — and sends it to Poly Recovery. The recycling firm transforms the material into a fine resin and sends it 11.8 miles down the road to Hampton's Foss Manufacturing, which turns the product into clothing, footwear and carpeting, among other finished products. The three companies call their collaboration "The Recycling Trifecta."

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Welcome Wagon Helps Newcomers Thrive and Businesses Prosper

Mar 15, 2013

 From Portsmouth Patch

By Heikki Perry

An American business icon has not only changed with the times, but is also leading the way towards profiting in our modern economy, benefitting itself and the people and companies it serves.

And it does so with a modern ethos of protecting the planet.

Welcome Wagon was originally founded in Memphis, Tenn., in 1928, to encourage wagon train families to settle there. It has during the proceeding decades become something of an American icon, building its reputation on hostesses going to homes of new members of a community with gift baskets from local professionals and merchants and sitting down to discuss the local community, the local schools, town hall and so forth.

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New School Offers Learning For The Little Ones

Mar 11, 2013

MADBURY — A new school is on its way to town that encourages kids to color outside the lines.

Little Tree, a Montessori-based infant and toddler school, believes children will have enough worksheets and instruction later in life. They work toward redefining the standard of early education by observing and fostering the strengths of their students.

Little Tree in Madbury is owned by Sarah Greenshields, who has done business and administration work for schools for over 10 years. Greenshields moved to Montana and worked for the original Little Tree in Bozeman before moving back home to New Hampshire and opening her own school located at 314 Route 108.

“We’re here for modern families,” she said, “from the flexibility in our schedules to the way we teach.”

The school offers anywhere from two half days to five full days of education a week for six-week-old babies to six-year-old children. Prices range from just under $400 to just over $1,200 per month for tuition.

There are three classrooms within the building, with just doorways separating the learning experiences.

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Green Tips from Jewett Farms & Co.

Mar 11, 2013

This week's Green Tips come from Jewett Farms & Co., a Dover-based design, furniture and cabinet-making firm celebrating the traditional and sustainable woodworking art and craft of New England.

1. Replace that shag rug with hardwood flooring and you'll breathe easier. Carpets can hold up to eight times their weight in toxin-filled dirt. To ensure your floor was harvested sustainably, choose a Forestry Stewardship Council Certified hardwood.

2. Many hardwoods are imported from countries that do not practice active reforestation, such as Brazil and Indonesia. Look for U.S. grown hardwoods that are farmed and harvested responsibly.

3. Reclaimed antique wood flooring is a beautiful way to give new life to old hardwoods. Beams, joists and siding from turn of the century barns, factories and granaries are salvaged before these structures are demolished. Salvaging just 1,000 board feet of flooring offsets the need to harvest one acre of forest.

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PHS Students Raising Funds To Go Solar

Mar 6, 2013

From Fosters

By: Jim Cavan

As far contentious social issues go, it doesn't get much more heated than climate change, a topic where economic, political, and even scientific gridlock have risked rendering it further below the cultural fold than might reasonably be expected. But students at

Portsmouth High School have begun taking the reins of change into their own hands, in the process provided that, when it comes to the future of clean energy, inertia simply isn't an option.

With the help of Revolution Energy, an alternative energy company based in Portsmouth, PHS has launched a fundraising campaign designed to spur what could become a blazing beacon for schools and municipalities looking to green their operations.

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Open House at Robert's Maine Grill Encourages Businesses To Dine Locally

Mar 4, 2013

From Exeter Patch

By Austin Sorette

When members of the local community want to hold an event, they know not to bother wasting their time – or money – at large chain restaurants like TGIFs or Outback Steakhouse.

Not when Robert's Maine Grill is just a short jaunt away.

The Kittery restaurant is giving the public an opportunity to see what it’s really made of with an Open House in the special events space on March 11th.

“This is our first open house,” said Deb McCluskey, the events manager at Robert's Maine Grill. “So we’re trying to make it casual and fun.”

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

Little Tree to Host Open House in March

Mar 1, 2013

From Exeter Patch

By Jim Cavan

It’s been a steady trend and steadfast fact of American life for decades now, though one that remains no less daunting: While families are doubtless working harder – often with both parents the breadwinners – they’re also increasingly demanding that their child’s daily care include more in the way of genuine education.

During his State of the Union Address on February 12th, President Obama highlighted this very issue, citing studies showing that “fewer than three in 10 four-year-olds are enrolled in a high-quality preschool program,” owing to a lack of both resources and access the country over.

It’s a conundrum Little Tree Education hopes to address when the self-described “Montessori-based infant, toddler, and pre-school” officially opens its doors to the public later this spring.

For the full story from the Exeter Patch, click here!

Motivating Change: Climate Counts Seeks to Put Consumers in the Driver's Seat

Mar 1, 2013

From Exeter Patch and Portsmouth Patch and Fosters Daily Democrat

By Jim Cavan

That the digital age has helped democratize the availability of information has become an idea as accepted as gravity. Searching and sleuthing are today as routine as showering or eating, rendering informed decisions – be they in the voting booth or checkout line – as easy for the individual as they are bracing to the powers that be.

Still, such ease of informational access isn’t without its pitfalls, a reality that few at the forefront of green issues understand better than Mike Bellamente. As the Executive Director of Climate Counts, a nonprofit organization housed within the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire, Bellamente has spearheaded efforts to bring citizens and high profile companies together, in the hopes that improved information on both sides can elicit substantive action on the issue of climate change.

The brainchild of Stonyfield Farm chairman and co-Founder Gary Hirshberg, Climate Counts was launched in 2007 with the idea of providing consumers a transparent look – by way of a comprehensive report card – into what the world’s biggest brands are doing to curb their carbon footprint. Using a 100-point score sheet, Climate Counts levies a set of 22 criteria and four resulting categories – “stuck,” “starting,” “striding,” and “soaring” – to measure a company’s environmental progress.

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