News : July 2013

Fare, service, sustainability win award for UNH Dairy Bar

Jul 30, 2013

 From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Herb Perry

DURHAM — A restaurant dedicated to good, healthy food, excellent service, and sustainability has been recognized by its peers as one of the best of its kind in the United States and Canada.

A local retail operation run by UNH Dining Services also doubling as a train station, the UNH Dairy Bar recently won a silver dining award in the “Retail Sales – Single Concept” category in the National Association of College & University Food Services annual Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards competition. Also competing in the same category were the University of Missouri, which received a gold award, and the University of Massachusetts, with a bronze win.

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Green Industry Feels Sequestration Sting

Jul 25, 2013

 From The Portsmouth Herald

By Jim Cavan

Sequestration — the across-the-board, automatic spending cuts enacted by federal legislators after failing to reach a budget compromise in late 2012 — is having an effect on the local green economy.

While most everyone with stakes in the game understood sequestration's potential ramifications, some in the alternative energy sector were quickly confronted with a slew of unintended consequences daunting even by Washington's standards.

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Green Family Festival July 31

Jul 25, 2013

 From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Tricia Dinkel

NORTH HAMPTON -- This month marks the one year anniversary of the Green Alliance Families Club!

To honor the anniversary, Wednesday, July 31 from 4:30 – 7pm the GA will host the 2nd Annual Green Families Club Celebration & Green Fair at the Sagamore Golf Center just off Route 1 in North Hampton.

Residents large and small can enjoy this free family fun which will feature live music, free food and endless activities and exhibits on sustainability and community.

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Students and Restaurants Choose to Turn Food Waste into Compost

Jul 22, 2013

 Published in The Portsmouth Herald and SeacoastOnline.com,

By Deborah Mcdermott

It's all a matter of education, said Rian Bedard. Once you know, you can't go back. 

Bedard knows what he's talking about. Four years ago, when he started EcoMovement, a recycling-trash-compost business, most Portsmouth restaurants were throwing everything into one bin. There was little recycling. Food waste was thrown in with everything else. Today, "more restaurants than not" are separating out their waste. 

And Bedard's company is largely responsible for that. "We went in and trained the staff. We tried to make it as easy as possible. Now it's pretty much second nature to them."

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Green Tips: Wade Landscaping

Jul 22, 2013

 From the Seacoast Online, 

This week's tips come from Wade Landscaping, a full-service green-focused landscaping company based in Rollinsford.

1. Compost your yard waste. There are many environmentally friendly fertilizers on the market, but anything that comes in a bag will cost money. Composting, however, costs nothing, and can help you rid your yard of leaves, vegetable matter and grass clippings.

2. Use a rain barrel or cistern to collect rainwater from your roof or gutter system. A 1-inch level of rainfall on 1,000 square feet of roof with eaves and a downspout produces 600 gallons of water. Why not water your plants with it?

3. Use native plants in your landscape plan not just to make your yard look better, but to help create habitats for local wildlife as well.

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Green Collar Jobs: Mechanical Engineer James Petersen

Jul 22, 2013

 From Foster's Daily Democrat

By Austin Sorette

James Petersen, 49, began his career in engineering in 1986, founding the Portsmouth-based Petersen Engineering, Inc. six years later. 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.

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Green Alliance, Futuro, & Lynnfield Green Technologies Talk Green Biz with Diana Dehm

Jul 22, 2013

From Sustainability News & Entertainment 

Do you have your green card?

Green Alliance's executive director, Sarah Brown, returns to Sustainability News & Entertainment Talk Radio with Diana Dehm to share some of their most recent developments (including the benefits of a green card) and introduce two of their partners that are really making headway in their industries by providing sustainable products and services!

Futuro vice president, Jesse Ware, joins Diana to discuss how his passion to build healthy buildings developed, what his company is doing to create sustainable homes and buildings, how LEED certification comes into play, and even entertains some pertinent questions from our listeners.

Lynnfield Green Technologies, vice president and executive director, Patrick Lucci, joins Diana Dehm on Sustainability News & Entertainment to explain his revolutionary cleaning device which uses only water and salt to sanitize! Hotels and restaurants are now able to use this product to sanitize everything from carpet to poultry ! It's completely non-toxic, which eliminates chemical contamination and injuries.

To listen to the show on Sustainability News & Entertainment's blog, click here!

Company Reinvents Idea of Who a CEO Should Be

Jul 20, 2013

 From Hamilton-Wenham Patch, Salem Patch, Hampton-North Hampton Patch, North Andover Patch, and Portsmouth Patch

By Herb Perry

AMESBURY, Mass. — Men have historically run the recycling business, but with one woman’s ascension to president of a cutting-edge recycler, one more glass ceiling has been shattered, allowing the woman’s unique experience, education and perspective to enhance the way the company operates.

Julie Wiggin is the CEO, and retains her position as CFO, of Metalwave, Inc. The company was launched in 2010 to provide customers with a more transparent and cost-effective alternative to the traditionally shady world of e-waste “down streaming.” From its 25,000-square-foot facility in Amesbury, Mass., Metalwave recycles PCs, printers, CRT computer monitors, televisions, hard drives, cell phones, and other outdated, discarded electronic equipment.

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Bill’s Appliance finds recession respite in green

Jul 20, 2013

Published in The Portsmouth HeraldSeacoastOnline, Portsmouth and Exeter Patch

By Jim Cavan 

Save for a handful of white-collar powers, few industries can claim to have escaped fully unscathed the Great Recession, now a full five years on.

The adage holds especially true for the retail sector, where Bill’s Appliance has been a Portsmouth staple for close to two decades.

“We saw big drop-off during the recession, in service especially,” says Dawn Rheume, Administrator for Bill’s Appliance. “More and more people are going without appliance service or without buying new appliances altogether.”

To read the full article on Seacoast online, click here! To read the full story on Portsmouth Patch, click here. To read the full story on Exeter Patch, click here. 

UNH Dairy Bar Earns Kudos for Superior Fare, Service, and Sustainability

Jul 17, 2013

 From Exeter Patch

By Herb Perry

DURHAM, N.H. — A restaurant dedicated to good, healthy food, excellent service, and sustainability has been recognized by its peers as one of the best of its kind in the United States and Canada.

A local retail operation run by UNH Dining Services also doubling as a train station, the UNH Dairy Bar recently won a silver dining award in the “Retail Sales – Single Concept” category in the National Association of College & University Food Services annual Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards competition. Also competing in the same category was The University of Missouri, who received a gold award, and the University of Massachusetts, with a bronze win.

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UNH Dairy Bar Earns Kudos for Superior Fare, Service, and Sustainability

Jul 17, 2013

 From Portsmouth Patch

By Herb Perry

DURHAM, N.H. — A restaurant dedicated to good, healthy food, excellent service, and sustainability has been recognized by its peers as one of the best of its kind in the United States and Canada.

A local retail operation run by UNH Dining Services also doubling as a train station, the UNH Dairy Bar recently won a silver dining award in the “Retail Sales – Single Concept” category in the National Association of College & University Food Services annual Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards competition. Also competing in the same category was The University of Missouri, who received a gold award, and the University of Massachusetts, with a bronze win.

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Deerfield Man Takes Off-Grid Living to Next Level

Jul 15, 2013

From Foster's Daily Democrat:

By Jim Cavan

Few ideas in the world of sustainable development carry more romantic weight than “off the grid” – the ability to eschew completely the fossil fuel-dependent infrastructure on which a vast majority of us continue to rely. In most cases, only the most necessary of appliances make the cut: a refrigerator and freezer, a handful of lights, and little else.

For the better part of 50 years, this was Al Jaeger’s life – a life he loved with as much vigor and aplomb as he had the spacious 186-acre Deerfield property from which it unfurled. Between the spaciously quaint main quarters and the sturdy studio, stone walled garden and “community kiln,” Jaeger has sculpted from the hardscrabble land a true testament to living the simple life, and living it well – and all a full half mile from the nearest road.

So when Jaeger, now 71, decided he wanted to add a few basic amenities – heated floors and regular hot water, flush toilet, freezer, and good studio lighting – a major concern was how to do so without compromising the property’s steadfastly Spartan ethos.

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Isles of Shoals Steamship Co Offers Events to Remember

Jul 15, 2013

From the Seacoast Online Blogs:

By Alanna Wittet

Picture yourself aboard a 90-foot Victorian Steamship taking in the beauty and fresh air of Portsmouth Harbor and the Piscataqua River on a private cruise with your family and friends.

Nice, isn’t it?

Lucky for you, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s private charters offer this and much, much more.

While lots of people rent spaces or function halls to host their private events, Rich Ryzman of the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company says that a trip aboard the Thomas Laighton offers something a cut above.

“Chartering our vessel is a great idea for any special event or occasion,” Ryzman says. “It provides clients and their guests an unparalleled experience that you just can’t receive when booking a normal function hall.”

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From 'Off the Grid' To On - Just Barely

Jul 15, 2013

From the Portsmouth Patch and the Exeter Patch and Seacoast Online

By Jim Cavan

Few ideas in the world of sustainable development carry more romantic weight than “off the grid” – the ability to eschew completely the fossil fuel-dependent infrastructure on which a vast majority of us continue to rely. In most cases, only the most necessary of appliances make the cut: a refrigerator and freezer, a handful of lights, and little else.

For the better part of 50 years, this was Al Jaeger’s life – a life he loved with as much vigor and aplomb as he had the spacious 186-acre Deerfield property from which it unfurled. Between the quaint main quarters and the sturdy studio, the stone walled garden and “community kiln,” Jaeger has sculpted from the hardscrabble land a true testament to living the simple life, and living it well – and all a full half mile from the nearest road.

So when Jaeger, now 71, decided he wanted to add a few basic amenities – heated floors and regular hot water, flush toilet, freezer, and good studio lighting – a major concern was how to do so without compromising the property’s steadfastly Spartan ethos.

To read the full article on the Portsmouth Patch, click here!

To read the full article on the Exeter Patch, click here! Or Seacoast Online here. 

Little Tree Education joins Chamber

Jul 15, 2013

From Foster's Daily Democrat 

DOVER –The Greater Dover Chamber of Commerce was pleased to welcome Little Tree Education with a traditional ribbon cutting.

Little Tree Education is an innovative, Montessori-based School that serves modern families. The center is focused on redefining the standard of early education. Little Tree Education (LTE) is a school that children can call their own - fostering curiosity and enabling development. LTE honors the child’s natural desire to learn through imagination, creativity, and intellect.

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Lyme Disease One of Four Tick Born Tick-borne diseases that Plague New Englanders

Jul 11, 2013

 From Exeter Patch

By Herb Perry

EXETER – Everyone migrates outdoors as the warm summer weather approaches, but they do so with escalating odds of contracting Lyme disease and other lesser-known tick-borne illnesses that can also make them sick. Children who spend a lot of time playing in grassy areas or forested backyards are at particularly higher risk of getting tick bites.

Robyn Giard and Krista Delaplane are naturopathic family physicians at Starry Brook Natural Medicine Exeter, N.H. Here they offer their expertise in diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

“Several different diseases can be contracted from ticks, including Babesiosis, Bartonellosis and Ehrlichiosis,” says Krista Delaplane, naturopathic pediatric specialist. “Lyme disease remains a concern, but the incidence of these other infections is on the rise in both adults and children.

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Lyme Disease One of Four Tick Born Tick-borne diseases that Plague New Englanders

Jul 11, 2013

 From Portsmouth Patch

By Herb Perry

EXETER – Everyone migrates outdoors as the warm summer weather approaches, but they do so with escalating odds of contracting Lyme disease and other lesser-known tick-borne illnesses that can also make them sick. Children who spend a lot of time playing in grassy areas or forested backyards are at particularly higher risk of getting tick bites.

Robyn Giard and Krista Delaplane are naturopathic family physicians at Starry Brook Natural Medicine Exeter, N.H. Here they offer their expertise in diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

“Several different diseases can be contracted from ticks, including Babesiosis, Bartonellosis and Ehrlichiosis,” says Krista Delaplane, naturopathic pediatric specialist. “Lyme disease remains a concern, but the incidence of these other infections is on the rise in both adults and children.

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PSNH Business Customers Can Cut Energy Costs with Glacial's Wind-Power Program

Jul 9, 2013

 From Exeter Patch

By Herb Perry

LACONIA, N.H. — Commercial customers of Public Service of New Hampshire can now buy a type of sustainable energy — Glacial Renewable Energy Credits — that support currently available renewable resources as well as aid the development of new renewable resources in the United States.

And they can do so while also saving money on energy costs.

Glacial Energy, one of the fastest growing retail energy marketers in the United States, is providing sustainable energy to New Hampshire businesses in a 100 percent wind program while reducing their cost with PSNH. The Glacial Pure program matches customers’ electrical usage (kWh) with Green-e Energy® certified Pure Wind® renewable energy certificates (RECs). With the purchase of RECs, business customers are buying the renewable attributes of a specific type of renewable energy generation, which supports the development of renewable energy resources.

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Green Collar Careers: Clay Mitchell, Co-Founder of Revolution Energy

Jul 8, 2013

From Foster's Daily Democrat

By The Green Alliance 

An Arizona native and lawyer by training, Clay Mitchell, 44, launched Revolution Energy in 2008 aspirating to change how large-scale alternative energy products are managed. As a result, Revolution offers innovative financial packages that help reduce the up-front investment costs of alternative energy systems.

The financing model, at least on its face, gave its competitors an infectious case of “why didn’t I think of that?” Instead of being hassled with having to shell out 100 percent of the cost for a state-of-the-art solar array up front, now businesses and other entities can “go green” and only have to worry about paying the monthly bill. The whole arrangement – called a Power-Purchase Agreement – makes what was once a Holy Grail status of luxury, for only the most economically blessed clients, accessible to anyone.

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PSNH Business Customers Can Cut Energy Costs with Glacial's Wind-Power Program

Jul 8, 2013

 From Portsmouth Patch

By Herb Perry

LACONIA, N.H. — Commercial customers of Public Service of New Hampshire can now buy a type of sustainable energy — Glacial Renewable Energy Credits — that support currently available renewable resources as well as aid the development of new renewable resources in the United States.

And they can do so while also saving money on energy costs.

Glacial Energy, one of the fastest growing retail energy marketers in the United States, is providing sustainable energy to New Hampshire businesses in a 100 percent wind program while reducing their cost with PSNH. The Glacial Pure program matches customers’ electrical usage (kWh) with Green-e Energy® certified Pure Wind® renewable energy certificates (RECs). With the purchase of RECs, business customers are buying the renewable attributes of a specific type of renewable energy generation, which supports the development of renewable energy resources.

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Women Leaders at Marcom4

Jul 8, 2013

 From the Portsmouth Herald:

By Jim Cavan

For the seventh straight year, millions tuned in to watch as Don, Roger and the rest of the flawed, boozed-up crew of AMC's "Mad Men" scaled ever-new dramatic peaks - and plummeted to cavernous personal lows - in the recent season finale. 

The show, which chronicles the triumphs, tragedies and exploits of a 1960s Madison Avenue advertising agency, has long been celebrated for the compelling, nuanced way in which its cast and crew manage to tackle myriad social issues of the time - the role of women as a creative workplace force perhaps being chief among them.

Nearly 40 years later, one Seacoast marketing firm stands as a time-tested totem to that last, arguably most important, trend. 

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Green Tips: RAM Printing

Jul 8, 2013

From the Portsmouth Herald

This week's tips come from RAM Printing, a company specializing in sustainable printing practices for clients large and small. 

1. If you're going to use coated paper, make sure it's recycled. Unlike a lot of other products, recycled coated paper is actually more cost effective than the non-recycled alternative. 

2. Request soy or vegetable-based ink on your next printing project. Soy and vegetable inks are getting better and cheaper all the time. And they are much better for the environment.

To read more click here! 

Too Much Greenhouse Gas!

Jul 5, 2013

From the Green Energy TImes:

By Tricia Dinkel

Records are set and then they are broken. In many cases, breaking a record is celebrated—even commemorated through ceremony or accolade. Late last week, atop the Hawaiian volcano Mauna Loa a worldwide record was broken, and while news of the milestone spread fast and far there came no approbation, no celebration and no solace in the achievement.

On May 10, 2013, for the first time in human history, the daily average concentration of atmospheric carbon dioxide surpassed 400 parts per million, indicating the continued increase of fossil fuel burning despite mounting warnings and scientific evidence linking fossil fuel emissions, like CO2 to global climate change.

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Volkswagon Turbo Jetta Hybrid Leaves Competition in the Dust

Jul 5, 2013

From Green Energy Times:

By Alexandra Binder

GREENLAND, N.H. — Debi Altberg wasn’t searching for a hybrid when she recently visited Seacoast Volkswagen intending to buy a second VW, but when the decision came down to which vehicle had the best fuel economy and highest miles per gallon, Altberg was sold on the new turbocharged VW Jetta Hybrid.

“We were looking at the regular Jetta,” Altberg says, “but the hybrid stood out because of its great gas mileage.”The Jetta Hybrid get’s an impressive 48 highway mpg and 42 city mpg. Don Turbide, Seacoast Volkswagen’s business developer manager, acknowl- edges the stigma associated with hybrids, saying that “most hybrids are pretty boring when you come down to it, and they aren’t as fuel efficient or nice driving as advertised. But the VW Jetta Hybrid is different.”

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Mirror Image offers respite from insurance hassles

Jul 1, 2013

 From Exeter Patch and Seacoast Online

By Jim Cavan

Every year, 5.2 million automobile accidents occur within the United States. That’s over 14,000 per day, just under 600 an hour, and about 10 every single second.
Circumstances and severity might vary greatly from collision to collision, but one factor above all unites millions of drivers in collective annoyance: the hassle of having to deal with insurance companies.

How much can my insurance cover? Was I at fault? How will this affect rates going forward? Will the resulting repairs stand the test of time?

Crucial questions all, with each entailing an almost comical propensity for seldom turning out in the customer’s favor.

To read the full article on Exeter Patch, click here! To read the full article on Seacost Online, click here.