News : September 2013

Congrats to Cornerstone Tree Care!

Sep 27, 2013

Originally featured in the Tree Care Industry Magazine. 

While there wasn’t an actual article on Green Alliance's business partner, Cornerstone Tree Care, they were featured on the cover of Tree Care Industry Magazine for their September 2013 issue. Tree Care Industry Magazine is the official publication of the Tree Care Industry Association. 

Cornerstone Tree Care focuses on exceeding customer expectations with great tree care services while reducing their impact on the environment through sustainable practices and eco-friendly products. 

To see the wonderful cover photo, please visit here.

Want to read the September issue online? You can view that here.  

Green Businesses Partner with Renewable Energy Non-Profit to promote Clean Energy and Local Agriculture

Sep 27, 2013

Origonally published in the Portsmouth Patch and Exeter Patch on September 21st.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to meet interesting people, eat amazing local food, win fabulous prizes, and listen to a great speaker all while supporting a grassroots organization committed to promoting sustainability? Well, if this sounds as good to you as it does to me, check out the SEAREI Solar Garden Party Fundraiser on September 28th.

SEAREI is a not-for-profit organization working to build sustainable communities through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and education. They are modeled after the traditional New England style "barn-raising" of neighbor helping neighbor. This organization works toward this goal by lowering the cost of installing renewable energy systems, providing hands on education, developing support networks and community connections. They serve the Piscataqua region and southern Maine. Help them accomplish these goals by coming to this amazing fundraiser event!

The Solar Garden Party, a collaborative effort between SEAREI and sustainable business Cornerstone Tree Care, gives attendees an opportunity to meet like-minded people who not only talk-the-talk but walk-the-walk when it comes to sustainability and believe in sustainable communities. Also, hear entrepreneur Peter Egelston, owner and founder of Portsmouth Brewery and Smuttynose Brewing Company, speak on “Greening Business and Building Community.” On top of these great opportunities attendees get to sample Smuttynose’s local brews and enjoy a wide array of food supplied by eleven local restaurants.

For the full story at the Portsmouth Patch click here! For the full story at the Exeter Patch click here

For Ron April, Path to Green about Process

Sep 27, 2013

Origonally published in Seacoast Online, the North Andover Patch, Andover Patch, Hampton-NorthHampton Patch, Portsmouth Patch, and Exeter Patch on September 27th. 

For many, the path to greener pastures is one that can unfurl at any number of speeds – from slow jog to full-blown sprint – even if inspiration can’t be pegged to any singular event.

Ron April, on the other hand, remembers exactly where he was: standing at a gas pump, filling up his SUV with 20-or-so-gallons of premium fuel. As he jockeyed around the pump in an effort to avoid the fumes, April looked around at the myriad other customers standing beside their cars, pumping away.

That’s where it hit him.

“We just sit there and tolerate this mind-bending blend of petroleum and alcohol,” April recalls. “And I remember asking myself: how many people are out there right now doing this exact same thing? Not just how many people were driving and burning fuel, but how many people were standing around pumps like this and breathing this stuff in?”

To read the whole story at the North Andover Patch click here! To read the whole story on the Andover Patch click here! To read the whole story on the Hampston-North Hampton Patch click here! To read the whole story on the Portsmouth Patch click here! To read the whole story on the Exeter Patch click here! Read on Seacoast Online here

Fundraiser That Helps Support Children Also Promises to be Great Fun

Sep 27, 2013

Published in the Seacoast Online, Hampton-NorthHampton Patch, Portsmouth Patch, and Exeter Patch on September 27, 2013.

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — An “elegantly casual barn party” featuring fabulous food and drink, live music, and silent and live auctions will highlight the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast fall fundraiser, an annual event that benefits children throughout the Seacoast.

“The Big Bash on little bay” will take place from 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18, at 224 Little Bay Road in Newington at a private home with, of course, a barn. This annual fall event directly funds the agency’s mission, which is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

“This is our major fundraising event for the year,” says Alyssa Salmon, BBBSGS development and communications director. “It’s a wonderful thing to see the community really coming together in support, because this is our community. The agency is a vital part of it. The children we serve are our community.”

To read the full story on the Portsmouth Patch click here! To read the full story on the Exeter Patch click here! To read the full story on the Hampton-NorthHampton Patch click here! Read it on Seacoast Online, here

Portsmouth Technology Expert Strives to Upgrade IT Professionalism

Sep 27, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Patch, Exeter Patch, Salem Patch, Hampton-North Hampton Patch, and the Hamilton-Wenham Patch on September 24, 2013.

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — A book written by the world’s leading technology consultants features a local expert who offers practical advice on how small- to mid-size businesses can confidently satisfy their critical IT needs.

Published by Celebrity Press, “The Tech (Multiplier),” features 15 top technology consultants, each having written one chapter, who explain to business people various aspects of the world of computers, a world where an old cliché — “only change is constant” — truly does apply. The book’s subtitle is “Leveraging Technology to Increase Profits and Reduce Waste While Safeguarding Data.” The book features a case study in each chapter.

Especially interesting is Chapter 2, titled “Are Your IT Needs Being Adequately Served?” written by Portsmouth technology expert MJ Shoer, owner of Jenaly Technology Group, Inc. Founded in 1997, Jenaly supplies IT support to small- and mid-size businesses.

Shoer has written a previous book, “Hassle-Free Computer Support”; he has testified about computer security before the U.S. Congress; and he has provided critical information to the Massachusetts state government. Shoer has been named one of the 250 most influential executives in the IT industry. And he is at the forefront of establishing professional standards for IT providers, attempting to fix a Wild West-type situation in which IT service consumers sometimes don’t always get what they need.

Green Tips from Little Green Homes

Sep 24, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald on September 23, 2013.

This week's tips, featuring things to consider when building a new home, come from Little Green Homes, a Seacoast company that emphasizes sustainable building materials and techniques both large and small.

1. Avoid building in an environmentally sensitive area.

2. Try to locate your home near or within an existing community to reduce the impact that sewer and water connections have on the land.

3. Allow for access to public transportation and to sidewalks and trails for walking and biking.

To read the entire list in the Portsmouth Herald, click here.

Wellenberger named executive director of Great Bay Stewards

Sep 23, 2013

PORTSMOUTH — The Great Bay Stewards, the friends group for the Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve and the Great Bay Discovery Center, named Peter Wellenberger as the organization's first executive director.

Wellenberger was the former manager of the reserve and most recently the Conservation Law Foundation's Great Bay-Piscataqua waterkeeper.
 

Read the rest of the article here.

Professional Women’s Networking Event

Sep 23, 2013

Originally published in Fosters Daily Democrat on September 18, 2013

PORTSMOUTH — Sept. 18 Green Alliance is hosting the Professional Women’s Networking event, Suite 304, 75 Congress St., Portsmouth- GA Headquarters. 5:30 - 7:30pm Free!

Calling all business women! Come to an open networking event and social. 

The Seacoast Women’s Networking Social will feature professional women leaders and business owners from all over New England, including green business leaders from the GA business network.

This free event includes local wine courtesy of New Hampshire’s own Flag Hill Winery and refreshments provided by GA Business Partners, Favorite Foods, Inc. and Two Ceres Street!



Please RSVP to attend: Tricia@gmail.com.

Green Alliance partners with Film Unbound for ‘Green Shorts’ Film Festival

Sep 19, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Patch and Exeter Patch on September 19, 2013. 

PORTSMOUTH — The Green Alliance and Film Unbound will be hosting “Green Shorts,” a one-night micro-festival of short films dedicated to the world, the environment, and you! It will take place from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (with doors opening at 7 p.m.) on Oct. 24 at the Green Alliance headquarters, 75 Congress St., Suite 304, Portsmouth, N.H.

The event will showcase local films that explore environmental themes in hopes of bringing out the environmentalist in you. Film Unbound undoubtedly has a good eye for inspirational films, and has selected a diverse collection of short films, most of which are produced by local artists. Come enjoy the natural world as it becomes unveiled to you in this film series, alongside sustainable eats and locally brewed beers. After each video, a Q & A opportunity will follow, allowing you to meet and ask questions to the real filmmaker. As an audience member you also are able to help select the “Viewer’s Choice Environmental Hero” based on the best film!

Green Alliance, headquartered in Portsmouth, promotes sustainable business practices through its partnerships with local businesses and consumers. Its efforts are targeted at creating, and enhancing the growth of the green economy. Film Unbound is a media production company dedicated to supporting independent cinema, and aimed at creating both fictional and documentary films for distribution and for its clients.

To read the full story in the Exeter Patch click here and in the Portsmouth Patch click here

5 tips to improve your employee handbook

Sep 19, 2013

Originally published by Mirjam IJtsma in the New Hampshire Business Review on September 6, 2013.

How long has it been since you reviewed your employee handbook -- or since your employees referenced it?

When employee handbooks are correctly developed and implemented, they can serve as a sourcebook for both the managers and employees. Unfortunately, employee handbooks often are not crafted in the right way, and as a result collect dust on a shelf.

A handbook should be a tool that explains everything about the culture of the organization. It is part guidebook, part legacy. When employees understand the culture of the organization, they better understand how they should act. Outlining clear expectations is the best way to eliminate problems.

How can you ensure that your employee handbook provides a good explanation of the organization’s culture outlines benefits and expectations and at the same time will hold up in court or against the unemployment board? Follow these five tips and the effectiveness of your handbook will improve.

To read the full story, click here

BBBS Pursues Vision That All Children Achieve Success in Life

Sep 19, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Patch and Exeter Patch on September 16, 2013.

PORTSMOUTH — With the school year now in full swing, an organization whose goal is to improve the lives of children now needs adult volunteers for its school- and community-based mentoring programs.
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast is a 35-year-old organization affiliated with Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, the national organization. The Seacoast N.H. agency serves 39 cities and towns in Rockingham and Strafford counties. Its mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported 1-to-1 relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.

Adult mentors — called “Bigs” — expand the perspective of children ranging in age from 6 thru through 17 years old — called “Littles” — by encouraging them to look beyond their situation to the outside world of possibilities to see that bigger and better things are attainable. “The mentor provides hope and opportunity in their lives,” says BBBS Executive Director Stacy Kramer.

"My Big Sister treats me good and acts like I am a princess in her world," says Little Sister Daisha.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast has been chosen as The Music Hall Explore + Learn partner of the year. On Sept. 26, BBBS is holding a Celebration of Matches and mission through artistic expression, including music, art, speech and a slide show at the Music Hall Loft location. BBBS invites the public to attend the event to learn more about the organization’s mission and about its matches — some that are new and some long-standing — will be described in detail.

Read the rest of the story in the Portsmouth Patch here, and the Exeter Patch here

Seacoast Volkswagen at Efficiency’s Cutting Edge

Sep 18, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Patch and Exeter Patch on September 10, 2013.

At first glance, the Volkswagen XL1 might look like something out of a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster – as much fantastical figment as a four-wheeled snapshot of our shared automotive future.

But while the XL1’s particulars are still a ways away from becoming the standard – the sexy-sleek design, hidden hind tires, and incredible 235 mile-per gallon fuel efficiency – Volkswagen’s green aim remains equal parts ambitious and time-tested.

Read the rest of the story on the Porsmouth Patch here, or the Exeter Patch here!

 

 

Seacoast Volkswagen at efficiency’s cutting edge

Sep 18, 2013

 Origonally Published in Seacoast Online Blogs on September 17, 2013.

At first glance, the Volkswagen XL1 might look like something out of a Hollywood sci-fi blockbuster – as much fantastical figment as a four-wheeled snapshot of our shared automotive future.

But while the XL1’s particulars are still a ways away from becoming the standard – the sexy-sleek design, hidden hind tires, and incredible 235 mile-per gallon fuel efficiency – Volkswagen’s green aim remains equal parts ambitious and time-tested.

For the rest of the story, click here!

Green Tips From Seacoast Volkswagen

Sep 18, 2013

 Origonally Published in Portsmouth Herald on August 26, 2013

This week's tips come from Seacoast Volkswagen in Greenland.

1. There are two primary factors that determine fuel efficiency in an automobile: vehicle weight up to around 40-45 mph, after that, aerodynamics take over. Be sure to choose the appropriate vehicle for your needs. If you have a choice, use the smaller car, not the big, heavy SUV, to go to the market for your gallon of milk.

Read the rest of the tips here!

Green Tips from Cornerstone Tree Care

Sep 16, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online

This week's tips come from Cornerstone Tree Care, a Portsmouth company specializing in low-impact, environmentally friendly tree care and maintenance services.

1. Compost your leaves and other garden waste at home instead of bagging and carting them to the transfer station. All that material is food for your gardens and trees. Why pay for compost from somebody else when you already have the ingredients to make your own? Don't have the space? Get together with your neighbors to create a shared spot that you all can use.

Read the rest of the tips on Portsmouth Herald here. Or Seacoast Online here. 

Earth Matters: Submit your own 'Green Short' for festival

Sep 16, 2013

Originally published by Deborah McDermott on Seacoast Online, September 16, 2013. 

Is there some hidden place of natural beauty you wish you could show to others? Have you been out to your community supported agriculture farm and talked with your farmer? Is your group planning a protest over tar-sand oil pipelines? Now would be the time to grab your cell phone or your camera and unleash your hidden filmmaker.

To continue reading, click here.

 

Green Collar Careers: Seacoast Energy Alternatives owner Jack Bingham

Sep 16, 2013

Originally published by Austin Sorette in Fosters Daily Democrat on September 16th, 2013.

Since their inception in 2008, SEA Solar Store, based in Barrington, has solidified its role as the flagship business of renewable home energy products and solar systems in southern New Hampshire. Gaining much of his experience in an eclectic work history before turning to solar full time, owner Jack Bingham, soon to be 59, brings a broad range of affordable alternative energy choices to the table. SEA offers everything under the sun of environmentally pragmatic products: ultra-insulated hot water storage tanks; waterless, composting toilets; even a zero-emissions electric scooter that goes 30 miles on a single charge.

Read the rest on Fosters here! Or on The New Hampshire, here

Citizens for Clean and Fair Power Campaign featured in the Portsmouth Herald

Sep 13, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Herald on September 13, 2013

PORTSMOUTH — A new grassroots group working to "responsibly retire" the Schiller Station power plant will hold its kickoff meeting next week.

Citizens for Clean and Fair Power comprises city residents and state and regional organizations concerned about what they say are effects of pollution from Schiller, a coal- and biomass-fired plant, on the city.

Charlotte Olena of the Portsmouth office of Toxic Actions Center said the time is particularly ripe for starting such a group. A state legislative committee is currently considering whether it is feasible to require Public Service of New Hampshire to divest its power-generating facilities — including Schiller Station.

To continue reading click here!

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Naturopathic Doctors Rely on Science to Heal Their Patients

Sep 10, 2013

Originally published by Heikki Perry on Exeter Patch September 9th, 2013

EXETER, N.H. — With little known about the education and practice of naturopathic physicians, the new law mandating insurance coverage is shedding light on this highly effective treatment option.

A 2013 law requires New Hampshire insurers to provide coverage for services delivered by naturopathic doctors if those services would be covered when provided by other primary care providers. It is ironic that although naturopathic doctors — or NDs, for short — undergo virtually the same training as medical doctors, their services had not been covered by insurance companies in New Hampshire.

Naturopathic doctors emphasize illness prevention and lifestyle guidance rather than pharmaceutical or surgical procedures in their practice. About 75 percent of health-care spending nationwide goes to treating chronic diseases, particularly those caused by diet and stress, such as obesity, heart disease and diabetes.

Here on the Seacoast, two naturopathic doctors — Dr. Robyn Giard and Dr. Krista Delaplane of Starry Brook Natural Medicine in Exeter — display some overlapping talents and other divergent skills, fulfilling the promise of naturopathy by identifying and treating the causes of illness, rather than erasing these important clues with drugs. And by doing so, they are improving their patients’ health.

To read more, click here.

Eco-networking on tap aboard 'green' cruise

Sep 10, 2013

 Originally published on August 25th, 2013 on Seacoast Online.

PORTSMOUTH — Join the Green Alliance for live music, drinks, dancing and mingling aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Free to Green Alliance members, the cruise is also open to those without a Green Alliance membership card. Non-GA members can get dance party and cruise tickets by joining the Green Alliance atwww.greenalliance.biz/join and then e-mailing an RSVP toTricia@greenalliance.biz. New members can pick up their Green Alliance Green Card at the dock before boarding.

The annual Green Alliance cruise is an opportunity for local residents not to mingle with people who share common eco-friendly pursuits and gather information about green products and businesses in the area.

To read more, click here.

 

Rye home a testament to green renovation

Sep 6, 2013

 Origonally Published on Seacoast Online Blogs.

n the dozen years since moving from Seattle to Rye, New Hampshire, Chris and Susie Reaney had driven by 691 Bracket Road countless times – had marveled at the 130-year-old home and barn’s New England charm and striking stateliness.

As the years wound by, the Reaneys became so enamored with the property that, when its owners finally put the home up for sale, the couple jumped at the chance to move their family of five into a home they hoped might one day serve as a true testament to energy efficiency.

“We always noticed that it wasn’t occupied for most of the year, and we always talked about how great it would be to live there,” recalls Susie Reaney. “So we were excited and elated when it finally went up for sale – it was either go for it, or regret it later.”

Green Alliance Summer Cruise

Sep 4, 2013

Originally published in Foster's Daily Democrat on August 22nd, 2013, and in the Seacoast Herald on August 25th, 2013.

PORTSMOUTH — It’s that time of year in Portsmouth: The decks are open, the tourists are here, and the party boats are cruising. A ride on one of the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s party boats is the perfect way to celebrate summer.

Join the Green Alliance for live music, drinks, dancing, and mingling from 7:30-9:30 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31, aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton. Free to Green Alliance members, this cruise is also open to those without a Green Alliance membership card.

Non-GA members can get their dance party and cruise ticket by joining the Green Alliance at www.greenalliance.biz/join and then sending an RSVP to Tricia@greenalliance.biz. New members can pick up their Green Alliance Green Card at the dock before boarding.

Acorn School’s Nature-Based Learning Inspires Students to Blossom

Sep 3, 2013

 Published on Exeter Patch and Portsmouth Patch Sept. 3rd, 2013

STRATHAM — A school that encourages its students to have fun as they learn, while also teaching them how to practice sustainability, is transforming them into inquisitive, caring and responsible graduates who develop a deep affinity for their alma mater.

The Acorn School isn’t your typical pre-K and kindergarten. Launched in 1972, Acorn has remained steadfast in its efforts to maintain a low student-to-teacher ratio, one-on-one interaction, communication, and personal growth. The school uses its beautiful surroundings in Stratham to help forge a curriculum and philosophy aimed at stirring within its students an appreciation for the natural world.

Acorn touts an incredible, diverse curriculum, where finger painting and drawing meld seamlessly with Lego-building and sign language. From science to theater, world culture to creative arts, music to creative writing, no educational stone is left unturned.

You can read more about Acorn School here.

Green Collar Careers: Ultra Geothermal President Melissa Aho

Sep 3, 2013

Originally written by Austin Sorette in the Sept 2nd, 2013 issue of Foster's Daily Democrat.

When Melissa Aho, 38, joined Ultra Heating & Cooling in 2006, roughly 30 percent of the company’s business was in geothermal. But it didn’t take long before more and more New Hampshire residents started insisting on a cleaner, more renewable source of heat, and soon it became one example of supply and demand that this “green” energy business was happy to serve.

Today, the rechristened Ultra Geothermal is proving that clean energy is the superior source of power. With the help of federal rebates and tax credits that help save 30 percent on the total system cost, word has been burning through the grapevine that a little up-front investment can save you big bucks down the road. With their friendly, educational approach and state-of-the-art technology, Aho and Ultra are always first-to-the-gate in providing passionate service to the public’s ever-increasing demand for “green” energy.

5 Green Tips from Little Tree Education

Sep 2, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and seacoastonline.com

This week's tips come from Little Tree Education, a school for infants, toddlers and preschoolers in Madbury that is committed to alternative, green-oriented practices.

1. Do your kids and the planet a favor and ask school officials to adopt a no-idling policy with their buses. Idling wastes fuel, pollutes the air, and can harm children already sensitive to things such as diesel exhaust. While you're at it, request they switch to biodiesel. It can't hurt to ask.

2. Adding more essential fatty acids to a child's diet — through foods such as wild salmon, walnuts and various other nuts and seeds — can provide children with much-needed brain power for a long day of learning.

Read the rest of the tips by clicking here!