News : October 2013

Site Structures Provides You and Your Pets with the Greenest, Safest Lawn Care Solutions

Oct 31, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Patch, Exeter Patch, and Hampton-North Hampton Patch on October 31st, 2013.

BY MEGHAN CURTIS

Green Alliance Staff Writer

ELIOT, Maine — Dogs, like humans, get hungry. Whilst playing in the grass, they will most likely do the inevitable: chewing, eating, and enjoying the wonderful grass, flowers, and other green items that make up your front lawn. This parcel of land that you have fed, watered, and trimmed is now part of your dog’s breakfast, lunch and dinner. Such innocuous activities as eating grass should never result in the dangers that some have unfortunately encountered.

Michele Lowry, the creator and owner of Nikoe Natural Therapies, a human and pet therapy clinic that offers individual Reiki healing sessions, recently learned of a sad story about a dear friend’s dog. Lowry’s friend began noticing strange symptoms coming from the dog, and could not find a reason for these symptoms.

After a few therapeutic and rejuvenating days at the Nikoe facility in Eliot, Maine, the dog began to recuperate from the debilitating effects that some claim Roundup has on the health of dogs. This potentially dangerous chemical that is all too often used on our perfectly manicured lawns may be showing awful impacts on pets.

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Yankee Thermal Imaging Helps Charity Event Boom

Oct 29, 2013

Originally published in the Seacoastonline Blog on October 22, 2013.

Seven lost Titleists. Too many bogies to count. The only team in a field of 88 to finish above par.

For most, such superlatives are the stuff of golfing nightmares. But for Chris Meyer, owner of Yankee Thermal Imaging, it all added up to the tiniest of clouds on an otherwise sparkling day.

“We were awful,” Meyer laughs. “But the whole time you have at the back of your mind what you’re doing it for, and it really puts things into perspective.”

Together with a host of local and regional sponsors, Meyer helped produce the Third Annual Black Bear Cafe Golf Tournament, held on September 16th at the Point Sebago Golf Club in Casco, Maine. The tournament was launched three years ago to support the Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation, named in honor of a young Massachusetts boy who succumbed to a sudden brain tumor in 2002 at the age of eight.

All funds raised from the tournament go to the Massachusetts General Hospital Pediatric Cancer Center and Camp Sunshine, a year-round program that provides respite, support, joy and hope to children with life-threatening illnesses and their families – free of charge.

Beginning with its eponymous 5K Walk and Road Race in 2003, the Michael J. Dunleavy Foundation – which focuses is on childhood cancers and brain tumor research and provides treatment and assistance for afflicted children and their families – has served as the inspiration for many subsequent events.

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Meet a Green Alliance Business: Pixels & Pulp

Oct 29, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Herald on October 28th, 2013.

Editor's note: The Green Alliance is replacing its weekly Green Tips feature with a brief description of a member business and what it does to be green.

Who: Pixels & Pulp

What: Founded in 2008, Pixels & Pulp specializes in developing brands — including logos, print collateral, Web sites, trade show displays and everything in between — all with an eye toward sustainability.

Where: Berwick, Maine

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Green Collar Careers: Proulx Oil & Propane and Proulx AutoGas Owner Jim Proulx

Oct 28, 2013

Originally published in The New Hampshire, Portsmouth Patch, and Exeter Patch on October 25, 2013; published in Fosters Daily Democrat on November 11, 2013.

BY THERESA CONN

When Joe Proulx first founded Proulx Oil back in 1944, the result was a changing of the energy guard here in New England from the soot and smoke of coal to something more efficient. The company, now led by Joe Proulx’s grandson Jim, 51, continues to embrace cutting-edge technologies, steadfast customer service and ever-improving, more efficient products.

Proulx was a pioneer in the world of BioHeat, a renewable-based alternative to standard heating oil. Grown on American farms, thereby reducing the nation’s dependency on foreign oil, BioHeat can be incorporated into homes and offices without any significant upgrades or modifications to heating systems.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: The Portsmouth Brewery

Oct 24, 2013

Published in Seacoast Online on October 22nd, 2013.

Editor's note: The Green Alliance is replacing its weekly Green Tips feature with a brief description of a member business and what it does to be green.

Who: The Portsmouth Brewery

What: A Seacoast staple since 1991, New Hampshire's original brew pub is renowned for its original beers, delicious eats and, increasingly, its steadfast green commitments.

Where: 56 Market St., Portsmouth

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GateWay’s Open House Attracts Many, Spreading Knowledge and Experience in Ancient Arts

Oct 24, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth, Exeter, and Hampton-North Hampton Patches on October 24th, 2013.

BY MEGHAN CURTIS

Green Alliance Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH — The open house and one year anniversary at GateWay Taiji, Qigong & Yoga, provided those in the area with a wonderful opportunity for engagement, involvement, and experience in what millions across the world already enjoy. The celebration occurred on Oct.6, at the GateWay studio in Portsmouth, N.H. The afternoon was full of a continuous stream of classes and activities, all of which highlighted the expertise that GateWay provides.

GateWay, which opened in October 2012, provides people of all levels with a center for practicing and exploring the ancient arts of taiji (tai chi), qigong (chee kung) and yoga. The founder, Bill Buckley, envisioned a welcoming, judgment-free atmosphere, where students could enjoy classes, seminars and demonstrations. With two large studios that are sunlight and glowing, and a constant stream of engaging classes, Buckley’s dream has surely been met.

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Go&Do: Green Shorts Film Fest slated for Oct. 24

Oct 21, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald on October 20, 2013

On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Green Alliance and Film Unbound will present the first ever Green Shorts Film Festival. The event will feature short films that highlight the beauty of our planet, discuss issues affecting our world, and tell stories of the people that inhabit it.

Sarah Brown, Green Alliance director, was inspired to create "Green Shorts" after attending a Portsmouth Short Film Night, hosted by Film Unbound. Film Unbound is a media production company that produces fictional and documentary work as well as story-based promotional documentaries for their clients. It also specializes in putting together unique film festivals just like Oct. 24th's "Green Shorts"; events that bring locals together with artists to learn and be inspired by the power of video.

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Little Green Homes Rides Housing Roller Coaster

Oct 18, 2013

 Originally published to Foster's Daily Democrat on October 14, 2013

GREENLAND -- Like four-wheeling through a forest fire or sailing a skimmer into a hurricane – that’s what Chris Redmond faced when he launched his building company, Little Green Homes (LGH), in the middle of 2007.

The only difference being that Redmond couldn’t know the severity of the economic tumult ahead, like just about everyone else rolling the dice on a new business ahead of the biggest financial blowup since the Great Depression.

“The housing crash definitely wasn’t the ideal way to start,” Redmond recalls. “It tested our mettle right off the bat, that’s for sure.”

At the same time, part of Redmond had always known the reckoning would eventually come – the part of him that had borne witness to the propensity of many in his industry to choose size and shortcuts over quality and efficiency. The phenomenon eventually gave birth to its own pop culture euphemism: McMansion, the derisive placeholder for a home or development where façade and avarice carried the day.

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Couple Share Family and Enjoy Success in Their Respective Businesses

Oct 18, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Patch, Exeter Patch, and Seacoast Online on October 18, 2013. 

GREENLAND — When describing the dynamic synergy that flows between their entrepreneurial spirit and eco-consciousness, Jane and Jeff Cutters’ stories have many chapters. From revenue generation and restaurant, to printing and publicity, to family and fishing, the Cutters have dedicated their personal and professional lives to supporting each other’s big-picture goals.

After meeting Jeff, who persuaded Jane not to join friends in California in 1989, the couple got down to business—literally.

From 1991 to 2006 Jeff owned the popular Portsmouth restaurant, Molly Malone’s, on State Street, “which was the place to be for a long time,” Jane said. After short stints as WHEB’s sales assistant, and account executive for The Alternative Agency, Jane fast tracked her Northeast sales career by helping to form ATA Transit Advertising in 1992, which she still owns today.

At the same time, Jane and Jeff’s personal lives grew. They married in 1992 and were thrilled to welcome two sons to their family in 1998 and 2000. As their professional and personal lives evolved, they didn’t stop to take a breath.

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Success Yields "Gateway" to Solar

Oct 18, 2013

Puublished in the Seacoast Online and Portsmouth Patch

For three afternoon hours two Sundays ago, Bill Buckley beamed with wide-eyed excitement as droves of students new and old filed into Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga for the Portsmouth studio’s one-year anniversary. He watched as his vision – of a business borne from passion, of an increasingly conscious community – sparked an energy that filled the Button Factory’s old furnace room like so many bygone fires.

Now, with momentum marshaled and a new year of open doors ahead, Buckley is setting his sites on a compact power of a different kind – a 72-panel, 18-kilowatt solar system astride the studio’s top hat roof.

For Buckley, the new array – expected to cover a whopping 95% of the building’s energy use – will mark the end of a process more than a year in the making, and another turned page in a truly unique personal journey.

“The plan has been to install a solar system from the beginning, so to have it this close to happening, it’s pretty exciting,” says Buckley, who practices and taught martial arts for over 20 years before opening Gateway last October. “It’s been quite a learning curve over the last year, both with the business and with the process of getting the business to run on solar.”

To read the full story on Seacoast Online, visit here. To read the full story on Exeter Patch, click here

For 900 Degrees, green makes the margins

Oct 17, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Herald October 18, 2013. Originally published on the Green Alliance's Seacoast Online Blog October 16, 2013.

By: Jim Cavan

There are many reasons for why three in five restaurants fail within five years of throwing open the doors: overly ambitious business plans, tough competition, lack of a coherent marketing strategy. The list goes on.

More often than not, however, it’s the daily margins – how much you’re making on every burger, salad, or sundae – that prove the impossible puzzle. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that going green out of the gate is seen by many a restaurateur as a dangerous luxury, a way to all but guarantee a quick-ticking clock to broke and belly up.

Priscilla Lane-Rondeau never bought into that false equivalency, and her business – the famed 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzaria – is about to go to the next level because of it.

“So often when we do events – through the Chamber, Groupon, or whatever – we continually get ‘We’ve never been involved with a more successful green business,’” Lane-Rondeau says. “And the same applies to events. When 900 Degrees is there, people respond.”

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Green Shorts Film Fest Offers Fun for Whole Family

Oct 15, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Patch on October 14, 2013

PORTSMOUTH -- On Thursday, Oct. 24, the Green Alliance and Film Unbound will present the first ever Green Shorts Film Festival. The event will feature short films that highlight the beauty of our planet, discuss issues affecting our world, and tell stories of the people that inhabit it.

Sarah Brown, the director of the Green Alliance, was inspired to create Green Shorts after attending a Portsmouth Short Film Night, hosted by Film Unbound. Film Unbound is a media production company that produces fictional and documentary work as well as story-based promotional documentaries for their clients. It also specializes in event coverage and product demonstrations. Film Unbound has worked with businesses, educational institutions, individuals, and charitable organizations.

Whether Film Unbound productions are destined for the web, festivals, events, or cinematic release, the company’s founders, Catherine Stewart and Michael Rodriguez-Torrent, are at the heart of the process, working as producers, directors, journalists, cinematographers and everything else in between. Stewart and Rodriguez-Torrent started Film Unbound with the hope it would be part of a bigger movement.

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Rally against Schiller Station held

Oct 11, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald on October 10th, 2013

PORTSMOUTH — Peter Egelston, owner of Smuttynose and Portsmouth breweries, said he grew up in the "brown blanket" of Los Angeles before federal clean-air policies were instituted.

He said he moved to New Hampshire 22 years ago for its "natural beauty," which he said he will never take for granted. Egelston joins 54 other businesspeople from the Seacoast in supporting the efforts of Citizens for Clean and Fair Power. The group is working to retire the coal- and wood-fire burning Schiller Station in Portsmouth.

"I think that burning coal in an antiquated plant so close to the beautiful Seacoast is not good practice, and it's not good policy," Egleston said at a press conference Wednesday that was called by the group.

Citizens for Clean and Fair Power has, so far, gathered 645 signatures on petitions calling for Gov. Maggie Hassan and the Legislature to retire Schiller Station. Charlotte Olena, of the Toxics Action Center, which is working with the group, said the goal is to submit petitions with a minimum of 1,200 signatures.

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Smuttynose facility pulling out all the stops

Oct 11, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald on October 4th, 2013

HAMPTON — Michael D. Fontaine helped write the book on electrical safety codes and often trains project managers. But on Thursday, at the in-progress Smuttynose Brewing Co. brewery, he got to see firsthand some of his theory being put into practice.

As one walks along the halls of the brewery on Towle Farm Road, which are still largely empty and awaiting large brewing equipment, the light-emitting diodes come on as one enters, and shut off after one passes through. They are about one-and-a-half times more efficient than the sort of lights one would typically find in the rafters above industrial equipment, and are equipped with motion sensors that allow them to operate only when needed, officials said.

"At a normal place like this, you'd turn the fluorescent lights on and they'd burn all day," said Don Ogert, an Interstate Electrical Services project superintendent at the Smuttynose site.

Fontaine has been an engineer for 35 years, an electrician, and an editor of the National Fire Protection Association's Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace. He certainly is aware of technology like this, but he said he doesn't always have the chance to visit job sites and see it in action.

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Nickels for Nails will change a family's life

Oct 11, 2013

Originally published in the Seacoast Online on October 6th, 2013

There's an oft-spoken yet unwritten rule that each generation has a responsibility to impart all the knowledge it can upon the next, so that our communities continue to advance. That line of thinking was prevalent when Southeast New Hampshire Habitat for Humanity developed the Nickels for Nails program.

Nickels for Nails is a youth-led fundraising initiative aimed at educating local students about the housing crisis in New Hampshire through classroom learning, and empowering them to raise funds that will be used to build a home for a family in need, right here in the Seacoast.

Nickels for Nails, a cooperative effort between SENH Habitat, TD Bank's Portsmouth branch and Saltwater Integrated Creative Agency of Portsmouth, kicks off Monday to coincide with World Habitat Day.

"This is an amazing opportunity for SENH Habitat to engage our youth," said Marcie Bergan, executive director of SENH Habitat for Humanity. "These kids will be learning the value of their efforts and how much it means to those in need of a home."

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An Offer from Green Alliance

Oct 11, 2013

Published in the Green Energy Times on October 10th, 2013.

Winter is around the corner – and with winter comes inflated energy costs. Being prepared for the cold months has it’s advantages, and it’s safe to say those advantages are not just one shade of green.

Green Alliance Business Partner, Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering all new Green Alliance members in NH, ME, and MA a home energy assessment for only $100 (a $250 value!) At Yankee Thermal Imaging, an advanced thermal imaging system is used to detect heat loss and cold air influx at your home.

Start saving with this offer and continue with 115+ other discounts at our local, green Business Partners. Get your new Green Alliance or Green Families Club membership before Wednesday, October 23 and contact Tricia@greenalliance.biz to sign up for your $100 home energy assessment with Yankee Thermal Imaging!

Green Mom Interview: Candace Lord

Oct 10, 2013

Published in the Andover, North Andover, and Hampton-North Hampton Patches on October 10th, 2013.

BY MEGHAN CURTIS
Green Alliance Writer

SALISBURY, Mass — Practicing sustainability is foremost in Candace Lord’s mind, teaching her children an eco-conscious ethos, working at a company whose very name is “green,” and influencing other businesses to waste not, want not.

Lord, an Amesbury resident, is the general manager of The Green Cocoon, a Salisbury, Mass., company specializing in green insulation for both residential and commercial applications. Besides providing cost-effective green products to its customers, The Green Cocoon observes an eco-philosophy in its business practices in myriad ways, and Lord is in the middle of it all.

Center stage is the simplicity that is The Green Cocoon’s office. From the technology to paper trails, the concept of re-use is applied throughout. Folders used for organization are recycled within the office, promising low waste accumulation. Broken pieces of equipment are not tossed, but rather, repurposed. Jim Materkowski the co-founder, ensures that these useful tools do not go to waste.

“This alone allows us to waste much less than others, who would throw away the broken equipment,” Lord says. Finding purpose in something that many see as futile, is at the forefront of the Green Cocoon office.

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Revolution Energy

Oct 9, 2013

Originally published on October 2013 in Business NH

Revolution Energy makes alternate forms of energy generation affordable for schools, nonprofits, municipalities and businesses. Co-founder Mike Behrmann says they initially wanted to help schools and municipalities access afforable alternative energy because "when you save a school or municipality a dollar, you're saving the entire community a dollar."

This particular story is not yet available online, pick up a copy of Business NH Magazine’s Oct. 2013 issue at your nearest newsstand to read the story in full.

Salisbury Salon Eager to Hitch Wagon to Green

Oct 9, 2013

Origonally published on Seacoast Online on October 8th, 2013

Growing up, it didn’t take long for Natalie Riley to hone in on her dream: open a hair salon that would be a beacon of its owner’s passion and creative spirit.

With the opening of Eclipx Salon in September of 2012, Riley had successfully checked off her to-do list’s foremost goal. But it didn’t take long before a slew of smaller boxes began taking on a uniform tone – green.

“The goal all along was to open the salon, get some experience under my belt, then start tackling ways to make the business more green,” Riley says. “Now that the salon is up and running, I’m starting to tackle a lot of the smaller things.”

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Green Tips from Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

Oct 8, 2013

Originally published at Seacoast Online on October 7th, 2013

This week's tips come from Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga, a Portsmouth studio emphasizing ancient forms of martial arts that seek to balance the physical, psychological and spiritual.

1. Start your morning off on a green foot by investing in a cold drip coffee maker. While they may take a bit more time, these little green wonders require no electricity, meaning you can get your morning jolt of energy without wasting energy.

2. As the temperatures begin to drop, consider placing reflective window film — thin plastic sheets that cost only about $10 per window — on the inside of your panes. Over time, you'll make that money back and more thanks to the heat energy savings.

3. Recycle those old cross-trainers. Instead of tossing them out or leaving them in the attic, donate your old kicks to reuse-a-shoe programs, which can help turn them into tracks, basketball courts and tennis courts.

4. Donate your old exercise videos to the public library.

Green Mom Interview: Candace Lord

Oct 8, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton-North Hampton, Andover, and North Andover Patches on October 8th, 2013.

Name: Candace Lord
Kiddos: Two children, ages 5 and 6.
Occupation: General manager at The Green Cocoon, Salisbury MA

What do you do to live a green lifestyle?

I have two children, ages 5 and 6. I try to make the kids aware of their impact on the environment. We recycle, with zero-sort recycling. My kids know that a cardboard box goes underneath the kitchen sink where the recycling bin is. I use a timer for when my children brush their teeth in order to conserve water, and make sure that lights and electrical appliances are turned off at night. My children’s lunches are filled with reusable tupperware containers, and never have those individually packaged items. I try to incorporate habits into their lives that include using less waste, conserving water, and understanding what happens when these things aren’t done right.

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GA offers Sustaining Members private tour at Isles of Shoals Marine Lab

Oct 7, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton-North Hampton, Andover, and North Andover Patches on October 6th, 2013.

The Green Alliance is already beloved for its ability to connect green businesses from across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine. These partnerships not only enhance environmentally sound business practices, but also are now becoming even more far reaching. It is only logical that educators and students a like, become part of this interconnectedness that is the Green Alliance.

In support of the Green Alliance mission, businesses and consumers join the GA to advance green business strategies and build a stronger local, green economy. The incredible membership support from the community contributes to the success of the Green Alliance and to the success of those businesses that are treating the planet gently.

For those consumer members that go above and beyond the call to action, the Green Alliance offers the Sustaining Membership, a lifetime of discounts at 115+ Partnering Businesses, access to exclusive events and promotions, and most importantly, an unwavering commitment to growing the local, green economy.

Sustaining Members are honored in the GA community, as demonstrated in the recent opportunity for two new Sustaining Members to privately tour to the Isles of Shoals Marine Lab. The public will have another Sustaining Member Drive opportunity offering all new Sustaining Members two tickets to attend the GA Gundalow Foliage Sail on Sunday, October 6 from 1:30-3:30pm.

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adaptDESIGN Puts Green Stamp on Shape-shifting Renovations

Oct 4, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth, Exeter, North Andover, Andover, Hampton-North Hampton Patches.

It doesn’t take but a glance at Jason and Kirsten Barton’s Portsmouth residence to realize it’s still very much a home in transition. Such is what’s expected with a scheduled finish still a few weeks off.

But beneath the still-unfurling gray façade, below the brushes and hammers of the final crew, the transformation yields an impressive testament to one local architectural firm’s versatility.

Launched in 2011 by Paul Fowler and Bob Cook, adaptDESIGN’s mini mission statement seems straightforward enough: Design for sustainable living. To be sure, Fowler and Cook have gone to great lengths to assure that motto’s attendant points – green materials, creatively efficient lighting, existing site orientation, and just about everything in between – have as much a home as the people for whom it’s designed.

But to utterly transform a 1920s Dutch Colonial house into a beacon of modern space, design, and practicality? Even an experienced architectural team can appreciate the challenge.

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"Green Shorts" Film Festival Approaching

Oct 3, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton-North Hampton, Andover, and North Andover Patches on October 1st, 2013.

PORTSMOUTH — Local filmmakers from Mass, New Hampshire, and Maine, it’s your chance to shine in the “Green Shorts” one-night micro-festival of short films, hosted by the Green Alliance and Film Unbound. This event 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. In addition to an incredible line-up of short and local films with green themes, the event boasts food and beer and a chance to meet some of the film-makers themselves and cast your vote for your favorite “Green Short”!

The festival was born from a partnership between the Green Alliance and Film Unbound in an effort to connect the Seacoast’s green community with the local artist community and bring together like-minded residents. The evening will see anywhere from 4-7 short films, many of them produced by locals. Local films shown will be followed by a short question and answer session with the videographer. This is the first time the local green business union known as the Green Alliance has hosted a film festival. Both the GA and Film Unbound hope this is just the first of a yearly event that will celebrate the planet on camera.

“We’ve had some great submissions,” says Film Unbound’s Michael Torrent, “but are encouraging local film-makers in particular to submit while they still have a chance.” The festival is open to amateur videographers and has a very lose definition of what qualifies as “environmentally-inspired”. “We are leaving the door wide open for submissions; films don’t have to be hardcore environmental documentaries, it could be a music video shot in the woods or a short narrative that touches on the natural world. We invite anyone that has a video about or relating to our planet to consider submitting,” says Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown. “And if you don’t submit, we hope you will join us for the festival and party on Oct. 24th!”

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Bill's Green Tips

Oct 2, 2013

Originally published September 30th, 2013 in the Portsmouth Herald

This week's tips come from Bill's Appliance, a family-owned business in Portsmouth that specializes in used appliance sales, repairs and accessories.

1. Clean your refridgerator condensor coils with a vacuum to keep the refridgerator running efficiently. This simple cleaning chore can also help you cut that electric bill.

2. Purchase Affresh, a high-efficiency washer cleaner, for your front-loading washer to help prevent  mildew buildup. Get those mildew smells out of your clothes and cut down on the number of wash cycles.

3. You only need a couple of tablespoons of liquid dishwasher detergent to do the job. FIlling the entire detergent cup is a waste and not necessary.

4. Use green liquid fabric softener instead of lint sheets in the dryer. Doing so prevents clogging, unwanted repairs and extends the life of your machine.

5. Make sure you clean your dryer vent twice a year to help keep it running at optimal efficiency.

Gateway Open House to Benefit SeniorNet

Oct 2, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald on October 2nd, 2013.

In celebration of its one-year anniversary, GateWay Taiji, Qigong & and Yoga is offereing an afternoon of free demonstrations and classes on Sunday, October 6, from 2-5p.m. at the GateWay studio on 875 Islington St. in Portsmouth. Optional donations will benefit Greater Portsmouth SeniorNet, a safety net for vulnerable Seacoast seniors. Open house activities will include yoga stretch and classes led by Lily Sibley, an introduction to the acclaimed "Tai Chi: Moving for Better Balance" curriculum, and an introduction to Five Animal Sports Qigong (Chi Kung). A demonstration of the Taiji Sword form will be performed by GateWay founder Bill Buckley and several of his students from Yangs Martial Arts (YMAA) in Boston.

To read more about this story, visit the Seacoast Online site at http://www.seacoastonline.com/

Salisbury Salon aims to hop aboard the green train

Oct 1, 2013

Originally published by Jim Cavan on October 1st, 2013 at Portsmouth Patch, Exeter Patch, Hampton-North Hampton Patch, Andover Patch and North Andover Patch

Growing up, Natalie Riley didn't waste much time homing in on her dream: to open a hair salon that would be a beacon of its owner’s passion and creative spirit.

With the opening of Eclipx Salon in September of 2012, Riley had successfully checked off her to-do list’s foremost goal. But it didn’t take long before a slew of smaller boxes began taking on a uniform tone – green.

“The goal all along was to open the salon, get some experience under my belt, then start tackling ways to make the business more green,” Riley says. “Now that the salon is up and running, I’m starting to tackle a lot of the smaller things.”

Recycling, replacing disposable paper cups with glass, printing materials on both sides of the paper – these might seem like sustainability’s low-hanging fruit, but for a start-up business trying to make ends meet in a tough economy, not even the simplest fixes can be taken lightly.

To read more about this story, read it on the Portsmouth Path here.

You can also find the story on Exeter Patch, Hampton-North Hampton Patch, Andover Patch and North Andover Patch