News : November 2013

Green Collar Careers: Shane Carter, Pres. and Owner of Ridgeview Construction

Nov 27, 2013

Originally published in The New Hampshire on November 26th, 2013. 

By Theresa Conn

Ridgeview Construction, based out of Deerfield, N.H., has been one of New England’s premier sustainable contractors for nearly a decade.

Specializing in eco-friendly construction, Ridgeview builds and renovates homes with both the environment and the local community in mind.

President and Owner Shane Carter, 41, created Ridgeview in 2005 after realizing that there was a need for environmentally conscious contractors in the region. By utilizing breakthrough building practices, working with nature and giving back to the community.

Along with helping his company grow, Carter has also been intimately involved in the community: He sits on the New Hampshire Green Building Council, is a part of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire, and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity.

Although “sustainability” has become just a buzzword to many people, the concept means much more to Carter.

“Sustainability is part of the fabric of who I am,” Carter said. “It’s the foundation on which I base my interactions with the world. Whether it’s the way I run my business or how I live my personal life, I try to live in a sustainable way, a way that has as little impact on the environment as possible.”

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Help Through Harvest With Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness

Nov 26, 2013

Originally published by Jim Cavan on November 26th, 2013 at Portsmouth Patch, Hampton-North Hampton Patch, Exeter, Patch, Andover Patch, North Andover Patch, and Seacoast Online

Anyone lucky enough to have health insurance and paid days off probably wouldn’t think twice about staying home to rest a sore back. But with crops to harvest, others to plant, and an endless slate of exacting tasks to manage, most farmers don’t have that luxury.

Dr. Seth LaFlamme is aiming to change that.

Starting this winter, LaFlamme will accept surplus produce from local farmers in exchange for services from his practice, Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness.

“It’s a labor of love for them,” says Dr. Seth, who runs Great Works along with his wife, Dr. Briana Duga. “They’re using their body very intensely, for the purpose of feeding the people around them and getting us away from our over-reliance on industrial agriculture. I feel like that deserves recognition and a kind of special consideration.”

ENH Power to Host Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Social

Nov 25, 2013

Published in Portsmouth, NH Patch, Exeter, NH Patch, Hampton - North Hampton, NH Patch on November 25th.

PORTSMOUTH — In this season of giving, two local organizations dedicated to good deeds are collaborating to help children in need.

ENH Power is hosting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast Holiday Social, which takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Green Alliance Atrium, 75 Congress Street, Suite 304, Portsmouth. ENH Power approached Big Brothers Big Sisters with the idea of hosting a holiday event that would help the greater community, and the folks at BBBS are appreciative.

“The event not only creates visibility for potential BBBS volunteers but also gives people the opportunity to save on their electricity bill while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters financially,” says BBBS Executive Director Stacy Kramer.

To read the rest of the story on the Portsmouth Patch click here! 

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Meet a Green Alliance Business

Nov 25, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Herald on November 25, 2013.

Who: AutoBeGreen

What: Opened in Exeter in 2011, AutoBeGreen offers a number of green alternatives to everyday automotive products, including lifetime air filters, biodegradable cleaners, shines and protectants, API Certified biodegradable motor oils, biodegradable greases, lubricants, recyclable wiper blades and an "ecometer," a gauge that allows drivers to visually monitor how their driving style affects fuel consumption.

Where: 98 Epping Road, Exeter and online atwww.AutoBeGreen.com

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PAM Group Proves 'Divestment' No Longer a Fringe Word

Nov 19, 2013

Originally published in Seacoast Online, and the Portsmouth, Exeter, Andover, North-Andover, and Hampton-North Hampton Patches on November 19, 2013. 

By Jim Cavan 

It’s not very often that a political movement with roots in campus activism makes its way to the boardrooms and email blasts of mainstream financial institutions.

Then again, divestment has never been just an ordinary movement.

While the term has long been a financial staple, divestment first entered the social-political lexicon back in the 1960s, when students from all over the world began pushing their colleges and universities to pull money out of South Africa, by then firmly embroiled in a decades-long struggle with apartheid.

After years of piecemeal victories, the divestment movement was eventually cited by none other than Nelson Mandela – activist, political prisoner, eventual President, Nobel laureate – as having played a key role in his country’s catharsis.

To read the rest of the article, you can find it in the Portsmouth, Exeter, Andover, North Andover and Hampton-North Hampton Patches here. Read on Seacoast Online here.

Maine Town Looks to the Sun for Power, Savings and Sustainability

Nov 19, 2013

Originally published in the Portsmouth, Exeter, and Hampton-North Hampton Patches on November 19, 2013.

By Herb Perry 

ELIOT, Maine — On a brightly sunny Saturday morning, the town of Eliot showcased the new solar panel system that sits atop the town garage roof and powers the garage, the transfer station and half of the police department’s electricity.

The town of Eliot has taken a big step toward becoming more sustainable, and over the course of several decades, that effort will also save the town hundreds of thousands of dollars.

ReVision Energy, a renewable energy contractor serving Northern New England, installed the system, and on Nov. 2, the town held an informational tour about it for a small number of Eliot residents, members of the Eliot Energy Committee and the Board of Selectmen, and the town public works staff. ReVision representative Josh Barton was on hand to answer questions and help with the tour.

Attendees came away impressed by the 150-solar panel system on the roof of the town garage, which is located on Dow Highway south of Marshwood Junior High School. The tour started in the front of the garage with an overview of cost and energy savings the solar array will afford the town. With the south-facing solar panels in view, attendees learned about the solar array and about other equipment in and on the building. Attendees were shown how the power meter works, and they learned about the logistics of CMP producing power when the solar panels are not and when the reverse occurs.

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Proulx hopes propane is the next big motor vehicle fuel

Nov 19, 2013

Originally published by Paul Briand on November 17th, 2013 in the Portsmouth Herald

NEWMARKET — Move over gasoline and diesel. Make way electric.

The next big fuel for your motor vehicle just might be propane, at least that's what James Proulx hopes.

The president and chief operating officer of Newmarket-based Proulx Oil & Propane is not just talking the talk, he's walking the walk. He's been using propane to fuel his pickup truck for the last four and a half years and about 115,000 miles.

The product is called AutoGas — propane as a motor fuel.

"AutoGas, if you will, has been around forever but in different forms," Proulx said.

But back before electronic fuel injection systems, there were reliability issues.

Some cars in the 1960s and '70s were fitted with propane fuel systems and "they were very economical to operate, but they had some cold-weather issues," Proulx said.

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Green Collar Careers: Danis V. Chamberlin, Print Manager at RiverWorks Printing

Nov 18, 2013

Originally published in The New Hampshire, Exeter Patch, and Portsmouth Patch on November 18th, 2013. 

Green Mom Interview: Elise Weeks and Megan Keogh

Nov 18, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth, Hampton-North Hampton, Exeter, Andover, and North Andover Patches on November 18th, 2013.

BY MEGHAN CURTIS
Green Alliance Writer

A green lifestyle is, was, and will continue to be, a part of Elise Weeks’ and Megan Keogh’s daily activities. As new moms, both women are finding ways to incorporate their interest in sustainability into raising a child. A shifting list of priorities, however, has not taken away their interest and devotion to a green world.

As co-founders and owners of Pixels & Pulp, a sustainable design business dedicated to creating design that is effective, enticing, and eco-friendly, Weeks and Keogh consider sustainability the main driver behind everything they do. The business operates through personal connection with clients, promising that their needs are being met at all times. Creating such personal relationships with customers that go beyond the job allows for needs and desires to be consistently heard and accomplished.

However, personal connections are not the only outstanding operation worth mentioning. Through a detailed goal of incorporating eco-friendly practices into nearly every aspect of design, the final products are the greenest products possible. Whether Pixels & Pulp is sourcing the best Forest Stewardship Council certified paper, to using vegetable-based inks and chemical-free finishing processes, clients are promised a desirable, less wasteful product. All the while, the two women keep within the budget limits set by each client. Out of the box ideas and creative thinking are at the forefront of every project, and thus, as a result, both the client and the environment benefit.

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Give the Gift of Life this Holiday Season

Nov 15, 2013

Originally published in Seacoast Online on November 15, 2013. 

During this time of the year, many of us look for ways to help others. In Exeter this might mean donating a Thanksgiving food basket to a family in need through your church or helping out with the Chamber Children's Fund.

What about something more this year? What if you could give the gift of life to someone in need of a life-saving bone marrow transplant, someone in your own community?

If you live in town, chances are you have probably met Sue and Dave Bendroth or know someone who knows them. Sue is recognizable to those at the annual school district meetings in Exeter where she has served as the clerk for longer than she can remember. Dave, a photographer and painter, is a familiar face at Travel and Nature downtown. The Bendroths have seen all four of their children go through the schools here.

Now the community they have been a part of for the past 30 years is coming forward to help find Dave a life-saving bone marrow donor match.

The story began over the summer when Sue and Dave went hiking together. Dave, 57, was more tired than normal. At first, Sue thought she was finally becoming a better hiker than her husband. But then on another hike up Mount Cardigan at the end of August with two of his daughters, Dave felt worse. Like he'd been in a race but never left the starting gate.

You can read the full article at Seacoast Online here.

Marcom4 Helps Local Movement Find Marketing Groove

Nov 15, 2013

Originally published in Seacoast Online, the Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton-North Hampton, Andover, and North Andover Patches on November 14, 2013.

BY JIM CAVAN

For Alex Freid and Brett Chamberlin, the past month has been a heady whirlwind of high profile meetings and prestigious accolades, cross-country flights and Nobel handshakes.

Now, the brains behind the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a non-profit organization committed to reducing waste on college campuses, are setting their sights on what lies ahead for their momentum-charged movement.

Freid and Chamberlin, both 22, might know where they’re going and how to get there, but Marcom4 – a branding, messaging, and content development company based in Greenland – is making sure PLAN’s brand becomes as powerful as the message itself.

“We’re helping them apply a communication and marketing strategy, and doing it in as simple a way as possible,” says Andrea Knowles, Marcom4’s director of marketing strategy. “Their growth potential is just enormous – anyone who meets them can see that. So we’re just trying to help them take that next big step.”

“Exactly,” adds Jane Cutter, Marcom4’s director of client development. “PLAN is a great idea that is fast becoming a movement. How far Alex and Brett have come already is fabulous.”

You can read the full article at the Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton-North Hampton, Andover and North Andover Patches here. Or on Seacoast Online, here.

Creating a Bright and Energized Future From the Top of a Garage

Nov 12, 2013

Originally published by Heikki Perry on November 12th, 2013 on the GA Seacoast Online Blob

ELIOT, Maine — In the renewable energy realm, Eliot, Maine, may be at the forefront. With help from ReVision Energy, a renewable energy contractor serving northern New England, this small town is seeing the sunny side of energy production. A total of 150 solar panels were installed on the roof of a town garage on Route 236. Today, the panels are working to power the town garage, transfer station, with excess energy supplying a portion of the police station.

ReVision Energy is a Business Partner of the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members.

You can read the full article at Seacoast Online here.

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Electronic Waste Collection: Providing Free and Responsible Recycling of Your E-Waste

Nov 8, 2013

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

BY MEGHAN CURTIS

Green Alliance Writer

PORTSMOUTH — The Holidays are right around the corner, and the gift-giving season is well underway. From the most recent Apple products to the newest tablets and cell-phones, this season – while a time for celebration – will undoubtedly be filled with replacements and waste.

Replacement of what, you ask? Look left, look right, and straight ahead. That two-year old cell phone with a pending upgrade is bound for the trash barrel in no time. That bulky laptop, once the thinnest of its kind, is no longer. Unlike your laptop, the new tablets can cozy up with you in bed, and can slip daintily into your handbag with ease.

Epiphany after epiphany, you begin to realize your technology is no longer sufficient. You need more, you wish for more, and yes, you receive more. The remnants of the holiday season will most likely include swaths of old cell phones, laptops, phone chargers, and printers.

So instead of tossing those harmful devices into a nearby trashcan – which is imminently destined for a local or not so local landfill – bring them to the Green Alliance headquarters.

To read the full story in the Hampton-North Hampton Patch, click here.

Click on these links: Exeter, Portsmouth, Andover, and North Andover Patches. 

Eclipx Salon’s Think Pink Event Supports Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Nov 7, 2013

Published in the Andover and North Andover Patches on November 7th, 2013.

SALISBURY — October is a month dedicated to breast cancer awareness. Whether it be a large, nation wide initiative aimed at raising money and awareness, or a small, local event that helps spread the word in the surrounding area; the end goal is to create an understanding of the struggles that women across the United States face in the wake of breast cancer.

With that said, Eclipx Salon, located in Salisbury, MA, made real gains in attaining that goal. From October 1st to October 31st, Natalie Riley, founder and owner of Eclipx, created a month long event called Think Pink. As advertised by a flashy pink sign, and social media, customers were able to get pink hair extensions for $15. All proceeds from the hair extensions, jewelry, and blanket sales went directly to My Breast Cancer Support; a local organization aimed at providing tangible, practical, and emotional support to breast cancer patients in the seacoast area.

Efforts like this one highlight Riley’s ongoing commitment to the community. Business operations at Eclipx regularly involve providing free haircuts to those in need, allowing local artists and jewelers to display work at the salon, and simply supporting community wide projects as a whole. Community involvement of this level is admirable, and truly sets the salon apart from others.

Click here, to read the full story.  

Click here for the Andover Patch. 

Right on Track: UNH Dairy Bar Earns Kudos for Superior Fare, Service, and Sustainability

Nov 5, 2013

Originally published in The Taste of the Seacoast, a regional food magazine, has included in its "Best of Taste 2013" issue, our story on UNH Dining winning the silver award in the recent competition.

BY HERB PERRY

What do a nineteenth-century train station in Durham, New Hampshire, and Harry Potter have in common? No, it's not platform nine and three quarters. Both have ties to the University of New Hampshire Dining Services. 

Every year, the National Association of College and University Food Services (NACUFS) grants Loyal E. Horton Dining Awards to small, medium or large institutions from all over the country. This year, UNH Dining Services competed in two categories: Retail Sales Single Concept and Residential Dining Special Event--and won a silver aware in both categories for 2013. 

The special event was the first-ever Harry Potter Night, which was held in UNH's Holloway Commons dining hall. And the winning retail operation was the UNH Dairy Bar, which operates out of the functional 1895 train station depot. 

Fighting the Holi-daze

Nov 5, 2013

Originally published in the Coastal Home Magazine in the Autumn 2013 edition. 

BY JIM CAVAN

You spent weeks planning Thanksgiving Dinner--ordered the free-range turkey, stocked up a bevy of local libations, put your own well-honed spin on all the fixin's--and now, it's over. With the faint din of football droning in the distance, you dry the last dish, grab your glass of merlot, and head to a living room filled with laughter and loved ones. Scanning the room to take in the smiling faces, the family, and friends, you forget for a second the untold hours and near diasters that made it all possible.

Then, just as you feel yourself beginning to relax, a harsh reminder jolts the brain: I have to start shopping tomorrow. 

Between pies and presents, five-course meals, and family visits, the holidays have long been a source of as much stress as cheer, and as many headaches as heartwarming moments. According to a 2006 study conducted by the American Psychological Association, a whopping 68 percent of those polled claimed to experience some level of stress "often or sometimes." Meanwhile, 38 percent said their level of stress increased noticeably during the holiday season, while only eight percent cited a decrease in stress. 

To read the entire article, pick up the latest Coastal Home Magazine and read this article on page 93! 

Redhook Brewery: A Company Dedicated to Environmental Stewardship, Social Responsibility, and Employee Wellness and Health

Nov 5, 2013

Published in the Portsmouth Patch, Exeter Patch, and Hampton-North Hampton Patch on November 5th, 2013.

BY MEGHAN CURTIS
Green Alliance Writer

—PORTSMOUTH — Social responsibility, environmental stewardship, and providing employees with a reliable wellness program, are all part of Redhook Brewery’s business practices. It is visible from the outside and from the inside that these ideas are not just ideas, but are the underlying framework that makes Redhook the successful, consistent, and incomparable local brewery that it truly is.

In recent years, craft brews have come to be part of many people’s meal. Whether they come from a bottle, a tap, or a can, these beloved beers are entering restaurants, homes, and stores at a startling rate. Redhook Brewery, first established in the West Coast, has become a local icon of a sustainable brewery that involves all its employees in its efforts to reduce waste, recycle everything possible, and keep the workplace a fun, relaxing, and successful domain. This location, a source of microbrews to homes, businesses, and mouths through New England, has been doing so since 1996. With such a complex, and long history, it’s no wonder Redhook has thrived and will continue to thrive in a community that loves its robust and full-bodied beers.

Redhook Brewery is a business partner with the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members.

To read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch, click here

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Sustainable Landscaping Forgoes Dangerous Chemicals and Cultivates Beautiful Backyards

Nov 5, 2013

Originally published by Heikki Perry at Portsmouth Patch on November 1st, 2013

ELIOT, Maine — Americans’ passion for growing verdant lawns and lush gardens is not always fulfilled by employing our best “green” options. When we apply chemical fertilizers and pesticides to create a backyard oasis, these chemicals can harm people, pets and waterways, sometimes seriously.

But other options to treat our yards do exist. In fact, a local landscaping company, conceived to practice sustainability, offers chemical-free alternatives in lawn care and garden maintenance that achieve good, safe results.

You can read the full article on the Portsmouth Patch here.

 

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Green Collar Careers: Mike Bellamente, Executive Director of Climate Counts

Nov 4, 2013

Originally published in The New Hampshire, Fosters Daily Democrat, Portsmouth Patch, and Exeter Patch on November 1, 2013. 

Climate Counts was launched in 2007 with the goal of bringing consumers and high profile companies together to address solutions to global climate change. Motivated by the idea that halting climate change can only happen with action taken by an informed public, Climate Counts is out to prove that engaged citizens around the world have the power to make long-lasting change. The organization has scored some of the world’s most recognizable companies – from restaurants to software companies and everything in between – in an effort to provide consumers a transparent look into what the world’s biggest employers are doing to curb their environmental footprints.

To read the full story, click here.