News : March 2014

Green Collar Careers: Julie Cole, Vice President of Merchandising at Favorite Foods

Mar 28, 2014

Published in The New Hampshire

Favorite Foods of Somersworth, N.H. is a leading regional food distributor. Largely serving local restaurants, Favorite Foods provides everything from groceries to paper and chemicals for their customers. Vice President of Merchandising Julie Cole, 41, believes that her company does a lot more than distribution.

“What sets Favorite Foods apart is our commitment to the success our customers,” she said. “By integrating sustainability into our business, we’ve added an additional layer of value and support for everyone we do business with.”

Read the full story in TNH.

Geothermal and Solar Companies Collaborate for Efficient Homes

Mar 28, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

BY SAM UEDA

BARRINGTON – Geothermal HVAC energy systems are increasingly breaking into the home construction mainstream. According to a Wall Street Journal article published in 2013, net-zero homes are on the rise, and some building companies are even making geothermal systems a staple of their building practices. Two New England businesses, Ultra Geothermal and ReVision Energy, are already successfully bringing that dream to the East Coast.

Ultra Geothermal will help reduce your monthly bills and environmental impact.
If you’re an eco-conscious consumer or homeowner, a low- or no-carbon footprint home may be seen as a luxury investment, reserved for the wealthy. While it’s true that a geothermal HVAC system is an investment up front, the eventual savings more than make up for it, while also increasing the value of your home. One thing that isn’t widely known is that homeowners also don’t have to completely replace their current HVAC system; Barrington N.H.’s Ultra Geothermal can meet you in the middle.

Read the full story in Seacoast Online.

Harbor Eyecare Fosters Community with Dual Front

Mar 26, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch  

PORTSMOUTH -- Running a successful business is no simple feat. So when an organization takes it upon itself to go above and beyond, those efforts should be acknowledged.

Harbor Eyecare Center (HEC) in Portsmouth is one of those businesses. This eye care center houses several professionals who hold themselves to a higher degree of environmental and social responsibility, all the while offering the latest and greatest in eye care and eyewear.

Dr. Sarah Hudson is co-owner of the Portsmouth-based practice. “At HEC we take being a part of our community and a responsible business very seriously. We know our patients are our neighbors and many of our friends have become our patients and vice versa.”

Read the full story on the Portsmouth Patch.

Great Bay Stewards Hones Efforts to Reverse Estuary’s Decline

Mar 26, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online and the Portsmouth, Exeter, and Hampton-No. Hampton Patch sites

BY BILL BURTIS

GREAT BAY ESTUARY — How do you know Great Bay? Perhaps you’ve been in it in a swimsuit or a wet suit, a kayak or a boat. Maybe you’ve hiked its shoreline, fished it from a bridge or rocky outcrop. Or you’ve just enjoyed its sunlit glimmer or sea smoke, catching site of an eagle enjoying lunch on an ice floe.

Whatever your connection, you know that the Bay and its collection of seven rivers shape the topography and the culture, whether human or natural, of this beautiful place, and are a key part of what makes living on “the Seacoast” unique.

Sadly, the Great Bay Estuary, as an ecosystem, has been in steady decline for decades because of increasing pollution from development in the towns in its watershed. The biggest single current threat to the health of the Bay is nitrogen, which promotes algal growth; algae, in turn, threaten one species vital to the overall health of the Bay — eelgrass.

“The eelgrass is our canary in the coal mine. Algae are winning the war right now due to the excess of nitrogen in the estuary,” says Peter Wellenberger, executive director of the Great Bay Stewards, a volunteer-based organization working to prevent shoreline erosion, invasive plant growth, or increased nitrogen levels from human-caused water runoff, and is committed to protecting Great Bay for plants, animals, and people alike. “We are continuing to see a decline in both eelgrass cover and especially in the density of the beds,” Wellenberger says.

Read the full story in Seacoast Online.

Meet a green business: 900 Degrees Neopolitan Pizzeria

Mar 24, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

Who: 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria

What: 900 Degrees was launched to create pizza as it was originally conceived in Naples, Italy, hundreds of years ago. The process is as familiar as it is timeless: using a wood-fired brick oven at 900 degrees, the crew cooks with authentic, daily-made dough, fresh and local ingredients, and a cacophony of flavors local and exotic alike to create this classic dish the way it was originally intended. The pizzerias also hold sustainability as a core value, practicing a number of green business techniques from extensive recycling, reduced energy use, locally sourced, natural and organic ingredients, and a commitment to community giveback and involvement.

Where: 1 Brick Yard Square, Suite 1, Epping; and 50 Dow St., Manchester

What makes them green:

  • Locally sourced, organic ingredients whenever possible.
  • Comprehensive recycling program.
  • LED and motion sensitive lighting throughout restaurant.
  • Impressive community giveback programs.

Read the full profile in the Portsmouth Hearld.

Green Collar Careers Seth LaFlamme, D.C., Owner of Great Works Chiropractic

Mar 24, 2014

Published in The New Hampshire

By Theresa Conn

Great Works Chiropractic in South Berwick, Maine offers a unique approach to healthcare. “At Great Works, we treat underlying problems, not just outward symptoms,” Seth LaFlamme, 36, explained. Shying away from typical drug-based treatment, LaFlamme uses traditional chiropractic methods to help his patients get well. With minimal waste production and a focus on sustainability, Great Works Chiropractic is a great example of how the healthcare industry can “go green.”

Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job?

Seth LaFlamme (SL): Conventional health providers mostly just work towards relieving a patient’s complaints, but at Great Works Chiropractic, we focus on neurostructural connection. The brain controls the body; it regulates the nervous system, muscles, organs, everything. It can be tempting to treat a symptom like back pain or headaches with drugs, but that doesn’t solve the underlying problem.

Think of it this way: if your house was on fire, would you just pull the batteries out of the screaming smoke detector? No. You’d fix the big problem and be grateful that you were alerted to it in the first place. At our practice, we treat our patients based on the principle that if we can restore the integrity of the nervous system and its supporting structures, the body will do the healing itself.

It’s amazing to hear a patient who has been struggling with pain for years say, “I didn’t know life could be this good.”

Read the full profile in The New Hampshire

Green Collar Jobs: Candace Lord, general manager of Green Cocoon

Mar 24, 2014

Published in Fosters Daily Democrat

By Theresa Conn

Green Cocoon offers eco-friendly and energy efficient insulation products for clients around New England. Launched in 2007, Green Cocoon found a niche in an industry not known for being kind to the environment. By offering innovative insulators such as soy-based spray foam, cellulose, and denim, Green Cocoon has gained a loyal following. Their high performance products offer supreme moisture protection, are long-lasting, and have been proven to be safe for people, animals, and the environment.

General Manager Candace Lord, 29, started work with Green Cocoon in 2011. Lord is passionate about the work her company does. “I love that we can help people and the environment,” says Lord. “Our products save our clients money by reducing their heating costs, which softens their impact on the planet. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

What do you like most about your job?

I love meeting people and building relationships with our clients. I also like that every day is so different. I get bored quickly, but luckily my job keeps me on my toes. On any given day, I could be doing accounting in my office, pitching our product over the phone, or networking at mixers. I do 50 different things all the time , and I cherish that.

Read the full profile in Fosters.

Kids Eat Right Presentation to Raise Awareness of Hunger in Our Community

Mar 21, 2014

Published in the Exeter and Hampton-No. Hampton Patches

By Madelaine Swymer

EXETER — Supporting its community is imperative to Starry Brook Natural Medicine and its team. Patients are given individual attention and offered alternative, holistic approaches to health care. Its focus on quality and understanding of each patient provides a more personalized approach to medicine.

Starry Brook is green certified with the Green Alliance. It utilizes eco-friendly practices such as using natural and organic products, and promoting sustainability. Its knowledgeable mindful staff uses their skills to help their patients and community beyond offering traditional health care through nutritional consultations, acupuncture, yoga therapy, Reiki sessions, dietary supplements, and massage therapy.

In that vein, on April 5, Registered Dietitian Alicia Rossman of Starry Brook will be leading a community lunch and learn discussion to educate community members on the issue of hunger and obesity. Hunger can strike any family. It affects children, individuals, families, and communities alike. Educating community members about hunger can spark positive changes and create support for local food pantries and struggling families. Rossman will educate participants about what they can personally do to help this cause.

This presentation will not only raise awareness of hunger and its link to obesity, but also teach participants about healthy snack options for the whole family. It will even teach attendees ways to stay fuller for longer. After the presentation there will be an open discussion for community members to weigh in about hunger, healthy eating, and ask questions.

Read the full article on the Patches.

Durham gathers to celebrate solar initiatives

Mar 19, 2014

Published in Fosters Daily Democrat

DURHAM — What do Durham’s public library, police station, and skating rink have in common? Solar energy systems installed by ReVision Energy, the company selected by the town as a green energy partner.

Up and running since late December 2013, Durham’s new solar systems can generate up to 120 kW per year. “This is equivalent to powering 25 average households and will lower Durham’s carbon footprint or CO2 emissions by over 164,000 pounds annually,” Durham Town Administrator Todd Selig says. “For Durham this is a big deal and sets the tone for the community as a whole.”

Approximately 25 people joined the Durham Energy Committee and ReVision Energy on March 6 at the Durham Public Library for a community mixer and potluck dinner to raise sustainability awareness within the town. Young’s Restaurant, Mei Wei Chinese Restaurant, Adelle’s Coffeehouse and La Festa donated food for the event.

“New Hampshire’s biggest export during the winter months is dollars due to high demand for fossil fuel heating,” according to Steve Condon, marketing manager for Revision Energy. “One of the most oil dependent states in the U.S., 58 percent of homes in N.H. are heated with oil,” said Condon.

In Durham, however, anyone driving around town will notice an increase in rooftop solar panels over the last few years. The Open PV Project of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory shows that 27 installations have been registered in Durham. “These are primarily residential but also include the town’s own three, plus one additional large commercial installation at the Durham Boat Company located on Route 108/Newmarket Road,” Selig said.

Read the full story in Fosters

Meet a Green Business: Yankee Thermal Imaging

Mar 19, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online

Who: Yankee Thermal Imaging

What: Yankee Thermal Imaging uses an advanced thermal imaging system that can detect heat loss and cold influxes in homes and commercial properties. If an issue is detected, it can offer efficient solutions to fix the problem. Correcting these issues can help its clients save money on their energy, heating and cooling expenses. It specializes in scoping assessments, energy audits, consulting and full implementation to make sure your home, rental property or commercial space is running as efficiently as possible.

Where: 75 Allen St., Rochester

What makes the green: 

  • Yankee Thermal Offers comprehensive, affordable energy audits, which can help reduce your home or business' carbon footprint.
  • Offers a municipal audit program that allows towns the opportunity to become energy efficient with a payment plan.
  • Educates customers on how they can take advantage of utility rebates and credits for efficiency measures.

Read the full profile on Seacoast Online.

All around care Area doctors help patients see and prevent dangers of diabetes

Mar 17, 2014

Published in Fosters Daily Democrat

By Jennifer Puk

PORTSMOUTH — Local optometrists and volunteers donated their time to 25 diabetic patients at Families First Health and Support Center this past weekend.

Partnered with the New Hampshire Optometric Association and New Hampshire Lions Clubs, the day long clinic offered complimentary, comprehensive dilated eye examinations, eye glasses if needed, educational information, foot care, and nutritional counseling.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community and making sure that those who can’t afford care or aren’t getting care, get the care,” said Dr. Pruszenski, a member of the New Hampshire Optometric Association and the Chair of the Portsmouth Lions Club, who helped organize the fifth annual event.

 Along with Dr. Pruszenski, Drs. Jamie Belanger, Shirlie Dowd, and David Hartenstein conducted the examinations using equipment borrowed from Drs. Jay Jordan, Sarah Hudson, and David Hartenstein, New Hampshire Optometric Association, and Vision Service Plan (VSP). Volunteers from the Portsmouth, Exeter, and Windham Lions Club, and Harbor Eyecare Center, of Portsmouth, provided additional support. Service Credit Union donated food and refreshments for the volunteers.

Read the full story in Fosters.

A Priority of Giving at Green Cocoon

Mar 13, 2014

Published in SeacoastOnline and in Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton-No. Hampton, Salem, Andover, No. Andover, and Hamilton-Wenham Patch news sites.

By Michael McCord

“I’m living the dream” is one of Candace Lord’s favorite sayings. It also expresses a charitable philosophy for Green Cocoon, the Salisbury, Mass.-based sustainable insulation company where Lord is general manager. “We want to help others live the dream,” Lord said.

As the 7-year-old company continues to grow, it has also become deeply involved in the greater Seacoast region community and beyond. For the second straight year, Green Cocoon will be the main underwriter for the 8th annual Hope for Youth Gala to support Seacoast Youth Services in Seabrook. The event includes live and silent auctions, dancing and games, and will be held March 22 at the Ashworth by the Sea hotel in Hampton. All proceeds will go to Seacoast Youth Services, which provides a wide range of outreach programs for youths and their families.

“This is an awesome event, and we have seen firsthand that Seacoast Youth Services is an organization to back and be very proud of,” Lord explained. “They (Seacoast Youth Services) approached us and we are glad they did. They have a unique type of engagement that gets through to kids. We saw kids build a boat and the amount of labor they did. I know it sounds corny, but these kids truly are our future and we want them to succeed.”

To read the whole story on SeacoastOnline, click here.

Promising Much, Obamacare Doesn’t Always Deliver

Mar 11, 2014

Published in the Patch news sites in Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton-No.Hampton and Salem.

BY HEIKKI (HERB) PERRY

Well-known are the start-up problems with Obamacare — aka the Affordable Care Act. However, government officials are telling us that once the initial bugs in the system were solved, people seeking affordable comprehensive health-care coverage would be able to find it.

But is that really the case in New Hampshire and Maine? For a naturopathic doctor in New Hampshire that has not been true. And for a Maine chiropractor, it’s too early to tell.

People who do not have health insurance, are looking to change insurance policies or do not have access to coverage through their employer can sign up for health insurance during open enrollment until March 31. Federally funded subsidies to help people pay for the cost of their insurance are also still available, according to a joint press release by Covering New Hampshire, U.S. Rep. Carol Shea-Porter’s office, the N.H. Dept. of Insurance, and Anthem Insurance.

Read the full story in Portsmouth Patch.

Q&A with NhSolarGarden founder Andrew Kellar

Mar 11, 2014

Published in New Hampshire Business Review

By Michael McCord

Co-founder of the Green Alliance, Andrew Kellar is no stranger to innovative green ventures.

‘The key to supporting a growing infrastructure and distributed solar generation across the state is to use the grid at a local level,’ says Kellar, founder of NhSolarGarden. ‘We don’t need a large $10 million project to kickstart widespread development.’

When it comes to spreading solar power generation in New Hampshire, green entrepreneur Andrew Kellar believes that waiting for solutions from government or large corporations won't work.

For the past two years, he has formulated an ambitious and potentially game-changing plan to create Stratham-based NhSolarGarden, which has a goal of making solar energy plentiful in the state by going small, one community at a time.

The plan involves a decentralized and entrepreneurial approach that taps into grassroots support by connecting small to medium-sized solar installations on farms, other property and suitable rooftops throughout the state to members who sign up for service and get a twice-yearly rebate – while paying nothing extra for solar energy.

Read the full story from NHBR.

Meet a Green Business: Zev Yoga

Mar 11, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online

Who: Zev Yoga, Portsmouth, Dover and Exeter

What: Owner and instructor Jonas Amberger has been practicing yoga since 1993 and opened Zev Yoga in 2006. Amberger has been teaching the ancient traditions of Ashtanga yoga — a method that involves synchronizing the breath with a progressive series of postures — to Seacoast residents for more than 10 years. Ashtanga detoxifies muscles and organs, resulting in improved circulation, a light and strong body, and a calm mind.

Where: 16 Market Square in Portsmouth; 175 Water St. in Exeter; 1 Webb Place in Dover.

What makes them green: 

  • Emphasizes a traditionally rooted, holistically minded approach to yoga that promotes overall health — the "sustainability" of the individual. 
  • Uses studio as community space, offering it for gatherings, educational events, workshops and fund-raisers. 
  • Uses and promotes eco-friendly yoga mats and uses all natural cleaners in the studios.

Read the full article on Seacoast Online.

Blue Ocean Society: Top Contender in Patagonia Crowdrise Challenge

Mar 10, 2014

Published in Seacoastonline

BY MARY DEMPSEY

PORTSMOUTH — Are you passionate about protecting the environment and marine wildlife? Blue Ocean Society presents the perfect opportunity for you to show just how much you care.

The Blue Ocean Society is a Green Alliance Business Partner that recently got involved in an amazing opportunity to raise money for its organization. Patagonia and Moosejaw are offering a challenge on Crowdrise.com, a Web site through which people can donate money, for charities to compete in raising funds. The organization that raises the most funds by noon on March 13 will receive an additional contribution courtesy of Patagonia. The winner with the most donations on Crowdrise will receive a $5,000 donation. Second and third place charities will also get a monetary reward.

Jen Kennedy, BOS executive director and co-founder, was delighted to be a part of the challenge. “We were so excited when Crowdrise contacted us to let us know we were one of the selected charities it picked to participate in the challenge.”
 

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

The Power to Choose: Your Options for Electricity

Mar 6, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online

By Madelaine Swymer 

RYE — Christophe Courchesne of Conservation Law Foundation and Julie Lapham of ENH Power will be making a presentation, “The Power to Choose: Your Options for Electricity” on Thursday March 6th at the Rye Public Library, starting at 6:45 p.m. Sponsored by the Rye Energy Committee, the presentation will aim to help attendees make choices about their energy use and suppliers with information regarding how they can save money and take advantage of new, cleaner options.

Courchesne is an attorney at Conservation Law Foundation. CLF has been working to protect New England’s environment since 1966, using law, science, policymaking and the business market to create innovative solutions to our region’s most pressing environmental challenges.

As part of its work to advance a clean energy future for New Hampshire, CLF helped initiate the EmpowerNH campaign, which is encouraging New Hampshire residents to consider making the switch to a competitive electricity supplier and provides supplier-neutral information resources on consumer options. EmpowerNH partners include environmental groups like CLF and competitive suppliers like ENH Power. The coalition also includes the Seacoast’s own Green Alliance, a green business union and consumer co-op that works to educate businesses and consumers on sustainability, and local renewable energy company ReVision Energy. EmpowerNH believes that choosing a competitive supplier benefits New Hampshire residents, businesses, the state’s economy, and its environment.

Read the complete story on the Portsmouth Patch or on Seacoast Online.

Contemporary Artistic Collaboration Raises Aesthetics of its Constituent Parts

Mar 6, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Patch 

By Madelaine Swymer

PORTSMOUTH — Coalescing grace of human form with beauty in craftsmanship and expression, two local concerns are synergizing their respective strengths to feature local artistry.

The Drift Gallery now has exhibition space at Zev Yoga.

The idea seemed a suitable fit for both organizations’ principals. A few months ago, Jonas Zev Amberger, owner and teacher of Zev Yoga, contacted Ali Goodwin, the director and curator of Drift Gallery in Portsmouth, with an idea to collaborate. Jonas Zev and his wife Amylyn wanted to take further advantage of Zev’s beautiful studio space. It seemed fitting as the studio in a past life was once an Art Gallery. The partnership brings a new installment each month to Zev’s studio space. Public artist receptions will coincide with Portsmouth’s First Friday Art ‘Round Town gallery walk.

The Drift Gallery, an internationally recognized contemporary art gallery, exhibits artwork from various mediums such as painting, jewelry, photography, and sculpture. It also offers art classes and workshops and hosts public and private special events. Just last year the gallery moved from its Kittery location to the historic Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site in Portsmouth.

Read the complete story on Portsmouth Patch.

NHSolarGarden Mentioned on NHPR

Mar 6, 2014

Interview originally aired on New Hampshire Public Radio.

NH Solar Garden combines the fields of electricity and power with farming and agriculture. Several other New Hampshire businesses and consumers have adapted the same method for distributing electricty. These businesses participate in "group net metering" which allows small groups of people to utilize solar pannels provided by the business. Companies are permitted to do this thanks to the new state law for "net-metering." New Hampshire locals can fill out a form to see if they qualify to receive electricity from NH Solar Garden's farm sites. The idea is that Seacoast residents will visit the NH Solar Garden local food garden and purchase electricity from them as well. 

NHPR's radio guest during the interview was David Brooks from the Nashua Telegraph and GraniteGeek.org. He talked about the new practice of purchasing electricity from businesses like NH Solar Garden. The consumers submit reports and wait to get accepted, similar to becoming a member of a club. A financial arrangement is put in place where money is distributed back to consumers depending on the amount of electricity used. The process of "group net metering" makes it easier for more people to switch to solar energy. This method prevents wasted solar panel grids and benefits both the property owners and customers. 

Listen to the full interview on NHPR.

GateWay - Out With the Old, In With the New

Mar 5, 2014

Published in The Portsmouth Patch and The Exeter Patch

BY PATRICK MARTIN

PORTSMOUTH – The centuries-old arts of taiji (tai chi), qigong (chee kung), and yoga are practiced by an ever-increasing number of people. Participants quickly catch on to the benefits they can derive from setting aside a portion of the day to relax and enjoy themselves. After only an hour you could leave feeling better, moving more freely, and sensing a deeper energetic connection within. It just may be the best morning investment since the cup of coffee.

Bill Buckley was a strong advocate of these benefits when he opened Gateway Taiji, Qigong and Yoga back in October of 2012. He set out to provide his clientele with a warm and inviting judgment-free atmosphere – and he delivered. Gateway houses two large sunlit studios and an unusual array of classes that encourage people of all ages and skill sets to express themselves freely while exploring something new – or familiar.

Read the original story on the Portsmouth or Exeter Patch.

Local Geothermal and Solar Companies Collaborate for Super-Efficient Homes

Mar 4, 2014

Published in High Profile

By Sam Ueda

Geothermal HVAC energy systems are increasingly breaking into the home construction mainstream. According to a Wall Street Journal article published in 2013, net-zero homes are on the rise, and some building companies are even making geothermal systems a staple of their building practices. Two New England businesses, Ultra Geothermal and ReVision Energy, are already successfully bringing that dream to the East Coast.

If you’re an eco-conscious consumer or homeowner, a low- or no-carbon footprint home may be seen as a luxury investment, reserved for the wealthy. While it’s true that a geothermal HVAC system is an investment up front, the eventual savings more than make up for it, while also increasing the value of your home. One thing that isn’t widely known is that homeowners also don’t have to completely replace their current HVAC system; Barrington N.H.’s Ultra Geothermal can meet you in the middle.

Think of it like a hybrid car. A hybrid will run on electricity or biofuel until the power needed to run the engine exceeds what the electric motor can handle. Ultra Geothermal can install a partial geothermal system alongside your Energy Star or other compatible furnace that functions the same way. If you don’t have a newer furnace, such as a forced hot water baseboard furnace, Ultra Geothermal can come up with a plan to integrate ducting into the home. And when it’s finished, you also end up with central A/C.

Read the full story in High Profile

Green Collar Careers: Candace Lord, General Manager of Green Cocoon

Mar 3, 2014

Published in The New Hampshire, Portsmouth Patch, and Exeter Patch on February 28th.

Green Cocoon offers eco-friendly and energy efficient insulation products for clients around New England. Launched in 2007, Green Cocoon found a niche in an industry not known for being kind to the environment. By offering innovative insulators such as soy-based spray foam, cellulose and denim, Green Cocoon has gained a loyal following. Their high-performance products offer supreme moisture protection, are long-lasting and have been proven to be safe for people, animals and the environment.

General Manager Candace Lord, 29, started work with Green Cocoon in 2011. Lord is passionate about the work her company does. “I love that we can help people and the environment,” Lord said. “Our products save our clients money by reducing their heating costs, which softens their impact on the planet. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job?
Candace Lord (CL): I love meeting people and building relationships with our clients. I also like that every day is so different. I get bored quickly, but luckily my job keeps me on my toes. On any given day, I could be doing accounting in my office, pitching our product over the phone or networking at mixers. I do 50 different things all the time, and I cherish that.

To read the rest of the article, check out The New Hampshire, Portsmouth Patch, and Exeter Patch.

Construction Career Fair is the First of its Kind

Mar 3, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

BY PATRICK MARTIN

Green Alliance Staff Writer

According to the National Business Research Institute, 66 percent of employers said they experienced the negative effects of bad hires in 2012. Depending on the position, a mistake of this kind could cost anywhere from $25,000 to $300,000. But are bad hires the result of poor workers, or are businesses just not getting in touch with the right people?

Manchester-based human resources firm Cultural Chemistry plans to revolutionize the construction industry’s hiring process.

“Over the years, we’ve noticed that in the construction industry, when firms are hiring, everybody is looking for the same people,” said Mirjam IJtsma, owner of Cultural Chemistry. “But not everybody fits in a certain company’s culture.”

To read the full article, click here.

Helping out the local canines

Mar 3, 2014

Published in The Portsmouth Hearld and Seacoast Online

By Heikki Perry

PORTSMOUTH — Two local companies that are dedicated to bettering dogs' lives are collaborating in ways that benefit each firm, and further the causes that they strive to assist.

The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat in Portsmouth has created a synergistic alliance with Deerfield-based Mary's Dogs Rescue & Adoption, improving the health, well-being, safety and happiness of rescued dogs and generating goodwill and business for a leading-edge pet supply store.

Dawn Price, a registered dietitian and pet food industry expert, with her husband, Jeff, opened The Natural Dog Inc. in Newburyport, Mass., in 2005 and The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat in 2013, which is also helping Mary's Dogs. Both stores are committed to providing the healthiest, all-natural, organic, green and responsibly manufactured pet foods and supplies out there.

To read the full story, click here.

 

NhSolarGarden: A New Green Energy Dynamic for New Hampshire

Mar 3, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

By Michael McCord

STRATHAM — How do I get involved?

It’s a question asked by a growing sector of green-energy conscious consumers who want to use locally generated clean energy but can’t put a solar panel or array on their roof or in their backyard.

Andrew Kellar has started an innovative company that provides a distinctly New Hampshire answer to the question. Kellar is the founder of NhSolarGarden and he has high ambitions to transform the solar energy industry throughout the state. The plan is to create a decentralized and entrepreneurial approach that could have a dramatic multiplier impact on local economies, lead to greater land conservation and boost sustainable agriculture.

“The key to supporting a growing infrastructure and distributed solar generation across the state is to use the grid at a local level,” Kellar said.

To read the full story, click here.