News : June 2014

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

Jun 30, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

June 30, 2014 2:00 AM
Who: Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga

What: Located in the former Button Factory mill building in Portsmouth, Gateway recently underwent a large-scale renovation that focused on sustainability. The renovation included the addition of a solar energy system, through Seacoast Energy, which generates 100 percent of the building's electricity needs.

Part of the renovation included the addition of efficient foam and rubber insulation in the walls and roof to reduce heating costs in the winter. Gateway also incorporated light-emitting diodes throughout the studio, in addition to opening up the clearstory (formerly used to vent heat from the button factory ovens) to fill the space with natural light. Gateway's green renovation was designed to save energy costs and protect the planet, while creating an inviting, sunlit space where students can learn the practices of taiji (tai chi), qigong (chi kung) and yoga.

Where: 875 Islington St., Portsmouth


What makes it green:

  • Rooftop solar installation generates 100 percent of electricity usage.
  • All studio lights are LED.
  • Replaced asphalt and concrete roof with efficient light-weight foam.
  • Replaced in-wall insulation with the same efficient foam used in the roof.
  • Received audit for New Hampshire's solar rebate initiative.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at

For Chiropractic Office, Community’s Health Inextricably Intertwined With Its Own

Jun 26, 2014

Published on and SeacoastOnline

By Heikki (Herb) Perry
Green Alliance Correspondent

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Coinciding with an office expansion that further strengthens his ties to the community and the history of the Berwicks, a local chiropractor will celebrate a milestone for his successful and growing practice.

On July 1, Dr. Seth LaFlamme — known to his patients as “Dr. Seth” — and his wife, Dr. Briana Duga — aka “Dr. Bri” — will celebrate the third anniversary of the opening of Great Works Chiropractic & Health with a Hawaiian luau, replete with South Pacific decorations, surf music and tropical fruit. Dr. Seth and staff will wear Hawaiian shirts and leis “just to make it a little fun party while we’re having a regular business day,” he said. Current and potential patients are invited to the event which will be held during normal business hours.

The day will celebrate not only the success of the practice, but also the people who support it.

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch or SeacoastOnline.

Poco’s Now Offering Expanded Menu, Sustainable Options

Jun 25, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Ali Plankey
Green Alliance Writer

PORTSMOUTH— How many Mexican restaurants do you know that can say they exclusively use locally caught fresh lobster, scallops and haddock every night? Everything at Poco’s Bow Street Cantina is homemade and often organic and locally sourced, including the extensive variety of soups and chowders, veggie burgers, salsas and hot sauces, down to every last dressing and queso dip. Marlisa Geroulo, owner and founder of Poco’s Bow Street Cantina, guarantees to never sacrifice quality for the sake of profits.

Introducing the New Isle of Shoals Steamship company

Jun 25, 2014

Published on SeacoastOnline

By Katie Seraikas
Green Alliance Writer

PORTSMOUTH – Had it not already developed a strong following in the Seacoast, and even beyond, the Portsmouth-harbor-staple the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company could pass as a new business in Portsmouth. From the company’s fresh, new logo, with its recognizable flagship the M/V Thomas Laighton, to the debut of a smaller passenger boat, the M/V Celia Thaxter, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is gearing up for a summer that promises to be better than any other.

As a member of the Green Alliance, a union promoting over one hundred local, sustainable businesses, Isles of Shoals Steamship Company has raised the bar for the industry. They work to conserve energy in every avenue possible, from incorporating recycling into the operation and encouraging “telecommuting” of their employees during the winter months.

Young Players Practice Year Round With Sagamore Golf

Jun 24, 2014

Published on

By Clay Cowart
Green Alliance Writer

NORTH HAMPTON - From the tee to the green, Sagamore Golf has something to offer all young golfers looking to improve their game at the Sagamore Golf Center, or spend the day playing 18 holes at Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club. Located on North Road in North Hampton, N.H., just a few good driver swings away from the University of New Hampshire and a 7-iron away from Portsmouth, Sagamore's two facilities are designed with golfers of all levels in mind.

Everybody knows that practice makes perfect and up here in the north that time is limited due to the weather. But at the Sagamore Golf Center weather isn't a problem. For students home on winter break, or younger golfers living in the area, the golf center offers year round access to the driving range.

“Our covered semi-indoor driving range ports include overhead heaters and southern exposure to provide heat from the sun,” said Richard Luff, Sagamore's owner and operator.

Besides the many driving range mats, the indoor range also includes eight “power tees." This state of the art system automatically re-tees a player's practice ball from the ball-well after each swing.

“Some say they are the ultimate in laziness,” said Luff, who noted that the technology is popular amongst younger golfers who find the system "cool to use." But the "power tees" have also proven popular amongst older golfers, as it helps alleviate some of the strain on a player's back from bending over to tee up a ball.

When the weather warms and the snow melts, Sagamore Golf Center has multiple areas designated for practice that offer grass tees. Public grass-ranges are often tough to find and sought after by golfers looking to practice. Many public ranges turn to artificial turf mats.

“Places that do have it are limited and are usually at private clubs and even there the grass gets eaten up pretty quickly", said Luff. “People will come from far away to hit off of well maintained grass.”

The range is lighted for nighttime practice Monday through Saturday for students home in the summer.

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Meet a Green Alliance Business: EZ Bikes & Scooters

Jun 23, 2014

Who: EZ Bikes & Scooters

What: EZ Bikes & Scooters promotes the health of the environment by cutting down on carbon emissions, and the public's health through cycling. It also provides an economical solution to summer's high gas prices for commuters looking for alternative transportation.

The company's electric bikes come in various versions that can be pedaled like a regular bicycle and have a throttle to activate the motor for assistance. The eBikes feature rechargeable lithium batteries that require a standard home outlet to charge. Alternating between pedaling and motor-use can take a rider up to 40 miles on a single charge, traveling between 16 and 20 mph. The company also sells motorized scooters that travel between 30 and 80 mph and get 80 to 100 miles per gallon.

Where: 61 Epping Road, Exeter

Web site:

What makes it green:

  • Sells rechargeable electric bikes with lithium batteries that reduce emissions.
  • Scooters save on gas with $6 fill-ups.
  • Promotes healthy transportation alternatives to commuters.
  • eBikes promote healthy lifestyle with exercise for any level.
  • Uses paperless invoicing systems to cut down on paper waste.
  • Upgrades to facility's heating reduces energy usage in winter.

Get it Going Introduces New and Inspiring Way to do Business

Jun 20, 2014

Published on and SeacoastOnline

By Heikki (Herb) Perry

NORTH HAMPTON — A company founded by two local entrepreneurs conducts its business by conscientiously leading and helping others to embrace their better selves, a synergy that has the potential to help more than just the company and those involved.

“Get it Going is a way of life. We are a company inspiring people to take action. We believe everyone has a ‘GiG’ something they are passionate about doing. Our message is simple, go for it, Get it Going,” says co-owner, Jill Spring of Get it Going, a lifestyle and apparel company. “Our GiG is this company. And we’re having a great time getting it going.”

“In addition to spreading the vibe of Get it Going,” adds co-owner Natasha Goyette, “we encourage conscious consumerism with products made here in the U.S.”

Get it Going sells responsibly sourced, made-in-the-USA apparel and goods, including T-shirts, hoodies, tank tops, and long sleeve shirts. Spring and Goyette established the company to spread and encourage positive movement in the community and beyond. Their initial focus will be on road race, fundraiser and event tees and apparel.

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch or SeacoastOnline.  

Smuttynose Leads Conservation Charge

Jun 20, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online and Portsmouth Herald 

By Kyle Stucker

HAMPTON — Area conservation leaders joined employees of an energy efficiency-focused local brewery Wednesday afternoon to praise new proposed energy restrictions aimed at reducing carbon emissions.

The Union of Concerned Scientists toured Smuttynose Brewing Co.'s new $24 million brewing headquarters and campus on Towle Farm Road as part of an event designed to increase support for the Environmental Protection Agency's latest proposal to cut national carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector by up to 30 percent by 2030.

Smuttynose President Peter Egelston said the event wasn't meant as a way to "showcase" his company's own extensive conservation efforts, but rather to show that energy efficiency and business are not mutually exclusive, and that "companies large and small are realizing energy efficiency is good business."

"The better solution would've been comprehensive energy legislation, but Congress is apparently not capable of generating any meaningful action — let's face it — on any front; even something as important as addressing energy issues and climate change," Egelston said. "This is a case where businesses are certainly leading the policymakers in that regard. It just simply makes economic sense for businesses to find ways to become more sustainable and energy efficient."

Read the full story in Seacoast Online 

Meet a Green Alliance business: Chinburg Properties

Jun 20, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and SeacoastOnline

Who: Chinburg Properties

What: Emphasizing Energy Star standards, and the recycling of old mill buildings for new use, Chinburg Properties has become one of the most recognizable, popular and trusted companies in the industry. Chinburg Properties first started incorporating Energy Star specifications into its projects in 2002. Most Chinburg projects come with an Energy Star certification and offer a green menu of options to customers including: blown-in insulation, double-glazed windows, low/no-VOC paints, RichLite or concrete countertops and on-demand hot-water systems.

Read the full story on SeacoastOnline or pick up a copy of the Portsmouth Herald at your local news stand.  

The Greening of Eye Care

Jun 19, 2014

Published in Green Energy Times 

By Michael McCord

Of recent times, the eye care industry is coming onboard with sustainability awareness. A great example is the Miru lenses. The Miru brand of daily disposable contact lenses combines revolutionary levels of hygiene and sustainability. Miru lenses are made by Menicon, Inc. Menicon has a heightened concern for the environment, and takes pride in its green approach.

What makes these daily disposable contact lenses so revolutionary? The traditional packaging and boxing has been replaced by an innovative wafer-thin and exceptionally hygienic flat-pack. Miru (which loosely translates as to see or to look in Japanese) was developed over seven years to create the flat-pack which easily shows the wearer the side the lens is facing – and reduces most of the risk of touching the inner surface of the lens, making it less likely that skin oil or microorganisms will get trapped between the lens and the wearer’s eye.

“There’s nothing like it on the market,” said Dr. Sarah Hudson of Harbor Eyecare center in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, who tested Miru lenses herself. Miru will have a national roll out in June at the AOA Optometry’s Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The lenses have become popular in Japan where they launched the lens under the name Magic in November 2011. The lenses are getting rave reviews for their ease of use and convenient, spill-free packaging.

Read the full story in Green Energy Times

Redhook’s Community Give Back Enormous Success

Jun 19, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online

By Amanda Taitel
Green Alliance Writer

PORTSMOUTH- In the beginning of 2013, the Redhook Ale Brewery kicked off their community give-back program. The program was designed to help local nonprofits raise extra funds and give them the opportunity to increase awareness of their cause. For the year of 2013, the brewery donated ten percent of its total restaurant sales on Tuesdays to various local charities, choosing one charity for each month of 2013. A year and a half later, the program is still going strong.

The goal of the program was to build relationships with local charities so that the brewery and the local community have more opportunities to give back. The requisites of the program were that the charities were local and meaningful to the brewery so that the program could have the most impact to our community. During the month that each charity is represented, they also are given the opportunity to set up a table at the Pub or have someone representing the charity meet with guests or provide information to further increase the opportunity to raise funds and awareness.

Great Bay Stewards, a conservation organization that focuses its efforts in protecting and preserving the Great Bay Estuary, were the first recipients of the give-back program, earning a $1,500 donation through Redhook’s restaurant sales. Jean Eno, of Great Bay Stewards, had endless praise for Redhook’s Give Back Program.

“I find it incredibly generous for businesses such as Redhook to support the community by reaching out to nonprofits all around them,” said Eno. “It’s great to see a company who could easily limit their fundraising, go above and beyond to help support local groups like us.”

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch

Red Hook hosting electronics recycling event

Jun 18, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online and Portsmouth Herald

By Crystal A. Weyers

PORTSMOUTH — The "biggest, baddest electronics recycling event the tradeport has ever seen" will be held today, June 18. The Red Hook Ale Brewery, in conjunction with local electronics recycler MetalWave, will host E-Cycle Fest 2014.

"If it plugs in or has a battery, we'll take it!" according to organizers. The event is open to all Pease International Tradeport tenants and their employees to offer a venue to safely dispose of retired information technology assets or other electronic waste.

"In doing a fair amount of research, I'm thinking it might turn out to be the largest e-cycling event the Seacoast has ever had," said Mark T. Babcock, MetalWave's director of business development. "In fact, I've yet to find any past events in the state that reported numbers even close to what we're forecasting."

Read the full story in Seacost Online

Snappii stimulates customers' economic growth

Jun 18, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

By Kyle Bonus

DURHAM — It may seem hard to believe, but there's a shortage of mobile-app developers in the United States.
It's a challenge for small-business owners looking to create a mobile app for their company. The trouble starts with the need to satisfy growing consumer demand, a lack of resources in information technology departments and the large price tags domestic app developers charge. These limitations force many business owners to seek services outside the United States, where app creation can be done cheap.

In 2011, local entrepreneur Alex Bakman launched Snappii — a visual mobile-app creation system — in hopes of helping small businesses make apps easily and affordably for iPhone, iPad and Android systems. Snappii offers a platform that can dramatically speed up mobile-app creation and lower the cost of custom apps.

"I realize that people need about a 'gazillion' apps because, as the Apple commercial goes, 'There is an app for that'— you need an app for everything," Bakman said.

Harbor Eyecare Leads in Sustainability and Community

Jun 17, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

By Patrick Martin

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, N.H. 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.

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

Dr. Hudson admits that at the beginning of her career in 1998, concern for the environment and sustainability was not a pressing issue in the eye care industry. As that bar has risen, however, HEC has not only kept up but actually become a leader as one of the region’s leading socially responsible and environmentally-aware eye care practices.

Hudson says that professionals and manufacturers of eye care products have come a long way since the old days when sustainability was not integrated into the industry and now “companies are making concentrated efforts to become greener.”

This trend is also true of Harbor Eyecare, whose facility underwent a massive physical transformation in 2011. The renovations resulted in large improvements to energy efficiency, which were nicely complimented by the staff’s implementation of a comprehensive recycling program.

Read the full story in Seacoast Online

Golf Just One of the Perks: 52 New Homes Being Built at Rockingham Country Club

Jun 17, 2014

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

By Morgan Palmer

NEWMARKET — The construction to build a community of homes on Newmarket’s Rockingham Country Club is well under way.

According to Jen Chinburg, the marketing director for Chinburg Properties, the Gove Group Real Estate and Chinburg Properties partnered up for the construction of these homes in order to give home buyers the opportunity to live in the up-and-coming town of Newmarket.

“Newmarket is undergoing a transformation with great foresight and planning by the town and the Newmarket Community Development Corporation. Utilities have gone underground and there is a new shine to Main Street,” she said. “It is becoming one of the hottest spots in the region for people who want to combine the amenities of living in a walkable, charming and eclectic downtown with healthy outdoor activities.”

Buyers will be able to purchase a new home in Newmarket just minutes away from other projects where the same home would be 15 percent to 20 percent more. It’s an amazing site, in a great town, in a great location just around the corner to I-95, Portsmouth, and the NH coastline.”

Rockingham Electric and The Lighting Center Help Customers See the Light

Jun 12, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online

By Michael McCord

NEWINGTON – When it comes to energy efficiency and savings to the bottom line, LED and CFL lighting options are transforming homes and businesses.

Gino Milne, the branch manager for Rockingham Electric Supply in Newington, has more than three decades of experience in the lighting industry and he says that with each passing day residential and commercial customers are becoming better informed about making electric lighting more cost efficient today and tomorrow.

“I think there has always been a consciousness in the commercial sector about saving money on their electric bills because businesses are so acutely aware of their bottom-line,” Milne said. “But we’ve come a long way as far as residential awareness because customers now know and care about saving as much as possible on their home energy consumption.”

Founded in 1951, the family-owned company has grown to nine locations in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine (with a 10th to open soon in Lewiston, Maine) and it has been on the forefront of educating the general public and businesses about energy efficiency solutions.

 With the mandated shift away from incandescent light bulbs and as more evidence about cost and efficiency savings accumulates – and as the prices for CFLs (compact fluorescent lamps) and LEDs (light-emitting diodes) stabilize – the pace of consumer and commercial demand has accelerated dramatically.

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch or Seacoast Online

Scooters and Electric Bikes Offer Practical, Economical and Fun Alternative

Jun 10, 2014

Published in SeacoastOnline

By Michael McCord
Green Alliance Correspondent

EXETER – For the past few years, Tom Hemenway of EZ Bikes & Scooters in Exeter has offered curious customers a seemingly irresistible offer. “If you take a test ride and don’t have the time of your life and whoop and holler a little, I’ll give you $20.”

There has been an increase in whooping and hollering since Tom and Teresa Hemenway created EZ Bikes & Scooters in 2009 as an expansion of Autosounds of NH, their original auto electronics business. With gas prices still on the rise along with a greater cultural embrace of alternative and much greener forms of transport, their scooters and electric bicycles offer a sensible and increasingly popular solution.

For the People by the People: Community Toolbox Aids Their Community

Jun 10, 2014

Published in Patch, SeacoastOnline, and Fosters Online

By Craig Robert Brown
Green Alliance Staff Writer

PORTSMOUTH - People helping people. That's what Community Toolbox, a newly minted 501c3 nonprofit in Portsmouth, N.H., does best. As a nonprofit business, Community Toolbox operates on three platforms that give back to the community and the environment. From the organization's Fix-It program, to its Outlet Store, to its DeConstruction program, Community Toolbox has made itself into a force for good in the Seacoast. So why does Community Toolbox work so hard? Simple: they saw a community in need.

Cheryl Van Allen, Executive Director of Community Toolbox, of her experience with Board President Tom Boisvert. "When we were with Habitat for Humanity, we got phone calls regularly from people who would ask us to come and help them fix things in their homes," she said. "While they may have owned their own homes, they could not afford to do the repairs to keep them safe and healthy."

Pest Control, Naturally

Jun 9, 2014

Published in Coastal Zone Magazine

By Jim Cavan

Local firm offers a low-impact pest control alternative

Chances are you have had this experience: It’s the first truly warm day of the year—late March, let’s say—and you have just gotten back from an unseasonably balmy park walk or seashore picnic. You walk through the front door, take off your shoes, head to the kitchen to start preparing the night’s dinner, and happen upon a trail of slowly moving black specks on the counter.

Carpenter ants. Dozens of them—and those are just the ones in plain view. In New England, carpenter ant infestation constitutes one of the most common pest problems, affecting some tens of thousands of households in New Hampshire alone and causing millions of dollars of damage nationwide. While there is no shortage of professional exterminators capable of eliminating these destructive critters, rarely does the process take on a collaborative air that touts a more efficient use of the tools of the trade.

Enter Tom Pray, founder of the Eliot, Maine-based Ecotech Pest Control and a degreed entomologist with over 25 years of experience in the field. Settling on the trade as much for the science as for his fascination with the insects themselves, Pray launched Ecotech in 2000. His aim was to help homeowners beat pest problems, not through hard-hitting chemicals alone, but by managing the environment responsible for fostering the infestation. Indeed, Pray prides himself on building a collaborative, communicative dynamic with his clients—an approach he says has helped expand his customer base.

Read full story in Coastal Home 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Cornerstone Tree Care

Jun 9, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald 

Who: Cornerstone Tree Care

What: Owner Micum Davis says he likes to channel the Lorax, Dr. Seuss' environmentally friendly character, when he says he speaks for the trees. In many ways, Davis does provide the trees a voice, working within the natural environment on job sites to ensure that pruning is not just for the sake of the customer, but also for the health of the trees. Cornerstone looks to employ the least invasive approach, including not wearing boot spikes when climbing (which can damage tree bark and eventually kill a tree), using non-toxic, biodegradable lubricants for equipment and offering an organic blend of mulch made from recycled tree waste. Cornerstone recognizes that traveling from job to job can have harmful effects on the environment and thus limits work to a 20-mile radius of the Seacoast.

Where: P.O. Box 4505, Portsmouth


Read the full profile at SeacoastOnline

Green Story: Futuro Builders

Jun 9, 2014

Published in Portsmouth, Hampton, N. Hampton, Exeter, Nashua, Merrimack and Salem Patch sites

Over the years, the term development has evolved to mean far more than just the addition of cookie-cutter compounds and skyscrapers. As the world becomes more attentive to the environmental impacts of construction, sustainability and efficiency initiatives emerge as priorities for the industry’s future. For business owner Jesse Ware, the future of sustainable building is called, Futuro Builders.

Ware used his experience from JPWare Design to form Futuro in 2011. Having grown up in the thick of the building trade – his father was one of the first to emphasize energy efficient homes back in the 1970s – Ware is more than attuned to the challenges and the potential posed by green building in the 21st century, having received LEED AP accreditation from the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch

Shaheen tours new Smuttynose Brewery

Jun 6, 2014

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat

HAMPTON – U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen, D-NH, on Monday toured Smuttynose Brewery’s new facility with Smuttynose founder and president Peter Egelston to kick off summer tourism season in New Hampshire and highlight the industry’s importance to the state’s economy.

Smuttynose recently opened the new $24 million brewing facility at Towle Farm in Hampton and the new facility will feature brewery tours, a restaurant and will eventually be able to grow ingredients for brewing on premises. Tourism is one of New Hampshire’s largest industries supporting more than 60,000 full and part-time jobs.

“Companies like Smuttynose play a critical role in our economy and are important drivers of tourism in New Hampshire — just like the entire food and beverage and service industry,” Shaheen said. “Destinations like Smuttynose draw tourism dollars that fuel jobs and our economy year-round and we have to make sure we’re supporting them however we can in order to further create jobs and help small businesses grow.”

Welcome to Smuttynose Brewery's new home

Jun 6, 2014
Published in Foster's Daily Democrat
By Morgan Palmer
HAMPTON - If you're expecting a run-of-the-mill beer tour when stopping by the Smuttynose Brewery, you're in for a surprise. The company's new brewery on 105 Towle Farm Rd. in Hampton is the perfect place to shop, tour, eat, and, of course, drink.

Smuttynose scouted several locations before deciding Hampton was the ideal spot back in 2008. Peter Egelston, the company's founder, spent $24 million creating his dream brewery, and as a visitor, you can see why.

If you've visited Smuttynose on Heritage Avenue in Portsmouth, this new location will be a sight for sore eyes. Not only is the building 15,000 square feet bigger (from 25,000 to 40,000 square feet), it's located on one of the oldest farms in the area, which creates a striking backdrop. The 14-acre farm also holds a fruit orchard, complete with cherry, apple, and peach trees, and several colonies of bees.

Avid drinkers of the brewery's most popular beer, the Finestkind IPA, will recognize the vintage Pontiac Chieftain trailer from the label right when you drive in. This was hauled in from Maine and will be converted into a beer garden by 2015. A 9-hole disc golf course will also be added to the grounds in 2015.

That's not all: An 1870's Victorian farmhouse on the property will be converted into a new restaurant, Hayseed, which will open this fall.

Just visiting for the beer? Don't worry, there's plenty for you to do, too. 

Read the full story on Fosters Daily Democrat

Blue Ocean Society Invites You to Celebrate World Oceans Day

Jun 6, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch

By Magill Smith

HAMPTON BEACH- In celebration of our beautiful home along the seacoast, Blue Ocean Society is launching their first formal event for World Oceans Day. World Oceans Day began in 2002 and is a growing event that honors the marine environment. To celebrate this event, Blue Ocean Society has a weekend filled with beach clean ups and an award ceremony recognizing groups and individuals who have made efforts to protect the ocean.

As a advocate for the environment and a Green Alliance Business Partner, Blue Ocean Society works to protect our seacoast waters through research and public action. The Green Alliance is an organization that connects green-minded consumers with businesses that work to lessen their impact on the environment. One of the ways in which Blue Ocean Society involves the public in their efforts, is through organized beach clean ups. To recognize World Oceans Day, the society is hosting the Aquarion Water Company Environmental Champion Awards followed by a clean up of Hampton Beach on June 7.


To read the full story visit the Portsmouth Patch.  

Eco-Friendly Golf Course Kickstarts Foot Golf This Summer

Jun 5, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and SeacoastOnline

By Austin Sorrette
Green Alliance Correspondent

NORTH HAMPTON – Usually, kicking your ball through the rough is considered cheating, a sneaky way to save a stroke. Now, it’s the entire nature of gameplay in a twist on the sport of golf called Foot Golf. Never heard of Foot Golf? That’s okay because Sagamore, a local golf course, will open the new game to anyone who wants to give it a try this summer.

Foot Golf has been sweeping the globe since its inception in 2009, and its popularity is growing. Richard Luff, president of the Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club on North Road in North Hampton, New Hampshire, adopted the game as a way to reach out to more players and keep the golf course one stroke ahead of the competition.

“Introducing Foot Golf will be a nice compliment because it will introduce our facility to another demographic,” says Luff. “The learning curve to play Foot Golf is easier and you can get families out there as well as soccer players.

Foot Golf started in the Netherlands in 2009 when a group of soccer players convinced a golf course in Holland to create a course. Since then it has become a world-wide sensation. The sport finally jumped across the pond in 2011 when it was adopted by a golf course in California. As both player and President of Sagamore, Luff likes to keep himself abreast on industry news. That’s how he first heard about this new twist on the sport. Luff became immensely interested in bringing home a new element to an old classic at Sagamore.

“We are always looking for new ways and new people to bring to this sport,” says Luff. “It shouldn’t have to be just a game with 14 clubs, people should enjoy it and get creative with it and I think this diversification can be the spark that attracts new people to the game of golf. It also can be a fun way for long-time golfers to play with their sport and try it from a new angle.”

Read the full story on Seacoast Online or in the Portsmouth Patch.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: ReMax On the River

Jun 3, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald 

Who: Ron April, ReMax On the River real estate agent

What: Since 1997, Ron April has succeeded in the volatile real estate industry. As part of it, he learned how important it is for real estate to integrate sustainability. April's eco-conversion began with a 43-mile-per-gallon hybrid Lexus. Now he is working toward becoming an EcoBroker — a coveted environmental and energy designation awarded by the Association of Energy and Environment Real Estate Professionals. He also focuses on providing clients with details on what makes a house green. April has moved to digital paperwork and an interactive Web site that helps prospective clients scan for area properties without paper-heavy packets.

Where: 11 Market Square, Newburyport, Mass.


What makes him green:

  • Drives hybrid vehicle to properties.
  • Educates co-workers on the benefits of eco-friendly practices.
  • Digitized book-keeping and paperwork for office and clients.
  • Scans area properties without paper-heavy packets.
  • Applied for EcoBroker certification.

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Brixham Montessori Friends School

Jun 3, 2014

Published on the Portsmouth Herald

Combining the fundamental Montessori belief of independence and freedom of choice with a child's natural psychological development, along with Quaker values of peace, simplicity, community and equality, Brixham Montessori Friends School celebrates holistic education. Part of that education is an increased awareness on composting, recycling and environmental stewardship, and teaching that elevates the fundamentals of sustainable living and nurtures the child as a whole.

In 2010 the school underwent a full energy audit and has worked to address all of the report's recommendations so that it isn't simply teaching environmental awareness, but living it.

What makes it green:

Composts all food scraps and uses as chicken feed.
Comprehensive recycling program throughout the school.
Students taught the value of environmental and ecological awareness.
Curriculum includes projects that emphasize the reuse of products and materials.
School maintains its own vegetable garden.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Brixham Montessori Friends School's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at

Check out the Brixham Montessori Friends School by clicking here!

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald