News : July 2014

Meet A Green Business: Futuro Builders

Jul 29, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

Who: Futuro Builders

What: Futuro owner, Jesse Ware, first got his taste for building energy-efficient homes from his father during the 1970s. Since then, Ware has received LEED AP accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council and specializes in building residential homes and commercial projects focused on environmental sustainability. Futuro’s residential and solar division specializes in zero net homes, which are homes engineered to offset the amount of energy consumed through interior design, extensive insulation, and efficient mechanical systems. Grid-tied solar panels harness renewable energy to heat, cool and power the homes, while cellulose derived insulation maintains efficiency in both energy demands and energy costs.

To read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald click here

Exeter Practice Offers Naturopathic Techniques for Optimum Mental Health

Jul 29, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online and Patch.com

By Heikki (Herb) Perry
Green Alliance Correspondent

EXETER — While treatment of mental illness has progressed during the last few decades, patients who rely solely on traditional psychiatric care overlook the benefits that naturopathic treatment can produce.

Naturopathic doctors take a different approach to treating mental illness than traditional medical doctors do, and when that approach is coordinated with a medical doctor’s treatment, the synergy can produce more benefits than either discipline alone can offer.

Naturopathic medicine is a distinct primary health care profession, emphasizing prevention, treatment, and optimal health through the use of therapeutic methods and substances that encourage individuals’ inherent self-healing process, according to the American Association of Naturopathic Physicians. The practice of naturopathic medicine includes modern and traditional, scientific, and empirical methods.

Dr. Giard of Starry Brook Natural Medicine uses treatments and therapies including medicines, acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and homeopathy in her care for mental health patients.
Starry Brook Natural Medicine is a naturopathic practice in Exeter, N.H. that provides health care with an approach that integrates with traditional medicine. Physical exams, intakes, and treatment plans are guided by the patient’s desires. Treatment and therapies range from prescriptive medicines, acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and homeopathy or a combination.

The practice offers treatments for a variety of mental illnesses, including borderline personality disorder; bipolar disorder; anxiety; depression; obsessive compulsive disorder; agoraphobia; eating disorders; and trichotillomania.

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

Durham App Developer Competes, Even Bests, Overseas Business App Options

Jul 28, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online 

Kyle Bonus
Green Alliance Writer

DURHAM – It may seem hard to believe, but there’s a shortage of mobile app developers in the United States. It’s a troubling fact for small business owners looking to create a mobile app for their company. The trouble starts with the need to satisfy a country with growing consumer demand, a lack of resources in IT departments and the large price tags domestic app developers charge. These limitations force many business owners to seek services outside the U.S. where app creation can be done cheaply.

SnAPPii's team of developers help businesses with smartphone app creation that is as green as it is effective.
In 2011 local entrepreneur Alex Bakman launched SnAPPii – a Durham-based company that has created a visual mobile app creation system – in hopes of helping small businesses make apps easily and affordably for iPhon

e, iPad and Android systems. SnAPPii offers a platform that can dramatically speed up mobile app creation and therefore lower the cost of custom apps.

“My motivation was to solve some of the problems of mobile app development. I realize that people need about a gazillion apps because, as the Apple commercial goes, ‘there is an app for that’— we now live in a world where there is a growing sense that each of us does indeed need an app for everything. Businesses that can meet this demand are finding handsome rewards in profits,” says Bakman.

SnAPPii provides customers with the ability to simply pick the needed features of their app and either SnAPPii or the client themselves will assemble the app visually using a drag and drop approach. Building apps with SnAPPii is done by simply “drawing” a picture of your app. SnAPPii then takes the picture and turns it into a native app for Android, iPad and iPhone.

Read the full article on Seacoast Online.

Ultra Geothermal Seeks Donations to Benefit Travis Aho Leukemia Fund

Jul 25, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online and Patch.com

By Craig Brown

BARRINGTON – To support her brother Travis’ battle with Leukemia, Ultra Geothermal owner, Melissa Aho, and the Green Alliance are bringing together local businesses to put on a yard sale for his benefit. The yard sale will take place on July 26 at 358 Route 4 in Barrington, N.H. (just off the the Lee traffic circle) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Any yard sale appropriate donations – clothing, sports equipment, DVDs, books, etc. – or baked goods are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at Ultra Geothermal. The event is being sponsored by Green Alliance Business Partner, Get It Going.

Travis was diagnosed with Leukemia in December 2013 and has since struggled with the physical and financial burden of the disease. In order to help alleviate some of his financial stress, Melissa organized a large-scale community yard sale. Melissa came up with the idea to use her business and its connection with the Green Alliance to help promote and support the yard sale.

A dedicated advocate for the environment, Travis Aho graduated as an Environmental Studies major and currently works in Florida as a law enforcement officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect the Ocala National Forest.

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

Get Your Kicks with new sport FootGolf

Jul 25, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online 

By Suzanne Laurent 

NORTH HAMPTON — On a recent morning, a group of four teenagers were waiting for directions on how to play a new sport offered at the Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club on North Road.

"This looks like it will be fun," said Sarah Labore. "Our friends came here and told us about it and we all wanted to do it."

Labore and her fellow players — Gabrielle Bussier, Molly Lachance and Brye Barna, all from Manchester — were not holding golf clubs, though.

They each had a soccer ball rented by the golf club, and they were getting ready to play a game of FootGolf.

"This is new to our course," said Kate Blais, golf club manager, who was giving the girls directions.

"The holes are deceiving," Blais said. "It's a lot harder than people expect them to be."

The 18 golf holes are 21 inches in diameter and the course crosses some of the club's regular 18-hole course.

Blais asked that the FootGolf players defer to the golf players if they needed to play through.

FootGolf started in the Netherlands in 2009, when a group of soccer players persuaded officials at a golf course in Holland to create a course. It came to the U.S. in 2011, when it was adopted by a golf course in California.

The rules and game play are essentially a fusion of golf and soccer. There are 18 holes to play and players must try to score with as few strokes as possible.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Ridgeview Construction Changes Perception of Prefabricated Homes

Jul 25, 2014

Published on Patches (Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton, N. Hampton, Bedford, Concord, Merrimack, Londonderry, Salem, NH Patch sites)

By Craig Robert Brown 

SALISBURY, Mass. - Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, especially when considering home design – what's attractive to one person may not be to another. Perceptions are changing, however, when it comes to prefabricated and modular home building. At least, that's what Ridgeview Construction owner Shane Carter hopes to achieve with a build in Salisbury, Mass.

Ridgeview, a Deerfield, N.H. based building company, is the general contractor for Boston magazine’s tenth Design Home project. Each year, Boston seeks a new location in the greater Boston area that focuses on a new perspective of living. For Design Home 2014, the theme is a modular home build with minimal waste and completely net-zero in design.

“I think that changing the perception is really important," said Carter. "Modular homes today, being factory built in controlled conditions with very little waste and very little on-site build time, is really an efficient and green way for home construction."

For many homeowners, going green is a way to be financially sustainable. It's also a great way to live environmentally, which is the why Natalie Treat, along with her husband Tom, offered their property to be the stage on which Carter will build their green home.

Both nature lovers and environmentalists, the Treats saw a once in a lifetime chance to get their dream home when the original home selected for the project was no longer available. The couple immediately offered their property as a replacement.

The modular assembly, along with additional green technology, will help to render the home as a net-zero build, cutting down on the home's carbon footprint.

Net-zero, essentially, means that over a year, the solar panels installed on the roof will generate roughly as much electricity as the home consumes. The heat pump heating system produces 60 percent less greenhouse gas emissions and the hot water heat pump uses 1/3 the energy than that of a standard hot water heater.

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch

233 Vaughan St. project hits milestone

Jul 24, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

PORTSMOUTH — The owners and project team for 233 Vaughan St. rejoiced with a "Topping Off the Steel" celebration July 18.

Placement of the upper steel beam is a milestone for the project, and more than 40 project participants gathered to sign the beam and watch as it was placed at the top of the building by a crane. A drone was on hand to photograph the work with a bird's-eye view.

The mixed-use building features a design by architect Carla Goodknight of CJ Architects and will include a rooftop terrace. Views of Portsmouth Harbor will provide a backdrop for a rooftop pool area, and each private residence will have its own deeded private rooftop garden.

The project will include underground covered parking, a small dog park and private elevator service to select units. The top level features two penthouses, each more than 4,000 square feet.

There will be nine residences on three floors and smaller residences starting at just under 1,500 square feet and priced in the high $800,000 range.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Purely Organic Targets Beauty and Health of Your Lawn and Garden

Jul 23, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

By Kyle Bonus

PORTSMOUTH- Did you know your feet contain over 4,000 pores that are the largest on the human body? Many people take pride in the outdoor appearance of their homes—going to great lengths to grow and maintain beautiful lush gardens and lawns—but are unaware of the negative impacts these chemicals can have on your lawn, pets and even family. Our body absorbs chemicals through the skin at an alarming rate and that can affect our overall health.

Children are at higher risk for health effects from exposure to toxic chemicals than adults because of child’s developing internal organs. Traditional lawn care chemicals have the potential to attack the central nervous system and produce symptoms including, but not limited to, rash, chest tightness, asthma-like attacks and blurred or dim vision. It may be difficult to prevent your child from playing in the grass while enjoying the outdoors, but it’s an easy decision to hire an organic lawn care company and reduce the risk of a family’s exposure to chemicals in their backyard.

Maintaining a organic lawn this summer prevents further environmental damage. Owner of Purely Organic Lawn Care Jay Palladino knows firsthand the impacts lawn care chemicals can have on family pets. Before starting Purely Organic, Palladino found his two month year old puppy, Pal, unconscious after playing outdoors in the yard. That same morning a chemical lawn care company had treated his property. After two nights in the veterinary hospital, Pal was diagnosed and treated for chemical poisoning. After Pal was given a clean bill of health, Palladino requested the company he’d hired use organic fertilizer. When they said no, Palladino decided to start his own organic lawn care company with a focus to help other property owners avoid the same risks. Purely Organic’s Residential Foreman Jason Lefebvre also equates traditional lawn care to putting your lawn on drugs.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Meet a Green Alliance Business: EcoSound Builders

Jul 21, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

Who: EcoSound Builders LLC

What: Originally started by father-and-son team Roger and Ethan Korpi in 2007, EcoSound Builders specializes in Eco-concious home building and long-term durability. With the addition of green building specialist Peter Robie, the company soon stretched itself to become one of the foremost sustainability builders in both the Lakes Region and on the Seacoast. Utiliziing the latest in green resources, technology and waste-eliminating building methods, EcoSound has built sustainably throughout New Hampshire. From timber-framed barns, to residential homes, to office space retrofits, EcoSound specializes in using local materials, sourcing wood from FSC and SFI certified forests and using low to no VOC paints, stains and finishes. EcoSound also builds projects that are suited for environmental conditions, such as long winters and exposed building sites, and believes in the preservation of older buildings with high performance renovations.

To read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald click here

Ridgeview Construction Spreads its Roots in the Lakes Region

Jul 17, 2014

Published in the Citizen and on Patches (Portsmouth, Londonderry, Concord, Merrimack, Exeter, Hampton, N. Hampton, Salem, NH Patch sites)

By Craig Robert Brown

ASHLAND - Ridgeview Construction doesn't just build a home, they build a sustainable peace of mind. With projects throughout New Hampshire and New England, owner Shane Carter offers quantity without sacrificing quality.

The Deerfield-based company has done extensive work throughout the Lake's Region already with builds in Gilmanton, Wolfeboro and Ashland. But Ridgeview's next big project in the area is a build off Squam River Landing in Ashland.

"That's a great community and we're really proud to be a preferred builder on that project," said Carter.

All homes at Squam River Landing will be built Energy Star compliant and Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) and National Association of Home Builders Green eligible. Each home will feature appliances that conserve water and energy use. The homes are designed to be affordable as other, expensive lakefront builds, many secondary homes for wealthy buyers, have priced-out large portions of the local community.

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch, or on the Citizen

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Cultural Chemistry

Jul 15, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online  

Who: Cultural Chemistry

What: For Cultural Chemistry it’s all about efficiency. Mirjam IJtsma, launched Cultural Chemistry in 2011 with the desire to help businesses run a more positive and dynamic work place. Part of Cultural Chemistry’s success depends on its sustainable in-office environment as well as passion for working to help the natural environment.

Originally from the Netherlands, where environmental responsibility is a crucial community pillar, IJtsma brings her country’s environmental concerns to the work place, educating both her employees and her clients on the value of executing a sustainable company culture. This includes not wasting resources, building green teams and integrating sustainability and responsible practices to make a company more successful, resourceful and more desirable to work for.

IJtsma’s unique services mimic what a traditional human resources department might be tasked with, but a fraction of the cost. The result is an affordable, unique, dynamic look into your company’s most complex inner workings, and the strategies and solutions that can help take it to the next level.

Where: 150 Dow St., Manchester, with satellite space in downtown Portsmouth.

Web: www.culturalchemistry.com

What makes us green:

  • Office includes geothermal system, efficient lighting and EnergyStar appliances.
  • Uses refillable office products like pens and tape dispensers to reduce waste.
  • Offers affordable human resources alternative helping businesses save money that can be spent on sustainable in-office efforts.
  • Online and electronic methods to transfer documents, eliminating paper waste.
  • Educates about environmental awareness in the office to grow productivity and efficiency.

All GA businesses are green certified. Read Cultural Chemistry’s full certification documents and learn more about tis sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 others businesses at www.greenalliance.biz
 

See the full story here.

Seacoast Energy and Aucella Heating & Cooling Showcase WoodMaster Boilers on July 19

Jul 15, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online and Patches (Portsmouth, Hampton, N. Hampton, Exeter, Merrimack, Nashua, Bedford, Salem, NH Patch sites)

By Magill Smith

BARRINGTON – Some might say we’re blessed to have seasons in New England. From the heat of the summer to the bitter cold of the winter, the region’s weather runs the gamut. But that doesn’t mean people have to suffer. Two seacoast area companies focused on energy alternatives are coming together to present the newest, cleanest heating technology to get you through the coming winter. On July 19 Seacoast Energy, a local alternative energy distributor, and Aucella Heating and Cooling, a full service HVAC company, will showcase two of the most affordable and efficient WoodMaster wood boilers on the market.

The latest boiler models to be showcased at the event include a WoodMaster mini-boiler and a Flex Fuel Boiler. These WoodMaster indoor models are the most affordable and efficient options available from Northwest Manufacturing, a company with a long history making clean outdoor wood burning appliances. The boilers utilize cordwood and/or pellets to heat homes with hot water or hot air heat The Flex Fuel model is a combination of a cordwood and pellet boiler that is 92.5 percent efficient and can heat an entire home at a cost much less than that of propane, natural gas or electrical energy sources. The Flex Fuel Boiler is considered the cleanest, most efficient wood appliance available.

Jack Bingham, founder of Seacoast Energy, is constantly searching for the latest in alternative energy technology with the hope to make greener options not only appealing to home owners, but also their best choice. He was personally selected by Northwest Manufacturing to represent their WoodMaster line for his knowledge and enthusiasm regarding energy alternatives.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Is Wind Energy for the Birds?

Jul 10, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

By Patrick Martin
Green Alliance Writer

PORTSMOUTH – With so much powerful opposition, wind energy has little time for unnecessary speed bumps like the outdated correlation between wind farms and bird mortality.

There is continued debate about bird deaths from wind turbines.
In January, New Hampshire wind energy advocates, including Portsmouth wind energy firm Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, dodged a bullet. The N.H. House of Representatives struck down a bill that would have placed a moratorium on wind development in the state. This would have been a major blow to New Hampshire’s progression towards brighter future in renewable energy.

Having temporarily dispatched of this more looming issue, it may be time to correct a misconception that has detracted so much support from the alternative energy source.

Groups opposed to wind farm development often cite the droves of unlucky dead birds littering the floor beneath turbines. However, grim statistics thrown at wind energy proponents may not be entirely forthcoming.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Community Toolbox Celebrates Newly Received Non-profit Status

Jul 9, 2014

Published on Patch (Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton, N.Hampton, Nashua, Merrimack, Salem, NH, and Bedford Patch sites)

By Emily Norloff
Green Alliance Writer

PORTSMOUTH - A safe and healthy home. That is what Community Toolbox offers their customers. With their three-tier business model, and team of volunteers, Community Toolbox is a non-profit that works like none other.

“We do something special here,” said Cheryl Van Allen, Community Toolbox's Executive Director. “There is a gap in the community's need for affordable repair work and we're here to fill it.”

In June, Community Toolbox celebrated the approval of their 501c3 nonprofit status from the state of New Hampshire with an open house at their Retail Outlet.

The event served as an opportunity for the public to see first-hand how Community Toolbox approaches a project. Dressed in matching light-blue t-shirts, Community Toolbox's team of volunteers were on-hand to answer the public's questions regarding how the Retail Outlet receives the products it sells and the type of work the volunteers do on home projects.

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch

Foot golf gaining popularity at Seacoast club

Jul 9, 2014

Video segment on WMUR-TV

By Jennifer Crompton

NORTH HAMPTON - It started in Europe in 2009, moved to California two years later and has officially hit the Northeast.

It's a unique merger in the sports world -- foot golf.

With this new sport, players use a soccer ball instead of a golf ball. Instead of playing with clubs, players use their feet.

Just as their traditional counterparts do at Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club, foot golfers make tee times, though they tee off between orange markers. Then, they follow the rules of golf etiquette through 18 holes laid out alongside nine traditional ones, from 50-190 yards long.

“It’s definitely more forgiving and the learning curve for foot golf is much less than trying to take on 14 golf clubs, small white ball and hours of practice at the driving range,” said Richard Luff, the president of the Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club. Watch the full video on wmur.com.

Acorn Salon Downsizes but Perseveres in Difficult Economic Climate

Jul 9, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch

By Amanda Taitel

DOVER-Six years ago, Acorn Organic Salon opened with a single mission in mind: to provide customers with a multitude of sustainable products and services that spoke to the Seacoast region’s ever-greening sensibilities. Today that mission is still very much alive, just in a different place. Situated neatly underneath Dover Natural Marketplace, the move seems fitting.

Though the new location is smaller than Acorn’s flagship location, owner Laura MacKay is embracing its charm.

“People like the new location a lot better,” she said. We have more sunshine here, a better view, we’ve had people come in before that have lived in Dover their whole lives and never new we existed because we were hidden in our old location.”

Downsizing in space unfortunately also meant downsizing in services. Due to lack of space and demand, Acorn Salon no longer offers manicures and pedicures.

“We still sell the sustainable and non-toxic nail polishes, but we did have some customers who were bummed out because nail salons are such a toxic environment and we had been one of the only places to get that service done safely, however we are focusing on what we do best and love to do, and that’s hair,” she said. The new space has also enabled them to cut down on energy costs. “We rewired this location to provide us with just the amount of energy we needed, no more, and no less.” By doing so, they are saving hundreds of dollars monthly on utilities, according to MacKay.

Read the full story on the Portsmouth Patch

Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. adapts for success

Jul 8, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online.

By Katie Seraikas

July 08, 2014 2:00 a.m. 

PORTSMOUTH — From its 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, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. is aiming for a summer season better than any other.

The catalysts behind the changes are new owners Capt. Jeremy Bell and Capt. Jerod Blanchette, who have been with the company since 1997. The two began as summer interns from Maine Maritime Academy and haven't missed a summer with Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. since.

"We've been there for a long time, so we definitely wanted to make change," Blanchette said. "We saw it shrink over the last few years. Now we'd like to expand it back up, maybe do some catering events, obviously get the second boat, kayak tours ... a lot more."

NHPTV and Green Alliance team up for summer cruise

Jul 7, 2014

Published on Foster's Daily DemocratSeacoast Online and NH Patch 

PORTSMOUTH - The Green Alliance prides itself in bringing businesses and consumers together under one sustainable roof. On Thursday, July 11, that roof will be on the Piscataqua River, as the Green Alliance and N.H. Public Television partner with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. for a cruise aboard the M/V Thomas Laighton.

"This is probably the biggest party we have all year," said Sarah Brown, Green Alliance director. "We're ecstatic to have NHPTV on board with us as well. Not only is it a great party, but it's a great opportunity for sustainable businesses to meet up with sustainable people, which is our greatest goal and achievement."

"The Green Alliance does so much good for the local business community, ourselves included," Bryn Burns, NHPTV manager of community relations, said. "This a great opportunity for us to let everyone know about our environmental programming; nature gives us such opportunities for education, which has always been a priority for us."

See the full story on Foster's 

FootGolf is alive and kicking

Jul 7, 2014

Published on Boston Globe online. 

NORTH HAMPTON, N.H. — When my sixth tee shot veered sharply right, then bounced off the fairway, I was in trouble. My ball stopped on a tuft of grass and teetered above a small, muddy creek on the Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club. With one strong breeze, I would be taking a water-hazard-related, one-stroke penalty. Again.

Equally problematic, I couldn’t see a second-shot scenario that ended well. Neither could my playing partners. They figured my followthrough would propel me backward into the creek. I agreed. Ready to capture my splashdown, photographer Zack Wittman crouched a couple of yards away. “I’ve got to get this,” he said. There was anticipatory glee in his voice.

If only I had longer legs, I thought. Better yet, if only I had a golf club.

But this was FootGolf, a cross between soccer and golf, that left me standing creek-side with two options: short left leg or short right leg.

Read the full story on Boston Globe Online.

Foot golf arrives on Seacoast

Jul 7, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online. 

By Austin Greene

July 07, 2014 2:00 AM

NORTH HAMPTON — Kicking your golf ball through the rough is usually considered cheating to save a stroke. Now, it is fair game in a twist on the sport called foot golf.

Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club on North Road in North Hampton has adopted foot golf 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 complement because it will introduce our facility to another demographic," club President Richard Luff said. "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 persuaded officials at a golf course in Holland to create a course. The sport jumped the pond in 2011, when it was adopted by a golf course in California. Luff said he likes to keep abreast of industry news and that's how he heard about the new twist on the sport. He became interested in bringing a new element to an old classic to the Sagamore fairways.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Meet a green business: Ecotech Pest Control Services LLC

Jul 7, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

July 07, 2014 2:00 AM

Who: Ecotech Pest Control Services LLC

What: With a bachelor of science in entomology, Tom Pray, owner of Ecotech, offers more than just another pest control business. He is also a well of information about how insects think, act and thrive. Pray guides homeowners on how they can naturally prevent the threat of pests to properties, families and pets. Pray founded his business on the principle that pest control doesn't have to be an additional hazard to the environment. To avoid these risks, Pray uses his education to find the best solution for a property using environmentally friendly treatments and integrated pest management, which looks at the life cycle and habits of each pest and how to best disrupt them. He also installs environmentally friendly long-term treatment systems, such as tick boxes that don't require spraying a yard or garden.

Where: P.O. Box 54, Eliot, Maine.

Web: www.ecotechpc.net.

What makes it green:

  • Built business on a foundation of efficiency and environmental awareness.
  • Integrated pest management treats pests with half the applications.
  • Uses tick boxes, a low-impact, earth-friendly alternative to treating property.
  • Treatment sprays that are plant-based and 100 percent biodegradable.
  • Educates homeowners on natural methods of prevention that don't require chemical use.

All Green Alliance businesses are green certified. Read Ecotech's full certification documents and learn more about its sustainability initiatives and those of more than 100 other local green businesses at www.greenalliance.biz.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Developing a Sustainable Masterpiece

Jul 3, 2014

Published on Patch.com (including Portsmouth, Exeter, N. Hampton, Hampton, Exeter, Nashua, Merrimack, Bedford, Salem, NH Patch sites)

By Michael McCord 

PORTSMOUTH – One of the more spectacular green development projects in downtown Portsmouth should be completed later this year.

Simply known as 233 Vaughan Street, the $15 million project in the city’s northern tier is being developed and built by Chinburg Properties and will establish a high standard of sustainable development. It will combine 9,000 square-feet of first-floor commercial space and nine luxury condominiums including two luxury penthouses overlooking the Portsmouth skyline and harbor.

“The steel started going up in May and you can see the project’s progress on a day to day basis,” said Jen Chinburg, marketing director of Chinburg Properties which is one of the project’s principal partners. “The core and shell will be complete in the fall of 2014 with occupancy in spring 2015.”

Carla Goodknight, of Portsmouth’s CJ Architects, is the project architect.

"The journey to create this building began with an idea: to combine three desirable high performance green technologies in a unique building located in a great city," said Goodknight. "The building infrastructure comes at a premium. The frame will be steel throughout to support real trees and a grass growing green roof. The building envelope is sealed with foam insulation and designed to create energy demands so low that the geothermal system design by Petersen Engineering and will easily handle the heating and cooling loads. Petersen has a great deal of experience in this type of application and were instrumental in implementing the concept”

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Patch.  

Blue Ocean Society Hosts Fundraiser Cruise for Marine Conservation

Jul 3, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online and Portsmouth, Exeter, Hampton, N. Hampton, Nashua, Merrimack, Salem, NH, and Bedford Patch sites

By Emily Norloff

PORTSMOUTH – The ocean is a mysterious place. Covering over 70 percent of the planet’s surface, there is plenty of room for marine life under the blue rolling waves that surround us. It’s the mission of The Blue Ocean Society to protect that marine life.

Blue Ocean Society's 9th Annual Tropical Sunset Cruise sets sail Tuesday, July 8.
One of the ways The Blue Ocean Society works to sustain this mission is through their annual cruise fundraiser. July 8 marks the Ninth Annual Tropical Cruise onboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s flagship boat, the M/V Thomas Laighton. It’s become a popular event for BOS who has seen a positive spike in attendance since the cruise’s inception.

“We have previously held our cruises on a smaller vessel and, with the success of the event, have outgrown it,” said Brenna Bullis, Development Coordinator for the Blue Ocean Society.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Cultural Chemistry’s Interview Workshop; Hire the Best Fit for You!

Jul 2, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Patch and the Nashua Patch

By Magill Smith

MANCHESTER - It is nearly impossible for small business owners to take the time to structure their company and increase efficiency when faced with the task recruiting, terminating and managing staff. Whether structuring a local restaurant or small energy company, HR companies offer a successful plan for managing businesses.

On July 3 Cultural Chemistry, an HR consulting company, will host an interview workshop to teach employers the most effective methods to use during the interview process. The discussion includes how to develop interview conversation techniques and how to determine if a candidate is right for your culture. The event is geared toward business owners who want to learn how to simplify the hiring process and be confident in their decisions.

Cultural Chemistry has a unique approach to increase business dynamics and efficiency at a fraction of the cost of a traditional HR business. This sustainable company helps businesses improve their structure with environmentally friendly approaches catered to specific business types. Offering a variety of workshops and individual business appointments, Cultural Chemistry can help improve everything from a company’s hiring approach to communication within the business community. One way Cultural Chemistry helps maximize work place efficiency is by
guiding companies in their search for employees that could be the right fit for a business.

Read the full story on the Portsmouth or Nashua Patch.  

Preventing and Treating Ticks the Environmental Way

Jul 2, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

By Craig Robert Brown
Green Alliance Staff Writer

They live among us. Small hoards of roaming creatures that embed themselves in a host’s flesh gorging on blood, spreading disease and driving humanity into a frenzy. Sound like a cheesy b-movie? It’s not. They’re ticks and if you’re a pet owner, a parent, an avid outdoors explorer or a property owner, then you’ve probably had an encounter with them. Now that the snow has cleared and we’re making use of our yards and wooded areas again, it’s good to have a line of defense against these potential disease carrying ectoparasites.

For some even saying “tick” gives the sensation their body is crawling with the insect. But fear not, Tom Pray, of Ecotech Pest Control Services wants to put minds at ease with his arsenal of natural remedies, sprays, and education to help prevent exposure to ticks this summer.

Ecotech Pest Control offers natural and environmentally-friendly services to protect your family and property against ticks this season. Pray uses a variety of natural methods, coupled with education, to help in the ongoing struggle against this outdoor nuisance. Pray suggests mowing the lawn first. Cut grass creates desert-like conditions for ticks who cannot survive without the moisture tall grass provides. However, cutting grass to a property’s tree line creates a habitat for ticks to thrive in. Parents should move their children’s play-sets away from these areas and also remove piles of lawn debris like leaves and sticks where ticks are often found. These methods help prevent exposure to ticks without the use of sprays and chemicals.

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