News : August 2014

Green Alliance Green Families Club celebrating Aug. 27

Aug 28, 2014

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By Katie Seraikas

KITTERY — This summer the Green Alliance is celebrating the second birthday of the Green Alliance Green Families Club. On Wednesday,August 27, from 4 – 7 p.m. the Green Alliance will be hosting a Green Families Celebration and Farmer’s Market in Kittery at the regular Wednesday Kittery Famers Market location at 10 Shapleigh Road. The bash is free and open to the public.

“This year we have collaborated with the Kittery Farmers Market to create a 2-in-1 event that is both a green fest and a farmers market so that young and old and everyone in between can support local farmers and pick up fresh veggies while enjoying live music and educational booths hosted by local green businesses,” explains Sarah Brown, GA director and founder. “There will be birthday cake and electric bike test rides, a natural food truck, and even a kids essay reading on environmental summer fun!”

The event is being held right in Kittery on Shapleigh Road in front of the Kittery post office with the regular Wednesday early evening Kittery Farmers Market.

The Green Families Club (GFC) was created in July 2012 in response to market research which revealed the GA’s membership was largely made up of families with young children. The GFC set out with the goal to inspire a young generation of environmentalists, or “future environmentalists” (as the GFC t-shirts proudly boast).

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Get it Going ownership duo dresses to inspire

Aug 22, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online 
By Heikki 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," said Jill Spring, co-owner of Get it Going, a lifestyle and apparel company. "We believe everyone has a 'GiG,' something they are passionate about doing. Our message is simple, go for it, 'Get it Going.' Our GiG is this company."

"In addition to spreading the vibe of Get it Going," added 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 tank tops, T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts and hooded sweatshirts. Spring and Goyette created the company to spread and encourage positive movement in the community and beyond. Their initial focus will be on a road race fund-raiser and event tees and apparel.

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Join us for the Second Annual Green Families Celebration & Farmers Market and Contribute to a Worthy Local Cause!

Aug 20, 2014

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By Amanda Taitel

We can hardly believe it’s been two years! The Green Alliance is celebrating The Green Families Club second birthday this August. On Wednesday, August 27th from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Kittery Farmer’s Market, the Green Alliance will be hosting a Green Families Celebration and Farmers Market with special community guest and beneficiary, The Footprints Food Pantry.

Green Alliance businesses will have booths with family-friendly, hands-on activities and goodies for kids to enjoy. Kids can design a t-shirt with the winner’s design being printed as a t-shirt in a contest hosted by Get it Going! Or, stop by the Coca-Cola booth for free samples and a demonstration on their extensive recycling program. Get your family together for a free, fun portrait by Lenka Flaherty Photography! Check out the many more booths with great activities, too!

Additionally the Kittery regular farmers market will be happening at the same time. So celebrants can do their food shopping while enjoying live music and interactive booths. From local organic greens to homemade natural soaps the Kittery Farmers Market has something for everyone.

And this collaborative event has a special community beneficiary; Footprints Food Pantry. We’ve all heard of carbon footprints but Footprints Food Pantry in Kittery is leaving a different kind of footprint in the communities of Kittery, Kittery Point, and Elliot. Footprints Food Pantry will be the honorary non-profit for Green Alliance’s Green Families celebration.

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Meet a Green Alliance Business: Seacoast Energy

Aug 18, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald 

Who: Seacoast Energy

What: Seacoast Energy owner Jack Bingham is more than just a renewable energy installer. He is the owner’s manual, teacher and advocate for eco-friendly renewable energy products and systems, with a particular expertise in residential and commercial solar power. More than just a job, Bingham approaches renewable energy with passion and has received recognition for his enthusiasm. This year, he was selected by WoodMaster as an exclusive retailer and installer of its European-designed, built-in-the-United States, biomass products. Bingham also keeps abreast of the latest technological advances in green energy products, offering educational workshops to inform the community of the beneficial long-term effects this technology brings. Bingham has experience with everything from solar-powered hot water systems to self-composting toilets. Seacoast Energy proves this technology is a beneficial investment, saving both money and the environment while working to grow a new industry, create jobs and stimulate the economy.

Where: 289 Scruton Pond Road, Barrington


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Green Collar Careers: Candace Lord

Aug 14, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online
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 started working 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.”

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.

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Mary's Dogs Inn treats guests like they are home

Aug 13, 2014

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By Michael McCord

NORTHWOOD – Mary’s Dogs Inn has opened for business.

Mary Doane, the founder of Mary’s Dogs, is pleased her rescue and adoption organization has grown from her home in Deerfield to a two-story, 1800s federal-style house and property along Route 4 in Northwood near Coe-Brown Academy.

“We have a wonderful, relaxed feel at the Inn,” Doane said about the property that can board as many as 10 dogs at once. “Dogs who come to stay with us will feel like they’re at home.”

This home offers canine daycare and boarding and fulfills a quarantine need for the dogs rescued from high-kill centers in the South. A 2012 New Hampshire state law mandated a 48-hour quarantine period for dogs at a licensed facility before heading to an adopting family.

Doane supported the law but knew when it was passed by the New Hampshire Legislature that her operating model would have to change — and would require an actual facility rather than the improvised methods she had employed since founding Mary’s Dogs in 2011.

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Purely Organic One of First

Aug 12, 2014

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By Michael McCord

PORTSMOUTH — Purely Organic Lawn Care was started in 2003 when owner Jay Palladino made an unfortunate connection between his golden retriever getting sick and the newly-applied fertilizer on the lawn at his Kensington home.

“I was an early investor in the organic fertilizer company Cockadoodle Doo but hadn’t thought much about the chemicals on my lawn until my six-week-old puppy passed out on the kitchen floor,” Palladino explained.

While organic lawn care clicked as a business model, Palladino admits he was in unchartered territory. “I knew nothing about using organics and growing grass,” he said.

While his small company struggled to find its footing, Palladino said the early challenges were due to a marketplace unprepared for their brand and not fully ready to embrace sustainability.

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My Dad was way ahead of the times with FootGolf

Aug 12, 2014

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By Dylan Morrill

Earlier this year, Sagamore Golf Club in North Hampton installed an 18-hole FootGolf course, becoming one of more than one hundred FootGolf courses in America.

The course, on the front nine holes of the regular golf course, can only be played during nonbusy golfing times — after 5:30 p.m. every day, and before 2:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

While at first glance, FootGolf — golf with soccer balls and feet — seems to be just another unnecessary athletic concoction thrown at sports enthusiasts like a weird mixed drink, it is actually a long overdue legitimization of a game I have been playing since I was a kid.

FootGolf — I call it “soccer golf” and will for the rest of this column — makes sense for one obvious reason.

Golfing and soccer both require players to hit a ball with something other than a hand.

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Net-zero potential becomes a reality in Rye

Aug 11, 2014

Published in The Portsmouth Herald 

By Michael McCord

PORTSMOUTH — "Green is good for all" is one of the practicing mantras at Futuro Builders. And in the case of a nearly completed residential project in Rye, founder Jesse Ware and his company are truly practicing what they preach.

The net-zero home nearing completion in Rye Harbor may not be the first of its kind, but Ware believes it will raise the bar for imaginative, cutting-edge sustainability design in the region.

When completed, the owners of this 2,400-square-foot home will not have a heating or electricity bill and are expected to actually generate energy credits. Due to a custom-designed solar racking panel array, SIGA tapes to air seal the slab vapor barrier, and state-of-the-art Intus Windows that allow for superior insulation without sacrificing quality air ventilation, Ware said the home is an example of seamlessly merging smart sustainability and economics.

"The technologies have been around for a while but not economically feasible until the last five to eight years," said Ware, who has a LEED AP accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council. "This level of sustainability can be available for everyone."

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Meet a Green Alliance Business

Aug 11, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald.  

Who: Little Green Homes

What: Since the housing bubble burst in 2008, a growing demand for down-sized environmental homes has flooded the market. Luckily, Little Green Homes is ready to deliver.

With a focus on sustainable building in all aspects of a project, Little Green Homes’ founders, Chris Redmond and Jeff Stacy, build homes with lower energy costs, a smaller environmental impact, and a better resale value. In 2009, Little Green Homes was part of the first Platinum LEED build in Portsmouth and has since watched its business grow.

Redmond and Stacy believe using LED lighting, cellulose-based insulation, “concrete foam” foundations, and laying out a projects “bones” for maximum efficiently, make a quality building.

The other aspect is education. Both Redmond and Stacy make it part of their job to understand the latest innovation green technology, sharing their knowledge with clients on every project.

Where: 23 Autumn Pond Park, Greenland

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Group net metering expands the possibility of solar power in the state

Aug 6, 2014

Published in the Concord Monitor 

By Allie Morris 

Dieter Ebert and his father, Dietrich, have long shared a passion for alternative energy. Now, they will build a 7,000-square-foot solar array near their neighboring North Hampton homes. Then, they will share the energy benefits with 10 friends and family members in the area.

The Eberts’ plan is possible under new state rules that allow group net metering.

The legislation, passed last year, permits a group of people, a business, a school district or a town – with multiple homes or offices on separate meters – to build one communal alternative energy source, which they can all use for power. In January, the New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission released its first set of rules, which opened the door to project applications.

“Right away, I thought that was really interesting,” Dieter said. “My father and I thought it would be cool to build one solar array . . . to both get solar electricity.”

And as the architects of one of the state’s first fully permitted group net metering projects, the Eberts are now leading the emerging movement in New Hampshire. The father-son team plans to have their solar power system up and running by fall.

“We can’t continue to live on fossil fuels,” Dieter said. “I think it’s important to take this step.”

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A Case of Mistaken Identity: Victoria’s Journey

Aug 4, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online.

By Mary Dempsey

DEERFIELD – Mary Doane first encountered Victoria, a sweet, two year-old, black lab, through one of her South Carolina dog-rescue connections. Victoria was languishing in the southern kill-shelter and had tested positive for heart worm. Her future looked grim. Doane, founder of Mary’s Dogs Rescue and Adoption in Deerfield, N.H. took action to save Victoria’s life.

Doane immediately got to work and started campaigning to raise money for the lovable, puppy-eyed dog. Doane reached out to the community by starting a financial campaign on She posted Victoria’s photograph and basic information next to a caption reading: “We can save her! This should NOT be a death sentence! It’s not going to be!” Online contributors helped raise over $800 to help save Victoria.

Sadly, because of Victoria’s heart worm diagnosis, she needed a foster home outside of New Hampshire, due to the state’s restrictions allowing heart worm positive dogs from entering the state. Its a law that might be unfamiliar to would-be pet adopters. That is one of the reasons Doane started her pet rescue organization, after she realized most families are undereducated on how to adopt or properly care for adopted dogs. Part of what Doane does is educate pet owners during difficult transition periods. Since February of 2011, Doane and her rescue team of eight have worked closely with kill-shelters in North and South Carolina to help find homes for dogs in need of a loving family.

Mary’s Dogs is also an advocate for organic, all-natural dog foods and treatments which is one of the reasons why Mary’s Dogs joined the Green Alliance, a union of eco-friendly businesses on the seacoast educating consumers and businesses about sustainability. According to Doane, adopting a homeless dog is “an ultimate act of sustainability.”

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