News : October 2014

Meet a Green Alliance Business: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

Oct 30, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

Who: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric

What: The Lighting Center at Rockingham Electric, part of the Rockingham Electric family of companies, carries the largest selection of efficient lighting products in northern New England. In-house lighting specialists offer lighting solutions that provide both a high level of function and maximum efficiency, while also factoring in budget and aesthetics. Green lighting options include all variations and styles of CFLs, LEDs and Energy Star certified products. The company's unique Lighting Lab allows customers to simulate a variety of home lighting applications. Almost all of The Lighting Center’s green lighting products can be purchased online, providing customers the added benefit of reduced travel. A family-owned company started in 1951, The Lighting Center has always made efficiency education a cornerstone of its business.

Where: 437 Shattuck Way, Newington

Web: www.RockinghamLightingCenter.com or online showroom www.lightingrockingham.xolights.com

Phone: (603) 436-2310

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald or on Seacoast Online

Practical, Prudent, and Posh

Oct 30, 2014

Published in Coastal Home magazine

By Herb Perry

Deb Regan, a resident of Laurel Court in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, lived two blocks away on Mangrove Street when she first happened upon her future neighborhood. She had become intrigued by the construction of what was described as a "high-performance" subdivision.

Regan took a tour of the Laurel Court model home when it opened in March 2012 and came away impressed. But it was when she took a formal tour of the home with a realtor that she experienced an epiphany. The agent noticed an immediate change in Regan's visage as she entered the home. "What's the matter?" the realtor inquired of the Mangrove Street resident. "You look like your'e in pain."

"Yes," said Regan, acknowledging the change but confessing a different cause, "I really like it." She moved into the third home completed in that development in September 2012 and is glad she did.

To read the full story pick up a copy of the Autumn 2014 edition of Coastal Home magazine at your nearest newstand.

Print Bounces Back

Oct 29, 2014

Published in Business NH Magazine

By Barbara Perkins

In the world of direct mail marketing, print was long considered best in class. Business was still decent enough when the U.S. Postal Service Office of Inspector General reported 213 billion pieces of mail were handled in 2008. That was then. Fast forward six years and most direct mail is distributed digitally.

But, while digital delivery offers a cheap and quick point of entry, it falls short of providing evidence that it works. Complaints about unwanted banners, pop-up ads and unrequested email have skyrocketed. Indicators point to an overload of online messages sent to folks who simply don’t want them. Toss in security breaches or computer viruses and the world of online marketing is plagued by too much noise.

Read the full story on Business NH Magazine.

Green Collar Careers: Dawn Price, Owner of The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat

Oct 28, 2014

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat, Foster's OnlineSeacoast OnlineThe New Hampshire and Patch

By Anna Murphy

Dawn Price is the proud owner of The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, a pet store and self-proclaimed education center boasting a plethora of all-natural, holistic and green pet products.

Price goes out of her way to thoroughly research merchandise and ensure every product stocked is the best available. At Natural Dog, you can find a multitude of green, all-natural products, including bamboo and hemp collars, lead-free bowls, beds and toys made from recycled materials, natural shampoos, biodegradable waste bags, snacks, biscuits, herbal and whole food supplements, flower essences and more.

A Registered Dietitian, Dawn Price is adamant about the importance of species specific foods and proper nutrition.

“We try to encourage consumers to think more about what is appropriate, meat based and non-processed food. Dogs and cats are not designed to eat lots of carbs and grain, but most popular dog foods are 60% carbs or more. This is not best option for health and longevity and can lead to all sorts of problems such as obesity, diabetes and UTIs. Pet food is a multi-billion dollar industry with a lot of gimmicks. We stress the importance of providing your pet with the same balanced nutrition you want for yourself.”

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Biofuel Firm Partners with Energy Auditing Company

Oct 28, 2014

Published on Fosters 

By Craig Robert Brown

NORTH HAMPTON — Last year, with some of the most frigid winter months on record, homeowners felt left in the cold by high home heating costs. This winter the U.S. Energy Department predicts lower home heating costs for customers, as crude oil prices dropped to an average $3.41 a gallon in September, 29 cents below the month of June’s average.

That number is estimated to continue to drop to an average of $3.14 a gallon in December, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s outlook for the 2014 and 2015 winter season.

While those numbers have some New Englanders breathing a sigh of relief, it also has many homeowners wondering if moderate temperatures and prices will continue.

Home heating is not an easy market to gamble with. Fuel options – propane, bioheat, oil – see fluctuating costs each year.

Two Seacoast companies are trying to make the uncertainty a little easier to deal with.

Read the full story on Fosters.

Combating Rising Fuel Prices and Staying Environmentally Conscious

Oct 28, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online and Patch.com

By Craig Robert Brown

NORTH HAMPTON – Last year, with some of the most frigid winter months on record, homeowners felt left in the cold by high home heating costs. But this winter the U.S. Energy Department predicts lower home heating costs for customers. This prediction comes as crude oil prices dropped to an average of $3.41 a gallon in September, 29 cents below the month of June’s average. That number is estimated to continue to drop to an average of $3.14 a gallon in December, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) short-term energy and winter fuels outlook for the 2014 and 2015 winter season.

And while those numbers have some New Englanders breathing a sigh of relief, it also has many homeowners thinking about the winter to come and wondering if the moderate temperatures seen through the fall will continue. A drastic drop in temperature like last year could send oil prices skyrocketing once again.

Home heating is not an easy market to gamble with. Fuel options – propane, Bioheat, oil – see fluctuating costs each year. Many people choose to switch their home heating option for a cheaper, more efficient product after the previous year’s expenses. So what are homeowners in the Northeast to do come this winter season? How can they ensure the lowest expenditure for their home heat, even if the downturn ends and fuel rates climb once again?

Three seacoast companies are making that dilemma a little easier.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online and Patch.com.

Acorn School Celebrates Fall Fundraisers

Oct 24, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

By Patrick Haigis

STRATHAM – For some students, the transition from hours outdoors in the summer to being herded into classrooms may come with a bit of a struggle. Let’s face it, not all kids flourish in a traditional classroom, which may lead to frustrations with school and learning. The Acorn School of Stratham allows kids to develop healthy, encouraging learning habits by forging (maybe even disguising) their love of outdoors and hands-on activities with education. To celebrate the new school year, and the unique atmosphere The Acorn School has created, they are hosting a Back to School Comedy Night from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 15 at Portsmouth Gaslight Co. The night includes food, drinks and laughter by comedian Wes Hazard, named one of “5 Boston Comedians to Watch” by the Boston Globe.

The night of the event the Acorn School will announce the winner of their ongoing 50/50 raffle. Only 200 raffle tickets are being sold at $50 a piece for a chance to win $5,000. Ticket purchases for the raffle will help support the Acorn School. The winner will be drawn at the fundraising event on Nov. 15, but participants do not need to be present to win. Those interested in the raffle should contact Chrissy Caron at cbakercaron@gmail.com for ticket information.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Little Green Homes rides small-house trend

Oct 22, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

By Michael McCord

A recent trend in sustainable housing is also one of the most obvious – building smaller from the beginning.

A case in point is a recently completed home on Kittery Point designed and built by Greenland-based Little Green Homes.

“The family had a home in Portsmouth but they wanted to downsize quite a bit,” says Jeff Stacy, business partner at Little Green Homes.

Late in 2013, the Portsmouth couple approached Stacy and fellow business partner Chris Redmond with their vision and goals for their new home for the two-adult, one-child family.The result is a comfortable two-story, two-bedroom home totaling 1,150 square feet, built with as many recycled and reused materials as possible – which included parts from an old barn.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.
 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Green Maids

Oct 21, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

Who: Green Maids

What: Launched in 2009, Green Maids is a residential and commercial green cleaning company that services New Hampshire and southern Maine. The company uses eco-friendly products and methods that are all-natural, biodegradable, Earth friendly, non-toxic, and EPA and Green Seal certified. Owner Johnmark O'Brien is adamant that keeping a home clean with organic or natural products can help alleviate, or prevent, respiratory illnesses, allergens and certain types of cancers. By making the switch to Green Maids, O'Brien says homeowners also contribute to the overall health of the environment; keeping harmful chemicals from leaching into the soil and drinking water sources. O'Brien purchased a Toyota Prius hybrid vehicle as Green Maids' company car to lower auto emissions when traveling to different job sites.

Where: P.O. Box 349, York Harbor, Maine Call: (207) 361-4445

Web: www.greenmaidscleaning.com

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald or Seacoast Online

Modern Sustainability and Historic Charm

Oct 21, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Herald, Seacoast Online, and Portsmouth Patch

By Sam Ueda

How do you renovate and rebuild a century-old home for sustainability, but keep its historic properties intact? It takes a lot of planning.

In an effort to preserve the city’s rich heritage, Portsmouth has strict standards on renovations in its historic district. Those standards established the framework for how one family is renovating its early 1900s South End house into a high-performance home that marries energy efficiency and sustainable building materials with preservation of historic character.

“This project showcases how houses that have existed for centuries can be updated to make them more comfortable and energy-efficient without losing their historic character,” said EcoSound Builders' Ethan Korpi.

Homeowners Patrik and Carin Frisk, natives of Sweden, moved to the Seacoast for work. Because they wanted to live in Portsmouth’s historic district, but wanted to do so with the least environmental impact possible, they recruited architect Anne Whitney, EcoSound Builders, The Green Cocoon and Minute Men Painters.

Dover Poised to Accept Free Gundalow

Oct 21, 2014

Originally published in Fosters Daily Democrat.

By Casey Conley

Gundalows sailed in local waters for centuries, bringing goods, people and wealth to the Garrison City. While the city's shipping heyday is long over, one of the historic vessels that made it possible could return to Dover for good.

The Gundalow Company of Portsmouth has offered to donate a replica gundalow to Dover at no charge. The City Council will consider the proposal during its Wednesday meeting at 7 p.m. at City Hall.

If approved, the city plans to install the 70-foot by 17-foot vessel Edward H. Adams in Henry Law Park next year. City Recreation Director Gary Bannon said the boat will be incorporated into the $400,000 playground improvement project scheduled for summer 2015.

“If all the things come together, in a week or so we will own a gundalow,” Bannon said. “It will be donated with no strings attached.”

A Popular Energy Collaboration

Oct 18, 2014

 Published on Hampton-North Hampton Patch

By Michael McCord

It’s not often that a company willingly hurts its own bottom line to help their customers save money. But that’s the case with the oil, propane and biofuel delivery companies Lamprey Energy and Simply Green Biofuels. With winter fast approaching, North Hampton-based Lamprey Energy and Simply Green have collaborated with Yankee Thermal Imaging on an energy audit program to help their customers create far more energy efficient homes and save on heating oil and biofuel costs this winter and beyond.

“We are always looking for ways to help our customers improve their energy efficiency,” said Jenny Marshall, director of marketing at Lamprey Energy and Simply Green. “Of course, it means less fuel sold but that means happier customers and a better environment. Also many customers have asked for energy audit recommendations over the years so this seemed like a great fit with Yankee Thermal Imaging.”

Read the full story at Hampton-North Hampton Patch.

Put Your Sneakers on to Support Great Bay

Oct 16, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online

By Madalyn Northcutt

STRATHAM - Runners participating in the Seacoast Road Race Series will have their last run of the series with the Great Bay Stewards Great Bay 5k on Oct. 25 in Stratham. Not only will the race provide an excellent opportunity to close out an incredible fall race season but it also offers runners a chance to support the Great Bay ecosystem.

The 16th Annual Great Bay 5K is hosted by the Great Bay Stewards and begins at 9 a.m. at Stratham Hill Park. Participants will finish the race at the Great Bay Discovery Center located at 89 Depot Road in Greenland.

“We have a fabulously scenic course,” said Peter Wellenberger, Executive Director of Great Bay Stewards. The Great Bay 5K was ranked in New England’s top ten favorite 5Ks because of the “great time of year to run, beautiful race route and the encouragement and community involvement is amazing,” according to Rhode Island Fit magazine.

Jay Diener has been organizing the 5K since it began in 1999. “It’s a lot of fun,” he said. According to Diener, the biggest change to the race in the last 15 years has been the technology. Road races now use bib-chip timing to record the runner’s times at the start and finish of the race. “That wasn’t the case years ago,” said Diener.

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch or Seacoast Online.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: The Green Cocoon

Oct 14, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

Who: The Green Cocoon

What: Launched in 2007 by plastics engineer Jim Materkowski and his business partner, the late Peter Strattner, both men saw room to grow an insulation business that was more than just a financially viable and energy-efficient service, but also something that provided environmentally sustainable options. Since that time, The Green Cocoon has grown to include a number of insulation services; such as spray-foam made from soybeans and recycled plastic bottles, recycled denim and a cellulose insulation made from recycled newspapers. Spray-foam insulation has grown in popularity over the years for its energy-eff

icient savings and is often applied to a home's basement or attic space where most energy is lost. The Green Cocoon offers a product that meets the strict requirements of traditional spray insulations to guarantee efficiency, but remains a completely green company.

Where: 141 Bridge Road, Salisbury, Mass.

Web: www.thegreencocoon.com

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Green Collar Careers: Tietjen Hynes, Water Quality Engineer at Redhook Brewery

Oct 14, 2014

Published in Foster's Daily Democrat, The New Hampshire, Patch and Seacoast Online

By Anna Murphy

A Dartmouth graduate, Tietjen Hynes helps to lead Redhook Brewery’s Portsmouth facility on a sustainable path to better business growth, profitability, operations, food and of course, great beer. The 30 year-old Water Quality Engineer enjoys working with her colleagues to come up with innovative ways to make Redhook Brewery a greener business.

Redhook opened their Portsmouth brewing facility and restaurant in 1996 in order to provide the east coast with fresh, high quality beer. Since then, Redhook has made great strides towards greener brewing, such as composting spent hops and reclaiming heat at the end of the brewing process to use towards brewing the next batch. Tietjen has helped Redhook cut down on their electric usage by installing motion sensors in the bathrooms and storerooms, and through the use of low energy LEDs and CFL light bulbs. Recently, the company began offsetting every kilowatt of energy used with wind power credits.

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Charting the Ocean: Blue Ocean Society Discover NH Sea Life

Oct 10, 2014

Published in Granite State Sentinel

By Ali Plankey

The ocean is a vast mystery. Marine naturalists Jen Kennedy and Dianna Schulte watched as the ocean – which makes up 70 percent of the Earth - was polluted and littered, overfished, and slowly degraded, until they could no longer sit back and consciously let the destruction continue. In 2001, they set out to raise awareness about local ocean life.

Kennedy and Schulte founded the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and made it their own personal missions to protect marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine. With the power of education they have slowly, but steadily, increased research and conservation efforts in the Gulf of Maine.

Read the full story in the Granite State Sentinel.

A Watershed Moment

Oct 10, 2014

Published in Portsmouth Patch and Fosters

By Patrick Haigis

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy and the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire will be celebrating their merger at the 12th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser with the theme “A Watershed Moment.” The event will take place on Friday, October 24 at 6:00 p.m. at Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center (100 Deer St, Portsmouth).

The Strafford Rivers Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust dedicated to protecting and conserving the natural resources, beauty and character of the land throughout the Strafford County region of New Hampshire. The Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire’s mission is to protect and sustain the land in our community for clean water, fresh food, outdoor recreation, healthy forests and wildlife. The organization has acquired more than 150 properties, totaling in excess of 9,300 acres of land. Both organizations achieve their missions through the promotion and acceptance of conservation easements, education and the acquisition and stewardship of land.

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch or Fosters.

A Canine Home Away From Home

Oct 9, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

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.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Price Protection Offers Piece of Mind in Uncertain Home Heating Market

Oct 8, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

By Craig Brown

NEWMARKET – With The Old Farmer’s Almanac calling for a colder season this year, including above-normal snowfall in the northeast, many New Hampshire residents are thinking about their fuel costs early.

To help homeowners prepare, Proulx Oil & Propane offers different fixed-rate plans for their selection of home heating options including oil, biofuel and propane, an environmentally-friendly option growing in popularity.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online

Meet a Green Alliance Business

Oct 7, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

Who: Aucella Heating & Cooling

What: Started in 2005, Aucella Heating & Cooling has built itself into one of the top HVAC companies in the greater Seacoast region, and it has done so by using top-of-the-line green products. Run by husband and wife team, Fay and Jay Aucella, the business offers installation and service of a wide range of options from the most standard, yet most efficient oil or propane heating systems to the unique options of ductless split heat pumps, hybrid ducted heat pump systems, solar thermal space heat, and domestic hot water systems and wood pellet boilers. Aucella does more than simply install a system, it looks at the home as a whole. Its small, qualified staff calculates operating cost savings for each installation, comparing overall savings and payback periods to the initial investment. Jay’s interest in the HVAC field began in college. He was surprised to learn most people don’t realize how an efficient heating and cooling system can reduce costs and lower environmental impacts. Today, Aucella Heating & Cooling puts environmental and homeowner needs at the forefront of its business.

Where: P.O. Box 598, Strafford

Web: www.aucellaheatac.com

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Green Collar Careers: 900 Degrees Pizzeria Owner Priscilla Lane-Rondeau

Oct 7, 2014

Published in FostersThe New Hampshire and Patch

By Anna Murphy

Voted Best Gourmet Pizza by N.H. Magazine six years in a row, it’s definitely worth checking out 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria at either of their two locations, the newest in Epping and the original in Manchester. Owner Priscilla Lane-Rondeau is dedicated to providing her customers with the best wood-fired pizza around while simultaneously promoting green business practices and giving back to her local community. Using fresh, organic ingredients when possible and a wood fire oven that cooks Neapolitan-style pizza at an average temperature of 900 degrees fahrenheit, 900 Degrees serves pizza prepared in the traditional style native to Naples, Italy. In addition to their award-winning pizza, the menu also boasts mouth-watering appetizers, soups, sandwiches, entrees and desserts.

After 16 years working as an Employee Assistance Professional, or EAP, Lane- Rondeau decided she wanted to do something different and bring delicious, authentic Italian food to her community. Lane-Rondeau has been dedicated to living sustainably. When she conceived the idea for 900 Degrees with a friend who had restaurant experience in 2007, it was never a question that the business would be green as well.

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Going Green: The Green Cocoon Offers Sustainable Insulation Options

Oct 3, 2014

Published in Cape Ann Lifestyles magazine

By Nicholas Pierce

More than seven years ago, Jim Materkowski and Peter Strattner formed The Green Cocoon. At the time, ecofriendly building was coming to the forefront. The two friends flew out to the west to train and learn about spray foam products. Upon returning, they began the company from scratch in the town where they grew up. The wanted to keep close to home and get their start in the residential communities in Salisbury and the North Shore.

Strattner was the one who came up with The Green Cocoon name, and it was a stroke of genius. Insulation is the “cocoon” that wraps everyone's home in order to retain heat and energy. The company's mission is to be a leader in the industry and raise awareness about green living. Thus, The Green Cocoon brand was born.

Read the full story in Cape Ann Lifestyles magazine.

Green Collar Careers: Jesse Ware, Founder of Futuro Green Construction

Oct 2, 2014

Published in The New Hampshire and Fosters

By Theresa Conn

Jesse Ware is the founder of Futuro, an environmentally friendly construction company. The company takes pride in building healthy, energy independent homes at affordable prices. For Ware, becoming a sustainable builder came naturally; it runs in the family. Ware credits his father for passing down his interest in green construction. “It’s something I grew up with,” according to Ware, “and something I’m excited to spread.”

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

Jesse Ware (JW):
I love my job! I love everything about it. I like building clean, energy-efficient spaces for people to live or work in. I also really like learning about new developments can be applied to my business; the sustainable construction field is booming right now. It’s a good place to be.

TC: Where did you go to college? Does your college education help with your current job? What skills from college most prepared you for the work you do now?

JW: I spent some time at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. I was a little lost down there; I took some Liberal Arts classes, but I wasn’t sure that was what I wanted to do. I came home after a year and spent the summer working with my father. I’m a second-generation builder. Dad was a builder, a real visionary. He was out there in the 70’s and 80’s building energy efficient homes during the energy crisis. I grew up in a household where my father was keeping up on all the new building technologies. That rubbed off on me. I ended up thriving in the construction industry, and I still love it today.

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Blue Ocean’s Discovery Center Enjoys Tidal Wave of Success in First Year

Oct 2, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online and Fosters

By Kristyn Lak Miller

HAMPTON- “What’s this?” asked two-year-old Emmett, pointing excitedly at a crab. In quick succession, he asked the same question of a sea star, a horseshoe crab, a hermit crab, seaweed, and even a big rock. Emmett was standing on his tiptoes in front of a touch tank at the Blue Ocean Discovery Center, just beyond the waves on Hampton Beach. If the lights overhead went out, it’s a sure bet his ear-to-ear grin would have lit up the entire room. 

Run by the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation — a local non-profit organization that protects marine animals in the Gulf of Maine through education, research, and conservation — the Blue Ocean Discovery Center’s mission is to provide a family-friendly attraction where visitors learn about marine life, local and maritime history, and the action they can take to protect the marine environment.

More than 21,000 people have visited the Blue Ocean Discovery Center since it opened on June 29, 2013, with attendance rates three times higher during the summer of 2014 than the same time the previous year. Located at 170 Ocean Boulevard — slightly north of the Sea Shell Stage — admission is only $1 for anyone over the age of two (those younger are free) and the small space is bright and welcoming. “We have something for everyone, from toddlers to senior citizens,” said Jen Kennedy, Executive Director. “Our exhibits are engaging for every age group. And our educators have a wealth of information on marine biology, the local marine environment, and the local area.”
 

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N.H. House Committee Tours Londonderry Businesses

Oct 1, 2014

Originally published in the Eagle-Tribune

By Julie Huss 

LONDONDERRY — The New Hampshire House Environment and Agriculture Committee hit the road Friday to see a corporate recycling program and a popular apple orchard firsthand. Eight committee members toured the Coca-Cola facility on Symmes Drive to see its recycling program. Rep. John O'Connor, R-Derry, said visits like this are a regular part of the group's work.

He said lawmakers take several trips a year to offer advice on regulatory issues concerning food, environmental impact, or animal issues. "We get involved in anything with the environment," he said.

Rep. Lisa Whittemore, D-Londonderry, said she is impressed with what Coca-Cola is doing. "This has been very eye-opening for us to see the breadth and depth of the efforts they are making," she said.

At Coca-Cola, that includes taking simple items like small plastic straps and recycling them into building materials or textiles.
About 93 percent of all material that comes into the Londonderry plant is recycled in some way.

Ray Dube, Coca-Cola's sustainability manager, said the company has practiced environmentally safe measures for a long time. "We were sustainable before people knew what sustainability was," Dube said.

Read the full story on the Eagle-Tribune here.