News : November 2014

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Get It Going, LLC

Nov 25, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

Who: Get It Going, LLC

What: Jill Spring uses her lifestyle and apparel company, Get It Going, to spread a message of positive living and environmental stewardship. Since 2009, Get it Going has designed and sold T-shirts, hoodies, stickers and more, promoting positivity and an awareness of health, wellness and environmental issues. The company prides itself on creating products made with locally and sustainably sourced materials that have a low-impact on the environment. Get it Going works with people in the local community on the product's overall design and message. All of the company's products are made in the United States with organic materials when available. Get it Going gives back $1 on each item sold to an organization, team, school or group of the designer's choice that is active in bettering the local community. Spring believes that by working with community members on her product's designs and statements, Get it Going will inspire a greener and more rewarding way of life.

Where: 4 Woodridge Lane, North Hampton

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald or on Seacost Online.

Green Collar Careers: Larry Russell, Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative

Nov 25, 2014

Published in The New Hampshire and Patch

By Anna Murphy

When most people think about sustainability, insurance is not the first thing that comes to mind. Larry Russell is not like most people. For Russell, a Financial Representative at Northwestern Mutual, insurance and finance are at the center of sustainability.

Russell works with his clients to ensure they have well thought out objectives, clear action steps, and a realistic timetable to achieve their financial goals, while protecting the people and things they care about most.

The Massachusetts native prides himself on helping a diverse selection of families, businesses and individuals reach their fiscal goals and plan for the long term while remaining both environmentally and financially sustainable. Part of that comes from Russell's desire to provide people with a sense of security.

To see the full story in TNH, click here and flip to page 9.
Click here to read the complete story on Patch.

People Choosing Adjustments More, Meds Less

Nov 21, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

By Kristyn Lak Miller

SOUTH BERWICK, Maine — Earlier this year, the World Health Organization (WHO) published a Global Report on Antimicrobial Resistance emphasizing the importance of protecting the effectiveness of antibiotics against common and life-threatening infections. Doing so would help avoid what the WHO warned will be a post-antibiotic era in which common infections and minor injuries can kill. Adjusting to life without antibiotics takes a literal turn when corrective chiropractic care regularly helps address health concerns well beyond back pain.

“Many people seek us out as an alternative to conventional therapies like antibiotics given for ear infections,” said Dr. Seth LaFlamme of Great Works Chiropractic in South Berwick, Maine. “Our patients come in hoping to avoid the drawbacks of other more invasive interventions that often have undesirable side effects. After care, we often find those interventions become unnecessary. It’s not that we’ve sought to replace them, we just attempt to facilitate proper function and healing first, in non-emergency situations only, through a course of neuro-structural correction.”

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Eye Health and Diabetes; A Strong Link

Nov 19, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online

By Matthew McCord

PORTSMOUTH – At least a few times a month, a normal eye exam by Dr. Sarah Hudson leads to a recommendation that the patient undergo further testing to check for diabetes.

Hudson, the co-owner with Dr. Amy Pruszenski of Harbor Eyecare Center in Portsmouth, said there is a simple reason for the possible detection of diabetes.

“The eyes let us see and learn about the overall health of our patients. There are more than 200 diseases that can be detected through an eye exam,” Hudson said.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Green Alliance Holds Forum to Help Small Progressive Businesses with Social Media and Staffing

Nov 18, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

By Katie Seraikas

PORTSMOUTH- Running a business is a lot like solving a puzzle. There are so many pieces that need to come together to get you to that final product or vision. You can work tirelessly at the puzzle, arranging the mish mashed shapes into a cohesive unit, only to find you’re missing a piece. With a lot of focus and attentiveness, the puzzle will eventually come together but most small business owners need help.

“One of the things we have found that most of our partnering businesses struggle with, is using the ever-changing social media landscape to help grow a business or a brand and the other common problem area for many small biz owners is hiring, firing and managing existing employees,” explains Sarah Brown, Green Alliance director and founder. “So we thought we’d bring folks together with experts in these fields and help to get them educated on strategies that work!”

Read the full story onSeacoast Online

Windows to the Body: The Link Between Eye Health and Diabetes

Nov 18, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch

By Michael McCord

PORTSMOUTH – At least a few times a month, a normal eye exam by Dr. Sarah Hudson leads to a recommendation that the patient undergo further testing to check for diabetes.

Hudson, the co-owner with Dr. Amy Pruszenski of Harbor Eyecare Center in Portsmouth, said there is a simple reason for the possible detection of diabetes. “The eyes let us see and learn about the overall health of our patients. There are more than 200 diseases that can be detected through an eye exam,” Hudson said.

November is National Diabetes Month and Hudson said despite overall public knowledge about the dangers of diabetes, most patients don’t make the connection between annual eye exams and detecting diabetes. Eye exams can be a critical step in early diabetes diagnosis and treatment.

Read the full story on Patch.com.

Nonprofit Looks to Keep Boardwalk Afloat in the Great Bay

Nov 18, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch

By Mark Quirk

Whenever a school bus pulls into the Great Bay Discovery Center, Peter Wellenberger can’t help but chuckle to himself. Seeing the smiling, amazed looks on the children’s faces as they exit the bus and look at the Great Bay Estuary never gets old for him. But the real joy comes later.

“What’s really exciting is when a school bus comes with school kids and (some of the children) come back on Saturday with their family,” said Wellenberger, executive director of the Great Bay Stewards. “It’s just a great place to go.”

For 22 years one of the biggest attractions at the center has been the quarter-mile boardwalk that meanders through and around the Great Bay Estuary. With its unique view of the Great Bay and the wildlife that lives there, it has also served as an educational tool. Thousands of local school children and adults have utilized the boardwalk over the years to better understand the importance of the bay’s ecosystem.

Read the full story on Patch.com.

Benefit Corporation Coming to New Hampshire; Progressive Businesses Strive to Be Early Adopters of Novel Legislation

Nov 18, 2014

Published in Seacoast Online and Patch

Starting January 1, 2015, qualifying New Hampshire businesses can join corporations in over 25 states with a benefit corporation legal status. The Green Alliance, along with W.S. Badger Company, Inc. and Nearby Registry hope to be among the first in the state to adopt this status. This new legislation will help companies include both the public and the environment in their business plans in a new, defendable and promotable way.

Companies that choose benefit corporation status pledge to make a tangible, positive impact on the environment and the community. Businesses designated as benefit corporations make a commitment to meet higher standards of corporate purpose, accountability and transparency. These companies account not only for profit in their business plan but also include people and the environment in what is known as the triple bottom line.

Click here to read the full story on Seacoast Online
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Meet a Green Alliance Business: Larry Russell, Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual

Nov 17, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online

Who: Larry Russell, Financial Representative for Northwestern Mutual

What: As a financial representative with Northwestern Mutual, Larry Russell takes into account his client's wellness and lifestyle choices, a key component when developing what Russell refers to as the pyramid of wealth health. Looking at health, dental, life, disability and long-term care insurances, Russell develops three-tiers of financial planning: risk management, savings and wealth creation, legacy or estate planning and estate distribution. Russell believes that living a more sustainable life is not only good for a person's own health and the health of the environment, but is also valuable for financial health. Russell can help clients discover mutual funds with green or socially-responsible companies and offer the eco-focused community a method to plan for a future that stays true to their green values. In his day-to-day dealings with clients and in the office, Russell is adamant about implementing an in-office recycling system, using a digital filing system instead of paper and emailing documents in lieu of standard mailing practices.

Where: 30 International Drive, Suite 101, Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth.

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

Is group net metering the new model for energy?

Nov 14, 2014

Published in New Hampshire Magazine

By Jeff Woodburn

“God made the country,” observed 16th century poet and hymnodist William Cowper, “and man made the town.” Here in North Sandwich — between the foothills of Mount Whiteface, one of the White Mountains’ smallest 4,000 footers and the village of Center Sandwich — the idyllic scene that opened each episode of the 1980s sitcom “Newhart” is the Dragonfly Yoga Barn Studio and Retreat.

It is a cluster of 18th century barns that have been recycled and repurposed into a yoga retreat by Declan and Katie O’Connell. But hidden beyond the peace and serenity of this spot is a cutting-edge, small-scale energy generation project that changes not so much how energy is produced but how it is shared and financed. It is a model that is creating a boomlet in small ventures.

Read the full story in New Hampshire Magazine.

Little Green Homes Increasingly Popular

Nov 14, 2014

Published in Business NH Magazine

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,” said 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 much recycled and reused material as possible – which included parts from an old barn.

The new structure has a cupola, sliding glass door for a wide natural view, and a durable metal roof. It also maximizes space utility and leverages insulation to create a comfortable, energy efficient home.

Read the full story here.

Green Collar Careers: Jen Kennedy, Co-founder of the Blue Ocean Society

Nov 13, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online, The New Hampshire and Patch

By Anna Murphy

UNH and Cornell graduate Jen Kennedy, along with research partner, Dianna Schulte, founded the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation in 2001 with the mission to protect marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine through education, research and conservation. Since then, the organization has grown to include the Blue Ocean Discovery Center at Hampton Beach. A non-profit research and education organization, BOS strives to connect the public with marine life and the coastal environment. Part of that connection includes inspiring and encouraging young, future marine biologists' interest in marine life conservation.

Through several outreach programs, the Blue Ocean Society brings the Gulf of Maine to children with engaging, age-appropriate learning. School and group programs include: Traveling Tide Pools, Marine Biology Day, Bag It (a presentation about America's dependence on plastic bags) and Get "Eaten" by an Inflatable Whale, the last of which includes an interactive program where students walk inside a 65 foot, blow-up fin whale named Ladder.

Read the entire story on Seacoast Online by clicking here.

To read to complete story in TNH, click here and go to page 15. 

Click here to read the full story on Patch.

 

Green Story: Site Structures Landscape, Inc.

Nov 13, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

Site Structures Landscape, Inc. Bringing “Green” Back to Landscaping

Site Structures Landscape, Inc. offers customers a winning combination of innovative lawn care, honest work, and green alternatives in an industry known for harmful use of pesticides and chemicals. Owner Charlie Bourdages launched the Eliot, Maine company in 1996. Since then, he and his team have found a myriad of ways to incorporate sustainability into their landscaping (lawns, gardens, etc.) and hardscaping (stone, pavement, and brick) practices. New clients meet with project managers Ben Woods and Curt Rose to discuss their “green” options. According to Nicole Tracy, the office manager of Site Structures, their commitment to sustainability came about naturally. “It’s simple; we live here,” she explains. “We want to be responsible members of our community. By treating our planet well, we’re helping both the environment and the people in the communities we serve. It’s the backbone of what we do.”

Site Structures has found many creative ways to make their business practices more sustainable. They are huge proponents of chemical free lawn care, and promote their environmentally friendly services in their pamphlets and monthly email blasts. Site Structures is also a member of Seacoast Buy Local. Whenever possible, they source their building and lawn care materials locally, supporting our New England economies and decreasing their carbon footprint. They also purchase their business cards and uniforms from local vendors.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Newmarket Dental Goes Green In Style

Nov 13, 2014

Published in New Hampshire Magazine

By Sam Ueda

Let’s face it — dentists aren’t widely regarded as the stylish trendsetters of our society. Nate Swanson of Newmarket Dental, however, has broken the mold by designing a modernized office with a twist, using vintage, reclaimed and recycled materials. It’s truly a hip design, but the real kicker is its sustainable edge.

The office is a clever combination of vintage décor in a sleek, modern layout, with a monochromatic, industrial color scheme. In the waiting room, magazines and lamps sit on top of reclaimed typewriter stands. Edison-style bulbs hang above the front desk, which is lined with a tin roof-style metal. The walls are decorated with Dr. Swanson’s private collection of antique toothpaste ads and dentist’s charts.

In the chair, which was moved from the old office, patients are surrounded by LEED-certified cabinetry, linseed-based linoleum, motion-sensing LED lights and a synthetic recycled floor that resembles aged wooden boards. It does, in many ways, resemble the imagery of an antique mill building, but with the clean and bright comfort of a healthcare facility.

Read the full story on nhmagazine.com.

A Worthy Conversion with NH company Leading the Charge

Nov 13, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

By Michael McCord

NEWMARKET – What does the Mount Washington Auto Road have in common with a school transportation company in Brentwood? Both organizations are either planning to convert or have converted vehicles to run on Autogas, or propane fuel. It’s an energy efficient and cleaner-burning trend that is taking place all over the country, including right here at home in New Hampshire.

It's estimated that Proulx's AutoGas program will save Power Provider vehicles $1.50 to $2 a gallon on fuel.
Proulx Oil and Propane in Newmarket is the driving force behind the slow but steady growth of Autogas in the region. Company president Jim Proulx has become an Autogas evangelist in part because he tested out a conversion on his personal vehicle and has converted almost 75 percent of his company’s service fleet. He believes “the numbers don’t lie” that Autogas makes sound business sense as a reliable alternative fuel.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

NH Solar Garden Will Install Solar Panels

Nov 11, 2014

Published on Fosters

By Marylin Pike

MILTON- The board of selectmen are in a lease contract with NH Solar Garden. NH Solar Garden will install solar panels on the capped landfill at the transfer station. NH Solar garden sells electricity received from the solar panels to PSNH.

The board of selectmen are looking for local businesses to join the town in participating in the NH Solar Garden program. This is similar to joining a membership club and will allow a participant to save one cent off the retail price of electricity. In order to participate, the business must be a PSNH customer and receive their electric bills directly from PSNH and not a third party provider. The program entails the participants to remain with PSNH and pay their normal monthly bill to PSNH.

Read the full story on Fosters.com.

Print Bounces Back to the Top of Direct Mail Marketing

Nov 7, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch

By Barbara Perkins

EAST HAMPSTEAD - 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 reported213 billion pieces of mail were handled in 2008. That was then. Today most direct mail marketing is distributed digitally.

While digital, offers a cheap and quick point of entry, it falls short at 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 being sent to folks who don’t want to hear them. Toss in security breaches or computer viruses and the world of online marketing is not only plagued by too much noise, it is now all-out interruptions.

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch.

Green Alliance Holds Forum to Help Small Progressive Businesses with Social Media and Staffing

Nov 6, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch

By Katie Seraikas

PORTSMOUTH - Running a business is a lot like solving a puzzle. There are so many pieces that need to come together to get you to that final product or vision. You can work tirelessly at the puzzle, arranging the mish mashed shapes into a cohesive unit, only to find you’re missing a piece. With a lot of focus and attentiveness, the puzzle will eventually come together but most small business owners need help.

“One of the things we have found that most of our partnering businesses struggle with, is using the ever-changing social media landscape to help grow a business or a brand and the other common problem area for many small biz owners is hiring, firing and managing existing employees,” explains Sarah Brown, GA Director and founder. “So we thought we’d bring folks together with experts in these fields and help to get them educated on strategies that work!”

Read the full story on Patch.com.

Developing A Sustainable Masterpiece

Nov 6, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

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.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria Featured on the Phantom Gourmet

Nov 5, 2014

If you're a foodie living in New England, then you're probably a regular viewer of myTV38's Phantom Gourmet. The show highlights the best of the region's different restaurants - from comfort food diners to upscale, full-course restaurants. It's no surprise that the Phantom Gourmet would stop by 900 Degrees' Manchester location to sample some of the restaurant's authentic Neapolitan-style pizza. If you missed the episode, check out the segment below. 

See the full story on on the Phantom Gourmet website.

Ridgeview Construction Honored at Cornerstone Awards

Nov 5, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online and Portsmouth Patch

By Patrick Haigis

MANCHESTER- The Annual Cornerstone Awards was held recently at the New Hampshire Institute of Art in Manchester, N.H. The Cornerstone Awards are produced by the New Hampshire Home Builders Association Sales & Marketing Council and are presented yearly to recognize excellence in all areas of the building industry including design, remodeling, new construction, landscaping and special features. Ridgeview Construction was one of the companies honored at the ceremony, receiving three awards for their commitment to sustainable construction.

Shane Carter of Ridgeview Construction was honored with two Cornerstone Awards in October.
Ridgeview was a Gold Winner for the Modern Lake Home category, which highlighted the best complete teardown and build of a modern lakefront home and Historical Farmhouse Modernization, which focuses on the updating and modernizing of a historical farm. Ridgeview was also given the Silver Winner award in the net-zero Home category.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online or Portsmouth Patch.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Green Earth Baby Works

Nov 4, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online and Portsmouth Herald

Who: Green Earth Baby Works

What: Green Earth Baby Works, is a storefront and online cloth diaper retailer, offering a wide-range of cloth diaper products, accessories, and services in an industry known to produce an abundance of waste that threatens the environment. The average child uses 6,000 to 8,000 disposable diapers in their first three years, much of which sits in a landfill for decades. Disposable diapers also expose children to toxic chemicals that act as irritants and can cause severe rashes.Green Earth Baby Works offers a number of different monthly service plans for a cost-effective alternative to disposable diapers. The company provides diaper delivery and pickup service to Rockingham and Strafford counties in New Hampshire as well as southern Maine and northern Mass.Green Earth Baby Works will wash the cloth diapers for customers, or customers can purchase 100 percent natural compound detergents in store or online to safely and effectively clean soiled laundry at home. Green Earth Baby Works is the only cloth diaper service in the state of New Hampshire and recently opened a sister operation, Green Earth Laundry Works, offering local businesses green laundry services.

Where: 285 Calef Highway, Unit 4, Epping

Web: www.greenearthbabyworks.com

Phone: (603) 292-6500

Read the full story on Seacoast Online or on Portsmouth Herald