News : January 2015

Green Initiatives Add Up for Coca-Cola of Northern New England

Jan 29, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.


By Michael McCord

PORTSMOUTH - Sustainability is a top to bottom, team effort at the Coca-Coca Co. of Northern New England. CCNNE’s operating philosophy welcomes all good ideas when it comes to recycling, energy efficiency, and better resource management.

“Little changes for us can mean big things,” said Ray Dube, the sustainability manager at CCNNE. The widespread sustainability measures at CCNNE’s state-of-the-art bottling plant in Londonderry, its 10 distribution centers (in New England and upstate New York), and its fleet of more than 500 vehicles have combined to make a significant difference in company operations.

CCNNE is a regional franchise and its sustainability initiatives are mostly its own. But the efforts correspond with a top score that the Coca-Cola Company received at the global corporate level from Climate Counts, the Durham-based nonprofit organization which brings together consumers and businesses to confront climate change and reduce carbon footprints.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online here. 

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Mary's Dogs

Jan 27, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online. 

Who: Mary's Dogs

What: At the head of the pack when it comes to dog rescue and adoption, Mary's Dogs, and Mary's Dogs Inn, has helped hundreds of dogs find forever homes throughout the state of New Hampshire. Started in her own home in Deerfield, Mary Doane had a focused and clear goal when she launched her business; to foster a dog rescue and adoption process aimed at rescuing and placing dogs as well as helping both pet and family transition into a new life.

Doane studied ecological theology in seminary school at Boston University. In 2001, she embarked on a project that encompassed the spiritual connection between human beings and the natural world. Doane's background helps her to educate others about the importance of the humane treatment of all species.

In 2014, Doane opened Mary's Dogs Inn, a canine daycare and boarding house that fulfills a state-required quarantine needed for dogs rescued from high-kill centers in the South. Working with these Southern shelters, Doane emphasizes finding the perfect home environment for each and every dog, regardless of age, breed, or temperament. In doing so, she seeks to enlighten potential adopters about the dog overpopulation crisis, and how they can do their part to help ease the burden currently being wrought on countless shelters around the country.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online here. 

Celebrate the Blizzard with a Free Lift Ticket to Cranmore Mountain

Jan 27, 2015

Originally published on Patch and Seacoast Online.

By Katelyn Monroe

PORTSMOUTH - Blizzard “Juno” is the first snowstorm to hit the Northeast in 2015, and sure is making a big impact with its cold temperatures and record snowfall. Here at the Green Alliance, we love to enjoy the beauty of a true New England winter and hope everyone is staying safe and warm during this storm. New England is well known for its cold weather and snow during the winter months, but these characteristics of our region are threatened by the changes associated with global climate change. The Green Alliance is excited to experience another Nor’Easter and hopes that the future generations are able to enjoy the same natural beauties of winter. In celebration of the first blizzard of the year, the Green Alliance is offering a free lift ticket to Cranmore Mountain to the first person to join today as a new Sustaining Member.

Blue Ocean Society Offering Birthday Parties With A Purpose

Jan 26, 2015

Originally posted on Fosters and Fosters.com.

PORTSMOUTH —Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is now hosting birthday parties and can bring a life-sized inflatable fin whale to your next birthday party or event.

At the end of 2014, Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation welcomed a new addition to the family, a 65-foot inflatable fin whale for educational programs and events. The whale is modeled after a real fin whale—Ladder, who Blue Ocean Society has been studying since 1996. Fin whales are the second largest animals to ever live on the planet reaching lengths of 60-70 feet long and weighing around 70 tons. The model is available for indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) programs at schools, libraries, Scout meetings, and now birthday parties and other events. Blue Ocean Society has partnered with the Rye Congregational Church and other venues in the Seacoast Region to provide space for birthday parties and events with the inflatable whale for families who do not have the space available.

Read the full story on Fosters Online here.

Sustainability A Common Thread Among Two Portsmouth Entrepreneurs

Jan 26, 2015

Originally published on Business NH Magazine Online.

By Mark Quirk

When Bill Buckley and Tom Pray met it was nothing short of fate in every sense. The two, both owners of local businesses, found an instant connection in their backgrounds, beliefs and common values regarding sustainability. The timing was perfect too. Buckley wanted to train in karate (which Pray teaches), while Pray wanted to practice the Taiji and Qigong that Buckley teaches. Now they both offer their services, as well as yoga, under one roof at Gateway Taiji, Qigong & Yoga studio on 875 Islington St. It’s become a one stop shop for martial arts and meditative healing based exercise.

“This is unique,” said Pray, who has been teaching Shotokan Karate since 1987. “You don’t find that blend of teaching anywhere.”

Read the full story on Business NH Magazine Online here

Hey Young Writers, NHPTV Wants Your Illustrated Stories

Jan 26, 2015

Originally published on the Merrimack Patch.

By Tony Schinella

Poetic tales, animal tales, tall tales, family tales, funny tales, magic tales, nature tales – any kind of illustrated tale can be entered in the NHPTV-PBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST sponsored by New Hampshire Public Television! This year marks the 21st NHPTV writing and illustrating contest for children, and with it a goal of 1,000 submissions from Granite State kids and schools.

Children in grades K – 3 are invited to submit their original illustrated stories to the NHPTV-PBS KIDS WRITERS CONTEST. The contest encourages children to explore the power of creativity by writing and illustrating their own stories, and it promotes reading skills through active learning. Contest guidelines and writing resources are available at nhptv.org/kidswrite; the deadline to submit stories is March 31.

Read the full story on the Merrimack Patch here.

Family Keeps Faith as Baby Battles Cancer

Jan 26, 2015

Former Green Alliance Director of Media Jim Cavan, and his wife Deana Cavan, continue their battle to keep their 9 month old son Everett "Rett" Cavan healthy. The story about Rett's battle with an aggressive form of cancer and the Cavan family's incredible resilience was published in both The Portsmouth Herald and Foster's Daily Democrat.

By Amy Bevan

When Jim and Deana Cavan welcomed their son Everett into the world last April, they knew he would change their lives forever. What they didn’t realize was just how much their first-born child, who is currently fighting for his life in a Boston hospital, could teach them about courage, resiliency, hope and the human spirit.

Nine-month-old “Rett” has been battling a rare and serious form of pediatric cancer after a rhabdoid tumor was discovered on his liver last fall. But despite a risky surgery to remove the mass and several rounds of chemotherapy to destroy additional cancer lesions on his lungs, this little boy and his parents remain positive about his recovery.

Read the full story on Fosters.com here and Seacoast Online here.

ENH, Great Bay Stewards in Power Partnership

Jan 23, 2015

Originally published in Foster's and on Fosters.com.

By Emily Norloff

ENH Power recently began collaborating with the Great Bay Stewards to raise awareness on sustainable issues.

Though slightly different in their respective business models, both businesses have a passion for helping people and the environment.

“The match between ENH Power and the Great Bay Stewards is a good one; it was honestly a no brainer,” said Peter Wellenberger, executive director of the Great Bay Stewards.

“It’s a natural fit and the collaboration thus far has been amazing,” agreed Julie Lapham, ENH Power’s community outreach coordinator. “I love these guys!”

Read the full story on Fosters.com here.

 

Hayseed to Feature House-made Foods That Compliment Beer Menu

Jan 23, 2015

Originally published in The Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online.

by Rachel Forrest

Chef Kevin Hahn has big plans for the menu at Hayseed, the new 95 seat restaurant (130 when we can finally sit outside) opening at Smuttynose Brewery in Hampton sometime in February.

The Spotlight Award-winning People's Choice Favorite Chef won't let me in on any specific dishes, mind you, but we talked about his approach, philosophy, and deviled eggs. I don't know if there will be deviled eggs on the menu, but we did talk about them. And one thing that won't be on the menu is nachos. For sure. No nachos.

When I first heard that Kevin Hahn was going to head up the kitchen at Hayseed I yelled out "perfect!" into the room. The dog barked. And it is the perfect fit. I first met Hahn long ago when he was at Crescent City Bistro in Dover and of course we know him as the chef at Pepperland Cafe in South Berwick, the place where our beloved Lindsey Altshul created not only a wonderful neighborhood vibe but one of the best beer programs on the Seacoast. Hahn is expert at the interplay between brew and food, and knows Smuttynose beers very well.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online here.

A Financial Approach to Sustainability

Jan 22, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online. 

By Michael McCord 

Jeff Hiatt believes that when it comes to sustainability, helping a business stabilize its expenses often can go hand-in-hand with environmental stewardship.

Hiatt is the founder of Performance Business Solutions. From their offices in Hampton Falls, PBS serves clients both locally and nationally. Through the firm’s multi-phase consulting approach, they have helped hundreds of clients save millions of dollars since 1995. The firm uses rigorous expense reviews and energyefficiency programs that can add to a company’s bottom line.

Hiatt is connected to many of his clients through CPAs. He consults on how commercial real estate and apartment building owners can use ‘Cost Segregation Studies’ to accelerate depreciation of their properties. “From there we can pivot into a conversation about other savings opportunities,” he said. The next stage can be reducing energy usage by creating energy through sources such as solar, wind and geo-thermal generation. “Engineering studies can be utilized to fully assess the energy efficiency of the client’s property. The studies help to reduce expense and increase profits.” 

Read the full story at Seacoast Online here. 

Aucella Heating and Cooling: Fueling a Smarter Home

Jan 20, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By Green Alliance

Aucella is more than the average HVAC company. Not only do they offer a wide range of unique options for your heating and cooling needs, such as a smartphone-controlled thermostat, they won’t install anything into a home that functions at under 95% efficiency. A family business, founded by Fay and Jay Aucella, sells some of the highest efficiency heating and cooling systems on the market.

The business is accredited by the Air Conditioning Contractors of America as a residential service, installation contractor and a quality assured contractor. Aucella is ACCA® certified as an Energy Star® partner company. A majority of the systems they install qualify for utility rebates and energy tax credits. Aucella truly works for their customers, guiding them through the rebate process to ensure that it goes smoothly.

Eco-friendly heating and cooling may seem expensive, but the reality is the consumer consistently pays less over time because of reduced operating costs. “It’s simple: the more efficient the system, the lower the operating cost,” said Jay. Aucella calculates operating cost savings for each installation, comparing overall savings and payback periods, to the initial investment. With tax rebates, reduced operating costs, and superior products and services, Aucella’s customers always save money over time.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online here.

Coca-Cola Northern New England's Green Initiatives Are Adding Up

Jan 20, 2015

Originally published on Business NH Magazine online.

By Michael McCord

Sustainability is a top to bottom team effort at Coca-Coca Co. of Northern New England (CCNNE), where the overarching operating philosophy welcomes all good ideas when it comes to recycling, energy efficiency, and better resource management.

“Little changes for us can mean big things,” said Ray Dube, sustainability manager at CCNNE in Londonderry. He says widespread sustainability measures at CCNNE’s state-of-the-art bottling plant in Londonderry, its 10 distribution centers (in New England and upstate New York), and its fleet of more than 500 vehicles have made a significant difference and their efforts correspond with a top score Coca-Cola Company received from Climate Counts, the Durham-based nonprofit organization that brings together consumers and businesses to confront climate change and reduce carbon footprints. (CCNNE is a regional franchise of Coca Cola.)

In its latest report card, Climate Counts graded Coca-Cola with an 85 score and a “Soaring” ranking, which is its top mark. In particular, Coca-Cola was recognized for measuring its companywide impact on global warming since 2002; for distinguishing itself by strongly advocating for comprehensive climate change policy; and establishing clear goals to reduce the company’s energy use and impact on global warming while working “to foster climate awareness among consumers, employees, and other businesses.”

Read the full story on Business NH Magazine online here.

It Pays to Think Outside the (Holiday) Box

Jan 20, 2015

Originally published on Business NH Magazine online.

By Kristyn Lak Miller

Giving a gift is an investment in a relationship, buying that gift locally is an investment in community, and making sure it’s a green gift is an investment in the future.

“Supporting local, green businesses offers tremendous ROI [return on investment],” says Sarah Brown, director of Green Alliance in Portsmouth. According to a Civic Economics study, she says independent retailers return 52 percent of revenue to the local economy compared to 14 percent for Big Box retailers. And according to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance, local stores help sustain a vibrant, walkable town center—as opposed to the big retailers that often reside on the edge of town—and are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

“Beyond economic and environmental benefits, shopping local cultivates community connections,” says Brown. “There’s really nothing like a shopkeeper greeting you by name, asking about your family, being more than just a fleeting face at the cash register.”

Read the full story on Business NH Magazine online here.

Green Collar Careers: Cornerstone Tree Care Owner Micum Davis

Jan 20, 2015

Originally published on Fosters and Fosters.com

By Anna Murphy

Some equate Micum Davis, owner of Cornerstone Tree Care, to the Lorax. Much like Dr. Suess’s lovable character, Davis always does what is best for the environment and the trees with which he works. At 38, Davis has already amassed a wealth of knowledge in the proper techniques to service trees and maintain their long-term health.

Because every tree has a unique form, Davis studies their basic structure before making his first move. From limbs interfering with power lines, trees blocking roads and walkways to injuries and property damage, trees can cause serious and life-threatening problems. Pruning eliminates existing hazards while preemptive work – removing dead or weak limbs - can help prevent damage during storms. In order to protect the trees from damage during pruning, Davis and his employees use a system of rope knots and belays to scale the trees without damaging the bark or using spikes in what he refers to as an “aerial circus act.”

Read the full story on Fosters.com here.

Ray Dube's Long Road to Sustainability

Jan 20, 2015

Originially published in the New Hampshire Business Review and Portsmouth Patch.

By Craig Robert Brown

Ray Dube took a beating. Years as a route jumper, delivery truck driver, and merchandiser had taken a toll on his body. He was physically and mentally worn. He knew he had to make a change. So he left his rig for a desk job, not knowing that when he left his truck's cab that final time, he would start on a career path he never envisioned himself on.

Today, Dube is Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England's sustainability manager, a position he's held since 2013, but it wasn't an easy milestone to reach.

A native of Manchester, Dube started with Coca-Cola's bottling franchise when he was in high school, loading delivery trucks after class. After graduation, the company hired Dube full-time. He worked there for a year before taking leave to join the Marine Corps. After a tour in Iraq during Desert Storm, Dube came home looking for a respite from being overseas, but was back to work the following week. 

Read the full story on Patch.com here

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Harbor Eyecare Center

Jan 20, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online.

Who: Harbor Eyecare Center

What: After its 2011 renovation, Harbor Eyecare Center moved to become a more sustainable business, incorporating efficient upgrades, instituting a comprehensive recycling program throughout the office, selling frames made of recycled materials and Miru contact lenses, which boast a two-thirds less carbon footprint than competitors' contact lenses.

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

Staff members at Harbor Eyecare Center believe that personal wellness is connected to communal and environmental health. In an effort to support the community, Harbor Eyecare's staff members volunteer their time to events, organizations and charities, such as Families First Health and Support Center, providing vision screenings during Portsmouth Children's Day and giving eye examinations to athletes at the New Hampshire Special Olympics as well as taking part in the 3K Walk for Sight, sponsored by the New Hampshire Association of the Blind.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online here

Purely Organic Proves What Was Once Trailblazing Is Now The Norm

Jan 20, 2015

Originally published on Business NH Magazine Online.

By Michael McCord

PORTSMOUTH - Purely Organic Lawn Care in Portsmouth 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 says.

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 says. While his small company struggled to find its footing, Palladino attributes early challenges to a marketplace unprepared for their brand and not fully ready to embrace sustainability. “We were ahead of our time,” he adds. “Most people preferred using chemicals and didn’t give much thought to what it was doing to the water supply or the health of their family.”

Read the full story here on Business NH Magazine Online here

Benefit Corporation Coming to New Hampshire

Jan 20, 2015

Originally published on Business NH Magazine Online.

By Anna Murphy 

PORTSMOUTH - On January 1, qualifying New Hampshire businesses became eligible to join corporations in over 25 states with a benefit corporation legal status. The Green Alliance, along with W.S. Badger Company, Inc. of Gilsum and Nearby Registry in Concord 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.

Read the full story on Business NH Magazine Online here. 

 

Print Bounces Back to the Top of Direct Mail Marketing

Jan 15, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

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 reported 213 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 Seacoast online here

NH Solar Garden Helps Customers Net Profits

Jan 13, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By: Mark Quirk

Andrew Kellar was way off his mark when he estimated his new company, NH Solar Garden, would work on about 1 megawatt worth of projects in its first year. Not even close.

Today, after opening the business in January of 2013, NH Solar Garden is working on 22 projects around the state that when done will produce close to 7 megawatts of power for its customers. Business has been booming, thanks in part to a favorable new law passed by the state earlier this year that allows for group net metering.

“This has been much further beyond my expectations,” Kellar said.

In fact, Kellar said his company has developed as many megawatts in its projects over the past seven months as the state has in the past seven years. NH Solar Garden, which tries to keep all of its business dealings local, is pumping money as well as clean energy into the local community.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online here and Portsmouth Patch here

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Kennebunk Savings

Jan 12, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online.

Who: Kennebunk Savings

What: Since 1994,the Community Promise program has contributed more than $9.5 million to organizations that provide arts and culture, civic programs, educational, environmental and human services.Kennebunk Savings also strives to be a green bank, providing customers with up-to-date technology such as mobile and online banking to reduce client commutes and paper waste. Kennebunk Savings has replaced all incandescent lights with high efficiency CFL and LED alternatives at its branches, along with instituting a company-wide recycling program and initiative to print less paper. All plumbing fixtures are energy efficient, requiring less water, and programmable HVAC units further prevent energy waste. Additionally, Kennebunk Savings takes strides to ensure both the outdoor lawn treatment and indoor cleaning products at its branches are either natural or organic. The company also conducts regular giveaways for its used furniture and office equipment, donating office supplies to Ruth's Reusable Resources in South Portland, Maine, and unused furniture to nonprofit organizations.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online here.

Green Collar Careers: Cornerstone Tree Care Owner Micum Davis

Jan 8, 2015

Originally published on Seacoast Online.

By Anna Murphy

Some equate Micum Davis, owner of Cornerstone Tree Care, to the Lorax. Much like Dr. Suess’s lovable character, Davis always does what is best for the environment and the trees with which he works. At 38, Davis has already amassed a wealth of knowledge in the proper techniques to service trees and maintain their long-term health.

Because every tree has a unique form, Davis studies their basic structure before making his first move. From limbs interfering with power lines, trees blocking roads and walkways to injuries and property damage, trees can cause serious and life-threatening problems. Pruning eliminates existing hazards while preemptive work – removing dead or weak limbs – can help prevent damage during storms. In order to protect the trees from damage during pruning, Davis and his employees use a system of rope knots and belays to scale the trees without damaging the bark or using spikes in what he refers to as an “aerial circus act.”

Read the full story on Seacoast Online here.

Local Restaurant Moves to Environmentally-friendly Cleaning Products

Jan 8, 2015

Originally published on Portsmouth Patch and Business NH Magazine Online.  

By Anna Murphy

EPPING - 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, located in Manchester and a second location in Epping, has been a paragon of sustainable business practices for the past seven years. There is a sense of sustainability from the moment you walk in, be it the reclaimed, efficient décor, the fresh food made with organic ingredients whenever possible, or now, the use of all green certified cleaning products.

The pizzeria strives to lessen its environmental impact whenever possible. A Green Alliance member, 900 Degrees owner Priscilla Lane-Rondue has held sustainable living close to her heart for her entire life.

“For me, going green is always my first choice,” said Lane-Rondeau. “I truly believe in it.”

Recently, 900 Degrees made the switch to cleaning with green certified cleaning supplies, thereby keeping the harsh chemicals found in most commercial-grade cleaning products off the table tops, out of the kitchen and out of their waste-stream. 

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch here or on Business NH Magazine Online here

Aucella Heating & Cooling Announces Winner of Winter Heating System Giveaway

Jan 8, 2015

Originally published on Free Press Release Center and Digital Journal.

Aucella Heating & Cooling, one of the leading heating and air conditioning specialists in the Seacoast area, announced the winner of the company’s Winter Heating System Giveaway contest. Contest entrant Mark from Kingston, N.H. will have the opportunity to have Aucella install a brand new heating system valued at as much as $5,000. Like other qualified entrants, contest winner Mark had an existing heating system that was at least 15 years old, and his will be replaced by a new, highly efficient one specially selected by Aucella Heating & Cooling.

“We’d like to thank everyone who entered our Winter Heating System Giveaway and congratulate winner Mark from Kingston,” Aucella Heating & Cooling founder and owner Ray Aucella said, “Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more great contests and specials, like the discounts we are currently offering to New Hampshire Green Alliance members.”

Read the full story on Free Press Release Center here.

Read the full story on Digital Journal here.

Should Investors Engage or Divest with Fossil-fuel Dominant Energy Companies?

Jan 7, 2015

Originally Published on Seacoast Online. 

By Michael McCord 

NEWMARKET – One of the hottest, ongoing debates in the Socially Responsible Investing (SRI) community is one that gets to the heart of the ecological dilemma of our times – should investors divest from or engage with fossil-fuel dominant energy companies?

Mike Smith, the Newmarket-based representative for the Progressive Asset Management Group, the socially responsible investment division of Financial West Group, said the debate was sparked in 2008 when renowned environmental activist Bill McKibbon led a movement to divest from the 200 top energy companies. Since then major SRI mutual funds have taken strong positions on whether total divestment or more engagement (or a mixture of both) with these companies is the proper strategy.

Major SRI mutual funds have taken strong positions on total divestment or more engagement (or a mixture of both) with fossil-fuel dominant energy companies.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online here. 

Green Collar Careers: Larry Russell, Northwestern Mutual Financial Representative

Jan 6, 2015

Originally published in Fosters.

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.

Russell is proud to be a part of a company that considers people and sustainability. Northwestern has been around since 1870.

What do you like most about your job?

Larry Russell (LR): I like knowing that I add value to my clients’ situation. The kind of work that I do revolves around risk management, which concerns health, life, disability and extended care insurance. Additionally, I help people with savings and wealth creations using the tax efficiencies of the government such 401K, SEPS, Roths and IRA’s to create short and long term plans that are seamless. If they pass away or become disabled in the short term, which could be as long as 25 years, their family situation does not have to change. If they live longer than that, I help them use that money for retirement. I help people when it comes to planning for their futures no matter the circumstance.

Read the full story on Fosters.com here.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance

Jan 6, 2015

Originally published in the Portsmouth Herald

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance provides home, auto, health and life insurance to more than 1,500 clients throughout Massachusetts, Seacoast New Hampshire and southern Maine. In addition to offering a localized experience for its clients, Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance is committed to being one of the greenest agencies in the region. Incorporating a paperless agency management system nearly a decade ago, the firm sends up to 95 percent of quotes through e-mail. Documents are digitized as PDFs to reduce paper waste and Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance recycles all printer and toner cartridges.

Owner Jon Merwin, an independent broker, uses an environmental printing company when the firm does rely on printed materials, using soy inks instead of petroleum-based inks, and prints on 100 percent recycled paper. Merwin says that going with an independent insurance firm over big-name insurance companies allow for a broker such as himself to offer clients different, and sometimes better, options for coverage. Generally, a brand-name firm sells clients its company's in-house insurance, locking the client into a policy with increasing premiums over time. Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance’s costs of customer acquisition are low as most of its clients come from word-of-mouth referrals from local Realtors and mortgage brokers.

Read the full story on Seacoast Online here.