Fall is officially upon us: the leaves are changing, the chill in the air is sweeping in, and before we know it, we’ll be singing Christmas carols!
Just kidding. Let’s enjoy what we have right now, which is the incredible beauty that autumn in New England brings. Speaking of which, if you’ve considered becoming one of our highly revered Sustaining Members, you can secure two spots on the Gundalow this Sunday, October 5th, as we sail the Piscataqua and enjoy the beautiful foliage! The sailing season is nearing its close, and we’re going to go out in style. Email email@example.com to RSVP for the sail.
It’s also about time to start thinking about the efficiency of your house. Don’t let that precious heat escape your home this winter – reduce your carbon footprint and save some dough with the help of Yankee Thermal Imaging and Simply Green. Right now, Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering a whopping 50% off their thermal imaging assessment with the Home Comfort Plan. They can let you know all the problem areas of your home, where you're losing heat, and how to fix it. And to sweeten the deal, if you’re a Simply Green customer, you get a $50 credit on your next fill-up! Read about it below.
Looking to get a few more 5Ks under your belt before the end of the year? The Great Bay Stewards Great Bay 5K is one of New England’s favorite races, and for good reason. Check our events calendar or click here for more information.
An Insulation Boom
A Durham family got a pleasant summer surprise following the installation of spray foam insulation in their home.“We expected to see a heat reduction this winter but we won’t know just how much for a while,” says Jeanne Wishengrad. “One thing we didn’t expect though was the impressive cooling effects of this insulation in the summer months. We were very pleased that the house, especially the second floor, has been significantly cooler this summer.”
Wishengrad says the project – which was designed and completed by The Green Cocoon – in the attic space of their home, included the removal of old insulation, the addition of new vents, and spray foam with 25 percent recycled plastic material. Wishengrad says the insulation application in June was part of a major energy efficiency plan that she and her husband began a few years ago. They have a long-term goal of becoming net zero in energy use even with the addition of air conditioning. Read the rest of the story here.
GA members save $100 on all foam and denim insulation jobs between $3,000 and $5,000! Or save $200 on all foam and denim insulation jobs of $5,000 or more!
People Choosing Adjustments More, Meds Less
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 rest of the story here.
When it comes to heating your home in the winter, there’s only one thing on everyone’s minds: the cost. There are many different ways to save, like buying oil early, price locking, cleaning your furnace, throwing an extra blanket on the bed, etc., but there are also preventative measures you can take to make your home more energy efficient, saving money and the environment in the process. If you want to get to the root of your house’s heating problems - say, a drafty closet or front door, there are professionals who can identify exactly where those spots exist - those professionals go by the name Yankee Thermal Imaging.
If you’re a Simply Green Biofuels or Lamprey Energy customer and you call Yankee Thermal Imaging before October 15th, you’ll receive a 50% discount on your thermal imaging assessment - that's a value of $150! Yankee Thermal Imaging will conduct a thermal insulation inspection of your entire home, with a blower door test included at half price. And as if that’s not enough of a deal, Simply Green and Lamprey Energy will knock a full $50 off your next fuel delivery. Did we mention that Green Alliance members already receive 10 cents per gallon off B5 and B20 heating oil? Read the rest of the story here.
Proulx Autogas Converts Vehicle Fleets to Earth-Friendly Fuel
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 NH.
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 rest of the story here.
Your GA Membership saves you $0.10 per gallon on vehicles fueling at Proulx's Newmarket location! Additionally, GA members receive 7 cents off posted per-gallon price of B5 Heating Oil and 10 to 25 cents off posted price for propane!
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Blue Ocean Discovery Center's Tidal Wave of Success
“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.
At the center, children and adults are invited to see, gently hold, and interact with live marine creatures from the Gulf of Maine, complete a take-home craft, participate in a scavenger hunt, and learn lessons from Mother Earth herself. With marine-themed toys, books, and artifacts, not to mention the perennially popular touch tanks, the center is also a perfect place to host a birthday party. Read the rest of the story here.
GA Members receive FREE admission to the Blue Ocean Discovery Center! Also save 10% on all items in Blue Ocean Society's online store (enter the promo code GA10)
Aucella Heating and Cooling: Fueling a Smarter Home
Aucella Heating and Cooling 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, this HVAC company sells some of the highest efficiency heating and cooling systems on the market.
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 rest of the story here.
Its 7:00 a.m., I’m in the backseat of my mom’s car, peaking my head out the window trying to catch the wind in my mouth. We take a left into my second home, and my tail starts to wag with excitement. Another day with my friends! Mom stops the car, takes my leash and I sprint to the door to see who has arrived already!
Once inside, my mom hands me off and leaves, but I don’t mind. The humans here are so nice, plus I have so much room to run around and play with my friends, that I hardly even notice she is gone. After getting my toys, catching up with my friends, and meeting the new dogs, I am let out… I didn’t even realize I had to go to the bathroom! These humans seem to read my mind. It’s only 7:45 and they already are treating me like a princess. There are only nine other dogs here, so I know I’ll get plenty of attention.
When I come back in from using the bathroom, I know what time it is (talk about a salivating dog)… I really love breakfast time, and while I love my friends, I appreciate having this time alone—not that I’m not a great sharer, but I definitely prefer to not share. Read the rest of the story here.
GA Members Receive a FREE gift basket -- complete with informational books, organic shampoo, wipes, and other accessories -- when you adopt a dog through Mary's Dogs!
900 Degrees Pizzeria Turns Up the Heat for Green
There are many reasons why three in five restaurants fail within five years of throwing open the doors: overly ambitious business plans, tough competition, lack of a coherent marketing strategy. The list goes on.
More often than not, however, it’s the daily margins – how much you’re making on every burger, salad, or sundae – that prove the impossible puzzle. So it shouldn’t surprise anyone that going green out of the gate is seen by many a restaurateur as a dangerous luxury, a way to all but guarantee a quick- ticking clock to broke and belly up. Priscilla Lane-Rondeau never bought into that false equivalency, and her business – Manchester’s famed 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria, which opened a second location in Epping last winter – is about to go to the next level because of it.
“It’s not like I’m alone on this – customers really do want it,” Lane-Rondeau exclaims. “People go out of their way to tell us how supportive they are of our practices. I even had one woman call me and ask whether any of our ingredients used GMOs. I appreciate that. People are coming here because it’s a green restaurant – because it’s the right thing to do - but also because it's delicious.”Read the rest of the story here.
The Green Alliance is Hiring a Community & Member Manager
Are you interested in environmentally friendly businesses and working to develop public awareness about sustainability? The Green Alliance is looking for a Community & Member Manager! If you have the skills and passion to work with the Green Alliance, we encourage you to learn more about the position and apply to be our Community and Member Manager! Applicants must apply via this Jobscore link.
The Green Alliance Community & Member Manager supports all tiers of the company with a special emphasis on managing, running and growing the Green Alliance Green Card and Green Families Club membership and integrating the individual member aspect of the company with the Business Partner piece of the business. The C&M Manager also doubles as the primary Administrative person for the Green Alliance, thus the best candidate has exceptional administrative, customer service and creative brand growth and marketing skills. The CM works alongside the Director to provide support and services for both consumer members and Business Partners of the GA. Apply here.
A Watershed Moment
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).
Look for your chance in the coming week to win two free tickets to this awesome and important fundraising event!
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.
The two nonprofits are excited to be joining forces to create a new Southeast Land Trust to protect an even greater portion of southeastern New Hampshire than was previously possible. Proceeds from the October 24th fall fundraiser will go towards this important merger. Read the rest of the story here.
The Living History of the Gundalow
In their heyday in the late 1700s and 1800s, gundalows were ubiquitous in the Piscataqua River region as an indispensable part of the Seacoast’s diverse economy.
For almost three centuries these flat-bottomed cargo barges were a practical solution to transportation in the maritime regions of Maine and New Hampshire. They were the tractor trailers and railroad freight cars of their day, as they efficiently worked the tides. As the gundalows evolved in style and function (adding sails, decks and even cabins), they became the transportation linchpin of commercial development as they often brought raw materials up river to cotton factories and brick yards and returned with finished products.
Since its founding in 2002, the nonprofit Gundalow Company in Portsmouth has provided thousands of school children and adults the opportunity to explore the unique history of the gundalow. From May through October, the Piscataqua sails the tidal rivers as a floating classroom and passenger vessel, offering lessons that connect the history of yesterday to the environmental imperatives of today. Read the rest of the story here.
Green Alliance Members get 10% off sailing tickets and 10% off private charters. Join the GA now and receive one FREE ticket to a Gundalow Sail!
Oct 3 - Zev Yoga Studios Double Feature 16 Market Square, Portsmouth, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m.
This event will be at their Portsmouth Studio and feature an Artist Reception and House Concert. The event will focus on the transformation of discarded materials into new pieces of art and at 8:00 p.m. Folk band The Strangled Darlings will entertain guests with their distinctive music. More info here.
Oct 3 - Students for Zero Waste Conference University of New Hampshire, 6:00-8:00 p.m. and 8:15 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Students from all over the country will join together to discuss the waste crisis and potential solutions. The conference will cover all types of waste removal approaches that can be implemented on college campuses including compost techniques and ways to work with administration on zero-waste initiatives. More info here.
Oct 4 - Slow Cinema Portsmouth Music and Arts Center, 973 Islington St, Portsmouth, 4:00 p.m.
Slow Food Seacoast will present the documentary film Brookford Almanac in an evening that celebrates farmers and the food they create. There will also be a reception featuring cheese from the Brookford Farm itself. Tickets here.
Oct 5 - Food Truck Festival Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way Portsmouth, NH, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Food trucks will dish out fan favorites and Redhook Brewery’s ales and beers will be available for sale. There will also be live performances by Boston based band Waldo and children’s activities will also be on site. More info here.
Oct 5 - New Green Alliance Sustaining Member Gundalow Sail 60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Join the Green Alliance as a new sustaining member and then email firstname.lastname@example.org to get two free tickets to the Fall Foliage Sunset Sail. This is a great chance to see scenic Portsmouth and the beautiful colors of autumn by boat. The event will feature live music, complimentary appetizers, and local beers. For new sustaining members only.
Oct 8 - Fall Science Café The Portsmouth Brewery, 56 Market St, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.; doors at 5
The event will be held in the Portsmouth Brewery’s Jimmy LaPanza Lounge and will feature a discussion on space weather, specifically radiation and solar flares. Researchers will explore how solar flares and solar weather impact everyday life. More info here.
Oct 18 - Lakes Region Energy Fair Inter-Lakes High School, 1 Laker Ln Meredith, 9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
A number of local vendors will showcase their energy related products and expertise at Inter-Lakes High School in Meredith NH. The Fair will also have a variety of local and NH experts giving presentations throughout the day on energy related topics. More info here.
Oct 20 DEEP: The Story of Skiing and The Future of Snow Strafford Room, MUB UNH Durham Campus, 4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.
Porter Fox, author of DEEP: The Story of Skiing and The Future of Snow will be discussing his book and also field questions from the audience. Refreshments will be served at the end of the lecture. Free and open to the public.
Oct 24 - Southeast Land Trust Fundraiser 100 Deer St, Portsmouth NH, 6:00 p.m.
The 12th annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser is celebrating the merger of the Strafford Rivers Conservancy with the Southeast Land Trust of New Hampshire! The event will feature live music, hors d’oeuvres, desserts, complimentary beer & wine and a silent auction with over 100 items donated from local businesses. More info here.
Oct 25 - The Great Bay 5K: Race to support Great Bay Stewards Stratham Hill Park, Stratham, N.H., 9:00 a.m.
Voted one of New England’s Top Ten Favorite 5K’s by Run New England, The Great Bay 5K starts at 9 a.m. on October 25 at Stratham Hill Park and concludes at Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland, N.H. There will be a free kid’s Fun Run after the race, costume contest, and age group awards in eight different categories. More info here.
Oct 25 - NH BrewFest Redhook Brewery, 1 Redhook Way Portsmouth, NH, 12:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Come meet the expert craft brew creators and sample their special new brews. There will also be local foods for sampling and live music. More info here.
Oct 25 - Blue Ocean Halloween Party at The Discovery Center Blue Ocean Discovery Center, Hampton NH, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Come join the Blue Ocean Discovery Center for a variety of activities, games and take-home crafts that can help get your kid’s minds off candy. Costumes, marine and otherwise, are encouraged. More info here.
Oct 30 - Portsmouth Short Film Night Portsmouth Public Media, 280 Marcy St, Portsmouth NH, 7:00 p.m.
The Portsmouth Short Film Night is a chance to enjoy short films made by local filmmakers. If you’re interested in submitting your film feel free to contact the organizers of Portsmouth Short Film Night. More info here.
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