Yup, that’s me with Ben Cohen of Ben and Jerry’s ice cream. We had an incredible Earth Day with our friends from Redhook at the Party for the Planet and Pease Tradeport cleanup last month. Nearly 200 sustainable revelers participated in the clean-up and/or the after party where we drank beer and gorged ourselves on Ben & Jerry’s finest flavors.
Don’t miss the next GA event which will be our Summer Kick-off Cruise aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company’s Thomas Laighton on Saturday June 13th. Mark your calendar as this event sold out last year in a collaboration with GA Business Partner NHPTV.
In the meantime check out some super sustainable ideas below, from green spring fun at Sagamore Golf to community events like TedX Piscataqua or the Komen Race for the Cure. If you like what we are doing please join our community and become a card-carrying Green Alliance member!
Did you know that the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board? We actually have a few jobs up at the moment, with Senior Editor being one of them. For more information, view the Senior Editor Job on Jobscore here.
Our small but dedicated staff operates out of our headquarters located in historic downtown Portsmouth, NH. Our core mission is to encourage the use of sustainable products and services, while promoting businesses that are doing their part to protect the environment.
To help the Green Alliance achieve our vision for growth, we are seeking a part time
As Senior Editor, you will be responsible for generating compelling, accurate, and engaging copy (typically in the range of 300-1200 words) for a variety of outlets, including online blogs, newspapers, magazines, and social media. Additionally, the Senior Editor will be tasked with myriad other responsibilities, jobs, and tasks relating to broadening both of the GA and its partnering businesses – social media, email marketing campaigns, sustainability evaluations, developing contacts with members of the local media, overseeing and editing copy from freelance writers, maintaining and editing the website, and more. Click here for the full job description.
On Tap: Good Food, Good Beer, Good Green Fun
Set on a historic 14-acre farm, Smuttynose Brewery’s new farmhouse restaurant, Hayseed, energetically enhances the farm style dining experience. And the restaurant, like the new brewing facility, keeps sustainability at the cornerstone of their operation.
“From recycling to buying bio-degradable products, we have a very conservational mind behind all designs and projects,” says Hayseed Executive Chef Kevin Hahn.
In 2013, Smuttynose moved to Towle Farm in Hampton from its original location in Portsmouth. In purchasing the land, Smuttynose inherited the property's aged barn and Victorian-era farmhouse. From the beginning, the Smuttynose team knew they wanted an on-site restaurant and the house met their aesthetic criteria.
“It was perfect for a restaurant and, by creating Hayseed, we were able to save and repurpose a really unique building,” says JT Thompson, Smuttynose’s official Minister of Propaganda.
The farmhouse was completely renovated—with the exception of the character-worn staircase—and showcases local products, like the lumber used liberally around Hayseed’s interior that was milled from red oak trees cut down during construction of the brewery. Read the full story here.
Green Collar Careers: Minute Men Painters
Co-owner, Sean Sturck
Sean Sturk has been painting for most of his life. After college, Sturk could have easily pursued a career in business or marketing, putting his degrees to use. Instead he followed the job he'd loved doing as a teen; running paint crews and slowly becoming an expert in the business. He eventually owned and operated a paint store, which included eco-friendly options, furthering his knowledge of products and painting techniques. Then, in 2000, Sturk became co-owner of Minute Men Painters.
Bringing his knowledge of environmentally-friendly paints and supplies, Sturk has helped Minute Men Painters grow to specialize in using low-VOC (volatile organic compound) and VOC-free paints, making them a stand out in an industry that uses chemicals with long-lasting effects on painters and paint suppliers. According to Sturk, he's seen these damaging, toxic effects first-hand.
“[A] co-worker of mine, had no sense of smell and we know that this is a result of years of working with toxic fumes," said Sturk. "We grew the company to take the burden off of ourselves physically but now we have these other options for our employees. As a company we made a conscious decision to decrease the toxicity of our products and learn as much as we could about them.”
Specializing in interior and exterior painting, Minute Men Painters is constantly busy meeting customer demand for safer painting services. Most of their new business comes from referrals, with roughly 60 percent residential and 40 percent commercial. Servicing southern New Hampshire, Maine and North Shore Massachusetts, Minute Men Painters also offers power washing and deck and exotic wood restoration. Read the full story here.
Spend Your Spring and Summer with Sagamore Golf
As we warm up to summer, adults and kids alike are eager to spend some quality time outside. Sagamore Golf provides families and golf fans with eco-friendly options that are as green as the golf course itself. Founded in 1929, the original Sagamore Spring Golf Club was one of the first public golf courses ever in New England. When the son of the founder, Richard Luff, opened a second location in North Hampton in 1962, he had intended to design and build a golf course using as few chemicals and hazardous materials as possible.
With the school year about to end, Sagamore’s affordable prices keep this club sustainable on the wallet. One of the unique golfing experiences Sagamore has to offer this season is Foot Golf – a twist on golf where the players kick a soccer ball into a cup in as few shots as possible. For beginner golfers who are looking to learn, Sagamore also offers lessons by request. For those who aren’t as fortunate to have a summer vacation, Golf Leagues are a great way to break up the busy work week with friends or colleagues. As long as the greens are clear and the ground conditions are favorable, Sagamore Golf will be open for play. Read the full story here.
Hit the Decks with Poco's Bow Street Cantina
The decks are open, the margaritas are flowing, and Poco’s Bow Street Cantina is ready for summer! Portsmouth’s longest running restaurant now has, not one, but both decks open for guests to take in the views of the Piscataqua River. They have been voted Best of Portsmouth Deck Dining for four years in a row by Taste Magazine and the decks are sure to be a hit once again this year.
Poco’s is ready to take on their busy season and is starting off with a bang with Hit the Decks on Friday, May 8. The Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce will sponsor Hit the Decks, a celebratory day for enjoying dining on decks and al fresco patios throughout Portsmouth, which will also include special discounts at area hotels, shops, and other businesses. Not only is Poco’s participating in the all-day event, but the restaurant will also host the sponsor party from 3-5 p.m. Read more here.
Local Brewery Offers Unique Venue and One-of-a-kind Events
Spring marks the beginning of wedding and festival season, and the Seacoast is replete with different locations for newly joined couples to host their reception on "the big day," The region also offers concert-goers spectacular outdoor venues. But one Portsmouth location promises event guests they won't run out of beer or food: Redhook Brewery.
Located at Pease International Tradeport, Redhook's function facilities offer space, food and drinks for wedding receptions and different events all year long. Whether it be for a reception, rehearsal, trade show or concert, Redhook meets the demands of its guests. It's a different take on the more traditional rental hall that has proven successful.
“It's pretty popular,” said Ryan Fleming, the banquet manager at Redhook. “I think it's a really unique venue to have an event.”
Located on-site at the brewery, the venue features two indoor spaces and one seasonal outdoor area that accommodate between 50-250 people. During late spring through early fall, Redhook encloses part of its outdoor facilities, the Outdoor Beer Garden & Patio and The Brewery's Backyard, to accommodate concerts and festivals, like its annual Hookfest. Read the full story here.
Spray Foam Insulation Offers a Reputable Career
Mike Materkowski grew up in Amesbury, Mass. and has lived there for 25 years. He was given an opportunity to try his hand at insulation with Green Cocoon when his brother Jim started the company in 2006; this initial foray has led to a productive and fulfilling career installing spray foam insulation in homes across New England.
Spray foam insulation isn’t your average contractor’s job. It’s hot, sweaty, and takes precision. The installer must work quickly, as insulation is just one of a whole line of fundamental work that must be done before other aspects of construction can move forward.
Mike takes it all in stride.
“Sometimes we have roofers who come in thinking they can handle the heat, and they have a lot of respect for what I do after,” he laughs. “It’s a tough job, but very rewarding.”
Installing spray foam is a crucial element to building a house. Those who work with spray foam work in high heat and on a tight schedule, but knowing that a tightly sealed home can save families money is a motivating factor for employees.
Mike, who has worked with the Green Cocoon as a foam installer for nearly eight years, says the job is rewarding in more ways than one. Read the full story here.
Missed last year's Isles of Shoals cruise with the Green Alliance? Check out this video of the 2014 cruise and stay tuned for details about the upcoming cruise on June 13th!
Green Collar Careers: Progressive Asset Management Investment Adviser Mike Smith
Robert F. Kennedy once said that, “The purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better." These words ring true at Progressive Asset Management Group (PAM Group), a company working to make a difference through socially responsible investing. For many, the idea of being sustainable is limited to recycling, using biofuel for home heating, buying an eco-friendly vehicle and participating in environmental events, like neighborhood clean-ups. But few people know that they can also go green by making their investments (IRAs, individual accounts, 401Ks etc.), socially and environmentally responsible as well through a firm like the PAM Group.
One of the PAM Group's core beliefs is that companies which don't follow socially and environmentally responsible practices have a greater overall potential for liabilities and hidden costs which are eventually passed on to their investors. But companies which manage pollution, which have an eye towards being energy efficient, which treat their employees well, are better managed than those which don’t address these factors. And better managed companies in turn tend to outperform. Read the full story here.
Colonial Stoneworks Brings Sustainability to
Stonework in New Hampshire
After the long winter that New Englanders have endured, homeowners are eager to get outside and get started on their spring projects. A simple raking of the yard and new mulch in the flower beds can do wonders for the appearance of a home, but new stonework is what really makes an outdoor area pop. Whether it is stone walls, pathways, or patios, Colonial Stoneworks aims to spruce up outdoor spaces with new hardscaping that is sure to bring it to the next level.
Colonial Stoneworks was established in 2010 by owner Adam Bennett, who previously worked in the automotive and landscaping sectors before focusing on stonework. Colonial Stoneworks specializes in stone walls and retaining walls, which when built correctly, are sure to stand the test of time and last for years to come. Additionally, Colonial Stoneworks is a go to for patios, pathways, and stone mailboxes at both residential and commercial properties.Read the full story here.
Site Structures Landscape Pitching in to Help
Support Cross Roads House
When the people at the Cross Roads House decided to hire Site Structures Landscape, Inc. during their renovations five years ago they probably had no idea what they were going to get for their money.
They paid Site Structures to do the original work, but since then the company based in Eliot, Maine, has been maintaining the grounds free of charge and this week they're there for an annual makeover.
“We're very, very appreciative of the support we receive from Site Structures,” said Martha Stone, executive director at Cross Roads House. “We've had the privilege of working with them ever since they did our renovations five years ago.”
Site Structures is donating 20 cubic yards of mulch on Wednesday and three workers there to help spread it. They will have two workers there on Thursday and volunteers from Liberty Mutual will be there both days.
Site Structures owner Charles Bourdages feels it's important to keep the grounds at the shelter maintained. It can help the residents feel better about themselves, and they are all members of our community.
“All of us are one accident or a mental illness away from a homeless shelter,” Bourdages said. Read the full story here.
A Special Thanks from Two Green Alliance Sustaining Members
The following letter is from two Green Alliance Sustaining Members who participated in the Party for the Planet Earth Day Clean-up and Celebration. The Luchsingers have been incredibly connected with the Green Alliance and have greatly supported events like these that get the community involved with the environment. Members like the Luchsingers help the Green Alliance provide the level of support needed to add more green businesses of diverse industries into our community. Please consider becoming a Sustaining Member.
“Thank you” to you and your staff for an amazing Earth Day celebration at Red Hook Brewery. Although it’s a shame there is litter on our planet, we felt so good joining in with others at Pease Tradeport to make a difference by cleaning up. Not only did we enjoy meeting so many other “keep-our-planet”- minded folks at the event, but our bonus was winning two of the raffles! Since we are Sustaining Members, we passed along the one-year membership to a colleague, and the tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival we enjoyed ourselves – amazingly wonderful way to learn more and get further educated/motivated/encouraged to always be “GREEN” in all we do here in our community.
Thank you, again! We are so happy to be a part of Green Alliance!
Our best, Debbie and David Luchsinger
Stonyfield Goes the Extra Mile with the Earth Day 5K
Many people may know Stonyfield Farm for their organic yogurt, but what customers might not be aware of is that Stonyfield puts an equal amount of care into sustainability as well. In 1997, the company became the first in the US to eliminate all greenhouse gases from facility use. In 2006, Stonyfield successfully implemented a waste water treatment system that converts waste into biogas, and in 2010 the company introduced the first yogurt cup made from plant-based materials.
It’s clear that at Stonyfield, every day is Earth Day.
Stonyfield will celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, May 16 with a 5K race followed by the company's Earth Day Fair. The Fair will be held at Stonyfield Yogurts Works campus from 10 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is free to the public, and guests are encouraged to arrive at least an hour before hand. A large turnout is expected, with over 1,400 attendees slated to come.
According to Stonyfield’s Community Marketing Manager Fil Kovisars, the company first started the event in 2010 with just 20 vendors. This year, the Earth Day Fair and 5k will welcome over 70 vendors. Read the full story here.
May 08 - TEDxPiscataquaRiver
3S Artspace, 319 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
TEDxPiscataquaRiver is a community-organized event where big ideas and challenges that affect our community are openly discussed. You can attend in person, watch live online, simply by clicking the link on their homepage during the event or through their event app, or watch the talks online during your own time, as the talk will be posted online soon after the event for further viewing. Learn more at http://tedxpiscataquariver.com.
May 09 - The First Annual Day of Fitness
Integrated Fitness of Dover, 42K Dover Point Road, Dover, 9:00 a.m.
Join Integrated Fitness for the Day of Fitness, a charity event for Suicide Awareness, as well as an opportunity to celebrate fitness. This event is free to the public, but a donation to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention is suggested. Learn more at http://www.ifitnessnh.com.
May 09 - 4th NH Komen Race for the Cure Strawberry Banke, 14 Hancock Street, Portsmouth, 9 a.m.
Join the Green Alliance in the fight against breast cancer at the New Hampshire Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Not only is the Green Alliance a proud sponsor of the event, but the GA has also made a team to run the race and members are encouraged to join the team (and will receive a free GA shirt to wear on race day)! For more info visit http://www.greenalliance.biz/blog/archives/201504/racing-cure-0
May 11-15 - Seacoast Bike/Walk to Work Week
Throughout the Seacoast region
May 11 through May 15 is Seacoast Bike/Walk to work week. Various events will be going on throughout the week including free breakfasts at several locations. On May 16, from 6 to 8 pm, the Portsmouth Brewery will hold the presentation of the Seacoast Corporate Commuter Challenge trophies and have complementary snacks for all participants as well as some raffles. Learn more at www.seacoastbikes.org.
May 13 - Going Solar: A Primer for Residential Solar Energy
Rye Public Library, 581 Washington Road, Rye, NH, 6:30PM - 8:00PM
Join the experts from the New Hampshire Sustainable Energy Association as they guide you through residential solar, explaining how solar energy has never been more affordable. Please RSVP to Susan Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org
May 16 - Stonyfield Earth Day 5K and Fair
10 Burton Dr., Londonderry, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Stonyfield is once again hosting their popular Earth Day 5K and free Earth Day Fair! This isn't your ordinary race, but instead a morning long festival that begins with the 5K walk/run and is followed by a celebration with food, beverages, and live music. For more information visit http://stonyfield5k.com/
May 16 - Celebrate the Cog Railway and Mt. Washington
Mt. Washington Cog Railway Base Road, Route 302, Bretton Woods, 1:00 p.m.
Join New Hampshire Public Television for a special celebration on the Mt. Washington Cog Railway on May 16 and ride the world's first mountain climbing train to the top of Mt. Washington - the highest peak in New England. Tickets are $100 and available at nhptv.org/cog.
May 17 - Ninth Annual Kittery Fire Association 5K Run and Walk
Kittery Fire Station, Kittery, 7:00 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.
The Nineth Annual Kittery Fire Association 5K Run and Walk will be on May 17th from 7:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m. at the Kittery Fire Station. Learn more at http://www.kittery5k.com.
May 17 - Plugging Into Nature: A Community Conservation
The Star Theater, 120 Rogers Road Kittery, 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Join the Kittery Land Trust for a community conversation with a panel of experts that will address “nature deficit disorder” and the ways nature benefits our well-being in our over-scheduled, technology-centric lives. Learn more at http://www.kitterylandtrust.org.
May 21 - Faith Community Round-table on Climate Change
Concord, 1:00 PM
The New Hampshire environmental community will co-sponsor a public round-table discussion with faith leaders to highlight stewardship of the earth and calling upon political leaders to acknowledge climate disruption and the urgent need for action. Contact rstephenson@gmail for more information.
May 30, 31 - Windows to the Wild 10th Anniversary
AMC Highland Center, Bretton Woods, 5-8 p.m.
Join New Hampshire Public Television as they celebrate both the 10th anniversary of Windows to the Wild and host Will Lange's 80th birthday! The big celebration will kick off with a cash bar reception at 5:00 pm, followed by a family style dinner at 6:00 p.m. The celebration itself will start at 7:15 p.m. with a screening of some of Will's favorite moments from the show. For more information visit http://www.greenalliance.biz/blog/archives/201504/willem-lange-and-windows-wild-age-grace