Its been a long, cold winter, but spring is coming! To celebrate, we are planning a Green Alliance music bash to knock your socks off. I hope you'll join us and our community of sustainable entrepreneurs and green-minded citizens as we enjoy the cool sounds of a few local bands at one of our favorite watering holes, Redhook Brewery. Save the date of April 10th and look for more info to come on this. In the meantime enjoy the final month of winter -- get out there and play in the snow!
Six years ago, Acorn Organic Salon opened with a single mission in mind: to provide customers with a bevy of animal-friendly, sustainable products and services that spoke to the Seacoast region’s ever-greening sensibilities.
Since then, the Dover staple has survived and thrived thanks to a love and loyalty lacking in today’s increasingly impersonal commercial landscape.
Now, Laura McKay and her crew are setting their sites on the next big challenge: a new Sixth Street storefront opened in December – right below a well-traveled natural foods store and a mere stone’s throw from Acorn’s flagship haunt on Central Avenue.
According to Mackay, the impetus for the move was twofold: more space, and greater visibility.
“We saw it as a fresh start,” says Mackay. “At the old location, even though we were right on Central Avenue, we were kind of blocked by the trees. Here, while it’s more residential, we’re right in front of a four-way intersection, so the visibility is even greater. And the fact that we have a space that fit what we were looking for.” Read the rest of the story here.
Carrie Barron, the co-producer of the 20th annual Seacoast Home & Garden Show, says that with each passing year the popular event has attracted more green vendors and even greater consumer interest in sustainable goods and services.
The 2014 Seacoast Home & Show is slated for its typical spring welcoming dates of March 29 and March 30 at the Whittemore Center on the campus of the University of New Hampshire in Durham. Last year, the event drew a record crowd of more than 6,500 and Barron, along with fellow co-producer Beth Alles, believe the 2014 show will be just as popular to consumers seeking a diverse range of ideas, good and services for their homes.
In 2013, the show unveiled a large gardening marketplace, more artisan space, a Meet the Chef Series and green-focused seminars as part of its regular programming. Overall more than 220 exhibitors are expected and one trend has organically emerged – the growing number of vendors who offer sustainable services and products to meet consumer demand. “More consumers care about sustainability and how it helps the local economy. They want local grown produce and to work with local companies. There are a number of local companies that are new and different,” Barron explained. Read the rest of the story here.
Show your Green Card and receive free admission for two people to the Seacoast Home and Garden show (a $16 value!)
Construction Career Fair is the First of its Kind
According to the National Business Research Institute, 66 percent of employers said they experienced the negative effects of bad hires in 2012. Depending on the position, a mistake of this kind could cost anywhere from $25,000 to $300,000. But are bad hires the result of poor workers, or are businesses just not getting in touch with the right people?
Manchester-based human resources firm Cultural Chemistry plans to revolutionize the construction industry’s hiring process.
“Over the years, we’ve noticed that in the construction industry, when firms are hiring, everybody is looking for the same people,” said Mirjam IJtsma, owner of Cultural Chemistry. “But not everybody fits in a certain company’s culture.”
While trying to fill a project manager position for Ridgeview Construction, IJtsma was inspired by how difficult it was to engage construction professionals. Her initial instinct was to send Ridgeview to an industry career fair, only to learn that one did not exist in New Hampshire.
Encouraged by Shane Carter of Ridgeview Construction, IJtsma and her staff have organized two career fairs that will bring construction employees and employers face-to-face under one roof. The first will take place March 15 in Portsmouth, and the second April 5 in Manchester. Both career fairs promise to have a unusual number of green-minded companies in the building trades. Read the rest of the story here.
Your GA Member card gets you a free onsite green design consultation design and build contract with Ridgeview Construction, and a free human resources audit (a $1250 value) from Cultural Chemistry!
Banner Year for Eco-Friendly Riverworks Printing
Practicing sustainability as much as pursuing profits, a Seacoast company is trailblazing an ecological path for its industry.
Together, Riverworks Printing founder Jeff Cutter and print manager Danis Chamberlin have greatly impacted the large-format print industry with their green thumbs. Riverworks began its journey with the idea that individual passions like Cutter’s own for fly-fishing should be displayed and stored in photo form. Wall Shotz were the original frame-able works of art that resulted. The environmentally friendly fabric was designed to reflect the hobbies of customers in a clear, eye-catching manner.
Cutter sells images printed on Riverworks eco-fabric to fly fishermen who engage in a catch-and-release sport, enlarging the photos and manufacturing them with an adhesive so that they can be put up on their walls. They are repositionable: You can pull it off the wall in one place and stick it to the wall somewhere else, still sticking after hundreds of moves. Riverworks transforms the average photograph into a life-like masterpiece. Read the rest of the story here.
In an Industry Where Waste is Rampant, Vector5 provides green solutions Walk into any large trade show or expo, and the thought is liable to cross your mind: Once the party’s over, what happens to all this stuff?
It’s a question the folks at Vector5, which recently completed an official “sustainability evaluation,” are working hard to address.
Launched in 2006 by four Massachusetts entrepreneurs – who between them touted more than five decades of combined experience – the Fitchburg-based Vector5 stands today as the Bay State’s premier tradeshow display company, providing materials and strategic consulting across industries and sectors.
From marketing and graphic design to building services and production capabilities, Vector5 suite of skills combines industry expertise with a distinct, customer-driven approach.
But while a successful tradeshow display can often mean the difference between bustling crowds and traffic passing by, one side effect in particular had proven vexing for Vector5 and others in what Founder Buddy Miller describes as “a pretty wasteful industry”: A lot of superfluous materials.
“It’s been the elephant in the room for our industry for a while now,” says Miller. “So we decided a few years ago to start exploring and pursuing ways to mitigate that as best we could.” Read the rest of the story here.
Coalescing grace of human form with beauty in craftsmanship and expression, two local concerns are synergizing their respective strengths to feature local artistry.
The Drift Gallery now has exhibition space at Zev Yoga.
The idea seemed a suitable fit for both organizations’ principals. A few months ago, Jonas Zev Amberger, owner and teacher of Zev Yoga, contacted Ali Goodwin, the director and curator of Drift Gallery in Portsmouth, with an idea to collaborate. Jonas Zev and his wife Amylyn wanted to take further advantage of Zev’s beautiful studio space. It seemed fitting as the studio in a past life was once an Art Gallery. The partnership brings a new installment each month to Zev’s studio space. Public artist receptions will coincide with Portsmouth’s First Friday Art ‘Round Town gallery walk.
The Drift Gallery, an internationally recognized contemporary art gallery, exhibits artwork from various mediums such as painting, jewelry, photography, and sculpture. It also offers art classes and workshops and hosts public and private special events. Just last year the gallery moved from its Kittery location to the historic Wentworth-Coolidge Mansion Historic Site in Portsmouth. Read the rest of the story here.
Green Card holders pay only $5 for the first 5 classes at Zev Yoga! New members get unlimited membership for only $25/month for a 12-month membership!
Chinburg Properties' Sustainability Certification & Green Story Did you know that every business in The Green Alliance undergoes a full and transparent Sustainability Certification? GA takes a look at what makes the business green and where they have room to improve. Check out Chinburg Properties' Green Story below and learn more about what makes them green! To read all of Chinburg Properties' certification documents, click here.
Founded in 1987 by University of New Hampshire graduate Eric Chinburg, Chinburg Builders has since grown to become one of the Seacoast’s most trusted and recognizable building companies in the areas of residential and commercial construction. Over 25 years the company has expanded into land development, general contracting and property management. The company recently changed its name to Chinburg Properties, with the tagline: Develop, Build, Manage, to more accurately reflect the expansion of the business. Along the way, the company has embraced a decidedly green ethos and progressive development philosophy oriented to the region’s unique history and local heritage.
In 2002, Chinburg began devoting more attention to building Energy Star homes featuring myriad efficiency-guided measures and features. In 2010, the company made a commitment to begin rendering all of their new homes to Energy Star standards. The latest green milestone was the successful development, build out and sale of 19 homes at Laurel Court, Portsmouth’s first 100% high performance home neighborhood. These homes earned an average of 52 points on the HERS rating system, with an average energy savings of $1,200 per year per home. Read the rest of the Green Story here.
Green Card holders receive $250 toward any of Chinburg's green upgrade options, including flooring, lighting, low or no-VOC paints, Richlite or concrete countertops, or an on-demand hot water system!
A priority of giving at Green Cocoon
“I’m living the dream” is one of Candace Lord’s favorite sayings. It also expresses a charitable philosophy for Green Cocoon, the Salisbury, Mass.-based sustainable insulation company where Lord is general manager. “We want to help others live the dream,” Lord said.
As the seven-year-old company continues to grow, it has also become deeply involved in greater Seacoast region community and beyond. For the second straight year, Green Cocoon will be the main underwriter for the 8th annual Hope for Youth Gala to support Seacoast Youth Services in Seabrook. The event includes live and silent auctions, dancing and games and will be held March 22 at the Ashworth by the Sea hotel in Hampton. All proceeds will go to Seacoast Youth Services which provides a wide range of outreach programs for youths and their families.
“This is an awesome event and we have seen firsthand that Seacoast Youth Services is an organization to back and be very proud of,” Lord explained. “They (Seacoast Youth Services) approached us and we are glad they did. They have a unique type of engagement that gets through to kids. We saw kids build a boat and the amount of labor they did. I know it sounds corny but these kids truly are our future and we want them to succeed.” 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!
Blue Ocean Vies for Patagonia Challenge
Are you passionate about protecting the environment and marine wildlife? Blue Ocean Society presents the perfect opportunity for you to show just how much you care.
The Blue Ocean Society is a Green Alliance Business Partner that recently got involved in an amazing opportunity to raise money for its organization. Patagonia and Moosejaw are offering a challenge on Crowdrise.com, a Web site through which people can donate money, for charities to compete in raising funds. The organization that raises the most funds by noon on March 13 will receive an additional contribution courtesy of Patagonia. The winner with the most donations on Crowdrise will receive a $5,000 donation. Second and third place charities will also get a monetary reward.
Jen Kennedy, BOS executive director and co-founder, was delighted to be a part of the challenge. “We were so excited when Crowdrise contacted us to let us know we were one of the selected charities it picked to participate in the challenge.”
Crowdrise hand-picked 20 of their favorite charities to be included in the “Patagonia x Moosejaw Charity Challenge Thing.” Crowdrise is giving away $10,000 to the charities their customers love the most. Read the rest of the story here.
Green Families Club Members receive FREE admission to the Blue Ocean Discovery Center and save 10% on all items in Blue Ocean Society's online store!
The Power to Choose: Electricity Options Forum at Rye Public Library
Christophe Courchesne of Conservation Law Foundation and Julie Lapham of ENH Power will be making a presentation, “The Power to Choose: Your Options for Electricity” on Thursday March 6th at the Rye Public Library, starting at 6:45 p.m. Sponsored by the Rye Energy Committee, the presentation will aim to help attendees make choices about their energy use and suppliers with information regarding how they can save money and take advantage of new, cleaner options.
Courchesne is an attorney at Conservation Law Foundation. CLF has been working to protect New England’s environment since 1966, using law, science, policymaking and the business market to create innovative solutions to our region’s most pressing environmental challenges.
As part of its work to advance a clean energy future for New Hampshire, CLF helped initiate the EmpowerNH campaign, which is encouraging New Hampshire residents to consider making the switch to a competitive electricity supplier and provides supplier-neutral information resources on consumer options. EmpowerNH partners include environmental groups like CLF and competitive suppliers like ENH Power. The coalition also includes the Seacoast’s own Green Alliance, a green business union and consumer co-op that works to educate businesses and consumers on sustainability, and local renewable energy company ReVision Energy. EmpowerNH believes that choosing a competitive supplier benefits New Hampshire residents, businesses, the state’s economy, and its environment. Read the rest of the story here.
GA members get ENH Power’s 6-month Coal-Free Plan for the lower price of their 6-month Standard Rate; additionally, GA members can become CLF members for just $75!
Mar 06 - Durham Solar Awareness and Restaurant Potluck Durham Public Library, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Join ReVision Energy and the Durham Energy Committee as they celebrate the installation of solar on three of Durham's town buildings! To attend the community mixer and delicious pot luck please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Mar 06 - The Power to Choose: Your Options for Electricity Rye Public Library, 6:45-8 p.m. The Conservation Law Foundation, ENH Power & EmpowerNH Coalition will present the energy market situation in NH and answer any environmental or economy related questions you have.
Mar 06 - The Deep Tour Memorial Union Building at UNH, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Come watch a fascinating multimedia presentation on global warming in New England. Environment NH and Powder Magazine editor, Porter Fox, present "Deep Tour: The Story of Skiing and the Future of Snow.” To RSVP, click here.
Mar 08 - A History of Kittery Point's Brave Boat Harbor Area Kittery Community Center's Star Theater, 2-4 p.m.
Kittery Land Trust is hosting an enriching talk about Kittery Point’s Brave Boat Harbor. Dave Kaselauskas's compelling storytelling will bring Kittery Point to life.
Mar 08 - Winter Farmers Market Exeter High School, 10am-2pm.
Fresh food all winter long. Click here to learn more!
Mar 09 and March 23rd - Kittery Community Market Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Rd, 12-3pm.
Locally grown fruits, veggies, and more. Check out their website here!
Mar 09 - Community Free Skate Powered by ReVision Energy 9 Piscataqua Drive Durham, 12-1:45pm.
ReVision Energy and the Durham Energy Committee are co-hosting a community free skate from at Churchill Rink to celebrate their new solar powered buildings! Free event open to public, rentals are limited.
Mar 12 - March Green Eggs 10 Middle St. Portsmouth, 7:30 a.m.
Listen to Margaret Innes speak about her expertise in architectural design, computer technology, and green building. Come to the Discover Portsmouth Center for breakfast followed by networking. Sponsored by ReVision Energy. To find out more, click here.
Mar 14 - Movie Night: Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us? 120 Rogers Road Kittery, ME, 7-9 p.m.
Traip Academy is showing "Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us?" at the Kittery Community Center. An eye-opening movie exposing the causes and solutions to the global bee crisis.
Mar 15 - Construction Career Fair - Cultural Chemistry Great Bay Community College in Portsmouth, 10am-1pm.
Cultural Chemistry,Ridgeview Construction & The Green Cocoon will showcase the first construction-based career fair for employers and employees. To register or find out more, click here.
Mar 19 & 20th & 21st - LOCAL SOLUTIONS: Northeast Climate Change Preparedness Conference Radisson Hotel at 700 Elm Street Manchester, NH, 7:30am-5pm.
Antioch University and the U.S. EPA are hosting a conference to address the Northeast’s preparedness for climate change events. The conference will feature 70 speakers and 25 workshops. For more information about the conference, click here.
Mar 19 - Great Bay Sentinel Sites Great Bay Discovery Center - 89 Depot Rd, Greenland, NH, 12-1 p.m. Come participate in a hearty discussion on the Great Bay’s monitoring sites.Research Coordinator Paul Stacey and Stewardship Coordinator Rachel Stevens will present the enlightening lecture. Sponsored by Great Bay Stewards. For more info, click here.
Mar 22 - Winter Farmers Market Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford, 10am-2pm.
Learn more here!
Mar 29 - Atkinson Energy Commission Hosts 2nd Annual Energy Fair 4 Main Street Atkinson, NH, 10am-1pm
The Atkinson Energy Commission is hosting its second annual Energy Fair. Free & open to public. Come get advice on efficiency and browse eco-friendly products. Call (603) 362-5562 if you have any questions.
Mar 29 & 30th - 20th Annual Seacoast Home & Garden Show UNH Whittemore Center, 10am-6pm on 29th and 10am-4pm on 30th.
Hundreds of local vendors will showcase their latest home-related products and services. GA membersCard will receive complimentary admission for 2 guests!Tickets can be purchased at the Whittemore Arena Box Office on the day of the event. For more information, click here!
Apr 02 & 03 & 04 - Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program at UNH 10 Garrison Avenue Durham, NH, 8 a.m. UNH is hosting the 2014 Corporate Sustainability Leadership Program at the Paul College of Business. It's a three-day intensive workshop that focuses on corporate sustainability and topics related to "people, planet and profits." All attendees will receive a Corporate Sustainability Leadership certificate after completion. For more information on the course, please click here.
Apr 03 - Film Premiere - Ocean Frontier II: A New England Story for Sustaining the Sea 570 Ocean Blvd, Rye, NH.
Come to the Seacoast Science Center from 7-9 p.m. to see the premiere of Ocean Frontier II, a story of citizens working to make healthier seas and economies. This event is presented by Conservation Law Foundation, Gundalow Company, and Blue Ocean Society. To RSVP, click here.
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