The Holidays are upon us: Trees and wreaths dot the streets, friends and family gather to share in the merriment, and millions of Americans descend on malls and storefronts the nation over. It's a time of giving. But what kind of giving? We're often so transfixed on the idea of making sure we're buying something -- or, if you have kids, many things! -- that we forget about weighing quality versus quantity.
This Holiday Season, why not break free from the grip of big box stores? By giving the gift of the GA, not only are you putting the power of the purse in the hands of a loved one; you're giving them the means to both support local businesses as well as the environment. With over 115 businesses, the GA is a one-stop Holiday shop you can feel good about.
Once you've decided to give the gift of green, join us for our annual Holiday Celebration at the Portsmouth Brewery on December 23rd! Enjoy complimentary eats, a cash bar, and some jovial green company! RSVP to Tricia@greenalliance.biz with your Green Card ID#.
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Third Stone Farm provides Holiday memories
Third Stone Farm is a 22 acre organic, cut-your-own Christmas Tree Farm in Barnstead, New Hampshire. Launched with the aim of bringing people and nature closer together, the Farm is a beautiful place where sustainable farming practices are embraced, cherished family traditions are forged, and memories are made. On only six special days a year, the public is invited to walk the land, find and cut a tree, search for an elf hidden in the trees, take a photo with Santa, and enjoy hot cider, cookies, and community.
Tim Gaudreau – artist, environmentalist, and owner of Tim Gaudreau Studios – along with wife Atlanta and daughter Willow acquired the farm this past summer. From the moment he first visited the property, Gaudreau was struck by the combination of natural beauty and green bona fides, imbued in every aspect of the farm’s day-to-day operations.
The Gaudreau’s acquired the farm from its founders, Mike, Rich and Karlene, who purchased the property in 1979 with a goal in mind: to become a beacon of sustainable farming in New Hampshire.... Clickhere.
GA Members enjoy Third Stone Farm's Friends & Family Holiday Special: One large Christmas tree and one large wreath for only $55! (To access your coupon, click here!)
Responsible recycling with MetalWave
The Holidays are here, and the gift-giving season is well underway. From the most recent Apple products to the newest tablets and cell-phones, this season – while a time for celebration – will undoubtedly be filled with replacements and waste.
Replacement of what, you ask? Look left, look right, and straight ahead. That two-year old cell phone with a pending upgrade is bound for the trash barrel in no time. That bulky laptop, once the thinnest of its kind, is no longer. Unlike your laptop, the new tablets can cozy up with you in bed, and can slip daintily into your handbag.
Epiphany after epiphany, you begin to realize your technology is no longer sufficient. You need more, you wish for more, and yes, you receive more. The remnants of the holiday season will most likely include swaths of old cell phones, laptops, phone chargers, and printers. That's where Metalwave comes in..... Click here to read more!
Save up to 50% off recycling charges on electronics, including monitors, printers, faxes, copiers, and televisions, as well as FREE battery recycling with Metalwave! Clickhere!
Seasons Greetings with GA membership specials!
When it comes to making improvements the Green Alliance knows best. After all, our 115+ Business Partners lead the way in sustainability improvements and all for the sake of lessening their impact on the planet. So, on the cusp of the holiday season and the New Year, why not improve the offerings of the Green Alliance membership?
From now until January 1, 2014, Green Cardholders are offered additional specials from some of our finest local, green Business Partners. From discounted gift certificates to dollar savings on services, the member-only specials are a way for you to shop locally and responsibly during the holidays. Learn more about these specialshere!
Not a GA member yet? Well, the GA is offering a special, too! Buy 2 Green Alliance or Green Families Club memberships for only $40 ($30 off!) plus a $50 gift certificate to Green Maids. Or, for those who like to go above and beyond, become a Green Alliance Sustaining Member, a membership you never have to renew, for only $125 ($25 off!) plus two tickets to a gundalow cruise with the Gundalow Company in Portsmouth! Click here for these special membership offers.
GA members can save hundreds or even thousands of dollars -- during the Holidays and beyond -- at over 100 local green businesses ! Learn more here!
Harbor Eyecare a local, community beacon
There’s a common misconception about the bottom-line benefits of purchasing products from mega-chains: that sheer size and scale means more savings.
That might be the case in some industries, but in the world of eye care, bigger doesn’t always mean better – and it certainly doesn’t guarantee a bargain.
It’s a narrative that the folks at Portsmouth’s Harbor Eyecare Center (HEC) are working hard to dispel.
“Part of the marketing strategy for some of these big companies is to constantly offer discounts, but they’re doing that because the products are priced high to begin with,” says Dr. Sarah Hudson, co-owner of Harbor Eyecare Center in Portsmouth. “Our philosophy has always been to keep prices affordable, and if a customer wants to know why we don’t offer discounts all the time, that gives us a chance to show them how we’re different.”.....Read more by clicking here!
Save 20% on any complete prescription eyewear purchase with Harbor Eyecare! Click here!
Proulx throws yet another green curve ball
There’s a tendency for decades-old, family-owned companies to eschew risk and chance in lieu of resting on laurels – to hide behind the safety of their own success and history.
Proulx Oil & Propane isn’t one of them. Launched in 1944, Proulx was one of the first companies in the region to embrace renewable resources, offering bioheat – a form of heating oil made partially from soy derived oil – years before many of their competitors.
With that well-worn green focus squarely in mind, the company recently announced the launch of Proulx Autogas, a division that aims to change the way businesses – and eventually, individuals – think about powering their vehicle fleets..... check out the full story in our blog by clicking here!
Save 10 cents a gallon on Proulx's Autogas, and 7 cents off posted per-gallon price of B5 Heating Oil and 10 to 25 cents off posted price for propanewith Proulx Oil & Propane! Click here to learn more!
For Smuttynose, it's [beer] waggons west!
Before long, Smuttynose Brewing Company will officially christen its brand new, multi-use headquarters on Towle Farm Road in Hampton. Crowds will come, a celebration will ensue, and Smuttynose’s already sterling story – craft brew pioneer, beloved Seacoast staple – will turn to new chapters.
Still, the impetus for bigger digs was as much practical as poetical, a fact that will be made abundantly clear next month, when Smuttynose officially broadens their distribution into California and Michigan.
JT Thompson, self-described Minister of Propaganda for Smuttynose, says the company has had designs on expanding into more far-flung, beer-friendly markets for a while now.
“We’ve pretty much been at capacity for a few years now,” Thompsons says. “Also, both states boast pretty robust craft beer. So we knew we needed the extra room to be able to get into those markets in a meaningful way.”....read more here!
Help through harvest with Great Works chiropractic
Anyone lucky enough to have health insurance and paid days off probably wouldn’t think twice about staying home to rest a sore back. But with crops to harvest, others to plant, and an endless slate of exacting tasks to manage, most farmers don’t have that luxury.
Dr. Seth LaFlamme is aiming to change that. Starting this winter, LaFlamme will accept surplus produce from local farmers in exchange for services from his practice, Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness.
“It’s a labor of love for them,” says Dr. Seth, who runs Great Works along with his wife, Dr. Briana Duga. “They’re using their body very intensely, for the purpose of feeding the people around them and getting us away from our over-reliance on industrial agriculture. I feel like that deserves recognition and a kind of special consideration.”
A regular at local farms and markets, Dr. Seth – his preferred title – says he’s been approached a number of times over the years by farmers who expressed interest in stopping in, but who in many cases simply couldn’t justify the cost. Now, all they’ll have to worry about is grabbing a canvas bag of what’s lying around....read more by clicking here!
Use your Green Card to receive your first consultation and examination for just $49 at Great Works Chiropractic & Wellness! Click here!
PAM Group proves divestment moving beyond fringe
It’s not very often that a political movement with roots in campus activism makes its way to the boardrooms and email blasts of mainstream financial institutions. Then again, divestment has never been just an ordinary movement.
While the term has long been a financial staple, divestment first entered the social-political lexicon back in the 1960s, when students from all over the world began pushing their colleges and universities to pull money out of South Africa, by then firmly embroiled in a decades-long struggle with apartheid.
After years of piecemeal victories, the divestment movement was eventually cited by none other than Nelson Mandela – activist, political prisoner, eventual President, Nobel laureate – as having played a key role in his country’s catharsis. Divestment has since broadened to include a number of disparate issues, but one cause in particular has marshaled a uniquely passionate fervor of late: climate change, and how fossil fuel use continues to exacerbate it.
Here on the Seacoast, Progressive Asset Management (PAM) Group offers investors a chance to make the pro-divestment voice heard....read the rest by clicking here!
Use your Green Card to receive a FREE portfolio review as well as a $50 gift certificate to the GA Business of your choice with Progressive Asset Management Group! Learn more by clicking here!
ENH Power teams with Big Brothers Big Sisters
In this season of giving, two local organizations dedicated to good deeds are collaborating to help children in need.
ENH Power is hosting the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Seacoast Holiday Social, which takes place from 5 to 7:30 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 5, at the Green Alliance, 75 Congress Street, Suite 304, Portsmouth. Everyone is invited.
ENH Power approached Big Brothers Big Sisters with the idea of hosting a holiday event that would help the greater community, and the folks at BBBS are appreciative.
“The event not only creates visibility for potential BBBS volunteers but also gives people the opportunity to save on their electricity bill while supporting Big Brothers Big Sisters financially,” says BBBS Executive Director Stacy Kramer.
Attendees who bring an item from the Big Brothers Big Sisters wish list will be entered into a raffle to receive free electricity —donated by ENH Power — for one year. Wish list items include bedding, warm clothes, toys, gift cards, hygiene and stocking stuffers, and non-perishable food items. To see the complete wish list, click here!..... Read more here!
Get ENH Power’s 24-month Coal-Free plan for a lower price than our standard 12-month rate! Also, volunteer for Big Brothers Big Sisters and receive a free GA gift membership to give to a friend! Non-members will receive a free GA membership by mentioning they saw the BBBS page on the GA site! To get your BBBS discount, email Tricia@greenalliance.biz.
Marcom4 helps local group find marketing groove
For Alex Freid and Brett Chamberlin, the past month has been a heady whirlwind of high profile meetings and prestigious accolades, cross-country flights and Nobel handshakes.
Now, the brains behind the Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN), a non-profit organization committed to reducing waste on college campuses, are setting their sights on what lies ahead for their momentum-charged movement.
Freid and Chamberlin, both 22, might know where they’re going and how to get there, but Marcom4 – a branding, messaging, and content development company based in Greenland – is making sure PLAN’s brand becomes as powerful as the message itself.
“We’re helping them apply a communication and marketing strategy, and doing it in as simple a way as possible,” says Andrea Knowles, Marcom4’s director of marketing strategy. “Their growth potential is just enormous – anyone who meets them can see that. So we’re just trying to help them take that next big step.”.....Read more in our blog by clicking here!
Green Card holders can save 20% on all services with Marcom4! Click here for more info!
Green Collar Careers: Shane Carter, Ridgeview Construction
Ridgeview Construction, based out of Deerfield, New Hampshire, has been one of New England’s premier sustainable contractors for nearly a decade. Specializing in eco-friendly construction, Ridgeview builds and renovates homes with both the environment and the local community in mind.
President and Owner Shane Carter, 41, created Ridgeview in 2005 after realizing that there was a need for environmentally conscious contractors in the region. By utilizing breakthrough building practices, working with nature, and giving back to the community.
Along with helping his company grow, Carter has also been intimately involved in the community: He sits on the New Hampshire Green Building Council, is a part of the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of New Hampshire, and volunteers at Habitat for Humanity. Although “sustainability” has become just a buzzword to many people, the concept means much more to Carter..... Click here to read the full interview with Shane Carter!
Ridgeview offers GA members a FREE on-site green design consultation and a free upgrade to Ridgeview's state of the art 3D Design on any new project!Clickhere!
Dec 05 - Big Brothers Big Sisters Holiday Social - Green Alliance HQ, 75 Congress St. #304, Portsmouth, NH 5-7:30 p.m.
Celebrate in true holiday fashion with local business and families in support of the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Great Seacoast! Bring the whole family to enjoy refreshments, beverages and a special activity room for the kids. Enter to win 1 Free Year of Electricity by bringing an unwrapped item from the “Little’s Wish List”. RSVP here! Dec 06 - Toy Drive for Dover Fire Toy Bank - Dover Children's Museum, 5:30 - 8pm. Join the festivities with ReVision Energy and the Children's Museum on Friday evening, December 6th in Dover, NH.Please bring a new unwrapped toy or purchase one in the Museum Shop to donate. Dec 07 - Oyster River Holiday Bazaar! - Oyster River High School in Durham 10:00am-3:00pm. Looking for a unique gift this holiday season? Not only are you sure to find something for everyone on your list, you will be supporting local artists and locally owned businesses. Make sure you stop by the GA table where you can sign up for a membership! Dec 07, 08, 14, 15, 21, 22 - Unique Maine Farms Fundraiser - 515 Garland Road, West Newfield, Maine 10am - 3pm
You can purchase thousands of new and used books, unique new rubber stamps, framed photos by the Doyle family and many secondhand items. All proceeds from the event will go towards a 210-page book by Unique Maine Farms Project founder Mary Quinn Doyle profiling and supporting Maine's small farms. Dec 07 - Special Prelude Sale! - Prelude, 65 Market Street, Portsmouth NH 10AM-8PM. Start your holiday shopping early with a Dr. Hauschka sale at Prelude Learn how Dr. Hauschka Skin Care restores health and balance to your skin through the changing seasons.15% off Dr. Hauschka Skin Care Products! Dec 07, 14, 21 - Winter Farmers Market - Wentworth Greenhouses in Rollinsford 10 a.m-2 p.m.Learn more here! Dec 09 - Interactive NH Citizen Input Workshop for the NH Renewable Energy Siting Process - Main Hall in Newington, NH 6:00 p.m- 9:30 p.m. Join Eolian Renewable Energy, and take part in one of the interactive NH citizen input workshops. Space is limited to 150-200 people. Must pre-register in order to participate. If the workshop near you is full, you may try another location or choose to be placed on the waiting list. Learn more here! Dec 17 - Downton Abbey Afternoon Tea and Screening Preview with NHPTV - RiverWoods, Boulders Campus, 5 Timber Lane, Exeter, NH 2pm-4:30pm (preview from 3:30-4:30). Please RSVP by December 9th to assure that you will get a seat. If you have more questions, contact Terry Fitzpatrick at email@example.com or RSVP here! Dec 23 - The Green Alliance Holiday Party La Ponza Lounge, Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Join Green Alliance on December, 23rd for our annual Holiday Party. This year it will be hosted by Portsmouth Brewery in the La Ponza Lounge with complimentary eats and cash bar. This is a Business Partners and Members only event, to become a member, click here! RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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