Where did the summer go? With the kids back to school, the changing color of the leaves and cooler nights, fall is truly upon us.
We can't say farewell to summer without first congratulating our First Annual Green Alliance Kids' Essay Contest winners, Eben and Quetzal, both of whom wrote, and even drew, some fantastic essays about how they helped the environment this summer! Thank you to all our young participants. We hope you'll write to us again next year.
With fall creeping in it's hard to ignore that winter is just around the corner. To help prepare us for those bitterly cold days, and doing so without emptying our wallets, Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering an incredible deal on their Home Comfort Savings Plan. Fall is also a celebration for Gateway Qigong, Taiji & Yoga as they begin their second year of business. As a thank you, Gateway will offer free classes to the public on September 27 at their Portsmouth studio.
If you're looking to do a little house cleaning before packing in for the winter, MetalWave will recycle your old electronic devices on September 13 in Brentwood. And what better way to take in the fall colors than on a sunset party sail aboard the Gundalow on the Piscataqua River? The Green Alliance is hosting a special sail for all new Sustaining Members on October 5!
Read about all these great fall happenings and more below!
Sustaining Member Foliage Sunset Sail on Gundalow
Much to our dismay, summer has come and gone. While the air crisps and the landscape turns a beautiful medley of oranges, reds, and yellow, it’s clear; New England’s most reputable season is on its way. There’s so much to enjoy about fall – the refreshing, comfortable temperatures, the smells of pumpkin and apple spice coming from nearly every kitchen (and coffee shop, brewery, bakery), and the vibrant colors that make every inch of New England postcard worthy. Foliage is at its peak for only a few weeks, and the Green Alliance wants to get members on the water to take in the beauty in its prime.
To sail into the most scenic season of the year, join the GA as a Sustaining Member, a GA membership that you never have to renew, and receive two tickets to the GA Foliage Sail on October 5! For this exclusive event, the GA has partnered up with the Gundalow Company of Portsmouth. The GA Foliage Sail is an opportunity to enjoy the idyllic scenes of autumn on a genuine replica of a gundalow, the historic vessel used to navigate the tidal waters of the New Hampshire coastline. Read the rest of the story here.
Join as a sustaining member to receive two tickets to the Green Alliance Foliage sail!
Drafty House? Yankee Thermal Imaging Can Help
Our region is filled with the oldest properties in the country and while we enjoy the charm and appeal of our homes, we also find ourselves cranking up the heat or feeling embarrassed having people into our drafty house.
Yankee Thermal Imaging’sHome Comfort Savings Plan gives homeowners the maximum savings on the most common energy and heat loss areas in their home. Now through September 30 ANYONE in the Green Alliance community (you don't have to be a card carrying member) gets $150 this super Home Comfort Savings Plan. Just email firstname.lastname@example.org to get your $150 off! Learn more here.
So what is the Home Comfort Savings Plan (Instant Savings Plan)?
Within the six hour process of delivering you a more comfortable home, YTI completes a full energy audit (to diagnose problem areas), air sealing of your home, LED light bulbs, a programmable thermostat, weather stripping around windows and doors, aerators, wrapping hot water lines, and a carbon monoxide detector. The savings for each year surpass $500 while contributing to less use of a furnace system that could improve the longevity of the system, thus saving you even more money. Read the rest of the story here.
Anyone can save $150 off YTI's Home Comfort Savings Plan! Contact email@example.com and mention Green Alliance for more information. Green Alliance members save 50% off a regular home energy audit. (These discounts cannot be combined)
GateWay Taiji Celebrating Two Years In Business
Two years ago, Bill Buckley brought his dream yoga studio to life in the historic Button Factory of Portsmouth. On September 27th, GateWay Taiji, Qigong & Yoga has a full day of free classes planned for the public in celebration of two years of business.
GateWay Taiji has given Portsmouth a unique opportunity to embrace several different styles of meditative, restorative, and self-defense practices, and with a strong base of local business, they have continued to spread the message of inner well being and teach the practice of enhancing balance, health, and mindfulness.
GateWay’s two-year anniversary party starts at 10:00 a.m. with a series of sampler yoga sessions focused on helping improve different parts of peoples’ lives, be it balance, energy levels, sense of power, or creativity, followed by an open house tour of the studio and a meet-and-greet with the instructors. The rest of the day will include sampler Taiji and Qigong classes taught by owner Bill Buckley and instructor Marsha Carr. Read the rest of the story here.
Proulx Oil & Propane Offers Price Protection Plans to Customers
New England winters are often long and cold. That's not a secret. With The Old Farmer's Almanac calling for a colder season than usual, including above-normal snowfall in the northeast, many New Hampshire residents are thinking about their fuel costs early. To help homeowners prepare, Proulx Oil & Propane is offering different fixed-rate plans for their selection of home heating options including oil, biofuel and propane, an environmentally friendly option that is growing in popularity.
"Our goal is to get our customers prepared for the winter months with flexible payment plans and capped rates so they aren’t getting hit with a large heating bill during the three or four coldest months of the year,” said Maribeth Girard, Proulx's Marketing Assistant.
“Propane prices last winter went higher than usual, due to the weather demands and the significant corn harvesting and drying that was done last fall by Midwest farmers using propane to fuel their machinery,” Girard added.
The rise in propane prices were also a result of the fuel's popularity overseas where it is sold by the U.S. However, off-season prices have driven up the demand for propane in New England. Proulx offers a fixed-rate program that allows customers to buy propane and oil at this lower cost. The company also offers budget plans covering 12-months of payments. Read the rest of the story here.
Your GA Membership saves you 7 cents off posted per-gallon price of B5 Heating Oil and 10 to 25 cents off posted price for propane! (Discount price for propane based on annual usage.)
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E-cycling Event in Brentwood
Each year there's a new electronic device we're itching to buy, whether its a smartphone, TV, tablet or computer, we're inundated with messages telling us to upgrade. So what happens when we do upgrade? Where does an old iPhone or laptop end up? Some consumers wipe the memory from their devices and donate their old equipment to charities that refurbish the technology. But sadly, many people throw their electronics out with the household trash, which can lead to both environmental and personal data issues.
On September 13 from 9 a.m. to noon, MetalWave, Inc. will support a large-scale recycling event located at the Brentwood Highway Shed on Middle Rd (Rte 111A) neighboring the Pilgrim United Church of Christ. Items to bring include any end-of-life IT products, from laptops, servers and PCs, to keyboards, mice, printers, hand-held electronics such as smart-phones, tablets, PDAs and household items like telephones and televisions. The event is open to New Hampshire residents living within the Southeast Regional Refuse Disposal District including; Brentwood, Fremont, Hampton, Hampton Falls, Kensington, New Castle, North Hampton, Rye, Sandown and South Hampton. Read the rest of the story here.
GA Members receive up to 50% off recycling charges on electronics, including monitors, printers, faxes, copiers, and televisions, as well as FREE battery recycling!
The Wasps Next Door
Sometimes it starts with a low hum, something dull and distant droning like a lawnmower in the distance; someone in the neighborhood perhaps. Then, at a backyard cookout, a friend sipping on their lemonade can't get away from one. That's when you see it, a wasp's nest the size of a volleyball hanging underneath the porch steps like a paper lantern. This summer Tom Pray, of Ecotech Pest Services in Eliot, Maine, saw a drastic spike in yellow jacket populations that, even with a B.S. in entomology, leaves him stumped as to why there are so many reported nests.
"Last year we had a bumper crop of bald face hornets and yellow jacket nests. We're probably just seeing the result of that," Pray hypothesized. "All those nest sites last year created new queens for this year, so a large number of them survived the winter and now they're creating new nest sites during the summer."
Homeowners can take some minor precautions themselves by walking their property to check for nests. There are a few different species of yellow jacket, which, along with Bald-faced hornets, are actually classified as wasps. Read the rest of the story here.
Two Ceres Street Specializes in Sustainable Design
It’s just before 8:00 p.m. on a Friday, and the decks of Poco’s Bow Street Cantina are quickly filling up. Inside, the soft glow of the sunset melts into the warm LED lamplight at Two Ceres Street, a cocktail lounge nestled inside Poco’s. Guests can sit in low chairs and gaze out at the waterfront, feeling the breeze blow in through the opened glass wall. During the winter months, Two Ceres Street is its own, separate entity, but between mid-May and September, the two establishments combine.
“People don’t want to be inside on a beautiful summer day, so we made Two Ceres Street able to accommodate more of an outdoor atmosphere when it’s warm,” says Marlisa Geroulo, co-owner of Poco’s and Two Ceres Street. During the summer, guests at Two Ceres Street can enjoy the full Poco’s food and drink line-up, though its most popular martinis stay on the menu.
There are few restaurants in Portsmouth that have gone to such lengths in sustainable interior design as Two Ceres Street. Kieri board, a material made from tightly wound discarded sorghum straw, provides the paneling on the bar. PaperStone, a composite surface material made from 100% recycled paper and resin, make up the countertops and the shelving on walls and in the bathroom. Read the rest of the story here.
GA Members save 10% on food and drinks at Two Ceres Street and Poco's!
Little Green Homes Increasingly Popular
A recent trend in sustainable housing is also one of the most obvious – building smaller from the beginning.
A case in point is a recently completed home on Kittery Point designed and built by Greenland-based Little Green Homes. “The family had a home in Portsmouth but they wanted to downsize quite a bit,” said Jeff Stacy, business partner at Little Green Homes.
Late in 2013, the Portsmouth couple approached Stacy and fellow business partner Chris Redmond with their vision and goals for their new home for the two-adult, one-child family. The result is a comfortable two-story, two-bedroom home totaling 1,150 square feet built with as much recycled and reused material as possible – which included parts from an old barn.
The new structure has a cupola, sliding glass door for a wide natural view, and a durable metal roof. It also maximizes space utility and leverages insulation to create a comfortable, energy efficient home. Read the rest of the story here.
Mary Doane, the founder of Mary’s Dogs, is pleased her rescue and adoption organization has grown from her home in Deerfield to a two-story, 1800s federal-style house and property along Route 4 in Northwood near Coe-Brown Academy.
“We have a wonderful, relaxed feel at the Inn,” Doane said about the property that can board as many as 10 dogs at once. “Dogs who come to stay with us will feel like they're at home.”
This home offers canine daycare and boarding and fulfills a quarantine need for the dogs rescued from high-kill centers in the South. A 2012 New Hampshire state law mandated a 48-hour quarantine period for dogs at a licensed facility before heading to an adopting family.
Doane supported the law but knew when it was passed by the New Hampshire legislature that her operating model would have to change – and would require an actual facility rather than the improvised methods she had employed since founding Mary’s Dogs in 2011. 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!
Blue Ocean Society Discover NH Sea Life
The ocean is a vast mystery. Marine naturalists Jen Kennedy and Dianna Schulte watched as the ocean – which makes up 70 percent of the Earth - was polluted and littered, overfished, and slowly degraded, until they could no longer sit back and consciously let the destruction continue. In 2001, they set out to raise awareness about local ocean life.
Kennedy and Schulte founded the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation and made it their own personal missions to protect marine mammals in the Gulf of Maine. With the power of education they have slowly, but steadily, increased research and conservation efforts in the Gulf of Maine.
“We wanted to start the Blue Ocean Society so we could produce our own data, and have an outreach component, really try to get that data to the public in as close to real time as possible,” says Kennedy. Read the rest of the story here.
Green Alliance Members receive FREE admission to the Blue Ocean Discovery Center! Also save 10% on all items in Blue Ocean Society's online store! (Just follow the link below, click on "store," and enter the promo code GA10)
Community Toolbox Celebrates Newly Received Non-profit Status
A safe and healthy home. That is what Community Toolbox offers their customers. With their three-tier business model, and team of volunteers, Community Toolbox is a non-profit that works like none other.
“We do something special here,” said Cheryl Van Allen, Community Toolbox's Executive Director. “There is a gap in the community's need for affordable repair work and we're here to fill it.”
In June, Community Toolbox celebrated the approval of their 501c3 nonprofit status from the state of New Hampshire with an open house at their Retail Outlet.
The Fix-It program, the crux of Community Toolbox's three-part business model, is truly how Community Toolbox is able to give back to the community. Funded and supported by the Deconstruction program and Retail Outlet, the Fix-It program is targeted towards veterans, seniors, people with disabilities, and people who have fallen on hard times. This, as Van Allen explained, prevents financially strained home-owners from choosing between repairs, groceries and mortgage payments.
“It sounds cliché, but it’s a win-win-win,” remarks Van Allen. “More people see the circle of life in these programs and that every arm of the business is getting help. There is no loss here, no one is suffering.” Read the rest of the story here.
Sep 7 - Kittery Land Trust Annual Picnic Fort Foster Pavilion, Kittery, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Come join Kittery Land Trust for their annual meeting and picnic luncheon as they recap this year’s events and new business and listen to a talk on “Connecting and Responding to Our Local Environment.” For more information contact Rebecca Dawson Webb at 207-439-2915.
Sep 10 - Oct 5 Ridgeview Construction Debuts Ecofriendly Home 39 True Road, Salisbury, Massachusetts 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Home owners Natalie and Tom Treat are hosting multiple open houses of their modular home which has been reinvented to be completely net-zero with minimal waste. These open houses are perfect for homeowners looking to renovate their homes in an environmental manner. More information here, or contact Ridgeview Construction at603-303-7206.
Sep 11 - Oysterpalooza Redhook Ale Brewery, Portsmouth NH 5:30 - 9:30 p.m. The Coastal Conservation Association of New Hampshire’s Piscataqua Oysterpalooza is a chance to come enjoy oysters on the half shell at a great price, Redhook beer, live music, a live auction, and the N.H. Oyster Shucking Championship. The festival will raise funds for the organizations oyster shell recycling program which is used in oyster restoration in the Great Bay. More information here.
Sep 13 - MetalWave Inc. Electronic Recycling Drive 207 Middle Road (RT 111A) in Brentwood 9:00 a.m. - Noon Southern NH residents in the Southeast Regional Refuse Disposal District, come join MetalWave Inc. as they support a large scale recycling event to help you properly dispose of household and company electronic waste. This recycling event accepts any end of life IT products including laptops, cell phones, printers etc. For more information contact Jim Jubb of MetalWave at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sep 14 - Open Streets Portsmouth Portsmouth NH noon - 4:00 p.m. Open Streets Portsmouth will be transforming a mile of neighborhood streets into a public park for people to walk, bike, stroll, skip, whatever. More information here.
Sep 17 - STAR Theatre Lecture Series Presents: An Inside Look at the Mount Washington Observatory Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Rd Kittery ME 7:00 p.m. Come join Scot Henley, Executive Director of the non-profit Mount Washington Observatory, for an intimate look into the workings of this great scientific institution and home to "the world's worst weather." More information here.
Sep 20 - BioBlitz!: An Extreme Species Search Odiorne Point State Park, Rye NH 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Come enjoy a daylong species scavenger hunt of Odiorne Point State Park, where families explore alongside scientists and field naturalists to find and record data on as many different species in the Park as possible in one day. Exploration teams will be birding, searching for insects, snakes and amphibians, exploring the freshwater pond and salt marsh, identifying plants and seaweeds and more. Register here. A special thank you to Green Alliance Business Partners NHPTV, Get it Going, and Blue Ocean Society for sponsoring this event!
Sep 21 - Join the People’s Climate March in NYC New York City, all day Join the Peoples Climate March in the world’s largest demonstration yet about climate change. With many world leaders attending a global warming discussion at the UN it is the perfect opportunity to show your support for the climate movement. Sierra Club Maine has arranged for busses from Pease Tradeport at a $30 roundtrip cost. More information here.
Sep 27 - Redhook Reggae Jam Redhook Brewery, Portsmouth NH Stop by the Redhook Brewery in Portsmouth for a day filled with Reggae music and live bands. More information here.
Sep 27 - GateWay's Second Anniversary Free Class Day! 875 Islington St., Portsmouth, 10 a.m. - close
GateWay Taiji, Qigong, and Yoga is celebrating their second year of business with an open house event! Attend any classes throughout the day, come tour the beautiful green-designed studio. For more info, visit www.gatewaytaiji.com or call 603-610-9395.
Sep 29 - QA Cafe Teaming with MetalWorks for eCycle Event 55 Green St, Portsmouth NH 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. QA Cafe is teaming up with GA Business Partner MetalWave to host an electronics recycling event! The event is open to GA members, as well as all Business Partners, and is a great way for the GA Community to continue making healthy choices for our environment. MetalWave accepts any products “with a plug” and will sustainably recycle all items turned in. More information here.
Oct 05 - GA Sustaining Member Foliage Sunset Sail on Gundalow 60 Marcy Street, Portsmouth, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
All NEW Sustaining Members get 2 tkts for the exclusive Foliage Sunset Party Sail aboard the Gundalow complete with live music, complimentary local beer and appetizers! This green community soiree promises excellent views of scenic Portsmouth amidst the beautiful colors of autumn. Join us for a fun-filled night on the Piscataqua and take in all the beauty that is New England! The boat only holds 40, so make sure to join today to save your spot! Become a Lifetime Sustaining Member here! Email email@example.com for more info.
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