Summer is here and we’re looking forward to the heat, backyard BBQs and beach days! It's so nice to walk to the Green Alliance's headquarters in downtown Portsmouth and see people dining outdoors or sipping iced coffees in Prescott Park.
Over the last few weeks, I've also watched neighbors struggle to get their properties summer-ready after the weight of so much snow and ice. That's why I'm excited to see Purely Organic Lawncare's tips for green lawn recovery in this issue of the GAzette.
Summer also means it is time for our Summer Party Cruise on June 13 with NHPTV aboard the Thomas Laighton. This year 900 Degrees Pizzeria will supply a delicious sampling of snacks from their menu for the GA community, live music will rock the boat and as always, there will be two cash bars onboard.
The great news is if you're already a Green Alliance member, you party with us for free; just RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org with your member number! If you aren't a member, join here and your GA membership is only $25 for a whole year, plus you get one free party cruise ticket! See you all on the river Saturday evening, June 13th, from 7-10 p.m.
Local Businesses Come Together to Host Annual
The clock is ticking, the GA summer party cruise is just one week away and the boat is filling up fast. RSVP now to email@example.com to save your spot; last year this event sold out. On June 13, green business leaders and the GA community will sail down the Piscataqua River taking in the sights of the New Hampshire seacoast.
Local rock band, Humble Be, will perform live and 900 Degrees Neapolitan Pizzeria will supply complimentary hors d'oeuvres for guests in addition to the Isles of Shoals Steamship Co.'s two cash bars on the boat.
Admission for the party cruise is free for Green Alliance members, and if you are not yet a member, but are interested in attending the party cruise, become a member today and get one free ticket for the cruise.
A Portsmouth Maritime Favorite Gets a Green Make Over
During the summer season, the M/V Thomas Laighton is a common sight plying the waters in and around Portsmouth harbor. This bright white, 340-passenger vessel celebrates the natural beauty of the New Hampshire seacoast; so it’s only fitting that it took a green approach to its recent renovations.
“The first eco-element of the renovation was the demolition of the vessel interior,” says Captain Jeremy Bell, co-owner of the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, which runs the M/V Thomas Laighton. “We were able to recycle, reuse, or donate about 50 percent of all the demolition materials, including several hundred pounds of steel from the old railing.”
For the renovation itself, all interior lighting was replaced with high-efficiency LEDs that use less mercury and lead than traditional lighting. The new interior carpet is made from recycled content and, along with the new ceiling tiles and ceiling grid, is recyclable. Additionally, when planning the renovations, Bell thought long-term about the ship's sustainability. A stainless steel railing system was installed to replace the old railings. This new system will last the life of the vessel, and eliminates the need for the epoxy-based paint necessary to maintain the old rails. Read the full story here.
Dover Salon Offers Truly Healthier Hair Products
Organic, hair and salon are not terms generally heard together, especially considering some of the ingredients that often appear within hair care products. However, Acorn Organic Salon in Dover takes pride in combining these terms together successfully.
One of the immediate differences between Acorn is that it doesn't smell like other salons; there's less harmful chemicals in the air because Acorn uses eco-hair sprays instead of industry-favorites. It's a conversation starter for the stylists and their customers on what makes Acorn's product selection a healthier alternative.
“The ingredients that we use are another big factor,” Laura MacKay, owner of Acorn Organic Salon, said. Read the full story here.
Green Businesses Team Up to Take the Bite Out of Golf
There will be a few more traps at Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club this summer, but golfers need not worry, these traps will be installed to enhance the playing experience.
This summer Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control Services, LLC is working with Sagamore-Hampton to test his Fly Cage at the 18-hole course. The Fly Cage, developed by Pray over the last year to control horseflies, greenheads and deerflies, will be positioned at two of the course's holes with two traps at each hole to test the cage's effectiveness.
“I want to put some out and see which spots will be best,” Pray said.
Richard Luff, the president of Sagamore-Hampton said he'd like to start testing at some of the holes on the course's back nine. Holes 10, 11 and 12 wind through the woods and that's where Luff said the deer-flies are most prevalent, especially in the morning.
“In those early morning rounds they can chase you around and make it unpleasant,” Luff said. Read the full story here.
Amazing Summer Special from Yankee Thermal and Aucella
Yankee Thermal Imaging and Aucella Heating & Cooling are offering stepped up summer discounts for Green Alliance members! Don’t miss this opportunity to get a great deal and save money all summer long. As a GA member you get exclusive discounts with local, sustainable businesses throughout the year, but as an added bonus here are two specials to keep your home cool and comfortable this summer and cozy and tight next winter.
Building inefficiencies waste money and energy. Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering GA members an incentive to conduct upgrades to increase home energy efficiency. YTI will conduct an energy audit at the normal price, which will then be refunded to the homeowner when they implement qualifying energy upgrades. YTI will also help residents to access available rebates to help offset the cost of upgrades.
Regular maintenance keeps air conditioners running efficiently, reduces unnecessary energy use and extends the life span of the unit. Aucella Heating and Cooling is offering all GA members 50% off unit maintenance (originally $139.00). Aucella’s comprehensive checklist ensures that the system is in compliance with manufacturers guarantees and is ready to be used throughout the summer. Read the full story here.
Local Company Helps Businesses Go Paperless
Every business has a paper document, or series of forms, based on each of its needs. Annually, businesses spend billions of dollars on paper - along with purchasing costs, businesses put money into printing, postage, copying and storage. With the US consuming nearly 30 percent of the world’s paper, it’s clear that something needs to change.
Rochester-based company SnAPPii creates apps that ease a business's reliance on paper documents for invoicing, project management, and health and safety inspection. With an easy DIY app creation system, and an on-call service for premium accounts, SnAPPii is helping local businesses go paperless. And with the My PDF Form Manager, SnAPPii is able to directly upload existing PDF documents to Apple and Android products without losing valuable information.
“There’s not a business on the planet that doesn’t have a form, and we noticed that the bulk of the time we spent was actually recreating forms they already have,” SnAPPii owner Alex Bakman says. “I kind of looked at that and said, ‘Well, why can’t we use their existing forms?’ If we could do that, then we could go from zero to 60 in three seconds.” Read the full story here.
Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance Celebrates 10 Years
Jon Merwin started his business by following in his father's footsteps. A decade ago, Merwin was fresh out of college and set out to start his own insurance agency focused on providing reliable insurance and customer service to its clients. Today, not many insurance agencies are known for their sustainability efforts and community giveback. But on the Seacoast, Merwin's Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance (PAI), celebrating its tenth anniversary in June, remains ahead of the industry.
Merwin graduated from the UNH, and soon passed the Property & Casualty exam, licensing him to become an insurance agent. He began his career by opening a branch location in Laconia, New Hampshire under Insurance Express in June 2005 and was the sole employee for the company, sharing a small office space with another business.
Starting with a blank slate and no clients, Merwin worked his way up and began writing home and auto insurance for family and friends. As Merwin's reputation grew, client referrals slowly trickled in. It wasn't easy going in those early days, according to Merwin. Read the full story here.
Jeff Hiatt: A Bottom Line Approach to Sustainability
For Jeff Hiatt, environmental stewardship is as simple as helping businesses, both big and small, stabilize their energy expenses.
Since 1995, Hiatt, founder of Performance Business Solutions in Hampton Falls, estimates he has helped hundreds of clients save millions of dollars through the firm’s multi-phase consulting approach. His time-tested analysis formula matches rigorous expense reviews and energy efficiency programs that can add to a company’s bottom line.
“I enjoy the dual positive of making an impact on the environment and the economy,” Hiatt said. “By implementing green solutions and green tools, my clients will use less energy and that helps their bottom line. It helps sustain the future of the company.” Read the full story here.
Check out this video made by NHPTV for the 2015 summer party cruise with the Green Alliance on June 13th aboard the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company's M/V Thomas Laighton!
6 Tips to Get a Green Lawn in a Green Way
The quest to have a green lawn is a deep-rooted desire for many Americans, growing the lawn care industry into a multi-billion dollar business in the United States.
“As the saying goes, ‘the grass is always greener on the other side’, but we think it’s more important that the grass is healthier on your side,” said Jason Lefebvre of Purely Organic Lawn Care, based in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. “The beauty is that, with the advancement of organic lawn care practices and products, your healthy lawn can also be gorgeously green.”
Lefebvre shares six tips for getting a naturally green lawn:
1. GROWING: There are several varieties of grass plants and it’s important to grow the right one for your environment—for instance, don’t plant shade-loving grass in your sunny front lawn;
2. WATERING: Water your lawn two to three times per week, spending 20 to 30 minutes per zone. By saturating the soil, the grass roots reach deep to get water—building the roots provides grass with drought tolerance and the capability to survive hot days. Read the full story here.
Green Story: RiverWoods Retirement Community,
A Sustainable Cut Above the Rest
Every Green Alliance business undergoes a Sustainability Certification. This certification serves to show what the business has accomplished and what they are still working on when it comes to green business practices. Below is part 3 of the Green Alliance Sustainability Certification for RiverWoods Retirement Community, otherwise known as the Green Story.
One of the Green Alliance’s newest members is probably one of the least understood within the Seacoast. If you think you know RiverWoods, think again. It is the product of a group of Seacoast-area residents, who were not happy with the options available to them when they retired – so they built their own!
More than 20 years ago, RiverWoods was founded as a Continuing Care Retirement Community by people who wanted to create an active community of adults who cared about each other and the world around them. Today, RiverWoods is nationally accredited, and has three campuses on 200 wooded acres in Exeter. Read RiverWoods' full Green Story here and check out RiverWoods' entire certification documents here.
James Petersen named Granite State ASHRAE Chapter
Engineer of the Year
James Petersen, principle engineer and founder of Petersen Engineering in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, was named the 2015 Engineer of the Year by the Granite State Chapter of ASHRAE.
In the nearly three decades he's worked in the industry, Petersen has forged a reputation as an engineer concerned with quality and sustainability for every project he's done.
“I've been working away for 29 years trying to make buildings better,” Petersen said. “And most of the time it is hard work and when you get a surprise recognition like this it feels pretty good.” Read the full story here.
June 06 - Our Old House and Garden Festival
Moffatt-Ladd House and Garden, 154 Market St., Portsmouth, 1:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Connect with the community and explore the gardens at the Moffatt-Ladd House at this free event that is open to the public. The Green Alliance and many Business Partners will have booths at the event and guests are welcome to speak with the variety of businesses related to gardens and the environment. Learn more about the Moffatt-Ladd House.
June 06- 6th Annual Herb and Garden Day
McLane Audobon Center, 84 Silk Farm Rd, Concord
Learn about the benefits of plants and herbs, while supporting local herbalists, crafters, and gardeners. This event will include workshops, a market fair, and delicious foods. Learn more here.
June 07, 14, 21, 28 - Kittery Community Market
Post Office Square, 10 Shapleigh Rd., Kittery, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Stock up on fresh produce, baked goods, and crafts every Sunday until October 4. Stop by the KCM booth to enter to win a Green Alliance membership each weekend. Learn more here.
June 08 thru 19 - CommuteSmart Seacoast B2B Challenge
CommuteSmart Seacoast promotes smarter and greener commuting including carpooling, riding the bus, walking, and teleworking. The challenge is the have the smartest and greenest commuting workforce. Click here for more information and to register
June 13 - Green Alliance and NHPTV Summer Kick Off Party Cruise
54 Market St., Portsmouth, 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Join the GA for a night fun on the Piscataqua with live music, food, and drinks. Humble Be, a local Seacoast band, will provide music for the night. Enjoy complimentary hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar. Cruise is free for GA members, if you're not a member join now for the discounted price of $25 and a free cruise ticket RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 13 - Showing of the Film: Last Call, The Underlying Reasons for the Global Climate Crisis
Unitarian Universalist Church, 274 Pleasant St., Concord
Join in on an educational discussion concerning climate change around the globe. Discussion topics include groeth, sustainability, and how we got to this point. Contact email@example.com for more info.
June 19 - Coastal NH Climate Summit, Science to Support Action
Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, Greenland, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
The 4th Annual Coastal Climate Summit is a collaborative forum among scientists, natural resource agencies, planners, engineers, municipal leaders, watershed organizations, conservation groups, citizens and others concerned about the impacts of climate change in coastal New Hampshire. Click here to register.