Cleaning Caution: When “Keep Out of Reach of Children” Isn’t Enough
“Keep Out of Reach of Children” is a familiar warning label found on most conventional cleaning products because of the harmful chemicals they contain. Yet keeping these common cleaners out of children’s reach may not be enough.
From laundry detergent to liquid cleaners for floors, sinks and stovetops, each is a hazard that can adversely effect the health of adults and especially children. Continue reading here.
It may not come as a surprise to some that one of the seacoast-area's greenest homes belongs to Ultra Geothermal owner, Melissa Aho. Aho's company takes sustainability nearly as far as it can go, enabling homeowners of new and existing properties the opportunity to heat and cool their homes with clean, renewable — and ultimately affordable — geothermal energy. Read the full story here.
GA members receive a free humidifier with the purchase of a geothermal system ($825 value)!
New Green Housing Development Replaces Decayed Public Housing
A decayed public housing development has been replaced by a new affordable green town house and apartment complex thanks to Petersen Engineering; a Portsmouth-based engineering firm that specializes in energy efficient mechanical engineering.
Built in 1951, Fairfax Gardens was a 150 unit public housing development in Taunton, Massachusetts that had fallen into disrepair. The development was cramped, not accessible nor energy-efficient. The units were overrun with mold and pests, and their finishes were severely deteriorated. Continue reading here.
GA to Host Extreme Weather and Business Preparedness Forum on March 12th
In 2005, Hampton fire chief Chris Silver surveyed local businesses on whetheror not they had an extreme weather plan. An astounding two-thirds of all businesses surveyed had no plan, while five out 10 said their business operations couldn't afford to be down for more than five days without suffering significant loss to profits and employees. It’s clear that extreme weather is a serious issue especially for business. It’s also clear that more frequent and severe storms have now become a fact of life in the region and are a result, at least in part, of climate change.
The GA will host this free event to discuss the threats associated with climate change and how businesses will be affected in conjunction with the American Red Cross and the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup.
On February 3 the New Hampshire chapter of the Surfrider Foundation’s Rise Above Plastics (RAP) coalition proposed a reduction of single-use plastic bags to the Portsmouth City Council. The ordinance, which aims at reducing plastics pollution, is currently awaiting votes before it is brought before the council for final ruling.
GA Members receive free admission to the Blue Ocean Society Discovery Center and 10% off sailing tickets at the Gundalow Company!
RiverWoods Joins the GA to Encourage Sustainability
One of the goals of the RiverWoods Environmental Sustainability Committee is to continually learn about new ways to maintain a healthy environment for generations to come. In light of that, RiverWoods became an official Business Partner of the Green Alliance.
This means that RiverWoods will undergo a sustainability certification, a process that evaluates how eco-friendly a business is. The analysis will give the RiverWoods Sustainability Committee and staff a baseline, and an in-depth look at where RiverWoods excels in sustainability, and where more attention needs to be paid. Read the full story here.
Prelude: A Legacy of Sustainable Change in Portsmouth
A local downtown establishment is up for sale, but the current owner's legacy of bringing green and sustainable products to the Seacoast is expected to live on. Holly Landgarten, the owner of Prelude “purveyors of imported soaps, fine jewelry & gifts” on Market Street, is putting the store up for sale and she is confident that much of its value lies in the community building and local focus the store has exhibited for over 25 years.
“I've been here nearly 26 years, which is wonderful and it's the longest time I've ever worked anywhere,” Landgarten said. “I would love to still work here as an employee but I need not to work as many hours or have as much responsibility.” Continue reading here.
Meet Ladder, the 65 foot inflatable whale and newest member of the Blue Ocean Society! Click here for the story and video.
Green Family Events
Who: Harbor Eyecare Center
What: Girls Night Out Style Event Where: 161 Deer Street, Portsmouth When: February 19, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Harbor Eyecare Center will host a special evening of shopping with friends for the newest styles of fashion eyewear. Enjoy complimentary wine, cheese, and chocolate while viewing the showcase of new eyewear from MODO and the ECO Collections. ECO is Harbor Eyecare Center's environmentally-friendly fashion eyewear, and is the only brand that makes their frames from 95% recycled materials. Learn more about the event here.
What: Newmarket Winter Farmers' Market
Where: Newmarket High School, 213 South Main St., Newmarket When: February 21, 9:00 a.m - 1:00 p.m.
The Newmarket Winters Farmers’ Market is held on the first and third Saturdays from November to April. The market features local baked goods, crafts, herbs, honey, meats, plants, and more! Shagbark Farm, Root Seller Farm, Hickory Nut Farm, and Red Cardinal Farm will be at the market along with talented crafters such as My Sweet Soap and Jump Snacks. Visit their Facebook Page for more info.
Our next Business Learning Series event is coming up in March! Learn more on our events calendar.
Who: St. John's Men's Compline Choir
What: Compline Service (Free) Where: St. John's Church, 100 Chapel St., Portsmouth When: February 22, 7:00 - 7:30 p.m. and every Sunday through March 29
Each Sunday during Lent, the St. John's Men's Compline Choir will lead a service of compline made up of psalms, hymns, and intone prayers for the day's end. The simple compline service lasts around 30 minutes and although visitors do not need to actively participate, anyone interested in singing with the men's Compline Choir is encouraged to join. Click here for more info.
Who: Ecological Landscape Alliance
What: 21st Annual Conference and Eco-Marketplace Where: MassMutual Center, Springfield, MA When: February 25 and 26
The ELA is hosting their 21st annual conference of educational workshops on concepts such as, landscape design, irrigation, and conservation. Keynote speakers and networking opportunities make this a conference any New England landscaper won't want to miss. Learn more and register here.
Who: Northeast Sustainable Energy Association What: BuildingEnergy 2015 Conference Where: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston When: March 3-5
Join NESEA at their three day conference featuring workshops, discussions, and presentations by energy experts. James Petersen, the founder of Petersen Engineering, a Portsmouth based business and partner of the Green Alliance, will speak on the third day about the new Fairfax Gardens housing development in Taunton, MA. Click here to learn more and to register for the BuildingEnergy 2015 Conference.
Who: GateWay Taiji, Qigong, and Yoga
What: Broga: Yoga Geared for Guys Where: 875 Islington St., Portsmouth When: March 7, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
GateWay is hosting a new workshop designed to engage men in yoga through a challenging set of routines, resulting in a workout that improves flexibility, builds muscle, reduces the risk of injury, relieves stress, and improves balance. Although this workshop is "optimized for guys", women are more than welcome to experience this new style of yoga. Click here to register for Broga and check out the other classes offered at GateWay.
Who: Green Alliance, NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup, and the Red Cross
What: Weathering Change Business Preparedness Forum Where: GA Headquarters, 75 Congress St., Suite 304, Portsmouth When: March 12, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Is your business prepared for a natural disaster? Join us to learn how to best prepare your business to combat the threats of disasters associated with climate change. This free event will be hosted by speakers from GA Business Partners, as well as the American Red Cross and the NH Coastal Adaptation Workgroup. Click here to learn more and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to save your spot.
Who: The Kittery Land Trust What: Screening of Play Again Where: Rice Library, 8 Wentworth St., Kittery When: March 19, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
The Kittery Land Trust is hosting a screening of a documentary that follows six teenagers who, like the “average American child,” spend five to fifteen hours a day behind screens. Play Again unplugs these teens and takes them on their first wilderness adventure – no electricity, no cell phone coverage, no virtual reality. The film explores the changing balance between the virtual and natural worlds. This documentary is free and open to the public, learn more about the film here.
Winter Fun Fact!
Why is there "smoke" on the ocean?
"Sea smoke" forms when a light wind of cold air (usually near or below 0 F) mixes with the shallow layer of warm air just above the warmer water. That warmer air cools so quickly that it can't hold the water vapor and releases it as condensation and as a result, produces sea smoke. Find out more about this winter phonomenom here.
This month's Fun Fact comes from our friends at White Pine Programs. Learn more about White Pine here.
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