If you haven’t come out to the new and improved Kittery Community Market and stopped by our table, or shopped with some of the best local vendors in the seacoast, we hope to see you on Sunday. And we hope you’ll come out for our Green Families celebration at the Kittery Market on August 23rd. Find out more about the weekly markets and our celebration below.
And this month, a very very special offer from the GA’s Ecotech Pest Control; a free Fly Cage – Ecotech’s own, almost magical, invention that eliminates biting flies without harmful pesticides and chemicals! Enjoy your summer with a little less stress with a Fly Cage going to the first new Green Alliance Sustaining Member! This chemical-free, completely recyclable trap helps capture deer flies, greenheads, and horse flies so that you can grill and sunbathe in peace.
I’m so excited about the wonderful work NH Solar Garden is doing with their latest project in the town of Franklin and Sagamore Golf’s efforts to mitigate harmful runoff. And I’m happy to see two Green Alliance businesses, Redhook and MetalWave, partner for a unique eCycling event at Pease Tradeport.
Find out about all this and more below and Happy 4th!
Franklin: Ground Zero for New Hampshire Solar Revolution
If all goes as planned, the largest municipal solar project of its kind will go online in Franklin later this year.
The agreement between the city of Franklin and NhSolarGarden will lead to the development of portions of 40 acres of currently unused land and generate more than 10 megawatts of power annually. It could go online as early as September.
Franklin city councilor and former mayor Tony Giunta has a unique perspective. Giunta is with Nobis Engineering of Concord and his company is handling the site development of the project which he believes put Franklin at the forefront of municipal energy policy.
“Franklin has constantly been criticized for being a community that’s struggled finding an adequate tax base ever since the booming mill industry left in the 1970s and 1980s,” Giunta explained. “Franklin is showing the region, the state, the country, and the world that large solar installations are economically viable. We don’t have to wait five years from now...” Read the full story here.
Join the Green Alliance for a Free Fly Cage!
Rising from the backwoods and marshes, deer flies, horse flies and green-heads terrorize backyards and beach days, from the Cape up the coast of Maine, throughout the summer. But Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control in Eliot, Maine, developed a solution that could finally alleviate one of the summer's biggest backyard woes. He calls it the Fly Cage, and he is giving one away this month to the first Sustaining Member of the Green Alliance.
“With the GA community, I’m essentially preaching to the choir,” says Pray about the like-minded businesses and individuals that make up the sustainable business and consumer union. “The Green Alliance has given a lot to my business in the form of education and exposure around issues of pest management in a safe and non-toxic way, and I want to give back with a free Fly Cage.” Read the full story here.
A Journey Home
One snowy, slushy and rainy afternoon in late-March, Rob and Julia Moreau made the three hour trek from their North Adams, Massachusetts, home to Mary's Dogs Rescue & Adoption in Northwood, New Hampshire. Upon their arrival they were warmly met by Mary Doane, the owner of Mary's Dogs, who brought the Moreau's into a side room so that they could meet their new family member: Little Man, a corgi.
“We have three rescues," Julia Moreau said. “To me, most important is to help an animal. There are so many animals that need a good home and need a chance.”
The ASPCA estimates that 3.9 million dogs enter shelters nationwide yearly and that 31 percent of dogs that enter shelters nationwide are euthanized each year. Doane runs a rescue adoption for dogs in New Hampshire that she started in February 2011. Opened as a response to what Mary saw as a lack of support for dog adopters, she created a community for them to connect with. Read the full story here.
Join the Green Families Club for Free Tickets to Santa's Village or the Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series
The Green Families Club (GFC) was created in July 2012 with the goal to inspire younger generations to care about sustainability and value the environment. This August, the Green Alliance is celebrating the 3rd birthday of the Green Families Club! On Sunday August 23, from 10 a.m - 2 p.m the Green Alliance will host a Green Families Celebration in conjunction with the Kittery Community Market.
Join the Green Families Club in July and get two free tickets to Santa’s Village or the Seacoast Science Center Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series! Santa’s Village in Jefferson, NH is a great place for young children and the whole family, and these general admission tickets ($30 value each) can be used until October 11, 2015. The Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series to benefit the Seacoast Science Center is held each Thursday in July and features popular New England bands; these tickets ($12 value each) can be used at any of the concerts in July. Read the full story here.
Integrated Fitness' Sustainability is About More than Just Exercise
Integrated Fitness is all about whole-body sustainability – from nutrition education to its popular Weight Loss Challenge program, and community giveback. But the local fitness center makes environmentally conscious decisions in each aspect of its operations both big and small.
For its facility on Dover Point Road in Dover, Integrated Fitness purchases repurposed second-hand fitness equipment, their gym and yoga mats are made with recycled materials, CFL lighting is used in the offices, much of their client billing is done electronically, the location is heated with natural gas, and Integrated Fitness uses recycled paper products for printed materials.
Traditional membership gyms typically use harsh chemicals to clean equipment, and often use paper towels to wipe down mats and seats. Integrated Fitness, which is not a membership gym, hired a green cleaning company to service their facility once a week. The cleaning company uses eco-friendly products that are just as effective as traditional cleaning products, but reduces clients' exposure to harmful chemicals. Read the full story here.
Redhook Brewery x MetalWave eCycle Fest
The fast pace of technological change coupled with the short lifespan of modern consumer goods leaves many of us with obsolete electronics. The components of these products often contain hazardous contaminants such as lead, cadmium, mercury and brominated flame retardants which pose a great deal of risk to human health and the environment when this material is sent to landfills. It’s paramount that as citizens of the world, we consume, but especially dispose of, our consumer goods responsibly.
Since 2010, local e-cyler, MetalWave LLC, has been serving businesses in New England and beyond with transparent, domestic, and cost-effective end-of-life recycling services for a variety of e-waste.
On July 21st from 11:30 am to 4pm, local e-cycler MetalWave is teaming up with Redhook Brewery to host a free electronic recycling day exclusively to Pease Tradeport tenants and employees. Read the full story here.
Green Collar Careers: Jenaly Technology Group
President, MJ Shoer
Some argue that Information Technology uses too much of our resources with high electrical demand, endless toner cartridges and a nearly continuous use of unsustainable fossil fuels. But is that correct? MJ Shoer, the president of Jenaly Technology Group, Inc., has proven time and time again that IT management can be as green as any other sustainable industry.
Ken Johnson (KJ): What do you like most about your job?
MJ Shoer (MJ): What I do is in a constant state of change and I love that! In the industry I am in, technology is constantly changing and reassessing itself over and over and over again. So it requires you to be thoughtful, nimble, quick on your feet, adaptable, and a quick learner. There's constantly new technologies coming to the market and having an impact on clients. Read the full story here.
Ethan Korpi: A Builder's Dedication to Sustainability
Ethan Korpi, co-founder of Eco Sound Builders in Portsmouth, has custom home building in his DNA. Or at least it seems that way. His father, Roger was a builder for decades before starting Eco Sound Builders with Ethan in 2007. The legacy of Roger’s work can be found throughout New Hampshire's Lakes Region, while Ethan runs the southern division of the company, with partner Peter Robie, creating a new legacy in the seacoast region and southern Maine.
What sets Eco Sound Builders apart in the industry, Ethan Korpi explained, is their drive to build homes that are as individually unique as they are environmentally responsible. According to Korpi, energy conservation and construction waste management are key elements for all their new home and restoration projects. Read the full story here.
Sagamore Golf Engages in Stormwater Management to Lessen Environmental Impacts to Great Bay
A joint conservation effort between Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club, the NH Department of Environmental Services, and UNH has put one NH golf company at the forefront of conservation of Great Bay.
Though it appears at times as no more than a mere trickle of water, Cornelius Brook is a small stream that flows quietly through the Sagamore-Hampton Golf course. Its significance lies in the fact that its ultimate destination is New Hampshire’s Great Bay, which has been succumbing to pollution pressures in recent times. The Great Bay is one of the most important estuaries in the country, and named as one of 28 US EPA, Estuaries of National Significance.
Cornelius Brook is perhaps no more important than any of the numerous tributaries that feed into the Bay, but thanks to a new joint project that is underway, the water that flows into the Brook will be that much cleaner and free of dangerous fertilizers as it enters the larger Winnicut River on its way toward Great Bay and ultimately the Atlantic ocean. Read the full story here.
Working Together to Keep New Hampshire Clean
New Hampshire residents are proud of the place they come from and the natural beauty it holds, but steps must constantly be taken to preserve that reputation. Thankfully, organizations throughout New Hampshire are working to make sure the Granite State remains a clean, scenic place for both residents and visitors.
On Monday, June 8, environmental groups, including New Hampshire the Beautiful, from around New Hampshire and New England held the thirty-fourth Northeast Resource Recovery Association (NRRA) Conference in Manchester to share information, honor members, and advance environmental causes.
New Hampshire the Beautiful (NHtB) works collaboratively with the NRRA. "Years ago, NHtB realized the poor conditions of New Hampshire transfer stations and resolved to improve both them and town recycling efforts," said John Dumais, a member of NHtB's board of directors. This has become one of the main programs administered by NHtB, in which they travel to municipalities throughout New Hampshire and subsidize the costs for recycling equipment and directional signs to improve the transfer stations. Read the full story here.
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July 01, 08, 15, 22, 29 - Rye Farmers Market
Rye Center, 580 Washington Road, Rye, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Enjoy local fruits, vegetables, flowers, fine crafts and baked goods from many new vendors, such as Churchill's Gardens with flowers and plants and Isles of Shoals Organic Body Products. Be sure to stop by the Green Alliance booth on July 8 and 29. Learn more here.
July 02, 09, 16, 23, 30 - Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series
Seacoast Science Center, Odiorne Point State Park, Rye, 6 - 8:30 p.m.
The concert series will be held each Thursday in July to benefit the Seacoast Science Center's ocean education mission and Marine Mammal Rescue Program. Join the Green Alliance as a new member and you will get two free tickets ($12 value each) or join as a Sustaining Member for four free tickets. Then email email@example.com to collect your tickets. Click here for more info.
July 05, 12, 19, 26 - 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.
July 07 - Southeast Land Trust Benefit Night at Flatbread
138 Congress St., Portsmouth, 5 - 9 p.m.
Enjoy a night full of great tasting food in support of the Southeast Land Trust's conservation efforts. Whether you eat in house or get a flatbread to go, Flatbread Company will donate $3.50 of each large flatbread and $1.75 of each small flatbread to help support SELT in their efforts. For more info click here.
June 11 - New England Country Music Festival at Redhook
1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth, 1 - 11 p.m.
Redhook Brewery will host the first annual New England Country Music Festival featuring hit artists like Kellie Pickler and Leah Turner and many up and coming artists. Click here for more info.
June 19 - Redhook and MetalWave E-Cycle Fest
Redhook Brewery, Portsmouth, 11:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Tradeport businesses, along with their employees, are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to recycle retired IT assets and electronic waste. Metal Wave will be accepting items such as laptops, projectors, phones, wires, VCRs, fluorescent light bulbs, mini fridges, and car batteries free of charge! Get a $2 beer pass for every 5 items brought in! Learn more here.