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Dear GAzette Readers,

If there’s one thing we like to do, it’s work our butts off to save the planet. But after a long day of work, we like to celebrate, which is why we’re having a Party for the Planet this Earth Day, April 22nd! There will be a Pease Tradeport cleanup from 4:00 to 6:00 at Redhook Pub, then we’ll be heading upstairs to celebrate from 6-9 with lots of Redhook beer and music by Humble Bee. It’s going to be an awesome time, and it’s free for Green Alliance Members!
You know what else is good for Green Alliance Members? Our Springtime Specials! Now through the month of April, we have four superb discounts from Yankee Thermal Imaging, Ecotech Pest Control, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, and Green Maids – it’s the perfect package of deals to put some “spring” in your step. And don't forget our April Membership Special; become a new GA Member for only $20 in the month of April! 

Also, we are giving away THREE free tickets to the Wild and Scenic Film Festival, to new Sustaining Members. This is an environmental film festival you don't want to miss! 

Sarah Brown

Green Alliance Director



Green Business in the Community

Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration!

Redhook and the Green Alliance, are coming together to celebrate Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22, with a fabulous party at Redhook's brewing facility. Guests will enjoy an evening of live music from local seacoast band, Humble Bee, and a selection of raffle prizes. Redhook will provide complimentary all natural and local foods from their kitchen at the Cataqua Public House restaurant and a cash bar featuring their sustainable brews, ($2 from every beer goes to the Hodgson Brook Association).

The Party for the Planet will take place from 6 - 9:00 p.m. with a $5 admission. However, Green Alliance Business Partners and members get in for free! You don't HAVE to be a member to party with us, but you SHOULD be! Right now we are offering new membership for $20 to celebrate Earth Day and the coming of spring. Join now, or at any time during the month of April for just $20! RSVP to for the Party for the Planet. Read the full story here

Springtime Deals!

During the month of April, enjoy special discounts with some of our business partners who are here to help put some spring in your step. 

$20 off an EcoTech Fly Cage
Tom Pray of EcoTech Pest Services has a new invention called the Fly Cage. It’s pretty simple, but incredibly powerful; the cage attracts flies simply by sight – no chemicals whatsoever! It’s great for backyards, barns, fields, anywhere you want to keep pest-free and chemical free.

$10 off a $50 purchase at The Natural Dog
Warm weather also means more time to play with your furry friends! No more hurried laps around the block, it’s time to have some serious fun. The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat is offering $10 off a purchase of $50 or more on toys and treats, so everyone’s happy, especially your dog! 

$250 Lowe’s gift card from Yankee Thermal Imaging
YTI is offering gift cards to any GA Members who have weatherization and insulation completed in the month of April. That means by next winter, you could have a warm, tightly sealed house, and by the end of the month, you could have a head start on your next home improvement project!

25% off a full house clean with Green Maids
Of all the associations with spring, "cleaning" is one of the most prominent. Why not let Green Maids clean your house with all natural, toxin-free cleaning products, a reputable staff, and at a full 25% off!

Continue reading about the Springtime Specials here

Also during the month of April,  join the Green Alliance for just $20! 

Favorite Foods: Family Success That Includes Sustainability

Chris Barstow has a philosophy that has served his company Favorite Foods well for more than a quarter century. “If we help our customers do more business and become more profitable, then we will reap the benefits.”

Barstow is the president and chief executive of Favorite Foods, the Somersworth-based restaurant supply company that has carved a profitable niche in a highly competitive industry that includes giants such as Sysco, US Foods and Performance Food Group.

Barstow admits to not seeking individual recognition and says credit goes to the 53-employee team. The $37.5 million annual revenue firm provides supplies to local, independent restaurants as well as some state prisons, military installations, private schools and food manufacturers. Read the full story here

Yankee Thermal Imaging Supports Home Improvement
with Incentive Program

As spring slowly makes an appearance, the thought of cold weather preparation is replaced by thoughts of flowerbeds and herb gardens. Yankee Thermal Imaging plans to help kick start their customers’ springtime home improvement dreams with a hefty incentive program.

This April, Yankee Thermal Imaging is offering a $250 Lowe’s gift card for any Green Alliance members who have weatherization and insulation completed within the month. A weatherization and insulation project delivers an airtight and efficient living area, by closing the building envelope. This decreases the amount of times a furnace needs to kick on, by keeping a more constant temperature and eliminating draft, thus saving the homeowner money. Read the full story here.

Integrated Fitness Seeks Full Time Trainer

Did you know the Green Alliance has a Green Jobs Board for Business Partners and other green organizations to advertise job openings? We encourage our Business Partners and nonprofits to let us know when they are looking to add a new employee to their team and we help get the word out! That means, if you're in the market for a job in the green economy, the GA Green Jobs Board is the place for you; check it early and often! 

Integrated Fitness of Dover, our newest Business Partner, is currently seeking an experienced Personal Trainer for full-time (20 + training hours/week) training and teaching at their Dover Point facility. While this is a semi-flexible role, availability to train clients and/or teach classes in the early mornings is strongly preferred. Additional availability to work afternoons and evenings is ideal. 

Read the full job description here. Check out the Green Jobs Board here


Green Alliance Members Receive Special Spring Discount for the Fly Cage

They might not be something most New Englanders think about this time of year, but come mid-summer green-heads, deer and horse flies are all anyone talks about. Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control Services has developed a solution that could finally alleviate one of the summer's biggest backyard woes. He calls it the Fly Cage.

Now, exclusively for Green Alliance members, Pray is offering $20 off the purchase of your Fly Cage as a special spring discount to get your backyard ready for summer. GA members should enter GA20 when when making their purchase here. If you're not a Green Alliance member, you can join now for $20 (a $15 savings) and then save another $20 off of Ecotech's fly cage. Continue reading here

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Progressive Asset Management

Progressive Asset Management Group (PAM Group) is a nationwide network of financial advisers that works with clients who are interested in having their wealth and investments follow their values. Locally, this group includes the firm's Seacoast branch in Newmarket, which opened in 1996 and is run by locals Hunter Brownlie and Mike Smith.

The PAM Group’s local financial advisers provide clients with environmentally and socially responsible investment strategies that include stocks, bonds, mutual funds, portfolio management, retirement planning, education funding and more; all with an eye on great returns and matching an investor's values with their financial portfolio. Read the full story here.

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Welcoming New Hampshire Home to the GA

We're pleased to announce that New Hampshire Home magazine has joined the Green Alliance! Part of a trilogy of publications by McLane Communications, New Hampshire Home is dedicated to showing people how great it is to live in New Hampshire.

Each year, New Hampshire Home publishes a green issue, focusing on net zero homes, sustainable building and design, and tips on green living. According to Susan Smith, New Hampshire Home's Associate Publisher, it's a topic that comes naturally. Continue reading here


Grassroots Green

Wild & Scenic Film Festival Inspires & Unites Green Businesses

Since 2003, the Wild and Scenic Film Festival has informed audiences of current environmental issues. As the largest environmental film festival in North America, it is Wild and Scenic's mission to spark conversation throughout the country including to discover resolutions of these issues.

The Wild and Scenic Film Festival isn’t just restricted to one location however. In just a three month period, Wild and Scenic On Tour brings the festival to local communities throughout the country including Portmouth's Music Hall on April 24th. Read the full story here

Get THREE free tickets to the Wild & Scenic Film Festival when you become a GA Sustaining Member

Art For A Cause

The natural landscape has long been an inspiration to creative people. Artisans have worked for centuries to try and capture its beauty through a variety of mediums. Today, with nature's splendor at risk of degradation, local artists are inspired to use their craft to bring awareness to its protection.

Great Bay Stewards (GBS) is one of several well-known organizations dedicated to spreading awareness to protect New Hampshire's environment using art to spark conversation. For over a decade, the Stewards have hosted the annual Art of Great Bay fundraiser to help raise money for the Great Bay Discovery Center. Local artists are encouraged to contribute to the show by submitting paintings, pottery, glass, sculptures and other forms of art. Don't miss the 11th annual Art of Great Bay, April 17 - 19 at the Great Bay Discovery Center in Greenland. Read the full story here


Gundalow Gatherings: One Night. Many Events. Hundreds of Stories. 

For one night, experience delightful foods and drinks of the seacoast and engage in maritime conversation at The Gundalow Company's 4th Annual Gundalow Gatherings event. On April 25th, attendees of this fundraising event will have the difficult task of choosing between nine dinner locations in Portsmouth, Kittery, and York. Gundalow Gatherings is this non-profit's largest fundraising event of the entire year, with last year's dinners being sold out and tickets quickly snatched. All the proceeds support the Gundalow Company's 2015 education programs which have supported the education of the Seacoast's maritime history through their many events.

Founded in 2002, the Gundalow Company continues to aim to connect residents of the Seacoast and beyond with the historic icon of river commerce, while instilling a sense of environmental stewardship for the Pisataqua region's waterways. With the addition of the Piscataqua gundalow being built in 2011, the Gundalow Company has provided a floating classroom for schools and youth groups. Each year, Gundalow hosts over 100 field trips for over 2,000 students on the Piscataqua. Their educational programs are designed to teach the value of environmental stewardship and provides community outreach aimed to raise environmental awareness.
Read the full story here.
Upcoming Events

April 08 – Book Discussion: Last Child in the Woods
Rice Library, 8 Wentworth St., Kittery, 6 – 8 p.m.
The Kittery Land Trust hosts a book discussion of Richard Louv's much talked about book, Last Child in the Woods. Louv shares the concern that our children are suffering from "nature deficit disorder," and he makes the case for the importance of nature to our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. Free and open to the public, learn more here.

April 11 – Atkinson’s Third Annual Energy Fair
Atkinson Community Center, 4 Main St (Route 121), Atkinson, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
The third annual Energy Fair includes products and advice on heating, cooling, lighting, fuel choice, solar, renewable energy, and innovative equipment. For more info, contact Michelle

April 17 – Art of Great Bay Opening Reception
The Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center at the Great Bay Discovery Center, 89 Depot Rd., Greenland, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Great Bay Stewards hosts the 11th annual art show, and this year it will focus on artwork inspired by the New England coast, including the culture, architecture, agriculture and other activities that take place in the Seacoast region. Opening reception on April 17, with the art show taking place on the 18th  and 19th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn more here

April 18 – Vernal Pool Exploration 
Brave Boat Headwaters, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Join the hunt for salamanders and wood frog eggs at this hands-on event that is great for kids. Come enjoy the beauty of the land Kittery Land Trust is working to conserve on Brave Boat Harbor Road and learn about the value of the vernal pools that it protects. For more information on this free and pubic event, click here

April 22 – Redhook/Green Alliance Earth Day Clean-up
1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth, 3 – 6 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with a drop-in clean-up of Pease Tradeport. Simply show up at Redhook anytime between 3 and 6 for your cleanup assignment; all materials provided. Stick around afterwards for the GA & Redhook Earth Day Party and Concert at the brewery featuring live music, a special Earth Day raffle, food and beer. To participate in the clean-up RSVP to RSVP for the party to

April 22 – Green Alliance/Redhook Party for the Planet
1 Redhook Way, Portsmouth, 6 – 9 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with the GA crew! Mix and mingle with green business owners and green-minded citizens while grooving to the sweet sounds of Humble Bee. Bump elbows with some of the seacoast's most active green-minded residents and sustainable entrepreneurs. Free food, music, and raffle prizes; cash bar with $2 from every beer sold going to the Hodgson Brook Association. $5 entry, free for GA Members. RSVP to

April 24 – Wild and Scenic Film Festival 
The Music Hall Historic Theater, 28 Chestnut St. Portsmouth, 7 p.m.
The largest environmental film festival in North America which includes a collection of unique short films that explore the current environmental issues and celebrations of our planet. Get tickets by phone at 603-436-2400, or online at New GA Sustaining Members get 3 free tickets. 

April 25 – Gundalow Gatherings
Multiple locations in the Seacoast area, 6 p.m.
Join the Gundalow Company for a night of food, drink, and maritime conversation in support of their annual education programs. This fundraiser will make their programs accessible to all students regardless of their ability to pay. Choose one of nine dinner locations and heart stories of the sea. For tickets and more information, click here.

April 26 – Berwick Farmer’s Market and Sustainability Fair
Berwick Town Hall, 11 Sullivan St., Berwick, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Berwick holds its final Winter Farmers' Market. This market also includes a sustainability fair where green-minded businesses and local nonprofits will be joining the usual market vendors. The fair will feature live music performed by Hilton Park and a kid's art show with sustainability as the main theme. Learn more here.

April 26 – Solarfest 2015
Boulder Field at UNH, Main St., Durham, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
This free event features six live bands performing solar-powered music, hula hoop performances, and guest speakers talking about divestment at UNH. In addition, local sustainable businesses will be present and food will be provided from local restaurants. Stop by the GA booth to say hello! Contact for more info. 

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