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Dear GAzette Readers,

I hope you all had a great weekend and were also able to get out and celebrate local businesses on Plaid Friday and Small Business Saturday! Local businesses rely on you, the conscious consumer, to keep your town’s economy growing. Some of our Business Partners are offering even bigger discounts this holiday season; read below for more details! 

Speaking of the holidays, we’ll be having our annual holiday celebration for Business Partners and members on Tuesday, December 23 at the Portsmouth Brewery’s LaPanza Lounge. We'll have delicious apps and great company – bring a food donation and your first drink's on us! 

Finally, we want to give a warm welcome to RiverWoods at Exeter, our newest Business Partner! RiverWoods is a local retirement community with a stunning list of amenities, and is ahead of the curve on sustainability. Read all about them below. See you at our party!

Sarah Brown

Green Alliance Director


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Green Business in the Community

It Pays to Think Outside the (Holiday) Box

Giving a gift is an investment in a relationship, buying that gift locally is an investment in community, and making sure it’s a green gift is an investment in the future.

According to a Civic Economics study, independent retailers return 52-percent of revenue to the local economy compared to 14-percent for big-box retailers; in addition, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance says local stores help sustain a vibrant, walkable town center—as opposed to big-box retailers that often reside on the edge of town—and are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution. Read the rest of the story here.


Third Stone Farm Open for Last Weekend of the Season

Of all the wonderful Christmas traditions, there is nothing quite like selecting and cutting your own tree as a family. With only a few short weeks left before Christmas, this weekend is the last chance to get your family's perfect and organic tree at Third Stone Farm in Barnstead, NH.

Third Stone Farm will be open to the public for their final weekend of the season this Saturday and Sunday, where Christmas tree hunters will be able to wander through their farm and find that picture-perfect tree. Third Stone Farm spans 22 acres with thousands of Christmas trees of all different sizes, and this year they have a large quantity of trees that are the ideal size for homes and are ready to be harvested. The farm specializes in organic Balsam Firs, Canaan Firs, Fraser Firs, and Blue Spruce varieties, so they is something out there to satisfy every family’s different taste in Christmas trees! Read the rest of the story here.


Out on a Limb

Micum Davis has been shimmying up trees for more than seventeen years. A certified arborist, the 38-year old describes his line-of work as 'aerial yoga meets circus act'. It definitely offers a jaw-dropping perspective, says Davis. And there's an artistic element as well. Each tree is like a canvas to Davis, Cornerstone Tree Care's founder. Because every tree has a unique form, Davis studies their basic structure before making his first move.

Trees can cause serious and life-threatening problems; limbs interfering with power lines, trees blocking roads and walkways, injuries and property damage are just a few. Pruning eliminates existing hazards while preemptive work – removing dead or weak limbs, can stave off potential damage from storms. A tree care job well done, turns out a better tree - safer, healthier and good looking. Read the rest of the story here.

Great Savings this Holiday Season!

Can’t figure out what to get the person that has everything? Share the gift of green this holiday season by giving a Green Alliance Card. Green Alliance membership grants discounts to over 100 local sustainable businesses as well as up to date info on the latest local green news and events. Gifting the membership is $35 but comes with a $50 Green Maids gift card to give as a gift!

The holidays may be a season of giving, but why not enjoy a little something for yourself? For the next month make sure to feel good about your purchases by getting a Green Alliance membership for only $25 (regularly $35). Your Green Card will be your greatest shopping buddy this holiday season, offering discounts that will help get your holiday shopping done with local businesses on a budget. Read the rest of the story here.

Green Collar Careers:
Dawn Price

Dawn Price is the proud owner of The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat, a pet store and self-proclaimed education center boasting a plethora of all-natural, holistic and green pet products. A Registered Dietitian, Dawn Price is adamant about the importance of species specific foods and proper nutrition.

Anna Murphy (AM): What do you like most about your job?
Dawn Price (DP): I enjoy having the opportunity to provide consumers with information and products that will contribute to improving the health and wellbeing of dogs and cats as well as help to decrease the carbon paw print. It is very rewarding to hear about positive changes in the health of one of the dogs or cats that we have assisted. Improving the nutrition and wellbeing of animals is one of the biggest reasons we are in this business. Read the rest of the story here.

Avoiding a Landfill Legacy

Leftovers from a restaurant dinner last only a few days in the refrigerator, yet the take-out container they’re in might last lifetimes in the landfill. Not if Favorite Foods has anything to do with it.

Founded nearly 30 years ago, community-based, environmentally-responsible Favorite Foods is fully committed to sustainable, local, and ethical food services. Part of the Favorite Foods mission is to enhance the communities it serves—one way is by educating restaurants on the benefits of using compostable products, and encouraging the switch from conventional paper or Styrofoam. Read the rest of the story here.

Practical, Provident and Posh

A small enclave of 19 homes about a mile from downtown Portsmouth, Laurel Court is an "urban green" cluster development. Chinburg Properties spent considerable time collaborating with the project architect, Wendy Welton of Art Form Architecture, to ensure the homes would be a modern version of the adjacent historic Atlantic Heights neighborhood, which originally housed Portsmouth Naval Shipyard workers. The last Laurel Court home sold in 2013.

The commitment to build all 19 Laurel Court homes to meet high-performance standards is what set this project apart. “Not only is Laurel Court the first 100 percent high-performance neighborhood in the Seacoast, it’s likely the first market-rate development of its kind in the state of New Hampshire,” says Geoff Spitzer, Chinburg’s senior project manager, a LEED Accredited Professional. LEED is the highest industry benchmark for certified green building. Read the rest of the story here.

The Green Alliance Welcomes RiverWoods at Exeter

We are pleased to welcome RiverWoods, a sustainable retirement community located in Exeter, as our newest Business Partner! RiverWoods is a nationally accredited charitable non-profit Continuing Care Retirement Community with three separate campuses throughout New England. 

RiverWoods is not only unique in their caliber of care, but in their commitment to sustainability as well. The community is ahead of the green curve in its industry and rapidly making sustainable changes to their operations, from an automated heating system and LED and CFL light fixtures, to sourcing local food for their top-notch menu, to a solar thermal system to help heat its hot water and pools. The campus even has a group of environmental activists, who are instrumental in making further change within RiverWoods and beyond. They hold meetings and work with the board of directors to ensure the community is moving forward to sustainable options. Read the rest of the story here.

Special Holiday Discounts!

The holiday season often means holiday deals. That is why Green Alliance likes to check in with its Business Partners to get the scoop on great deals for our members for the month of December. There are more to come but here are some of the specials we have now for Green Alliance members:

Green Earth Baby Works, Riverworks Printing, 900 Degrees Pizzeria, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England and Prelude are all offering great deals to GA holiday shoppers. Savings on products ranging from wallshots to body lotions are all up for grabs for Green Alliance members! Check out all the discounts here.

Grassroots Green Stories

Our Holiday Celebration

The Green Alliance sure knows how to throw a party. If you were able to attend any of this year's festivities, from the Spring Music Bash to the sold-out Isles of Shoals Summer Party Cruise, the GA Community has made all events a truly special experience. And with the holiday season now in full-swing, we expect the Holiday Bash to be the best yet!

Join us on December 23 from 5:30 - 8 p.m. at long-time Green Alliance Business Partner, the Portsmouth Brewery, which has graciously offered to host this year's party for a second year in a row. The Brewery will open the LaPanza Lounge to Green Alliance Business Partners and members and includes appetizers, great beer (the first one is on us, see more about that below), and the most spirited company you can find on the seacoast. Email to RSVP. 
Read the rest of the story here

Food Drive Bin at Green Alliance

As a community-centric organization, we strive to make our community a pleasant, safe, happy, and green place for all to enjoy. This community encompasses a lot of people, from all walks of life. Some of whom are less fortunate, and could really use some generosity.

We know our GA community is full of giving, caring individuals. That is why the GA is setting up a food donation bin at our headquarters in downtown Portsmouth. All food donations will go to Footprints Food Pantry in Kittery, which serves families without the financial means to provide meals on a consistent basis. Read the rest of the story here.

Local Businesses Thrive Despite Tough Economy

Five years ago, the Green Alliance was little more than a three-business organization run out of a one-couch, one-desk Kittery living room.
Like business itself, the Green Alliance office – now located on the third floor of downtown Portsmouth’s historic Franklin Block building – is teeming, with the company’s four employees scrambling to piece together the organization’s monthly newsletter, website, and prolific, daily-updated blog.

Sarah Brown, the organization’s founder and director, can’t help but be struck by how far her little organization-that-could has come.

“It seems like yesterday when this all started, and I barely had a clue of where we were going, much less who we were as an organization,” quips Brown. Read the rest of the story here.
Upcoming Events

Dec 5: Hol Mellema Artist Reception
Zev Yoga Studio, 16 Market Sq, 3rd Floor, Portsmouth NH, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
This is a great chance to support our local arts scene by checking out artist Hol Mellema’s latest works. Smaller works are perfect for gift giving! More info here.

Dec 9: Open House at Brixham Montessori Friends School
18 Brickyard Court, York, ME, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The open house is for prospective parents and families to tour the school and speak with faculty and staff. It’s a great opportunity for important questions to be answered in person. More info here.

Dec 11: Telling Your Sustainability Story
71 Heater Rd Lebanon, NH, 3:00 - 5:00 p.m.
This roundtable discussion hosted by NHBSR will highlight environmental practices among like-minded companies and share insight to help you develop a strong sustainability brand. More info here.

Dec 15: Social Innovation Challenge
Paul College, Room G75, University of New Hampshire, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
The concluding day of the New Hampshire Social Venture Innovation Challenge offers Social Innovation in Action workshops and a presentation by Eric Schwarz! More info here.

Dec 23: Green Alliance Christmas Party
56 Market St., Portsmouth, 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Come join in the holiday merriment with our annual Christmas celebration at the Portsmouth Brewery! Whether you stay for the entire time or just stop by for a quick drink it is sure to be a night filled with laughs and cheer. This event is open to Business Partners and Green Alliance members. Please RSVP to

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