Wow, summer is in full swing and I can proudly say this year I've finally made some time to enjoy it more fully with my family. I'm just back from an incredible hiking adventure in the Whites! How could I have forgotten we have that astounding wilderness right in our backyard? I've also finally created some distance between me and my 4th child – otherwise known as the Green Alliance – and honored a commitment to spend summer's Fridays with my family.
From gardening to swimming to strolling downtown Kittery, our summer season is so short… shouldn’t we enjoy it while we can? I’ve been taking time to tend to my garden. Red currants are my favorite. Have you or your children done anything special for the environment this summer? This month, we’re holding an essay contest about young people’s efforts to take care of the earth. Read about it below!
I also want to extend an invitation to our 3rd annual Green Families Celebration and Farmer’s Market! The past two years we held our celebration at Sagamore Golf Center in Hampton, but this year we’ll be closer to home, at the Kittery Farmer’s Market. Join us on August 27th from 4-7 on Shapleigh Road (in front of the Kittery Post Office) for a celebration, GA birthday party and farmers market to knock your socks off (or your flip flops!)
Green Families Club Turns Two - Join us!
This August, the Green Alliance is celebrating the 2nd birthday of the Green Alliance Green Families Club! On Wednesday, August 27th from 4 – 7 p.m. the Green Alliance will be hosting the Green Families Celebration and Farmer’s Market, where green families can engage in a multitude of interactive, family-friendly crafts, activities, and learning opportunities, as well as shop the farmers market.
The Green Families Club (GFC) was created in July 2012 with the goal to inspire a young generation of environmentalists, or “future environmentalists” (as our GFC t-shirts proudly boast).
Green Alliance businesses will have booths with family-friendly, hands-on activities and goodies for kids to enjoy. Kids can design a t-shirt with the winner’s design being printed as a t-shirt in a contest hosted by Get it Going! Or, stop by the Coca-Cola booth for free samples and a demonstration on their extensive recycling program. Get your family together for a free, fun portrait by Lenka Flaherty Photography!
“After looking more closely at who our members were, we realized that many of them were moms and dads - people who had a very real vested interest in safer, greener, more local products and services,” said GA Director Sarah Brown. “We realized pretty quickly that bringing families together – helping them learn from one another – would be a great way to help bring more attention to the green-certified businesses in the Green Alliance.”Read the rest of the story here.
Join the Green Families Club today and make your mother (Earth) proud! Aug 27th celebration is free and open to the public.
Naturopathy Offers Solutions for Mental Health
Naturopathic doctors take a different approach to treating mental illness than traditional medical doctors do, and when that approach is coordinated with a medical doctor’s treatment, the synergy can produce more benefits than either discipline alone can offer.
Starry Brook Natural Medicine is a naturopathic practice in Exeter, N.H. that provides health care with an approach that integrates with traditional medicine. Physical exams, intakes, and treatment plans are guided by the patient's desires. Treatment and therapies range from prescriptive medicines, acupuncture, herbs, nutrition, and homeopathy or a combination.
After receiving lab results, and conducting a cross-check of any drug interactions to ensure a patient’s medications are not causing harm, Starry Brook's Dr. Giard inquires whether the patient has received talk therapy or has engaged in cognitive behavioral therapy. If not, she'll recommend such treatments.
“One of the research studies shows that people on medications actually do better in the long term when medication is also coupled with therapy,” says Dr. Giard. “So, that’s always one of the things I try to work on with people. Now, not everybody is comfortable, or OK, seeing a therapist. And that’s where we try to implement some other resources for them.” Read the rest of the story here.
Coca-Cola Bottling Company a Green Giant in the Industry
You've probably seen your name on a bottle of Coca-Cola this summer. It's part of the company's latest campaign to engage friends and family to share their product. The campaign certainly has people passing one another a refreshing drink, but where does the bottle end up once its empty?
Part of the recycling process for the polyethylene terephthalate (PET) includes collecting the empty bottles into 600-700 pound bales which are sold to companies who reclaim the PET. The bales are broken apart, color sorted and chopped into small flakes and washed. These flakes are then resold to make automotive parts, textiles and fleece jackets for active outdoor companies like The North Face and Patagonia. Aluminum bales, made up of recycled cans, are smelted into 70 pound ingots to be turned into new cans which are purchased by CCNNE, restarting the recycling process. Read the rest of the story here.
Join us and CCNNE at the Green Families Celebration for free samples of Coke's natural beverages and giveaways featuring recycled bottle t-shirts!
Giving Local Hops a Chance
When you think New England, the traditional family farm - red barn, hay bales, white Victorian house - probably comes to mind. It's the farm that for centuries, along with fishing, provided New Englanders with a stable economy. But times have changed and farmers are struggling. There is a growing movement amongst New England's farmers and the region's booming craft beer industry called the Hops Exchange.
Designed to be the first hops processing center, the Strafford, New Hampshire based facility at Isinglass River Farm will feature the most up to date technology including a pellet mill, packaging equipment, a walk in cooler. This will incentivize local farmers to grow hops, a niche crop that was once a prominent in New England and grow the Hops Exchange into the premiere hop grower in the northeast. Founded by Jameson Small, the goal of The Hops Exchange is to take locally grown hops from New England farmers and sell them to local craft breweries like Smuttynose Brewery, stimulating the farming economy and grow the local craft beer industry.
"This opportunity holds a lot of promise for two areas of great interest in the Seacoast right now, craft beer and local agriculture," said JT Thompson, Smuttynose's Minister of Propaganda. "We're excited to work with Isinglass River Farms."
If successful, The Hops Exchange believes they will be able to create jobs and keep millions of dollars in the local community. Read the rest of the story here.
“Green is good for all” is one of the practicing mantras at Futuro Builders. And in the case of a nearly-completed residential project in Rye, founder Jesse Ware and his company are truly practicing what they preach. The net zero home nearing completion in Rye Harbor may not be the first of its kind but Ware believes it will raise the bar for imaginative, cutting-edge sustainability design in the region.
When completed, the owners of this 2,400 square-foot home will not have a heating or electricity bill and are expected to actually generate energy credits. Due to a custom designed solar racking panel array, SIGA tapes to air seal the slab vapor barrier, and state-of-the-art Intus Windows that allow for superior insulation without sacrificing quality air ventilation, Ware said the home is an example of seamlessly merging smart sustainability and economics.
“The technologies have been around for a while but not economically feasible until the last five to eight years,” said Ware who has a LEED AP accreditation from the U. S. Green Building Council. “This level of sustainability can be available for everyone.” Read the rest of the story here.
Use your GA Card to receive one FREE 275 Watt Solar Panel with a Zero Energy New Home from Futuro!
Ecotech's Tom Pray Takes on an Army of Flying Insects
Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control stopped by the Green Alliance offices to show us a prototype of his latest invention to help rid our backyards and public spaces of pesky deer flies, horse flies and green-heads. If you're a New Englander then you know just how easily one of these little creatures can ruin a perfect mid-summer night in the backyard, or down at the beach.
This "fly cage" is collapsable for easy storage and features machine washable netting. It is also 100% eco-friendly and recyclable, and kills the flies without chemical use. So how does it work?
Standing on four legs, Pray's device replicates the appearance of a four-legged animal such as a cow or deer. Hanging between the device's legs is a black buoy which Pray has found attracts the flies. According to Pray, deer flies, horse flies and green heads are often attracted to the underside of an animal where there is less hair to obstruct them from reaching the flesh.
“When they see the buoy, it draws them in even more, and they go up underneath into the netting and get caught," said Pray. Read the rest of the story here.
Green Alliance members save 10% on Ecotech's mosquito, tick, and ant mitigation services for the first year of service!
The Keycode To Success
The light-hearted irony of the success of Jenaly Technology Group is that for a company who helps businesses with dozens of IT problems like safeguarding data, Business Development Specialist Kathy Scannell says the biggest compliment is when people are talking about them.
“The vast majority of our clients are referrals from other clients,” said Scannell. “That says a lot about our company. There is simply no greater compliment than a referral.”
Safe-guarding data, however, is only a small portion of what this IT firm specializes in for its clients. Whether it be creating some hybrid Cloud-like data saving solutions or utilizing an economically-sound system to help clients go virtual or even providing an effective Help Desk support center, Jenaly has been around every aspect of IT needs.
Scannell believes the key to success for an IT firm is just as much about expertise as it is about customer service. The company earned both a Managed Services and Security + Trustmark from the Computer Technology Industry Association, the global non-profit trade association for the IT industry. Read the rest of the story here.
GA Members receive 10% off all services with Jenaly!
Riverworks Printing New Eco-Solvent Printer Helps with Large-Scale Jobs
Riverworks Printing constantly seeks to improve upon itself, even as they've become one of the top businesses in their field. As an eco-driven large format printing company, part of that growth includes using the latest in green technology and eco-friendly, biodegradable materials to create print products for homes and businesses.
Experimenting with modern media to make their products as green and versatile as possible, Jeff Cutter, Riverworks Founder, and Danis Chamberlin, go to great lengths to manufacture their products void of harsh chemicals or toxins. Their top selling product, the Phototex Wall Sticker, successfully passed the European Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemical Substances (REACH) test, currently the strictest law regulating chemical use and their effects on humans and the environment.
“It is a polyester-based material and will biodegrade in 60 years, beating traditional vinyl materials by a long shot." says Chamberlin. Read the rest of the story here.
With summer slowly winding down, back to school sales are filling stores as teachers and students prepare for another school year. Why not help the kids get in the school mindset with an earth-friendly essay contest?
We are thrilled to announce our first ever children’s essay contest (entrants must be 12 years old or younger). We have received a great amount of support from business partners for this contest, allowing us to offer great prizes to all entrants, with an excellent grand prize for the chosen winner!
To enter, please respond to the following topic with a minimum 1/2 page essay (drawings/pictures encouraged but not required!):
“What activities did your family do this summer to better the environment?”
Contest deadline: Friday, August 22nd. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to 75 Congress Street, Suite 304, Portsmouth, NH 03801 (essays submitted by mail must be post-marked Thursday, August 21st or earlier).
All entrants are encouraged to join us at our Green Families Celebration and Farmer’s Market on Wednesday, August 27th from 4-7 p.m.! The prizes will be presented that day to all applicants and the winner will read their winning essay!
Lenka Flaherty New GA Artist in Residence
The Green Alliance offices in historic downtown Portsmouth host their fifth artist, Lenka Flaherty, as part of Green Alliance’s artist-in-residency program. Flaherty, a gifted photographer, said she finds her inspiration in the natural environment. She describes finding her enthusiasm for photography as she traveled throughout Europe with her parents as a young child.
“I used to love to watch my parents take pictures, and would love when I got to push the buttons myself,” she said.
Today Flaherty does much more than push buttons on a camera, her talent as well as her passion for photography is evident in her work.
The Green Alliance Gallery is open during Green Alliance office hours: Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. The Green Alliance's office and gallery is located at 75 Congress Street and boasts high ceilings, beautiful natural light and 1,000 square feet of potential gallery space. Read the rest of the story here.
GA Members get a free 8x8 photo book with any portrait session, and a free 16x24 canvas with any wedding package! Also, join us on August 27th at our Green Families Festival for a free family portrait from Lenka!
Green Collar Careers: Dr. Seth LaFlamme of Great Works Chiropractic
Great Works Chiropractic in South Berwick, Maine offers a unique approach to healthcare. “At Great Works, we treat underlying problems, not just outward symptoms,” Seth LaFlamme, 36, explained. Shying away from typical drug-based treatment, LaFlamme uses traditional chiropractic methods to help his patients get well. With minimal waste production and a focus on sustainability, Great Works Chiropractic is a great example of how the healthcare industry can “go green.”
Theresa Conn (TC): What do you like most about your job? Seth LaFlamme (SL): Conventional health providers mostly just work towards relieving a patient’s complaints, but at Great Works Chiropractic, we focus on neurostructural connection. The brain controls the body; it regulates the nervous system, muscles, organs, everything. It can be tempting to treat a symptom like back pain or headaches with drugs, but that doesn’t solve the underlying problem.
Think of it this way: if your house was on fire, would you just pull the batteries out of the screaming smoke detector? No. You’d fix the big problem and be grateful that you were alerted to it in the first place. At our practice, we treat our patients based on the principle that if we can restore the integrity of the nervous system and its supporting structures, the body will do the healing itself. Read the rest of the story here.
Use your GA Card to receive your first consultation and examination for just $49!
Aug 06 - Evening Contemporary Coastal Issues Gundalow Company, Portsmouth, 6:00 p.m. Sail aboard the Gundalow with discussion on Contemporary Coastal Issues. More info here.
Aug 07 - Seacoast Science Center presents Music-by-the-Sea Concert Series Seacoast Science Center, 6:00 p.m.
Drowned Valley takes the stage at the Seacoast Science Center on August 7. All proceeds from this concert will benefit the Center's Marine Mammal Rescue program. More info here.
Aug 07 - Wildlife Seminar: New Hampshire Turtles with Chris Bogard Rye Public Library, 7:00 p.m.
Chris will discuss the natural history, survival rates, and habitats of New Hampshire turtles, along with presenting some of her own research! She will also bring along some turtles for everyone to meet. Please RSVP to email@example.com.
Aug 09 - Women's Self Defense Workshop Zev Yoga, 175 Water Street, Exeter NH, 9:00 - 10:30 a.m.
Ready to unlock your inner warrior? You will learn a variety of self defense techniques in Chris Yonkers' class, including: what to do when being assaulted, the key to mastering control of your emotions and energy, and how to find composure in chaos. More info here.
Aug 09 - Newmarket Olde Home Day & Oyster Festival Downtown Newmarket, Stone Church, 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
End your summer with a fun day along the Lamprey River! This vibrant festival is all about live music, craft beer, great local products, and Great Bay Oysters. Visit the Green Alliance booth! More info here.
Aug 12 - The Great Bay Stewards 'Community Dinner' fundraiser at Flatbread Flatbread Company, Portsmouth, 4:00 - 9:00 p.m.
A portion of the profit from each flatbread sold will be donated to the GBS. Raffle tickets will also be sold to give participants a chance to win two Wilson golf bags and four rounds of golf at Sagamore-Hampton Golf Club (a $370 value), and a Bluefish Inflatable Paddleboard (a $995 value). More info here.
Aug 16 - Hookfest 2014 Redhook Brewery, Pease Tradeport, Gates open at 2:00 p.m.
It's time once again for Redhook's annual Hookfest music festival, sponsored by 103.5 WXGR! Enjoy a full day of funk and reggae while enjoying Redhook's excellent selection of beers, local food vendors, games, and more. Tickets here (psst - try the promo code GREEN).
Aug 16 - Pirate Party Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, 315 Market Street, 7:00 - 9:00p.m.
Dress up like Captain Jack Sparrow and ride the Isle of Shoals pirate ship. There will be a rock cover band on the boat as well as snacks and refreshments. More info here.
Aug 22 - Mardi Gras Party Cruise Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, 315 Market Street, 7:00 - 9:00p.m. This years special band is the Soggy Po' Boys! The crew will hand out beaded necklaces, and traditional Mardi Gras drinks will be offered. More info here.
Aug 23 - Adams Point Sail aboard the Gunadlow Adams Point, Durham, noon - 2:00 p.m.
Join the Gundalow Company on a special sail through the Great Bay. Sails are approximately two hours long and depart from Adams Point, off of Durham Point Road in Durham, NH. More info here.
Aug 27 - Isles of Shoals Steamship Co. Captain John Smith 400th Anniversary Cruise
Isles of Shoals Steamship Company, 315 Market Street, 9:25 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
This all day adventure voyages to Star Island for a day full of events and pre-colonial history. These special cruise tickets include lunch at the Oceanic Hotel, boat transportation, and access to a wide range of events! More info here.
Aug 27 - Green Families Celebration and Farmer's Market
10 Shapleigh Rd., Kittery, ME, 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. Calling all Green Families! Join us for a family-friendly event, complete with farmer's market on August 27th in Kittery. We will be celebrating the 2nd birthday of the Green Families Club with a number of hands-on activities for the kids, live music, and delicious food! The vendors of the Kittery Farmer's Market will have great items available for purchase, while a number of our GA Business Partners will be setting up fun, educational booths with plenty of cool, hands-on activities! This event is FREE and open to the public. More info here.
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