The Alliance GAzette : November 2015

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Dear GAzette Readers, 

As I look back on all the work the GA has done to further sustainability and grow our local economy, I can’t help but be struck by just how much local business leaders have led our mission.  And this month’s GAzette reflects that.  We are essentially story-tellers; sharing the knowledge, experience and adventures of the leading green business owners in our region. 
Read below about Jesse Ware’s Futuro Construction and how they are blazing the way for eco-friendly yet beautiful homes right here on the Seacoast. Or, learn about Newmarket Dental’s Dr. Swanson, who remains committed to local craftsmen to help his dental practice be the best it can be. And Seacoast Energy’s own Jack Bingham is at it again, spreading renewable energy all over NH with a unique solar install in Farmington.
So take heart, our region is leading and we have more than our fair share of progressive business owners and conscious consumers.  I am proud that you all have continued to support the Green Alliance. Thank you!
P.S. Join me for drinks, eats and treats at the SELT fundraiser this weekend; become a new sustaining member NOW and get 2 free tickets for this incredible event Saturday night Nov. 7th in Portsmouth.

Sarah Brown
Director and Founder

Green Business in Our Community

Futuro Construction is Reshaping Sustainable Building Design

On a small lot in Rye Harbor, not far from the rocky shoreline and the swell of the sea, sits a recent residential project that pushes the boundaries of sustainable design. The 2,400 square-foot home is replete with energy efficient technology that reduces heating and electricity bills, generates home energy credits, is environmentally-friendly and looks good doing it, too.

It is true that sustainable additions and renovations, to homes both old and new, have recently become popular in design just as stainless steel appliances and granite counter tops came into vogue a few years ago. But these energy efficient technologies have been around for years, according to Jesse Ware, founder of Futuro Construction, the builder of the Rye Harbor home. Read the full story here

Dental Practice Bolsters Green Economy

In a world where the vast majority of American manufacturing takes place overseas, there is still a place for the artisan craftsperson in Newmarket, NH. Jon Piatt, local woodworker has been working collaboratively for the past few months with the owner of Newmarket Dental, Dr. Nate Swanson, to furnish and adorn the dental practice’s new office space. By hiring local labor and utilizing found materials, Newmarket Dental is exemplifying the positive impact thoughtful businesses can have on the local economy as well as the global environment. Read the full story here

Focused on Sustainable Painting

Sean Sturk had a choice to make after he finished college. He could take a more traditional career path, putting his degrees to use in business and marketing. Or he could continue doing the work he'd enjoyed since he was a teen – getting his hands, face and neck dirty while managing a paint crew and becoming an expert.

“I began painting when I was in high school and excelled at it. I learned a lot when I was put in a management position and ran crews,” said Sturk, co-owner of Minute Men Painters of Portsmouth. “I realized I could make more money painting than being an intern and doing something else.” Read the full story here


McLean Communications: Sharing the Best of New Hampshire

McLean Communications, a division of Yankee Publishing, is passionate about our state. As publishers of New Hampshire Home, New Hampshire Magazine, and The Square, the McLean team takes pride in our communities.

“Our goal is to highlight why New Hampshire is so unique,” explains Sharron McCarthy, President/Publisher at McLean Communications. “Part of the reason we’re unique is because our citizens, businesses, and nonprofits are changing what it means to be green. McLean uses soy based inks and environmentally friendly finishes on our magazine products to assist in this mission." Read the full Green Story here


New Hampshire Homeowners See the Bright
Side of Solar Energy Systems

Nestled amongst the rolling hills, draped in winter's gleaming whiteness, is what at first glance appears to be another 19th Century farmhouse and barn. However, the property is anything but traditional. Homeowner Jay Lawrie, a builder, and his wife, an architect, built the home to look just that way, to blend in with the surrounding heritage and history. One noticeable difference to the barn’s exterior, however, is the addition of a solar PV system that drives the air to water heat pump, which covers the homes heating.

The PV system on the home has been running for nearly a year. It’s made the home very comfortable, according to Jack Bingham of Seacoast Energy, who worked with Lawrie on the installation of the two systems. Read the full story here

Local HVAC Company Caters to Customer
Demands for Sustainable Options

At first glance, an HVAC company might not seem like an obvious promoter of sustainability, but it’s been the longtime guiding principle for Jay and Fay Aucella, co-owners of Strafford-based Aucella Heating and Cooling.

Since its founding over a decade ago, Aucella Heating and Cooling has been at the forefront providing and implementing green solutions for their diverse residential and commercial client base. Read the full story here

Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance Now Offers Commercial Insurance for Growing Businesses

After ten years of providing the insurance needs of their New England client base for auto, home, life and health insurance, Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance (PAI) is now offering Commercial coverage for local businesses. With their new commercial lines focus, the local company is able to deliver competitive rates and customized plans for businesses as they have consistently for their personal insurance clients. 

Given that Portsmouth Atlantic Insurance itself is a small family business, it is only natural that they would specialize in servicing mainly small local businesses such as restaurants, contractors, beauty salons, professional offices, and retail space. PAI has valuable first hand insight as to the importance of adequate coverage on the fiscal stability of a small business.
 Read the full story here

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Brewing Company’s roots are firmly planted in the Seacoast, shipping the first kegs of Shoals Pale Ale in 1994 from a small warehouse in Portsmouth. 14 years later, Peter Egelston and partner Joanne Francis purchased the 17-acre Towle Farm in Hampton to be build a brand-new, larger, sustainable brewing facility and company headquarters.

The new Smuttynose facility, which is currently in review for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification with the US Green Building Council, opened Memorial Day weekend, 2014. Read the full story here


Grassroots Green

Welcoming Positive Moms Magazine to the Green Alliance

On the Seacoast, and throughout New Hampshire, moms seek guidance about raising their families. This is why we're extremely happy to work with Positive Moms Magazine as a Business Partner, a publication devoted to answering questions for moms by moms.

Founded in 2014, Positive Moms Magazine was created by local mom, Jill Sullivan Grueter, to provide fellow moms - and dads, too - with fresh and relevant content from local experts in health, wellness, parenting and other fields. Since that time, the magazine has firmly established itself as a valuable resource for women and men across Southern and Seacoast New Hampshire. Read more here. 

Acorn School Fundraiser Supports Nature Based Learning

On the evening of November 7, Acorn School, a non-profit preschool and kindergarten, will host its annual fall fundraiser. This year, the fundraiser will be held at Abenaqui Country Club and will serve as one of the main contributions to the Acorn School Endowment Fund.

This fundraiser will support capital improvements, overhead costs, and the Becky Shepard scholarship fund. All are encouraged to attend and guests will enjoy an evening of hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, raffle prizes, and live and silent auctions, with all proceeds going to the school. Read more here. 

Join the Green Alliance as a Sustaining Member for 2 Free Tickets to the Southeast Land Trust's  Fall Fundraiser

Become a new Sustaining Member of the Green Alliance and get 2 FREE tickets ($150 value) to the Southeast Land Trust's 13th Annual Fall Foliage Fundraiser on November 7, at the Portsmouth Harbor Events and Conference Center. This party is the Land Trust’s biggest event of the year and helps support the organization’s conservation and stewardship efforts.

The Fall Foliage Fundraiser will feature a silent auction with over 100 items donated from local businesses, live auction orchestrated by a professional auctioneer, live music by Sea Smoke, a photo booth, delicious hors d’oeuvres and desserts as well as complimentary beer & wine. Read more here

Join as a new Sustaining Member by noon on Friday, November 6, then email to collect your tickets. 

Sampling of Upcoming Events (Visit our events calendar for the full listing)

November 04 - Wine and Dine for Whales
Bugaboo Creek Steakhouse, 2024 Woodbury Ave, Newington, 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Bugaboo  will donate 15% of sales to Blue Ocean Society. Click here for more info. 

November 06 - Opening Reception for Portsmouth Artist Kent Maxwell
Zev Yoga Studio, 16 Market Square, Portsmouth, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Drift Gallery will hold an opening night exhibit at Zev Yoga Studio, paintings will be on display until January 20. Learn more here

November 07 - Acorn School Fundraiser
Abenaqui Country Club, Rye, 6:00 - 10:00 p.m.
The annual fall fundraiser raises money to bridge the gap between tuition and expenses at the non profit preschool and kindergarten. Learn more here

November 07 - Newmarket Farmers Market
Newmarket High School, 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 
Pick up your favorite fresh produce and local goods at the first indoor market of the season. Learn more here.

November 07 - Southeast Land Trust Fall Foliage Fundraiser
Portsmouth Harbor Events & Conference Center, 100 Deer St., 6:00 p.m. 
The 13th annual gathering will benefit conservation and stewardship in southeastern New Hampshire. Click here for more info. 

November 08 - Comedian Wendy Liebman
Sheraton Hotel, Portsmouth, 7:00 p.m.

Cuzin Richard Entertainment, in partnership with the Boston Comedy Festival will bring Wendy Liebman to Portsmouth. A portion of proceeds go to NH Sierra Club. Learn more here

November 12 - Clean Energy and American Leadership Discussion
UNH Memorial Union Building Theater 2, Durham, 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. 
NextGen Climate's President, Tom Steyer, will lead a discussion on the need for American leadership on climate change and clean energy. Learn more here

November 17 - Oil and Water: Legends of Grassroots Action
The Mill Space, 55 Main St., Newmarket, 6:30 p.m. 

Hear from three grassroots activists who fought to block an oil refinery in Durham with a pipeline through Rye to the Isle of Shoals in the 1970's. Learn more here.  

For more info on these and other local events, see the GA events calendar.