The Alliance GAzette : October 2015

Green Alliance GAzette: October News
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Dear GAzette Readers, 

Fall is here and we are celebrating with the
Green Alliance Fall Foliage Party Sail October 15th aboard the Gundalow!  Join as a new Sustaining Member and get 4 free tkts to this amazing event which includes live acoustic music, complimentary eats and drinks and great green company…all while sailing down the Piscataqua!
As the leaves turn we want to remind you that there is still much work to be done on the ground here in New England to further sustainability.  We hope youll read below about the solar stall here in NH and the crucial need to raise the net metering cap. Please let your legislators know you support solar in NH and the net metering cap needs to be raised – help sustainable entrepreneurs, Andrew Kellar owner of
NHSolarGarden and Jack Bingham of Seacoast Energy move the ball froward on renewable energy in our state!

Don’t forget to check out the GA 
events calendar on our website and a shorter list of great green happenings at the bottom of this newsletter.

Sarah Brown
Director and Founder

Green Business in Our Community

Sail with the Green Alliance

Show your commitment to the local green economy with a Lifetime Membership in the Green Alliance. Become a new Sustaining Member and you'll receive 4 free tickets for our Fall Foliage Sunset Party Sail- our way of saying thank you for your ongoing support. 

On October 15, enjoy live acoustic music, complimentary eats, and refreshing beverages with the Green Alliance crew as we sail down the Piscataqua taking in the fall colors. This is your chance to hob nob with people who share your values! Join as a Sustaining Member now, or upgrade your existing GA membership to a lifetime membership, and bring 3 friends to this party sail. Read more here

Combat Fall Wasps Sustainably 

At a family outing to a nearby apple orchard they swarm around crushed apple cores, spilled cups of cider and sticky trash bins. Even with autumn’s crisp evening air, wasps are still active.

Already this fall Tom Pray, of Ecotech Pest Services in Eliot, Maine, says there have been a number of reports regarding large wasp nests both inside and outside of homes, with nests growing to the size of volleyballs and hanging like a paper lantern under an eave or porch. Read the full story here

FootGolf Gives Local Soccer Teams Dynamic Edge

Mini golf is a classic American pastime, a simplified version of golf’s traditional gameplay. Whereas traditional golf involves a large sprawling natural landscape, a spectrum of clubs, and technical gameplay, mini golf is played in a shrunken manufactured course allowing for faster paced game with a one-size fits all standardized club. 

Like mini golf, FootGolf, an up-and-coming hybrid of soccer and golf, borrows the latter’s perceived highlights. However, contrary to the aspects hailed in mini golf, a Foot Golf course traditionally runs within or directly parallel to a traditional golf course. Sagamore –Hampton Golf began offering FootGolf just last year, a welcome addition to the facility by both staff and local players. Read the full story here

Solar Energy Advocates Call for Net Metering Cap Raise

Two local alternative energy business owners are part of a growing chorus pushing the New Hampshire legislature to change the state’s net metering law.  To not expand the legal cap, advocates says, would put a serious economic damper on renewable energy growth in the state.
“The shame in all of this is that the message clearly didn’t get across to the legislature during the last session,” said Andrew Kellar, the founder of NHsolarGarden, the Stratham-based developer of solar energy projects. Kellar acknowledged that the political fight over the state budget was the top priority but said the lack of action could have consequences. “The inaction could lead to projects potentially evaporating,” he said.
Jack Bingham, the owner of Seacoast Energy in Barrington, has met with local representatives from both political parties to educate and emphasize the importance of increasing the net metering cap. Read the full story here

Favorite Foods Continues to Lead 'Green' By Example

For the past 27 years, Favorite Foods, a New Hampshire based food distribution company, made it its mission to provide superior quality food distribution and service to their clients, typically independent restaurants, in New Hampshire, Maine, and central and northern Massachusetts. Family owned and operated by son Kelly, father Chris Barstow, and mother Petra Barstow both have always held a strong belief that Favorite Foods could run both profitably and efficiently, with a company-wide focus to improve its overall environmental footprint.

Favorite Foods has had many green successes to date, including a massive 572 Panel, 140 kW Solar installation, and the Barstow family is focused on continuously lessening their impact on the environment, increasing energy efficiencies and continuing their mission to maintain a sustainable business. Read the full story here. 

Smuttynose Hosts First Octoberfest Party on October 10

Oktoberfest, the German holiday which begins mid-September through early October, draws roughly 6 million people to the city of Munich each year, and is celebrated worldwide. Though part of its roots trace back to the marriage celebration of King Ludwig I, Oktoberfest is most commonly known today for its traditional love of beer. Not straying far from this tradition, Smuttynose Brewing Co. will host its first Oktoberfest Party on October 10 from 2 - 7 p.m. at their sustainable brewery in Hampton. Read the full story here.

Fall Programs are in Full Swing at the Gundalow Company

With autumn well underway, tourists have packed up their beach chairs, vacated summer cottages, and headed home. As the heat of the summer slips into memory, there are still plenty of warm days left for locals to get outside and enjoy fall in New Hampshire.

One of the more popular ways to take in fall’s changing scenery is sailing along the Piscataqua River aboard a replica historic gundalow vessel, unique to the Seacoast region. The Gundalow Company, which operates regular educational and public sails, is open through the last week of October. Read the full story here

New Hampshire Businesses Come Together at Just One Thing Sustainability Slam

Twelve sustainability stories by businesses from across the state will come to life at New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility’s (NHBSR) Just One Thing Sustainability Slam at the LaBelle Winery on Thursday, October 15 in Amherst, New Hampshire. The evening will feature the top Just One Thing Stories, and guests will vote for the most impactful story.

This event will be sponsored in part by Green Alliance Business Partners, Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England, RAM Printing, and New Hampshire Public TelevisionRead the full story here.

Grassroots Green

Spooktacular Kids Festival This Saturday at Stratham Hill Park

Stop by the Spooktacular Kids Festival at Stratham Hill Park this Saturday, October 10, from 10 am to 4 pm. The day will feature a spooky fun run, music, magic, train ride, face painting, games, crafts, a toy flea market, food trucks, and promises to have a little something for everybody.

The Spooktacular Kids Festival will benefit Rett's Roost, a sanctuary for families with a child affected by cancer. Rett's Roost is a non-profit organization established by Jim and Deana Cavan in memory of their son Everett "Rett" Cavan who passed away from pediatric cancer at just 10 months old. Read the full story here.

Fast Festive 5k Benefits Great Cause

For many fall is a time to reflect on the ecological beauty of the state before the warm weather dissipates. It’s only natural that The Great Bay Stewards, an organization dedicated to conservation and preservation of the New Hampshire’s Great Bay Estuary, would host their annual 5k at the apex of the season. This year the race will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, October 24 at Sandy Hill Road in Stratham.

The Great Bay 5K Road Race is a primary fundraiser for the Great Bay Stewards, with proceeds supporting the non-profit’s educational and stewardship programs as well as facility improvement projects. Along with sponsoring erosion control efforts, invasive species removal, and runoff prevention campaigns, the non-profit also funds the Great Bay Discovery Center, an educational hub of the Research Reserve. Read the full story here

Art of Reuse Event to Benefit the Post-Lanfill Action Network

Join the Post-Landfill Action Network for an evening benefit of art, hors d'oeuvres, and community as they celebrate reuse. The Art of Reuse will feature local and nationally recognized artists who incorporate found objects, recycled materials, or messages about consumption and waste into their work.

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is a New Hampshire-based nonprofit working with student leaders across the country to build a world where landfills and incinerators are obsolete. The organization was founded by the creators of the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which helps students combat waste on their college campuses. Read more here
Sampling of Upcoming Events (Visit our events calendar for the full listing)

October 09 - Ellsworth, ME to Portsmouth
Peace groups from across New England will walk from Ellsworth to Portsmouth along Route 1 from October 9 - 24. Learn more here

October 10 - Spooktacular Kids Festival
Stratham Hill Park, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Festive fun for the whole family to benefit Rett's Roost. 
Learn more here
October 10 - Oktoberfest at Smuttynose Brewing Company
105 Towle Farm Rd., Hampron, 2:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Smuttynose will celebrate fall with its first Oktoberfest party. 

Click here for more info.

October 11 - The Art of ReUse
3s Artspace, 319 Vaughn St., Portsmouth, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
The Post-Landfill Action Network will host an evening benefit to celebrate the reuse movement. Click here for more info.

October 11 - NextGen Climate Presents "Local Everything"
Throwback Brewery, 7 Hobbs Rd., North Hampton, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Join local experts to discuss how climate change and agriculture are related.
Click here for more info.

October 14 - Community Supper to Benefit Great Bay Stewards
Robert's Maine Grill, Kittery, 4:00 - close
A portion of sales of the evening go to the Great Bay Stewards. Learn more here

October 14 - NH Climate Action Roundtable
Portsmouth Brewery, 56 Market St., Portsmouth, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Join local leaders from across the board to celebrate the anniversary of the People's Climate March in New York City. Click here to learn more. 

October 15 - Green Alliance Fall Party Sail
Gundalow Dock, Prescott Park, 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Join the Green Alliance community for a fall sail down the Piscataqua with live music, complimentary food and drinks and great company. New
Sustaining Members get 4 free tickets.Email to collect your tickets. Click here for more info.

October 23 - Business Fundamentals Bootcamp
Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH, 11:00 a.m.
Free for Green Alliance Business Partners and Sustaining Members!
Learn more here

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