The Alliance GAzette : September 2015

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Dear GAzette Readers, 

With kids back to school and vacations over we know transition times are not easy; we hope to provide a little lightness as you move from summer into fall. And remember when down in the dumps just step outside; nature is truly the best spirit-lifter!

Celebrate fall with Green Alliance at Rett’s Roost Harvest Moon Gala, a fundraiser for newest GA Business Partner Rett’s Roost, which has a special place in our hearts….it was started by GA writer Jim Cavan! The nonprofit is a sanctuary for families with a child affected by cancer. On September 27, Rett’s Roost hosts the Harvest Gala at Zev Yoga’s Shilo Farm.

Another transition blues-buster is the GA Sustaining Member Fall Foliage Sail. Join us as a new Sustaining Member and get 4 free tickets for this party sail October 15th.

But that’s not all. In this month’s issue of the GAzette, Integrated Fitness looks forward to the opening of their new Epping location, Ecotech Pest Control helps homeowners in the fight against ticks, and Seacoast Energy solarizes Highland Hardwoods and the Town of Brentwood in the process!

Sarah Brown
Director and Founder

Green Business in Our Community

Green Homes Built on a Budget

Little Green Homes is heading up construction of an all-electric house in Kittery, Maine for partners Ann Grinnell and Marge Pelletier. It is the fourth home Grinnell has had built, and it’s being done on a modest budget of $300,000 to $350,000. When complete, the sustainable project will be Grinnell and Pelletier’s retirement home.

Chris Redmond and his business partner, Jeff Stacy, started Little Green Homes, located in Greenland, in 2007. Redmond says that since the beginning each house his team builds is unique and budgets vary, so wise choices are key. For Grinnell and Pelletier, Redmond said the goal is a durable house for retirement, with low utility costs and great energy efficiency.Read the full story here

Rett's Roost to Hold Harvest Moon Gala Fundraiser

The goal of Rett’s Roost is, at its core, a simple one: to be a sanctuary—a source of rest, respite and repose—for families with children fighting cancer.

After a wildly successful inaugural retreat, held two weeks ago in Western Massachusetts, the young organization is setting its sights on a trio of continuing retreats for families battling cancer and fun fundraising events to support those retreats.

First up; Eliot's Shilo Farm hosts Rett's Roost's first major fundraiser, the  Harvest Moon Gala dinner on September 27. With the purchase of a $75 ticket ($60 for Green Alliance members), attendees will enjoy a four-course meal rife with local fare, including beer from Smuttynose and Great Rhythm Brewing Cos., wine from Andrew Bevan Wines and meat from Kittery-based Maine Meat (MEat). (Another GA connection: Shilo Farm and Eco B&B is run by the GA's Zev Yoga!)

Additionally, at the Harvest Gala, Rett’s Roost will be auctioning off a slew of items—a list that includes everything from locally made goods and services to an all-inclusive African Safari—to help raise money for future retreats and programming. Read the full story here

Highland Hardwoods and Seacoast Energy
Team Up for Solar Project

When Rick and Wendy Lang of Highland Hardwoods saw their new solar systems go on line at their facility, they watched with a feeling of accomplishment, checking off another sustainable goal for their company.

“We have always appreciated nature’s wonderful resources and tried to be environmentally responsible business owners,” said Rick Lang about the specialized lumber supply company he started in 1986 on Route 125 in Brentwood. “Going solar reinforces our commitment to manage our natural resources, not only for ourselves but for future generations as well.”

Seven months in the making, Anne Holliday, the lumberyard’s CFO of 20 years, working with Highland Hardwoods to expand its sustainability, first conceived the installation project. After researching state grants, rebates, and looking for local solar installers, Holliday chose Jack Bingham of Seacoast Energy in Barrington for the project. Read the full story here. 

Integrated Fitness to Open New Epping Location September 12!

Looking to make a transition to a more healthy lifestyle that goes beyond just dieting or a boring and endless gym workout? Check out Integrated Fitness at the Grand Opening of their new Epping Location on September 12, from 9 - 2. Integrated Fitness offers a unique and holistic exercise program that builds both strength and community!

Driving to work each day, it is hard not to notice the countless gyms that keep popping up in each town. While large, corporate fitness facilities offer cheap monthly memberships, there is no personal connection and very little focus on customer service. However, Integrated Fitness of Dover was launched in 2010 with exactly that in mind. The team of personal trainers helps clients live a more sustainable lifestyle by working with them one-on-one and in a group setting to lose weight, build muscle, and eat healthier for a more balanced lifestyle.

The Integrated Fitness holistic health model has been so successful and well received that they are expanding with another location in Epping. On September 12, IF of Epping opens its doors with fun fitness activities and free classes from 9 - 2; all are invited. Find out whats on offer with the personalized and community based Integrated Fitness approach at the September 12 Grand Opening. Read the full story here

Target Those Ticks!

As we are well aware, ticks are more than nuisance insects, as carriers of Lyme disease, they can be extremely harmful. There is yet another effective option in our arsenal of tricks to combat the spread of these disease carriers. Called a “bait box,” the small plastic contraption holds a food source that is irresistible to rodents, and when placed around a homeowner’s property can intercept the critters who may be bringing ticks back to the property from foraging trips. As they enter to reach the food source, the rodents move through a wick that places a small amount of low dose insecticide on their fur, killing off the ticks in all stages and (hopefully) eliminating them from spreading through your home turf. 

Tom Pray of Ecotech Pest Control, an Eliot, Maine-based pest control company is a strong supporter of the Bait Box form of treatment and can work with homeowners not only to intercept rodents, but to develop effective means for homeowners to help eliminate tick habitats. Read the full story here.

CCNNE: Small Changes, Big Sustainable Results

Ray Dube of Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England likes to call sustainability innovations “no-brainers,” because one never knows how even a small act can evolve into something special.

But Dube knows. As the sustainability manager at Coca-Cola Bottling Company of Northern New England (CNNE), he’s seen it happen many times and never takes it for granted. CCNNE is known throughout the region and in the industry for the depth and breadth of its sustainability initiatives including recycling, energy efficiency and better resource management. 
Read the full story here.

Green Collar Careers: Green Alliance Director, Sarah Brown

Efforts to become a more green and sustainable culture proliferate the news these days, but often that information is lost amongst the headlines. Sarah Brown noticed this lack of attention in the media and decided that it had to change if communities were going to become more sustainable. In response, Brown established the Green Alliance, an environmentally-conscious business union, that raises the awareness of sustainably-minded businesses and helps connect them with green-minded consumers.

“We decided from day one that we wanted an outlet for people, whether they were business owners or consumers, to put their money where their values were,” Brown said. “And we wanted people to realize that going green didn’t have to mean going broke; that going green could actually save you a little of it too and for businesses it could increase their profits." 
Read the full story here.

Grassroots Green

Sustaining Member Fall Foliage Sunset Cruise

Sadly, summer will soon set sail, but the good news is that autumn is on its way and bringing with it vibrant colors, crisp weather and pumpkin flavored everything. Fall foliage is at its peak for only a few short weeks, and the Green Alliance wants to get on the water to take advantage of this short lived beauty.

On October 15 from 5:00 - 6:30 p.m., sail the Piscataqua River and Portsmouth Harbor with the Gundalow Company and Green Alliance. Join the Green Alliance as a new Sustaining Member and get four free tickets aboard the Fall Foliage Sunset Sail. Read the full story here.

Making a Beautiful Difference in New Hampshire

Founded in 1983, New Hampshire the Beautiful is a private, non-profit charitable trust that has left a vital imprint on every town and city in the state.

NHtB has made a mark by developing comprehensive programs that address litter issues, recycling challenges, environmental awareness and education. To be more precise, the colorful recycling bins and roadside blue liter bags seen everywhere in the state have direct roots to NHtB. The educational efforts that have engaged school children and the help to cities and towns to streamline and maximize their recycling capabilities are also due to the efforts of NHtB. Read the full story here
Sampling of Upcoming Events (Visit our events calendar for the full listing)

September 06, 13, 20, 27 - Kittery Community Market
Post Office Square, 10 Shapleigh Rd., Kittery, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. 
Learn more here

September 09, 16, 23, 30 - Rye Farmers Market
Rye Center, 580 Washington Road, Rye, 2:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
Learn more here
September 09 - Gundalow Sail: Bottom Habitats in Great Bay
The Gundalow Company, 60 Marcy St., Portsmouth, 5:00 p.m. 
Click here for more info.

September 09 - Environmental and Energy Legislative Update 2015
Hannaford Lecture Hall, University of Southern Maine, 7:15 - 11:00 a.m.

Click here for more info.

September 13 - Kittery Land Trust Annual Meeting and Potluck Dinner
Fort Foster Pavilion, 12:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Click here for more info.

September 16 - Jose Lezcano at the Seacoast Reperatory Theater
150 Bow St., Portsmouth - 7:00 p.m.
Classical guitarist Jose Lezcano hits the stage, presented by Cuzin Richard Entertainment and the Seacoast Reperatory Theater. Click here for more info. 

September 17 - 24 - NE Grassroots Environmental Fund's Climate Ride
Bar Harbor to Boston
Click here for more info.

September 19 - Passport Tour 2015
Strawberry Banke, 4:00 - 7:30 p.m. 
Smuttynose Brewery and New Hampshire Public Television host the Passport Tour 2015 at Strawberry Banke Museaum. Local foods and craft beers will be available. Learn more here

September 24 - Six Week Introductory Beekeeping Course
Jeremiah Smith Grange, Lee, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. 
Learn more here

September 27 - Harvest Moon Gala to Benefit Rett's Roost
Shilo Farm Eco B&B, Eliot, ME, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gather at Shilo Farm to raise money for Rett's Roost, a sanctuary for families battling childhood cancer. The evening will include a farm to table dinner and auction. Click here for more info. 

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