Become a Sustaining Member of the Green Alliance
Want to show exemplary support for local green businesses, and the communities they operate in? Become a Sustaining Member of the Green Alliance! For just $150, there’s no better way to demonstrate your commitment to the spirit of the Green Alliance, and you’ll receive a host of benefits including:
- Lifetime membership in the GA
- Enjoy discounts without ever renewing!
- Free Green Alliance tee shirt
- Permanent acknowledgment of your support on our website
- Gives you access to Green Families Club benefits
- Gift certificate for $50 off a full house cleaning with Green Maids
Marc Batchelder. Marc and Cheryl constructed their L.E.E.D. platinum house in Portsmouth with the help of many Green Alliance businesses including Little Green Homes, SEA Solar Store, Minute Men Painters, and Cornerstone Tree Care in the winter of 2008-09. We continue to use GA businesses as much as we can in order to support companies that share the same awareness for environmental issues as we do. You can usually find us with our two dogs outside every chance we get or having a pint of Cheryl's homebrew craft beer.
Ann Grinnell. Ann became a lifetime member of the Green Alliance after the completion of her all electric home in Kittery, built by GA Business Partner, Little Green Homes. This home is the fourth house Grinnell has built and will be the retirement home for her and partner Marge Pelletier. The two purchased a 30 panel, 8.4 kilowatt solar electric system, essentially creating a self-sustaining energy source on the roof of the Kittery Foreside home. The house is rotated about 15 degrees so that the rear roof (with panels) faces as close to due south as possible. Pelletier and Grinnell reduced expenses by not paying for brand new, high-end products. Lower end and reclaimed items are used upstairs, such as sinks, vanities and doors. Grinnell said the home is designed for single-floor living, though there are two guest bedrooms and a bathroom on the second floor for visitors throughout the year. As the second floor will likely only be occupied about 20 days per year, it is separated from the rest of the house by a glass door, and will only need to be heated when guests are present, reducing energy costs.
Jan & David Heirtzler. Jan and David Heirtzler live in Durham, NH, with their three children, Stephen, Sophia, and Susan; allowing David to walk to work at UNH, and Jan to walk or bike everywhere in town (the family's car is used almost exclusively for out-of-town trips). Reduced consumption is one of the core principles of Jan's home business making baby carriers: buying a single cloth carrier means that a whole host of baby paraphernalia becomes unnecessary. This proved helpful when their oldest child was born in 2000 -- a convertible car seat, diaper service, clothes, and a sling were really all that they needed. Sleeping Baby Productions LLC (http://sleepingbaby.net) has grown by leaps and bounds, helping other new families live simply and keep their babies close. The family's Green Alliance membership has paid for itself many times over, between discounts on bio-fuel heating oil and at local restaurants, and Jan hopes to use it in the near future to improve their home's energy efficiency. "Committing to a sustaining membership is an excellent investment -- I know we'll get much more out of it than we put in, and I truly appreciate the opportunities that it represents in our community."
Paul Wiles. Paul, his partner Dawn, and nine year-old daughter Kelsey live in Durham, and he feels strongly about the need for consumers to become a driving force for sustainability in our communities. "I feel our votes with our consumer dollars are just as important as our votes in the booth," said Wiles. "Government policy only goes so far, and most businesses will settle for the bare minimum of environmental standards unless our consumer dollars demand a higher level of accountability". Wiles lauded the Green Alliance for bridging the gap between consumers and businesses, and raising the bar. And as for his investment in the Green Alliance's Sustaining Member program? "Between the discounts at Redhook, the Portsmouth Brewery, and the UNH Dairy Bar, this Sustaining Membership will pay for itself by Labor Day." The Wiles household also recycles whenever they can and heats their home with geothermal, while Paul brings his mug to his local coffee shop, and take the Downeaster train on his visits to Boston and Portland. And of course, he patronizes businesses that show genuine efforts in sustainability.
Deborah Chase. Deborah has made good use of her Green Card to obtain discounts at several Business Partner locations, including Rockingham Electric, the Portsmouth Brewery, and the Beach Pea Bakery. But she received the biggest bang for her (green) buck when she used her Green Card at Little Green Homes, which she enthusiastically refers to as "the outstanding design/build company renovating my home!"
Renay Allen. At her core, Renay is an advocate for Simplicity. She lives a mile from her job, and owns a Girl Scout mess kit. She charges her cell phone by solar, and has reduced her trash by 80%.She is co-chair of the Green Sanctuary Committee at her UU church. Renay oversees the small “Feed My Lambs” community garden, (100% of the harvest goes to the associated food pantry) – and she would love to give you a tour and chat about it! She is also a local author (available at RiverRun & Water St Books) and blogs monthly about the intersection of Sustainability & Spirituality at http://NHgoddess.Wordpress.com.
Saul and Jessie Davidson. We are strong believers in renewable energy and minimizing our use of fossil fuels. We regularly recycle every material we can. We own a hybrid vehicle and enjoy seeing fewer stops at the gas station. We recently added a 4.8kw photovoltaic solar panel array to the roof of our house and already we’re seeing it pay off. We hope to expand the system in the future and also add a solar hot water system to eliminate the need for propane hot water in our house. Being a member of the Green Alliance is exciting and shows us more and more opportunities to take advantage of in committing ourselves to living better and taking care of the environment.
Alliance in June 2012, while pursuing his interest in all things 'green' as an Independent Associate of Viridian.
Nils Bockmann. Nils interest in environmental affairs began in the mid 1960’s. Growing up in South Yarmouth, MA on Cape Cod, Nils observed the effects of unregulated environmental protection and felt compelled to take action. When he turned twenty-two, he became a Massachusetts Sales Associate for a California company that sold only biodegradable cleaning products. In 1978, Nils worked for the Congress of Claremont (NH) Senior Citizens and assisted the development of Senior Congress Park, an 82-apartment HUD Section 202 senior housing project that included 18 acres of green space and solar panels to generate hot water. At 46, while taking classes at the Cape Cod Community Center, Nils served as an Elected Student Trustee, to ensure that the leadership was dedicated to environmental technology. His contributions supported the continued sustainable development at the CCCC. Nils and his wife Christine, left education in 2008 and spent two years working as on-site management of independent senior living communities in coastal Maine and eastern New Hampshire. While working out of their home base in Kittery, Nils was introduced to Sarah Brown and became peripherally involved with the good works of the Green Alliance. Nils became a Sustaining Member of the Green
Kate Thut. Kate lives in Dover, NH with her husband and two teenage sons. They are glad that Green Alliance helps them to make choices about where they spend their money and happily support the businesses that do what they can to minimize our impact on this beautiful world.
Barbara Fletcher. Barbara works right next door to the Green Alliance as a contributing artists to the Kittery-based Just Us Chickens artists coopeartive. Just Us Chickens, located at 9 Walker Street, features hand-crafted items from local artists, and is a Partnering Business in the Green Alliance. Barbara is a jeweler, and prides herself in hand-crafted items made & sold right here on the Seacoast! "My husband want to support the organizations in our community that are really making a difference. The Green Alliance is one of those organizations, and we're proud to be Sustaining Members!"
Jean Blickensderfer ~ Susan Stevens ~ Judi Matthews ~ Maren Beauchesne ~ Lucy Neiman
Loren Selig ~ Patti Andrews ~ Joseph Pagnani ~ Therese Hickman ~ Andrea Williams
Dan Stevens ~ Lynn Rogers ~ Patricia Cabrera ~ Roger Stephenson ~ Jan Kirk
Jacqueline Walker ~ Robert & Mary Welch ~ Billy Landenberger ~ Debra Luchsinger
Melissa Bowen ~ Raphael Roman ~ Robert McElroy ~ Katherine Harris ~ Daniel Miltom
JoEllen Cuff ~ Karen Doyle ~ Linda Tyring ~ Ned Raynolds ~ Paul Neve ~ Scott Szycher
Bridget Sprague ~ David Anderson ~ Janet Dunn ~ Katherine Hood ~ Lynn McCarthy
Nicole Giusto ~ Diane McDonough ~ Shirley Cornell ~ Amy Pollard ~ Victor Reno
Therese Thompson ~ Thomas Leake ~ Gesele & George Scully ~ Susan Engel
Ron Brush ~ Obidiah Kelley ~ Vicki Stewart ~ Cindy Henry ~ Rebecca Gove ~ Mike Carella
Chris Pyott ~ Mary Campbell ~ Marybeth Reis ~ Kenneth Potter ~ Per Berglund
James Hennelly ~ Boyd Allen ~ Christopher Mcquade ~ Bonnie Greaney ~ Carolyn Ostrom
Deb Perry ~ Michele Alexander ~ Laura Piscitello ~ Joanne Russavage ~ Strider Sulley
Mary Clifton Horrigan ~ Georgie Jennison Sawyer ~ Drew & Rachel Barclay
John Benford ~ Kendra Ford ~ Miranda Jones & Ben Kerwin ~ George Radford
Dawn Mirabella-Lewis ~ Renee Fifield ~ Jonathan Meltzer ~Christina Winn ~ James McLain
Robert Eckert ~ Kerry Gormley ~ Morry El-Badry ~ Peter & Sarah Lion ~ Sarah Gnerre
Kevin Madley ~ Greg McCrone ~ Larry Elbroch ~ David Tibbetts ~ Marcia Tibbetts
Janna Barbour ~ Tammy Gewehr ~ Deidre Smyrnos ~ Lisa Teague ~ Laura Montville
Patrick Trevino ~ Frank Stewart ~ Heidi Montanari ~ Aubrey Gewehr ~ Jan Pendlebury
Gavin Barbour ~ Margaret & William Naumes ~ Stephanie Denoncour
Emily & Michael Briggs ~ Myleta Eng ~ Natasha Goyette ~ Moira McKinnon
Jim Houghton ~ Charles Forcey ~ Tim Stone ~ Andrew Jackman