Blog : The Green Alliance, NHPTV, and ISSco. Help Bring People Together for the Environment

By Sam | Jul 2, 2014 | in

The Green Alliance prides itself in bringing businesses and consumers together under one sustainable roof. On Thursday, July 11th, that roof will be on the Piscataqua River, as the Green Alliance and NHPTV will team up with the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company for a cruise on the M/V Thomas Laighton.

“This is probably the biggest party we have all year,” says Green Alliance Director Sarah Brown. “We’re ecstatic to have NHPTV on board with us as well. Not only is it a great party, but it’s a great opportunity for sustainable businesses to meet up with sustainable people, which is our greatest goal and achievement.”

NHPTV Manager of Community Relations Bryn Burns was excited for the station to collaborate with the Green Alliance in putting on the event.

“The Green Alliance does so much good for the local business community, ourselves included,” says Burns. “This a great opportunity for us to let everyone know about our environmental programming; nature gives us such opportunities for education, which has always been a priority for us.”

The cruise, exclusive to Green Alliance business and consumer members, promises a full night of drinks, dancing, live local music, and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Those who wish to attend may sign up for a membership at www.greenalliance.biz.

Green Alliance Partner the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company has made significant changes since changing ownership. Captains Jeremy Bell and Jerod Blanchette have been adding a number of different types of events to their cruise roster, including a shorter midday sail, a UNH graduation cruise, and several DJs and live bands. This summer, the Isles of Shoals Steamship Company is celebrating the 400th anniversary of John Smith’s first chartering of the Isles of Shoals, and will be offering educational charters for guests of all ages to discover the rich history of the island. Bell and Blanchette also recently purchased a new boat for smaller cruises, and will be releasing information about it in the near future.

“The Green Alliance cruises are always a fun time,” said Bell. “It’s great to see so many people come together with a common interest in environmental issues. We like being a part of this because it helps strengthen our community of environmentalists in the seacoast.”

NHPTV, another partner of the Green Alliance, has made great strides in the face of hardship. When they lost their state funding three years ago, they decided to become a community-owned and operated station, relying on viewer patronage and donations to sustain itself. After much restructuring of the station’s business model, the station has been on a steady path of growth, and has become a nationally recognized resource for programming. Additionally, in an effort to be greener, its programming includes many environmentally focused shows, including NatureWorks, Planet Granite, Growing a Greener World, New England’s Windows to the Wild, and a series of nature-based documentaries.

A Green Alliance membership not only grants access to exclusive parties, but significant discounts at over 115 local businesses for a nominal yearly fee.

The boat boards at 7:00 p.m. for a 7:30 sail, returning at 9:30 and staying open and docked until 10. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and live music by local band Humble Be. For more information visit www.greenalliance.biz.