Blog : You Say Goodbye, and I Say Hello

By Mike Bellamente | Dec 16, 2015 | in

As I search for the tone that will no doubt act as the all-important first impression to many Green Alliance friends and supporters, I am at once hopeful of where the GA is heading and more than a little bummed by the departure of my dear friend, Sarah Brown.

As I am sure many of you will agree, Sarah is the Green Alliance, and it’s hard to imagine the organization without her passion and dynamic personality. To that end, I would like to extend my heartfelt appreciation to Sarah for the community of like-minded people she has established over the last seven years. I hope you will join me in raising a glass to the indelible legacy she leaves behind, while wishing her nothing but success in wherever her journey leads from here.

While I will soon be taking the reins from Sarah as the incoming director of the GA, my involvement with the organization extends back several years. Save for a brief hiatus working with environmental groups in Washington DC, I have been a card-carrying member of the Green Alliance since the beginning. I have also served on the GA advisory board since my return to New Hampshire, and I am proud to say that the Green Alliance company scorecard was in essence modeled after the rating system developed by Climate Counts, a national nonprofit I presided over from 2011 to 2014.

On the heels of a historic moment in Paris, with leaders from 195 countries standing united at COP21 to forge a landmark deal on climate change, make no mistake that we find ourselves at one of the most critical junctures in human history. While there remains much uncertainty as to how we arrive at a low-carbon global economy, I, for one, am optimistic about the future. We’re seeing unprecedented advancements in technology paving the way for cost-competitive renewable energy sources, just as we’re seeing an evolution of environmentally superior products and services that demonstrate a level of parity in price and quality to their more traditional counterparts.

As I see it, a healthy economy is fundamental to progress on sustainability. People will always need access to food, jobs and goods. And, while there is no doubt room for improvement on our country’s insatiable appetite for material things, I like to think that it is the very people and companies represented by the Green Alliance who are effecting positive change on a daily basis.

In the coming weeks I will be reaching out to GA business partners and members to understand what you like most about the Green Alliance, and which elements of the Alliance can be improved upon in the months and years ahead. By early 2016, we will have a better idea of what our plan is for our growing community and we will communicate those plans in due course.

All the best for a safe and happy holiday, and, as the German’s say, have an easy slide into the New Year!


Mike Bellamente
Incoming Director, Green Alliance