Environmental Advisory Board

The Green Alliance is guided by its Environmental Advisory Board and takes great pride in an impressive line-up of New England's most knowledgeable and aggressive environmental advocates and experts. The Board has helped us to create the Evaluation and Report Card that we use to assess each business. Most importantly the Board is a “check and balance”, keeping us on a straight path toward sustainability and making sure that “profits” don’t ever outweigh “the planet”. Our Advisory Board members do not endorse GA businesses but rather provide analysis and support for furthering sustainable business practices.

Mike Bellamente - Director, Climate Counts

www.climatecounts.org

Mike Bellamente is the project director of Climate Counts, a non-profit initiative spearheaded by Stonyfield Farm that scores companies annually on their commitment to addressing climate change in meaningful, measurable ways.  Mike’s background is in marketing and economic development .  Following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, he was appointed team lead representing the U.S. Economic Development Administration to conduct economic impact analyses for affected communities.  In 2010, he was selected as an external panel advisor for the EPA Smart Growth Awards process; he has also been selected as a panel judge for the 2011 EPA Climate Leadership Awards.  Mike received his MBA in International Business from the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, and is LEED GA accredited.

Cameron Wake - UNH Climatologist

www.realclimate.org

Cameron Wake studies regional climate and environmental change through the analysis of ice cores and instrumental records. Wake is involved in the AIRMAP project, which seeks to improve understanding of New England's changing climate and air quality. He leads the related INHALE project that is investigating the links between air quality and human health in New England. As part of the Northeast Climate Impact Assessment, he was co-lead on two research papers and a series of reports detailing past and future climate change in the US Northeast.

Dr. Wake teaches at UNH and serves on the UNH Energy Task Force. He also serves as chief scientific advisor for Clean-Air-Cool Planet, a not-for-profit organization finding and promoting solutions to global warming.

Julia Dundorf - Energy & Climate Action Program Director

New England Grassroots Environment Fund

Julia recently joined the New England Grassroots Environment Fund to help enhance the work of local level climate and energy action in New England, including serving as the coordinator for two New England based energy/climate change networks. These networks (one representing New England wide work, the other New Hampshire specific) are comprised of dozens of nonprofits, federal and state agencies, local governments, energy companies, planning commissions and active local energy committee volunteers that seeks to catalyze, support and reduce the barriers to local level action on energy and climate change issues.

Prior to joining the NEGEF team, Julia served for over three years as Manager of Community Relations at Clean Air-Cool Planet, developing trainings and resources for local energy committees and communities to address greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption.
 

Deana Aulisio - Research Scientist

UNH Environmental Research Group

Deana Aulisio has been working and studying at UNH's Environmental Research Group since 2001. Always a strong advocate for the environment, she recently became interested more specifically in energy conservation and alternatives. Last year, she contacted Simply Green to purchase biodiesel for her Green VW Golf. After discussing her desire to focus her PhD research on biofuels, they decided to collaborate on finding more sustainable feedstock solutions, particularly by using algae grown in photobioreactors. Currently, they are seeking funding to begin this research together. Last summer, Deana took a temporary position at the NHDES Air Resources Division, where she asisted the Energy Task Force in developing their Climate Change Action Plan for the Governor. She began her PhD research in Natural Resources Earth System Science at UNH in the fall of 2009.

Peter Britz - Environmental Planner, City of Portsmouth

www.cityofportsmouth.com/sustainability/index.htm

Peter Britz has served as the City of Portsmouth's Environmental Planner since 2000. Peter is a member of the Hodgson Brook Watershed Advisory Board, past Chairman for the New Hampshire Estuaries Project management committee, and serves as staff to the City's Conservation Commission. Peter has coordinated the City's membership in ICLEI and completed the first ICLEI milestone, the citywide carbon inventory. He has also worked to coordinate the City's membership in the Mayor's Climate protection agreement and assisted with the new designation of Portsmouth as an ecomunicipality. Peter has carried out many successful open space acquisition and wetlands protection projects. He also works to raise public awareness, at both the local and regional level, about the importance of natural resource protection measures and what individual property owners can do to improve and protect the natural environment.

Michelle Veasey - Executive Director, New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility

www.nhbsr.org

Michelle Veasey is Executive Director of New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility, an organization dedicated to fostering socially and environmentally responsible business in the Granite State and recognizing that people, principles and profits must be linked. Prior to joining NHBSR, Michelle served as Manager of the New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association's Sustainable Lodging & Restaurant Program, working with lodgings and restaurants across the state to improve energy efficiency, water conservation, and waste reduction and to encourage the promotion of environmentally sensitive initiatives to guests, potential guests and employees. For 20 years before joining the environmental ranks, Michelle worked in the high technology industry, designing and developing business analytical software. She holds a Masters in Environmental Education from the University of New Hampshire and a BSBA in Finance from the University of Denver.

Mark Sullivan - Owner, Seacoast Asset Management Inc.

Seacoast Asset Management

As a local business owner, Mark understands the importance of community and serves on the Board of Directors of Leadership Seacoast and Seacoast Local. He is also an active committee member of the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce, NH SPCA, Portsmouth Rotary Club and co-hosts a Chamber business show on Portsmouth's public radio station, WSCA. Mark also appreciates the importance of education and serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Ma. College of Management, the Portsmouth Business-Education Collaborative, and teaches and mentors at UNH. Mark resides in Stratham with his wife, Loree, and their four children.

Brett Pasinella - Program Coordinator-BEI & CEI at UNH

www.sustainableunh.edu

Since 2006, Brett Pasinella has been the Program Coordinator for the Office of Sustainability's Biodiversity Education Initiative (BEI) and Climate Education Initiative (CEI) at the University of New Hampshire (UNH). In this role, he assists with the organization and implementation of curricula, operations, research, and community engagement related to the issues of climate change, energy use, transportation, biodiversity, ecological and public health, conservation, and other related issues. In addition to his work at UNH, Brett consults for Clean Air-Cool Planet, and volunteers for The New Hampshire Carbon Challenge.