Friends and Advocates
Why reinvent the wheel? There are already so many incredible local organizations that are helping to make our communities more sustainable. We invite you to check them out and support their efforts!
Climate Counts is a NH-based non-profit campaign that scores the largest companies annually on the basis of their voluntary action to reverse climate change. The Climate Counts Company Scorecard -- launched in June 2007 -- helps people vote with their dollars by making climate-conscious purchasing and investing choices that put pressure on the world's most well-known companies to take the issue of climate change seriously. Launched by organics pioneer Stonyfield Farm, Climate Counts believes everyday consumers can be the most important activists in the fight against global warming. Climate Counts has currently evaluated 93 companies in twelve major consumer sectors with plans to expand the number of companies and sectors soon. Climate Counts Director, Wood Turner, serves on the Green Alliance Environmental Advisory Board.
New England Carbon Challengewww.necarbonchallenge.org
The NE Carbon Challenge™ (NECC), a joint initiative of the University of NH and Clean Air-Cool Planet, is committed to providing New England residents and communities with the information, tools and support necessary to reduce their residential energy consumption. The NECC works to educate, inspire and support sustained reductions in household energy consumption by coupling the innovative web-based tools at myenergyplan.net with effective outreach strategies to households, businesses, schools, civic organizations and faith-based communities. My Energy Plan is the result of a collaborative effort between the NECC, UNH, Clean Air-Cool Planet, NH Sustainable Energy Association, and UNH Cooperative Extension. Julia Dundorf, NECC co-founder and co-director, is a member of the Green Alliance Environmental Advisory Board.
Seacoast Buy Localwww.seacoastlocal.org
Seacoast Local is a non-profit network of local, independent businesses, individuals and non-profits who share a vision of community development built on sustainable practices. Seacoast Local works to develop local assets in ways that are specific and meaningful to the Seacoast, in order to secure a strong community, environment and economy for all. SBL accomplishes its goals through education, connections and market development, and through the BALLE network and New England Local Business Forum. SBL is supported by individual citizens and Buy Local members.
New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibilitywww.nhbsr.org
New Hampshire Businesses for Social Responsibility (NHBSR) is a statewide not-for-profit membership organization that fosters socially and environmentally responsible business, recognizing that people, principles and profits must be linked. NHBSR believes that businesses can do well while doing good. Social responsibility begins locally with each of us; and businesses can be financially successful while bringing out the best in the human spirit, enriching the community and being respectful of the natural environment. NHBSR strives to give its members the most innovative tools possible to help businesses meet these objectives. The Green Alliance is an NHBSR member and GA Director Sarah Brown is currently working with NHBSR to develop their sustainability program.
Kittery Energy Committeewww.kittery.org
The Kittery Energy Advisory Committee, (KEAC) is an official town board that advises and advocates around energy conservation issues in the Town of Kittery. The KEAC is active in the schools and municipality and has provided support and leadership on the wind turbine at Kittery’s Transfer Station, the new co-generation system at Kittery Town Hall and many other energy saving initiatives. Green Alliance Director, Sarah Brown is the founder of KEAC and the current Chair.
New Hampshire Sustainable Lodging Programwww.nhslp.org
The New Hampshire Lodging and Restaurant Association's Sustainable Lodging & Restaurant Program, NHSLP, works 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. They educate members on the latest sustainable business practices and promote member businesses to potential customers. NHSLP’s Manager, Michelle Veasey, is on the Green Alliance Environmental Advisory Board.
Blue Ocean Societywww.blueoceansociety.org
Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation is a Portsmouth, NH-based non-profit organization that promotes awareness and conservation of the marine environment. Blue Ocean fulfills its mission by conducting beach cleanups and studying marine pollution, researching whales and other local marine species, and conducting educational programs for schools and groups. Blue Ocean invites the community to participate in their monthly beach cleanups, visit the touch tank in downtown Portsmouth (open May-September) or join them on a whale watch to learn more about their research and local marine mammals.
Seacoast Growers Associationwww.seacoastgrowers.org
Since 1977, the Seacoast Growers Association (SGA) has provided the seacoast region of New Hampshire with a marketplace for fresh local produce, handcrafted goods, and homemade foods and beverages. From a humble beginning of several farmers cooperating to better market their goods, to its present form as a registered New Hampshire non-profit managing six area Farmers’ Markets, including over fifty vendors, the organization has maintained its goal and values. For a full list of area farmer's markets visit here.
UNH Energy Clubwww.unhenergyclub.com
The UNH Energy Club is a group of students interested in learning more about energy. Students from all disciplines are welcome to join the club. The Club's mission is to educate students and the community on energy from a holistic viewpoint, learning about generating, transporting, storing and consuming energy from a technical, legal, and social point of view. This education will come from networking with professionals, embarking on educational trips, and supporting energy related projects across campus.
Green Me Now and Green Retroswww.greenmenow.com
Moved to action, and motivated by rapidly rising energy costs, GreenMeNow.com and its GreenRetros newsletter were born to help homeowners and business owners like you tackle projects that lessen the impact of your home and your family’s lifestyle on the environment. The emphasis here—and what separates GreenRetros from other sites with similar goals—is that the projects remain within the means of average homeowners and small business owners. They aren’t novelties or high-end renovations for the rich, but rather projects that can be undertaken for the most part without the need for a second mortgage, and that will ultimately save you money while being considerate to the environment.
Clean Air Cool Planetwww.cleanair-coolplanet.org
Clean Air Cool Planet, (CA-CP), is in the business of solving the global warming problem through civic engagement, education and effective policy. CA-CP is the leading organization dedicated solely to finding and promoting solutions to global warming. CA-CP partners with companies, campuses, communities and science centers to help reduce their carbon emissions, helping partners, their constituents, and other regional opinion leaders and stakeholders understand the impacts of global warming and its best available solutions, through comprehensive outreach efforts celebrating commitment, innovation and success in climate action. CA-CP showcases practical climate solutions that demonstrate the economic opportunities and environmental benefits associated with early actions on climate change. CA-CP proposes and recommends the implementation of effective policy solutions aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions at the state, regional and national levels. CA-CP is a science-based, non-partisan, non-profit.
Alaska Wilderness League and The Alaska Coalitionwww.alaskawild.org
The Alaska Wilderness League furthers the protection of Alaska’s amazing public lands. The League is the only Washington DC-based environmental group devoted full-time to protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and other wilderness-quality lands in Alaska. The New England office of the League empowers the public and local organizations to encourage our elected leaders in Washington to preserve these special places which belong to all Americans. The Alaska Coalition is a powerful network of conservation, sporting, labor and religious groups from all 50 states that work together to keep Alaska’s wild places protected for future generations. Jon Demos, a local environmental activist and advocate, educates around the issue of wilderness preservation in the Seacoast area, working for both the League and the Coalition. You can reach John their local contact at email@example.com.
Ecological Landscaping Associationwww.ecolandscaping.org
Founded in 1992, the Ecological Landscaping Association (ELA) is a member-based non-profit that advocates environmentally responsible landscaping and horticultural practices to professionals and the public through educational programs and networking. As stewards of the land and its resources, ELA’s members support landscape design, installation, and maintenance practices that are environmentally safe and beneficial. These sustainable landscaping practices are guided by a knowledge of and respect for natural ecosystems. ELA members include landscaping professionals, community activists, master gardeners, homeowners, and more. Our online membership directory search, Find an Eco-Pro helps you to find landscaping professionals who practice sustainable landscaping practices in your area. To learn more about ecological landscaping and how you can have a healthier environment where you live or work, please visit our website or send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Seacoast Science Centerwww.seacoastsciencecenter.org
The Seacoast Science Center (SSC), located in historic Odiorne Point State Park in Rye, NH, is a popular destination for families and students to learn about coastal environmental history. Each year, over 80,000 people visit the Center, 15,000 of whom are students from throughout New England. The Center meets its mission to create connections to nature through personal learning experiences in the marine and environmental sciences by providing engaging and interactive programs and exhibits. Programs, for ages 18 months through senior rediscovery, encourage and promote sustainable practices. Through the Gregg Interactive Learning Studio SSC broadcasts distance learning experiences to students across the country. For more info visit
Conservation Law FoundationConservation Law Foundation
Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) protects New England's environment for the benefit of all people. Using the law, science and the market, CLF creates solutions that preserve natural resources, build healthy communities, and sustain a vibrant economy region-wide. Founded in 1966, CLF is a nonprofit, member-supported organization with offices in New Hampshire, Maine, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Vermont. On the Seacoast, CLF has focused on securing needed protections for the Great Bay estuary and advancing a clean, coal-free energy future. In 2012, CLF established the Great Bay-Piscataqua WATERKEEPER, NH's first member of the Waterkeeper Alliance. Click here to learn more!