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Environmental Diaper Service Company Expands to All Laundry

Dec 19, 2014

Published on Patch.

By Patrick Haigis

Green Earth Baby Works has established a reputation as an alternative to plastic-based disposable diapers. They take your used cloth diapers, clean them, and return them good as new. For years, they have been successful as an environmentally friendly cleaning service. Now, by popular demand, Green Earth Baby Works is expanding to offer linen and laundry service to local environmentally conscious commercial enterprises.

Read the whole story on Patch.

Green Collar Careers: Green Maids Owner, Johnmark O’Brien

Dec 18, 2014

Published on Patch.

By Anna Murphy

Johnmark O’Brien, owner of Green Maids, has been cleaning up grime since 2009. O’Brien started his green cleaning company with the mission to keep harmful chemicals out of the community and local environment's waste-stream. It was a mission O'Brien embarked upon while a college student. Based in York Harbor, Maine, Green Maids now services the New Hampshire seacoast as well as southern Maine.

Gift-Giving ROI: It Pays to Think Outside the (Holiday) Box by Shopping Local and Green This Holiday Season.

Dec 18, 2014

Published on Patch.com

By Kristyn Lak Miller

PORTSMOUTH — Giving a gift is an investment in a relationship, buying that gift locally is an investment in community, and making sure it’s a green gift is an investment in the future.

“Supporting local, green businesses offers tremendous ROI,” says Sarah Brown, Director of Green Alliance. According to a Civic Economics study, independent retailers return 52-percent of revenue to the local economy compared to 14-percent for big-box retailers; in addition, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance says local stores help sustain a vibrant, walkable town center—as opposed to big-box retailers that often reside on the edge of town—and are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

“Beyond economic and environmental benefits, shopping local cultivates community connections,” says Brown. “There’s really nothing like a shopkeeper greeting you by name, asking about your family, being more than just a fleeting face at the cash register.”

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25 Leaders for the Future Revisited

Dec 17, 2014

Published in Business NH Magazine

By Anne Saunders

Andrew Kellar's "green" biodiesel gas station that originally labeled him on this list is no more, and his research and development projects with the University of NH hsut down as the economy stalled after 2009. But Kellar, a serial entrepreneur, coutinues to push forward innovative environmental business models in the state.

Simple Green Biofuels was sold to his equity partners, who in turn sold it to a larger competitor. He sold the Green Alliance, an organization he co-founded that promotes and creates marketing opportunities for green businesses, to executive director and partner, Sarah Brown.

Read the full story in Business NH Magazine.

Is Wind Energy for the Birds?

Dec 17, 2014

Published in Green Energy Times

By Patrick Martin

On Jan. 29, New Hampshire wind energy advocates, including Portsmouth wind energy firm Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, dodged a bullet. The N.H. House of Representatives struck down a bill that would have placed a moratorium on wind development in the state. This would have been a major blow to New Hampshire’s progression towards brighter future in renewable energy.

Having temporarily dispatched of this more looming issue, it may be time to correct a misconception that has detracted so much support from the alternative energy source. Groups opposed to wind farm development often cite the droves of unlucky dead birds littering the ground beneath turbines. However, grim statistics thrown at wind energy proponents may not be entirely forthcoming.

Read the full article on Green Energy Times.

Gift-Giving ROI: It Pays to Think Outside the (Holiday) Box by Shopping Local and Green

Dec 16, 2014

Published on Seacoast Online

By Kristyn Lak Miller

PORTSMOUTH — Giving a gift is an investment in a relationship, buying that gift locally is an investment in community, and making sure it’s a green gift is an investment in the future.

“Supporting local, green businesses offers tremendous ROI,” says Sarah Brown, Director of Green Alliance. According to a Civic Economics study, independent retailers return 52-percent of revenue to the local economy compared to 14-percent for big-box retailers; in addition, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance says local stores help sustain a vibrant, walkable town center—as opposed to big-box retailers that often reside on the edge of town—and are essential to reducing sprawl, automobile use, habitat loss, and air and water pollution.

“Beyond economic and environmental benefits, shopping local cultivates community connections,” says Brown. “There’s really nothing like a shopkeeper greeting you by name, asking about your family, being more than just a fleeting face at the cash register.”

Read the full story on Seacoast Online.

Bedford senior living facility benefits from improved heating efficiency

Dec 16, 2014

Published in the Union Leader

ByCassidy Swanson

BEDFORD — A local retirement community has taken steps to lower costs for its residents by improving energy efficiency in winter months.

“It helps to build the brand of Briston Manor,” said Sarah Brown, owner and director of the Green Alliance, a Portsmouth-based group that promotes environmentally minded businesses. “That absolutely will come back in (return on investment) in terms of them having happy residents, and more residents wanting to (move in).”

Briston Manor West, located at 37 Ridgewood Road in Bedford, has 70 one- and two-bedroom apartments for independent seniors. Built in 1985, the units were not constructed with the quality of insulation used in homes built today, particularly 46 units which include attics.

Click here to read the full story in the Union Leader.

Meet a Green Alliance Business: Marcom4

Dec 16, 2014

Published in the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Online

Who: Marcom4

What: Marcom4 is a strategic branding, messaging and content marketing company with sustainability at the forefront of its business model. The small firm relies on years of experience in the marketing industry to achieve one goal: help clients conceptualize, develop and implement branding and messaging strategies to suit their business needs.
An estimated 75 percent of Marcom4's clients work within the green business sector, from renewable energy to public transportation. Marcom4 also partners with local nonprofits, including the Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), on a pro-bono basis. In house, Marcom4 uses digital media and filing throughout the office encouraging their clients to do the same. When working with print media, Marcom4 sources its materials from local, sustainable printing companies. Marcom4's staff often works and conducts meetings remotely to reduce its carbon footprint.

Where: 10 Alden Ave., Greenland

Read the full story in the Portsmouth Herald and on Seacoast Online.

A Financial Approach to Sustainability

Dec 12, 2014

Published in Peabody Patch

By Michael McCord

Jeff Hiatt believes that when it comes to sustainability, helping a business stabilize its expenses often can go hand-in-hand with environmental stewardship.

Hiatt is the founder of Performance Business Solutions. From their offices in Hampton Falls, PBS serves clients both locally and nationally. Through the firm’s multi-phase consulting approach, they have helped hundreds of clients save millions of dollars since 1995. The firm uses rigorous expense reviews and energy efficiency programs that can add to a company’s bottom line.

Read the full story on Peabody Patch

Local Painting Company Leads Green Revolution

Dec 12, 2014

Published on Portsmouth Patch and Seacoast Online

By Mark Quirk

PORTSMOUTH - During the infancy of the American colonies, a grassroots militia calling themselves the Minutemen spearheaded the American Revolution and fought for the change that lead to the formation of the United States. Today, Sean Sturk and Chris Tufts lead a revolution of their own on the same soil those colonial men and women did centuries ago, even borrowing the revolutionist’s name.

Tufts and Sturk are the owners of Minute Men Painters, a green painting company ushering in a revolution in the industry with environmentally-friendly paints and lacquers for their residential and commercial projects. Minute Men Painters use latex-based, waterborne paints and lacquers, a change from the oil-based paints commonly used in homes. However their biggest obstacle isn’t the size of the project, but people’s resistance to change. That’s why Tufts said part of the Minute Men process is to educate their customers to the advantages of waterborne products.

Read the full story on Portsmouth Patch or Seacoast Online