News : March 2009

Renovating with the Green Alliance

Mar 23, 2009

I woke up a little after midnight to what sounded like pouring rain, but mysteriously the noise seemed to be coming from inside the house. I looked in the bathroom to discover water gushing out from the overhead light. Downstairs, I found water pouring out from vents and lights in the living room, half bath, and dining room, where it flowed down from the chandelier onto the table and floor.

My water heater, which was unfortunately placed in the attic due to my townhouse’s lack of a basement, had sprung a major leak, damaging walls, floors, ceilings, and furniture in its self-destruction. Now, in the middle of an unplanned renovation, I’m using this mess as an opportunity to make some energy-efficient upgrades in my home.

But because I need to save money, I’m joining the Green Alliance. The alliance offers a “green card,” providing discounts to the 42 businesses that are members of the alliance. As their project director Sarah Brown points out, the card earns its $35 cost back even if you only use it at one of the member businesses.

GA's Piece in BusinessNH Magazine!

Mar 20, 2009

Thanks to the folks at BusinessNH Magazine, you can now read their March issue's feature on the Green Alliance by clicking here.

Pick up your own copy of BusinessNH Magazine at your local news stand today!

GA Featured in Latest Business NH Magazine

Mar 19, 2009

Hot off the presses, check out the March issue of BusinessNH Magazine, as they feature the Green Alliance in their annual Green Guide. The bad news is that the article is only available in print form. The good news is that BusinessNH is available at most major newsstands on the Seacoast.

Color Them Green at Beach Pea

Mar 18, 2009

As Sage Clarke waited for a table to open up at Beach Pea Baking Co., she held her lunch in one hand and a cold drink in the other. Clarke eats here mostly because she likes the food, but she also likes the fact that the "plastic" cup in her hand is actually made out of corn. "That's pretty amazing," said Clarke, who lives across the bridge in Portsmouth. "I think it's really important. It's great. I'm really happy to support a green business."

After lunch, the cup will be thrown into a compost bin where, a sign informs customers, "anything that was once alive can be composted." There it will mingle with salad containers made from sugar cane pulp and the SpudWare, utensils made out of compressed potato starch. And at the end of the day, this eatery that serves several hundred customers daily will toss out just two bags of traditional trash.

Q&A with Green Alliance founder Sarah Brown

Mar 13, 2009

Sarah Brown, a Portsmouth native, moved back to the Seacoast to raise her three children after living in Russia for five years as a producer for CNN and a reporter for The Associated Press. She was just getting involved in local politics when she was smitten with Al Gore’s film, “An Inconvenient Truth,” and flung herself into environmentalism, eventually founding the Green Alliance, to promote sustainable businesses on the Seacoast.

We caught up to her at the Beach Pea Baking Co. – a Green Alliance member — in Kittery, Maine.

Read more in the New Hampshire Business Review.