News : Green Alliance takes message to nation's capital

Jul 26, 2010

From The Portsmouth Herald

By Jim Cavan

Since its 2008 inception, the Green Alliance has made a name for itself on the Seacoast — partnering with 85 sustainability-minded businesses from across industries and sectors. Last week, the group took its message national.

Last Tuesday, Clean Energy Works hosted an American "Clean Energy Fly-in" to Washington, D.C. For three days, more than 200 business owners and concerned citizens from 21 states descended on the capital to lobby the Senate to pass clean energy legislation this year.

Included in the group's New Hampshire delegation was Green Alliance founder and director Sarah Brown.

"It was certainly a great opportunity, not just for us to learn how the legislative process works, but to show people from all over the country the unique way we're touting the message of green," she said. "A few years ago, this group would have been made up almost entirely of environmentalists. But you're seeing people from all across business and industry who have come to realize that the green movement is as much about creating jobs and stabilizing the economy as it is about the environment."

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