News : Growing market: Green Alliance membership expanding steadily

Dec 12, 2011

PORTSMOUTH — Sarah Brown remembers that the first holiday party for the Green Alliance a few years ago was a modest affair.

"I think we had about 10 business owners and ourselves," said Brown, a co-founder and the project director of the Green Alliance. But on Dec. 15 at the Two Ceres Street martini bar, the Green Alliance Holiday Bash will be considerably larger. The growth is a reflection of how much the organization's ideal — creating a green economic community for businesses and consumers — has taken hold in the region and beyond.

"I think we will have about 50 Green Alliance businesses and more than 100 consumer members," Brown said of the expected attendance for the 2011 holiday gathering. Altogether, there are nearly 100 participating businesses and more than 2,800 consumer "Green Card" members in the Green Alliance. What began as one founding business in 2008 (Simply Green Biofuels) has grown from its Seacoast region roots into a network of green-minded companies located as far north as Portland, Maine, as far west as Concord and as far south as Newburyport, Mass.

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