Discount – 15% off at the Lenox Hotel and other properties owned and managed by the Saunders Hotel Group

61 Exeter Street Boston MA 02116

(617) 536-5300shopps@saundershotelgroup.net

Green Story

While the Lenox may be considered their most well-recognized hotel, it is just one of a number of properties owned and managed by the Saunders Hotel Group (SHG)  in Boston.   A third generation family owned and operated hotel management business, SHG is a values-driven company that prides itself on its sustainability leadership in the hospitality industry.  

While 100% of the Lenox’s energy use is currently offset with Renewable Energy Credits (RECs) and carbon offsets, SHG is in the process of sourcing off-site renewable energy.  The Lenox also drastically improved its efficiency when upgrading its major HVAC equipment (e.g. the cooling tower and boilers) and it continues to supplement the big efforts with operational efficiencies and smaller projects.

Other environmental initiatives of SHG include ongoing waste audits and strategies to increase landfill diversion rates at the Lenox, the Comfort Inn & Suites (Revere, MA) and the Premiere Hotel & Suites (New Haven, CT).  Waste diversion strategies include: donating partially used bottles of amenities (soap, shampoo, conditioner, etc.) to homeless shelters, as well as hundreds of linens, towels, and bathrobes; recycling carpet and padding whenever there is a renovation; and donating furniture and TVs.  The Lenox Hotel also goes so far as to divert popular K Cups from the waste stream, and instead sends them to a processing plant that composts the coffee grinds and recycles the plastic. 

Beyond the numerous commitments and initiatives to reduce the environmental impacts of their hotel properties, SHG is also committed to gender and cultural employee diversity, with 35 of the 55 managers consising of women and minorities, an impressive 64%.  Additionally, four of the nine corporate executives, or 44% of the executive team also women and minorities. 

Green Card holders can now enjoy 15% off your stay at the Lenox Hotel, the Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro, and the Comfort Inn & Suites, Logan Aiport.

JOIN THE GA TODAY and pay off your membership with a one-night stay at any one of these fine establishments!   


What makes us green?


  • Comprehensive sustainability strategy with metrics demonstrating progress toward environmental targets
  • Off-site renewable energy and carbon offsetting
  • Waterless urinals and other water-saving initiatives 
  • Food and solid waste diversion efforts including composting and recycling programs
  • High-Efficiency HVAC systems including cooling tower and boilers 
  • Companywide gender and cultural employee diversity 


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A Personal Note from the Green Alliance

By Mike Bellamente | Apr 8, 2016 | in

GA Friends and Members,

First off, thank you for your patience throughout the transition of the Green Alliance. The hiatus was intended as a way to tip our cap to GA founder Sarah Brown, while affording us time to hear from members and businesses on how best to grow our community moving forward.

While our aim is to keep the spirit of the Alliance intact (low-carbon economy, goodwill towards men/women, etc.), there will be some changes that you may not have expected, or that may catch you off guard completely. Heads up!

Rest assured, GA 2.0 will still offer plenty of social events(yes, click it), discounts and compelling content. That said, our primary goal is to make Green Card discounts more accessible to a broader audience. To that end, we are announcing the following changes to our fee structure for individual members:

Ultra Geothermal Seeks Donations to Benefit Travis Aho Leukemia Fund

By Craig | Jul 22, 2014 | in

To support her brother Travis' battle with Leukemia, Ultra Geothermal owner, Melissa Aho, and the Green Alliance are bringing together local businesses to put on a yard sale for his benefit. The yard sale will take place on July 26 at 358 Route 4 in Barrington, N.H. (just off the the Lee traffic circle) from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.Any yard sale appropriate donations - clothing, sports equipment, DVDs, books, etc. - or baked goods are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at Ultra Geothermal. The event is being co-sponsored by Green Alliance Business Partner, Get It Going.

Travis was diagnosed with Leukemia in December 2013 and has since struggled with the physical and financial burden of the disease. In order to help alleviate some of his financial stress, Melissa organized a large-scale community yard sale. Melissa came up with the idea to use her business and its connection with the Green Alliance to help promote and support the yard sale.

A dedicated advocate for the environment, Travis Aho graduated as an Environmental Studies major and currently works in Florida as a law enforcement officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to protect the Ocala National Forest.

Ultra Geothermal was one of the first twenty Business Partners to join the Green Alliance, an organization that connects environmentally conscious consumers with local sustainable businesses. The Green Alliance was inspired by Travis’s story and his sister’s efforts to support his battle, and was excited to help out in any way they could.

“I was very excited when Melissa reached out to the Green Alliance for our support," said Green Alliance founder and Director, Sarah Brown. "Our job is to promote our Business Partners to the community, which makes our involvement in the yard sale the perfect way to maximize donations and attendance. I’m glad we can use our resources and connections to support such a good cause.”

In addition to promoting the fundraising event the Green Alliance has brought together its 114 additional business partners to donate items to the yard sale in hopes to strengthen the outcome of the event. Local environmentally-friendly business partners including the Portsmouth Brewery, Prelude and Get it Going are looking forward to this recycling opportunity that benefits a great cause. With the support of all these local businesses the Green Alliance hopes this yard sale will be full of donations to benefit Travis’s cause. Some proceeds will also support the Green Alliance Non-Profit Fund in efforts to keep our communities green.

Jul 10 - Green Alliance/NHPTV Summer Party Cruise!

Isles of Shoals Steamship Co., 315 Market St., Portsmouth

7:00-10:00 p.m., boarding at 7 p.m., boat returns to dock 9:30

It's time for our annual Isles of Shoals Steamship party cruise, this year featuring our partners NHPTV! Join us Thursday, July 10th as we sail down the Piscataqua with drinks, music, and all your GA friends. Admission is free with your Green Alliance Card, but new members can buy a membership in advance for only $25 and receive a ticket to the party in the process. Click here to join for $25 and then RSVP to Launch time is at 7:30, so make sure to get there early. The steamship will be on the water until 9:30, and will stay open dockside until 10.

Live music by Humble Be, and complimentary hors d'oeuvres! Mix and mingle with the Green Alliance community and meet some new folks from New Hampshire Public Television! Green Alliance members should RSVP their Green Card number to Remember, your Green Card is your ticket to board, so join now for a discounted $25 or join at the dock for $35 on the night of the cruise. 

See yourself working for the Green Alliance!

By Rich | Sep 17, 2015 | in


Check out our two openings (Director of Media and Senior Editor) as well as partner positions on our Green Jobs Board.

Are your Pets Tired of Ticks? Looking for Natural Alternatives?

By Rich | Jul 30, 2015 | in

By Rich Collins

New England is graced with somewhat unusual climate conditions – harsh winters often followed by beautiful, somewhat dry spring. But with these weather patterns come an onslaught of biting insects – ticks in particular – that target pets and their owners across the East. It’s well known that ticks carry Lyme and other types of debilitating diseases, as they lie in wait on tall grasses readying themselves to hitch a ride on cats and dogs. Pet owners often have their dogs and cats vaccinated against ticks; however, the nightmarish insects can still travel into our homes via pets and feed on humans.

So what can homeowners do to protect their dogs and cats, as well as themselves? The first solution is to avoid grassy or wooded areas entirely. But during the summer months, it’s not feasible to avoid the outdoors throughout the seacoast and the Great Bay (a known tick hotbed) area.

To determine what options are available, it’s best to turn to professionals. Locally, The Natural Dog and Holistic Cat offer choices on a variety of natural products, from holistic pet foods to natural flea and tick remedies. Co-owned by husband and wife team Dawn and Jeff Price, The Natural Dog is a holistic and organic pet supply store specializing in direct, personal customer service, advice, and a host of natural product alternatives. Located at 801 Islington Street in Portsmouth’s revitalized “West End” neighborhood in Gallagher Plaza, the store is a local resource for pet owners who prefer a more holistic approach or have dogs and cats with special diets or needs.

Oct 11 - The Art of Reuse

3s Artspace, 319 Vaughan Street, Portsmouth, NH

4:00 - 6:00 p.m.

The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is a New Hampshire-based nonprofit working with student leaders across the country to build a world where landfills and incinerators are obsolete. The organization was founded by the creators of the UNH Trash 2 Treasure program, which helps students from across the country combat waste on their college campuses.

Join PLAN for an evening benefit of art, hors d'oeuvres, and community as they celebrate the reuse movement. The Art of Reuse will feature both local and nationally recognized artists who incorporate found objects, recycled materials, or messages about consumption and waste into their work.

The event will include both a silent and live auction, an open bar provided by Smuttynose Brewing Company, and light hors d'oeuvres. 

Click here for more information and to purchase tickets. Join the Green Alliance and get a free ticket to the Art of Reuse!

Local Wind Farm Project Finds Green Partner

By Rich | Jul 9, 2015 | in

By Mark Quirk

The benefits of the Antrim Wind Energy project continue to grow, and this time the beneficiary is the New England Forest Foundation. It’s good timing for the new collaboration as the Antrim project currently is up for re-review after being tabled in 2013.

Portsmouth-based Eolian Renewable Energy has eliminated one turbine and significantly reduced a second to meet earlier requests presented by the state of New Hampshire. Supporters and opponents alike agree that this project is a bellwether on the future of larger scale wind projects in the state.

Antrim Wind Energy (AWE) recently pledged to make a payment of $100,000 to the New England Forest Foundation (NEFF), which will be awarded once the wind farm project in Antrim receives the remaining necessary approvals and proceeds to construction. The money is earmarked to permanently conserve valuable working forestland in southern New Hampshire. The payment and the resulting land conservation will be in addition to 908 acres of contiguous forestland already conserved in the vicinity of the wind project.

“We saw an opportunity to expand the mitigation,” said Jack Kenworthy, chief executive officer of the seacoast’s Eolian Renewable Energy LLC, the parent company of AWE. “We wanted to reach out to a group that had substantial experience in conservation and NEFF has that.”

Aucella Heating and Cooling scores Reader’s Choice Award for best HVAC 2015!

By Rich | Jul 9, 2015 | in

There certainly is no shortage of HVAC companies here on the seacoast of New Hampshire, just google-map Portsmouth alone and 30 or so grace the local area. Obviously, heating and cooling is near and dear to our challenging New England climate so having a reliable HVAC company is essential.

We are extremely proud to have as a partner with the Green Alliance, the 2015 Seacoast Online Reader’s Choice Award winner – Aucella Heating and Cooling!

Started in 2005, Aucella Heating & Cooling has built itself into one of the top HVAC companies in the greater Seacoast region, and it has done so by using top-of-the-line green products. Run by husband and wife team, Fay and Jay Aucella, the business offers installation and service of a wide range of options from the most standard, yet most efficient oil or propane heating systems to the unique options of ductless split heat pumps, hybrid ducted heat pump systems, solar thermal space heat, and domestic hot water systems and wood pellet boilers. Aucella does more than simply install systems, they look at the whole home. Its small, qualified staff calculates operating cost savings for each installation, comparing overall savings and payback periods to the initial investment. Aucella Heating & Cooling puts environmental and homeowner needs at the forefront of its business.

For more information on Aucella, check out their Green Alliance page here. And remember, Green Alliance consumer members receive 20% off Aucella’s heating and air conditioning services!

Dec 25 - St. John's Episcopal Church Christmas Day Dinner

Thaxter Hall, 100 Chapel St., Portsmouth

3:00 p.m.

St. John's Episcopal Church will host a Christmas dinner at Thaxter Hall, prepared by Scott Massidda and his family, with roasted turkey, ham, vegetables, and all the trimmings. Massidda is co-owner of the Dolphin Striker and owner of MIchelle's Bistro, and also volunteers once a month at the Common Table.

Anyone interested in attending the dinner is asked to call Joanne at the St. John's office at (603) 436- 8283, to give them a head count.

Volunteers for this event are greatly appreciated and needed in the following areas: set up, table decorations, serving, baking homemade pies, and clean up. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Judy Roberts at (603) 778-2357 or

Dec 31 - First Night Portsmouth

Portsmouth, NH

4:00 p.m. - 12:00 a.m.

A Portsmouth tradition! Head into town for a full day and night's worth of awesome events, featuring music, dance, children’s activities, street performers and ice sculptures. First Night Portsmouth affords our community the opportunity to come together as one, reflecting on the year that has passed and looking forward with hope and great anticipation to the year ahead. Entertainment takes place in many of our historic buildings, churches and civic centers. More info at

Jan 13 - Open House at Brixham Montessori Friends School

18 Brickyard Court, York, ME

10 a.m.- 11 a.m.

The Brixham Montessori Friends School located in York, ME is hosting an Open House for prospective parents and families. The Open Houses allows caregivers with interest in the school to come and check out the overall facility as well as the classrooms. The tours are lead by the faculty and staff of the school, which allow parents to ask and receive answers to their important questions while visiting the school. After attending one of the Open Houses, the parents and school follow up to do a more personal one-on-one interview specific to family and child. Do not let this wonderful opportunity pass you and your family by! For more information on the admissions process, please click on

Green Alliance and Ultra Geothermal Benefit Yard Sale

By Magill | Jun 11, 2014 | in

In support of Travis Aho's battle with Leukemia, the Green Alliance is working with Ultra Geothermal to put on a yard sale.  Travis Aho, brother of Ultra Geothermal owner Melissa, is originally from Sullivan NH and is a graduate of Keene State.  His career as a firefighter has taken him all over the United States and has placed him in Florida for the past ten years.  He currently works as a law enforcement officer for the U.S. department of Agriculture in the Ocala National Forest. Aho has been battling Leukemia since December 2013 and is currently struggling with the financial burden of the disease. 

North Hampton golf course drives for "green"

Aug 23, 2010

Published in the Portsmouth Herald

By Jim Cavan 

Ever since the environmental movement started to gain recognizable steam in the 1970s, a few select industries have enjoyed their fair share of the greater green scorn.

Some you can probably name without much thought: oil companies, logging outfits, factory farms, auto manufacturers. And golf courses. Though certainly not the subject to the degree of scorn seen by the previously listed, environmentalists have long seen golf courses as antithetical to their core values. They’re big, expansive, chemical-dependent, require copious amounts of water to properly maintain and change the nature and rse of the ecosystems in and around them.

But one course in particular is changing how you may think about the links.

To read the full story, click here!

Businesses Going Green

Mar 8, 2010

Featured in the New Hampshire Chonicle

We're all trying to live greener these days, and here in NH there are many individuals and companies that are doing all they can. But often those efforts go unnoticed. That's not the case anymore thanks to business activist Sarah Brown of Portsmouth. She founded "The Green Alliance".

Sarah devised a system where member companies go through a 60 question sustainability evaluation. They're graded on their environmental impact and are expected and encouraged to make strides toward even better practices. We'll see how it's done tonight. Read the full story here!

To see the video, just click here!

Check Out Our New Community Green Card Video!

Oct 20, 2009