The Green Alliance
Sarah Brown, co-owner and manager of the Green Alliance (GA), a for-profit company developed to foster and promote corporate sustainability was concerned about the future of the relatively new venture. The economic recession had slowed growth drastically in the first months of 2010, and the GA had yet to break even. Andrew Kellar, Sarah, and a silent partner who had since exited the company, had started the Green Alliance (GA) in 2008 to develop a coalition of companies devoted to spreading the concept of sustainability through cooperative efforts. The companies which became members of the GA would receive a sustainability and "Green" audit and rating. Individuals who became members of the GA could receive discounts from the corporate members of the GA. The GA was limited to the Seacoast area of New Hampshire, as of early 2010. Both Sarah and Andrew felt that there were more opportunities for expansion in that area. Kellar also felt that the company could replicate the business model in other geographic areas. A question was left as to how to accomplish any expansion. Sarah also knew that some people might become competitors in other areas.