Growing Green Business is a sustainable business designed to help promote the growth of green businesses and healthy, sustainable communities. We provide environmental news and resources to build awareness of green activities and to promote green jobs, green businesses and green innovations to help forge the path to the future. Together we can help our communities – and our nation – become sustainable, environmentally safe and prosperous with a new green economy.

Meet our Publisher, Trish Riley…

Trish Riley by Lanny ProvoTrish Riley is an award winning investigative reporter who has specialized in environmental journalism for 20 years. Her work has been published in major newspapers, national and international magazines and custom publications. She is the author of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Greening Your Business (with Heather Gadonniex, Alpha Books/Penguin 2009), The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Green Living (Alpha Books 2007), and Palm Beach, Fort Lauderdale, Miami & the Florida Keys: A Complete Guide. She is a past board member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors, a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists and an honorary member of Golden Key International Honour Society. As the owner of a small sustainable business, Trish is also a business member of Green America, a non-profit organization that supports sustainable businesses.

Trish is founder of, a website designed to help promote green jobs, green businesses, and green innovations in her home community and beyond.

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She is also the founder of, an eco-starter kit to help people learn WHY and HOW to GoGreen.

Trish, her books and GoGreenGift have been featured in The Washington Post, The National Geographic Green Guide, Cooking with Paula Deen, E/The Environmental Magazine, The Miami Herald, and many other publications. Trish has been invited to speak about green topics in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, New York City, Washington DC, Little Rock, Miami and beyond. Visit:

Meet our Webmaster, Alex Parkinson…

Alex Parkinson InCaliAlex Parkinson is a talented web designer and developer with a logical mind, a passionate heart, and a keen wit. He currently serves as the webmaster for – a site dedicated to uniting businesses and individuals with an interest in environmental issues. He has also worked with Goodwin Heart Pine, a lumber company which specializes in river-recovered wood flooring. Before delving into the web, Alex designed broadcast electronics for such
companies as CircuitWerkes, Etherstuff, and TransLanTech.

When he’s not hunched over his laptop at a coffee shop in
Indianapolis, Alex spends his time rock climbing, playing his drum set
loudly, and cooking delicious vegan meals with his girlfriend. From an
early age, he recognized that the world would be a happier place if we all respected one another’s rights as humans and citizens of this world. This belief permeates his personal and professional life.

Expertise: Web Design, Web Development (PHP/MySQL, Javascript, HTML, CSS), User Experience, WordPress Themes, Web Hosting, Firmware, Engineering

Current projects:, Goodwin Heart Pine, Tsensus

Meet our Green Business Director, Amy Belanger…

Amy-Belanger-optAmy Belanger is a social change agent and entrepreneur with 20 years’ nonprofit leadership experience and five years’ experience as a socially responsible business owner. She is an award-winning journalist and fiction writer, with articles published in newspapers, magazines, and a chapter in Guerrilla Marketing on the Front Lines, by Jay Conrad Levinson and Mitch Meyerson.

Amy found her calling when a toxic waste company campaigned to site a toxic waste facility above the main aquifer feeding her hometown.  She and friends launched a grassroots campaign that defeated the company’s proposal. Since then, she has campaigned for social justice and environmental sustainability throughout the U.S. She directed Student Environmental Action Coalition and ran the headquarters of the Green Party USA, before returning to her hometown to organize the successful 1990’s campaign against offshore drilling in the federal and state waters off Florida’s coast. She raised $1.5 million to launch and expand the 6-state Great Forest campaign of Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition. Her marketing campaign tripled attendance and doubled exhibitors at the 2006. Arizona Green Building Expo.  Most recently, she served as Deputy Director for Green America’s Green Business Network.

Expertise: Marketing, Copywriting, Fundraising, Political Campaigns, Nonprofit Consulting

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Meet Christine Heinrichs…

christine heinrichsProfessional journalist Christine Heinrichs writes about the members of the Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities. Their many and varied birds are a source of delight, yet she felt they weren’t getting the attention they deserved. Their knowledge and devotion to preserving historic breeds inspired her, so she accepted the position of publicity director for the Society for the Preservation of Poultry Antiquities in 2000. When MBI Publishing’s Voyageur Press invited her to write a book to share that knowledge with others, she put aside other work and dedicated her time to poultry. How to Raise Chickens was warmly received and Voyageur Press decided a second book, How to Raise Poultry, would also be welcome. It was published in March 2009 and includes ducks, geese, swans, turkeys, guineafowl, game birds and ratites as well as chickens. With the donation of a collection of antique poultry books to SPPA in 2008, she transitioned to being SPPA Historian. She’s currently writing a series of short breed descriptions of historic breeds, and compiling information on the history and cooking of geese with a colleague. Follow Christine at The Official Poultry Bookstore

Meet Roger Witherspoon…

Roger WitherspoonWm. Roger Witherspoon has spent more than 40 years working in all forms of the media as a journalist, author, educator, and public relations specialist. Along the way, he has written extensively on state and national politics, foreign affairs, finance, defense, civil rights, constitutional law, health, the environment, and energy.

Most of his career has been  in the news business, working as a full time reporter, editor, columnist, or producer for a variety of media companies including newspapers (The Record, N.J.; Star Ledger, N.J.; NY Daily News; Atlanta Constitution; Dallas Times Herald; and Journal News (N.Y.); television ( CNN, KNBC and NBC Network); and radio (WCBN, MI.).

As a freelance writer, Roger has written for several publications, including Time, Newsweek, Fortune, Essence, Black Enterprise, The Economist, and US Black Engineer & IT.

He is the author of Martin Luther King, Jr…to the Mountaintop (Doubleday, 1985) and co-author of Feats and Wisdom of the Ancients (Time-Life Books, 1989), Engineering 101: A Text Manual (Hampton University College of Science and Engineering, 1997) and the extended essay African Americans and the Technological Society (Microsoft Encarta Africana, 1999).

Roger is a founder of the Association of Black Journalists, which grew into the present National Association of Black Journalists; and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, the International Motor Press Association, and the Automotive Press Association. Keep up with Roger at Spoons’ Energy Matters.

Meet John Wasik…

John WasikAs the award-winning author of 13 books, John Wasik has spoken to crowds from coast to coast on investing, retirement and protecting your money. As a personal finance columnist for Bloomberg News, the world’s third-largest news service, his columns reach 400 newspapers on five continents and have appeared in The Financial Times, International Herald-Tribune, Washington Post, Orange County Register and other papers in Canada, Europe, Japan, South America and Africa.

He’s also appeared on NBC, NPR, PBS, CNBC, MSNBC, CNN, CNNfn, Bloomberg TV and radio and on hundreds of TV and radio stations across the country. He earned his B.A. (psychology) and M.A. (communications) from the University of Illinois-Chicago and resides north of Chicago with his wife and two daughters.

As former special projects editor for Consumers Digest magazine, he has won 18 awards for his columns and investigative reporting, including the National Press Club award for Consumer Journalism. He has spoken at the New York Money Show, the National Home Center Show and the University of Chicago Business School. He is also a popular lecturer on investing at the University of Chicago’s Graham School.

John also has contributed to Reader’s Digest, The New York Times, Modern Maturity, Parade, Smart Money, Popular Science, Health, Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, Barron’s, The Chicago Tribune and newspapers across North America.

His books include The Audacity of Help, The Cul-de-Sac Syndrome, iMoney and The Merchant of Power. Follow John at

Meet Terri Hansen…

Terri HansenTerri Hansen is an award-winning, Native American environmental journalist. Her focus is Native American and Indigenous issues, especially climate change impacts, adaptation and resilience, and the value of joining traditional ecological knowledge with scientific theory. She reports for the key Native American news sources, and mainstream environmental news sources. She is a 2009 Fellow of the National Press Association and a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists, Native American Journalists Association and the  Association of Health Care Journalists. She makes her home in the Pacific Northwest. Track Terri at Mother Earth Journal.

Meet Edward La Combe…

Ted LaCombeEdward La Combe lives in Gainesville, Florida and offers socially responsible investment advice to individuals, families, non-profits, and small businesses. See Edward La Combe in our Green Business Directory.

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