Wednesday, February 15, 2017
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM PST
Special Thanks To:
Please join community leaders, organizations, partners, and previously certified businesses in recognizing the largest number of local Certified Green Businesses in program history!
Please RSVP by Monday, February 6, 2017
$35 per person, if payment and registration are received by February 6th
$45 if payment and registration are received after February 6th or at the door
Businesses honored at the luncheon are permitted two (2) free lunches.
Payment may be made by credit card (VISA or MasterCard), cash, or by check. Payment details can be found on registration page.
(To pay by credit card, please visit the County's online payment system.)
We would like to encourage anyone who is interested in the Green Business Program to join us. In addition we also invite:
Dennis began his career in building in 1975 because of a passionate interest in solar energy and a desire to use resources more sensibly. Since then, he has become a nationally recognized authority on environmentally friendly building practices. For over 30 years, he has taught courses on sustainable design and construction through the University of California Extension Program and at the Santa Barbara Community College Adult Education Program. He has spoken before the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, the national Remodelers Guild, and a variety of community groups on green building issues. His commentaries on sustainable solutions to environmental and social problems have been published locally, regionally, and nationally.
Dennis is active in community organizations: The Sustainability Project, the Green Building Alliance, the Santa Barbara Contractors Association, and the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects. Since 1995, he has served as a member of the County of Santa Barbara’s Innovative Building Review Program, which encourages energy efficiency and sustainable practices in building projects within the county. He chairs the Dean’s Council of the Bren School of Environmental Science and Management at the University of California, Santa Barbara. He is founder of the Parade of Green Buildings, an annual event that exhibits the best local examples of green building to the public. He is currently working with the Valle Verde retirement community to transform their campus into a comprehensive, sustainable place that uses local, organic foods and bans toxic, polluting products.
In addition to his interest in sustainable land use planning, design, and construction, Dennis enjoys foreign languages, wilderness retreats, healthy cooking, and gracing the dance floor.
"At Allen Construction, sustainable building practices have always been a part of our DNA. We all live in houses and mostly work in buildings. The aggregate of all these structures, locally, nationally and globally, use more energy and produce more greenhouse gases than any other human activity. As a builder, it is imperative we build buildings that address these issues. We are excited about California’s current path to zero net energy. Can we really get there? How long will it take? Is it affordable? How can each of us be a part of this solution?" -- Dennis Allen