Save the Date! Green Business Program Luncheon, February 15, 2017

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, February 15, 2017 to celebrate our newly certified Green Businesses at the annual Green Business Program Luncheon.

The luncheon will take place at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott in Buellton from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm.  Cost for the luncheon is $35 if registration and payment are received by the RSVP deadline or $45 if received after that deadline.  If you would like to be on our mailing list to receive an invitation to the luncheon, please contact us at

Our Keynote Speaker will be Mr. Dennis Allen, Chairman,  Allen Construction.

dennisallen_2-croppedDennis 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.