Brian Allen

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"Wisconsin native Brian Allen came to sustainability issues upon encountering an issue of the Mother Earth News at the tender age of ten. From that point on, integrated permaculture designs for food, energy, shelter, water and transportation systems were a given. He is the Director of Operations for the American Solar Energy Society and runs the Appropriate Technology Group, a Seattle-based consultancy focused on sustainable techology approaches for economic development and environmental protection.

"Brian has founded or served on the boards of groups including the American Solar Energy Society, Sustainable West Seattle, the Green Party of Washington State, the Green Party of Seattle, Washington Alpine Club, Seattle Astronomical Society, The Backbone Campaign, The Washington Alliance of Technology Workers, Seattle Independent Media Center, Northwest Ecobuilding Guild, and the Puget Sound Beekeepers Association. Brian holds a BA in Political Science & International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, the Certificat d’Études Politiques from the Institute d’Études Politiques in Aix-en-Provence, France, and an MA in Economics & Latin American Studies from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. He lives in West Seattle in a Homestead Community Land Trust home, which he is renovating into a model of green building techniques and energy self-sufficiency."[1]


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  1. Sustainable Seattle Board, organizational web page, accessed April 9, 2014.