Dennis began his career in building 35 years ago 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 University of California Extension Program and at the Santa Barbara Community College Adult Education Program. He has spoken before the Advisory Board of the Joint Center on 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. For the past eight years, he has served as a member of the County of Santa Barbara’s Innovative Building Review Program, a program that encourages energy efficiency and sustainable practices in building projects within the County. He chairs the Dean’s Council of the Bren Graduate School for Environmental Sciences and Management at the UC 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.