“…Bring the Earth your love and happiness. The Earth will be safe when we feel safe in ourselves.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“Your own Self-Realization is the greatest service you can render the world.” – Sri Ramana Maharshi
About Allan (Unabridged Bio)
Raised on a family homestead and “old school” organic farm in the rural mid-West, Allan grew-up being aware and connected to the natural environment. His cultural background is of Native American descent and in 1992, after serving 9 years traveling the world with the Air Force, he worked with his family, Barb and Steve Blackhawk of BlackHawk Creations, as traders of traditional handmade craftwork in the South Eastern US Pow-Wow Community. At that time he also had a low powered FM radio show that emphasized political & environmental activism. In 2000 Allan moved to Los Angeles California where he chose to seek work with organizations that shared his values and educate others, to include prominent Los Angeles non-profits such as the EcoHome Network, Northeast Trees, Sustainable Works and for-profit Sweat-X. He worked with a few Solar PV Contractors installing 12 grid-tied PV systems. During 2000 through 2005, he and his partner went to every natural building (Strawbale, Cob and Super Adobe/Earthbag) and permaculture workshop available to them and trained in Building Biology with the Institute for Bau-Biologie and Ecology. During this time his partner consolidated all that they trained and practiced and founded EnviroMeasures. In 2005 and 2006 they coordinated Earth Day Audubon at Debs Park, the first Zero Waste Events in Los Angeles meanwhile launching their educational based small business called CaterGreen! Zero Waste Solutions. CaterGreen! was the first to offer 100% compostable products to LA’s Food Service Establishments (FSE’s). During this time they worked with the City of LA training and signing-up FSE’s into the Los Angeles Commercial Food Waste Recycling Program. In 2009 in recognition for their efforts introducing the Zero Waste Concept into Los Angeles, CaterGreen! was awarded the Environmental “Green” Conservator of the Year by the Small Business Administration. At the same time, Allan attended night school at the East LA Skills Center to earn certificates in Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Photovoltaic Installer and took the NABCEP certification test. In late 2009, he attended the 5 Day Greywater Installers Course held at the LA Ecovillage by Laura Allen of Greywater Action. From there Allan attended Greywater Action’s 5 day “Greywater System Design and Installation” and became a Certified Level 2 Greywater Installer. EnviroMeasures became one of the first businesses to offer professionally installed greywater systems in Los Angeles. Although he had already integrated Rain Water Harvesting early on, in 2016 he became ARCSA Certified and an EPA WaterSense Partner and attended the Permaculture SKill Center’s Advanced Water Harvesting Workshop. As a “volunteer professional” Allan utilized and installed his designs of off-grid utilities for the “Micro Home”, offered as a solution to the homeless epidemic in Los Angeles by Our Backyard Homes. In 2017 he and his partner passed on their business CaterGreen! to another entrepreneur.
To further develop EnviroMeasures, Allan continues to expand his knowledge base through hands-on workshops and certifications. That include the Green Gardens Group Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Certification, Radical Mycology Mushroom Cultivation with a focus on mycoremediation, and work/train with DomeGaia any chance he gets, while preserving a focus on the latest “off-grid” and water conservation technologies utilizing permaculture techniques whenever possible.
Allan currently offers his services as “Off-Grid” consultant and is working with two off-grid Tibetan Buddhist Centers.
Feel free to contact Allan at info[@]enviromeasures.com.