Alan received his Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from City College.
In 1993 he founded the Butterfly Gardeners Association. Its mission is to make the butterfly a symbol for a sustainable environment, world peace, and the conscious evolution of the human race.
In 2002 he founded Musicians for Peace.
On 2007 he was elected to chair a Global Peace Concert to commemorate the 45th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream Speech."
In 2008 he set up a Woodstock Advisory Committee to promote 40th Anniversary of Woodstock and make sure they represent the true spirit of Woodstock. See http://passion.edu/elearn/mod/resource/view.php?id=1712
His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, and several books.