WHO ARE WE?
As Technicians for Sustainability, we are a Tucson based, locally owned, mission-driven company specializing in renewable energy and sustainable technologies for residential and commercial settings, since 2003. The systems we install include solar electric and solar hot water systems. We are located just north of downtown Tucson in the historic West University neighborhood, at 612 N 7th Ave.
Our mission is to help you translate your environmental values into a practical reality. Based in Tucson, we install high-quality, clean, solar electric and solar hot water systems that are built to last. Our goal is to ensure that Southern Arizona’s natural resources are used efficiently and with respect for present and future needs. Committed to practicing what we preach, we live with the systems we install, make fuel-efficient transportation choices, and whenever possible, do business with companies that hold values, standards, and ethics comparable with ours.
OUTREACH & COMMUNICATION
With a background as a neuroscientist and mountaineer, Kevin came to sustainability through his connection to nature. He believes in living symbiotically with his environment, which has led him to spend over eighteen years in the renewable energy field. He is NABCEP certified in Photovoltaics (PV). He and his family live with PV, solar hot water, and greywater systems.
Danielle holds a Master's of Public Health in Environmental Health Sciences and a Bachelor's of Health Sciences in Human Physiology. Learning about the relationships between human health and the environment has led Danielle to commit her life to helping people and businesses make sustainability a practical reality. While not working, Danielle enjoys time with her young children exploring the outdoors and picking fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs from their midtown urban oasis. Danielle and her family live with PV, greywater and over 5,400 gallons of rainwater cisterns.
Nicole has a long standing interest in a healthy environment, natural building and sustainability as it relates to quality of life. She brings her skills in administration, human resources, and sudden bursts of cleaning to TFS. Having retrofitted a 1905 adobe with solar, greywater, and rainwater harvesting, she and her family are now in another old home that has gracefully accepted the addition of pv, solar hot water, and greywater.
A native Tucsonan, Data David appreciates the Sonoran Desert and life in Tucson where he enjoys hiking, cycling, and Arizona sunshine. David applies his technology background to designing PV and solar hot water systems with a goal of inspiring clients to help our planet. David lives with PV, greywater, and rainwater catchment systems.
Erin grew up learning about sustainable practices on an organic farm in Maine. She spent the past 15 years practicing bodywork and helping individuals cultivate more respect and compassion for their own bodies. Erin is excited to be a part of TFS, helping people make a positive change by switching to renewable energy and working to preserve our finite natural resources.
Tamarack grew up in Tucson and earned a degree in elementary education at the University of Arizona. In addition to classroom teaching, he has taught outdoor education and energy efficiency seminars, and facilitated a solar energy outreach program. He enjoys cycling to work and lives with PV.
Brian lives in Tucson with his girlfriend Alli, and enjoys hiking, biking and studying various reptiles that occupy the Sonoran Desert. He brings a diverse background to TFS, which includes conservation biology, field herpetology, journalism and outdoor education. Brian lives with PV and composts on a daily basis.
After moving to Tucson in 2013 and making it through the summer, Bruce decided to stick around and joined the TFS team. He and his wife Karla work to reduce their environmental footprint via carpooling, reusables of all sorts, and minimizing at-home electrical usage. When not busy promoting solar, he can be found eating his way through Tucson's food scene, exploring Mexico, and attempting to reduce his daily coffee consumption.
Rafael, originally from Veracruz, Mexico, moved to Tucson in 2012 in order to pursue a career in renewable energy. Rafael has his Master of Science degree in Engineering Management, with a renewable energy focus, from the University of Arizona. He and his wife Alexandrea compost, ride their bikes whenever possible and bring their own bags to the grocery store. In his off time, Rafael practices Brazilian Jujitsu, goes on long hikes and plays soccer.
Originally from Washington state, Danielle relocated to Tucson in 2015. With a background in International Business and Spanish, as well as a strong foundation in customer service oriented positions, Danielle brings a diverse set of skills to her role at TFS. Danielle incorporates sustainability into her life in various ways, including bike commuting, maintaining a low energy use home, recycling and reusing whenever possible. When not helping Tucsonans go solar, Danielle enjoys bouldering, hiking, and hanging out with her boyfriend Christopher and cat, Duchess. Her favorite hike so far is Havasu Falls.
Sarah is a native Tucsonan happy to be raising her family in the southwest. Her partner Rob is an installer at TFS, and they have enjoyed being part of the TFS family for over 6 years. When Sarah isn't chasing after her three lively kids, she can be found reading, bicycling, poking around in her garden, and bird watching.
Upon the start of 2017, Sandra relocated to Tucson to join the TFS team. As an atmospheric and environmental scientist, Sandra now comes to apply her technical experience and enthusiasm for positive movements in protecting our environment and society. Sandra's career passions can be seen in her TEDx talk entitled "The Untold Story of our Nation's First Climate Migrants" - she is eager to incorporate solar into her work. Sandra is also eager to explore all the outdoor activities her new home has to offer, especially hiking and playing soccer.
With a background in wildlife conservation and animal welfare, Alyssa has always been passionate about sustainability and reducing her impact on the earth. She relocated to Tucson in April of 2017 and is excited to explore all the great birding that Southern AZ has to offer. Her hobbies are adventuring with her dog Boba Fett and trying out new vegan recipes.
IN THE FIELD
After working as a soil scientist for several years, Stephan decided to pursue a career as an electrician and a plumber in the solar industry, in which he has now been working for over twelve years. He enjoys living simply, has lived off the grid, and now lives with PV and solar hot water systems. Stephan is a NABCEP certified solar hot water installer and a NABCEP certified PV installer.
Mark, a New York import, jumped into installing solar power because it seemed like a promising industry. Having moved to Tucson in the 1970’s, he practiced habitat restoration in the Sonoran Desert before joining the TFS team. With a grown daughter and son close by, Mark composts daily and lives with PV and passive water harvesting. He is NABCEP certified in Photovoltaics (PV).
Rob moved here in 2008 and has come to admire and enjoy the wonders and people of this desert ecosystem. He finally understands why his father, a one-time Arizonan, saved bathwater to flush the toilet, even in Pennsylvania. Now Rob implements as many water saving, reusing, and harvesting techniques as he can, lives with PV and thermal hot water systems, and relishes the desert flowers and blooming cacti. He enjoys bicycling, trail running, digging basins, playing soccer and installing solar. He is NABCEP certified in Photovoltaics (PV).
With a background in construction, Jesse came to TFS because he feels that the solar industry has a future and because working at the company like TFS just makes you feel good. Jesse got his degree from the University of Arizona in Regional Development and lives in Tucson with his dog, Cheyenne, a short haired pointer. Apart from installing solar panels, Jesse is an avid rock climber, biking enthusiast, and a NABCEP certified PV installer.
At a young age, Mike learned about the connection between people and the land they inhabit. He has a deep respect for the fragile balance required for sustainability and is thrilled to be working with a company that supports his belief in a sustainable future and to be doing work that respects and protects the environment. He spends most of his leisure time with his wife and their son, Thackery, camping, hiking and making music.
Willie has always believed in the sustainability ideal. Having lived off-grid for four years with his wife, Willie joined TFS and is happy working with the great people here. When not installing solar panels, he works on making his home more sustainable by gardening and adding more water harvesting and solar to his home. In order to maintain a sustainable lifestyle, he lives with solar hot water, photovoltaic panels, chickens, practices permaculture and shops local.
Born and raised in Tucson, Dave learned at a young age how important it was to conserve our desert’s precious resources. He brings several years of solar experience and endeavors to live more sustainably himself while helping the community do so as well, and ultimately contributing to our environment’s well being. When not working, you can find Dave disc golfing, checking out live music, listening to his extensive record collection, and traveling our amazing planet.
Jenner came to TFS with a strong construction background, as well as experience working on blueberry and raspberry farms in Washington. Originally from Utah, he loves to hike, fish, and play cards. At his home Jenner reuses almost everything, utilizes a greywater system, and has turned off his natural gas connection to better support the environment.
Travis comes to TFS from a background in construction and environmental restoration. He was raised in a passive solar/ wood heated home in New York and has lived off the grid in Maine and under feet of snow tucked up against the Teton Mountains in Wyoming. He moved to Tucson with his partner Amanda in 2012 and they spend their free time hiking, camping, and exploring Southern Arizona and beyond.
Travis has worked in the solar industry in Tucson for over ten years and enjoys helping people achieve energy independence. When not at work he loves spending time with his wife and young sons, and making furniture and sculpture out of metal and reclaimed materials. Over the years he has outfitted his home with PV, a passive solar outdoor shower, grey-water and rainwater collection systems which benefit his garden and chicken coop.
Duane is a transplant from Chicago, where he installed solar and got his NABCEP PV certification. He enjoys a friendly game of Ultimate Frisbee and encouraging solar through initiatives like revolving loans and community solar. His background includes house repair, piano tuning, nonviolent action and human rights defense. With partner Carol, he hopes to install PV and harvest water at their new home.
Chet is one of the native Tucsonans at TFS. With a background in land surveying, sustainable fisheries, and sustainable energy outreach and education programs, he brings his diverse skills to the field of solar energy. Chet is on a continuous quest to cut his personal energy use. The historic downtown Tucson home he shares with his two children has been the focus of these efforts, and is retrofitted with rainwater harvesting and vegetable gardens.
Patrick's academic background in atmospheric science, and natural aversion to cubicle jobs, ultimately lead him to the solar industry. With the firm belief that climate change is the largest existential threat facing humanity, he feels empowered, as a solar installer, to be making a positive difference towards a sustainable energy future. In his off-time, he enjoys exploring the otherworldly beauty of the desert southwest with his camera.
Kegon was born and raised in the backwoods of Arkansas, before moving to the midwest where he developed a deep love and connection with nature, along with an interest in technology. Majoring in the electrical trades he developed a solid understanding of electricity. After years of harsh winters in the midwest a bee-line west didn't seem like such a bad idea. He has found his place in Tucson among other Technicians who support Sustainability, he is proud to say the solar industry is a perfect fertilizer for a balanced path between both love of nature and an ongoing growth and interest in technology.
Jimmy comes to TFS with a broad skill set. He has been a theatrical props master, custom furniture maker and a neon sign Installer as well as a professional musician. At home, he and his wife Katy, with the help of their children, maintain a garden, compost, keep chickens and grow fruit trees. They have a TFS solar hot water system and solar electric system. They also utilize grey water systems and harvest rainwater. Some evenings you may run into Jimmy around town singing and playing accordion with his lively gypsy band.
Hailing from New York, Frank brings his experience in conservation, as well as a B.A. in Sustainable Forestry to his work in renewable energy. He moved southwest with his girlfriend, Juli, and has found gratitude for the diverse desert creatures and plants in his new home. Frank approaches individual sustainability with two guiding intentions: simple living and ethical consumerism. In addition to reusing and recycling, he incorporates his fondness of biking and gardening into his daily life. Frank is an active outdoorsman, a dog person, and loves all things involving saltwater, but still appreciates and frequents the watering holes of the desert.
David Walker Late baby boomer David Walker grew up in suburban Los Angeles, the youngest of nine. Talk about sustainability! He and his family of four are loving communal life in the shadow of Sentinal Peak, gaining nourishment from neighbors and friends and of course our sun and our mother Earth.
Jon grew up in the Midwest and was a carpenter when epiphany struck in 1998. Vowing never again to build urban sprawl on fertile farmland, he headed southwest, landed in Tucson and quickly became a desert rat. A lifelong environmentalist, he also worked as a park naturalist, HAZMAT responder, activist & wildlife biologist. Jon & his family were TFS customers before he become an employee. TFS is a great place to combine his construction skills and ethics. In addition to Sunpower PV, they enjoy their solar oven, gray water, clothesline and bicycles.
Erick was born in the Sonoran Desert of Mexico, where he spent several years working as an adventure tour guide. After experiencing the potential for negative impacts of people on natural places he decided to start working in sustainability. With his family he founded two education centers based on permaculture practices, community building and outreach. One is on a remote island in Panama and another in Southern Mexico. Now, back in Tucson he is happy to make contributions with renewable energy systems and finds joy in experimenting with different ways to save water and harvest rain.
Derek was born and raised in rural Kansas. As the son of an auto mechanic, he grew fond of taking things apart, fixing them, and/or making something completely new. This led him to study mechanical engineering at Wichita State and go on to work designing and refining machinery in the agricultural field for 6 years. After that, he spent three wonderfully fulfilling years volunteering at a rural non-profit bilingual school in Honduras as a middle school math teacher and administrator. Derek is excited to be living in the border region, working on his Spanish with neighbors, mountain biking and exploring when possible and installing solar with TFS!
Zak grew up in the Southeast and relocated to Tucson in the summer of 2016. Over the past few years, he’s worked as a landscaper, farm hand, and university philosophy instructor. In his spare time, Zak enjoys reading, contemplating how to grow vegetables in the desert, and spending time with his noble hound dog, Jonsi.
Growing up around power tools and endless days of hiking and camping across 6 states, it was almost destiny that Jason found TFS and began working to better the environment. Combining his work ethic with tool knowledge and a sense of purpose for his work, he brings his skills to the team. In his free time, Jason likes exploring different mountain ranges with his fiance, Ariel, as well as studying about new clean energy technologies and coral reef preservation.
Danny relocated to Tucson from the central coast of California where he spent two decades as a factory trained Harley Davidson service technician. After developing an interest in solar energy and taking the entry level NABCEP exam, Danny joined the TFS team to apply his skills toward making solar a reality for Tucsonans. Danny enjoys mountain biking, exploring the Sonoran desert and trail running with his dog Moly. Danny and his wife Jesi compost, Vermilion compost, and harvest rainwater at their home in Tucson.
Tony is a California native who is happy to call Tucson his home for the past 8 years. He brings with him a strong history in commercial construction. When not working on providing solar power to our communities, Tony enjoys spending time with his 2 rescue dogs, hiking around the local mountain ranges and sport climbing. He also does volunteer trail work and general stewardship for a local nonprofit climbing group as well as volunteering for local youth climbing competitions.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Erika has worked in the renewable energy industry for over thirteen years. She brings an interest in helping people rethink their approach to energy usage and how they can live more lightly on the earth. She has solar water heating and electric systems and makes use of passive solar space heating.
Kelly is an almost-a-native Tucsonan who (foolishly) moved away twice to pursue scientific and academic careers in cold and/or dark places. She’s back for good and applying skills from her diverse background in engineering, optics and architecture to protect the unique social and natural climate of the Old Pueblo by harvesting sunshine – one roof at a time.
Neil’s time spent studying engineering made him more aware of our society’s use and over consumption of resources and energy. He realized his need to work with sustainable technologies and now for over nine years he has brought his background as an electrician and an engineer to his work with TFS. Neil, his wife Erica, and their boys, Elias, Owen, and Mateo live with photovoltaic, solar hot water, rainwater catchment and greywater systems. He is NABCEP certified in Photovoltaics (PV).
With a background in drafting, Sean comes to TFS with a strong commitment to sustainability. At his home he has a couple of aquaponics systems which he often reconfigures for increased productivity and water savings. When not designing solar and aquaponic systems, Sean plays original, mellow compositions on his guitar.
Michael comes to TFS from Connecticut where he worked on the state level to incentivize residential rooftop solar. After greening their home back east he and his wife, Victoria, relocated in 2014 to a new palette in Tucson. Their solar PV system is in the works, insulation is on the way, and they’ve identified perfect locations for three cistern columns. In the meantime they collect rainwater in garbage pails and shower water in buckets.
Over the 34 years Brandon has lived in Tucson, he has developed a deep love for the Sonoran Desert and believes in the conservation and protection of its cultural and natural resources. Brandon's work history includes warehouse inventory management, rock work and water feature construction, graphic design, and computer repair. Brandon and his family reuse, recycle, compost, bike, and utilize passive water harvesting. When not at work Brandon loves spending time with his family, playing music, working on art projects, and watching movies.
Cate became passionate about solar when she lived for a year in Bongor, Chad, a provincial capital with no electric grid. Electricity, ever mysterious, became a central focus, and solar electricity, which still seems like magic to her, an obsession. She works in photovoltaic design and permitting with TFS, working with magic daily.
Ammar was a barber for twenty-five years in Iraq before moving to Tucson in 2017. He is married with three kids. Ammar really enjoys his work at TFS and feels his coworkers and friends are like family. He feels blessed to work at TFS because we are one big family.
Steve Jamilkowski: With a varied background in residential service work, electrical technician training, and automation work, Steve brings many skills to his work on the Warehouse Team. Steve grew up in Nebraska, before making home the Sonoran Desert in 2008. He and his wife Elizabeth, live with their two dogs, in a house they are lovingly and continuously improving. When not working on the house, they like to get away on hikes in the desert. They also hope to visit every National Park and enjoy the trials of gardening and composting in Tucson.