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
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. He is NABCEP certified in Photovoltaics (PV).
Erin grew up learning about sustainable practices on an organic farm in Maine. Prior to joining TFS in 2010, she spent 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.
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 twenty 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.
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.
Kai believes every action should be thoughtful and intentional with the aim of promoting positivity. An education in ecology and natural resources management support his passion for helping humans live in harmony with nature. TFS is a company with ethics that match his own, and he enjoys seeing solar use grow in his hometown. He hopes to develop an agroecological homesteading laboratory in southern Arizona and enjoys exploring sustainability projects around the planet.
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.
Mirra moved to Tucson from the Pacific Northwest a few years ago and has enjoyed getting to know the desert landscape, especially the monsoons! She commutes around town on two wheels, composts in her community garden, and is excited to learn more about incorporating sustainability into her life. Outside of TFS, she enjoys the local music scene, in-depth conversations about the Enneagram, and anything cooking or food-related.
Cindy swam to Tucson from Antipolo Rizal, Philippines at age 13 and pursued an education within environmental research. This has encouraged her passion for the natural environment to flourish in congruence with her intentions to mitigate human impacts and spread goodness in all aspects of her life. Raising chickens, using the clothesline and biking are some practices that support her sustainability goals. Working for TFS invigorates positive change within a balanced life as she explores the world through outdoor sports, wildlife watching and cultural exploration.
Brian lives in Tucson with his wife 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.
An outdoor enthusiast, avid biker, recycling queen, and world traveler, Jennifer moved to Tucson in 2016 via Seattle and Costa Rica. She brings a background in social work, business administration, and environmental education to helping people go solar.
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.
Sarah works to honor people and the earth in all areas of her life. She is studying computer science, Spanish, and parenting. She is happy to have a place in TFS data monitoring where she can use her technical skills for energy sustainability.
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
Growing up in Californian, Sal came in to Arizona in the nineties and has worked in careers as varied as social work, political work and energy. His family includes a teen, Ocelo, a tween, Iliana, and a toddler, Tlec. He also enjoys boxing and loves a good tamale. Sal considers himself a defender of marginalized peoples and the environment, while also remaining hopeful for the capacity for humans to adapt and change, which is why he works in the clean energy field.
As a native Tucsonan, Daniel has always felt drawn to and inspired by the natural world. His respect for nature, the satisfaction he derives from physical labor and working with his hands, as well as his continuing interest in sustainable ways of living make his work with TFS a very gratifying experience. He is happy to be a part of the TFS team in helping others reach their own style of energy independence. In his free time, Daniel enjoys experimenting with new gardening techniques, backpacking through the expansive Arizona wilderness, reading, and working towards his own sustainable lifestyle.
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.
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.
Originally from Pasadena, California, Christian developed his environmental ethic and love for the outdoors while studying at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Christian furthered his conviction for living lightly on the land by spending three years working with a conservation corps throughout the state of Arizona. Having returned to Tucson in 2018 to be with his wife, Christian believed a trade in solar would fulfill his desire for creating positive impacts. During his free time Christian enjoys cycling, yoga, cooking vegan meals and going on adventures with his family
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.
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.
Growing up in Tucson, Ricky is used to the heat that goes hand in hand with installing solar. Ricky's background as a cable technician prepared him with needed skills for solar, as well. Some of the things he likes about the solar industry is that there is never a dull moment and there is always something to learn. As for what he loves about TFS, it's the great people he gets to work with. Ricky lives with his wife and three small children, and his favorite food has to be... Chinese!
Matt was born and raised in Tucson and has worked in construction, archaeology, and agriculture. When not installing solar panels he spends much of his time preparing compost, gardening, and constructing water harvesting earthworks at his family's property on the east side of town. He loves living with solar hot water and photovoltaics, as well as rainwater and greywater harvesting.
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).
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.
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.
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 in 2012 and spends his free time hiking, camping, and exploring Southern Arizona and beyond.
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.
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 fifteen 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.
Born and raised in Northwest Mexico, Santiago moved to Tucson in 2014 after having previously living here, and regularly visiting for the holidays since he was born. Santiago has a background in farming, growing grains and vegetables as well as producing vermicompost and other organic fertilizers. He enjoys spending time with his wife Maria and his two daughters Fernanda & Luisa. He also enjoys riding his bike along river paths, traveling, driving and is always up for learning new things and visiting new places.
Jeremy spent the fist part of his life in sunny California, before moving to sunny Arizona. A career in solar energy just made sense to him. With a diverse background ranging from a maintenance foreman at a large apartment complex, to years as a chef in American and French fine dining restaurants, Jeremy brings an intuitive understanding of working hard, in collaboration with others, at a high-quality and under pressure. He's committed to helping his community through various, continuing efforts, including embracing alternative transportation for work commutes, volunteer work with animals, and living as simply as possible. Jeremy and his girlfriend, Kelly, are currently having fun with urban hikes and picnics in the park, where they can be found enjoying food ranging from Italian to Indian.
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).
Growing up in Ciudad Obregón, Sonora, Mexico, Lalo moved to Tucson for high school and beyond. He worked for years as a telescope maintenance technician for a local observatory and as a automobile mechanic. He brings those skills to his current work with commercial and residential solar installations, where he enjoys working with electricity. When he's not working on solar, Lalo can be found riding dirt bikes or four-wheeling, often with his little dog, Mateo.
Jeb hails from Hagerstown, Maryland, close to the Pennsylvania border. Studying bio and environmental chemistry in college, Jeb's senior research involved kombucha brewing. But after years of snow, the sunshine and warm weather were calling, and he and his girlfriend, Dori, headed west, to Tucson. His personal interests of environmental stewardship and reducing his impact, aligned well with a career in solar energy, and he finds it satisfying to be in a job that has global impact. Making good use of Tucson's climate, Jeb spends time climbing. He also likes to cook; he loves all food, but especially carbs (pasta!), and works to make his kitchen as low-waste as possible.
Born in Pittsburgh and raised in Philadelphia. Despite leaving Pittsburgh at the age of two he would still choose the Steelers over the Eagles. What he's not a fan of, are peas, in any form. With a background in woodworking, carpentry, and industrial mechanics, he brings a broad knowledge base to his work in solar. Joram enjoys having a job in solar; a job that's meaningful and helpful to the greater cause. When he's not helping homeowners go solar, he may be practicing yoga, mountain biking, or drinking kombucha.
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.
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
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.
Matt developed a deep respect for nature at an early age and continued it with degrees in architecture and environmental design. He brings to TFS his concern for the way that we inhabit our environment and for the footprint that we leave for future generations. Living with passive water harvesting, Matt shares his love for camping and gardening with his daughter, Dahlia.
Jennifer is a native to Tucson with a long family history here in the Old Pueblo. Anyone who knows Jennifer knows she is happiest singing, dancing, hiking, biking and playing just about anything in the Arizona sunshine. As a bodyworker since 2005 with a varied administrative background, she believes that the health of ourselves and the health of our planet is one and the same. She is honored to be part of the TFS team working to make positive change in the community she loves.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Erika has worked in the renewable energy industry for over sixteen 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.
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).
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.