WHO ARE WE?
As Technicians for Sustainability, LLC, 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 fifteen years in the renewable energy field. He is NABCEP certified in Photovoltaics (PV) and Solar Thermal. He and his family live with PV, solar hot water, and greywater systems.
Danielle studied human physiology in college which led her to complete a Masters of Public Health program in Environmental Health Sciences. Learning about the impact that humans have on the environment and how these impacts affect our lives has led Danielle to commit her life to educating people about helping, not hurting this fragile planet. Danielle is an avid organic gardener and lives with PV, rainwater harvesting, and a number of other energy-efficiency 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.
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 PV and solar hot water monitoring 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 facilitated a solar energy outreach program, while always finding time to hike, bike, and take photos. He lives with PV, solar hot water, and at least 25 mesquite trees
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.
Bruce is new to Tucson. After moving here in 2013 and making it through the summer he decided to stay on for a while and joined the TFS team. He and his girlfriend Karla are renters but do what they can for the environment by carpooling, using reusable bags and led lights, and rarely turning on heat/ac. When not working on promoting solar, you can find him trying out new restaurants and drinking coffee.
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.
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 seven 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.
Rob lives with his wife Sarah, a native Tucsonan, and their two children, as well as chickens, two bearded dragons, and all the cool undomesticated lizards in the backyard. Rob and Sarah moved to Tucson with their son Carter in 2008, and both were surprised to find they could bicycle and walk to many places here. The best things that have happened to Rob since moving to Tucson have been the birth of his daughter, Hazel, and getting a job at TFS.
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 an 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 year 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.
Having previously worked for 9 years at the National Outdoor Leadership School, Kevin’s choice to work in the solar industry and at TFS stems from a passion for wilderness and a deep respect for wild places. He believes the future of both wild and less wild places on earth depends on a shift away from our conventional, fossil fuel based, energy infrastructure. Kevin earned a renewable energy degree from San Juan College in New Mexico and hopes to apply this knowledge to contribute to the future of solar power. The sunshines of Kevin’s life include his wife Ann, one year old daughter Mattson, and golden retriever Ginger.
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.
Ben is a native Tucsonan. With a diverse background in areas as varied as art history, commercial baking, and webcoding, Ben brings his varied skills to the TFS field team. He lives with two cats and a dog, enjoys astrology, art movies, fine dark chocolate, and is forever searching for the elusive perfect espresso. At home, Ben gardens and creates his own rich compost with colorful scraps from undisclosed locations around Tucson.
Angus grew up in Virginia, in a diving and fishing community. His background includes construction, organic farming and underwater welding. When not installing solar, he spends his time practicing guitar, creating oil paintings, and growing hydroponic vegetables. Angus incorporates his sustainability ethos into the details that make up life; from how he does his laundry, to home heating, to biking for transportation.
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.
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.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Erika has worked in the renewable energy industry for over eight 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.
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.
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 five 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.
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.