Meet our Founders and our Board



Peter Dobrovolny, retired architect and planner.

Prior to retirement in February 2014, Peter was a part of the City of Seattle’s Green Building Program and worked with the private sector development community to fulfill the mission of the City’s Sustainable Building Policy. Beginning in late 2009, Peter was intimately involved in creating the first 2030 District in Seattle, and through national connections in the green building field, brought the concept






Michael Peel, Southern Arizona Director, Local First Arizona

Michael has spent his career developing and facilitating community-based partnerships and collaborations, creating innovative programs and bringing key partners together to create community and statewide solutions. Michael has also served on a variety of boards, including the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and Tucson Clean and Beautiful. he was honored in as the USGBC 2016 Volunteer of the Year, Arizona Community.






 CHAIR, Peter Dobrovolny, retired architect and planner.



 VICE CHAIR, David Eisenberg, Founder, Development Center for Appropriate Technology

DCAT launched their program Building Sustainability into the Codes in 1995 seeking to create  a sustainable context for building codes, grounded in real world building experience. David  served two terms on the U.S. Green Building Council Board of Directors where he founded  and chaired USGBC's Code Committee for nine years. He was vice chair of the first ASTM  subcommittee on sustainability for buildings and led the task group that developed.





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 Dale Brentrup Graduate professor emeritus of architecture.

Professor Brentrup has 45 years of extensive professional and academic experience in integrated design methods. He brings a broad research background in building sciences, human factors, daylighting, environmental systems and energy simulation to the Tucson 2030 District Board of Directors. Where he continues to focus on district building energy/ water demand, resource mitigation and sustained regional opportunities.






Carmine DeBonis, Deputy Country Administrator - Public Works

Carmine brings a wealth of knowledge and experience about the built environment through his 20+ years with Pima County, including many successful years as the Director of the Pima County Development Services Department. Carmine currently oversees 7 County departments including Development Services, Transportation, The Office of Sustainability and Conservation and others.






 Bruce Plenk, Solar Possibilities Consulting, Lawyer

Bruce is a public interest attorney and solar advocate. He  served as the City of Tucson's Solar Energy Coordinator for 6 years, helping put solar on many city facilities, developing solar policy and spreading the word about the value of solar energy. He is the former chair of the Southern Arizona Solar Partnership and worked for several local solar companies. HIs home has PV and solar water heating and he hopes that everyone else will too and soon! His legal work has focused on environmental law and representing low-income clients, at Southern Arizona Legal Aid and elsewhere. He has been a frequent participant in hearings before the Arizona Corporation Commission relating to solar energy and energy efficiency, advocating that more of both be required of local utility companies. 





  Barbara Warren, Exec. Dir., Arizona Chapter of Physicians for Social Responsibility

Barbara has resided in Tucson for a total of 30 years. She is a retired practicing physician (Internal Medicine and Community Medicine) with a degree in public health in health services administration and served on faculties of 4 medical schools. PSR promotes clean, safe, renewable energy, water protection and conservation, and education for our communities to address the health and environmental impacts of global climate change and the threat of nuclear weapons.





Michael Sadowsky, Sales Manager, Merit Foods

Kay Olsen Brown, Director of Alumni Relations and Community Engagement, CAPLA, University of Arizona

Matthew Blankenship, Human Ressources Manager, Hotel Congress