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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
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.
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
Kay Brown has been involved with the construction industry for more than 35 years. She received a Bachelor of Architecture degree from the University of Arizona in 1983 and subsequently joined an engineering and construction company in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Kay returned to Tucson to pursue a Masters of Architecture at the UofA which she completed in 1990. She worked closely with T. L. Roof & Associates/W.E. O’Neil on a series of projects for a single client. Upon completion of those projects, T.L. Roof invited Kay to join their company as a Project Manager. Kay joined Grenier Engineering, Inc. as Director of Marketing in 2006. In 2016, she returned to the College of Architecture, Planning and Landscape Architecture as the Director of Alumni Relations and Community Engagement.
Sandra Bernal, USGBC Market Leadership Advisory Board
Dr. Sandra Bernal is a Lecturer at the School of Architecture and in the Department of Religious Education and Classics at the University of Arizona. She is member of the Market Leadership Advisory Board of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) for Arizona and Chair of the USGBC AZ Living Standard Campaign. She was awarded by the USGBC AZ twice as person of the year (2017 and 2019) for her contribution to LEED education and empowerment of the Emerging Professionals. She collaborates with multiple organizations such as the Consulate of Mexico, Arizona Online, UArizona Mexico Initiatives, the Southern Arizona Green Business Alliance, Tucson 2030 District, US-Mexico Foundation “Mujeres STEM”, CEPE UNAM Tucson, and Watershed Management Group.
Karen Peterson, Journalist and Climate Education Advocate
Karen Peterson grew up in Tucson and moved to the San Francisco Bay Area after graduating from the University of Arizona with a degree in journalism. She worked at the San Francisco Chronicle for a decade before switching to web journalism in 1995 as an editor and producer at Macworld Online. As a reporter, she contributed to an investigative series that won a Pulitzer Prize for the weekly Pt. Reyes Light in Marin County and was a recipient of the Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award from the American Business Press Association. She began writing about climate change in 2006 and published a magazine specific to climate change activism in Marin County, where she lived. She was also a contributing editor to the Climate Change Business Journal, a national business intelligence publication. Returning to Tucson in 2013, Karen is the organizer of Climate Tucson, a community climate education group.
Matthew Blankenship, Human Ressources Manager, Hotel Congress