Walking Our Talk
In everything we do as a company and as individuals, we at TFS strive to walk our talk. We believe sustainability is…
Community: We believe education is the means to a sustainable future. We have created and implemented education programs in Tucson schools in conjunction with Tucson Unified School District, the Environmental Education Exchange, and Tucson Electric Power. We have also offered and assisted with community workshops in cistern installation and regularly attend and participate in community exhibits and demonstrations.
Employees: Our team is inspired by their work, their co-workers, and their own personal development. This dedication and inspiration is exemplified in their work. As a company, we value and respect the views of each of our employees and encourage everyone to express themselves so that we can draw on the perspectives and talents of each member of our team. We see our employees also as members of families and of the greater community, and therefore offer flexibility with time-off and scheduling.
Energy: Our downtown Tucson office is heated by a solar assisted hydronic heating system and we generate electricity from our 5.28 kWh photovoltaic array. We use energy-efficient compact fluorescent lights, equipment, and appliances.
Giving Back: TFS is fortunate to be able to support our community in a variety of ways, including through our Solar Grant, which we have offered in years past, and also through our Pass the Sunshine customer referral program. Through our grant program, we have awarded seven systems to date, and with the Pass the Sunshine program we have supported hundreds of local nonprofits.
Purchasing: Where we put our dollars matters to us. We prioritize both local and socially and environmentally responsible products and vendors, from our paper products to our work uniforms to our web designers.
Recycling: We work to recycle all of our job materials, packaging, and office waste.
Transportation: We are a dedicated crew of cyclists and we encourage bicycling to work. When getting to some job sites, we utilize bicycles with trailers. When we have to drive, we schedule multiple errands at a time, carpool, and drive vehicles powered by biodiesel, hybrids, an all electric Nissan Leaf, and the most fuel efficient trucks we can find for the job.
Water: We have a greywater system that irrigates the native plants in our yard. We use e-mail whenever possible, but when we have to print materials we do so using recycled paper.