Technicians For Sustainability

Solar Energy Design and Installation

Tucson, Arizona

United States

www.tfssolar.com

About Technicians For Sustainability

Technicians For Sustainability (TFS) is a locally-owned, mission-driven business dedicated to helping customers translate their environmental values into a practical reality. Based in Tucson, Arizona, TFS installs high-quality, clean, solar electric and hot water systems built to last. Since opening in 2003, TFS has installed over 15 megawatts of solar for both residential and commercial customers.

At TFS, we believe that corporations and businesses are not only instruments of social change but have a responsibility to support our communities and the natural environment. We are proud to be part of the B Corp movement and support the belief that corporations exist to sustain thriving communities.

The Change We Seek®

The goal at Technicians For Sustainability is to ensure that Southern Arizona's natural resources are used efficiently and with respect for present and future needs. With that in mind, TFS is committed to enhancing their community through making high-quality solar accessible to everyone.

In everything they do as a company and as individuals, the team at TFS strives to walk their talk. This means tackling things like lower impact transportation, enhancing employee health, clean energy use, purchasing with integrity, and giving to the community through outreach, education, and donation programs.

Most staff have biked to work for the last ten years, and the company has a fleet that includes customized bicycles and trailers, hybrid and all electric vehicles, and the most fuel efficient trucks available for the job. At their downtown Tucson office, TFS utilizes a solar assisted hydronic heating system, and generates electricity with a 5.2 kW solar energy system. Priority is placed on local, and socially and environmentally responsible products and vendors, from paper products to work uniforms to web designers.

As part of their connection to the local community, TFS works with local schools and community organizations to implement education programs, provides internships to youth, sponsors several non-profit groups, and offers a variety of giving programs for nonprofits. Additionally, through a Solar Grant Program TFS has provided seven local non-profits with solar energy systems, allowing them to reduce their bill payments and redirect those funds toward supporting their own missions.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

June 2014
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

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7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

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18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

N/A
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

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17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

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Overall B Score
108
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Workers: 100% of workers received a bonus last year.

Community: >50% of management is from underrepresented populations; >$3500 donated to charitable-giving purposes last year. 

Environment: Office is solar powered; Has a recovery and recycling program that includes paper, cardboard, plastic, glass, and metal; Conserves water using low-flow faucets and toilets.

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