LEADERS. INNOVATORS. VISIONARIES.
Sustainability Advisors (SAC) is a Public Benefit Corporation assisting companies, communities, tribal nations, and both profit and non-profit humanitarian organizations to advance sustainable development projects at any level. SAC experts will work across a variety of disciplines to guide our clients step-by-step in making each project safe, reliable and profitable. Our mission is to provide various resources and solutions that make investing in renewable energy and sustainability easier than ever before. With over 100 years of combined experience in management and supervision, we have the qualifications to take your renewable energy project from concept to final completion.
Our Focus & Values
Welcome to The SAC Family!
FOUNDER, CHIEF COMPLIANCE OFFICER
Dillon Lewis is a co-founder of: Watthub Renewables (located in Scottsdale and Lehi Utah); RE3 Capital, LLC (in Scottsdale, Arizona); and was an original partner in SunRenu Solar Contractors of Scottsdale, Arizona. Through these entities, a facilitation of commerce between 501(c)3 non-profit organizations and private accredited investors has accounted for over 40 million dollars of renewable energy project sales in less than a decade.
Dillon has successfully developed, underwritten, and structured various financial vehicles specifically designed for the small to large scale for-profit, public sector; various municipalities; and a number of well-known Tribal organizations. Fulfilling project needs to bridge the financial gap on close ratios for renewable energy projects and micro grids is where Mr. Lewis has excelled over the years. Sourcing debt, tax liability, construction financing, and other economically viable opportunities is part of the day-to-day scope of work carried out by Mr. Lewis.
Starting SAC from the 11-year experience as the VP of Business Development at SunRenu Solar LLC in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mr. Lewis has developed an extensive reach into the nationwide PV sector. In that space, he regularly interfaces with engineers, subcontractors, GC’s, clientele, and financial institutions to put together a blueprint for project development that starts with a vision and ends with operational completion.
Identifying correct partner collaboration per project by diagnosing each party’s strengths, weaknesses, prices, and capabilities has directly and indirectly saved SAC and its clients thousands of dollars on soft costs by utilizing the right counterpart the first time.
Energy savings and time management are a huge priority for Mr. Lewis because both variables affect the bottom line. Dillon has made a living at consulting with business professionals on the art of streamlining and making operational protocols and processes more efficient. Combining new business efficiencies with the correct financial underwriting practices, and building envelope assessments and renewable energy asset development are both trending sectors in a market that is still in its infancy.
At SAC we believe that the equation to quantifying “quality of life” is identified through the savings of time, energy, and money as a whole. The type of renewable energy is indifferent to these goals.
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
Greg Jones has over 35 years of professional technology experience in computer hardware, software, and infrastructure management. In the 1980’s he contributed to the initial stages of a national expansion of the Carl’s Jr. restaurant chain out of Southern California.
Since then, he has helped to facilitate the structured development of numerous corporate operations in retail, sales, sales training, restaurant operations, and 501(c)3 non-profits.
Greg is highly experienced in all sectors of business development and operations and is fluent in many of the business world’s most commonly used software platforms.
He previously served as the Executive Administrator to the Founder and President of an international Biblical counseling and training ministry (Victorious Christian Living International) in Phoenix for 20 years and has also been a personal mentor, counselor, trainer, and member of their National Conference Speakers Team.
Along with his responsibilities at Sustainability Advisors, Greg also helps to facilitate and teach a 3-yr men’s discipleship program for the international Christ Quest Institute out of Phoenix, Arizona.
Jan L. Green
REALTOR®, HOMESMART ECOBROKER, GREEN
As a NAR GREEN®, EcoBroker, and REALTOR®, Jan’s specialty is helping buyers and sellers understand energy efficiency by component and whole home certifications. Helping homeowners with energy efficient recommendations and improvements or recognizing them in existing homes enables Jan to focus on another aspect of the home buying process that isn't always top priority. When assisting buyers in search of their next home, energy efficiency is always reviewed as to the age of systems in the home, past improvements, and suggestions for future improvements. Comparing one home to another with these thoughts in mind can help clients determine their best choice for their health and their pocketbook.
Working with home sellers, who have added energy efficient features gain the most value for their homes at the point of sale is a critical step by step process. The entire process includes coordination with the lender, appraiser, buyer’s agent and homeowner to ensure that proper value is given to these features. Communicating the need for a Green Qualified Appraiser for these homes and requesting utilization of the specific appraisal standard of care for these homes is unique to this type of home.
As a Director of the Scottsdale Area Association of REALTORS® (SAAR) (2017 to the present) duties include managing a 35,000 square foot building, tenants, budgets, and meeting spaces to benefit 9,000 members.
Founding the first Sustainability Committee as a Director at a realtor association in Maricopa County in 2018 provides awareness and education opportunities for members. As an instructor at SAAR and HomeSmart, raising awareness of energy efficient features, building certifications, and best practices is a priority to raise the bar for the housing industry. Creating the first continuing education course for agents in energy efficiency (2011) helps agents to understand the differences in construction. As a former Residential Committee Chair and current volunteer for US Green Building Council, Arizona Chapter, efforts have included adding 65 features to the Arizona Regional MLS, hosting public events, educating appraisers, and hosting booths at public events that have created awareness for homeowners since 2009.
SECRETARY, business & community development
Heather Szymanski, BPI BA/EP, PDC, Smartscape is an experienced technical executive director, energy auditor and community project organizer focused on advancing sustainability projects, workforce development, education and prosperity. She is a graduate of Gettysburg College with a focus on International Business, Human Resources and Spanish.
The value of energy and water efficiency became clear early on while working with a leading German and Danish process engineering company with clients such as DuPont, Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, and Merck. Experience with Northrop Grumman and Integrated Access Control Security Companies in the DC area has made building resilience, security and emergency planning an essential element of all her business and community development efforts with SAC.
Heather was a non-profit executive director in Maryland and Arizona for the past 10 years in green building and energy efficiency. She served as a lead energy auditor in the Home Performance with Energy Star Program before helping to found an organization in Arizona to help successfully defend the state energy goal to save 22% by 2020.
Heather has presented at building science conferences like RESNET and National Home Performance. She obtained Building Performance Institute’s Building Analyst and Envelope Professional Certifications, is NABCEP Solar Thermal Trained, has a Permaculture Design Certificate and a University of Arizona’s Smartscape Certification.
CHIEF SUSTAINABILITY OFFICER
Kirsten Shaw is CEO for Advanced Energy Efficiency & Environmental Quality (AE3Q). She has over 20 years of experience in environmental science and building performance project development and management, including projects to identify measures and implement solutions that improve the energy and water efficiency, health, comfort and durability of homes and businesses in the southwest. She is a Home Energy Rater (RESNET), a Building Performance Institute (BPI) Building Analyst Certified Professional instructor, and an Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA) Council-Certified Indoor Environmental Consultant (CIEC), as well as a member of the national IAQA Green Building committee. She is an Asbestos Hazard Emergency Response Act (AHERA) Certified Building Inspector and has also earned an Arizona College Teaching Certificate.
As a wife and mother of two amazing sons, Kirsten brings a working-mother’s perspective to making our communities better places by building and renovating our homes and businesses based on building science. She earned a master’s degree in Environmental Science, and in a previous career was a science teacher for grades 7 through graduate school. While teaching at Arizona State University, she discovered her passion for indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency.
Today as a Green Building General Contractor, Kirsten is focused on improving the quality of new and existing buildings through independent, scientific building diagnostics, and renovations that improve the quality of life of the people living and working in those buildings.
In addition to the hundreds of comprehensive building performance assessments she has performed Kirsten presents workshops at indoor environmental quality and energy efficiency professional conferences nationwide. She also teaches Building Performance Institute Building Analysts and RESNET Home Energy Raters courses.
For over a dozen years, Brion Crum has been advising early-stage, high-growth potential companies involved in manufacturing, software, IT, clean tech, nanotechnology, biotechnology, renewable energy and non-profit endeavors.
One of these high growth companies is Caliber: The Wealth Development Company. Brion is the Senior Vice President of Wealth Development where his primary role is to drive revenue and profitability to all business units and increase shareholder value for their investors.
Brion has been a member of Phoenix Green Chamber of Commerce, Valley Partnership, and Arizona Technology Council which allow him to leverage these resources on efforts that will make Arizona a better place to live and do business.
Brion is also a certified ambassador with the Greater Phoenix Economic Council and has been educating the business community about the nation-wide “Opportunity Zone” program.
Chief Construction Manager
TJ Stockbridge has been an Electrical Contractor in Arizona since 1988. As President of Stockbridge Energy Group (SEG), he and his team have worked tirelessly to build the reputation of SEG to become the commercial and residential electrical contractor of choice. From the time of origination, they have successfully completed millions of dollars worth of electrical projects in the State of Arizona. The company has established a reputation within the construction community as a preferred company to work with. SEG has teamed up with many home and business owners alike to guide them through the electrical process as a design build consultant and contractor. They work as a design build consultant to bring professional experience and knowledge to projects, offering cost effective and efficient design and system operations.
Having more than 30 years of Electrical Contracting experience, SEG has developed a strong reputation as a key system integrator in the Solar Industry. SEG is proud to provide a comprehensive list of solar solutions that fit your needs. From the initial concept to the completed project SEG will build you a system producing savings you will be proud of.
SEG worked closely with the City Of Tucson’s Planning, Zoning and Building Departments on the implementation of the first large scale solar installation in a residential neighborhood. This is the first such project of this nature to date. In doing so SEG has forged a close working relationship with the authorities having jurisdiction and believe this will be a benefit to all projects to follow, as they are using this project as a template for future projects.
SEG maintains crew sizes ranging from 15-50 employees, and has strong trade alliances which allow additional man-power to be readily available. Commercially we have completed, Medical Centers, Grocery Stores, Banks, Schools, Motels, Restaurants, Tribal, Government Projects and various 501(c)3 nonprofits.
License: K-11 264327
Jon K. Rozelle
John is an Electrical Engineer who graduated Magna-Cum-Laude with honors from Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff in 1986. His Subsequent employment has been with Ball Aerospace, Miniscribe Corporation, W.L. Gore & Associates, Motor Excellence, and Machine Solutions, Inc.
John’s work accomplishments include design and development of aerospace components for notable projects such as the Hubble Space Telescope and Space Shuttle Star Tracker programs, medical devices and machines, custom manufacturing & test equipment, Transverse Flux motor/generator machines, electric vehicle prototyping, remote telemetry, and numerous control system designs for residential, commercial and industrial projects.
Jon’s expertise and experience in the field of Electrical Engineering and Controls led to his certification as a Professional Engineer in the State of Arizona, and the establishment of his own consulting firm, Rozelle Engineering, LLC.
Senior Project Manager, INTERCONNECTION AUTHORITY
Jack McDermott has several accomplishments and years of experience with interconnected small and large scale solar farms and commercial rooftops across the nation.
He has worked on over 2.5GW of solar projects and has successfully interconnected over 1500 MW of utility and small scale solar projects for Dominion, Clenera, SunEdison, Eon, ImModo, Recurrent Energy, CIM in SCE and PG&E Service Territory. His recent project experience includes a 1.17GW project that consist of 7000 acres and will be considered the largest solar project in North America after completion.
Jack specializes in developing large utility scale solar PV wind generation projects focusing on landfill and commercial/industrial net metering. He understands the complete interconnection and development process and is knowledgable in site selection, switch yards, utilities, tariffs, PPA contracts and legalities.
In 2015, he received an awared from PG&E for assisting with process improvement efforts.
Jack McDermott apart of the Board of Directors for:
- Red Cross of Santa Cruz County
- Cabrillo College Energy Management Technology
- Visiting Nurse Association
- O'Neill Sea Odyssey Program
- United Way of Santa Cruz County
Sustainability Project Manager
Matthew Burmeister is the Sustainability Project Manager for Sustainability Advisors. Prior to working in partnership with Solar Development Consultants, and the Tempe Micro Estates replication team, Matthew was employed at VALI Homes, an award winning sustainable developer based in Phoenix, Arizona.
Matthew graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a Bachelors of Science in Sustainability and Minor in Business. Currently, Matthew is continuing his education by pursuing his Masters of Sustainability Solutions at ASU. During his time at Arizona State, he has worked with world leading sustainability scientists and managed consulting projects with organizations such as Mayo Clinic, First Solar, M3F, FORM, and the City of Phoenix Environmental Department.
Sustainable Development Manager
Ivy Davis is the Sustainable Development Associate with Sustainability Advisors, after her work as a Replication Intern with Tempe Micro Estates, working closely with the team to optimize reproduction of this project in other locations, assisted in planning a Small-Scale Development Seminar for the general public to promote sustainable development, and writing content for the sustainable development toolkit.
Ivy is a recent graduate of Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability, Ecology track, with a Minor in Real Estate, cum laude. In her time at ASU, Ivy also worked in food and customer service, studied Sustainable Food Systems abroad in Florence, Italy, and studied a variety of subjects relating to sustainability and real estate.
Director of Communications and Sustainable Strategy
Rachel is the Director of Communications and Sustainable Strategy with Sustainability Advisors and is responsible for driving PR and marketing for the Tempe Micro Estates project. She also works to build and maintain collaborative partnerships with entities including the City of Tempe, Arizona State University, SmartGov, and the Department of Energy, among others.
Rachel graduated summa cum laude in May 2019 from Arizona State University with dual Bachelor of Arts degrees, one in Sustainability and the other in Communications. Rachel has experience in the sustainability field through her previous positions as a sustainability intern with The Osborn School District as well as an intern for science-practice integration with The Sierra Club and ASU’s Decision Center for a Desert City.