Founder and Interim Executive Director
In early 2014, David’s interests began to focus on the field of Permaculture design. After much reading he took Geoff Lawton’s on-line Permaculture Design course, and later, spent six weeks working at Lawton’s Permaculture site in Jordan. Along the way he created a plan to turn Sustainable Future’s building and property into a Permaculture Research Institute that would become part of a growing international network.
David was selected as a White House “Champion of Change in Corporate Environmental Sustainability" in 2012. That award recognized the central
theme of David’s life and his career. He has long sought to eliminate waste, promote efficiency, and preserve the world for future generations.
In his life and his business he has led by example, whether by converting his home to Net Zero energy, making his business a producer of energy, or by driving a car fueled by the sun. In short, the name of his business says it all: Sustainable Future. The name is the vision. His work is to bring others along.
Events & Program Coordinator
Nicole graduated with a BS in Accounting from Fairleigh Dickinson University and has worked as VP of Sales and Marketing for Cell-nique, Supergreen Drink, where she helped create their holistic marketing campaign as well as set up the internal organization of the company. She has done consulting for Los Angeles-based, Y.O.G.A. for Youth as well as Siri Singh Sahib Corporation.
In addition to organizational management, Nicole's passion lies with holistic health and she owns and operates Nicole Fey Wellness, offering a wide array of health and wellness services including nutrition counseling, yoga classes, personal fitness training, Feng Shui consultations and Reiki classes. She is also founder of the East Tennessee Wellness Directory, an online resource for holistic healers and businesses in East Tennessee.
Amy Albers put down East Tennessee roots eight years ago. Growing up in a large midwestern city, Amy didn’t know anything about sustainability. After living in different regions of the US, she began to seek out a more earth-conscious lifestyle, learning how to compost, recycle, garden, and raise chickens.
Amy had been incorporating permaculture principles into her little slice of heaven in South Knoxville when she began attending the potlucks at Sustainable Future Center. She found that the permaculture principles resonated with her, especially building community and sharing resources. A graduate of Maryville College and a friend of the Deaf community, Amy is now the Office Manager and self-proclaimed “Chicken Whisperer” at SFC."
Garden Manager, Volunteer Coordinator