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. Nicole is a holistic Mom to a boisterous 11 year old and In her spare time she is a yogi and gardener and co-produces the Bliss Yoga Fest, a yearly event in 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
Brittany is originally from Knoxville and grew up south of the river. Always in the dirt, she has been gardening for herself for almost 20 years. In the early aughts Brittany packed up a Honda Civic and moved to Eugene, and later Portland, Oregon where she was introduced to the ethics and principles of Permaculture. While in Oregon, she studied under several teachers and took every opportunity to dive deeper into the practical and
accessible implementation of Permaculture in an urban setting. Outside of her job as a teacher she installed school gardens, outdoor classrooms, community gardens, and opened an afterschool Permaculture program with a dear friend. Brittany met her husband, Daniel, at this afterschool
program. They had an unplanned wedding in Asheville on a visit, and because Permaculture always finds them, the entire class of new students from a Permaculture course were in attendance. After visiting Asheville, they soon decided to make a location change. They gave away everything (except board games and books), packed up an RV and headed to Brittany's hometown. While on route to Knoxville, they stopped in Bozeman MT where Brittany took on the summer role of WWOOFER coordinator and interim farm manager for an urban Permaculture farm in town. They left Montana before the snow and landed in an apartment in West Knoxville. There, Brittany and Daniel coordinated a community garden on the apartment grounds.
As the volunteer coordinator and garden manager at SFC Brittany gets the opportunity to meet the community and engage folks with Permaculture. Reach out to her to see how you can also get involved.