About Us

Engineers for a Sustainable Future (ESF) is an environmental nonprofit network of engineers, scientists, students, and concerned citizens united in their concerns about climate change and the development of a sustainable future. 


A built environment that is in harmony with the natural environment.


Hold paramount the safety, health and welfare of all life on earth by promoting and implementing sustainable practices.


1.    Enlist engineering support to develop a built environment that is in harmony with the natural environment.

2.   Present information in non-partisan terms using verifiable facts and data.

3.   Partner with other environmental and engineering organizations.

4. Work with students, young engineers, and minorities to address sustainability issues of their concern.

Climate Change Declaration

Engineers for a Sustainable Future (ESF) consists of a community of engineers and associates who advocate for policies and practices that meet our present needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs. Climate change has become our overarching concern. 


ESF Believes...

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Margaret Mead

Engineers for a Sustainable Future Board of Directors

MICHAEL UNGER – President and Board Member.

Mike has worked as a professional consulting engineer for electric utilities in the Pacific Northwest for over 40 years. He served as president of Engineering and Design Associates and also as president of his own firm - Power System Engineers. He cofounded Engineers for a Sustainable Future with Bob James.

BOB JAMES – Vice President and Board Member.

Bob worked as an engineer in both operations and planning at Portland General Electric for 42 years. Prior to that, he worked for Shell Oil for nearly four years in onshore and offshore production. He has a keen interest in sustainability issues, particularly climate change.

CAROL BROWN – Secretary and Board Member.

Carol worked as Sustainability Manager @ Portland General Electric; Director, Efficiency Services Group

ED AVERILL – Treasurer and Board Member.

U of Nebraska ETV, 1966-74. Tektronix engineer and project leader, manager 1977-1998, 2 patents.  U. of Nebraska BA Electrical Engineering 76, U of Oregon MBA .  Oscilloscopes make electronics visible through imagery.  I like pictures, science, engineering, and the great outdoors.  Oresis and other startups.  Retired 2010 to climate activism. 

DICK FAY – Board Member.

Dick worked as a design/analysis engineer for 41 years with a consulting engineering firm in Portland, OR, working primarily on electrical utility projects in the Pacific Northwest and Texas. In addition, he provided numerous design/analysis projects for The National Park Service and various other governmental agencies throughout the west.

ADAM RITENOUR – Board Member.

Adam has worked as a Professional Electrical Engineer consultant at various firms in the Portland Metro Area for over 20 years.  He has a special interest and experience with energy conservation and renewable energy projects.

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