Jonathan Comstock was a founding member of Solar Tompkins and served as Board Chair during the first three programs. He later served as HeatSmart Program Director from 2016-2020. Jonathan received a BA in Botany from the University of California at Santa Barbara, received Masters and Doctorate degrees in Physiological Plant Ecology at the University of Utah and moved to Tompkins County to take a job at the Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Research in 1993. Jonathan has been a local energy activist for many years. He is an ongoing member of the ROUSE steering committee and Energy Independent Caroline, which he chaired from 2013-2015. He and his wife Mary Alyce have lived in the town of Caroline since moving to New York in 1993. At their hilltop residence on the edge of Shindagin Hollow State Forest, they maintain a popular eatery for wild birds, garden extravagantly combining whimsical and practical designs, and meditate on the poetry of the seasons.