From organizations just beginning to implement green practices to those wanting to significantly ramp up their efforts or owners and managers of properties that want to take a deeper dive to reduce the energy, water, and waste of their properties, The Southern Arizona Green Business Alliance programs connect organizations to new and existing resources within Southern Arizona’s environmental sustainability ecosystem.
“The Alliance is here to make the process of reducing localized pollution, lowering business operational costs, and attracting appreciative customers easier to achieve and maintain. At Local First Arizona, our charge is to support triage, recovery, and resiliency efforts that help retool and strengthen businesses during and after the COVID-19 crisis.”
- Mike Peel, Local First Arizona Statewide Sustainability Director
“The adoption of green business practices not only benefits our economy and environment, but also highlights Southern Arizona’s commitment to being a world class destination to live, work and thrive. This program shows that we can continue to grow our local economy while at the same time protecting our greatest assets and attractions, which are our unique desert lands.”
- Tucson Mayor Regina Romero
“We're proud to partner with the Southern Arizona Green Business Alliance in helping local businesses develop sustainable business practices that reinforce our own efforts to build a sustainable energy future for our community.”
- Susan Gray, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tucson Electric Power
“Our long-term partnership with SAZGBA and Local First Arizona will represent one of our most important civic and business partnerships. Success for us very much includes business practices that underscore the importance of sustainability, resilience and a regenerative economy.”
- Todd Hanley, proprietor of Hotel Congress and Maynard’s Market and Kitchen
Green Leaders is a certification program that provides local and non-local businesses with an entry point to learn about, evaluate and adopt cost-saving sustainability practices through an easy-to-use checklist. Upon completion, businesses will receive an individualized virtual consultation, personalized recommendations, marketing promotion, and recognition for their leadership. Graduates that receive a higher level of certification are eligible for additional benefits.
SCALE UP is a more comprehensive seven-week workshop series on sustainable project planning offered through Local First Arizona. Available to independent businesses in Arizona, it offers the unique opportunity to go from sustainability education and collaboration to project planning, financing, and implementation — all in one accessible package. Participants will have access to low-interest loans to finance projects through the exclusive Green Community Fund, in partnership with the Community Investment Corporation. Other exclusive benefits will be available for participants that connect their plans to community benefits that enhance resiliency.
Tucson 2030 District is part of a North American network of 22 cities whose vision is to establish high-performance building districts and unite communities to mitigate the impacts of climate change. Commercial, institutional or multi-family building owners that would like to participate pledge to reach a 50% reduction in energy, water, and transportation-related emissions by 2030. Through direct collaboration, free and discounted resources, financing programs, and the new Tucson Green Champion program, the district helps property owner partners benchmark current building performance, reach their goals and receive recognition.