• Local First Arizona member>

  • Located in the Tucson or Phoenix metro area

  • Initial SCALE UP project idea addressing sustainability & resiliency

    • If located in southern Arizona, we recommend going through  Green Leaders for ideas of potential projects.

    • If located in Tempe, Phoenix or Mesa, we recommend going through the Arizona Green Business Program.

    • Your project idea can change during the program

  • Commitment to participate in entire SCALE UP series, and to follow up on project progress towards a 20% reduction in energy, water, waste and/or transportation


Upcoming Cohorts and Syllabus

Cohorts of 10-15 business participants will meet weekly on Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Meetings will be held virtually using the Zoom platform.

  • August 11 - Sept 22

  • Sept 29 - Nov 10

  • Jan 12 - Feb 23

  • March 9 - April 20

** We will stop accepting applications for each cohort a week before the start of the cohort **

Week 1: Orientation to SCALE UP (5-7 p.m.)
SCALE UP overview, benchmarking, equity & environmental justice, resiliency & disaster planning  

Week 2: Energy (5-6 p.m.)
how energy works in AZ, renewables, decentralized energy, carbon emissions, building efficiency, electrification

Week 3: Water (5-6 p.m.)
how water works in AZ, energy-water nexus, water pollution, harvesting the rain, sustainable landscaping, reclaimed and grey water

Week 4: Waste (5-6 p.m.)
how waste works in AZ, low waste practices, events, sustainable procurement, food

Week 5: Transportation (5-6 p.m.)
how transportation works in AZ, air quality, public transportation, bike & pedestrian, employee commuting, fleet

Week 6: Culture of Sustainability (5-6 p.m.) green teams, employee engagement, sustainability communication, climate policy

Week 7: Sustainability Projects (5-7 p.m.)
participant presentations on sustainability plans, overview of all topics learned and how they interact