New SCALE UP Program Will Help AZ Businesses Be More Sustainable

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A coalition of local businesses and nonprofits throughout the state are collaborating to develop and launch a new pilot program that will make it easier for local businesses to implement sustainable practices. Sustainable Communities Accessing Lending and Expertise Upon Performance (SCALE UP) will emphasize local energy, water, and transportation conservation, and train businesses to apply concepts and practices of evaluation, benchmarking, and implementation of the appropriate upgrades for their business facilities.

Phase One of this program is focused on an educational training series that will benchmark the energy use of businesses and will help businesses produce a Sustainability Plan while serving as a platform for collaboration with municipalities. The SCALE UP Phase One pilot is part of a larger program model. The pilot program will be used as a platform for collaboration with municipalities, particularly for developing workshop content and incentive options to make it easier for businesses to become more energy efficient and achieve budgetary savings in the short-term.

The pilot program will involve 10-12 locally-owned businesses participating in weekly workshops. These workshops will educate businesses on general sustainability planning topics, energy efficiency techniques, and the basics of developing a sustainability plan. A companion program workbook will provide discussion exercises and worksheets, such that by the end of the training, participants will have a record of their benchmarked data usage, and developed the basis of a sustainability plan to achieve at least a 10% reduction in energy use in their building.

Program partners include Tucson 2030 District, Physicians For Social Responsibility, Community Investment Corporation, and UA Office of Sustainability along with businesses involved with both Tucson 2030 District and Local First Arizona. 

More information will be released shortly on how businesses can participate in this program. Contact [email protected] if you have any interest or questions.