At a press conference today, Mayor Rothschild touted Local First Arizona’s SCALE UP program, which helps local businesses save money on their utility bills and, through the Community Investment Corporation, provides access to below market interest rate loans and grants to help pay for efficiency upgrades.
The mayor was joined by representatives from the first cohort of businesses to graduate from the program, as well as representatives from Local First Arizona, the Community Investment Corporation, and Tugo Bike Share, which provides discounted memberships to SCALE UP employers for their employees.
“Sustainable practices will save your business money,” Mayor Rothschild said in his remarks, noting that the SCALE UP program not only shows you how to save money, but also gives you access to capital, so you can make investments that will save you money.
Mike Peel, Southern Arizona Director for Local First Arizona, noted that money saved on utility bills can be put back into the business, helping our local economy.
Participating businesses set goals of achieving at least a 10% reduction in one of four categories: water use, energy use, transportation emissions, or landfill waste. A 10% reduction in all four categories could save a small business tens of thousands of dollars a year.
Businesses interested in participating in the next SCALE UP program should contact C.J. Agbannawag at (520) 230-5383 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Graduates of the SCALE UP program received certificates from the mayor. They include:
- Borderlands Brewing Co.
- Community Food Bank
- Delectables Catering & Venue
- Gloo Factory
- Merit Foods
- Sonoran Glass School
- Surly Wench Pub
- Tucson Thrift Shop
- Wholesum Harvest
Physicians for Social Responsibility and the Tucson 2030 District worked with Local First Arizona to create the SCALE UP curriculum. The program also receives financial support from the Arizona Department of Administration, State Office of Grants and Federal Resources.