At Local First Arizona, we’re passionate about sustainability, whether it be economic or environmental sustainability. Environmental sustainability goes hand in hand with economic sustainability in ensuring that our communities can look forward to prosperous futures for all of their citizens. Local First Arizona engages with businesses across the state to educate them about how sustainability can improve their business, and then we provide them with a variety of resources and programs to help make steps towards improving their sustainability. Out program covers topics from recycling to transportation efficiency, helping businesses to save money and reduce their environmental footprint. We plan to discuss how our different programs are tackling issues that Arizona based businesses are dealing with, and how businesses are preparing for our future with a changing environment.
CJ Agbannawag is the Local First Arizona SCALE UP Program Manager. CJ graduated from the Sustainable Built Environments program from the University of Arizona’s College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. The SCALE UP Program is an award-winning sustainability workshop series for locally owned business, where participants receive education, and then plan for efficiency improvements. Through education and implementation of appropriate sustainability projects, SCALE UP is helping businesses improve their environmental footprint while reducing operating costs.