A sustainable future is what Arizonans deserve. WWe must recommit ourselves to protecting our beloved state, its people and its workforce. Fortunately, thanks to advancements in science and technology, there are solutions available to dramatically reduce carbon emissions while boosting the local Arizona economy. It will take bold leadership from the public and private sectors to adopt strong and sound policies to achieve these goals.
The United States is considering a transition to sustainable energy, adoption of electric vehicles, and making climate change a key domestic and foreign policy issue. Earlier this year, the United States joined the Paris agreement on climate change and set new targets to limit harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Last month the federal administration announced hes plans to make an ambitious push for a national clean energy standard, a major boost for electric vehicles, a revamped power grid and investing in new jobs to help workers dislocated by the transition.
At the local level, states and cities across the country are also set their own climate goals, car manufacturers are commit to increasing the production of electric vehicles, large companies pledge to become carbon neutral, and companies like Amazon and FedEx will soon be doing so make their deliveries using electric fleets. This is one of the reasons we support the District 2030 challenge for planning and joined Arizona thrives. We promise to Work together, across our state, in a way that works for Arizona.
In Arizona, we have an abundance of natural resources, which makes our state a prime location to become the nation’s leader in clean energy production. And it’s not just big business that is leading the way for a clean future, as many small local businesses across our state are leading the charge, committing to business practices that promote carbon neutrality to clean our air. State.
Local First Arizona members are committed to running their business while reducing their carbon pollution. Support through our programs such as SCALE UP and Arizona Green Business Certification ensures that carbon pollution reduction targets are met. It is also possible on a larger scale with the support of our leaders and the implementation of climate policies that will help companies adopt sustainable practices.
SCALE UP (Sustainable Communities Accessing Lending and Expertise Upon Performance) is an award-winning program that offers a series of comprehensive seven-week workshops for independent businesses and locally owned and managed nonprofits in the greater Phoenix areas and Tucson. Supported by the state from Arizona, each cohort provides companies with the unique opportunity to transition from education and collaboration to planning, financing, benchmarking and implementation in one accessible package. With Covid, SCALE UP is an opportunity to rebuild with a focus on equity and sustainability.
Our transition to a more sustainable future is a catalyst for economic growth. We have an growing electric vehicle manufacturing base in the state anchored by Lucid Motors, a maker of high-performance luxury cars, and Nikola Corp. for heavy trucks in Pinal County. UACJ Automotive Whitehall Industries plans to establish a factory in Flagstaff to supply manufacturers of electric vehicles, while ElectraMeccanica Vehicles announced that he would build an assembly and engineering center in Mesa. Recent Analysis show it is estimated that, on average, electric vehicles adopted until 2030 add $ 4,100 per vehicle to the local economy.
The federal government is considering up to $ 2 trillion in spending on efforts to stimulate the economy, including rebuilding aging infrastructure such as highways and bridges, and investing in technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. It is essential that the entire Arizona congressional delegation take advantage of any potential federal funding to develop only our state’s clean energy economy.
Michael Peel and Peter Dobrovolny are the founders of Tucson District 2030 and Peel is the statewide director of sustainability for Local First Arizona.