Moving toward a more sustainable community requires us to make investments beyond our physical infrastructure. Sustainable practices can be applied to all aspects of how we business is conducted. In many ways, sustainable business practices increase efficiency, which benefits business and the environment alike! Below are City codes and regulations related to sustainable business practices, incentives for making your business more sustainable, and resources and programs to help you develop sustainability programs. 


Codes and Policies

Travel Reduction Program (Pima Association of Governments)

This program is mandatory for employers who have more than 100 full-time equivalent employees at a single or contiguous work site. Employers with fewer than 100 employees can volunteer to participate in this program.

Water Waste Violation Enforcement Process

This program began in April ’07 to enforce Tucson’s Water Waste Ordinance by way of citations, fines and continued education. Passed in 1984 and later revised in 2000, the Water Waste Ordinance (Tucson Code 27-15) was created to conserve water and promote awareness about the negative effects of water waste.


Alternative Fuel Vehicle Federal Tax Incentives


Programs and Plans

City Green Business Certification Program

The GBC Program can help businesses reduce resource consumption and operate more sustainably, and save money on utility bills!


EPA Energy Star Program

Energy Star is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.

EPA WaterSense Program

WaterSense makes it easy for Americans to save water and protect the environment. Look for the WaterSense label to choose quality, water-efficient products. Explore links to learn about WaterSense labeled products, saving water, and how businesses and organizations can partner with WaterSense.


Resources and Technology

EPA Materials and Waste Exchanges

Materials and waste exchanges are markets for buying and selling reusable and recyclable commodities. This website provides a state-by-state listing of waste exchanges in your area.

RISE Equipment Recycling Center

RISE serves as a clearinghouse that promotes corporate contributions of new/gently used goods which are made available to low income individuals, non-profit and human service organizations. Instead of throwing away your computers, office equipment, and furniture, donate them!

EPA Environmentally Preferred Purchasing

Green purchasing guides for federal employees.

Consumer Reports Greener Choices

Product guide for choosing products that are better for the environment.

Alternative Fuel Vehicles U.S. DOE and EPA Fuel Economy website.

Information about alternative fuel technologies and options.

Business and Commercial Recycling in Tucson

Battery and Portable Electronics Recycling with The Big Green Box

 in Tucson (Pima Association of Governments)

Interested in carpooling? Sign-up and find other people in town going in the same direction.

Tucson Bicycle and Pedestrian Program including Bike to Work Day, maps, etc.

City of Tucson Employee City Cycle Program

A bike sharing program that provides bicycles for employees to use to get to meetings around town. 

MBDC (McDonough Braungart Design Chemistry, LLC) Cradle to Cradle Certification

Cradle to Cradle Certification provides a company with a means to tangibly and credibly measure achievement in environmentally-intelligent design and helps customers purchase and specify products that are pursuing a broader definition of quality.

West Coast Diesel Emissions Reduction Collaborative

The West Coast Collaborative is a public-private partnership working to reduce diesel emissions along the West Coast. The Collaborative is the first pilot of EPA'sNational Clean Diesel Campaign.



Pima Association of Governments (PAG)