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Arizona businesses win Spirit of Enterprise Awards

We all win when local companies grow, create jobs and help boost our still-recovering economy. Today, several of the state’s best businesses were honored for their positive role in our communities. They’re the winners of the 18th annual Spirit of Enterprise Awards from the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

“We enjoy recognizing locally owned companies that introduce innovation, empower employees, impress customers, and make a real difference in Arizona,” says Sidnee Peck, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at the W. P. Carey School of Business. “This year’s Spirit of Enterprise Award winners are in a variety of industries, and they all meet a market need and have a great impact on the Valley.”

Hundreds of business and community leaders attended today’s awards luncheon at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa in Phoenix, where the winners were announced. The finalists’ impressive stories were shown on video, as the firms were lauded for ethics, energy and excellence in entrepreneurship.

The 2014 Spirit of Enterprise Award winners are:

• Ersland Touch Landscape – Overcoming Adversity Award. This state-of-the-art landscape maintenance company started as a one-man, one-mower operation run out of a garage. After 30 years in business, it now has a complete customer “feedback log,” an Adopt a Highway commitment, work with nonprofits, and more than 400 residences and 20 homeowner associations as clients.

• IO – Emerging Enterprise Award. This growing firm is focused on rethinking data-center technology, using software solutions, instead of just physical locations. It has more than 650 global clients, including Goldman Sachs and LexisNexis, as well as two patents and an emphasis on energy efficiency.

• I-ology – Gary L. Trujillo Minority Enterprise Award sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona. This woman-owned technology company offers Web design and related services. It features close client relationships, heavy community involvement, and no management hierarchy, offering all employees a chance to participate in revenue sharing, stock options, flexible schedules and industry events.

• Kitchell – The Hahnco Companies Special Achievement in Entrepreneurship Award. This 100-percent employee-owned commercial builder, developer and program manager launched 65 years ago. It now has more than 850 employees, international operations, an internal leadership program, significant charitable contributions, and a focus on enabling employee-driven innovation.

• Melrose Pharmacy – Innovation in Entrepreneurship Award. This independent pharmacy offers fast, highly personalized service; utilizes cutting-edge equipment; and supports charities like the March of Dimes and local community issues. It has also achieved a 119-percent increase in net income already for this year.

The other Spirit of Enterprise finalists this year were Clean Air Cab, Endless Entertainment, India Plaza/The Dhaba, The James Agency and Potter’s House Apothecary.

Also this year, the Spirit of Enterprise Student Entrepreneur Award went to Anthony Gonzales, a recent W. P. Carey School of Business MBA graduate. Gonzales is a finalist in Entrepreneur magazine’s College Entrepreneur of the Year competition with his grant-winning, ongoing development of FITGuard, a mouthguard designed to indicate levels of head impact for athletes, as well as a smartphone application that can provide data to a diagnosing physician.

The event also included its first-ever National Founder of the Year award. The honoree is Sam Calagione, founder and president of Delaware-based Dogfish Head Brewery. Calagione’s family-owned business started small and grew about 400 percent in just four years. He still experiments with new products, works creatively with other breweries and food companies, and has written books about his experiences as an entrepreneur.

The Spirit of Enterprise Awards are just one focus of the Center for Entrepreneurship, which helps hundreds of businesses each year. The center offers companies the chance to recruit and meet with top student talent, while also allowing students to get hands-on business-creation experience. The center recently introduced the Sun Devil Select competition to honor ASU alum-owned or alum-led businesses. The center is also self-funded and utilizes community sponsorships to sustain its activities. For more information, visit wpcarey.asu.edu/entrepreneurship.

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Clean Air Cab Drives in Cheer for Charity

Clean Air Cab is doing their part to give back to the less fortunate this holiday season and into the New Year.

From December 18th to January 18th, Clean Air Cab will match every single dollar generated from their special Holiday Spirit Cab and all proceeds will go to Helen’s Hope Chest—a local charity that fulfills the dreams of hundreds of foster children from throughout the Valley and beyond by providing them with quality clothing, school supplies, books, gift cards, toys, games and more at no cost to their foster parents.

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Local Cab Company Enhances Sustainable Brand

After four years of successfully tackling the streets of metropolitan Phoenix, Clean Air Cab is enhancing the look of its Hybrid fleet. Given a more sustainable design, the new cabs are officially on the road this fall.

The local family owned and operated business, which specializes in eco-friendly transportation, is excited to announce its rebranding, which will reinforce its commitment to creating a sustainable community. Clean Air Cab has worked hard to enhance its local partnerships and more importantly, improve passenger experiences.

After allowing the local community to vote on a new design concept, there patrons have picked the new look for its Hybrid fleet that will continue to make a positive statement on Valley roadways. All of Clean Air Cab’s vehicles including its well-known charity cabs will get the rebrand makeover this fall.

Clean Air Cab launched in October 2009 with only 10 Toyota Prius cabs and over the past four years, they have continued to grow in response to the popular demand.

“We are humbled by the acceptance of our community to embrace what I believe to be a superior product,” said Clean Air Cab Founder Steve Lopez. “Clean Air Cab is in position to consistently grow and we plan to with this new design that will take us to a whole new level.”

The newly designed cabs will also have a signature scent in each of the vehicles that will make the ride more inviting to its passengers. Other elements of Clean Air Cab’s recent rebranding include a new website, updates to social media and a “Happy Ride Guarantee.”

Ken Crocker, who has been with Clean Air Cab for over three years and was the first to drive the newly designed hybrid, said he has received nothing but positive feedback about the new cab features. “My passengers find our new signature scent a fun element to their experience, and they like the new upgrades and color of the cab as well,” said Crocker.

US Bank-Scottsdale Road Plaza

CBRE Completes Sale of Scottsdale Road Plaza

BRE has negotiated the sale of Scottsdale Road Plaza in Scottsdale. The net leasable of 14,073 SF square-foot mixed-use building is located at 4253 N. Scottsdale Rd.

Steve Julius, Jesse Goldsmith and Traci Russell of CBRE’s Phoenix office represented the seller, SCOTTSDALE 4253 LLC of Phoenix, in the transaction. The buyer was Dallas-based RSFM 4253 LLC.

Built in 1961, Scottsdale Road Plaza is conveniently located in Old Town Scottsdale within walking distance to restaurants, Fashion Square Mall and numerous galleries and other entertainment destinations. The prominent commercial building was 51% leased at time of sale. A US Bank branch is housed on the first floor and the 7,237 square-foot second floor is currently fully vacant and available for leasing.

 

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Cassidy Turley Completes Sale for Desert Creek at Las Sendas

Cassidy Turley completed the sale of Phase I (±15-acres) of a 23-acre site within the Las Sendas master-planned community to Ryland Homes. Total consideration for the full 23-acre site is $5,000,000. Sale price for the Phase 1 property was $3,325,000 ($219,864 per acre). Desert Creek at Las Sendas is located in Mesa near the Loop 202 and McDowell Roads. Brent Moser, Mike Sutton and Brooks Griffith with Cassidy Turley’s Land Group represented the seller, Talon Properties (Chris Arnold) during the transaction.

Ryland plans to build Desert Creek at Las Sendas in two phases. Phase 1, the 15-acres purchased, is planned for 102 detached lots. Ryland will close on Phase 2, 7-acres, in early 2014 with plans for an additional 43 lots. Desert Creek at Las Sendas will feature homes that range from 1,600 to 2,400 square feet with average sale price of $275,000.

The seller, Talon Properties, has been involved with Las Sendas since the late 1990’s and has worked extensively with the City of Mesa on development plans for the community including residential, commercial and hotel facilities. Development plans for the property include a new IASIS Medical Center which will open in late 2014. Headquartered in Franklin, Tenn., IASIS Healthcare is a leading provider of high quality, affordable healthcare services in urban and suburban markets in Arizona and Utah.

Cassidy Turley is marketing an additional ±19-acres for Talon Properties at Las Sendas. The property includes ±10-acres zoned C-2 and ±9-acres zoned PEP, City of Mesa.

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Spoil Dad This Father's Day Courtesy of Stand Up Scottsdale and Clean Air Cab

Stand Up Scottsdale and Clean Air Cab have teamed up to help someone spoil their dad this Father’s Day.

PCH2-1Clean Air Cab has created an online raffle on its Facebook page giving any one who “likes” the page the opportunity to win FOUR VIP tickets to Stand Up Scottsdale.

The winner will not only have the opportunity to enjoy a laugh with the old man and two friends, but will also receive a $150 gift card, as well as enjoy free transportation to and from the event courtesy of Clean Air Cab.

If you don’t like the odds, rest assured that 25 runners up will receive two tickets to the event.

Stand Up Scottsdale is located in Old Town, and transportation for the winner can be accommodated from Phoenix, Tempe, Chandler, Gilbert, Scottsdale, and Mesa.

Ginger Lopez Head Shot

Clean Air Cab Hires New Vice President

Since its launch in 2009, Clean Air Cab has been a family owned and operated business. The local cab company continues to brand itself that way with their recent hire. Ginger Lopez, the wife of owner Steve Lopez, has joined the company full time last month as the new Vice President.

Ginger brings years of experience in the transportation industry to the business. Her role at Clean Air Cab will involve decision-making and community outreach.

“We are always looking for new ways to be innovative at Clean Air Cab,” said Lopez about her new role. “We also like to brainstorm and find new ways to partner within the community and learn ways of becoming a more sustainable company.”

Ginger has been involved with Clean Air Cab since the beginning, as her husband of seven years, Steve Lopez, remains the president and CEO. Ginger has been a stay-at-home mom raising their three kids all under the age of six. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, traveling, reading and spending time with her family.

Clean Air Cab is Arizona’s first carbon neutral taxicab service. They provide safe transportation that betters the quality of the environment, making it affordable and convenient for the community to support the growth of alternative energy. For more information on Clean Air Cab, visit www.cleanaircab.com  or call (480) 777-9777.

Date Night: Scottsdale Living Magazine

Date Night: Elan Style, Jo Paris Salon, Posh And More

Date Night: 10 hot tips to create the perfect night out


Getting dressed

Date Night: Winter 2012Elan Style offers a sophisticated mix of contemporary clothing and accessories for every budget, all in a comfortable setting for shopping and socializing. Easily find that great outfit for a night out with the girls, the perfect sexy dress for that hot date or a fun accessory to complete your look.
15147 N. Scottsdale Rd., #H-103, Scottsdale
(480) 941-5575
azelanstyle.com


The perfect shoes

Date Night: Winter 2012Whether you want to make a fashion statement on your dinner date or need the proper shoes for an active date, E & J’s Designer Shoe Outlet carries your favorite designers. Whether you are looking for that Cinderella glass-slipper or something to keep your tootsies in comfort on a hike, you will find an abundance of styles and colors to choose from. To complement shoe choices, top quality handbags are also available.
8666 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 607-0170
ejshoes.com


Primp and circumstance

Date Night: Winter 2012When you think of fashion, you think of Paris. That is why Jo from Jo Paris Salon & Spa is the perfect person to turn to before a date for cutting-edge and up-to-the moment hair styling, colors, French balayages, Brazilian blowouts, nail services or extensions. Jo developed his signature style and technique by learning from the masters in Paris before opening his Scottsdale salon.
14202 N. Scottsdale Rd., Scottsdale
(480) 663-8994
joparissalon.com


Relax before the big night

Date Night: Winter 2012Based on the Native American belief that turquoise is a color of protection and good energy, the Turquoise Wrap Golden Door Spa at The Boulders Resort includes an invigorating body exfoliation, a warm turquoise clay wrap, an application of moisturizing honey butter and a harmonizing rain-stick ritual, the perfect treatment to relax you before your date.
N. Tom Darlington Dr., Carefree
(480) 595-3500
theboulders.com


Last-chance workout

Date Night: Winter 2012What better way to prepare for the Valentine’s dating season than with yoga classes to make you feel good about yourself and your health? Blissful Yoga, with a new location in the Scottsdale Quarter, is the perfect place to get your mind, body and soul right before date night. Yoga not only helps for relaxation and health purposes, but it also results in more energy, a happier mood and better focus, among other beneficial things.
15037 N. Scottsdale Rd., #155, Scottsdale
(480) 636-7661
blissfulyoga.net


Fun and food

Date Night: Winter 2012POSH is an improvisational, no-menu restaurant in the heart of Downtown Scottsdale operated by Chef Joshua Hebert. It’s fine dining, but has a relaxed atmosphere with an open kitchen so you can watch the chefs in action. The improvisational component — Posh offers a list of main ingredients, requesting you to cross off which items you dislike, then its creative chefs surprise you with the remaining selections — offers an alternative to traditional restaurants and is definitely a good place to impress your date.
7167 E. Rancho Vista Dr., #111, Scottsdale
(480) 663-7674
poshscottsdale.com


Smile, you’re on a date

Date Night: Winter 2012Laughter can be both the best medicine and the best date. Stand-up, Scottsdale! — the brainchild of ASU grad Howard Hughes — brings some of the most edgy and popular comedians from shows such as “Chelsea Lately” and Comedy Central for evenings filled with high-octane laughs. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m.
6820 E. Fifth Ave., Scottsdale
(480) 882-0730
standupscottsdale.com


Join the club

Date Night: Winter 2012Cream Stereo Lounge is a high-intensity entertainment club with Dynacord sound and an eight-foot Roman bathtub inside the venue that displays tasteful, yet enticing visual entertainment to complement the extraordinary sound system and CO2 dance floor.
4252 N. Drinkwater Blvd., Scottsdale
(480) 717-6000
creamstereolounge.com


Drink and dessert

Date Night: Winter 2012There are two great ways to end a perfect date: either with dessert or a nightcap. Lee’s Cream Liqueur Ice Cream Parlor in Old Town Scottsdale lets you do both with alcohol-infused ice cream. Featured among the flavors of adults-only ice cream is margarita, appletini, chocolate swirl, strawberry daiquiri, limoncello, Long Island tea, piña colada and champagne. They’re priced at $3.75 for one scoop, $5 for two.
7137 E. Stetson Dr., Scottsdale
(480) 429-5337
leescreamliqueur.com


Get home safe

Date Night: Winter 2012Thinking of enjoying date night with a few drinks or too many scoops of Lee’s Cream Liqueur Ice Cream? Clean Air Cab is the smart and sustainable option for getting you and your date home safe and sound!
(480) 777-9777
cleanaircab.com


Scottsdale Winter Magazine Winter 2012

Dadpreneurs

Move Over Moms, Dadpreneurs Are Taking Over

For years, mompreneurs have made headlines for their hard work balancing the challenges of being both a mother and an entrepreneur. Now moms are facing a little competition — and it may even be from their own husbands. The competition? Dadpreneurs.

As fathers to young children, dadpreneurs also face the challenges of running their own businesses.

Dadpreneurs: Steve Lopez, Clean Air CabAs an expression for his love for cars, Steve Lopez began his career as a professional race car driver. However, after realizing that “(his) voice wasn’t being heard,” Lopez made the decision to take his passion to the next level.

With sustainability and automobiles as two passions in Lopez’s life, he also recognized the necessity for transportation in the Valley. With this knowledge, Lopez established Clean Air Cab.

Lopez looks at Clean Air Cab as a way to give back to the community.

“It’s not money, not a coupon, not advertising … it’s cleaning your city … and helping to grow the community alongside the company,” Lopez says.

However, Lopez’s main concern does not fall with his thriving business, but instead, with his three young children. Although he finds it tough to be a dadpreneur, Lopez makes an effort to be home each night for dinner.

“I would much rather be the father who reads my kids a book at night than be kissing their cheeks once the lights are off,” he says.

Dadpreneurs: Joseph ScarpLike Lopez, Joseph Scarp, founder of Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties, shares similar views when it comes to being a dadpreneur.

In 2001, Scarp found himself in an office where competition overtook the healthy business atmosphere. Soon after, Scarp established Phoenician Properties, where sharing is key and the business was built upon referral.

The business quickly rose to success and partnered with Better Homes and Gardens, now giving the company the combination of names to “help it grow as a national brand,” Scarp says.

One of the upsides to balancing being a father with being an entrepreneur is having the business make a positive impact on his children.

Dadpreneurs: Dr. Jain, Rejuvena Health and AestheticsDr. Suneil Jain is a naturopathic physician and the owner of Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics. The practice focuses on offering services that uses natural products.

“If someone is coming in for an aesthetic procedure, we help them to go on a diet through holistic routes,” Jain says.

Not only does Jain practice healthy eating and lifestyles at his office, but he also implements them into his kids’ lives — as his “4-year-old knows the importance of eating healthy and drinking water,” Jain says.

Balancing fatherhood and running a successful business is difficult, but between the two, Scarp gives his children priority.

“There is nothing better than coming home at night and having two smiling faces … (kids) are the true meaning of unconditional love,” Scarp says. “(Also), there’s not a rulebook where it says when you have a parent-teacher conference or it’s snack day at preschool.”

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For more information about the dadpreneurs mentioned in the story:

Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Phoenician Properties
5111 N. Scottsdale Rd., Ste. 155
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
(480) 663-1400
www.phoenicianproperties.com

Clean Air Cab
1600 W. Main St.
Mesa, AZ 85201
(480) 390-9003
www.cleanaircab.com

Rejuvena Health and Aesthetics
9977 N. 95th St., Ste. 101
Scottsdale, AZ 85258
(480) 540-9068
www.werejuvenate.com

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Clean Air Cab & ASU

Clean Air Cab Partners with ASU, Promotes Sustainability

Come September, Clean Air Cab will be promoting two new Arizona State University-themed cabs, which will help promote sustainability as well as raise money for scholarships.

The company, based in Mesa, is Arizona’s first completely carbon neutral taxicab service. Clean Air Cab first started in 2009 with just 19 cabs and has successfully flourished the past two years, adding 31 more. The company uses Toyota Hybrid Prius’.

Clean Air Cab has agreed to partner with ASU to assist students and their families in safety, and sustainably, getting to and from university football, baseball and basketball games.

Even on no-game days, Clean Air Cab will still be around the university. “We’re always going to have a presence on ASU,” says Steve Lopez, president and owner of Clean Air Cab. “We’re just going to spice it up on the weekends for the games and be more present.”

Clean Air Cabs partner with ASUThis partnership is not only helping ASU “go green” but scholarships also will be made available from Clean Air Cab.

This sustainable cab service will be donating one dollar of every fare from the ASU-themed cabs, which will help fund scholarships for university students.

“ASU has always been on my radar with what they do with the community,” Lopez says. “I want to give the funds to young entrepreneurs that want to be challenged, that want to make a difference.”

The company has already donated a $7,500 scholarship for this year’s academic school year. As the company grows, the scholarships will grow as well, Lopez says.

Clean Air Cab not only supports ASU, but is involved in other charities as well, such as Mesa United Way and Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

For more information on Clean Air Cab, visit www.cleanaircab.com.

 

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Clean Air Cab Brings New Charity to Arizona Streets

Many Phoenix-area consumers can now go green as well as give to charity simply by calling a cab.

Clean Air Cab, based in Mesa, has partnered with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to donate $1 of every fare from their charity cab. This vehicle is uniquely wrapped in a Phoenix Children’s theme for the charity.

Clean Air Cab provides eco-friendly transportation. With Arizona’s first carbon-neutral taxicab, Clean Air Cab is cutting down on emissions and giving consumers more miles per gallon. For those looking for a way to be green and charitable, Clean Air Cab is a great way to do so.

The PCH Foundation is the second charity cab that Clean Air Cab has brought to the streets of Arizona.Phoenix Children's Hospital Cab, Clean Air Cab, LLC

“We believe in giving back to the community by creating unique partnerships with Susan G. Komen and, most recently, the Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation,” said Steve Lopez, founder of Clean Air Cab. “It’s a great way to help local and national organizations in a clean, eco-friendly way.”

The PCH car isn’t just a temporary charity either. Just like their Susan G. Komen cabs, Clean Air Cab is offering them indefinitely to anyone in need of a ride. Their service extends to Flagstaff and Yuma as well, so more than just the Phoenix area can help.

If you want to contribute to the charity, there are a few things to keep in mind.Clean Air Cab, LLC

“You have to request the cab in order for your ride to benefit the hospital,” Lopez said. “If you would like to pay a donation towards that charity, Clean Air Cab is going to have a charity page on our website in the next couple of months that will collect donations even if you are not riding in one of our charity vehicles.”

For more information, visit www.cleanaircab.com or www.phoenixchildrens.com.

First annual Southwest Build-it-Green Awards - AZ Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010

BIG Green Awards: Alternative Mobility

Twelve categories, hundreds of nominations — but only one will take home the green. It’s the first annual Southwest Build-it-Green Awards, where BIG teamed up with the USGBC to bring you the leanest sustainable leaders and projects in Arizona.

Recipient: ECOtality

For more than 20 years, ECOtality has been designing revolutionary, fast-charge products that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and pollution, making alternative transportation easier and more accessible to the public.

Since 1989, ECOtality has had the opportunity to become involved in important North American electric vehicle (EV) initiatives, thanks to its subsidiary eTec (Electric Engineering Transportation Engineering Corporation). ECOtality also has been leading the way in the EV industry.

ECOtality was named lead grantee in August 2009 by the U.S. Department of Energy, and was awarded a $99.8 million grant for the EV Project, which will create and produce several thousand electric cars.

ECOtality’s EV Project will reach 11 major cities in Arizona, Oregon, Washington, California and Tennessee. There will be approximately 4,700 of Nissan’s electric cars, LEAFS, in the five states. There also will be 11,000 charge stations across the country to allow drivers to recharge their zero-emission battery electric cars.

Each LEAF is expected to save approximately 436 gallons of gasoline per year. Combined, that’s a savings of more than 2 million gallons of gasoline for all LEAFS. The EV Project is projected to generate more than 750 new jobs by 2012; and by 2017, ECOtality expects to have more than 5,500 new positions across the country.

ECOtality also has created the Minit-Charger, a battery-charge system that works as quickly and efficiently as possible by using proprietary algorithms to charge a battery. This system eliminates the potential for batteries to overcharge or overheat, and prolongs battery life.
www.ecotality.com


Clean Air Cab
www.CleanAirCab.com

Clean Air Cab is Arizona’s first completely green taxicab service that gives people the opportunity to go green just by riding with them.  The company offers green cabs at an affordable rate.

Clean Air Cab is composed of 26 Toyota Priuses, which are currently the most fuel-efficient cars available. The Toyota Prius saves 33 miles per gallon of gas, which saves about 1,000 miles per gallon among all of the company’s cars combined.

Aside from driving green cars, the company supports global reforestation by planting 10 rainforest trees each month for each cab that is in service. In the first quarter of operations, Clean Air Cab planted 780 trees.

“We believe that going green isn’t something you do- it is something you are,” said Steve Lopez, founder of Clean Air Cab. “Our intention is to take the trendy out of ‘going green’ and deliver a product that allows consumers to be green just by participating.”


Valley Metro RPTA
www.valleymetro.org

The Valley Metro Regional Public Transportation Authority is already helping thousands commute in a sustainable way. With the introduction of a new program called “ShareTheRide” Valley Metro RPTA is furthering their efforts by helping commuters choose the best transit options based on their time and route. The program’s goal is to educate the public about alternative methods of transportation, while reducing cost and pollution.

ShareTheRide is a free service accessible through Valley Metro’s website. When commuters enter alternative transportation information into the Commute Tracker they can earn points for incentives around the Valley. To support businesses, the program also includes customizable sub sites, where employers could promote the program and offer special incentives to their employees when they login to sub sites with a company e-mail address.

From data collected between April 22, 2009 and January 13, 2010, ShareTheRide resulted in 3,485,069 pounds of greenhouse gas savings and 34,706 pounds of carbon monoxide savings from a grand total of 178,842 round-trip commutes. The RPTA successfully created a service that Valley commuters needed to make traveling to work easier on the commuter and the environment.

Arizona Business Magazine Jul/Aug 2010