What is CitySwitch?

What is CitySwitch?

CitySwitch helps office-based businesses to improve their energy and waste efficiency.

The program, which is free to join, is helping commercial office tenants around Australia to:

  • Enhance energy efficiency and reduce costs

  • Manage energy price increases and mitigate business risks

  • Work towards a carbon positive future

  • Reduce waste

  • Improve the health and productivity of employees.

When you join CitySwitch, you gain access to one-on-one support and a wide network of other companies also taking steps to improve their sustainability.

What CitySwitch offers:

 

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Organisation

Title

State

Why

Michael Thompson JLL Sustainability Manager ACT Michael is a highly active CitySwitch advocate resulting in the addition of three key Federal Government Departments signing up and adding 288,077 m2 of office space to the Program. An active user of CitySwitch resources and contributor to events, he is a highly valued champion
Lee Stewart Fujitsu Australia Head of Sustainability Oceania NSW Lee is a passionate sustainability leader who inspires people from all across Fujitsu and beyond to achieve significant environmental outcomes. Lee is a true evangelist for technological innovation for sustainability, appearing as a keynote conference speaker at events throughout the region, and appearing on TV, print and digital media to encourage innovation and sustainable practices.
Court Williams Designlogic Australia Operations Manager NSW Court has driven and supported the changes at Designlogic from the start, making sure the organisation maintains achieved improvements, as well as identifies new opportunities. A reliable sustainability ally, Court exemplifies the CitySwitch spirit.
Genevieve Smith, Lucy Manuel, Collette Houlahan, Kelly Johnson and Laura Richards Uniting Communities World Environment Week Planning Team SA A highly motivated, driven and enthusiastic team, committed to promoting carbon emissions reduction and sustainable practices through staff and client engagement.
Paul Davy, Deborah Davidson and Ken Long dsquared Consulting   SA For dedication to the journey of embedding sustainable practices into their business, providing purposeful leadership and a roadmap for others to follow.
Dammika Weerakkody CBRE National Sustainability Manager SA For enthusiasm, passion and energetic advocacy for building energy efficiency and SA’s commercial property sector responding proactively to changing sustainability requirements.
Sue Coles Baenzinger Coles Director VIC Since joining CitySwitch in 2011 Sue has worked tirelessly to obtain and maintain their 5.5 Star Accredited NABERS rating,  incorporates sustainability objectives in all client work and actively participates in the CitySwitch program, resource creation and goals for carbon neutrality.
Jo Riley and Marc Gillespie Vicinity Workplace Services Manager VIC This small team have met the challenge head on of merging two different offices and cultures into a new and highly efficient people focused workplace with efficiency, recycling and social responsibility at its core. 
Zoe Heath First State Super Sustainability Officer VIC Zoe has tirelessly led First State Super down the sustainability path, building an environmental consciousness into the corporate culture and making the most of its association with CitySwitch.
Pip Carew and the ANMF Sustainability Team Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation – Victorian Branch Assistant Secretary VIC Under the leadership of Pip Carew, the ANMF Sustainability Team has constructed a new, Green Star rated headquarters in Melbourne from which it has embedded sustainability into the ongoing education of the nursing fraternity in Victoria through its annual Heath and Environmental Sustainability Conference and its training programs.
David Morton HESTA Facilities & Sustainability Manager VIC David has continued to champion best practice sustainability initiatives in the work he undertakes at Hesta. 
Rebecca Jinks Cushman & Wakefield National Manager – Strategic Client Advisory VIC Rebecca has done an outstanding job project managing a range of work for NAB including the sustainability and facilities management teams at NAB, site landlords, solar panel suppliers and installers as well as energy retailers.
Vetty Duncan Ethical Property Operations Manager VIC Vetty Duncan spearheaded the Energy Reduction Revolution project at Ethical Property and she also educated the community at Donkey Wheel House around energy, waste and water saving measures.
Patrick Jeannerat Colliers International Sustainability Manager WA Patrick is a driving force for sustainability, challenging the whole of Perth's commercial property sector to lead on healthy buildings, improve NABERS ratings and commit to CitySwitch.
Emmie Maunder Formally of the Department of Housing – Communities Sustainability Project Officer WA Emmie has been an unstoppable force for change and an examplar for what one person can achieve in a large organisation with CitySwitch's support and resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Typically 80% of a city’s emissions come from its buildings. Half are generated by the use of base building services, the other half by tenant activity.

Esther Bailey, CitySwitch National Coordinator

The good news is that so many businesses are seeking the challenge and opportunity to become front runners in the shift to a low carbon economy.

Ross Gittins AM, SMH Economics Editor

Improving building energy efficiency by committing to targets and networking with other CitySwitch tenants and peers is the most effective and immediate way to achieve meaningful progress.

Norton Rose Australia, CitySwitch Signatory of the Year (NSW) 2011

The connections that we have made through our involvement in CitySwitch and the resources we have been able to utilise have made it possible to achieve what we have in sustainability.

Laim Henderson, Baptcare - CitySwitch Award winner in Victoria 2013

It has been an interesting, educational and commercial experience to be part of CitySwitch and we thank them for their dedication and constant support.

Baenziger Coles, CitySwitch Signatory, Victoria

CitySwitch Green Office is a tremendous sustainable energy initiative.

Peter Wyton, Managing Director AECOM NSW + ACT

Having a central contact point helps me keep up-to-date with the various local initiatives taking place around the country, so that I can follow up with our local people or attend events.

Dale O'Toole , National Sustainability Manager, Savills Australia

We are now building business opportunities using CitySwitch as a catalyst.

Amanda Steele, National Sustainability Manager CBRE

With the tools given to us by CitySwitch we were able to calculate the cost saving to our company by powering down and utilised this in our messages.

Priya Pathmanathan, Manager, Environmental, Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd

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Currently 869 tenancies covering over 
3,844,258 sqm
have committed to CitySwitch

Latest news

Raising the bar

As we work towards our 'must get' position (net zero) and beyond to our 'want to get' position (carbon positive) the commerical office sector needs to increase its ambition and urgency. Accordingly, we are raising the bar by increasing the targets for signatories move towards. CitySwitch’s vision of best practice is that office-based businesses:

  • commit to switching to 100% renewable energy by 2021
  • commit to achieving a 5-star NABERS energy rating
  • make a plan by 2021 to achieve net zero before 2050.

We know many existing signatories have developed new strategies and goals and we’re asking everyone to update us on their commitments.

New options in the ‘Manage My Info’ section of the portal will allow you to refresh your targets.

Even if you’re at the start of the best-practice journey, the refreshing your commitment can be a catalyst for gaining support and developing a more ambitious plan. Importantly, it also lets CitySwitch to advocate for energy efficiency, renewables, wellness and carbon positive places and services.

As always, your CitySwitch Program Manager is here to help so please contact us if you have any questions.



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CitySwitch Signatory of the Year and New Signatory Awards - category judging criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 28 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 10 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 10 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points).
Note, new Signatories submitting for New Signatory of the Year Award need only complete an indicative rating – all other submissions must be accredited.

CitySwitch Partnership of the Year Award - category judging criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Submitted projects should:

  • Involve more than one registered company 
  • Demonstrate that they are  innovative and over and above “business as usual”
  • Demonstrate that they catalyse “market transformation” and or “address a market barrier”
  • Deliver a reduction in energy consumption and carbon emissions within the built environment 

Judging Criteria

  • Delivering outcomes as demonstrated by an improved or maintained current NABERS Energy rating and achieved energy savings* (up to 14 points)
  • Implementing one or more energy saving initiatives (up to 10 points)
  • Demonstrating leadership by undertaking innovative, creative or progressive office energy efficiency activities (up to 17 points)
  • Engagement of staff/ customers/suppliers and/or stakeholders to educate and create market transformation (up to 17 points)
  • Participation in CitySwitch local program activities (up to 10 points)
  • The submitting entity MUST be a CitySwitch Signatory
Note, Signatories submitting for the Partnership of the Year Award may submit an accredited NABERS tenancy, whole building or base building rating.

It’s easy and free to join the program. Your good-will commitment to the program is an acknowledgement of the business sector’s role in
contributing to environmental sustainability and your intention to reduce your own energy consumption and associated carbon emissions.

As part of this, Signatories to the program commit to achieve an accredited NABERS Energy tenancy rating (between 4 and 6 stars) and
work with CitySwitch to improve their tenancy’s environmental performance.

Find out more about how obtaining a NABERS Energy rating ensures you can benchmark your performance, better manage your progress
over time and promote your star rating achievement.