CitySwitch Awards eligibility and judging criteria

All CitySwitch signatories commit to completing an annual progress report to evidence and celebrate their achievements. Signatories can also opt in to be considered for the prestigious CitySwitch National Awards with their progress report submission.

State winners are awarded in the following categories:
  • State Signatory of the Year - under 2000 sqm 
  • State Signatory of the Year - over 2000 sqm 
  • State New Signatory of the Year  
  • State Partnership of the Year Award 
The national winners are selected from the state winners in the following categories:
  • National Signatory of the Year (one winner selected from all under and over 2000 sqm State winners)  
  • National New Signatory of the Year  
  • National Partnership of the Year Award

New South Wales and national winners will be announced at the national CitySwitch Awards in Sydney on Tuesday 28 November 2017.

The Victorian and Western Australian CitySwitch Awards will be held on Thursday 16 November 2017. The South Australian CitySwitch Awards will be held on Friday 17 November 2017. 

The Awards are a fantastic opportunity to hear the collective program achievements and showcase signatories who are exceptional sustainability champions.

Submission Process

Judging is based on signatories’ CitySwitch 2016 progress report submitted using the annual progress report section of the members' secure portal on our website. Reporting has now closed and submissions are being reviewed.

Use the project overview template to ensure you address the awards judging criteria. Fill in a template for each project (up to 3 projects plus one partnership project), adding photos if applicable, and if you have additional documentation to submit, attach it to your completed project overview template and upload as a single document.
 

Download project overview template form >

Download Partnership project overview template form >

Progress report tutorial video

If you are completing an annual progress report for the first time, or need some help, watch 2015's last year's tutorial video. It includes step-by-step instructions to walk you through the progress report submission process.



Eligibility criteria

NABERS and other evidence of achievement

  • To be eligible for Signatory of the Year, at state and national level, it is essential that the signatory holds a current accredited NABERS rating.
  • For New Signatory of the Year and Partnership of the Year, judges will accept other measures of achievement, however, third party verification via a NABERS rating indicative or actual rating or other credible measurement tool is preferred.

Other eligibility criteria

  • New Signatory of the Year – category is only available to organisations that have officially joined CitySwitch since the last progress reporting period (October 2016)
  • Partnership of the Year Award – at least one organisation is required to be a CitySwitch signatory.

Judging criteria

The CitySwitch Awards recognise signatories who have demonstrated environmental leadership. Entries will be judged and awarded points for each of the following criteria:



Criteria 1: Outcomes – maximum points: 28 (14 for Partnership*)

Achieved, improved or maintained a NABERS Energy tenancy rating.

Maximum of 28 points can be achieved for this criteria in each award category except Partnership of the Year award, where the maximum is 14 points. Criteria 3 and Criteria 5 are up weighted by seven points each for the Partnership category



Criteria 2: Project outline – maximum points: 10

Actively implementing an Environmental Action Plan.



Criteria 3: Innovation – maximum points: 10 (17 for Partnership*)

Innovative, creative or progressive initiatives over and above business as usual with regard to people, process or technology to deliver environmental savings.



Criteria 4: Program engagement – maximum points: 10

Demonstrates a high level of involvement in CitySwitch, e.g. engagement with program manager, events, case studies, comms. Communicates CitySwitch commitment on website, sustainability report.



Criteria 5: Industry leadership and communication – maximum points: 10 (17 for Partnership*)

Demonstrated leadership and communication with employees and external stakeholders regarding initiatives and creating positive industry change.

TOTAL 68 points

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2017 CitySwitch Judging Panel

> Shauna Coffey, Head of Projects,
   Energy Efficiency Council

> Francesca Muskovic, Policy Manager -
   Sustainability and Regulatory Affairs,
   Property Council of Australia
> Jorge Chapa, Head of Market Transformation,
   Green Building Council of Australia

> Peter Nattrass, CitySwitch Steering Committee,
   Adelaide City Council

Award categories

  • State Signatory of the Year (under 2000sqm)
    more info >
  • State Signatory of the Year (over 2000sqm)
    more info >
  • State Partnership of the Year
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  • State New Signatory of the Year
    more info >
  • National New Signatory of the Year
    more info >
  • National Signatory of the Year
    more info >
  • National Partnership of the Year
    more info > 

2016 Award Winners

View the full listing of 2016 award winners and the various initiatives they've implemented for improved environmental sustainability.

View 2016 winners

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.