Become a council partner

Become a council partner

CitySwitch helps councils around Australia to improve the energy and waste efficiency of office-based businesses in their municipalities.

Our established and trusted platform can help your council connect with this hard-to-reach audience.

More than 800 businesses have joined the CitySwitch program, driving down emissions and helping councils move towards a carbon positive future.

By partnering with us, you can:

  • Understand the emissions profiles of businesses within your municipality
     
  • Help people working in council offices and local businesses to identify, baseline, prioritise and implement reduction strategies
  • Access a highly-experienced program manager with NABERS qualifications to help local businesses to improve energy and waste efficiency
  • ​Communicate with businesses in the program through our dynamic website, marketing collateral and regular communications
  • ​Demonstrate your support of local businesses that move towards carbon positive
  • ​Work towards the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

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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.